So it has been two months since I have retired! I am loving every day. The last couple of weeks the weather has been hot and sunny. I am golfing a couple times a week and playing tennis several times a week. My very favourite thing is that I have time to do yoga every day. All these activities I tried to squeeze in when I worked full-time with some success, however, I love now that my whole day can be scheduled to do the things that I like.
I volunteered at my old school last week and two days this week. It is lovely to go in and have the kids running up so happy to see me. It is nice to have a chat with the staff that I worked with for many years. It is very wonderful to go in at the bell, help out and then leave mid day.
We opened our pool a week ago and because we’ve had such hot weather I’ve been in the pool almost every day. I have been cleaning the pool area a lot as we’ve some ducks that are trying to take up residency. If anyone else has had this problem and has a solution please let me know. Yesterday I put some balls in the pool that have faces on them as suggested in an internet site. Hopefully this will work!
Before I retired I asked my husband to buy a good bottle of champagne as we usually just buy Prosecco when we want something bubbly. This past weekend we finally popped it open and shared it with a teacher friend of mine that I taught with my first 10 years. So I am still celebrating my retirement even though it has been two months. I told my husband to worry because I really enjoyed the Veuve Clicquot!
I cannot believe how much time I spend on Facebook and Instagram now. The funny thing is I never really used Facebook until a couple of months ago. I did read somewhere that it is addictive and all I can say is I am an addict! My short term goal is to get 100 Instagram followers. Right now I am at 70. If anyone is interested please follow me @retirementpleasures (Addicts have no shame!)
The other thing I am finding is that I am running a lot of errands now! My husband used to have Fridays off and would do a lot of our errands then. Now I find myself going to the bank and waiting in line, putting gas in my car (which my husband used to do for me), picking up items, calling places etc. It is now that I appreciate all that he did.
Another thing I particularly like about being retired is cooking from scratch as well as cooking healthier meals. I became a vegetarian last fall and it’s been a pleasure to try new recipes and have time to make muffins, smoothies etc. I have been trying a lot of recipes from the Oh She Glows app. As well, in another month the strawberries will be ready here in Ontario and then as the summer progresses more fresh produce will be available. We visit a farm about five minutes from us to buy produce. In the summer we visit it two to three times a week. It must be wonderful to live in a climate where you get fresh fruits and vegetables all year long.
I am also looking forward to going on trips that are already planned and booked. Next month my husband and I are off to Iceland for two weeks. We are driving around the ring road, the entire island, and we plan to do a lot of hiking. I can’t wait to explore this extraordinary land. I’ve also booked a trip to Jamaica with my friend Giselle at the end of November for two weeks. As well, my friend Mary and I are going to Mexico the end of March for two weeks in 2019. I am a certified yoga teacher and I work with a company that places me at resorts. I teach yoga while there in return for a very discounted holiday. So when I’m away with Mary and Giselle I will be teaching yoga. Which I love to do! So it is a win-win situation.
So as you see this may well be the best time of my life!