What a Difference A Day Makes,
24 little hours…
There’s a rainbow before me,
Skies above can’t be stormy…..
or so the song lyrics say.
There is a lot of truth in those few phrases!
I started this blog in November 2013, when I retired from Aviation.
I titled it:
“Me and My Captain” Retirement: A new journey…one day at a time!
And indeed it is a journey and a lovely one and sharing it with a wonderful husband (My Captain) and all my friends and family and you, my readers… is the icing on the cake.
I made sure I had a beautiful sunset on my business card…or a beautiful sunrise if you turn the card upside down, 🙂 but then the airplane is upside down :(….
I used sunrises/sunsets because, … well, because, the Captain and I love sunrises and sunsets! 🙂
But also because I didn’t want it to appear I was riding off into the sunset; instead I wanted to show that a new day is a new beginning. Retirement is a new beginning,
not an ending.
It is true that I did have questions about what I would do when I retired. I knew I wasn’t one to sit around and watch soap operas on television all day long.
So, I published my first post, titled ironically “My First Post”….how original is that? ;)… on this Blog on November 4, 2013.
I went back and read it again to see if I was still on the same page!
(If you missed it the first time around, just put “My First Post” in the search field on my home page.
I believe I am…still on the same page!
I am living the dream right now.
As I scanned through a few of my early (and later) posts…I noted that I have dangled a few participles, fragmented, run-on sentences, used mis-spelled words
(intentionally) in an effort to craft my written imperfections. It ain’t easy!
If I am trying to make a point or am trying to be funny, I put little icons to show that I am joking.
I once had someone tell me…you don’t have to do that, I get the joke reference. (thank you critic John, I still love ya like my luggage!!!)
But I still do add little icons, because…well, just because I can! :)….and I am retired! I have earned it!
AND I use that excuse that I have earned the right to break certain grammar rules as I try to pay attention to rythum, syntax and diction to make my point.
In my professional life….there was a semblance of order…a proper way to do everything and I did those things to the best of my ability.
I have now passed the stages of management approval as the journey of retirement is finally kicking in!
Up until just a few weeks ago, (and I retired the end of September), I would get that Sunday night “dread”…where I would look at the clock and think that I had to lay
out clothes or set the alarm because the work week began bright and early on Monday!
I also had a couple good friends (still in the work world) ask me what do I do with my time…they can’t imagine a long drawn out day with nothing to do.
so I put together a (always flexible) schedule of my routine retirement day!
- I usually rise early….love to watch the sunrise…and start my day with prayer, daily devotions and hot tea in my Secret Garden (My quiet time)
- Then I get on the computer and work on my Blog for a few hours and the Social Media….(Instagram and Pinterest are links on my Blog)
- I look at emails and tend to anything that needs tending to…ie; laundry, grocery shopping, errands, etc
- After lunch, I put on my swimsuit and I do a easy-on-the-joints work-out in the water. (love that pool)
- and I have planned lunches with friends (one is on a weekly basis)
- AND I relax…very important.
- Sometimes I take my laptop or cookbooks out on the Lanai and plan new recipes etc…or I read from my latest book.
- I try to devote at least 2 days a week for cooking and baking and photographing my recipes. (Did you know the best time to photograph food is between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.?)
- I water and tend the hanging baskets of flowers on the Lanai and the Secret Garden…such a pleasure and I do talk to them!
- AND I relax….very important!
- The house gets cleaned once every other week by two maids the Captain insisted on having when we first moved down here and I began working from home.
- We have a gardener team….as everyone (almost everyone) in Florida has a gardener! They mow once a week and tend to bush/plant trimming. (everything grows 24 hours due to the warm nights)
- The evenings are for my Captain (when he isn’t flying) or our sports indulgences OR simply more relaxing (in the Spa and enjoying a glass of wine or reading as we both love to read). I find the television is rarely on which forces one to find other activities…and that is a good thing! 🙂
- We go dancing at the Yacht Club once a month (Saturdays) and have a monthly potluck with a new resident group we joined after moving to Florida.
- In between, we go to movies, out for an ice cream cone or a ride along the beaches…..
A new journey….One day at a time…..;)
PS…. and this is for my Author friend, Sandy…
I do watch my grammar and punctuation on my novel rewrites….:)