And That Was The Week That Was…

Last week came and went quickly, just like all of the previous weeks before it.  The only difference was, Ed didn’t have to get up and go to work, and I wasn’t home alone all day.  Both of us are still getting used to this new ‘retirement routine’, but, so far, we like it!  Today, I thought I’d give a brief recap of how our first week went, instead of doing my usual ‘Monday Memories’ post.

Last Monday morning, our phone started ringing about 9 a.m.!  By then, Ed was already up on the ladder working on the leaking gutters of our house.  The first phone call was a former co-worker, from over sixteen years ago, calling to offer her condolences, and to ask if Ed was looking for a job!  Ed spent a good portion of the day either standing on the ladder, or working on top of our house, activities that came close to giving our daughter, who lives next-door, a heart attack!

A couple of days later, our daughter’s stress level went up another notch, or two, when she saw Ed climbing the ladder with a chain saw in hand!  We spent Wednesday trimming the trees around our yard.  My own stress level went up three notches when Ed tripped, with running chain saw in hand, after just cutting down a stump!!!  (Ed had on his Crocs shoes, and his feet got tangled in some vines and briers, and down he went.)  Fortunately, Ed’s always had great reflexes, and still had the fore-thought to quickly throw the chain saw away from his body as he was falling! Meanwhile, I watched, in horror, as the whole incident seemed to play out in slow motion.  Afterward, we both joked that it would have been awful if he’d cut his leg off during his first week of retirement!

Ed got  more phone calls, throughout the week, and a couple of them were from former employees who were “singing the blues” because of his departure.  Those calls made us feel so bad, for the ones Ed left behind.  For so long, their working conditions have been very difficult, and with Ed’s departure, the conditions just got a lot worse!

On Thursday, Ed had to return to the hospital to turn in his severance papers and pick up a few personal items that he’d left behind.  Upon returning, Ed said you could “feel the stress in the air.”  He said stress was very evident on many of the employees faces, and that just being there made him feel stressed, too.  No matter what the future brings, it’s good to be free of that environment!

Friday was probably the toughest day of our week! It rained all day, on Friday, so Ed and I were stuck inside.  The rest of the week, the weather had been sunny and mild, so we’d been able to get outside each day.  Anyway, while it rained, we busied ourselves by giving our bedrooms a thorough cleaning and polishing!  I must say, it’s nice having extra help with the household chores and cooking!

The weekend came and went.  Ed and I did our usual weekend shopping, a habit we’re going to have to break, now that we can shop anytime!  The rain finally stopped, and the sunny, milder temps returned on Sunday.  Sunday afternoon found us relaxing in the yard.  I even dug out my beach chair!  Just lounging in that chair, made me long for another visit to St. Simon’s Island!  It won’t be long…

On thing I’ve noticed about Ed’s retirement, is that it makes me tired!  The activity level around here has gone up significantly from what I’m used to.  I missed several days of ‘napping’ last week, due to all of the activities, and have been ready to go to bed earlier than usual.  On Friday night, I went to bed at 8:30!  Ha!  I guess I’d better get myself in better shape for week two!




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Another Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Another week has flown by, and it’s time, once again, for The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for another delightful set of questions!

1. American Idol is back for a 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing?

I have watched American Idol, in the past, but I don’t watch it anymore because I got tired of it.  Since I can’t “carry a tune in a bucket”, I have no idea what song I’d sing.  Maybe a hymn or a lullaby, since I’ve had lots of practice singing those.

2. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”So when did you last have to ‘eat a frog’? Or two? How’d that work out?

Let me begin by saying that I’ve never heard this quote before, so I took it literal, at first. Ha!  After some investigating, I figured out Joyce didn’t care if I’d eaten any frogs 🙂

All that being said, if I have a job to do, I don’t really like to put it off.  My procrastinating sons used to drive me crazy putting off school projects and assignments until the last minute!   However, age has mellowed me out in that respect, a little, and, lately, I’ve found myself procrastinating sometimes.  I’m at my best, first thing in the morning, so I try to get my chores done early in the day.  If I have a big job ahead of me, I like to go ahead and get that out of the way first.

3. If you were going on safari, what is the number one animal you’d want to see?

Although I really like lions and tigers, I’d most like to see some giraffes in their natural habitat.  I think they’re beautiful, and very unique.

4. January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let’s exhaust this topic in honor of the holiday okay?

I do like granola bars, but they’re not my favorite snacks.  I like Nature Valley Sweet-n-Salty granola bars.  I’d say they’re more crunchy than chewy.

5. If only….we could all stay young and healthy forever!  

Speaking of ‘Forever’, has anyone else seen the new show by that name?  I really like it.

6. You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.

I’d add a larger closet because mine is too small.

7. What is one thing you’ve enjoyed about winter thus far? If it’s not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it, and what is something you’ve enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be?

The one thing I’ve enjoyed about this winter was Christmas.  Other than that, I can’t really think of much!


Well, after months of wondering and weeks of anticipation, it finally happened.  Ed got ‘laid off’ from his job, on Friday, January 16.  Although we had tried to prepare ourselves, still, it caught us by surprise.  After working in the field of Radiology for forty-three years, Ed turned in his keys and film badge, and brought all of his work-related belongings home in two cardboard boxes.  Ed was one of eleven people who lost their jobs Friday.  Nine more lost their jobs on Monday.

Ed was given a severance package, along with several weeks of vacation he’d accumulated.  We’ll continue to receive regular paychecks and insurance benefits through mid-April, which will give us time to transition, and get things lined up for Ed’s Social Security to kick in.  It wasn’t Ed’s desire to retire, just yet, but we believe “all things work together for good”, so we’re viewing this situation in a positive light.

I think Ed is adjusting to the situation a lot better than most of his co-workers are!  Since Ed’s departure, our phone has been ringing, daily, with tales of woe about the workplace.  Ed’s former employees are missing him greatly, and, to me, that speaks volumes about the kind of boss he was.

And so a new phase of life begins… Retirement!

Let the fun begin!

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