Friends who aren’t retired or who haven’t been to México will ask “what do you do all day?”
I think it’s a funny question because boredom has never ever been a problem for me. I usually have way too many things going on, and some days I even have trouble deciding what to do because of it!
Some days I just like to play in my office-workroom. Above is a picture of my main work table. I have bins below full of fabric and yarn. Mats for pinning things out on. On the right you’ll see a goofy felted purse I made. A friend had given me some random inherited yarn and two already knitted sleeves…I decided to felt them. To the left of that is some material, as I still have two more pillows to make for the daybed in our rental. It turned out great, I think.
The picture below is of my sewing area. All my machines have little cosies on them since the humidity even causes my sewing needles to rust! Beneath this table are a couple more bins of fabrics.
Next is a picture of my desk. Kind of messy, but that is the way I work. Under the cup is a felted coaster that really soaks of the drips from my glass. To the left of my MacBook is my Kindle, and a lot of the time you’ll find me reading. If you want to know what I’m reading, by the way, you can always click on the Books page, above. I would say that is my favorite retirement pastime of all! On the stack of Spanish homework left of the Kindle is my iPod touch, I use it a lot daily as I listen to audio books while I knit, or music while I exercise, or check my Twitter and Facebook and mail when away from my desk.
Below is my latest knitting project, a shrug that is working up pretty easily. I’m using some yarn that I bought inexpensively on eBay.
Of course we walk a lot. Pretty much every day you’ll see us walking the dogs on the malecón at Olas Altas. Below is a picture from this morning.
I’m always looking for birds. There are woodpeckers living in the trees in Plazuela Hidalgo (Lion Park) and I got a picture of him yesterday, below.
I’ve been lamenting my desire for a big cutting board so I headed to Casa del Campesino for one of these taco stand tree trunk ones. David of Pizza Moreno schlepped it home for me on his moto, and our neighbor Barry loaned me his sander, so I guess cutting my vegies is a community effort! I think it turned out great. Now I need to find some mineral oil and I’ll be good to go!
Sometimes I work in the garden. The other day I named the day “Dirty Day” and spent the day on gardening projects. I got a lot done – transplanted a bunch of plants and cleaned up the bougainvillea and passion fruit vine. The vine is very vigorous and barely blooms and I could hardly believe it when I saw it had made a passion fruit, below.
On dirty day I also planted my fennel. You just can’t get fennel here so I decided to see if I could sprout regular fennel seeds that I use in cooking. They sprouted, and I have my fingers crossed that they will thrive in the dirt and become a delicious fennel meal!
I recently made new curtains for our spare room, which has french door windows. We have shutter things inside the protections so people walking by don’t look in, but I didn’t like that the sun could blaze in through the top part in the afternoon. So I made a little half curtain that lets you block the top but the breeze still can come in. (Maybe you have to be here…)
Yesterday I made sourdough bread. Whole wheat starter, with half whole wheat, a quarter oat flour and a quarter white. It rose up beautifully and went into the fridge last night in two tortilla basket bowls that I use as bread proofing baskets. I pulled them out of the fridge to show you but I probably won’t bake them until late this afternoon so I’ll leave them in the fridge most of the day.
So don’t ever think that you’ll be bored when you retire, at least if you have a lot of interests and a zest for life.