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.


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 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.


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 15: Reluctant to exercise?

man with sweatshirt hood looking scared
Yeah, me too…

See if any of these tips will help get you moving in the new year.

Notice I didn’t mention anything about resolutions…smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-cold-sweat_1f605


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 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.

 

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

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 7: End Your Day With Laughter

boy laughing with book on his knee
Especially if it’s been ‘one of those days’.

The other night in bed, I read a news clipping [yes, on real newsprint!] about decluttering.

Good info and a relevant story.

But I foolishly scanned the flip side–a depressing rundown of Russia’s increasing influence in American politics.

When I finished, I turned out the light and settled in under the covers.

My eyes closed…and opened.

I was churning, unsettled.

I knew what I had to do.

Flick on the light and read from Jim Gaffigan’s book, Food: A Love Story.

Excerpt:

“Eating fries without salt feels like a sacrifice. What am I, a pioneer? When I have to eat unsalted fries, I often feel like I should be a contestant on Survivor, or something.”

Okay, now I was ready to sleep.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

Retirement Weekend: Canine censorship and college football

Probably not a headline you run across all that often…

Buddy and MacBook 2JPG

Been busy with this latest venture into ‘something new’:

https://inventwithwords.com/2018/10/27/the-journey-to-a-50000-word-novel/

There HAVE been obstacles:

https://inventwithwords.com/2018/11/04/national-novel-writing-month-day-4-the-struggle-is-real/

Am thankful I have my ‘retirement hours’ for what now feels like more of a challenge than I intended. [Note: I AM typing this one-handed.]