Friday, May 13, 2011

Getting Closer! and Winter Plans

Today is the first of three retirement parties. This is the one that the teachers' association (of which I'm the president) puts on. For the first time in 8 years I won't be the emcee - I've turned that over to the current VP and incoming president. This time maybe I'll win a door prize!

We just committed to winter in North Carolina. Yes, winter.  I'll be volunteering at the W. Kerr Scott Dam Visitor Center and Environmental Education Center from the last week in December (right after Christmas) for at least 2 months. I will actually USE the Environmental Education master's degree I earned 10 years ago. 

Why North Carolina? And why winter?  Well, first of all, we have our big Canada-Alaska trip planned for the summer.  Then we'll stay home for a couple of months, wanted to go somewhere to escape the winter snows.  Remember my gripes about the shoveling?  We might get ice storms and some cold temps in Wilkesboro, but shouldn't have to shovel.   Secondly, I have a sister in Cary and a sister-in-law in Fuquay-Varina, both about 3 hours away. We'll stay at Jordan Lake a week or so before Christmas and spend it with them, and my mother's coming from Texas and another sister's coming from San Francisco. A bit of a mini-reunion. So it's an opportunity to see family that I haven't seen since my brother died 5 years ago. 

Thirdly, I researched all the winter fishing opportunities for the area, and Don's going to be fine. Not only will there be good fishing in the lake, but he can fish the Yadkin River and go up into the mountains if the weather's not too bad.

So retirement is going to be busy!

13 more work days. 


Merikay said...

Sounds wonderful. Looks like you are getting to do the things you wanted when you were hoping to go full time.

Keeping the house looks like it will work for you.

Ours is just to big to leave for months at a time, and I would like to have all the equity to support our travel plans.

Sue Malone said...

Just found your blog thanks to Merikay, and thought it would be fun to follow along since we seem to both be planning a big Alaska trip this summer. Retirement is so great, I have been retired for a year and a half now, and even though I went back half time, I still have lots of freedom to travel and work at home. It's nice. Congrats on yours and wishing you well.