Monday, January 30, 2012

First Day of the rest of my Life!

Day one of retirement, beautiful today, Chris & I planted some winter pansies.
Got my walk in, 2 more miles down. Drove up to the golf course, it is still covered in snow, certainly nice enough to play today, temperature is in the low to mid 50's.
Talk to Mike @ Fidelity again today, we should have everything planned out very soon.
I guess I'm suppose to take a picture, not sure what that significance is.

I heard this weekend that one of my nephews had a bad fall and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow to put a plate in his hand. He fell off a ladder in icy conditions - could have been much worse!

After Carter & I get our lunch hour rest in I've got a couple more things to do outside. I hope this weather lasts, give me an early chance to get a leg up on the weeds.

Walking outside on such a beautiful day gets my brain thinking about all the potential outside projects I would like to get started on.
        *Build two small retaining walls by shop
        *Build steps leading up to pump house
        *Clean up hill side, begin planting ground cover
        *Plant grass on the flat part on top of hill
        *Work on hillside below house, clean up, cut down, burn

Time to go back out there, Carter doesn't look like he wants to move.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Last Day

Met with Fidelity yesterday, returned cell phone, computer and office phone. It just hasn't sunk in yet.
I've been keeping busy, hope that continues.
Received calls from Jeff & Carole, Dennis and Rick, congratulating me on my retirement.
Washed cars, vacuumed, got TV remote fixed, cancelled business phone & fax, printed instructions for getting into the Borrego rental.
Tomorrow I need to figure out how to hook up the bluetooth on the i-phone and playing music.

Monday, January 23, 2012

In Nashville - Final Week!

Arrived very late last night to tornado warnings. Pretty easy schedule, had breakfast with John R, Bob M & Kevin M.
Anyway, back to the schedule, I've got a meeting at 12:30-2:30, then rehearsal for the group opening at 4:30. Special transportation to the rehearsal & back again to the reception back @ Opryland. Hope to have a few drinks with the guys & Randy.
Tomorrow go to the division opening, according to Randy, get recognized with other SM who hit their sales numbers, listen to the rest of the opening then head back home to Hoodsport.
At breakfast, Murphy mentioned to me that he recommended me to SSPC to do some auditing work. I'm not sure that I'd be interested in working so soon after retiring!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stuck, waiting for snow to melt

Power's out figured out how to run generator. Rain is falling but with a layer of ice on top of snow,things aren't thawing out very fast. If things don't get better by tomorrow I'll work on Luci's road tomorrow. Things don't get a lot better by Sunday, I'm staying home, I don't want to leave Chris up here alone without power.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Last two weeks of work

Starting to sink in, I've only got this week then the sales meeting and I'm done. Everyone asks me if I'm excited, should I be? Worked out my computer issues, installed new memory, downloaded OS 10 Lion operating system, deleted word, entourage & excel. Installed Mac equivalents.
Pretty good football games this weekend, loved to see the packers go down, surprised the 49ers beat the Saints.

Winter seems to finally arrived, it snowed this weekend and 13 inches predicted for this Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Week of January 9th

Exciting news, I have my first personal cell phone, an I-Phone 4S making me a total mac head.
As I was trying to figure things out I've run into a few snags. My I-Mac doesn't have enough memory to support the new ios software LION. Without Lion I my desktop computer can't access the cloud where my i-pad and i-phone want to store everything. I'm headed to the Apple store on Friday to buy a memory chip and some software (LION doesn't support my old microsoft programs (excel & word). That's going to cost me, better do it while paychecks are still coming in (only two more pay days).

So far I've work out twice and I'm sure I'll go tomorrow. The problem I'm having with my achilles seems to be subsiding. Walking for 33 minutes, get 2 miles in. First lap begins at 3.5 and halfway turns up to 3.6 with slope of 1, 2nd lap at 3.7 slope of 2, 3rd-6th lap at 3.8 and a slope of 3. thank god for lap 7, reduce down to 3.5 then 3.6 with a slope of 1 then finally ramp back up to 3.9 and slope of 4 for 1/2 of lap 8 before turning back down to 3.5 and no slope. My workout music works well for me #1 Sick and Tired by Boz Scaggs, #2 Stick to the Plan by Graham Parker, Meeting with My Main Man by Allison Moyet, #4 Crazy Dream by Los Lonley Boys, #5 Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers, #6 Back Where I Belong by Alison Moyet and finally #7 Suddenly I See (Live) by KT Tunstall (I love the ending drum solo on this live version, puts me in a great mood (or I'm just glad to be done with the walk!

More later...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Dinner Last Night @ the Space Needle

Great dinner and lots of fun last night as Chris and I hosted a dinner for Ray & his family. We were celebrating his 25th year anniversary and it was actually on his hire date - 25 years ago.
It was great to catch up, we hadn't seen his kids in many years, they are now all grown up.
It was a beautiful evening and we got a panoramic view of the city because the restaurant rotates!

Dinner last night with Ray & family

Had a great time and good dinner last night with Ray & his family. We ate at the Space Needle, Chris & I haven't been there in years.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jacob what have you done - Mom's hooked on Bejeweled

Introduced Chris to bejeweled yesterday, I warned her it's addicting. Now she's hooked, I may never get my ipad back. tried to send a couple of emails from the ipad and they bounced back. I can't use the mail program on the ipad need to stick to gmail.

Upcoming trip south

Note to self bring bike rack for Jeff & Carole.
Bring a set of jumper cables and a few essential tools and a couple of grease rags.

Fat guys rejoice

Worked out again, three days in a row. Walking two miles takes 32 min.