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Two month anniversary

I cannot believe it has been two months since my retirement began!  I’ve been so busy that I am rarely in front of my computer which is why I’ve not posted any new stories.  This morning before I head out on the farm I’ll give you a pictorial view of my life since leaving public work and before I do let me just say that I am in heaven!!!

Laundry day

Laundry, cooking, cleaning and gardening just about every day.  I’ve been off the farm less than 10 days in two months because I am in heaven!!

Moving haybales 5th day 2015 (9)

I helped Eddie move hay off the fields and we had over 725 bales rolled this year.

Hummingbird moths on tall flox 082015 (2)

Gardening at least twice a week.  My daughter has a friend that clearing out flower beds and I’ve been gifted an abundance of perenials.Cavitini w a twist (4)

I have my kitchen back full time and cooking breakfast and dinner  every day.  Trying new recipes and perfecting old ones.

1st sunflowers 2015 (2)

I’ve harvested all of my mammoth sunflowers which grew over eight feet tall.


I have three new orphans to care for now and there will be numerous stories to follow about them.


Fall calves are starting to arrive and this was one of the last ones.  More stories about them later.

Cuddles aggravating Sassy 082015 (4)

Sassy is really starting to show her age and becoming white on the muzzle.  Cuddles is her best friend and aggravates her to no end.


This is “Miracle” orphan number three.  More to come.


This is Roscoe and orphan number two.  More later!


This is Cindy named after a friend of mine and she is orphan number one and a spoil rotten brat!!  More to come!


I finally completed my bathroom re-do and it will be my next post.


I went to Covington to visit Dean and watch him bowl.  He’s received another Special Olympics metal for his bowling.

The cellar is full except for the potatoes and meat.

The cellar is full except for the potatoes and meat.

The Cellar 2015 (3)

Canning started my first day and I just finished last week.  We’re digging potatoes today and the meat will come during deer season.

Have a blessed day while I celebrate at home on the farm!!  What a blessing!!

Had enough. . . time to retire

I’ve been working at Virginia Tech since April 2011 and last July moved to a different department on campus. I loved the job, especially loved the students and worked hard for my department.
I will be 62 in December and my workload and the stress have been getting worse over the last couple months. By the end of most days I would have a headache that seemed to build until I started home.  And no matter what anyone says, you can’t leave at the office.  I would dream about my job and work issues.

I used to love my job but on Tuesday of last week I decided I just can’t take this anymore!  It’s just not worth it!!  I worked all day and when I prepared to leave for the day, I decided then it would be my last day.  I packed up my personal belongings, locked up the files and left my office and file keys in the desk with no intention of coming back.
I came home and talked to Eddie about my decision and he’s behind 100% and was surprised I stayed as long as I did. I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders!!
I drafted a resignation letter that night and attached it to an email to my supervisor and department head of the center where I worked. I copied my children and best friends on the note!!
I slept better that night than I had for several months and consider myself one of the luckiest women in the world.
I will have to find some odd jobs to help pay for the “dreaded” health insurance because ours will run out on the 31st of July and we can’t be without health insurance living on a farm.
The odd jobs I’m looking for will be light housekeeping (including washing windows, I love doing that) and home/office organization jobs. Organization seems to be my forte and I did housecleaning when my kids were growing up for extra cash.