It's not a book yet, but it could be! I'm setting out on a new chapter in my life.....the one that begins when you retire from your full time office job and start another life style. I've looked forward to this for some time now, as do many of us. But it was expedited by the twists and turns that life throws at us.
First of all, my retirement date was planned for the end of March.....making April 1st or April Fools Day the first day of my retired life. An auspicious date for such a monumental change don't you think? So, as always, with "the best laid plans of mice and men" .....things didn't work out that way. During my Christmas vacation, I fell and broke my foot. That put me in an air cast, with instructions to keep my foot elevated for a period of time. But, beyond that, I was unable to drive our standard vehicle, so had to take extra time off work. Rather than have the office go through training someone for my absence with the broken foot, and then again six weeks later for my permanent replacement, I decided to expedite my retirement date.
One of the things I did to help out was to walk their adorable and extremely well trained little dog three times a day. I couldn't help but notice the houses in the neighborhood. I like unusual buildings and this district was amazing....everything from the heritage home to the ultra-modern....side-by-side making a very eclectic neighborhood. It was a pleasure to walk around and see these places.
So now I'm home, adjusting to retired life, checking on my parents every second day by telephone, and planning to go back for a short check-in on spring break. I'll be taking two granddaughters to see their Dad at that time and will tie in a visit with Mum and Dad. In walking around in my back yard yesterday, I discovered a surprise....crocuses blooming all over the lawn in our back yard. A harbinger of spring that was very welcome after walking a little dog dressed in boots and sweater in -37 degree windchills!