Thursday, July 31, 2014

Turning 62

What a day!  It was a good day, it was a sad day!  It was fantastic that so many of my friends and family across the country and at home acknowledged the day with warm, happy wishes!  How wonderful it is to be remembered and connect!  Facebook is great in keeping connections!  I had a lovely lunch with a dear friend and an earlier in the week lunch with another friend, with more lunches scheduled next week!  The day finished up with Italian Cream cake from my husband!

The sad part were a couple of goodbyes at work.  I didn't expect to get emotional, but knowing myself so well, I should have known better.  I was doing great until a heartfelt (I think) hug was received from a person I would have never expected.  I did manage to hold it together until I was alone, but it seemed to set me on a downward emotional spiral for the rest of the day.  I know.....I know and why I do this to myself I will NEVER understand.  I think I now realize that the final days before retirement may not be as carefree and emotionally neutral as I had expected.  We shall see, but I think I will need to keep the tissues close at hand.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Arkansas' Loss....Florida's Gain

The day finally came when Nolen left for Florida.  I've been dreading this day; I'm going to miss him. My excitement for him does outweigh my sadness, though. He's embarking on a new adventure which I'm sure will benefit him and his wife!  Education is NEVER a waste and I can't wait for the day I can call him Dr. Scaife. He's prepared financially and mentally for this and with Brittany's support the time will pass quickly.  Of course, the benefit for me is that I am looking forward to having a vacation place for the next four years (LOL)!

Butch,  Brian (friend) and I met him early this morning for breakfast in North Little Rock.  We were missing Robert, he has headed for a weekend trip to Nashville, TN. Breakfast was good with lots of laughs and hugs!   With both sons on the road today I'll be watching Glympse until both are safely at their destinations.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Edging Ever Closer......

Retirement is edging ever closer....YEAH!!  What will I do on the first day?  It will be a new life full of possibilities but knowing me, on the first Monday, I will probably do nothing!  Yes, that's right!  I will probably wake up a little before 6 am, make my way to the computer and surf my favorite sites, turn the TV on and do NOTHING!!!  Oh gosh, I might even take a nap. The beauty of it is that I CAN do nothing!  No traffic to fight, no parking. no questions, no meetings, no phones, no speaking when I don't want to, no employee issues to deal with.....nothing!  On the other hand, no lunch with friends!!  I'm just like a little kid, I like recess best, so that I'll miss, but then I can go for lunch any day I want!  I won't have to go in the rain, in the snow, in the cold or in the heat if I don't want to!!  I know it won't last forever, I'm getting older, husband's getting older, mother's getting older, but for as long as I can I'm going to enjoy days of endless possibilities and yes, do NOTHING if I want!!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

THREE WEEKS

It's hard to believe that I am only three weeks from retirement!  I thought this day would never get here and I thought I would never be ready to retire!  It's funny though how when the time is right, you know, you just know and my time is NOW!
I have had the most incredible career which offered me so many opportunities to grow, travel and make friends that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.  All this was done at a time when a college degree wasn't necessary to be valuable to an employer.  I had only two years of college, but thanks to genetics I was good with my hands, head and paperwork.  I steered away from anything to do with math and found my calling in the courts; timing was essential.  Today my resume would not even be looked at....no chance....no opportunity.  Can you say "right place at the right time"!  I guess that 29 years counts as historic, but how can that be!  I'm referred to in the office as the person with the "institutional knowledge" not necessarily the way I would like to be known, but certainly better than it could be (LOL)!  I've seen so many people come and go; some by death; some by workforce reduction; and some by age.  Now it is my turn in 19 days and I prefer the way of going....by age!  I've been so lucky to be valued all these years and to leave on my own terms.   I have financial security, my health and enough hobbies to keep me busy until......