Monday, June 16, 2014

Venturing Out and Enjoying The World

When we first retired, it seemed like we both still had so many irons in the fire so there was little time for play.  Between getting a new house, working in the yard, and diving into volunteering full steam ahead, things took a lot of our energy. 
Now later in retirement, we are ready to open new doors. Doors to lean back and just play a little, travel, get in shape, and eat right. 
For starters, why not take advantage of local activities going on right here in town?!?!?
We hadn't been to the Symphony in ages, so taking in the Christmas program was a great way to start the season.

It is wonderful to visit parts of the country we haven’t been to for a while, so we recently took a trip to the Northwest. There was such gorgeous scenery and so many beautiful lakes.

Now we're planning another trip to Hawaii.  We enjoyed our last trip and have decided it is time to go again, maybe to another island this time.  Last time we were in Maui and we explored every nook and cranny of the entire island and enjoyed visiting all the points of interest.

I've been trying to get us both back into an exercise program and so far so good. We've each lost a few pounds and have a ton more energy.  
Eating from our garden has been a real motivator to eat right.  All those fresh veggies are so good and homegrown always tastes the best. Our zucchini has been wonderful and finding low-cal recipes to make has really helped us lose weight.  
This hamburger/cheese/Italian stuffing mix tastes sooooooo good.  This will definitely be on our list to have again.

So tell me, how are you spending your retirement years? What doors are you opening to spread your wings and explore life?   It is time to indulge a little, cause we, we’re having a ball.
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  1. Your stuffed zucchini look delicious - eating healthy doesn't have to be boring :-)

  2. My husband still has almost four years until retirement, but I'm two years into mine. We are very eager to spread our wings and fly away even more often than we do now, but there are still a lot of demands on our time. Great thought-provoking post!

  3. I think your plan is just right on target Marty, enjoying life is what retirement is all about and I can't wait to follow along all your adventures!

  4. I am actually getting ready to start a new business! I would also love to travel more.

  5. Oh... I think I will probably have to work till I just can't anymore. But that is okay. Sometimes, I think that is what keeps us young. I think you and your hubby are poster children for how to do retirement right! You are always having fun! :)

  6. Je pense qu'il est nécessaire de conserver une activité et de s'octroyer des moments de liberté pour voyager et partager...

    Gros bisous ♡

  7. Lovely post Marty! And I am excited for you going to Hawaii.
    We are not quite to the retiring years yet, although Dan retired from teaching. He just hasn't retired from working.
    I hope all is well with you my dear,
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. Great post, the nature photos are stunning and very beautiful!
    Sofa cleaning Brixton

  9. Having recently retired, this post hit home as we too have had several 'irons in the fire' and it hardly seems as though we have had the time to enjoy it, but that will change and very, very soon. I think retirement is a time to explore interests and be open to new ones as well. Sounds like you and your hubby are doing just that Marty!

  10. Hawaii is wonderful. My daughter lived there for about 6 I got to visit a few times. Also R and R through the military during the Vietnam conflict. Lovely place. Just been on Maui and Oahu. Forgetting how to spell them .... the beauty is unforgettable. Such memories Ihave..

  11. I still have a few more years to go before I retire. But, when I do, I'd love to take a trip to Hawaii as well.

  12. Hawaii sounds heavenly! The Mr has been retired for seven years and my plan is to retire the end of this year. I love teaching wellness classes at our community college but it's time to turn in my stopwatch! Travelling our country and seeing the rest of the world is what we'd like to do. I'd also like to try that zucchini it looks delicious!