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Old 07-17-2019, 06:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I spent the day travel to Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, a beautiful place to view from the top. Now we are at gold country, It seems like the old cowboy movies I’ve been watching, this is how the West was won. Then we got to our hotel and found out more nice places to visit next time, it’s on our to visit list. Retirement is grand so far.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:43 PM
 
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I never get tired watching my bird feeder. It's such a wonderful way to spend late afternoon happy hour outback on my deck. My dog gets to get some exercise outback chasing squirrels that are looking for their dinner.
I love watching birds and my dogs too.

Seriously, I never get tried of weeding. Then again, once I get weeding, I start to think about moving plants around. Pruning is not as much fun, but I enjoy a nicely pruned shrub.

Friends love the Cornell Master Gardeners program. They say it is a lot of work, but rewarding.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:49 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I love watching birds and my dogs too.

Seriously, I never get tried of weeding. Then again, once I get weeding, I start to think about moving plants around. Pruning is not as much fun, but I enjoy a nicely pruned shrub.

Friends love the Cornell Master Gardeners program. They say it is a lot of work, but rewarding.
Master Gardeners has been one of my most enjoyable 'retirement gigs' (I began with MG when I was age 28)


Retire early,
Retire often!


I will definitely be volunteering in more parks as I get older (nice to do stuff where others can enjoy your labors / creativity).
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:41 AM
 
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Birds are happy when people retire.

^^^That needs to be on a T-shirt

Doodle ---- what's that ----

I still have horses, so my interpretation of doodling generally means I am flat out, after all the barn work is done, in my Feng Shui corner, watching the birds at the feeder as I fall asleep for a "short" nap
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:14 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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I sure do wish I could retire in 13 months - 36 years with Federal government at that time - but sticking it out until 2026 for an additional 10% in my Annuity..

Depending on ones circumstances of course, chasing that extra 10 percent may not be worth it in terms of mental and physical health and overall happiness.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:40 AM
 
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Master Gardeners has been one of my most enjoyable 'retirement gigs' (I began with MG when I was age 28)


Retire early,
Retire often!


I will definitely be volunteering in more parks as I get older (nice to do stuff where others can enjoy your labors / creativity).
I have a bachelors degree in horticulture and volunteering with parks groups and other organizations is high on my list when I retire as well. My line of work will be my hobby when I no longer want to work for a paycheck.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:19 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I love watching birds and my dogs too.

Seriously, I never get tried of weeding. Then again, once I get weeding, I start to think about moving plants around. Pruning is not as much fun, but I enjoy a nicely pruned shrub.

Friends love the Cornell Master Gardeners program. They say it is a lot of work, but rewarding.
Time in the garden and the kitchen can be so satisfying.

I need to restrain myself from weeding in places other than my own yard, I enjoy it too. Gardens aren’t static and moving plants around happens here. I love to prune, but don’t always now when to stop. I’m mainly planting natives now and allowing non-natives to stay, I’m no purist. I probably enjoy eradicating invasive plants way too much and take it personally when they keep coming back.

I make my own yogurt and my granddaughter helped make granola yesterday when she was here and she declared it the best ever, of course! The two together is her favorite snack or breakfast. The younger one wanted an egg-in-a-hole for breakfast and they think I can make anything. Pancakes last week went from a simple Mickey Mouse and snow man shape of three circles to a snowman wearing a hat and then a chicken. They laughed so hard, but ate them.

I love making things from scratch and just found a recipe for beautyberry jelly; a nice combo of garden and kitchen to try. Slow food and a simple life many days is what I like best.


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Old 07-18-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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It's funny how some of you are talking about weeding. My next door neighbor is an old gentleman in his mid 90. He has taken it upon himself to weed and make immaculate the side yard between us. The yards are clearly defined. When he was done with his side, he started on mine.
He trimmed everything up to where I was afraid some of the shrubs would die from being trimmed so severely. He spends hours every week raking every little leaf that falls on the ground much less allow any weed to even begin to grow.

I spoke with him a few weeks ago as I still work and rarely see him during the day. I mentioned to him what a great job he's doing keeping everything nice and neat in the side yard. He said that's what neighbors do for each other.
I know he must be bored and enjoys doing yard work more than anything else so I just let him go at it. If he kills something, it's not the end of the world.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:40 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I even weed my road, weeds grow in between cracks of the road. Everything must be pristine clean near my house.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:49 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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It's funny how some of you are talking about weeding. My next door neighbor is an old gentleman in his mid 90. He has taken it upon himself to weed and make immaculate the side yard between us. The yards are clearly defined. When he was done with his side, he started on mine.
He trimmed everything up to where I was afraid some of the shrubs would die from being trimmed so severely. He spends hours every week raking every little leaf that falls on the ground much less allow any weed to even begin to grow.

I spoke with him a few weeks ago as I still work and rarely see him during the day. I mentioned to him what a great job he's doing keeping everything nice and neat in the side yard. He said that's what neighbors do for each other.
I know he must be bored and enjoys doing yard work more than anything else so I just let him go at it. If he kills something, it's not the end of the world.
Our former neighbor, a younger man, spent a lot of time on an immaculate yard. He was an FBI agent and I assumed it was his stress relief.

I worked on a mobile MRI unit years ago and my company was renting space from another’s doctor’s office. I didn’t realize there was a dispute between them over who paid for landscaping fees. I got tired of walking patients past knee high weeds and wood chucks hanging around in the weeds. I went over one afternoon when the semi wasn’t there and weeded it all in a couple of hours. No one one from the other office approached me, but they were on the phone to corporate complaining bitterly. I was reprimanded, very tongue in cheek, and asked not to do it again.

I really do have to stop myself from pulling weeds out in public places. But I am starting to see weeds in a different light with my growing love for weedy native plants.

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My photo of a wild poinsettia in my garden with added quote
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