When your grown children call and ask you to watch the grandchildren, you jump at the chance and say, “Well, of course!” Perhaps you are more seasoned at watching two kids at a time than we are, but at first it seemed a bit daunting.
Turned out to be a great evening for Grandpa. He really dug in and started his new retired life with energy and enthusiasm. First job, re-learn how to play Candy Land. “C” had just learned the game, but was eager to teach Grandpa how to move the Gingerbread Man. The conversation went something like this, “Now Grandpa, see first you get a card and see the color. Then you move your man, just like this!” Not bad for a 3 year old!! Of course, grandpa had to carefully watch just how many green squares she moved through! It was great fun to be in the other room and over hear and watch this precious interaction.
As the evening went on Dan settled in to watch TV. Ha! Not without a kid. Grandpa and little “D” got comfy and watch football. Good times had by all!
Dan also had the privilege of reading the bedtime story (Jungle Book) and helping with bedtime routines. The girls were asleep by 7:15 and Grandpa was snoring by 7:45. Babysitting can be so grueling! What a blessing to live right down the street so we can share in these sweet moments. Grandma Katie waited up for mama and papa to arrive at 9:30. Retirement is grand 🙂
Dan is officially retired! The business is sold. So why doesn’t it feel any different? That’s because he’s STILL working!! Despite the retirement party with family (He wanted no part of a big party), apparently there are still projects, loose ends, etc. he wants to see through. Hmmmm. Those of you who know Dan are simply chuckling. Of course he retired, his body just hasn’t caught up with his head decision to retire! Got a love a man with a great work ethic!
Seriously, after finishing up a few loose ends he is free to take on whatever he likes at whatever pace he likes. Lots of time for golf, hiking, volunteering, time with grand kids, travel, home improvement projects, and hopefully a few personally crafted blog entries. I know he wants to dabble in selling a bit of real estate, but mostly I think he wants the ability to decide if it would be a good day to go play golf!
Congratulations Dan! Let’s see what new adventures 2017 has for you. Your family loves you bunches. Happy New Year and Happy Retirement!
I’ve heard retirement is a good time to take up gardening. Supposedly you have time to try nurturing the hobby. So, I asked myself, “Do I have a green thumb”? “Can I grow just about anything”? “Do I enjoy gardening, tending the soil, fertilizing the land etc”? I answered, “No”! I do however, enjoy looking a beautiful plants that will grow despite my efforts. Thankfully, plumeria and Christmas cactus will grow with absolutely nothing other than the occasional sprinkling.
As I was walking by the bay the other day, I came across a most unusual sight. Growing up inside of a street handicapped sign was a giant weed or grass. Look what sprouted out of the top! Now I couldn’t make that grow if I tried! That sign had to be 10 feet high! Maybe there is something to not needing a green thumb to be a successful grower…Perhaps I will be encouraged to plant this spring. Keep you posted.