• Enjoying Retirement
  • Retirement Happiness — A Knitting Journey

    A few years ago I returned to knitting. This forgotten hobby was something I taught myself during pregnancy more than 30 years ago.  To teach myself, I bought needles, yarn and a ‘how to’ book designed for children. I struggled with holding the needles and maneuvering the yarn to achieve consistent tension. With no online […]

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  • How do you assess your life’s work in retirement?

    As we grow older, it’s common to assess your life’s work.  In the past six weeks as I’ve recovered from the flu and another bout of pneumonia, there’s been too much time for staring at the bedroom ceiling and thinking.  I’ve assessed my life’s work since retirement six years ago.  I’ve also been thinking about plans […]

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  • Learning How a House Works

    Since moving four months ago, my husband and I are busy learning how everything in our house works. Many contractors are available to support homeowners but, ultimately, some knowledge of rudimentary aspects of how a house works depends on the occupant. Living comfortably in any house in Canada means having, at minimum, a dependable furnace […]

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  • Moving Brings Mental Challenges

    Most people are aware that moving is a physical process; however moving also brings mental challenges. As we prepared to move, we anticipated an amount of disruption to our lives.  We expected that the process of settling in to our new home would take several months. What we did not predict was the effect of […]

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  • September — A month of New Beginnings

    September is a month that signals new beginnings.  More than January, the dawn of September feels like the start of a new year for a variety of reasons. Life settles into a routine. Vacations and lazy days of summer are over.Children and young people return to school. Days are shorter and nights are cooler. The arc of […]

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  • Retirement Happiness — Learning to Goof Off

    For a happy retirement, some of us need to learn how to goof off. After a lifetime of measuring each day in terms of productivity are you sometimes too busy with things on the ‘to do’ list to lighten up and take some time to simply enjoy the day? During our working lives we evaluated […]

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  • Retirement Happiness — Life Intermissions

    Intermissions in life usually accompany a major life change. The life change might be a marriage, the birth of a child, a promotion at work, or achievement of a milestone such as running a marathon. The life change may also result from the death of a loved one, a health crisis, a financial set back, a divorce, […]