Monday October 29, 2018
Today I slept in until 9 AM and when I got up and saw that it was a rainy Monday, here in Ontario where I live, a smile blossomed on my face and I said “Yahoo” out loud.
This was not the first morning when I woke up and felt so happy that I was retired I exclaimed “Yahoo” and/or did my happy dance! 6 months into retirement and I am thrilled to be on permanent holidays! Usually a rainy Monday, which meant indoor recess, at school would put everyone in a funk. Now, I am so happy not to be there. What is a rainy Monday like now? Well, after having my AM cappuccino then being on social media for about an hour I showered and then went for breakfast with my husband that had the day off work. Then I went to a local bakery to get some multi-grain sourdough bread that I have a slight addiction to. Then off to Shoppers Drug Mart and now back home to work on my blog. It is noon and I have the afternoon to do what I want and then I play 2 hours of tennis doubles tonight.
Having just stated that I am glad not to be teaching school full-time I am going to the school tomorrow to help with a Wellness Day. I am a certified yoga instructor and will be teaching 7 classes yoga between 9:30 and 2:30. I am going to have to find my lunch bag and actually pack a lunch and snack! Going back for one day makes me feel good as I know I am offering something no one else at the school can do as well I look forward to seeing staff and students. In September I went yo the school to help with the annual Terry Fox Run and I was amazed when students asked about my trip to Jamaica that I took in April right after I retired. Five months had gone by and they still remembered details and even noticed I cut my hair much shorter than usual. Teaching really is about the relationships, both with staff and students. So tomorrow I will be happy to get up and go even though I have to set my alarm. LOL
I am playing a lot of tennis in the bubble (even a 6 day streak) and am thrilled to have the courts so close to where I live. Golf season may be over, but you never know as Mother Nature is fickle! Besides doing yoga at home I have been going to a local studio for Pilates and a Strength Class (especially when my cleaning lady comes every second week; it is good for me to clear out of the house). Keeping fit is important to me, for physical and mental health. It is also a big part of my social life.
I have joined a book club and we just read A Simple Favour; a good read if you need a book recommendation. It is not the type of book that I usually read (it is a Gone Girl genre) but it was a page turner and a quick read. There are about 8 in the group and I knew one lady from tennis so it is a great way to meet new people and read books I might not other wise choose. The book has been made into a movie that is playing at a local theater and last night one of the ladies from the book club met me to enjoy it. As usual, the book was better than the movie. And as usual they changed the plot line. I am not sure why most books made into movies have major plot changes made to them….
My husband and I went to Iceland in June and then have not traveled far from home since then. (See earlier blog posts about Iceland). Ontario is beautiful in summer and we like to stay around home and make use of our pool, golf and tennis memberships. My friend Giselle and I are going to Jamaica for 2 weeks in late November. I am teaching yoga at 2 resorts that are side by side so we get to stay at each resort one week at a time. I went with my friend Mary for 2 weeks when I first retired and we are off to Mexico for 2 weeks at the end of March. As well, my husband and I are off to Florida for a week in February to visit our expat friends. I love looking forward to these trips and love that I can teach yoga and visit different resorts.
My parents live a few hours from where I live so it has been nice to visit with them more often. My brother, sister-in-law and other extended family (aunts, cousins) all live there so it always feels good to visit. We will spend Christmas there too. But it is too early to talk about Christmas despite the stores having exploded with Christmas!
So that is retirement living for me! Loving every minute and grateful for my health! Retirement is exactly what I hoped for.