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7 Months into Retirement and Still Giddy!

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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.

Diane

 

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Fall is wonderful!

 

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Fall is especially wonderful now that I am retired! As a teacher September was the most difficult month. That first week of school I already felt 2 weeks behind. How was that even possible?! It was always hard to transition from having 2 months off to full-time craziness. I always felt anxious that I would not complete the individual education plans for the students with special needs in time (mid October). I had 40 to do the last few years with a new, and I felt, in some ways a more tedious computer program. It was always tough when we had so many students with so many needs and not as many EAs or special ed. teachers as we would have liked. Although I am an active person I would be physically tired at the end of each day. My feet would ache and sometimes headaches would creep in during the day. Recently, my husband told me he noticed that we have not had to purchase any Tylenol since I retired! Saying all that you can see why I was happy not to be returning to school this fall. Some mornings I actually look at the bedside clock and when I see the time is after 8:30 AM (our school start time) I actually say Yahoo!

People ask what do I do?

I am still playing tennis 3 – 4 times a week and golf twice a week. I have been using the pool a lot though it is cooling off now so we will close it this weekend. Summer feels officially over when we close the pool. It feels great to do yoga and or pilates when I want. Constantly, I am reading novels and I am joining a book club which is meeting tomorrow. It has been nice to meet up with friends for lunch, coffee etc during non-busy times. Love trying new recipes such as vegetarian chili in my Magic Pot (which my friends also loved). I have organized my pantry and I sorted and stored my summer shoes and got out my fall booties. There is still a mess under my bathroom sink and my accessories in my closet… Those will be for a rainy day.  This Sunday I am off to visit my parents overnight as they live 2 hours away.  So you get the jist…I am doing all the things that I love to do.

Oh, and I should say (admit?) I spend about an hour each day on Social Media. Wow, I cannot believe that I have gotten so hooked! Perhaps because I did so little before it is still novel for me. Very few of my close friends use Facebook so it was not something that I needed or even wanted. So what an about-face (get it LOL). I enjoy seeing what people are doing on FB and Instagram is more of a creative outlet. Of course I should mention my WordPress blog as well. I am not sure if I should be writing more regularly but I write when I feel like it.  It is my retirement so I figure I can do as much or as little blogging as I want.

As I feel like I am admitting to guilty pleasures I should also say my husband and I are hooked on HQ Trivia. It is a live trivia game at 9 PM and no matter what we are doing we stop and play. The questions start easy and get very hard very quickly. I won 58 cents. Not a lot of money but it is the bragging rights! If you want to play download the app from the App Store and use my  referal code sertdd  Be careful as it is addicting!

More guilty pleasures are Trivia Crack and Word Crack which are games that I bought at the app store to play when I have time to kill. It used to be while I was waiting for appointments etc. but now I play a couple of times a week. I am at level 21 in Trivia Crack and my best game in Word Crack (think Boggle) is 1109.  Let me know if this is good as I am not sure!

Now that I am retired I look forward to volunteering. In October I am volunteering at the Barrie Film Festival. I have been attending films and the after party for the last few years and I look forward to meeting others who love film. As well, I have been asked by my staff at my “old” school to help with the Terry Fox Run and to teach yoga on their Wellness Day.

So that is what I do now that I am retired. How do I feel? Happy (and grateful for pension plans!).

 

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Summertime, Summertime!

 

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Summertime, summertime…  just the phrase conjures up nostalgia. For most people it reminds them of carefree times during their summer holidays from school. For me, and most teachers, we get to continue to look forward to summers off and enjoying a long holiday. I retired the end of March, however, now that it is summer I hardly recollect I am retired because I am used to having summers off. Like many past summers I am out playing golf and tennis, off visiting friends and family, road trips with my husband, and enjoying our pool. See more of what I was up to this summer on my Instagram page @retirementpleasures

Now that it is a couple of weeks into August and there are Back to School signs and sales in the stores I feel a thrill at the thought of not going back. September is a very busy month for teachers and this year I will not be part of that busy rush. I feel a long exhale coming…..

I am feeling a bit scared but more excited about not returning to school this September. The first day of the school year I will be golfing 18 holes starting at 8:30 AM, going to a doctor’s appt. in the afternoon and then playing tennis from 5 – 7 PM. I know I will be thinking of school the whole day which will be my excuse if my games are poorly played!

Gratitude is always on my mind. I am so lucky to have my health, great husband, friends, family, and a beautiful home. Being able to retire and enjoy life is really a gift that I will not take for granted.

I have longed to be able to travel in the fall. The cooler weather and changing colours of the maple trees here in Ontario have always made me want to go exploring. I picture my husband and I in the convertible, top down of course, driving down country roads covered with red, yellow and orange foliage. Less crowds and low season prices add to my idea of an ideal fall get away.

Nice Surprise!

I have not been blogging very long so imagine my surprise when Jane Fritz from robbyrobinsjourney.wordpress.com nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award. Thanks Jane! I am happy to accept!

Here are the rules:

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Nominate 6-12 bloggers who you believe deserve to be recognized. Comment on their blogs, to let the nominees know they have been nominated.

Number 1 and 2 are completed

Number 3

Blogging has always sounded interesting to me. I think of it as keeping a public journal. I get to reread my thoughts in the future and making it public was my way of sharing what it is like to retire after 30 years of teaching.  For most people retiring is a major life change. I am not exactly sure what my retirement is going to look like (though the first 4 and 1/2 months have been wonderful) and I thought why not share my journey.

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Advice: #1 Just do it! As I said I was not sure what retirement would be for me so I started to blog without a true sense of what I would be blogging about. So just start and see where it takes you. #2 Write it for yourself. This may seem opposite to what blogging is but as I wrote above I am using this blog as a journal. I find it a good process to sit and put into words how I am feeling and not just what I am doing.

Number 5

To be truthful I follow a lot of people on Instagram and most are already people with  popular blogs. The first blog I started reading was Jillian Harris’ at Jillianharris.com  I enjoyed her on Love it or List it Vancouver and when I googled her I found her blog. So, really, I can say it was her blog that inspired me to get Instagram which led me down the path to these other people and then eventually to start my own.

My favourites, besides Jillian’s are:

Minimalist Baker   minimalistbaker.com   -shares plant-based recipes with 10 or less ingredients

Plant You plantyou.com -plant based tips and recipes

My 100 year Home  my100yearoldhouse.com   -shares  DIY projects and farmhouse renovations

Kristy Wicks kristywicks.com lifestyle blogger,: searching for beauty every day

Since the above already have 1000’s of followers (and for good reasons) I will nominate a blogger in my neck of the woods.

Simcoe County Living  simcoecountyliving.ca/  follows John and Melissa as they explore Simcoe County

 John and Melissa, you are nominated for a blogger award!

Talking about gratitude, thanks Jane for helping me build my blog. Thanks to those that follow me. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Diane Doris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iceland Part 2: Landscape

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Wow,  you quickly note how diverse the landscape is in Iceland. You can look to one side of the road and it is dotted with lava rocks and otherwise barren. Then you look to the other side and you see lush greenery, wild flowers, waterfalls etc. Honestly, we took so many photos because EVERYWHERE in Iceland is a photo op! Above is a black stone beach with lava outcrops. Here the sea was crashing in and it was exhilarating.

 

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We did not realize how mountainous Iceland is and that driving meant up and down, around and over many mountains. Of course the views were incredible and my husband, Ralph, loved driving them. Sheep were all over the roads and mountains. I was surprised how high they climb. We learned they roam freely all summer and then are gathered in the fall. A lot of the towns on the fiords were in between the ocean and the mountains. So very pretty!

 

Fiords

Driving the Western Fiords was beautiful and having never traveled fiords before I learned how long it takes to wind in and out of them. The roads are often narrow and in some places vehicles have to pull over to let others get by. The roads do not have continuous shoulders as we do but they are sprinkled in places along side the road. I have to admit when we were on a cliff and we had to pull over I held my breath as there are very few guard rails. The Western Fiords were cool with some rainy periods while we were there. Our warmest day was in Seydisfijour in the Eastern Fiords.  I certainly have a fond memory of sitting enjoying a cold icelandic beer at a picnic table and then eating lunch on a warm 20 degree celsius day. Incredibly, the Icelandic beer I preferred was a Mango Pale Ale. Mango beer made in Iceland! Who would have thought?

 

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Geo-thermal Activity

We saw geysirs,  boiling mud pots, and really enjoyed the various hot pots (like hot springs). I tried to hold my breath at Hverir because of the sulphur smell.  The landscape, at times, resembled planets. We definitively felt it was other worldly. Lucky, for the Icelanders they get cheap geo-thermal heating. That would be nice back here in Canada!

 

Craters

We climbed a few craters and they were varied as well. It is geologists playground here and I only wish I knew more about the craters, rocks etc. so I could enjoy them more than just from just the aesthetics.

Caves, Cliff etc.

So the first pic below is of me starting a 12 KM hike by scaling a cliff with ladders and ropes. The pics with birds are the Latrabjang Cliffs which is a bird reserve on the most westerly point. The caves were seen in The Game of Thrones and the water inside is so hot you will get scalded if you go in the water. The pic of puffins is from a cliff in Dyrholaey. The last pic is of basalt columns that we saw a lot of and marveled how they looked chiseled. If you check out my last post with waterfall pics you will see that they are in many of the waterfall pics.

 

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One of my favourite days was hiking at the Fjallabak nature Reserve. Here we saw everything: mountains, sulpher springs, hot pots, snow, a crater and the most beautiful mountain scenes with so many colours I felt I was in a Lawrence Harris painting.

I could have posted 100’s of pictures of landscapes but I had to narrow down for you the reader. If you did not see my first blog on Iceland check it out for waterfalls etc.

This was a once in a lifetime trip and most outdoorsy people will enjoy Iceland. Let me know if you have gone in the comments and what you enjoyed best about your trip. If you are going and have any questions feel free to contact me at retirementpleasures@hotmail.com

Diane

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4200 Kilometres around Iceland – Part One

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My husband Ralph and I just got back from a 2 week, 4200 kilometre trip around Iceland. He did all the planning and booking months before we left and although he shared some of our itinerary a lot of it was unknown to me. I should mention that my husband has the energy of 5 men so I really should have been more involved in the planning or at least had the sense to remind him that I am only a mere mortal!

So that is how I ended up travelling not only the The Golden Circle and The Ring Road as most tourists do but also the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Western Fiords.

We both were surprised how mountainous Iceland is and were truly amazed at the variety of landscapes and the rugged natural beauty at each turn. There were times hiking where we could not help but utter “Wow” and stand in awe at the beauty.

This is a photographers dream, my husband took over 1100 photos on his camera and I over 400 on my phone. Every turn in the road seemed to have an Instagram worthy pic.

Hot Pots

All over Iceland are hot pots which are hot springs. Our favourites were just off the road. We would put our bathing suits on in the car and run out in 8 degree weather to hop into a hot natural hot spring. Most had a beautiful view and we were lucky enough to be alone for all or part of the time we visited these natural beauties. Then there were hot pots that had showers and or change rooms. Some had 3 cement man made tubs of different temperatures and some even had swimming pools. The more facilities usually meant you paid. A few had hot tubs like we would have here in our backyards but of course the source of heat was geothermal.  Besides these hot pots we visited The Blue Lagoon and Myvatn Baths both of these were spas similar to Scandinav spas back here at home, however, these popular Icelandic hot springs have light blue milky water full of rich minerals, silica and algae. At The Blue Lagoon our fee included a free drink and a clay face mask. People complain this place is touristy but we visited here on our last day and really enjoyed it. As with many places in Iceland it has an other world feeling to it with the milky blue water and people sitting around with white clay masks on and then picture black lava rocks encircling the pools and steam clouds floating by.  My only regret about packing for this trip was that I only brought one bathing suit!

Waterfalls

I do recall when my husband was planning this trip that he often mentioned we would be doing hikes to look at waterfalls. We saw a lot of waterfalls! They were everywhere! Some were tourist ready with parking, paths and if lucky  with washrooms while others were just as spectacular but were enroute with no place to stop. The roads in Iceland do not have shoulders. There are many signs telling motorists not to stop in the middle of the road. We did stop to catch a shot of some waterfalls but of course only when we were alone on the road. To Ralph each waterfall was pic worthy.  I suspect half of those 1100 photos are of waterfalls! We also hiked many and of course they are uphill and often on wet rocky paths but the climb to the top is always worth it sometimes with the reward of spray in your face and always the view!

Lodging

We enjoyed staying in a variety of lodgings. We stayed in hotels, AirBNBs and even a hotel that was originally lodgings for women in a herring factory. What surprised us is that they do not use flat sheets Iceland. They have fitted sheets and then a duvet (one for each of us). So it was a duvet or nothing and I love sleeping with just a sheet over me so there was a lot of duvet on, duvet off over the course of each night. As well, we were there the time of year when it never gets dark! We came prepared with sleeping masks but you cannot be prepared for how it plays tricks on your mind. Many of our days were filled with 10 hour days of sightseeing and driving and because of the light my mind would be tricked into thinking it was still day even when it was night. Often, around 10ish I would just feel a wall of tiredness and then get into bed with the mask. The first few days we would be driving and be thinking that we need to get to places before it gets dark and we had to remind ourselves that it did not get dark. So back to the lodgings…. we loved the modern hotels we stayed in, or drove by.  It seemed most new buildings were modern in design. Because of the boom in tourism a lot of hotels were fairly new and others being built or added on to. We enjoyed the AirBNBs because we got to see how the Icelandic people live. We had some nights in what I would call tiny homes and a cottage in the forest. Some offered laundry and we did laundry twice. When staying at the AirBNBs we stopped at the grocery store before and bought ingredients to cook a meal. A lot of the hotels included a breakfast which was always buffet style. The only place where we had shared washrooms was at the old herring factory in Djupavik. This was way out in the western fiords. Since we went to a hot pot with showers that night and then visited a hot pot the next day we did not use them. I did try herring for breakfast that morning and it was not that strong of a taste. Though is will not replace my morning oatmeal! This place also had an art exhibit, 16 artists from around the world exhibited their works in a decrepit herring factory. It was surreal as the building was one that could be used for horror movies!

Hotel Djupavik- old herring factory’s/art gallery

Other Lodgings

The next post will about the landscape and I believe my pictures will “wow” you.

 

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May be the best time of my life…

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!

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Oh, I am retired now…

Since retiring I find myself running into people in the community during the school day and I always get a hello and then that look.  Teachers everywhere know that look. It says what are you doing here in the middle of a school day. Heaven forbid, we are off for a doctor’s appointment and stop by the grocery store on the way home. Then a parent from the school sees you and squints, nods and says hello. There is no smile with this hello and it is stated more like a question than a statement. The same parent that would usually ignore you now needs to say hello but really s/he wants you to know that they “caught” you. So I find myself saying hi to people and when given that look I am quick to say, “Oh, I am retired now.” Why? I know I do not need to say anything but years of explaining myself is ingrained.  I imagine this need to explain will continue until the end of this June and then I would be off for summer holidays when no explanation is needed. I will see by this fall if I can stop myself from this habit.

Since the weather has gotten nicer the last few weeks I have started golf and outdoor tennis. It feels like summer holidays to me. I think it might take until September to feel like I have really retired. It will be strange and wonderful not to head back to the classroom in late August to ready for another school year. I do not have any plans for that first week but I think I will make sure I am out of town doing something completely different. I do not want to run into people and feel the need to explain that I am retired!

 

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The Early Days of Retirement

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Well, I started my retirement off with a bang! I went to Jamaica for 2 weeks with my friend Mary. We are both yoga instructors and work with Fitness Pro Travel, a company that places fitness instructors at resorts. I get to stay at nice resorts for a fraction of the cost by teaching 1 – 2 yoga classes a day. Going away right after retirement was great; not only did I get to leave the snow and ice in Canada but I missed some storms while away. Going away for 2 weeks at the beginning of April was doing something that I was not able to do while teaching. It is also just great to get away from home and any routines that I might have fallen into. So, if possible, I highly recommend taking off soon after one retires.

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I have been home for over a week and I am still riding my retirement high. I have been waiting for so long it only took 5 minutes to get use to retirement. At times I think, wow, I am retired and I feel pure glee. I am eating healthier and I hope to start a routine with small weights. As well, I will add AM yoga with some pilates. At the end of April the tennis bubble comes down and then my summer tennis club starts after May long weekend so there is a bit of a transition time. I will be playing doubles 4 to 5 times a week. Golf, I plan to start next week. I will be playing in two leagues: 18 holes each Tuesday AM and then 9 holes Wednesday evening. Tonight I am attending the opening 9 hole league meeting and wine and cheese social.
Yesterday I took some treats and thank you notes to my staff at school. It was nice to see everyone and so nice just to visit! I will volunteer some time the end of May to help scribe for the grade 3 and 6 testing.
My husband is going to a conference in Toronto this Friday and Saturday and I will be able to tag along. I could not do this while teaching so it will be novel to go down Thursday night and stay by the convention centre. While he is attending the conference on Friday I will meet my friend Andrea, a retired teacher, and we will lunch etc.
So, I am enjoying the pleasures of retirement. Time, is a great gift to have, and I feel so fortunate to spend it how I like.

 

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Three Days Until Retirement

On November 1, I went to an EFTO retirement workshop. It took place after school and lasted 3 hours. A catered meal nourished us while we listened to a rep from EFTO and a rep from OTIP Insurance.
This was my second opportunity to attend a retirement info session. I was looking forward to the event as a stepping stone to my retirement. We sat at banquet tables of 8 and I took a minute to look around at my fellow soon to be retirees. As is at these sessions there is a bit of a range in ages, say early 50’s to mid 60’s. I have been feeling only joy about my impending retirement, however, I was suddenly struck with the feeling that this next step means we are all entering the FINAL stage of our lives. All of a sudden I started to picture people around the next table morphing from their present selves to seniors hunched over in a nursing home. This was the first time I felt scared and the reality that I am getting older. There is nothing I can do, so here I go entering the final stage of my life. Since I am only 55 I really want to embrace these early years of retirement when I am healthy. Act lll here I come!

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The not so exciting retirement plans…

As a teacher I always put off time consuming chores for the summer holidays. Although these chores  pictured above are not exciting I do like an organized, clutter free home so I look forward to tackling them before the summer holidays. I was going to take a photo of the disaster zone in the cupboard under my bathroom sink but it was such a crowded mess I just quickly shut the doors. That little space might take longer than my kitchen pantry. LOL

We have had a cleaning lady come to our home twice a month since we have been married and we love that it frees up our time for other things. So I had been wondering if I should take that role on when I retire and recently by husband mentioned it.  Since I will be off to Jamaica with a girlfriend the first two weeks of April I  said we should keep our cleaning lady for a while longer.  I am a bit torn on this issue so I think it best just to keep her and see how it works. I do love coming home after she has been here and feeling happy my house is clean and grateful that I did not have to do it.

So 10 more days of teaching; which will involve cleaning out my classroom. Maybe my cleaning lady can help….LOL

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Thoughts on my Impending Retirement

Thoughts on my Impending Retirement
So I’m about to retire in just over a month. In fact there are only 24 actual teaching days left. I have been looking forward to this for the last few years and finally I am starting to count days. I am very excited to not have to be tied down to a schedule and to those school bells! I look forward to going places when I want and doing what I please. I plan to spend more time being active. I love playing golf, tennis and doing yoga. In fact I am a yoga instructor and I have been teaching one night a week during the school year. I will miss teaching yoga but as I said earlier I do not want to be tied down to a schedule. I have been a member of Fitness Pro travel which has allowed me to travel and teach yoga. This is how I will spend my first two weeks of retirement; teaching yoga in Jamaica. It will be interesting to be teaching school 1 week and then off to Jamaica teaching yoga the next week. That’s a great way to begin my retirement! I’m also looking forward to more traveling. Imagine not having to travel on March break anymore! My husband and I are planning a trip to Iceland for 2 weeks, going mid June, and I could not be more excited. The pictures look amazing from our research online and we will do a lot of hiking. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. My parents, aunts and uncles are aging and I am happy to be able to go more often to Peterborough. I also look forward to spending more time with friends and doing the above activities during the day instead of always cramming them into evenings and weekends. Also, I look forward to spending more time with my husband. He will still be working 4 days a week but it will be nice to spend more time with him when he is off. I became a vegetarian last fall and I look forward to expanding my cooking skills in this area.
So these are my hopes and my plans so far. I want to live a healthy retirement so I can enjoy all life has to offer for me. How do I feel? Giddy most of the time and just a little bit scared of such a big change in my life. Thank goodness for pension plans! It’s hard to believe that I will be getting a cheque and not getting up and going to work. Not getting up at my alarm! Not having difficult days with difficult students! Not doing all the paperwork!! What will I miss? I will miss those same students that were giving me a difficult day and I will miss the wonderful staff. I guess it’s the relationships that I will miss. And that is probably the best thing to miss!
So I will be appreciating my last couple of weeks at work while anticipating my new life in retirement.