Whew… Exhale

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.

Here is the winter garden–lettuces and spinach in the cold frame…

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.

View from the back–there’s always another garden to start–in a few months!
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21 Responses to Whew… Exhale

  1. Sounds like you are doing retirement perfectly, Lisa. The sorting and painting help clear the mind of clutter as well. Going into it gently with no agenda is perfect. Priorities nod to us gently hoping we are paying attention, I don’t remember ever getting a lot of sleep. Not wired right for relaxing. Oh I wish. Your garden looks just wonderful, even in winter. I will miss mine. Blogging also has its own time. One day you will feel the urge to share your wonder with us and we will be waiting. Enjoy each day. It’s the only one that counts.

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  2. I love that: “There’s always another garden to start.” ❤

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  3. This post made my day! So much energy and enthusiasm for retirement and so much creativity. Onward, ho!

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Congratulations, Lisa! Another Boomer unleashed! 😀 I think your radio and news learning is terrific. What a fun way to start off your retirement. The garden is looking great, astonishing that you still have zinnias and is that little red one dahlias? I take it no frost yet? Wow!
    Enjoy your holidays…you heading out to visit family? And no time constraints, what a dream, eh? ❤

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    • arlingwoman says:

      The video class was interesting tonight. The photos were five days ago and we’ve had a freeze since then, so the zinnias are gone (looking all brown) but the Jerusalem artichokes are hanging on. We’re in a microclimate, even within Arlington, so I’m holding my breath on the cold crops, but I can always harvest some early. I will indeed be driving to IL over the holiday without applying for leave! Best of the holidays to you!

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I chuckled at your comment about bad years and new starts. You certainly have a new start going now, and I’m happy for you. Sometimes I wish I were able to retire, but I can’t — so I won’t! Life still is good, and to be honest, I’m still enjoying my work, so that’s a plus. It’s going to be great fun watching your garden develop. Now, if I just could get some deep cleaning done before the holidays, life would be perfect!

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  6. Indeed! You’re living the life of a Duchess and you early winter garden looks fabulous. Enjoy every bit of your retirement, Lisa.

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  7. Congratulations on joining the group, Lisa XX

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  8. Sylvie Ge says:

    I hope you get all the sleep you need/want . It makes such a difference to one’s health. You seem to enjoy life fully. This is great!

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  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    Sleep and exercise are two very important things we cut ourselves short on during our working years. Congratulations on retirements!

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