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6 on 6

June 6th sneaked in and smacked me upside the head. So many, too many, things are happening. I decided to take a cue from Honoré and write a 6 on 6 post for today.


Our weather went from freezing (literally) to near 100 degrees within a couple of weeks. Nature is crazy, this year more than any other! In actuality, the garden is doing well with the weather extremes, but I think they'll be happy when a cool down comes in the end of the week. Smith and I went to a small local nursery last week and bought flowers for the patio and a few more peppers and tomatoes for the garden.  I'm excited about the garden, more so this year than in the past, because...drum roll, folks....

My retirement date is July 14th!!! Seriously, I had doubts this day would ever come, but a few stars aligned and helped it happened.  The plan is to make my new life into something that doesn't involve a job, or at least, a full time job. Summer looks like a blank pallet ready for me to mix the paint.

I'm working on my Book Bingo card, but because last week was just so busy, I'm feeling a bit behind in my reading. That is something I think will change (in July!!!). The list of books I want to read grows and grows and I may be doing some finagling to get a few titles  work--like putting a round pegs into a square holes.  I am the boss of my Book Bingo, right? Sing it! However, I do not see a Bingo in the near future. 


I knit, therefore I am. Yes! Knitting feeds my soul. It is my social life, my creative life, and the "thing" that grounds me. I'm quite in love with the two projects on my needles and I am anticipating the TTL Mystery Shawl, which is set to drop on the 15th! Kim from The Woolen Rabbit has my order for two beautiful colors of yarn (Think Pink!) and I'm ready and willing to get started. On the Spice Market may be set aside for the month, but here's a little 411 about it. The yarn is Marianated Yarns Dragon Scales Set, with Steady Rain as the main color. If I had to guess, I'm about a third of the way through.

Clever Octopus collects craft supplies that are no longer wanted by other crafters. They have yarn, fabric, paper, tiles, beads, paints, etc., etc., etc. (on and on). Instead of buying brand new supplies you can pick up perfectly useful, and almost like new, supplies for your projects. If needed they offer guidance to help with your effort, plus they have organized classes. A few weeks ago I took a mosaic class at the Clever Octopus (Susan was there, too.) I signed up for the class, as it's an art I've long wanted to explore. My rather primitive blue bird makes me smile and I learned a few techniques in one short evening. The mosaic brick now greets visitors at my front door. Did I mention I'm retiring?! Exploring new crafts, ideas, and techniques is one thing I plan to do with my "free" time.

I joined the neighborhood community center and have been going to water exercise classes. The ladies are fun, talkative, and welcoming.  Some have been going for years and have a lot of tips on what to do with your time once retired. They told me about the senior center next door, but I don't feel like a senior citizen! The workout has been good for my hip, but I'm headed for X-rays because the pain is fairly constant. Hopefully, strengthening the muscles will only do it good! 


Such fabulous news and plans, Margene! I am excited for you to explore your new life circumstance and continue your life journey. I think you will love retirement. I like your brick, and your knitting, and I am looking forward to seeing what you do in the future. Life is, after all, an adventure. Make it a joyful one!

Oh, Margene! SO MUCH good stuff in your post!!! I love it all -- and love to hear your "blog voice" again. Everything -- in your life and your post -- is bright and full of color and life! XOXO

Congrats on retiring! I'm excited for you!

I am so so SOOOOO excited for you!! xoxox

So happy and excited for you Margene! Your jays will miss you but sure the will adapt, being that they are jays. Oh the things that you and Smith will be able to spend time together and do. Can't wait to see what comes next.

Your pictured shawl in progress is STUNNING.

Congrats on your upcoming retirement - 5 weeks! WOW. Lucky you! :)

Last week, the high Tuesday was maybe 50 (down into the low 40s overnight)... and then it was mid-upper 80s from Thursday continuing through today. CRAZY.

Congratulations on your retirement! It's amazing once you get into it that you will wonder how you ever had time to go to work. May it be peaceful and productive.

I love the colors of your shawl! Congratulations on your retirement! I'm so busy since I've retired that I wonder how I ever had time to work!

Yay for retirement!
I'm sure the water exercises will help a lot.

I'm sending congratulations on your retirement along with a bit of envy. I'm hoping I don't have too much longer! A lot depends on Health Insurance here in the States.

Thanks for reminding me of the TTL mystery knit coming up. I've never done one, but I do love TTL.

And I want to open a Clever Octopus-type business. I'll have see if they have a web site. That could be a great retirement business.

I am so excited for you! You will definitely use your retirement time to its fullest.

Perhaps the doctors will have some fixes for the pain. Constant is bad. Crossing my fingers for a good result.

How exciting!! And, yes, I am a tad more than envious - lol. I would LOVE to retire TODAY! Your shawl is stunning.

Congratulations, Margene!

Rudi had a hip replacement just shy of his 44th birthday (skiing accident repair gone bad) last month and would totally endorse fixing sooner rather than later if you're in constant pain and should that be a doctor recommendation. He's gone from chronic pain to absolutely no pain relievers in less than 3 weeks.

Maybe retirement will allow more posts. They are just fun to read . I cant wait to see what you fill your days with - and i do hope you are more successful at yours than i was at mine. 2 weeks was the bar I set...

Congratulations on your retirement! I reached that milestone two years ago. It's wonderful. A few "life happens" events have kept me from some of the activities I had hoped to get started on, but it's not too late to begin, and I will! Love hearing about your plans. I hope you will now have time for more blogging to keep us up-to-date on what you're doing.

I'm so excited for you and your retirement plans. It's going to be EPIC!

Wow! Wow! Wow! Best news ever! This is so exciting for you Margene and so is all the other fun stuff. Can't wait to watch it all unfold!

Retirement is an exciting new world...good for you!

Oh, I'm so excited for you! Having time - while you're still able to enjoy it :-) is the best blessing.

retirement!!! wahoo! That is really exciting :) I bet you will love having lots of free time to focus on your crafting :)

Congratulations on your retirement! It's just the best and you'll find lots of interesting things to fill your time. I love the beautiful shawls you knit!

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