It has been quite the year! Exactly a year ago today was my first day of retirement. It was also the day that we took possession of our new house on Vancouver Island. So, on this significant anniversary, I will dedicate this blog post to a romp through some highlights of the past year.
|Celebrating 150 Years Since Confederation on July 1, 2017|
August, of course, also was devoted to moving, except this time to unpacking what we had just packed up, and setting up our new home. We spent all of 12 days moving in and unpacking, then we were off again on a three-week camper trip to northern BC! We attended a wedding and visited with lots of friends and family. We especially had fun with our other set of grand kids -- who had also just moved into a different house. We attended a Fall Fair and also managed to fit in a hike or two.
|A Hike with my Brother. Looking across the Valley at Hudson Bay Mountain.|
In September, we finally stopped racing around all over the country and began to settle into our new community and new life. We were thrilled to discover that where our house is located in a rural area, there is an elaborate network of walking trails right outside our door.
|A Favourite Local Trail|
|At the Pumpkin Farm|
|Snow in Our Garden in November|
|Erica at the International GIF Fest|
In December, we visited Vancouver again and saw the Cirque du Soleil's Kurios show.
|We Enjoyed the Show|
|Family Skating Party|
In January, we really settled into our new life. We enjoyed spending time with the grand kids, as well as lots of walks and trips to the ski hill. When it rained nonstop for the last two weeks in January, we went to the furniture shop and bought new living room furniture. (See, that's what too much rain can do to you!)
|We Love the Local Ski Hill|
February involved lots of hikes, lots of skiing, lots of time with the grand kids, time spent with friends, yoga, volunteer work, and time to read. So this is what it's like when you have time for a real life!
|Fun at the Playground|
We went skiing on average once a week from January through April. We have made new friends here who like to ski. I joined a local group of artists and spent lots of time getting ready for an art show in April, and working with Erica to build an art website.
I joined a writers' group, and started working on my novel again. I showed my paintings at a weekend art show.
|Easter Egg Hunt|
I set up a studio and gallery named Notch Hill Art, and launched the website.
I certainly have not lacked for things to do this first year of retirement. Considering how concerned I was about making the leap to retirement, I have to say that I am the most surprised of everyone to discover how much I love being retired.
|Kate Enjoys my Retirement Too|