Family Stories: Happy New Year 2018

 Happy New Year 2018!

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I’d like to “Thank” my readers of 2017 and  I’ll be looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year… as I continue to write and share more family stories, recipes, and crafts.

Several things happened to me in 2017, but the biggest was… I turned that big and scary age of 65 and retired! When I married in 1971, the age of 65 seemed so, so far away… and now look – it’s here! The same with retirement… I thought I’d never see it, but look – I did! If my workplace hadn’t offered a buyout…. I’d probably still be working… as I actually didn’t want to go and figure out all that retirement stuff, and offer a resignation… even though I really wanted to retire… they made it easier!

Did I have a retirement party? No! I’m basically a behind-the-scenes type of person. I would be the one with the camera in hand so I  wouldn’t have to be photographed… I’m shy of the camera. When I tell my husband I’m shy…. he tells me No I’m not. He says that from seeing me at work, taking charge, but take me out of my environment… and I feel like a bunny inside… wanting to bolt away quickly. Maybe that’s why I’ve never enjoyed going to a hair salon… having my nails done or a body massage. On the other hand… take me to a cemetery where I can wander and photograph gravestones… I’m comfortable; but when I think of being buried and left there… it’s a definite No!

Even on my last day at work… no one really knew. I walked out as if it was just another day… no goodbyes… and it’s the way I wanted it! I’m also an emotional person, it’s hard for the tears to not swell up in my eyes, and the last thing I wanted, on that day, was my friends seeing me cry when they were thinking I should be happy… having no more days of hearing an alarm clock! Part of me felt selfish, but the other part of me knew it was how I needed it to be. Goodbye felt so odd! Even my husband hadn’t realized it was actually my last day until I told him when he picked me up! I’m very good at keeping secrets!

So what have I been doing with all my “free” time since retirement? My husband hates when people say that about him, as he thinks he doesn’t have enough time to get everything done that he wants to! He manages his time much better than I do… I’m more of a procrastinator!

What’s nice about retirement is… we can pack and pretty much go when and where we want. If I mention to hubby about taking a road trip, he has no problem packing the car… and waiting for me. I’m a Nancy Drew packer… having to have that one bag packed with things I need on “every” trip…. my laptop and always notepads and pens for writing! He packs the flashlights (being a Boy Scout) but I supply the directions. Hubby does the driving on our trips, while I navigate! I like having paper maps as well as using my phone… sometimes while driving on country backroads…. we lose all contact with the outside world!

Our 2017 trips included a few trips to Georgia to visit mom… we love the rides down through all the states; it’s funny when you recognize areas so well in other states. Loved our fall weekend trips to Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and we’ll definitely be returning there in 2018, so hurry up New Year… and warm up! March will be the “sugaring” season in Vermont… and we can’t wait to head there to see, smell and taste that maple syrup; I’ll be writing a “sweet” post on that road trip!

My 2018 “bucket list” will be filled with writing my April A to Z of All About Nancy Drew, whale and seal watching, biking on a railroad line in Rhode Island, antique weekends, taking the grandchildren on day trips, flea marketing, and I’m always on the hunt for my new passion of collecting Nancy Drew books and hubby enjoys looking for that certain “cast iron” pan. My books are a lot lighter than his cast iron finds!

I certainly hope that “you” had a great 2017 and I wish for an even better 2018 for all my readers, family and friends. We all want every year to be even better than the last, but you never know what the new year holds for you! The old saying, “tomorrow is promised to no one” is so true… and we should all try and live our lives thinking that, well…. we should try!

In 2018 I plan on living life to it’s fullest with hubby…. traveling more, crafting for the grandchildren, writing my A to Z on Nancy Drew in April and buying more Nancy Drew books… I think I need to find more time! As it is, we stay up late every night… bedtime usually comes around 1 a.m., so that means we rise no earlier than 8 a.m. unless needed for a school drop off! So do I have enough free time… believe me I could use more time!

I’ll keep writing…. you keep reading!

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Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!


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1 Response to Family Stories: Happy New Year 2018

  1. Evelyn Smith says:

    Great review of your busy, eventful year and sounds like you don’t plan to stop.
    I wish you all the best in the new year.

    Liked by 1 person

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