The opportunity for me to retire recently presented itself, and I took it! With eleven goats (five being milked twice daily), at least twenty-four chickens at any given time, seven to ten honey bee hives, and a large garden, it was becoming very difficult for us to keep up with full-time employment and Bramblestone Farm. So, when it became possible for me to retire, it seemed like the right thing to do. Tomorrow will be the first week I haven’t had to be either at work or school for nearly 50 years. It’s a hard concept for me to grasp right now, but the picture to the right (I took it while we were on vacation in Hawaii) is sometimes how I feel.
I’m looking forward to having more time for the farm, blogging, writing, crafting, scrapbooking, gardening, cooking, maybe writing a book, and who knows what else. First on the agenda though is creating an office space that I can work from. The office area in our home has always been more of Randy’s area, but he’s been great about clearing things out so that I’ll have a space to work.
We’ve worked hard to create the farm, and have looked forward to retiring and spending more time on the activities there that we enjoy. But I’m also nervous about being retired, it’s funny how something that you’ve looked forward to, is suddenly threatening when it finally arrives. My retired friends all tell me that they love it, I’ll love it, and will adjust in no time. Here’s to retirement!