Summer-time and the livin’ is ???

  1. Easy?
  2. Busy?
  3. Fun?
  4. All of the above!

This Island has an ABUNDANCE of stuff to do, and it’s pretty much year-round. That was one of the reasons we moved here (and yeah maybe because it is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth.) We are known to comment, “There is JUST TOO MUCH to do!!!” If we never even left the Island, we could keep ourselves busy and entertained forever.

Yet…

Sometimes we get stuck in a groove that’s more like a rut. We get caught up in a bit too much drudgery and not enough FUN! You know, the absorbing, mundane day-to-day stuff of life: laundry, meal prep, cleaning house, weeding, doing dishes, and paying bills. We find that we have put off getting some of the larger projects around the property done, too. Fun Island-style activities present themselves and we don’t take the time-out to enjoy them thinking, “Oh maybe next time.”

Thank heavens when Summer and the House-guests arrive!!

There’s something about Summer-time on our Island – people like to come visit us. And we are so glad they do.

We hurry through the usual housekeeping frenzy with a speed not seen all Winter, finish up projects that have lagged for months, and then eagerly await a procession of friends and family. We find ourselves slurping up as much as we can of what the Island and local area has to offer; some of it with our guests and some of it even on our own.

It’s so energizing, we are shaking our heads wondering why do we wait for Summer and “company” to come?!  We are vowing to keep up the pace til we drop!

So what’s kept us so busy this season?

Mah Jongg Edible Garden Tour Rummage Sale Croquet – Visiting the Islander – Mike & Diane’s “pond hour” (adult bevs & feeding the fish) Shooting Darts Karaoke in our Tiki RoomHanging out at Sunset Beach Walking the 7 mile loop Visiting the Saturday Market Fishing Whale Watching Visiting Friday Harbor Pizza at the Beach Store Café Wine Tasting French Lessons Wine Tasting Lessons Lunch at the TapRootWalking the Labyrinth Visiting Church BeachBumblin’ in the Rambler Visiting Sister’s Gift Shop

(and that’s just what I can remember!)


Edible Garden Tour – Nancy’s Fantastic Greenhouse Tomatoes


Edible Garden Tour – Point Migley Coast Guard Marker in Henry’s extraordinary yard


Our “Ride” – Tammy arriving to take me and BFF Susie “bumblin in our PJ’s”


Susie and Dean at the Market


Russ and Susie on Sunset Beach – Nicest Day of Summer 8/20/11


One of about 846 fish that Dean caught

A message that I was sure Russ left and Susie was sure Dean left – NO DICE!
Oh well – it’s a lovely sentiment anyway!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

I asked my friend Anne if I could come take pictures of her flowers for this challenge and she said, “Why of course, yes!”  Instead of taking my own photo, I found this enchanting picture she took herself (posted on her blog):

Imagine this lovely little space, where if you drop by in late afternoon, you will most likely be invited to stay, sip a little wine and visit with Anne and Jerry.

You can visit my friend’s wonderful blog by clicking here:  20th Century Woman

Flakey Blogging or Did I Say “Post a WEEK?!”

During my career days, there was so much to do. I had this unwavering commitment to doing it all and doing it well.  Most of my tasks and projects seemed to be assigned by other people. I just fell in line; I worked hard; I met deadlines.  My bosses loved me – I was an overachiever and proud of it!  I was Responsible – you-could-count-on-me!  Perhaps some younger workers have the wisdom to be crafters of their own lives, and understand that everything one does IS a choice, but that did not describe me.  I was so darned busy and trying to not disappoint, that I was somewhat living by default (which is a choice too, by the way.)  Sort of a victim of my own life!

Between working 40-60 hour weeks and raising two kids, it seemed as if there was no time to just stop and consider:

What the heck I was doing,
Or if I even liked it,
Or if liking it was even an option.

But there is something about retirement for me –  a certain freedom and relaxation that I enjoy.  Ah, e-x-h-a-l-e!

The beauty of life and choices has opened up to me since I’ve come up for air.  It is oh-so-refreshing after those suffocating to-do-lists and thousands of day-planner pages of my past busy-organized-work-life that seems a lifetime ago.  Now the world is my oyster – the variety of choices is limitless!  I’ve been like a kid in a candy store - wanting to sample it all.  Like Forest Gump and his box of chocolates, I sample the this and the that of life. Sometimes I want some more, sometimes less or not at all, sometimes I binge, other times I take a break, or change direction and leave the box of chocolates behind, half eaten.  Or sometimes I feel like that fabled centipede, not knowing which leg to move next!

I love that finally this is my time to discover and choose what I really want to do each moment.  It was always time to do that, but I just didn’t know.

The flip side is sometimes now I make commitments, and then maybe I flake out.  And I have discovered that being flakey is OK!  I hardly ever allowed myself that freedom before – to admit that a direction isn’t what I want and just say no to it.  And yes, maybe to disappoint.

Sometimes even now – nearly 10 years into retirement, when I commit to something long-term, a certain anxiety seems to take over and cause me to pull back.  Maybe it’s just proving to myself that I haven’t lost my newfound and relished freedom.  I am learning to slow down on making long-term or open-ended engagements.  I’m quite sure that is what my anxiety is trying to teach me.  I need to keep my options open for now.  I suspect many retirees discover this.

But what does this have to do with blogging?

I committed to post a blog every week for the rest of this year.  At the time I undertook the challenge, I thought, “Easy.  I can do this every day!”  And it IS easy, and I COULD do it every day, and I EVEN LIKE IT!  My writing quality varies and even that’s OK with me.

But when the sun is out, or friends beckon, or the dog wants a walk, or the garden desires a trimming, or I want to read a book, or …

Well, sometimes I just don’t feel like blogging.       

*FREE* with Post a Week!!

I just did my first post to RetireRANT a couple of days ago.  THEN I signed up for WordPress’ “Post a Week” promotion.  I got FREE stuff! 

1st of all, I got my 1st SUBSCRIBER via the posting on WordPress: Debra Maher (thanks Debra!)  And what happened next?

I went to Debra’s blog, Stringing Beads.  She had just published her 1st ever e-book and it was available on Amazon.  No, her book wasn’t free, but she mentioned that you can get KINDLE FOR FREE (a PC downloadable version.)

So I now have entered the e-book phase of my life, with my free Kindle on my laptop and Debra’s new downloaded book.

All thanks to WordPress and thanks to Debra! (her blog is damn good!)

I’m Posting Each Week…

That’s my goal.

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll subscribe, encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Thanks,
Cat