Retirement Happiness — End of Summer Thoughts

In three weeks, the fall equinox will mark the end of summer.   Many deem Labour Day weekend the official end of summer but I’m prepared to wait until September 22 to declare that summer is over. Endings are always difficult, especially when it marks the passage of a happy and carefree time period.   […]

The Stress of Buying a new TV

A couple of days ago we decided to break the daily routine of cottage life and drive to a nearby town to buy a new television set for the cottage living room. We had discussed replacing the tiny ten-year-old flat screen model when we did our annual budget for cottage repairs and replacements.  This was […]

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Hurray — On July 1, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday! All Canadians should celebrate.  Just for fun, I’ll list my 150 reasons for celebration. A great place to live.  I would not choose another country to call home. Indigenous heritage.  Canada has a horrible history with indigenous peoples yet, I believe that most indigenous peoples […]

Are you having fun yet?

The Urban dictionary describes the phrase ‘are we having fun yet?’ as “an annoying phrase used by dipshits at convenience stores, offices, or pretty much any place of business”.  Too bad that I didn’t understand this during my days at the office where I heard the phrase too often! Since retirement I’ve heard this term […]

There are Babies at our House!

What a welcome surprise to have babies at our house! When we returned from the cottage after the May long weekend, we noticed that the landscaper had trimmed some of the shrubs.  One large shrub outside our bedroom window had a knob of branches and leaves on top.  I wondered how this spot could have […]

What does ‘home’ mean to you?

What does ‘home’ mean for you? Is it simply the place where you live?  A dwelling for shelter and rest? Is it a place of comfort, safety, refuge, happiness? Is it where you can truly be yourself? The meaning of home is unique for each of us. Whether home is a palatial residence or a […]

Retirement Happiness — Why bother with a blog?

When I meet with friends who are retired, they ask why I bother writing a blog. This happens often, especially when I refuse an invitation because of a self-imposed writing or posting deadline. Friends wonder whether I’m wasting my time as they know that I make no money from blogging. They often ask ” why […]

Retirement Happiness — Use Your ‘Psychic Armour’

One morning last week as I drove to the gym for morning exercise,  I listened to a short documentary about the importance of psychic armour. I was intrigued. I had never thought of psychic armour as a method of protection from the inevitable stresses or anxieties that can unexpectedly hit anyone at any time. Whether […]

Relationships — Establishing New Networks

After moving to London, Ontario last year, I’m faced with establishing a new social network, not an online network, as, thankfully, this network moved with me,  but a network of real people. Previous to this move, my husband and I lived in the greater Toronto area for 26 years. After such a long time in […]