I am what you call an Empty Nester. My daughter is an adult and I have no grandchildren. So what do I find to scrap about ? Life.
I love to write poetry and short stories and I love to write about everything from Angels to Zits. There is inspiration to be found in everything. Hubby and I love to go on walks and take our cameras. We take photos of the ocean, the bay, the seagulls and anything else we see along the way. It is good exercise for us physically and mentally. I come home with tired legs but a refreshed mind and a CF card full of photos! New inspiration!
I see people with neat patterns on their clothes that I think would make a cool pattern, I hear a word or phrase that triggers a memory. I look at photos and remember family traditions or stories. It may seem trivial or mundane to some folks, but each day has a special memory to record, even if it is just the thrill of awaking to a new day. Another day, another opportunity!
I would love to know if you have any of my books and how you use them. It gives me such joy to write them and share my heart with you! It thrills me when I hear that people actually have them, read them and use them.
Also, please let me know what subjects you are looking for.
And I know you have been shaking all of those boxes under the tree but the one you want is right there...the really light one that is a bit bigger than book size-that's it-go ahead, peek! I won't tell.
I thought when I retired that I would have all of this free time and my house would be squeaky clean, my health would be super because of all the rest and walks that I could take. I thought I would sit back in my easy chair and catch up on my books and magazines and read all of those instruction manuals for electronics that I use just by guessing what they do.
I thought I would pull out my sewing machine and my quilting books again and finish the quilt I started for that eight year old who is now married and probably has a child of her own by now.
This came home to me in the words of my daughter who asked why I didn't clear out some of the craft things I don't use. When I replied that they were for my retiredment, she reminded me that this is it-this is probably as retired as I will get.
I said to hubby "back when I was working" and he replied "You are still working." So finally I understand what retirement is. It is being free to work at your passion. It is being free to do the things you love . Find something you love to do and you will never work again. You will play each day and be happy!
Retirement is about being free to be happy and to try to use your happiness to make others happy!