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Old 10-29-2019, 03:42 AM
 
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List any retirement moments that made you say, “I am loving retirement.” It could be that dream vacation or spending time with a special person.
Here was my recent moment: the electricity went out and it was raining. I stayed in my warm bed longer.


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The five weeks we spent at Christmas with DD, SIL, and the 3 grandchildren. It was a magical time.

Today going to hospital with DH and not worrying about lesson plans, who is covering my class, and how long I might need to be out.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:41 AM
 
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Mine are quite simplistic

No need for alarm clocks

Waking one morning not quite sure what day of the week it was—DH said, “Welcome to retirement!”
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I'm with Cat Woman and no alarm clocks. I also remember when I first retired, and I got so excited when I could shop on a weekday morning and not have to wait until the weekend! It doesn't take much to keep me happy with retirement!
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Little moments I enjoy now that I am retired.
Old 10-29-2019, 06:09 AM
 
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staying up late

sleeping in

waking up naturally without an alarm

the ease of making appointments

flexibility in timing

having more than 30 minutes for lunch

going out to lunch during the week

no driving in high traffic times of the day

Cruise to Alaska!


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Old 10-29-2019, 06:30 AM
 
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Being able to exercise in the morning.
Enjoy the weekends even more because I’m not trying to shop, cook and clean.
Taking frequent long weekend trips with DH.
My best friend lives an hour away. Now we are able to meet every two weeks for lunch or activities.
Time with my granddaughter.
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So many retirement moments...
Old 10-29-2019, 06:40 AM
 
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Even into my 4th year of retirement, there are times when I suddenly realize how wonderful it is.

Earlier this month being able to fly back to my hometown to visit aging relatives and then drive down to PA for my college's Homecoming celebrations and my 40th college reunion. Never would have been able to do that while working!

Being able to attend spouse's medical appointments out of town with him.

The most recent was this morning - waking up, checking my iPad to find that it is -6degrees outside (with a potential "high" of 13 degrees). All from the comfort of my flannel sheets with no concern about what it will be like at school.
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:42 AM
 
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Due to power outages, DD and family spent the night last night, and probably tonight. DH and I don’t have to get up and go to work, so we were able to help without feeling pressured to get ourselves ready, too.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:02 AM
 
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It is the little things that matter the most to me. We have taken several big trips but what I really appreciate:

Exercising so much more than when I worked.
Seeing my grandchildren more often.
Grocery shopping during the day.
Going out to lunch.
Reading everything I can get my hands on!
Cleaning my own house...housekeeper never did the greatest job.
Yard work as exercise.
Going to museums and short day trips during the week.
Time to take yoga and meditate.
Planning fabulous meals which my DH so appreciates.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:18 AM
 
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*3 years retired and I still smile because I can go to the bathroom whenever I want.

*When I notice something that needs to be done (sweeping a floor, ordering lights, whatever), I almost always take care of it right then. What joy to NOT have a to-do list hanging over my head.

*Flexibility and freedom of choice. “I think I’ll go to Chair Yoga today.”

*Time. Time! I have time to take care of business (financial advisor today) and time to have fun (today I’m also taking a cooking class).

*Money. For the first time in my life, I can spend freely. I love treating my adult kids. I love not worrying about money. Knock wood this continues.

*I can, for the first time in my life, focus on myself. I’m learning to not feel guilty about it.


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Old 10-29-2019, 08:11 AM
 
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I agree with so many points the PP brought up. The joys of retirement can be as simple and basic as appreciating the ability to make calls and use the restroom when you need to! Planning a trip or having people visit you without checking the school calendar for school holidays and breaks. Last spring DH and I were sitting in a restaurant overlooking a rushing creek. We enjoyed a simple, but lovely lunch and a glass of wine. It had been a spur of the moment idea to get out of town. I commented that this was one way I had envisioned my retirement!
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:21 AM
 
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I'm an early riser, and I love going to any store on a weekday around 9 or 10 in the morning. The rush hour traffic is over, and there are not many people shopping at that hour. However, over the last few years I see more and more children there with Mom. Are these kids home schooled? Every time I see them my first thought is, "Why are you not in school?!"
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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Simple things.

I agree with those that said getting to use the restroom when needed and not having to go on cue.

Being able to enjoy my lunch and not having to inhale it.

Enjoying Sunday evening and not having that pit in your stomach when you check your email.

Not worried that tomorrow is outside duty and is it going to rain, be soooo cold or soooo hot.
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Old 10-29-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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Going to Hawaii with my mom was amazing. The trip home was complicated and I thouroughly enjoyed it because I didn’t have to worry about school.

She has dementia, is oppositional, and has bowel problems. Packing, getting her up, showered, fed, and to the hotel lobby was crazy. We made the flight with time to spare and changed planes in Dallas. Then we to flew to PA where I handed her off to my sister. I turned around and got on a flight to Florida to meet my Dh.

Days later I discovered that I had lost my kindle. I filed a report online, and by the time we got to Missippi my kindle was found and mailed to me.

There was so much craziness that didn’t matter because I was retired!
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Old 10-29-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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I took a great trip to Thailand and Cambodia in January. Traveling that time of year was a pleasure. Being away when school was in session was the icing on the cake.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:48 PM
 
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Last week, I read that a local bookstore was co-sponsoring an author luncheon at a nearby catering hall. The catering hall has delicious food and is easy to park and get to. The author was David Baldacci, a nationally known writer of political thrillers and mysteries whom I have been reading a long time.

If I were working, I wouldn't be able to take the day off for something like this unless I used a personal day, and then I would have sub plans to write and the mess in the classroom to look forward to the next day. It would not be relaxing.

I spent the day meeting some nice women at my table, getting a book that was included in the price signed, and I learned about the charitable club that co-sponsored the event with the bookstore. I think I will be joining!
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I live in Mississippi, too--North Mississippi. Life is good here.
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NJ Teacher, wait, I’m glad you had fun, but I want to hear about David Baldacci. I love hearing authors speak and I like his books a lot. I liked the King and Maxwell series. Sooooooooo???
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My husband and I full-time RV since we both retired. My favorite travels are in fall when kids are in school and the weather is nice. We can go to places that are no longer crowded and we can easily make last minute plans because campgrounds are not full. In the winter we head south. We spent the last two winters in Arizona and this year we will be in Florida- no snow and ice for us!

I love making doctors' appointments during the day and not have to worry about taking the time off and writing sub plans!

I love having time to walk or bike and see all the fall tree colors.

I love being able to travel to see my adult children for a week at a time instead of just for the weekend.
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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Finally being able to live in the moment! For 25 years I always had to think ahead to the next thing...and never really savored the moment of anything at work or at home. My brain never stopped planning!!!

Now I feel so much more at peace! I spend my daily walks with a clear head and take the time to stop and smell the roses! (literally!!!) THIS is my favorite thing about retirement!
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:25 PM
 
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Yesterday I drove 2 1/2 hours to go to an evening concert and then drove back home again. I got home just before midnight. I never would have done this on a school night. I might have splurged to stay in a hotel but I had an early morning appointment today in my hometown. BTW: the concert was great!
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:13 PM
 
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*playing and snuggling with my grandson on Mondays
*reading as much as I want and as late as I want
*walking my dog every morning without having to worry about getting ready for work
*shopping during the week
*being lazy!
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:07 AM
 
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I really like the flexibility of planning my time as I want. No one controls my calendar anymore but me.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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This will be my first Halloween in 30 years that I didn’t have to stress about what to wear in the parade.

I always felt bad for the little ones who didn’t have the means to dress up. Over the years I was known to “find a donor” for the few that I knew it would be an issue for. The last few years it just got to be too many. I started to have pajama parties and invited kids to join me. I would throw on a robe.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:45 AM
 
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Every time I read the Vent Board!
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Good evening to all-

Every moment is a glad I retired moment-seriously.

I was proud and happy to be a teacher. I did it for nearly 40 years. I think I helped a lot of my students, and I am sure I didn't hurt any of them.

But I am just as proud and happy now that I am no longer in the trenches and fighting the good fight.

I like being able to go fishing, work in the garden, do maintenance on boats, or just lie down and take a short nap.

Retirement is a good thing.

good night to all- Ed
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:10 AM
 
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The PP have great ideas! So much so I like going through them and saying YES to each!!

But I said out loud that this is the first trip out-of-state I can take since being retired (2yrs as of December) to a family get together for Granpa's b-day, since Winter break started later and I couldn't go!!
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