Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Adventures Ahead



Yes, it finally happened... retirement!  There have been times when I didn't think I'd make it but I did.

Tomorrow is the first Monday in June that I don't have to be at work at the crack o' dawn in 11 years.  Nice...  so this afternoon, I made some red pepper hummus (link) because I'm not pushed to get everything done today...


A friend gave me some lovely roses last week for my retirement so, this morning, I recut them and gave them some nice fresh water to drink...


I imagine it's going to take a while to get used to this and I probably won't "feel" retired until school staff start back to work in August.... but I don't mind!  I want to savor this being retired...

The end of April, there was a bit of a "heart incident" resulting in a ride to the ER and subsequently being admitted to the hospital.  Nothing found but I racked up medical bills over $12K in less than 24 hours.



It was my first (and hopefully last) episode of atrial fibrillation (link)  but, in addition to new meds, I also had a bunch of appointments and medical tests in May (still found nothing)...  on top of work, getting stuff done related to retirement, and normal life stuff.  So things went to heck in a hand basket around the house.

Since last Wednesday (first day of retirement), I've been organizing paperwork to file away, pitching and tossing stuff that needs to be recycled or discarded, and starting to do some deep cleaning.


My "to do" list is l - o - n - g but I'm already making progress.  When people ask what I'm going to do in retirement to keep busy.... I just laugh!

One of the first big projects on my list is to clean out and reorganize my sewing room.  It's a disaster right now and I won't be able to start sewing again until reorganization...


Surprisingly, I've gotten involved in local politics related to public school funding (or lack thereof) and I foresee my becoming more and more involved in various issues going forward. 

  

I think I'm going to find PLENTY to do in retirement....











Monday, January 2, 2017

Why I Quilt



My nephew-in-law posted this photo of his wife, my niece, the USCG helicopter pilot, after she got home from a long duty day on December 23rd, 2016.   It's cold in Alaska in December even if there is a roaring fire...


...and this is why I quilt.

I have one more "family quilt" to make... for my youngest nephew who will graduate from college in May.  I'm planning to use a Moda Marbles jelly roll in "Warm"...
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...and will use Moda solid "Paper Bag" (seriously... the actual color of a paper bag) for the main color in a single Irish chain pattern.   Unless I get distracted by another pattern that seems to be calling my name... 



...but first, I need to clean/organize my sewing room!










Friday, December 23, 2016

Thoughts on the Eve of Christmas Eve



It's been a long year but I'm glad to say that I've almost made it to 2017... thanks to family and friends.


I wish I could take better photos so you could see the lovely table topper my quilt-y friend Doniene sent me.  I love the fabrics, the colors, and all the loving kindness that went into it!  It's hard to see but there are feather-quilted borders!!!  I'm impressed...


Looking forward to the coming year, I am excited that I will retire next June and will have lots more time to spend doing things that make me happy... more time with family and friends and honing my knitting/quilting/crocheting skills.

So... as the holidays are almost here, I would like to wish you a...


and....



...until next time!