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Thankful Thursday

Thursday’s Thirteen is changing to Thankful Thursday.

Just last week I was finally able to start reading December’s Reader’s Digest. An article entitled “Why Holidays are Healthier than You Think” caught my eye. The fourth point was – writing holiday cards can promote gratitude. The author quoted a study which found people who jotted down what they were thankful for each week felt more optimistic about their lives, exercised more, and even had fewer visits to physicians.

The exercise point really grabbed my attention. Four years ago a good friend and fellow retiree agreed with me that we needed to walk several days each week. The walks started when school reopened. What started out as three days soon turned to five. I enjoy the walks and two other ladies have joined.

The talk walk covers many topics during the week from our weather to Washington. Books, television programs, recipes and stories of spouses, children and now Grands are shared. The neighborhood always offers seasonal sights. As retired teachers we have also taken field trips, two were offered by my library. Occasionally we have visited the local IHOP for a decadent breakfast.

Birthday sundae after jelly donut pancakes

Birthday sundae after jelly donut pancakes

I am thankful for my fellow walkers. We always have great time. For that I am thankful.

Retirement

It’s been too long between posts. However, I found a fun filled weekend has given me inspiration to post.

After several years of following blogs on cooking, gardening, quilting, education and creative bloggers I just found interesting I thought I was ready to jump in, well easier said than done. As our SIL helped set up the page and get me started I thought my writings would center around what I have done in retirement. Many of my peers expressed feelings of doubt, thinking I would be bored or even lonely if my husband didn’t retire at the same time. Oh, how wrong they were….

As I stated above I had a refreshing weekend – going out to dinner with good friends, golfing, cooking, watching a movie on television, and attending a demonstration luncheon with several other ladies at a new condiments shop in our town. These activities reminded me about why I had this blog. It was also an invigorating three day weekend and what I love about retirement.

Here’s a short list of what I’ve been up to:
Enjoying breakfast and completing my “puzzles” before ten in the morning
Playing golf, even made a hole-in-one last summer
Attending movies, dinner theater, and cultural performances during the week
Quilting
Visiting family and friends on our time schedule
Week night dining out, thanks Groupon
Picking grapes at local wineries
Touring/tasting breweries, wineries
Gardening
Trying new recipes
Having time with the Grands
Joining a Writer’s group
Participating in charity walk/runs
Wine strolls
Just relaxing

That’s it for today going to bind a quilt.