Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas
Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Twelve Years Ago
I had a theory that if they paid you not to work, don't! And so twelve years ago I did just that. And what a wonderful twelve years it's been!
It's fun to wake up and not have the "going to work" obligation, although, sometimes I have gotten so busy that going to work would look like a rest!!!!
I started working after high school and except for a few weeks at a time, I've worked my entire life. I was a working mom to daughter Sarah. A decision, I really regret.
But I have never regretted for a minute my decision twelve years ago. I have enjoyed each and every day of my retirement!
I've not been idle, however. For I love keeping house, cooking, gardening and friends. Husband Jim and I like to travel, too, and actually in those 12 years we've been to a surprising number of places.
I remember my first day of retirement -- I woke up at 4 a.m. and almost jumped out of bed to start my fall housecleaning. (And I must admit that by the time I retired, it was very very dirty!)
Then I realized that I didn't have to do everything on my first day of retirement and so I settled back into the pillows to wake at a more decent hour!
The house did get clean, the garage got cleaned, the basement got cleaned and I've done it over and over again over these last 12 years.
What do I like best about retirement? The fact that each day is my own. I can do whatever I want with it -- I can plan something or not. It's entirely up to me as to what I do with my day.
That . . . I like very much.