There’s been a little snow here early this fall after weeks of wet cold, and now late October warm sunshine. As the season progresses, I’m progressing toward retirement. I selected a last workday, and turned in a letter to make the retirement official. It is a really difficult decision to walk away from students and long-term coworkers. I’m hopeful that it’s the right time to finish this part of my life and move on to the next stage.
Today was a good day to scurry around finishing fall chores. My son built a horse feeder that will make it easy for me to feed the horses this winter. He is also sawing and splitting enough wood for me to make it through the coldest part of winter.
The summer garden produced potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and turnips. Tomato cages are cleaned and stacked in the garden shed. I hauled dead tomato vines, pruned branches, and frosted pepper plants to a compost pile. The warm-season part of the garden is finished for the year.
However, the fall lettuce crop is doing great. Chard keeps its brilliant color through cold nights. There are also volunteer cilantro and dill plants that survived the early snow.
Harvesting fall veggies made all the summer work worthwhile. I expect retirement to give me more days to play in the garden. Gosh, maybe I’ll have time to start garden plants from seed next year. https://www.seedsavers.org/starting-seeds
2 thoughts on “Seasons”
The secret to retiring is to have something you’re looking forward to doing that you didn’t have time for when you were working. The first week, the dearth of email and having nowhere to be will depress you, but then the euphoria of sleeping in and being able to say, “Sure I have time to …” will take over. It will be fun to follow your journey. For me, now 10 years into it, I sometimes wonder how I ever had time to work!
Thank you for your comment. I have many retired friends who are so busy they also wonder how they had time to work.