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5/12/14 4:02 P

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happy monday everybody. bought some heirloom tomato plants and hanging flower baskets yesterday. have to do some house cleaning today (inside and out) as my brother in law is coming to help my dh paint the house tomorrow and he'll probably stay overnight.

had our first bbq of the year. took me quite a while to clean the bbq after the winter, but, it was worth it. the steaks were delicious. steak and caesar salad. i can live on that!

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5/12/14 2:21 P

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Oh Connie, it never ceases to amaze me how ridiculous some expectations and requests are from silly employees - and yet there can be real serious problems with others who a quiet. I am struggling with employment today. Sarcastic, demanding emails from the home office (the Danish Menace, as Maw called her) wanting instant responses and better results than the cosmos and I can whip up - not inspiring. This is a small company in terms of employees - there are basically three in the office with me, and about nine more scattered between Washington and Oregon. We generate a lot of revenue but do it with few bodies. Less office politics, but more pressure to produce.

I closed my email so I didn't see anything else frustrating, and am working on regularly stuff that has to be done. I know I'm struggling with depression right but I want to deal with it with exercise, self-care, and time.

Leslie

"Normal is not something to aspire to - it's something to get away from." -- Jodie Foster

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5/12/14 1:36 P

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Time flies so quickly. The challenges at work today fade into the next challenges of employment. Work places were all about change. Every year, month, week there was change.

I heard several people share their experiences of retirement. I gathered lots of information before I made my decision. I wanted to learn. I also slowed down a LOT. Routine is a GREAT skill. Attempting to make people happy and not succeeding was a big stress for me. There were 250 people and I was the 'Mother'. At the end of my 22+ years in my career, I realized that a lot of graduates from BIG universities wanted to be worshiped..

The one story that set me back on my heels was when we hired & moved this big shot football player that was on a scholarship from a BIG school. We spend days and days, giving information about housing, locations, yadda yadda yadda . . . we meet with their families, children, we line up any information that is important to them.

This one hire decided to live in the town where I live. He rented a townhouse in a 'ritzy' part of our town. Within 3 weeks he stormed into my office and wanted us to buy out his lease and move him again due to environmental & personality issues within the neighborhood. I was shocked. He used his size & anger to advance towards me in a very threatening and intimidating manner. I was speechless. Finally I got my wits about me and asked him to back up 4 paces and put his arms down at his sides. LOL! When I look back on this situation I can laugh . . . but at the time I was very intimidated. I finally had to raise my voice and clap my hands to get him to snap out of IT.

He stormed out of my office and into the Directors office. I sat down and had to take lots of time to stop shaking. I saw this type of demands and lack of responsibility and personal problem solving. Our office paid these type of positions hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. I was paid a reasonable salary that most of my counterparts throughout the State were paid. I couldn't get rich but I lived within my means.

One day my financial advisor said, "Connie, you could have retired a year ago. Get away from the brats of this generation." (Some of these situations made the newspapers) Not all the new employees were that demanding but that industry creates prima donnas. If their family values were instilled from birth thru universities there wasn't the drama.

A bad day at home is always better than a good day at the office. LOL! I love boring days that I'm responsible for activities & happiness. I love sitting in my glider watching out my picture window. I love biking and walking. I adore taking naps during the day.

My future holds a plan to drive around Wisconsin when I get tired of my lifestyle. I wonder when that actually will start?

Thank you for allowing me to walk down memory lane to remind myself why I'm lucky. Now, I teach aerobics, breathing, flexibility classes.. If someone is unhappy with me, I can sincerely apologize and move on. YIIPPPEEEE!

Hugs to Surround Us All as a Group! Connie, in WI
The pleasant thought for me today is LUCKY.
Show Up Today. Set my shoulders. Put On a Smile
And DO IT


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5/12/14 1:28 P

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I went out with my mom this morning to lowes and to the greenhouse down the road. She picked four hanging baskets for her Mother's Day present and was very happy. We had a lot of fun. I found some awesome clearance deals on hydrangeas so I got three and a tree! I have to work tonight though so I am going to take a nap then get up and go. Glad I made a bunch of soup and burgers to take so I didn't have to cook.

I did take mom out to McDonalds because she wanted chicken nuggets and a milkshake. I was so very tempted to get a milkshake since I love them and it was nearly 90 degrees... But I got a water instead and am so glad I did. I nearly caved but I stuck with it!

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5/12/14 1:01 P

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11 more years. :{

Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.
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"You can't get into heaven without a permission slip from the poor." Reverend Jesse Jackson
"It is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps." MLK
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5/12/14 12:18 P

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My dad didn't take well to retirement. After a few months, he said "you just can't play that much golf."

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5/12/14 12:01 P

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LOL! I've been retired for 3 years from my HR/Accounting/Payroll career. A bad day at home is better than a Good day in the office. I loved my job (not my supervisor). I still keep in touch with many people that were working there when I retired.

Seriously, to decide what to do each and every day . . . is AWESOME! I know I still teach in the fitness industry, but I'd be in the environment anyway. I still wake up at 4:00 am each and every day .. . . and I now can roll over and go back to sleep or get up & meditate, etc.

YIPPPPEEEE! I made it into the house just as the clouds opened their pouring action and thunder shaking the road. LOL!

Hugs to Surround Us All as a Group! Connie, in WI
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5/12/14 10:53 A

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Monday (or any day) is a great day.

I "retired" early, not intentionally, but it is nice. I am off to school today to be involved with a school project with my grandson in grade 5. They are building some sort of electric toy vehicle.

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BUDGETMAW Posts: 11,857
5/12/14 10:43 A

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Dad used to say that the problem with being retired is that you didn't get weekends and holidays off!

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5/12/14 10:42 A

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I think we've had enough rain here for the time being thankyouverymuch.

I spent most of yesterday rearranging closets and purging them. I wouldn't even let Max bring all his things in from the van (I just picked him up at college on Saturday) until there was a place to put them. It MOSTLY worked. We did finally have to bring the last few bags in and stack them in the hallway just so I can return the van to my mom tonight.

Their room is pretty neat right now, so Max actually had room to put all his instruments in the dormer which is his "end" of the room. I made them switch sides of the closet so that it's more convenient (and easier) for both of them to put their clean clothes away. Yeah, right, like THAT'S gonna happen. They have built in shelves in the closet and I don't even require them to hang things up, just pile them on the appropriate shelf. Each middle shelf has two bins - one for socks, one for underwear. No folding there either, just load them in. At least it keeps clean clothes off the floor. And as easy as that system is, they still leave clothes in baskets until I come in and take the baskets away. (I only use 2 clean laundry baskets to transport clean laundry around. If I have more they just let the folding/putting away pile up that much longer.)

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5/12/14 9:26 A

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Since I retired, Monday is a great day!

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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BUDGETMAW Posts: 11,857
5/12/14 9:13 A

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We lucked out last night! There were severe storms in the next counties over, but they missed us. Hope the storms this weekend missed everyone else here, too. We did get some much needed rain, though, which was great.

Nothing scheduled for today except bridge. And housework. And yard work. And trying to keep Gray Paw from breathing his kitty cold germs right into my face and from sitting on my shoulder with his bottom in my face!

Have a great day and a great week, everyone!

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