One of my favourite features of retirement is the ability to ‘loaf and putter’ whenever I like. Okay, maybe not precisely ‘whenever I like’…but pretty close. One of the things that I was looking most forward to when we returned home from our Camino Adventures on September 1 was loafing and puttering. Somehow it didn’t turn out that way. With just twenty-seven days between our returning home from the Camino, and heading out to our Home Exchange in Palm Desert — with Richard’s 70th birthday thrown in between — things were a bit crazy. So, what did we do during that time?
Here’s what my calendar said that we did:
• Planes/Trains/Buses/Ferries/Kindly Neighbours involved in our return home
• Happy Hour with neighbours
• Catch up with other friends/family
• Monday Euchre Club
• Tuesday Volunteer Dog Walking for SPCA
• Wednesday and Weekend Walking/Hiking Group
• Twice monthly Book Clubs
• Newcomer’s Monthly General Meeting
• Newcomer’s Supper Club (Let’s Do Dinner)
• Artists’ and Crafters’ Monthly Working Session
• Trivia Pub Night with Friends
• Coffee with Friends
• Lunch with Friends
• Meet up with fellow blogger (Dr. Socks)
• Visit with one of our sons, DIL & granddaughter at Nanaimo Campground
• Visit from close out-of-town friend (two nights)
• Drive friend to Victoria airport (five-hour return trip…worth every minute)
• Dentist Appointments (two) and Hairdressers
• Preparing for Richard’s 70th birthday celebrations (this deserves many lines!)
• Ten people sleeping at our place (two+ nights) for Rich’s birthday weekend
• Pizza supper of fourteen people at our place
• Backyard BBQ to celebrate Rich’s Birthday (forty friends, neighbours, family)
• Prepare for upcoming home exchange to Palm Desert
• Drive to Kelowna (six+ hours) to spend time with family en route to Palm Desert
• Three nights in Kelowna
• Three days drive to Kanab, Utah to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
• One night in Las Vegas (we met one of our sons who was at a convention there)
• One night in Yuma to help my parents sell their Park Model Home
• Drive to Palm Desert (for a five-week stay)
• Not on my calendar, but equally included in this time period were blogging, Guest Posts, volunteer website work for Newcomers, household chores, shopping, cooking, etc. etc.
When I was working, I never understood the retirement saying “I don’t know how I had time to work?” I completely understand this now!
For those who prefer visual input, here, in random order, are some pics from our small gap between the Camino and our Palm Desert Home Exchange.
‘Loafing and puttering’ officially begins now!