I managed to reach sixty years of age in 2013. I also decided to retire even though I still have a few web design clients that don’t make too many demands on me so I’m happy to keep them.
You can learn more about my preretirement years in my About Me page as that’s that past and this blog is about the now whenever possible although I do tend to go out on tangents that could lead to past stories.
First Slow Down Enough To See The Roses
You’ve heard that saying, ‘Stop and smell the roses’ I’m sure but first you have to be going slow enough to see those roses, right. When I slowed down enough in life I started seeing all the things I’d been missing and I’m not just talking about my wife and son.
Retiring has allowed me to experience life instead of just moving through life.
Even though I just declared my retirement in 2013 I’ve really been retired since 2009 and that’s when I started a new hobby, gardening. Talk about putting down roots well I have been planting things in our yard and gardens since that time.
Started Enjoying My Hobbies Full Time
Fun Fishing With Friends
I have been a fisher-Mann since I was just eight years young and still get out every opportunity that presents itself. Like a day trip tomorrow which may be our last day out this year.
Casey and I are going muskie and bass fishing at Oromocto New Brunswick. 2013 is the year I caught my first muskie which was 31” and a fun fish to catch and release.
Perhaps tomorrow will be another muskie day however just in case it isn’t I’ll bring my camera so I can focus on scenery to share with family and friends.
Playing Acoustic Guitar
I taught computer education for 20 years and enjoyed the years of seeing people’s faces when they learned something that could change their life.
In the last couple of years I work in the brick and mortar world I taught a couple of students that played guitar. I had tried to learn to play long before they were ever born now they were going to help me learn to play. How cool is that.
What I learned with Gary and Jason was so much fun and to this day I play at least a couple of hours a day as I find it so relaxing. I can’t sing at all but I have a lot of time alone as Jenny still works so I sing my heart out all day without hurting anyone’s ear drum.
I’m A Beginner Home Gardener
Since 2009 gardening has become a hobby that’s close to the top of my hobbies list. I play gardener spring through autumn and then plan the next season during the winter.
My first vegetable garden was started when I was recovering from a heart attack so it wasn’t very big just 4 foot by 4 foot but I had the best summer I’d had since 2004.
Every year the vegetable garden has gotten bigger plus I have been adding raised beds and new flower beds which is decreasing the amount of lawn that needs mowing.
Did I tell you today how much I love the Internet? I have learned so much online and so much faster than heading to a book store or back and forth to our local nursery. An example was the first Ladybug larvae, showing on the right, I saw and had no clue what it was. I jumped online and in no time I found it was ladybug larvae.
I watch for them now and this year I got to see a few. I even saw a ladybug larvae turn into a pupa. Sadly I missed the new ladybug emerging as it happened while I was away. I did see the ladybug under the leaf that it had been on as a pupa for the past couple of weeks. Maybe I’ll be better prepared next year.
BTW: Even though the ladybug larvae was now a pupa and attached to the leaf it could still move up and down when an insect touched it. The three images above are all the same pupa.
For as long as I can remember my hands shook, even as a kid, so when I first tried using a camera we had to wait about a week to get the film back only to find out that every single photo was blurry. Through the years I would try cameras but the only way I could use one was with a tripod. Even pushing the clicker to take a picture would cause a problem. Eventually I just gave up trying.
Then one day many many years later I heard that some digital cameras had IS (Image Stabilization) technology that helped remove camera shake. I tried a few digital cameras and they didn’t cut it but when I tried one with IS I got a crystal clear image.
I bought that camera which was a Casio and took thousands of images I was happy with. I could even take close up shots although I was pushing the limits of the camera vs my shaky hands. If I would wait until just the exact second my hands or body would stop moving I could get a macro shot.
From that experience on I have taken pictures every day usually hundreds.
I broke that camera one day while I was fishing with a friend. I always wore the wrist strap so I would never drop it but this day we were going through a culvert with his boat and I was getting a video. The bow drifted off center and I instinctively threw my arms out to stop it from hitting the side of the culvert. BAM my camera smashed against the wall and it was put to rest.
Got a new camera though and I sort of felt guilty for feeling good about wrecking my camera. That’s how much I liked my new Canon video camera. I still have the camera and take it with me most of the time but I could not take a picture without using both hands so it sucked for fishing. It does take great video and audio is great.
I have a new Canon Powershot 500SX IS camera and having so much fun learning stuff I never knew before and getting quality images. I can even zoom in on the moon and get a good image… without even using my tripod. So I’m giddy happy just like a kid at Christmas.