Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I seem to be in a funk...

Too many things to do, no initiative or energy to get at them. I have several sewing/quilting jobs to get at. I go to my blog to post every day and just can't seem to come up with anything worth talking about. I am really dragging my feet with my painting(house)...I need to get motivated to get in shape...


Funny how this cartoon seemed humorous before Christmas; now, not so much.

However this being January, and also being Monday I was motivated to at least get in a bit of exercise. I walked 4.5 km today. The weather was quite mild and it was good inspiration to get out and let the wind blow the dust off me and burn a few calories. Once again my mind turned to thoughts of others less fortunate than I who would give anything to be able to get out and walk and yet I regard it as a penance. I really need to focus on how fortunate I am to be able to walk in a safe environment, with fresh air, good nourishment, and relatively good health.

I have been working on a pillow for my Son In Law's birthday, and also trying to finish up a quilt for my Grandson. He turned 21 just 3 days after Christmas. TWENTY ONE! How in the word did that happen so fast? Hopeful I will have pics to show soon.
I had a few errands to do in town today and what a spectacular view I had from the grocery store parking lot...


The most vivid rainbow that showed both ends.


For awhile there were two rainbows quite visible, with just a hint of a third...beautiful at any time of the year, but almost unheard of in January in Northern New Brunswick Canada!

Just another reason to smile today...

Mr O and I need to find our groove. We seem to be aimlessly drifting through our day and we can't have that!



This retirement thing is taking a bit of adjusting on both our parts...it is hard to get some kind of schedule to the day. I almost never know what day of the week it is, and the time...well forget it! I am totally confused...we are getting up later than normal, staying up later...

It seems like every day is Saturday!

I have had my day completely to myself since the last of our children left the nest and that has been about 20 years, and now all of a sudden I am not alone in the house during the day. It seems I really don't have any time to quilt. It also seems I am constantly making a meal or cleaning up from it...I am not complaining, just sayin' it will take some getting used to.



The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
Abe Lemons

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Couple of "F" Words and more

Faerdig; Finis; Finito; Fertig; Finisat

Or how about Terminado; Cesado; Acabado; Completed; Nothing left to be done...in other words, RETIRED

Mr O finished work today. Not just for the weekend, but he is really finished...after 44 and a 1/2 years of mining he is calling it quits. I have been packing his lunch for over 43 years and I packed the last lunch today; he made his last trip home from work on a road he has driven for over 33 years.

I am so proud of what he has accomplished in his carreer. To rise from miner to mine manager with just a high school education does not happen too often. You generally need an engineering degree at the least; but he has come up through the ranks and worked hard and smart and has done well for himself.  Mining has taken him from mines in Northern Ontario, to Quebec, to Greenland, New Brunswick, Australia and even drilling and blasting tunnels under the Bay of Fundy for a Nuclear Power Plant!

It has been quite a ride...

Our lives are about to change...many decisions ahead for us, but for now we will enjoy some well deserved time together to just relax.

He is retiring from work, but not from life... Mr O has started a training program to run the Ottawa Marathon; he has several trips he is planning for us that include China, France and Alaska; he has a great desire to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (not with me!) and some work that needs to be done on our home, and various other things to keep him busy.


CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY RETIREMENT MR. O
YOU HAVE WORKED HARD AND YOU DESERVE IT!

A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job.
--Ella Harris

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