33 Things to do when you retire

Well, there are actually so MANY things to do but I wanted to keep it brief for now. Basically, when you first retire, you do those things top on your list … then when those are done, on to more and more and more and …

  1. Empty drawers and clean out the fridge.
  2. Clean the closet and toss out clothes (esp work clothes).
  3. Weed the garden then plant flowers or tomatoes or both.
  4. Rearrange the garage – build a bird house.
  5. Binge-watch your favorite program – Game of Thrones? Longmire? The Good Fight? The Crown? And never look at the clock until you finish.
  6. Learn to play an instrument.
  7. Take a cooking class.
  8. Travel within your city, then state. Travel abroad.
  9. Hike a nearby trail. Hike a mountain. Travel overnight and hike a 14er – A 14er is a 14,000 ft mountain. (Colorado has 57 to choose from!)
  10. Even better, hike a 13er and you will have hundreds of less people on the path. They are all focused on the 14ers!
  11. Paint your closet? Room? House? Fence?
  12. Take a knitting or crochet class.
  13. Photograph the things you love.
  14. Learn to fly-fish.
  15. Visit local coffee shops, farmer’s markets, libraries, churches, botanical gardens, or whatever it is that sings to you.
  16. Join a Meetup and find others who share your passions.
  17. Start a bookclub. Or join one. Start at your local library. They either have one or can help you start one.
  18. Start a blog.
  19. Read other blogs.
  20. * Make comments on blogs (begin with mine and comment below).
  21. Get your library card. Then go visit the library and see what they have to offer. Check out the books you promised yourself you would read!
  22. Get a dog. Then take daily or 2x daily walks. You will both benefit.
  23. Download podcasts that appeal to your passions.
  24. Learn to play pickleball.
  25. Learn how to access online audio library books (free from your library) such as Libby, Overdrive and Hoopla. Audible is ok too if you want to pay for the books (which is a good thing, of course).
  26. Take a road trip. Just to the next town or maybe the next state or country?
  27. Like music? Go to youtube.com and sing along with your favorite bands.
  28. Learn the lyrics to new songs and sing at the top of your voice in the shower, in the kitchen, in your yard (while you are weeding!)
  29. Make time for exercise – of course, now you have LOTS OF TIME and no more excuses.
  30. Lift weights. Your bones will thank you.
  31. Go to the movies. Find the theaters that give discounts to Happily After Retired people like you and me. 😊
  32. Do more of what makes you happy!Volunteer your time at a local food bank, theater, school, nursing home, or hospital. Find the thing that stirs your soul and donate your time. If you decide its not a good fit, move on to the next thing.
  33. Start a movement. Weekly coffee dates? Morning walks? Wine tours? Kayak adventures? Writing sessions? Music jams? What’s important to you? Decide and create a group of others who feel the same. Then set a time and date and make it happen.

What have you always wanted to do and now you GET to do it? Something I’ve mentioned? Something you might share? Would love to hear it.

 

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The Sun Magazine

The Sun: Thought-Provoking-my gift to you!

Two years ago at Christmas I received a subscription to The Sun magazine (https://thesunmagazine.org/). (And I have one to give to you – keep reading!)

And I was confounded. Neither my friend who sent it nor I have a religion affiliation unless you call sunrise hikes, evening kayaking or nighttime star-gazing a religion. Which we do, actually. Even still, it took me by surprise to receive such a gift. Until I read The Sun.

The Sun’s byline is “Personal. Political. Provocative. Ad-Free.”

I would also add “Spiritual. Non-Religious.”

Oh my.

This monthly magazine became my morning reading material. I savored it and made it last. The interviews are in-depth and teach me something new every month. The essays, memoirs and true stories keep me reading until the end and when I finish, I often let out a huge sigh. There is usually a fiction story, poetry and best of all (at least for me) is Readers Write. One topic is given and thousands of people submit their version of the topic. About 20 first-person stories are chosen and it’s like a roller-coaster of reading.

life steps quoteSo, for Christmas last year, I sent a subscription (at only $25 per year per subscription if it’s a gift) to four people who I thought would also appreciate the magazine. I often hear back from them and we discuss the articles. My favorite thing to do is to give away my older issues as a way to ‘sell’ my friends on the magazine. It works every time. Like me, they think it’s a religious magazine – once they read it, they learn quickly that it’s totally NOT and totally so many other things. And always thought-provoking.

The Sun Magazine takes me to places…step by step. Sometimes I take them two by two but most times, I take them very slowly – savoring them as I go.

I have a few magazines sitting on my table, staring me in the face, hoping and wishing that I can share them with you. Send me an email and I’ll send a magazine your way. They are a treat in every way possible. And no advertisements! It will be my gift to you! Please take me up on the offer, you will be so glad you did!

I’m waiting to hear from you. The first 5 people will be so happy they wrote to me at
happilyafterretirement@gmail.com  and I will be so blessed to share them with you!
(OK, what are the chances that 5 people will contact me?) DO IT!

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Just a taste – Seneca Lake Wineries

Finger Lakes Wine Country, NY

Three sisters checking out the Finger Lakes Wines on a Sunday afternoon in May! Yumm!

 

Lots of places to choose from that’s for sure!
Enough to keep us busy for the day!
Slow-paced and fun!


One thing you might really enjoy about our Sunday outing was our plan was to actually go to the Cayuga Lake Wine Tour and enjoy those wineries but a wrong turn here, too much talking there, and a bit of laughter from the back seat (that would be the middle sister – ME!) and what do you know … we landed in Seneca Lake area instead. Cool. It’s all cool!

Three sisters visiting White Springs Winery, Seneca Lake, NY

 

The Finger Lakes located in Central New York are actually eleven small lakes that face north/south and give the effect of looking like fingers. (At least to me they do!)
My two favorite lakes, Cayuga and Seneca are some of the deepest in the US.  The lakes are long but narrow (giving the illusion of fingers from above) and the region is highly suited for growing grapes.

The eleven lakes are listed below:

  • Otisco Lake
  • Skaneateles Lake
  • Owasco Lake
  • Cayuga Lake
  • Seneca Lake
  • Keuka Lake
  • Canandaigua Lake
  • Honeoye Lake
  • Canadice Lake
  • Hemlock Lake
  • Conesus Lake
Seneca NY Wine Trail
Seneca NY Wine Trail