1. This sounds quite lovely to me! I am nowhere near your stage of life yet–but you had me at wine and books:). Enjoy the moments and the ability to slowly savor life again:).

  2. Yes we love our life now. Like you- we have 1 son launched and the other at home but very busy. We cook, and also go out and try every happy hour special in the area. I read and write. We started to really follow our NBA team and we go to games and have a blast. We travel and visit our younger relatives and share our “wisdom” ha! We love our dog and then of course something always needs to be done in the house/yard. And so it goes- fun every day.

  3. So I wrote a long reply and it somehow vanished 😭😭 You described my life, from kids to activities- that’s what we do. We cook and also check out every happy hour special in the area. Love basketball and our dog. Try to exercise. I read and write. House and yard stuff. Busier than ever but having a blast

  4. My comment may have posted before- but I didn’t see it so I am trying again. Love your post- it’s my life. Wine, happy hours-at home and every bistro area. House and yard projects. 2 boys launched. We now have a passion for basketball and have time to go to games. I read and write. Busy but having a blast

    • Laurie Stone

      Jena, Yes, the bistros! We have one nearby that’s become my cafeteria. I bring my computer there and work. Sounds like we live in parallel universes!

  5. We had children young and we were empty nesters in our 40’s. At first it was weird, sad and empty. Now we do what we want when we want. The kids and grandkids live close, which is great. I miss the baby years… but I am enjoying things we didn’t do way back when.

  6. We started our family early and, like Michele, we were empty nesters in our 40’s. We moved a few times, changed jobs a few times, and finally retired to the beach. Our kids and grandkids aren’t too far away so we get to share in their parenting adventures. Enjoy every moment!

  7. I could definitely identify with all of those things. I’m not the cook you are, and the ingredients don’t come to my door, but I enjoy cooking more and having a glass of wine with my hubby. I’m glad you are enjoying your retirement.

    • Laurie Stone

      Marsha, Thanks so much, but I’m so not a cook. I follow directions (many times begrudgingly), but somehow it works out! Glad you also enjoy the mealtime wine with your hubby.

  8. Overall, things sound very pleasant for you, although missing your children is sad. I’m still at the turning music down stage, but I do worry a little about the house becoming very quiet when my children eventually find homes of their own.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bun, Its both nice and sad. I love having mostly quiet, but at times, its unnerving after all these years of noise.

  9. It sounds to me like you have your retirement pretty well figured out. For a lot of people it takes a good two years to adjust. Now if we would just turn off the TV in our house and hang out more together in the kitchen, there’s an objective!

    • Laurie Stone

      Jan, Before retirement, I don’t think Randy knew where the kitchen was. Now, he’ll even (to my shock) empty the occasional dishwasher. Who knew?

  10. Gayle

    You have described my life almost to a “T”. I retired in Jan/15 after 30 years in the accounting field and was very worried that I would be bored out of my mind. I joined every committee and group that I came across. I wanted to volunteer where I felt I could add value and I found that with a theatre group in our city and more recently with helping to sponsor a refugee family new to our country. My life now two years later feels very fulfilled. I look back on the scared person that wasn’t sure of my self worth outside of my work life and realize there is life after working. My husband (who is still working part-time) and I have done a few bucket list trips and now look forward to a very happy future 3rd act. I have realized retiring is a very personal decision and with a little planning can be the best years of your life!

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, Gayle. Looks like you’ve done well with these years. You’ve followed your heart and are still learning and growing. I love that… an inspiration to all.

  11. I am retired now, but do some part time stuff to get out among people because I miss that interaction. I live alone so I need that from time to time…just not every day! And I am reading so much more than I ever did. I read about an hour every night before I go to sleep. It helps me relax…and shut down.

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, I agree, I also need to get out among people. I get depressed if I’m home too much. Randy seems to have more tolerance for solitude than I do, which makes no sense because he’s more extroverted. Go figure.

  12. So looking forward to the day…it’s about two years away. I’m practicing the wine and books thing whenever possible, though! And lots of gratitude for having made it this far.

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, Gratitude is the operative word. I feel it more and more as I get older. Two years will go quickly, but sounds like you have a good head start.

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, That’s how it feels! Nothing has changed and everything has changed. So funny…

  13. Great post Laurie – it sums up so well all the little pleasures we’re discovering now we have time to ourselves but you touched on the wistful thing with our kids and I can so relate to that with Mothers Day approaching – I miss having my kids making a fuss on the day – now I get a phone call *sigh*

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, I guess that’s the price of our freedom as we get older — those cuddly days with young children are gone. I’m hoping that wistful, missing-them feeling lessens as we get used to our kids being fully launched.

  14. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to retire (lots of unfortunate downturns), but I’m glad to hear about your experiences with it! You sound like you’re doing well so far. Missing the kids? I bet that takes time. Thanks for keeping us updated on how you are doing!!!

    • Laurie Stone

      Cathy, I’m sorry about the downturns. You’re doing so well with your blog and helping so many. I hope you realize what an inspiration you are. So glad I’ve gotten to know you through your beautiful writing.

  15. What a nice reflection! I’ve been retired a year, now. I enjoy the freedom, but my mom passed away 6 months ago. So, there’s sadness as well as joy. Our adult children and grandchildren live far away, so we do miss them and look forward to visits with them.

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