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Since my recent forced re-retirement I have struggled to find purpose and routine in my days. This feeling of always needing to be doing something to contribute to family finances has been so ingrained that it is hard to get used to this notion of not having to be so concerned about it.

Relaxing is not in my nature.

Last year I worked hard to lose 54lbs. and become more physically active. but since Christimas I seem to have lost my MOJO and finding it hard to get back on track.

I have managed to clean up and organize my sewing room, even to the extreme of purging my 300+ quilting magazines (GASP) I know, I know. I simply have to face it I have to get rid of stuff in order to make room to be able to create. (also I have a small cot in there for my granddaughter). 

I am also bit by bit (room by room) purging my house. We have been in this house for 28 years so lots of stuff.

Weekly I am sending things to recycling or second hand stores. Still a long way to go. I somehow had this notion that I needed to get all this done in the first month I was retired. LOL my dreams far outpaced my physical stamina. (again making God laugh at my plans)

I am thankful to be able to get onto this site and communicate with all my old friends again. Thanks for not forgetting about me.

Til next time remember,

God Loves Ya and so do I


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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on March 2, 2013 at 9:35am

there must me a mojo thief somewhere....he took mine too.  Ive gone into my room everyday for the last three days and......nothing.  When you find your mojo see if mine is there too and tell it to go home. 

Comment by Muriel on March 1, 2013 at 8:36pm

Edith, you will get used to it quickly.  Maybe since we are both free to do as we please, we could get together for that coffee or lunch.  I would love to do that.  I just finished some toppers for a lady and now I have to do some sheers.  I manage to stay busy as much as I want to.


Comment by Irene Gallway on February 28, 2013 at 11:49am

I hear you Edith.  You will find as the days go by you will fall into a routine and enjoy what each day brings.  I love having an un-structured lifestyle where I can do what I want, when I want.  Even though I do work, (taking in sewing), I don't have to punch a time clock or go through an act of congress to get a day off.  Most of us have to make adjustments financially when we retire but the freedom is worth it. 

Comment by Susan B on February 28, 2013 at 6:51am

Edith so good to know you are back on QWU and glad to hear you have "re-retired"...you deserve to have time for doing the things you love. And relaxing is very hard to do when you are used to being active. Enjoy the purging...my DH and I have been doing this since we "retired" and it gets easier as there is less and less clutter to sort through. Enjoy your quilting and the chance to be wonderfully creative. And congratulations on that fantastic weight loss...you inspire!! Hop back into the QC group and enjoy the coast-to-coast comaraderie. Hugs, Susan

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on February 27, 2013 at 7:23pm

I have been retired for nearly 6 years and hope I never lose this "job".  Quilting became my passion.  Join a group as I did; I belong to "Piecemakers", a group that makes quilts for charity that meets every week.  Last year we donated 85 quilts and year before 100.  I also belong to "Scrappies" meeting monthly and do our own thing.  This group goes to quilt camp together every Oct; 5 of us go to quilt camp tomorrow for 4 days. 

Our grandkids occupy the rest of our time with going to their sports meets and sometimes transport to practice.  My DH is retired, too.  In summer the grandkids spend 2 days a week with us even though they are old enough to be alone; we are glad they still like to spend time with us as they are 13 and almost 12.

So, Edith, it won't be long and you will wonder why the days go by so fast.

Happy retirement!

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on February 27, 2013 at 7:12pm

Edith I have been purging since 2001 and it keeps coming back.  I don't know how things find their way back in but they do.  I have gone to Goodwill more times than I can count.  Where does it all come from?  Since my fall I physically can't do what I used to be able to do but my stacks grow higher.  I love books.  That is a blessing and a downfall.  I get them cleaned out or put away in a tote and then I buy more, read them and here I go again.  Do what you can when you can and remember it is not going anywhere, it will be there when you can get back to it!!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on February 27, 2013 at 11:39am

You have earned "retirement", allow yourself to enjoy it. There are many ways to contribute to the family, not just by bringing in a paycheck. Sounds like you are doing great things, but it doesn't have to get done all at once. Enjoy the process and gifting you are doing to others by the things you are giving away.

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 27, 2013 at 10:06am

I get the "relaxing is not in my nature".  I'm not very good at it either. When I stopped teaching ballet about ten years ago, I found myself still doing choregraphy in my head. So, I got a job in a health food store, two days a week. It helped me focus and brought in fabric cash. The other days I was able to write. Then I became responsible for my mom and quit the store because I didn't have time.  Short version--enjoy every day.

It must be purge season. I'm doing it too.

Comment by Edith Lean/Ont. on February 27, 2013 at 9:55am

Barb, I thought I would go through the mags as well, but after the first 20 decided that it wasn't a good idea, would take me a year at the rate I was going LOL. As I had them in holders by title I just donated container and all. I took a huge pile along with some patterns that I decided I would NEVER make to the guild meeting last night and only brought a handfull back to donate on to the "Blue Box" which is a local second hand store. I thought donating them all at once would be too overwhelming for them LOL.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 27, 2013 at 9:51am

I simplify last year to the point of empty cupboards...I love it and the girls that got the hand-me-ups were thrilled! Give your self some time...you'll find your groove and it may be in a field you never thought you'd do. I wrote a book last year...still don't know how that happened and it's in it's second printing!

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