Saturday, February 2, 2013

My next big adventure - Retirement

I'm retiring on February 27, 2013 after 32 years as a public servant for the Government of Canada.  Soon every day will be Saturday and I get to be the boss of me.

Good riddance to January 2013!  It was a horrible month...bitterly cold weather, plus I was sick for three weeks.  If that wasn't enough grief, my Mac Mini computer kept running slower and slower.  Finally, I took it to the computer doctor on January 28.  I got it back after three days with a new hard drive and bumped up ram from 2 to 5 gigs.  $274 CAD later the Mac is running like new.  Sheesh!  On to better things.

On February 1st, much to my delight and surprise, while Corina was in Brandon running an errand for her husband, she came to visit me. We have been internet/blogger and telephone friends for a couple of years, but this was the first time we met in person.  It was awesome, I regret that I didn't take any photos.  After my retirement, I plan to visit Corina for a play date with our sewing machines.

I'm feeling a little lost without the 2012 Free Motion Quilting challenge to work on.  In no particular order, 2013 projects include:
  • two reversible capes for big sister presents
  • a baby quilt for my new great nephew or niece expected in March
  • sewing a dozen or more re-useable grocery bags we have five weddings this year
  • reversible placemats for Shannon
  • a jelly roll quilt like Corina makes
  • updating the computer room with new paint, window coverings and flooring
  • downsizing my sewing machine collection currently at 14 machines to 8 (an ongoing saga)
  • three Alzheimer's touch quilts
  • blogging more at least once a week 
  • teaching sewing, quilting and basic sewing machine maintenance 
  • only using fabric and thread from the stash not buying any more
  • knitting more cotton dish cloths
  • a family vacation to Hawaii in April
Some of these projects have been started.  In January I taught two private sewing lessons.  One reversible cape is finished, the other is half cut out.  The plane tickets and accommodations for the Hawaii trip are booked and paid for.  I sold my Necchi Lelia sewing machine.

Dear Readers, I apologize for the lack of blogging in January.  I do hope you will continue to visit my blog and share your thoughts with me.  I love to read about your sewing machines, quilting and other crafty projects.

Have a super duper Saturday!


  1. Congratulations on retiring! Now on to the next phase. I hope your days are filled with fun.

  2. First of all congrats on retirement but I don't think you personally will be slowing down any looking at your list. I retired 10 years ago with early retirement with the school system to watch my new granddaughter while her Mom worked. I LOVE it. I too sew but haven't in awhile. I'm currently working on a Sally (from Charlie Brown) costume for one of my granddaughters who will wear it in her school play at the end of the month. Theres never a dull moment.

  3. Sounds like you have many projects planned to keep you busy, but like you say you are the boss of you so retirement will be sweet, even if you are busier than ever!
    I look forward to seeing your projects.

  4. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement Tammy! You will love it, though you won't have any more free time than you do now, ask me how I know, lol! I miss the FMQ Challenge too, so happy to know there will be at least a few posted during the year.

  5. Only 11 days to go until FREEDOM! I'm not retired, but friends of mine that have say that life got so busy they aren't sure how the managed to fit in work. I bet it will be wonderful!! Enjoy!!


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