Kick It

What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?

I’m sorry to say I don’t have a bucket list. Is that different than a to-do list?

I can’t get my to-do list accomplished. I’ll leave a bucket list for another time in the future.

If I had a bucket list today the only thing that would be on it is learning how to maneuver through my WordPress blogs. Especially adding media-uploading, downloading, adding, etc. Oh, I almost forgot, finding the pictures to enhance my blogs.

Other than that I want to just get through today.

Can I Get A Real Omelet

What am I going to have for breakfast? I’ll have an omelet. An omelet? The only way I can make an omelet is a scrambled egg omelet-yes it looks like scrambled eggs.

I decided to try to make a folded over omelet looking omelet. As I cooked the beef breakfast sausage, onion, mushrooms and spinach in a non-stick skillet I contemplated the success of this endeavor. I spread the filling evenly in the skillet and poured the eggs over it with great care. The final step was spreading the grated cheese.

I mimicked what I’ve seen done time and again in restaurants and on TV but was afraid to try until now. Carefully moving the cooked egg aside while tilting the pan to cook the remaining egg was a little scary but I got it right.

An experienced cook would flip the omelet in the air to the opposite side but I’m not there yet. I used two spatulas that worked out well. I’m glad it didn’t break apart. The non-stick skillet made each step easy. I successfully slid the omelet onto a plate and it was a beautiful sight to behold. It tasted as good as it looked.

Why do I entertain that little voice whispering in my ear? I don’t know but I’m glad I decided to move forward with making the omelet.

It’s exciting to conquer a fear I’ve had for years. I’m looking forward to my next conquest.

What are you gearing up to conquer in your life?

Reflecting on My Life

I haven’t blogged since I participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I’ve been busy but writing has been on my mind. I’m trying to get a perspective on where I’m going from here.

Last week I had a few minutes before I had to leave home. I picked up my guitar that I waved at when I walked past it. Now just because I have a guitar doesn’t mean I can play it–I can’t. Something went off in me when I started strumming it. I then remembered some of the things I learned when I took lessons for a minute a few years ago. I knew at the first strum that I need to learn how to play instead of letting it collect dust. My neighbor across the street has offered to teach me. I’m going to march myself across the street for lessons. By this time next year I will be an excellent guitarist playing all types of music

I’m also perfecting my bowling skills. The winter leagues will be over next week. I’m already signed up for a summer league and a couple tournaments. With the help of a friend I have amassed an arsonel of bowling balls-I have five to be exact. Three will go with me at all times. I’m excited how my average will increase. One day I will no longer have a handicap. I AM A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH!

I will continue my writing. I will increase my skills by taking courses and entering challenges. Next year when I participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge I want to look like I know what I am doing. Maybe I’ll have a blog only for the challenge and I can still write my regular blog.

Getting back to my art is a must. I have pictures in my head that need to be on canvas.

Looks like I need a housekeeper to do the things I won’t have time to do since there are no slots in my calendar to do the boring things.

As you see I’ve got big plans. If I can complete the challenge then I can complete my list.

What’s on your list to start and complete? Go for it. I know you can.

A to Z Challenge Vacation

On my bucket list is a dream vacation.

My vacation destinations are: England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Israel.

Overall I want to sight-see and take plenty pictures. Some of the pictures will be used to create beautiful watercolor paintings.

In England I want to shop at Harrah’s and eat fish and chips. In France I want to buy French perfume and eat their delicacies. I plan on buying  a Swiss Made watch and chocolates in Switzerland. Riding in a gondola and having a cobbler create me a beautiful pair of shoes are my plans for Italy. I want to visit every place possible and do all I can in Israel.

I would also like to take a cooking class in France or Italy and go on a painting excursion.

I would love to be able to stay a long time in the different countries partaking in all the goodies.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

A to Z Blog Challenge R – Rainy Days

Rainy days are special days for me as long as thunder and lightning is not involved.

I enjoy the steady stream of rain flowing from heaven cleansing the cares and woes from the earth. My cares and woes also disappear  while I’m peering out the window. Maybe it’s my imagination but a refreshing feeling washes over me as I enjoy the voice of the raindrops whispering secrets to me.

Another rainy day adventure for me is to go outside and play in the rain. Frolicking to and fro in the rain as it soaks me from head to toe cleanses me to the depth of my soul. It awakens the child in me.

Aah, it feels so good.

In the moment it’s okay that my soaked clothes are sticking to my skin and my feet  squishing in my shoes as I tromp through the puddles of water and mud.

Can’t wait for the next warm rainy day where I can go out and play. Come join me.

Have you ever let the little kid in you come out and play on a rainy day?

Getting To Life After

Retirement is everything I wrote about in my previous blog. There is another side. Making the final step to retirement can be challenging. You can say I can’t wait until I retire–I never wanted to work. Are you really ready to give up that job that has become a security blanket? Did you know you have become more attached than you ever thought you would? That makes your job an idol.
I found myself in that position. Once I faced the fact that the job was my idol, I decided I needed to call and give a date to retire. When I attempted to set the date another monster showed up. That monster was fear. It shook me for several hours and then peace washed over me and I was able to give a date. Once I faced off the demons, idol and fear, I was able to step into my future and haven’t looked back.
I had a mindset about retirement that I wasn’t aware of until I had to evaluate the big picture. Having an attachment to my job that held me captive, I unconsciously equated retirement with being old, put out to pasture, and useless. I was younger than most people when they retired so I didn’t want to be seen in that light. I had to leave my job to continue in the purpose and destiny God had for me.
My fears were unfounded. I left my job with compensation for my years of service, moved to another state and into a new stage of my life. I’m partaking in the perks of not having to punch a time clock and under God–I’m my own boss.
I’m truly blessed.

Life After

I have a friend I met at work. She is still working, but I retired several years ago. We keep in touch–she is a blessing to me. We encourage each other all the time through kind words, share family stories, a lot of other things. We’ve had an email going for several days now. I have been sharing tips on how I transitioned from regimented work life to wonderful retired life without a tight schedule.

This is what I told her. Keep rehearsing life after work. Loosely plan and don’t get bent out of shape if things don’t go exactly how you plan. Go with the flow. Don’t map out every day. Hang loose. You have been regimented for a long time and will be until you leave the workforce.

When you’re finally free do the things on your bucket list. If you try the things on your list and they don’t turn out to be what you thought, trash the activities and go on to the next and next and next until you get through them or you decide you’re done. Stay up late and get up late. Go to the pool in your neighborhood and find other retirees. Get to know them. This can be an exciting part of your new life.

Volunteer at your place of worship. See the other side of church, not just the Sunday best. Choose some other organization but volunteer because you want to, not because you have to. Play cards with friends, go to the movies, eat out.

After I retired. At first I felt like I needed God to tell me every day that it was okay not to go to work. After several months, that problem went away. Now I take each day as it comes. There are times I have scheduled things to do, but I don’t do that all the time. The only constant in my life is bowling on two leagues and tournaments. I’m working on getting a writer’s group started. Other than that, I’m hanging loose and flying free.

What a wonderful life.

For you lucky retired folks how is it going for you? For those working toward retirement what is in your heart to do when the time comes?