Tuesday, June 18, 2013

18 Days and Counting

Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, "Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary. 
Anthony Robbins

As I woke up yesterday morning, that familiar "I don't want to go." Mondays have always been difficult for me.  And then it struck me that I only had three more Mondays to go.  The time is growing short now.  My first week into retirement I'll probably stay fairly close to home. I plan to do some de-cluttering.  My closet is so crammed with clothes that  I'll have no need for so the first step will be to clean out my closet, keep the necessities, and take the rest to the Goodwill Dumpster around the corner.  Then I will set about re-arranging my knickknacks and cleaning off my bookshelves. No books are going to be given away, but I do want to organize a bit better.

Of course, that will probably be the week the biopsy is done as well, and that will require some time to rest and recuperate. My work insurance is only good until the end of July so I want to have it taken of before that runs out rather than start over at this point.  Let's just get it done so I can get on with my life, and then worry about transitioning to Medicare. 
I've  been looking into Senior and Recreational Centers as well...and it looks like exciting times are in my future.  There is a City Recreational Center a bus ride away, and they offer  Bingo, Ceramics, Fabri-crafts, Oil Painting, and Card Games amongst other things...and all for $25 a year.  The Senior Center offers Stress Management, Day Trips, Movies, Current Event Celebrations, etc. Oh, am I going to be busy, but in a fun way. I am so looking forward to it. Hey, you never know, I just might become the next Michelangelo. Who knows?

And, of course, there are are lazy days hanging out in the park with my trusty Kindle.  Hubby said last year an elderly Asian man was always in the park playing some strange instrument.  He said the music this man made was so beautiful that it left him in a meditative trance.  I hope to see him this year.

Then there are afternoon matinees at the movies and trips out to Coney Island. I plan to do some window gardening now that I have the time and experiment with recipes as I did so long ago.  Oh, I cannot wait.  Retirement is definitely going to be a celebration...and I plan savor every moment of it.

 Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual
brings a special recipe or offering, so that together we will make a great
feast. Celebration is a human need that we must not, and can not, deny.
It is richer and fuller when many work and then celebrate together.

Corita Kent and Jan Steward


  1. Your happy-looking-forward-to posts are grrrreat!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. I enjoy hearing of your retirement plans and can't wait to hear of your experiences!!

  3. Ohhhhh, retirement! I am green, positively green, with envy!

  4. Remember that you also can sleep late and take naps. You don't have to rush to get things done either.

  5. (Did you get my long email about Medicare? I wasn't sure if I had the right email for you!)

  6. I'm so excited for you Mary...
    Your new adventures sound so lovely..
    Retirement is going to look good on you. :)
    Enjoy the rest of your week Dear Friend!

  7. Wow! I'm so glad you have so much to look forward to, Mary. The Senior Center sounds like it has a lot of fun stuff which you deserve. And taking cat naps can be part of your plan too. It's delicious as I'm sure you know taking naps during the day with a trusty Kindle.

  8. Hey Mary......I know how much you are looking forward to retiring.....BTW is your email the same? I, too, would like to send you some info about medicare.



  9. I have approximately 3382 more sleeps until my retirement. I wish it was 18 days! I bet you cannot wait! Take care...