I had to take a picture of one of my rose bushes, this morning. This rose bush had to be pruned to a single stem, earlier, this year, due to damage from the drought and rose borers. I think it is safe to say that the bush has recovered from that drastic pruning.
After I came home, I had a relaxed evening. I called cousin P to check on her and, later, video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to retire
- Finding out more about my retirement benefits
- Knowing when the time was right to make the decision to retire
- Feeling I made the right decision
- Roses blooming in the garden
How was your Wednesday? Did you have a good day?
So glad to hear your news. I hope all your retirement plans work well. I've been told that yellow roses represent friendship. I'm sure all your friends will be wishing you well as you prepare to enjoy the days ahead xReplyDelete
Thank you, Angela. Yes, I, too, have read that yellow roses symbolize friendship. :)Delete
Glad to hear you are excited about your retirement and the next stage of your life. It's lovely to read that you feel you have made the right decision.ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful rose, looking very healthy.
Thank you, Eileen. Yes, I know I have made the right decision. The time is right. :)Delete
Your rose is lovely. Roses are incredible they can survive so much. Pleased your retirement plans are going ahead smoothly.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sharon. At one time, my garden was full of such rose bushes. I had almost 100 rose bushes! But, over the years, drought, pests, and neglect caused the majority of them to die. I am cherishing the few bushes that did survive. :)Delete
You're another step closer to this new, exciting phase of life. Yay! BTW, maybe you should severely prune this rose bush every year. It is so pretty.ReplyDelete
Yes, I am one step closer; just a few more to take and that will be that! Yes, this particular rose bush took the pruning well, didn't it?Delete
Congrats on your impending retirement! What an exciting season of life! Can’t wait to hear all about your plans for how you will spend your newfound and very much deserved “free” time ... do you plan to travel? So very happy for you!!!!ReplyDelete
~ Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode
Thank you, Carolyn. I am first planning to sleep in and just relax for several weeks! Then, I might consider a few activities. I haven't planned to do any traveling, yet, but, who knows?Delete
Did I miss it? When are you planning on retiring? It will be well deserved.ReplyDelete
Lovely rose bushes. We always had roses growing up. Even now on the little bit of dirt outside Mum's front door (to her flat) she has a rose bush. I must admit I haven't tried to grow one.
Sharon, no, you didn't miss anything. :) I am just now making plans to retire. I am planning to retire in July, after I complete my 35 years of service. I attended a general retirement seminar, last week; met with HR to discuss one or two things and to update my personal information on file, yesterday, and informed my supervisors. I will be filling out and submitting the official notices and paperwork, next month. Retirement will take effect towards the end of July. :)Delete
At one time, I had almost 100 rose bushes in the garden! But then came 5 years of continuous drought, water restrictions, ill health which limited my ability to garden, and now, I barely have 10 rose bushes left! Maybe I'll plant more, when I am retired and have time to garden!
A great exciting time in your life! You'll be able to do all the things you don't have time for now.Delete
Thank you, Sharon. That's what I am hoping for!Delete
Once I made the decision to retire, I just couldn't wait for the date to come around. I became very impatient for work to come to an end. Fortunately, I made the decision to NOT take holidays that summer until the very end, so I could go out early. A count-down calendar sounds like a great idea.ReplyDelete
Your yellow roses are so lovely. I think you are right. They have definitely bounced back from what ailed them.
Susan, my initial plan was to take my accrued vacation time towards the end, before my retirement went into effect, just so I could stop having to go to the office. I still might do that. However, they will also pay out whatever vacation I don't take and I am wondering if I should rather do that. Will ponder on that a bit more.Delete
I think I need to get some plant food to reward that rose bush and encourage the others to do their best!
The rose bush is so beautiful. I'm no gardener but I would say it's definitely recovered.ReplyDelete
Oh yes! Make a count-down calendar. How many days have you got left to work? X
Thank you, Jules. :)Delete
Well, I am planning to retire towards the end of July. So, basically, I have about 2 1/2 months left to work. :)
Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, Bless. I'm sure you will find many fun things to do. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nil. It'll be nice to have enough time to do fun things. :)Delete
I think we will all start getting excited about your retirement! One comment I noticed you replied to, concerned whether or not to take unused vacation time or accept payment instead. Of course it is a personal thing, but I will never forget reading in a book written by someone who took a year sailing round the world, that you can always come up with more money, but you can never regain time once it has gone. Something to chew on!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Bushlady. Yes, it is something to think about - money vs time. Not that I am planning to go sailing... :)Delete
Retirement gives people a great relief. They will have lot of time for them and family and enjoy their life. They have to plan their retirement living to enjoy them happily:)