Saturday, February 09, 2008

What Should I Call This Post?

John got to get out of the hospital early. Man...you couldn't see him go because of the trail smoke he left behind him. I was right behind him so I could see the smile on his face. Please pray that the rest of his recuperation is uneventful. Thank-you all for your well wishes. It helps keep both of us going.

It is freezing cold here again. This winter seems to go on and on and on! I hope not to have to leave the house until I go to work and Thursday. I am training my replacement at work at the end of the month. It turns out that I know her. I worked with her for three years on Psychiatry a number of years ago. She is an excellent worker and a very nice person. She deserves this nice job. I still feel somewhat depressed about it not being my job anymore. The transition into retirement has been going somewhat bumpy for me. Twenty Nine years of my life was invested in that place. It is hard to let go and yet if you told me tomorrow that I had to go back and work there full time I would hit you with something! My emotions do not make any sense. When I go to work everybody smiles at me and asks "How do you like your retirement?" I want to answer with "GRRR!" but I say "Just lovely!" Smile Chris and try not to cry. Time to put on your big girl panties. I think other people go through this. I keep telling myself that this is normal.

I haven't posted for a few days. I have been feeling very tired and just plain bone weary. I went out to the Red Hat pot luck supper last night. I came home from that and rolled into bed and slept for 10 hours. I had a nap this afternoon. I hope that I can sleep tonight and that I am back to feeling more energetic tomorrow. My house hopes so too! I told John "Sorry for the mess" He said " It looks wonderful! Let it be messy!"


The Red Hat pot luck was interesting. I am the youngest one there. The group consists of a dozen cute elderly ladies. They did try to ply me with wine. Because of my olfactory dysfunction, wine has lot its appeal. They offered to go and get me some whiskey! Hahaha! I assured them that I would be just fine with coffee. Oh, my! They showed me pictures of last years pajama party. I do hope they do that this year. I have to see that! I think that it would be a lot of fun. This year they are going to Moose Jaw for the pajama party and hoopla. Our Queen gave each of us one of these lovely purple purses along with a lucky penny. My red hat is pathetic along side some of the hats those ladies have. I am going to have to work on getting a much fancier hat! I am sorry I don't have any pictures. I forgot my camera. Next time I go I will get John to take a picture of me in my Red Hat regalia.

14 comments:

Sandy C. said...

I'm so glad John is back home! I truly hope that his recovery will be uneventful.

I think your emotions on retirement are completely normal. I think I felt that way after leaving my job of only a few years, I cannot imagine what a mess I would be after 29 years. Work usually brings memories, friends, and accomplishments that are not always easy to let go. Wishing you ease as you endure this life transition.

Toad said...

ok the pj party? i really should have signed up. you need to find out if i can join. now i'm jealous. tell the sweet old ladies i'll do anything.... i want in.

Toad said...

and tell them i can drink wiskey.

Toad said...

and tell them i can drink anything.

The Invisible Mo said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. Yes, they are large. The "stems" are telephone poles. I can't wait until summer so I can go and take some sunny daytime pics of them. I might be able to get them in the spring, even.
I'm glad John got out of the hospital. It's good knowing you have someone good to replace you at work, but after 29 years it would be hard to leave any job. I wish I had something from which to retire. I was a stay-at-home mom and there's no retirement benefit for that job.
We have red hat ladies here. They come to the casino every now and then. Are you a member? It sounds like a fun organization.
I'm falling asleep, so need to go. Just wanted to touch base.
Sheila

Eve said...

So glad you and John are both home again. Hospitals are no place to get rested up and regain your health. I love the idea of the red hat ladies. I'll have to look for a group in my area. The pajama party sounds like a real hoot!

Fluffy said...

I have never gone back or had the desire to go back. I enjoy getting together with a few coworkers twice a year. I worked there for 35 years. I have never had any desire to go to any of my class reunions either. I guess I am strange that way. It is almost like that was another life.

Sue said...

SO GLAD THAT JOHN IS HOME !!!!

How old do I have to be before I can join the red hat ladies. sounds like it might be fun. I know there are pink hat ladies too.
I find the whole missing my job thing quite hard most of the time. If I had gone to something better it might be different. Oh well...I guess I too, have to put on my big girl panties and deal with it.

footsack said...

I can totally understand how you feel about your job..although I can't relate in the same way. There is a sense of ownership that is hard to let go of. It most definitely is a huge part of your life and we often find ourselves being defined by what we do, what we have yadayadaya.....
It's completely normal.I'd be more worried if you didn't feel that way.

Although in some ways, this is a very good thing, along with it comes stress of a different kind.
I too will pray that you and John will find much grace to deal with all of life's changes.

And we all know they have been many. Hang in there. We will continue to pray :)

footsack said...

...oh yeah! Your purple hat ladies sound like a hoot. Have fun!!

jientje said...

Feeling tired and weary is absolutely normal I think, after all the emotions you went through and still go through every day! there's John, the work, retirement ....
Hugs! xxx

Margaret said...

You know, Chris, If your retirement had been to go traveling with your husband, joining a woodworking group, or even just lazing around at home with your husband, your retirement may be easier to adjust to. I do agree with Mitz though, in that we often define a large part of who we are by what we do. Instead of traveling and going to the lake, you have spent your time at the hospital. I will pray that the rest of your retirement is more of the "good stuff".

footsack said...

Thought I would write on here too to let you know that Mom arrived here right on time and had a good flight. ttyl.

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