- First and foremost enjoying the fact that the weather in Denver is better than the weather in Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville and almost everyplace south and east of us.
- Preparing to do my annual comparison of all expenses from car insurance onward. I do this every year, doing most of my research online and a comparison tool. My smart phone is under a contract system, but I will look at alternative sin that area as well, to see how much I can lower expenses where I can.
- Diving into my Coursera course on Roman Architecture that I am taking through Yale. I have a lot to catch up on as the course is now in week three! After some thought I decided to see how I will do with a free online course. It's a different perspective than taking a classroom course, but so far I am enjoying it. I start a class on Beethoven's Piano Sonatas in March. If I enjoy learning this way, I'll probably continue taking one course at a time, while also taking in class courses. These free courses are a great value and I'm glad I found them.
- Taking on a new volunteer gig. My church has decided that rather than just hosting a group of women one night a week as part of a rotating system, we want to step into the area of a permanent solution, where women can feel secure and have a permanent place. To that end, we will be spending time at another permanent long term shelter where a group of women currently live. A place where they get support and education and have double or single bedrooms. My job will be to coordinate activities twice a month, be they skills training or just a craft night.
- Not do do things by half, I've also volunteered (at another church-yes, I attend two churches) to be the coordinator for Congressional care-that is serving the needs of church members when they need help. As I do travel and have other obligations a large part of this one will of course be recruitment.
- Preparing to put these three paint samples on my wall so I can get rid of the hideous pewter color that is currently there. I am thinking that I may need to paint a section white first to see how the colors really look (or use some large newsprint. I'm waiting on for a sale on the paint since I know that I need two gallons and will need the "low fume" type of paint. As I cannot physically meet the requirements to self paint, my sister and son will paint, and I will bake and quilt in return. Free is always good.
- Finishing up some artwork that I had put aside prior to my move last year - a collage to acrylic painting and some multi-media collages that I barely started. I have a plan for the sewing themed collage series on my wall.
- Sewing and Quilting, as always-making a quick holiday throw, a baby quilt and sewing a group of gardening aprons with matching arm covers and hats. Oh, and trying to teach myself how to knit. I had thought about taking a knitting class. Then as often happens, I found a large knitting group that said it was for all skill levels. This group meets in my local independently owned book store, on the huge comfy chairs by the coffee shop. Socialization, new friends, coffee and a new skill.
- Upping the effort on my online earning efforts. For the most part this type of stuff takes an hour a day, although I have recently had some real finds that I am altering and decorating in order to resell on Craigslist. I'll never be the gal from Storage Wars Texas, but if I can re purpose something and make a little money in the process, great. As with most of my hobbies and enjoyments, they can go with me when I travel, in this modern age.
- Getting serious about a book about Living Richly in Retirement, trying to work on a chapter a week, which may be too stringent a goal.
- And finally, I'm planning for a Superbowl party this weekend. My normal exploration day for this week will get put aside in order to get up and spend an entire day on food and football. What does your week in retirement stack up to be this week??
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Tuesday Tidbits-This Week In Retirement
This week in retirement I am: