Friday, July 12, 2013

I'm Back!

Thanks for your encouraging comments about my retirement!  I finished work on June 14 and barely had time to breathe before we left for a two-week trip to Alaska and British Columbia.  Before we left, I had a dream that I had 25 minutes to take a shower and pack my suitcase before it was time to go to the airport.  Do you think I had a little bit of anxiety about getting everything done?!  Despite the packing angst, we have a terrific time on a cruise through the inside passage in Alaska and touring Victoria and Vancouver.  We were with my sister and her husband which was fun.  The weather was amazing as we only had one day of drizzle when we arrived in Seattle and then one brief rainstorm in Juneau.  In fact, the weather was so warm that I had to stop in the Hudson Bay department store and purchase a couple of short-sleeve tops because I had packed for 60 degree temperatures, not 80 degrees.  We have lots of great memories, including Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord
the beautiful sunken garden planted in a former limestone quarry at Butchart Gardens in Victoria,
 
and the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit in Seattle near the Space Needle.

 
 
We've been home a week and I'm finding that it may be awhile before I develop a routine.  So far, I've filled my time with going out to lunch and dinner with friends, spending a day at Burkholder Fabrics near Denver, PA, going to the gym, completing some of the financial papers for retirement (that took a lot of time!), reading and doing a little bit of sewing.  I haven't had an increase in stitching time as I thought I would, but that will probably come as I complete some of the paperwork and household tasks that piled up during the last few months of my working life.  However, I do have one finish and I proudly present Quaker Christmas which is already at the framers.


 
Now I'm back to working on the Scottish Band Sampler (Scarlet Letter) and as soon as I banish the frogs that have been visiting lately, I may have some progress to show on that.