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?

Photo-a-day 3: When in doubt, find sunshine.

sunshine-on-pine.jpg

I can take the cold and wet of winter. It’s the darkness that gets me. So when the sun is out, I bolt from the house. We’re retired. We have the time. No sense staying locked up and losing those precious rays. In fact, it’s calling my name right now. 

Photo-a-day 2: Happiness at 450 degrees

One of my rules for retirement…

When in doubt, bake.

Just a couple of loaves for Christmas Day breakfast: onion/cheese and plain cheese. 

Their sweet dough ‘cousins’ are resting comfortably in the fridge. They might end up as cinnamon rolls tomorrow afternoon. The dough’s flavor improves with a couple of days’ respite basking in the 35 degrees.

A new retirement weekend goal: 10 new ventures [updated]

buddy on my chest caption

Let’s define ventures : forays into something new.

Goal: At least ten new ventures for the weekend. I’m giving my Do Something Dice a week off. Hey, we retirees write our own rules! Here is the list so far…I’ll be adding incrementally through the weekend.

1. A Reading to Fight Hunger  Magic Barrel

2. Friday afternoon: Attended the dedication of statue to Dick Fosbury, the 1968 Olympic gold medalist from Oregon State University. Fifty years ago today, he revolutionized the high jump event with his patented flop.

3. Start a new board game design. Lots of mental math involved, that much is certain.

4. The crust is made, the apples from our backyard tree are sliced/diced, now it’s time to explore:  https://www.delish.com/cooking/g326/apple-pies/  And the decision is ‘Apple Pie with Salted Pecan Crumble  with some variations. I used hazel nuts instead of pecans and I added plumped-up dried cranberries.

salted pecan crumble apple pie

5. New place to walk Buddy, our recently-adopted Aussie Shepherd mix.
buddy new walk

6. New TV Show: The Rookie. I liked the characters, but didn’t need the gritty gore.

7. New music to listen to—I started with a new playlist on Spotify: Good Morning Jazz. That led me to Kokoroko, an Afrobeat Collective

8. A new breakfast burrito for lunch at La Rockita, along with their quality chicken torta.

9. New books:

Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

The Wizard of Foz [Subject: Dick Fosbury]

How to Bake by Paul Hollywood

10. A new tofu cheese recipe from Green Evi . No, it doesn’t completely replace real cheese, but I like the flavors and the protein and the lower fat content. [i.e. less guilt].

11. A Sunday where I read only the comics. Done! 

12. Two new biscuit recipes. Sweet potato biscuits and savory herb biscuits. As I usually do, I improvised by adding cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, and maple syrup to the sweet potato version. My starting point is usually Bert Greene’s  half-white flour, half whole wheat Sky High Biscuits recipe from The Grains Cookbook.

I opted for bite-size for more concentrated flavors…and less guilt.

[Same calories….but less guilt.]

biscuits bisqettes