What's been on my plate recently: Vegetarian Minestrone Soup served in beautiful ceramic bowls. The soup was prepared by The Salvation Army (Parksville). The bowls were handmade and donated by The Arrowsmith Potters Guild. This was part of the Bowl of Hope To Go Virtual Fundraiser that recently took place on May 28, World Hunger… Continue reading What’s On Your Plate — Bowl of Hope To Go
Inspired by the beautifully painted rocks that regularly appear in the park near our home, I decided to make my own (slightly different) contribution. Each day, beginning December 1, I added a Christmas bulb to one of the trees (don't worry, I have no plans to litter and will take back any remaining bulbs after… Continue reading Holiday Inspiration
Early on, in our time of social isolation, a couple of different groups of my friends and family began to check in on each other via video conferences. These have been incredibly powerful. With many friends and family members living so far away, I wonder why we hadn't done this as groups before? One of… Continue reading Soul-Soothing Activities
Second Acts & Self-Reinvention
Way back in January, when threats of the 'new Coronavirus' barely registered for most of us, Leanne Le Cras asked me to write a guest post for her blog. Her focus was on what positive things I had been doing in my 'second act' (aka, life post-50). Little did I realize at the time, that my answers… Continue reading Second Acts & Self-Reinvention
Would You Rather…?
Thank you to author and blogger, Jill Weatherholt, for inviting me to play 'Would You Rather.' I encourage you to visit her site to check out not only my answers but the answers of other bloggers as well (some had me laughing for quite a while)! I look forward to seeing you there!
Why Celebrate Milestones?
Richard and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. For months ahead of time, we began to imagine how we would commemorate this day. We initially considered seeing the Northern Lights in the Yukon Territories. At -17C (1.4F), what were we thinking? As winter began to decend upon us, we decided on an all-inclusive beach… Continue reading Why Celebrate Milestones?
Gratitude and My Camera Roll
Inspired by the many Thanksgiving posts out there, I decided to make my own A - Z Gratitude List (of sorts). To do this, I went through my recent camera roll. Here's what I found: Books & Book Clubs Family Grandchildren Holiday Celebrations Mahjong Retirement Four years and four months ago, I took a leap… Continue reading Gratitude and My Camera Roll
Six years ago, when I was a Middle School Principal, I bought this ink drawing at a silent auction run by my school in Beijing. I didn't know the artist but knew that she went to our Elementary School. I immediately loved her work. The following year, I was visiting a second-grade classroom when I… Continue reading Aaliyah Annie
January 21 Gratitude
More memories than words can express. As we celebrate our 19th Wedding Anniversary. Immensely grateful. For those who prefer prose, here's a throwback post that remains 110% true. https://retirementreflections.com/2016/01/21/a-love-letter/.
Please Join Me at Retirementally Challenged
Thank you to Janis from Retirementally Challenged for inviting me to Guest Host on her site. It is an honour to be part of her first Guest Host Series. Since the weather is good and Mother Nature is in all of her glory, why not join me for a Spring Garden Tour on Vancouver Island?… Continue reading Please Join Me at Retirementally Challenged