Photo-a-day 20: Tell your story.

writing ink clock notebook
Even if it’s to yourself. You will be surprised how many insights and realizations will pop up, not to mention special [and possibly long concealed] memories.
There have been countless times when I wished I had sat down with my mom and dad to get more of a sense of their early lives.
Do yourself and your kids a favor–revisit your life on paper.
And here’s a little nudge to get you started…
Some highlights:
  1. The memoir’s tone should be largely celebratory.
  2. You don’t have to be a great writer.
  3. You can write your memoir any way you want.

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.


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and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

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Photo-a-day 19: Treat yourself today.

cinnamon roll apple pie swirls in crust
Apologies for lousy photo composition by amateurish [or hungry] photographer


Yes, ‘treat yourself’ is all part of my ‘try new’ crusade.

In this case, on a sunny January Saturday, we headed to Benton County Pie Company.
I heard about it on Wednesday and knew immediately a day trip was inevitable.
Fortunate that the weather gods shined upon us, we hopped in the car and drove west.
After a recheck on directions [Thank you, Alsea library ladies!], it was hard–even for me–to miss the turnoff. [Better yet, there is a sign along the way telling drivers that pie was just 3.14 miles ahead. But let’s not get that confused with January 23, National Pie Day, though I would say it’s imperative that pie be celebrated on both days.

Benton County Pie Company road sign

Once there, we checked into the not-so-imposing headquarters and picked up our cinnamon roll apple and key lime pies and made a beeline for home.

The leftovers in the fridge would have to wait a few extra hours…

key lime pie with zest and whipping cream
Breaking news: Dinner was served much later than usual last night.

Fellow retirees: If you’re looking for a more extended road trip, check out these suggestions.

And if you’re really into pie, this show remains firmly planted on my DVR for repeat viewings. I just love the heart and soul of the people [and the pies] highlighted here.

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.


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and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

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Photo-a-day 14: Vary your quiet times.

 

buddy and tim reduced

Sometimes, you read. Sometimes, you watch a thoughtful TV show [that DVR lets you race past the annoying ads]. Sometimes it’s music and closed eyes.

And sometimes, a loved one tracks you down.

It all works.

Here is a little more insight on quiet time for retirees.


I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.


If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

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Photo-a-day 13: Chocolate is your friend.

Hot chocolate and toffee scone
Hot chocolate from Full City Cafe in Eugene, OR

Okay, I can’t speak for everybody.

But in this house, chocolate tells me:

  • “Tomorrow is Monday and that you need to savor your time before you unretire for the week.”
  • “Appreciate what’s immediately in front of you.”
  • “Brew some Italian roast, roust your wife from being productive, and find a good book.”

For those who really take chocolate seriously, Five Steps You Need to Take to Really Savor Chocolate.


I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.


If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 12: Heed that inner voice…

Community chalkboard with the prompt 'Before I die, I want to...'
…that bucket list item that keeps calling your name.

This is a favorite stopping point in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Something new to ponder every time I visit.

[Reminder: These posts are just as much directed at myself as they are toward potential readers.]

Photo-a-day 11: Resist the list.

to do list

Fellow retirees, yes, some list items can’t be put off. [That brake job, for instance.]

But if you’re in a tug-of-war between cleaning up after breakfast and phoning your friend, well, let’s just say your buddy’s schedule is more of a moving target than those coffee mugs in the sink.

And consider the payoff. A few laughs, a listening ear [in both directions], and quite possibly a meetup in the near future.

Take a look at this list. I say, five of the seven items support my ‘call your friend’ suggestion.

Photo-a-day 10: When in doubt, push the envelope.

cinnamon roll dough and cranberry filling
Dried cranberries, hazelnuts, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a futile effort to escape.

Oh, sure, this dough looks a little overstuffed, but hey! time’s a wastin’!

I figure, in retirement, why not risk overstuffing a day, an hour, a month with new and/or favorite adventures?

Link of the day: 21 Fulfilling Ways to Pass Time in Retirement
Flaw: Baking isn’t specifically mentioned.

Current favorites from the above list:

  • Take a class [For me, one on Publishing on Amazon at the local community college.]
  • Write a book/blog. [see above]
  • Adopt a pet [By far, my favorite. I’m hoping Buddy feels the same way.]

    picture of black dog in photo frame

What’s been working for you? What are your favorite pastimes in retirement?