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retirement – day one

I know, I know, I can’t be chronicling every day of Mike’s retirement, but the first day of retirement is special.

So… what did Mike do today? He started with a three mile walk around the park, after which he cleaned the turtle pond (it was in dire need). Seymour and her entourage are very happy tonight.

After cleaning the turtle pond, he proceeded to vacuum, sweep and mop (the house, not the turtle pond). Do I need to say it? I’m loving his retirement already!

The only thing he won’t/can’t do is cook dinner. Tonight was no problem, though, since I took him to his favorite restaurant, Tokyo Steak House.

He even got a colorful dessert in honor of the special occasion.

I predict it’s going to be a long and happy retirement… for both of us.

mike’s last day of work


Tomorrow Mike will be a free man… at least free from work. Paid work, that is. He’s got lots of plans for work around the house and yard, but he’ll be free to take a break any time he wants to, eat when he’s hungry (not on an arbitrary schedule), watch TV if he so chooses. Freedom will be very sweet after more than 38 years of doing four clock rings a day and being at the mercy of managers who…. well, I won’t go there.

Today saw the last time he’d pack up his lunch, walk through the gate,

get into the car and head down the 14 (for work, that is).

It’s been a long haul.

He said he’d be singing “Take This Job and Shove It” on the way there and “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses” on the way home.


first step to retirement completed

Mike’s officially on his way to retirement in less than six weeks. Today we did a teleconference with a wonderful counselor, Helen, who answered all of Mike’s questions and talked him through all the forms he had to complete (and there were a lot of them!).

July 31 will be his last day at work and August 1 he will be RETIRED! It’s a well deserved retirement  after 38 years on the job, but it’s really hard to believe it’s finally here.

I’m feeling kind of old today…