1. What does retirement mean to you? Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it?
Oh, my goodness. I retired from teaching in 2003.... that seems so long ago, I think I should be 94, but I retired at age 53... after 30 years of teaching.... I loved the children, but the bureaucracy was getting to me... so I cashed in my chips and left the party... I never knew that my life could get so busy... I used to think retirement was time for a good rest and reflection.. hahahahahah.... as soon as it is discovered that you have retired you will be bombarded with requests of your time... but to be honest.. I love my life now.... I have learned things in retirement I never would have learned in all the years of teaching and my life then... retirement is a time of true commitment to things, time, others... not that I have to get up and go punch a clock but I get to get up and serve in my church, or visit a friend, or help my parents, dabble in oil painting, or spend precious time with my dear husband... over leisurely breakfasts, travelling, working around the house.... it is a time of sweet intimacy with your spouse... not so much the physical kind, but just having the time to really enjoy each other... the sweetest day of my life was the day 9 years after I retired my dear husband joined my ranks.
2. It's International Guitar Month...do you play? Does anyone in your family play? What's a song you especially like to hear played on the guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar?
No one plays guitar in my family.... we are more a violin family.... still a stringed instrument so Im going to say it still fits in... my absolute favorite song played on violin would have to be Adagio for Strings! A most pensive and soulful melody!
3. What's your comfort food?
I love chinese food..
4. What's one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate?
I have to say Joyce said it best...I too, love the sense of peace that a made up bed gives the home...
5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Does your local store bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place? Do you like someone packing your groceries?
Before hubs retired I did it all... now I love for us to do this together.... mainly because I never have a list.. he keeps the list and knows best what we need I am so bad!!!!
6. What's the coolest thing you've seen in nature?
I wish I could say Halley's comet that I looked forward to seeing all of my adult life.. after hearing how it's brightness lit up a daytime sky.. good grief ... we drove to the darkest area within 50 miles of home to look upon it, sat in the car all night long and never saw a thing.. but I deviate... I suppose it would be the great hawk that was roosting atop our lamp post right by the back steps that lead up to the driveway.. there I was bounding out the back door on my way to garden club one morning and about fell over as I approached the steps and looked up to see that menacing, yet majestic beast staring at me.... I only remember slowing backing back into the house and screaming for hubs to come look....alas, we did not get a photo of it.. But as it flew away, its wingspan looked to be almsot 5 feet across! Awesome majesty!
7. Share a favorite quote about home.
As I was researching quotes on home and ran across this one, I must say it will now be my quote to live by...
If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
So now I know to get a sack and go around the house and fill it with all the stuff that doesnt fit those categories.. I love it!!!!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
This week are enjoying a season of life that is marked by a precious milestone that makes hubs and I almost giddy with expectation... our one and only child and her family have purchased their first house..after living in a gorgeous condo for 6 years, now that they have two wee ones it was definitely time to take the plunge, but the sellers market in their area has been a nightmare... of bidding wars and disappointments... But this week their dream is accomplished.. and it is so great to see them strategizing to walk through the coming days to bring it all to fruition... for now it is time to sell the condo with two (2.5 and .25 year) daughters in tow.... Oh, how I wish I was there to just take those girls in hand and let the parents do the rest....oh how much fun it would be to just rock Lady Bug and sing with Miss Birdie!!! Here is just a sample of some of that cuteness!!!
Well, I suppose we will be going up to join in the 'fun' sooner rather than later!!! yayayayaya!!