4 More Working Days

….and then I am officially retired. I can hardly wait.

I’ve been working since I was 16 years old. During my high school years I did summer jobs and holiday jobs. When I graduated from high school I went to work full time at the home office of Holiday Inns in Memphis as a receptionist. I advanced to a secretarial position in the Treasury Department of Holiday Inns, typing spreadsheets and balance sheets, etc.

I got married while I was there. Still married to the same guy, BTW. We lived in an apartment to begin with, then moved to some property with a trailer.

When my dad died, my mom decided to move to Florida. Hubby and I were going through a rough patch at the time. So we decided to move with her. Start new, start fresh. It wasn’t long after we moved, that mom got sick. She was finally diagnosed with terminal cancer. We lived with her until she died, less than 6 months from the time she was diagnosed.

After she died, I went back to school for nursing. I had been impressed by the care she had received at the hospital. I didn’t work during this time, although you could call going to nursing school work. It wasn’t easy. I passed my boards and went to work at a local hospital.

I’ve worked at 2 hospitals, a doctor’s office and a nursing home during this time. Now I’m almost 62, next month I’ll be 62. I’m tired, tired of working, tired of having to make a living, tired of working at the whim and command of others. It’s time to do things I want to do, when I want to do them. Go to bed when I want and get up when I want.

Oh don’t worry, I’ll have enough to keep me busy. I have enough yarn and fabric and books to last 3 lifetimes. And I can pinch pennies with the best of them. I’ll save for little trips to far away places…well maybe not so far, but still a trip nonetheless. I also plan to do some yearly volunteer work at our local Fair. That’s only 1 week a year. I think I can handle that.

So what plans have you got for retirement?


Yesterday was my first day of retirement after working all nite. So I slept off and on all day. Today is my second day of retirement and I have things to do regarding 401K’s.



10 thoughts on “4 More Working Days

  1. Good for you!! Congrats.

    You will love retirement. Doing what you want when you want.

    I retired the day I turned 62. November, six years ago and have never looked back. The first month will be weird. I slept most of the time. I would try to craft, which I love, but couldn’t keep my eyes open. I napped and napped and napped. It was probably about Month 3 that I could stay awake longer than four hours.

    Living on a fixed income isn’t so bad. I make sure to watch for the sales and I even shop at Salvation Army’s Thrift Store. I go on Wednesday’s. Senior discount day. I look for fabric and sheets. Things I can use for quilting backs.

    Let us know how you like retirement.

    • I am so looking forward to it. I know I will probably have a big adjustment period…getting used to not having to be anywhere in particular and getting to sleep at nite, LOL! I think the sleeping at nite might be the hardest.

      Oh, I’ll be shopping at those places too. I hate paying full price for anything.

      I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on how it is going.

  2. I read this ealier and I wanted to get back and make a comment. Congratulations. I can’t wait to hear of the closets you’ll clean, the beautiful things you’ll make and the interesting places you’ll explore. You deserve a rest. Happy retirement. Hugs. Barb

  3. You know, you could make a memory quilt out of all those nurses’ shirts and tops. And all those clothes you won’t be needing any longer. I wish I had thought of it before dropping off bags and boxes of stuff to charity after I retired. If I still had some of them, I would cut them into squares and make a quilt.

    • They are all pretty worn and probably wouldn’t hold up in a quilt. I’ve had some for several years. Nurses uniforms are typically made of the cheapest cotton/blend available.

  4. And they charge an arm and leg for them. Fortunately, the nursing home provided our uniforms. But still they were cheap cotton uniforms, thin material. Nothing like quality quilt cotton.

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