Monday, September 9, 2013

The Countdown Is Done!!

 Well, the countdown is done, finally.  I feel like I have lifted a load from my shoulders. A new chapter started?  Certainly.  If I were to name the chapter, I would title it Back To Being Me.

One irritation is that EVERYONE asks "What are you going to do?"

I have been working since I was 13.  My first job was as a carhop.  You are probably as old as me if you remember carhops ~lol~.  At least I was introduced to the work force with a really fun job. I was lucky to have a couple of fun jobs in my life. So what am I going to do now ?  WHATEVER I WANT!!

I vow not to make a list of things I need to get done. 
I WILL do daily chores like laundry, cooking and cleaning.
I will PLAY in the may call it weeding etc.
And I will create, read, and redecorate whatever and whenever I want.
My new Mantra is "Whatever I Do Is Enough".

Cullip Industries gave me a very nice going away.
I told John I refused to think of it as a party because I was leaving ~lol~. I know they will miss my knowledge and experience.

I came to work Thursday to find my work area decorated. John called it retaliation for all the times I decorated his area when he came back from vacation.  Like the time we moved empty boxes in his office and called it the new stock room.

He invited the entire shop to lunch at a local Italian restaurant. We ate well and several contributed memories they had of things I had done or said.  I was was a lot of fun and a very nice send off. And I received a very generous gift from Cullip.

Now the REAL party starts!!


jinxxxygirl said...

I'm so happy for you Carol....Gosh i remember getting asked that question so many times when i stopped working....... I think its so sad that so many people don't know what they would do with themselves if they didn't work...... I hope you have a blast doing whatever you want!! :)
Hugs! deb

Momma Bear said...

WOO-HOO! *~)*%~ Congratulations!

advice, chores are nice, they need doing
take a few days(WEEKS,Months(?) for yourself.
Laze about the place.
take a bubble bath for 4 hours with a good book. DO NOTHING.
after a few days you will get board of relaxing and the chores will be there, waiting patiently.

Timaree said...

Hip, hip hooray! And you didn't have to retire due to your carpal syndrome getting too bad as my sister is doing right now. You can weed and plant flowers and do art and on and on! I like your mantra of "Whatever I Do Is Enough". Stick to it! It's hard but it really is enough. You never want to make retirement a job by having to do it all.

Jeanna said...

Congratulations Carol! I wish you much happiness in this next phase of your life...getting back to being you!

Hope you keep sharing whatever you get into :)

GlorV1 said...

Congratulations amiga. How wonderful that you will be able to do what you want, when you want, and just totally be absorbed in this new phase of your life. I wish you well and know that you are going to indeed make every moment count. Happy retirement Carol. I drink a small glass of wine to toast this occasion. Bravo!! Hip hip hooray!!:)

Unknown said...

Congrats, Carol! Enjoy each day as it comes along doing what ever you feel like doing at the moment! A little of this, a little of that :) Looking forward to hearing about your new chapter! Hugs <3

Beedeebabee said...

Oh gosh...I'm SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Congratulations on your retirement, Carol, and the start of a having your days all to yourself! Do whatever makes you happy, whenever. ENJOY!!! xo :)

Penny said...

Wonderful!! I found that after retiring from the 'work world' my best experience was learning about myself. Not having to meet anyone else's expectations is a wonderful freedom and it let me go inside more and delve into the real me. Its been a fun ride!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Party hearty my friend - and enjoy every single moment of it. Just don't rush into getting involved in things or you'll find yourself busier than you ever were when you're working. Enjoy!

Crystal said...

When I read the title of this post, I immediately thought -

Yabba dabba doo! :-)

Oh Carol, I am sooo happy for you!!!!

After a nice spell of relaxation, I think you'll find that you are busier that ever.

Enjoy every second.

Sending much love to you and Terry!
xoxoxoxo :-D

ACreativeDreamer said...

Gosh, this seemed so far away when you said you were going to do it... and it's already here?

WOOOOOo HOOOOOOO!!!!!!! You go girl! May your days be filled with sunshine, singing birds, and dirty hands that have come from playing with all the things that bring you joy!!!!!

And, just so you know, I expect to see lots more participation from you when I'm involving folks over on the blog...LOL

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Happy for you! You sound like you were a lot of fun to work with! Enjoy this new journey in your life!

Jan said...

This will be interesting for your blog followers too! I look forward to seeing what sort of things you get up to in the future. Maybe we will even see some beads in your blog again? Congratulations. Enjoy!

Susan Elliott said...


I'm dancing around my kitchen for you!!!

ENJOY it all!!! And come to Baltimore!!!

YOu totally deserve it!


I wish you a very very very Happy Retirement to do what ever you want to do... Big Hugs Judy