So, how do I like retirement? I LOVE IT!
What have I done? LOTS!
1. For starters, I had to learn how to use my new computer with Windows 8. I also had to load some software and install some hardware. While I try to use as much technology as I can, it isn’t exactly second nature for me, so everything takes me longer.
2. Next I re-scanned and photoshop’d more than 750 photos and finished Mom’s memoirs, which also meant my first-time experience working with a publisher and a separate printer.
3. We photographed Mom’s artwork and I created a Shutterfly photo book for family members.
4. I emptied at least two dozen boxes of stuff, by sorting and filing or recycling, but I can see many more boxes needing attention as I write this.
5. I created a Shutterfly photo book and wrote the accompanying travelogue from our New England trip last fall. The book is 97 pages! Then, I actually discarded the travel brochures that aren’t genealogy related.
6. I scanned the entire collection of our society newsletters and 1895 Warren County census records and added them to the new Warren County Genealogical Society website.
7. I facilitated an adult Sunday school class on writing Treasured Family Stories.
8. I got the hang of blogging.
9. I had a broken tooth pulled and am consulting about the next step.
10. I’m helping my mother more: doing her laundry, running errands, etc.
11. Dave and I provided child care for three grandchildren during Spring Break.
12. I began research for a 1907 weather-related, family genealogy project.
13. I exercise at least 5 days a week: Jane Fonda DVD, treadmill, yoga, and/or go for a walk. I haven’t gotten back up to 10,000 steps a day, but I’m on my way.
14. And, for the fun of it, I made nine batches of yummy raspberry jam.
And, people ask me what I’m doing in retirement!