A gift for a retired friend

Today is her birthday. I’m showcasing her work over the years and am looking forward to sitting down and have her provide background and art tips as we both click through the images.

Here is the page: https://retiredguys.net/superb-artwork-on-display-here/

Side benefit: Inspiration to keep plowing forward on my various projects.

Sunsets–another reason to leave the recliner

My good (and retired) friend’s wife–an expert photographer–took this photo outside of Marysville, California just yesterday.

Needless to say, they left their recliners, right?

Hoping your Thanksgiving weekend is going well. Buddy here is pleased so far. Seems he likes the idea of us leaving our recliners.

Need more deep insights into retirement?
Check out my insanely overpriced book.

Reasons to leave the recliner–the occasional splurge

It’s been so easy to settle into the daily routine of hot Italian roast, toast, and fruit around 7:30 [after The Little Commander gets his morning stroll.], followed by my daily intentional dodge of all things ‘news’ by clicking over to my personal comics page.

Just plain tuckered out from his morning neighborhood rounds.

But there comes a time when you have to embark on a mission of self-sacrifice. In this case, we waited till 9:00 for our favorite breakfast place to open.

Along with two ample breakfast sandwiches [the other halves we’ll eat tomorrow], I–to quote my wife–‘over-ordered’. The evidence is at the top of this post. To be fair to myself (and hey, if I don’t, who will?), I don’t recall her shaking her head in displeasure as I phoned in our requests.

So go on, leave that living room and look to create rather than consume some entertainment. There will be times (yesterday, for instance), when ‘consumption’ wins out.

Reasons to leave the recliner–neighborhood walks

We’ve been graced with imaginative and humorous neighbors who keep these ursine friends dressed to match seasons and current events.

When I take and share photos, I also try to keep ‘declare it art’ in mind.

So go on, leave that living room and look to create rather than consume some entertainment.

Goodwill Words Gallery, retiredguys.net, etc.

Image by Markus Winkler from Pixabay 

From my other sites…

Goodwill Words Gallery [A favorite project]

Retiredguys.net [Helps me keep tabs on this next chapter.]

Word Inventions [Just added a Seth Godin post. The guy is so sharp.]

Side Hustle Curator [nearing 300 posts. I just like passing along some helpful content to others. You’d think I’d repurpose some of this, wouldn’t you?]

Yes, I’m still as retired as ever.

And sometimes, tired as ever.

Image by dexmac from Pixabay 

Retired can simply mean refocused.

There is something about retirement that opens your mind to ‘the finish line’.
Saw this sign a while back in Mt. Vernon, WA.
Found it interesting to witness others’ bucket list items.
One of mine: Visit Canada again…either west coast or east coast. Even better–if/when things calm down, take the CP Rail from one coast to the other.
Another one: FINISH one of my writing/content projects.
What’s on your bucket list? Let that list energize your days.
Not sure how to start a bucket list? Take a look at this interesting categorized list of 200 bucket list items.

A writer drifting to new ventures…

Photo by Jan Kohl (Unsplash)

So, yes, the photo suggests something waaaay more exciting, noble, and daring than my ‘new ventures’, but I liked the photo so there you go!

Retirement is still a reality and one of my interests, but I’ve drifted toward:

Anyway, I’ll probably be using retirerenew blog to post links to my other blogs, and a few other inspirations, since they’re all part of the ‘renewal and creative reinvention’ process.

Not yet vaccinated? No worries here.

My solution…so seamless.

Greetings, readers. Just thought I’d explore the not-so-unique concept of ‘being yourself. [Sounds pretty 60’s-ish, doesn’t it?]

Anyway, here is a 2020 list of ‘be yourself’ suggestions from lifehack.com.

For you creative reinventors out there–while of course all the list items are helpful–see if 2021 is the year you ‘find a hobby that you love’. [#8 on the list.]

Don’t bother, however, with developing a COVID-safe wardrobe. I’ve already cornered that market.