Still quilting

I’m about half way done quilting on the Double Wedding Ring quilt. I’ve got 9 more circles to outline then I still need to do another 62 flowers in the center. As a reminder here’s what all the finished circles will look like

Pushing and pulling and smooshing this huge quilt through my domestic machine has proven to be quite strenuous – ugh! It’s been years since I’ve quilted something this large and back then it was a simple meander. Quilting this won’t be the last challenge either… after that’s finished I still need to trim and bind it with all it’s curves and angles!! eeeeeek!

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Nothing much else going on around here…still plugging away on WW. I did start walking again last week, just short 15 minute walks to get back into a routine. Let’s hope this helps move the needle on the scale πŸ˜‰

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In other news, we worked with our financial advisor this week and he told us that we’re in a great place for me to retire whenever I want – I just need to decide when!!!!!!!!!!

OK, that’s both exhilarating and frightening!! I’m 59 1/2 and I’ve worked my entire life… I started working full-time the Monday after I graduated high school, and I’ve been working at the same company ever since, 42 years (I’ve survived a number of acquisitions and mergers).

Now my brain is working overtime trying to figure out exactly what would I do every day if I retired??? I don’t want to sew & quilt every waking hour…I would get burned out. My days have been so structured for the past 40+ years… I’m not sure what to do with myself if I’m not accountable to someone/something else???

Am I crazy? Has anyone else gone through something like this?? All advice and perspective is welcome πŸ™‚

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That’s all for now… have a great rest of your weekend! Wimbledon starts tomorrow!!

10 thoughts on “Still quilting

  1. Working a job for 42 years is similar to being married. You will miss work, and for a while it will just seem like you are on vacation. I have seen many retire and go back to work. Working is a discipline and structure to your day. I bet you will figure it out. My dad and grandpa both self employed, retired and ended up going to work for someone else. I think this keeps you young and sharp. Don’t panic, you will be ok. You will figure it out as time goes. πŸ₯³

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    1. Thank you for this perspective! ❀ I've got time to decide 'when' I want to retire so as I do with many other things, I'll investigate options and ideas to feel a little more prepared πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you Lori! Yes it’s definitely a great problem to have πŸ™‚ I’ve been Googling like crazy the last two days ‘what do people do in retirement’… there are lots of ideas and several even sound good to me. I’ll keep researching and I might even try a few out now to see if I like them.

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  2. I love being retired…we still get up early as if we had a job to go to. I do sew most days, it makes me happy and with Audible I listen to lots of books and podcasts to help time pass. Lots of activities to keep us busy and fit…pickleball, tennis, softball, hubby plays golf and I walk with him sometimes. We still travel a lot to see family, moving to Florida and not having family close by is my greatest regret in retiring. Mostly I enjoy the peace of not having a strict schedule and deadlines! Good luck with your decision!

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    1. Hi Karla! Thanks so much for your perspective ❀ I've been reading about staying active and since I love to WATCH tennis maybe I should try to play! I just signed up for Audible and I've already gone thru two books! I signed up to listen while I walk but I've been listening all the time! I was also thinking I could get involved with a local book club and a local quilt guild which would get me out of the house at least twice a month… LOL I'm making a list of things to do, one of them is to pick a retirement date πŸ™‚

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  3. Retirement is great! I forgot to mention I did start a business selling items I make…I only work 3 days a week for a couple of hours. Another crafter turned her garage into a shop so we take turns working – its been fun and no stress!

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    1. Yes, my arms & shoulders hurt for sure. It got a little better once I got my chair the right height :-p I think my retirement hesitancy has a lot to do with what’s going on in the world right now with covid…ugh, I guess there’s never a perfect scenario.

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