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Back to School (Virtually)

Back to School (Virtually)

I have had my eyes opened to what it is like to be a parent of a young pre-school or school-age child during a pandemic.  With schools remaining closed for elementary students in Washington and Oregon and probably no option for re-opening anytime soon, I have been...

Fall

Fall

As I watch the calendar slip into Fall for the year, I think the changing season could be a metaphor for how I’m feeling these days.  In early summer, I made the decision to retire and chose a date for the following spring, exactly three months after the New Year...

Learning to Paint with Watercolors

Learning to Paint with Watercolors

One of my goals for retirement was to explore art. I decided to start now but start small and ordered some inexpensive watercolor paint sets and some brushes and paper.  What started as something new to try for me has turned into so much fun with my grandkids. This...

Embrace the Journey

Embrace the Journey

To prepare for retirement, I’ve been reading “Your Retirement Quest” by Alan Spector and Keith Lawrence.  I started in the summer and really enjoyed reading a single chapter at a time and then discussing the ideas with my husband.  At first, it was easy to look at...

Grandkids – What is your legacy?

Grandkids – What is your legacy?

Because one of the primary reasons I decided to retire in 2021 is my desire to spend more time with my four grandchildren, I’ve been thinking about something that is called Legacy Grandparenting.  I’m still learning about what this might mean for me. Our church...

I miss Monday night dinners!

I miss Monday night dinners!

We live right next door to nearly all of my relatives in my husband’s family.  My mother in law lives with us in her own apartment above our garage, my brother-in-law and his wife and daughter live next door, my niece and her little family (with 3 gorgeous little...

Saturday Mornings with Daddy

Saturday Mornings with Daddy

Every Saturday morning my dad calls and we talk for about an hour.  I love the example he is giving me of what a great retirement can be. My dad is an 85-year-old, retired Seattle Fire Fighter living his best life in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Every morning he is up before...

My first golf lesson!

My first golf lesson!

I had my first golf lesson today!  I love my instructor and LPGA golf pro.  She is kind and patient and she listened to my goals.  They are to learn the game, have fun, join the local women’s club, meet other women and golf with my husband when we are on vacation....

A Tale of Two Grandmothers

A Tale of Two Grandmothers

As I look forward to my retirement, I’ve been thinking about family and my two grandmothers.  One really just gave up way too early in her late 50’s and then lived longer than she thought she would.  Her quality of life was not great. It was almost as if she was just...

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  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
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