This curled up photo of Abby is not meant to be a representation of how I feel as I enter a new phase of my life. And, of course, it is not “retirement,” unless you choose to see it as re tire ment (getting a new set of wheels.)
I think I more closely resemble the photo of Shanara – alert and ready to try anything new.
That something new might just require learning to climb. The more I do scrambles, the more my interest in actual climbing surfaces. Fun! I love looking for handholds and footholds, although I want to do it outside, not on an indoor rock climbing wall.
But enough of that. On this, my second last working day, I wrote my second last story (seems apt) and had lunch with Mark, Lise and Shawn. Very pleasant and good fun. My gosh, I have worked with that paper since just months after it started. It’s been a long association.
Now, I’m excited about moving on to an entirely new phase of work: working on a book, on other projects, on editing Simon’s book – on simply accepting and saying “yes” to what comes along.
It has also been a supremely uneventful day. While others have been struggling with power outages and high velocity winds, I’ve walked with Abby in the back 40, done some much-needed house cleaning and laundry – and some shopping – and just catching up. I canceled my newspaper subscription after all these years. There are things I no longer need in my life – negative news is one of them.
I have a huge pot of pea soup cooking on the stove.
I am planning a hike on Minnas Ridge for Saturday.
A Christmas Party Dec. 11 (with Simon’s band – swooning – he is so hot).
I am also unplanning – and that’s even more fun. I am going to spend some quality time relishing the lack of a schedule. I have been scheduled most of my life – this is the new things I am embracing.