Tried to adopt last August but that one didn’t work out.
DUF [Dog Under Foot] showed up at a Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon pet adoption event two days ago. We were there only to accompany friends in their search, as we had postponed our search…until we looked into this seven-year-old’s eyes.
So, why not share retirement years with a guy like DUF? [Note: Official name not determined till my wife comes home from work.]
Note: I retired for twelve months and learned plenty. I’ll aim to post at least one stepping stone per week. Each of these lessons or impressions from that year off will constitute a mini-chapter of my book-in-progress.
Along with my book-in-progress, I’m also looking at setting up an online community. If you’re interested… [Honest! I’m scaling back my ‘shiny objects’ list!]
Yes, keep me updated!
A promise: Your email address will be used to inform you of the status of the book and community and will not be shared.
According to this roll of the dice, over the next two days**, I should aim to:
Go to a sporting event. [Maybe I’ll stop for five minutes at a high school soccer game en route to our fancy restaurant–die #4.]
Go out to a movie. [Netflix at home doesn’t count. Will probably see what’s at the Darkside Cinema.]
Go to a fitness club. [Sorry, not going to join one just because some silly wooden cube is telling me to. My garage works just fine, and for less cash, as a fitness club, though I haven’t yet installed my juice bar or sauna…]
Fancy restaurant. Hmmmm…Taco Vino [tonight’s plan] doesn’t quite qualify. Maybe I’ll order their gourmet plate [if they have one].
How did I do last weekend? Grade: D
Go running. [How about walk and waddle?]
Visit a museum. [I looked up the best online museums to visit. Yes, it’s cheating. But I didn’t get to those either.]
Listen to live music. [Meant to find some downtown buskers, though Imagine Coffee has someone almost every night. Will try that again.]
Order or make pizza. [I made a Serbian flatbread–lepinja–that served quite capably as a pizza.
**I actually count Friday afternoon as the beginning of each retirement weekend.
There will always be the ghosts of regret. Saddle up and ride on past.
I know, easier said than done.
But just think–you’ve set aside more time for living, for exploring new avenues.
And it’s possible you’ve left behind some people who detracted from your quality of life. So savor that, too.