Hello fellow bloggers! It’s been another wild ride of a year at work and in the garden, but I finally retired in September and … nothing much changed with me getting blogs posted. I did, however, get my bicycle fixed, paint the hall, living room, and bedroom, deep clean for the winter, clear out clothing that is unlikely ever to fit again, and in general get at items on a two year old list while decompressing from the world of work.
It’s been fabulous. The first two weeks, I giggled a lot when I realized I didn’t have to go back to work. I’ve been enjoying a whole variety of things: seeing friends more frequently for more long walks, hikes, or just coffee; putting the garden to bed over a few hours a day during the week, rather than four hours a day over two weekend days; discovering new parks and places to walk locally; and having conversations without having the next thing to do in the back of my mind.
A week or so in, I remembered my father after he retired telling me that he had started sleeping nine hours a night and saying “I don’t think I was getting enough sleep all those years.” I was doing the same thing. And believe me, I already knew I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I have serious night owl tendencies and often get a second wind around the time I should be going to bed, but I was still getting up and getting online on time.
So, sleep, friends, exercise, and the pleasures of my own schedule. Tonight I’m starting a course on how to take video for news stories; I’ve already taken a course in radio broadcast. Not sure what I’m going to do with these things, but I’ve always wanted to know how they’re done. I’ll keep growing food for the Plot Against Hunger and gardening in general, so I’m hoping to be a little more regular with my posts and visits.