Part of the joy of being retired is that I get to spend more time with family. With our two kids out of the house I miss having family time- although the time we get to spend together is quality time. Previous to retirement I was more resentful of any time taken away from sewing. Now I find that the extra time I have is happily spent visiting and spending time with relatives. Some of the wonderful "interruptions" have included:
|my sister Ava|
Normally I am "ansy" when I have to go home to visit more than a few days. This time I took my Bernina and a quilting project and happily spent 5 days with my mom. Having something to do at home took away the boredom and allowed me to enjoy the time I spent with her. I have taken four trips to Philly in the past two months. Besides spending time with my mother I got to see my sister who lives in Ann Arbor and my brother and sister-in-law who live in Philly. I also spent 3 days in Teaneck New Jersey with my in-laws and while formerly I could not wait to leave (not because of the people who I love dearly) but because there is nothing for me to do there and all I do is eat and sleep). I think that retirement has allowed me to be more creative on how I spend time with family- and so I am more relaxed and enjoy it more.
|Jody and me|
I have spent more time with friends- maybe just having a cup of coffee or a delightful dinner with our closest friends at the beach. I no longer automatically say "no"- I find myself saying "yes" more often.
3. Our family Mexico trip
Taking two weeks with my family- Dave, Max and Les and Jody and her new boyfriend Alfredo was simply wonderful. Despite the fact that I was sick the entire time and could not eat (which had the positive effect of helping me lose some weight instead of gaining), I enjoyed just being with family and did not think of sewing much. I will confess that visiting the magnificent Textile Museum in Oaxaca got me excited about learning to dye fabrics this spring.
|The ceiling of a small church in Talavera |
|Carved stone facing of an office building in Puebla|
|Palace of Belles Artes. A mural under restoration|
|Warehouse door in Mexico City|
|Street graffiti in Oaxaca|
The Mexican art world takes my breathe away. Diego Rivera, murals at the Belles Artes, the Popular Art Museum in Mexico City, the street vendors- every where you look there is color and energy. The street art is varied- from hand painted store signs to wall murals everywhere you look.
The use of are and color- whether it is a simple painted wall, a carved stone facade, or a vegetable stand keeps your senses jumping.
|Food market in Oaxaca|
Is there a better way to spend two weeks?