Retirement: Week One Coffee Share

Good Morning, Everyone. Pull up a chair and pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. It is that kind of Sunday.

If we were having coffee together, I would report that my first week as a retired person flew by. There was a long list of chores and appointments. Since the weather was gorgeous, we sailed the Bella Vela a few times. October proved to be the best sailing month this season. The little catboat will be pulled from the water early next week. Yesterday we got the sails off the gaff and boom, wrapped halyards and lazy jacks, and stepped the mast down. Our sisters came to help, so it was quick work. The small sailboats are tucked in the side yard. Bella Vela will be trailered next to them, empty of all paraphernalia, and covered for the winter. This year we have only four boats hibernating in the side yard and a friend’s trailer. This time of year is a bit melancholy.

  I also organized closets and put away summer clothes to make room for winter wear. There is a pile of school clothes to sort through. I also had to find accessible space for my teaching materials. I’m not sure if or when I may need them. 

If we were having coffee together, I would say that I did get to the gym a few times to swim and work on aquatic fitness exercises. The pool is kind to my joints and back while I push stamina limits. My neck has been stiff and cannot pull to the side for breath without twinges of pain. Being a problem solver, a modification came to mind. I now wear the goggles and tuck a small snorkel into the headbands. This way, I do not have to lift my head and can swim laps without stopping. It may look ridiculous but it gets the job done. 

If we were having coffee together, I would admit that there was not much time for writing this week. I finished all but one requested article as a guest blogger for the Women on Writing Blog Tour. Almost everyday a book review, interview, and/or an essay is posted. It has been a valuable exercise, but I will be glad when it is done so I can get back to my writing projects.  I must think seriously of establishing a routine. Perhaps writing deadlines could work. Prioritizing what I want to do over what has to get done is the Big Challenge.


That’s it, folks. Thank you for reading.

As always, BIG THANK YOUs go out to, Eclectic Alli for managing Weekend Coffee Share.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great!


Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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7 thoughts

  1. Good morning, Antoinette, Welcome to the “how did I ever have time to go to work” group (you have likely heard this before:) Your post reminds me how Fall is often the best time of year. Good weather, reorganizing closets for the new Season, a time of renewal. Like you mentioned, the blogging tour has been a valuable exercise, although a new normal will soon become your life. Enjoy your week:)

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  2. Cheers to a great weekend! It sure sounds like your re making the most of your “new life”. It sounds like you have easy access to positive activities like sailing and going to the gym, that is wonderful. I sorted through my wardrobe last week, it sure feel good. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  3. Glad to hear retirement is suiting you. I could live without the remnants of Olda. Yesterday we moved under threat of 3-5 inches of rain. Good thing that Grams old dressers were solid oak! I did lose a small bedside table to warping, though. So, for now, I’ve moved my little bookcase to beside the bed. Took me a good 15 minutes to find which bin the sweaters were in this morning. Hubby finally found them under the bed. LOL!

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  4. Congratulations on your first full week of retirement, Antoinette! This is very exciting. I have been retired for over four years now and I still remember my first few days of retirement very clearly. So positive! I’m glad that you had some nice weather and got some sailing in. Congratulations also on your successful blog tour. I greatly enjoyed following along.
    Sending you warm wishes for wonderful weeks ahead!

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