Happy Monday to you all! I find it interesting that even in retirement Mondays still feel a bit different from the rest of the week. Firstly, we often come into them exhausted from having packed as many things to do into our weekends as possible. And secondly, they feel exciting in that they herald the start of a brand new week that is full of possibilities. So unlike in my working years, I now much enjoy Mondays!
And to kick it off, here are some random musings that have been running through my head this past week:
1) I much, much, much enjoy the very wise and sage blogs I read on a regular basis, primarily about life in retirement. Included among these would be A Satisfying Retirement, Sizzling Toward Sixty And Beyond, and Smart Living 365. All are chock full of interesting articles relevant to living a vibrant, robust life in the retirement chapter of our lives.
2) This is my least favorite weekend of the year in that we, blah, lose an hour of precious time a la Daylight Savings time. However, waking up on Sunday and coming out into the kitchen to find not just a hot cup of coffee waiting, but this sweet note, was the best way ever to move into it.
3) I finally got started on the birth record needlepoint project I'm making for our soon-to-be-here newest granddaughter after a bit of procrastination. The getting started is my least favorite part in that it involves lots and lots of counting. And then more counting. And then some making-sure counting. But, I finally did so (even though I think my eyes crossed a bit in the process), and I'm now well on my way.
|Still missing are the detail elements like eyes and outlining. |
It will really 'pop' once those are added as the last step.
4) I biked over 90 miles last week, feeling particularly strong after my second long ride of the week, a 40 miler to and around both Newport and Huntington Beach. This week we're doing a 50 mile training ride, and I'm really looking forward to it in that we'll be pedaling up the coast all the way to Sunset Beach and back, with a stop in Huntington Beach for lunch on what looks to be a rain-free day in an otherwise rainy week.
It's hard for me to express how much joy I experience while biking. Not only does it return me to that that carefree feeling I remember experiencing in my childhood when out and about on my bike or roller skates, it creates this enormous bubble of exhilaration that just goes on and on and on. Plus, the area where I now live is so replete with biking paths and biking trails, only a mile or so of each of our long training rides has been on public streets.
We're enjoying biking here in S. County so much, in fact, that we've decided if we keep it up throughout the remainder of the year, we're going to upgrade our current aluminum Trek bikes for entry level carbon fiber bikes. Our Trek bikes were purchased over 14 years ago for roughly $600 each, and we've ridden literally thousands of miles on them, so they've served us very, very well. But I have to admit we're both pretty excited about the idea of jumping up to uber light racing bikes, even if we'll be doing so at lowest entry price point possible. The pragmatic side of me thinks that if our low end Trek bikes served us so well for so long, we'll get massive enjoyment from any upgrade we might decide to make, so there's no reason to go crazy when we make the leap. Because, trust me, one can go completely crazy and spend upwards of thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars. And that's per bike!
|Taking the Newport ferry across the bay over to Balboa Island during a recent ride.|
5. I got my glitz on this weekend in order to attend a wine event featuring the owners of Pear Valley Vineyards in Paso Robles. As much time as I seem to spend in workout clothes, not to mention helmet hair(!), I do enjoy getting out of them and into something a little bit prettier when I can.
We had a wonderful time at the event, with lots and lots of laughter happening in between each of the wine tastings. We ended up buying a half case of wine; two roses, two tempranillos and two cabernet sauvignons, and are much looking forward to their being delivered in the next week or two.
6. While we are not traveling in March or April in order to allow time for our backyard project to get done, we have lots of people visiting us here, and we are excited to have them begin to arrive next week, in order to show them our new 'hood. Each time we do so, we find ourselves falling in love with our new area all over again!
7. And speaking of traveling, we will be kicking off a series of trips starting in May and I think I'm finally ready to leave our new abode and get back to exploring our wonderful world a bit. We have a 10 day trip back East scheduled for early May, during which we'll not only visit our darling granddaughter, but also spend a few days in the historic Yorktown/Jamestown/Williamsburg area. And from that point forward, we'll be traveling pretty much non-stop, with short two to three week returns back here to our home in between, all the way up through the end of the year. Excited!