Yesterday was, almost as close as I can imagine to, a perfect day. (I say almost because the grands weren’t here and that would have, of course, made the day absolutely perfect.)
I spent the morning in the kitchen freezing peaches and making dill pickles. Gerry did his part by cutting up bananas for the dehydrator–for treats to take to the grands. He just had shoulder surgery so is limited in what he can do to help. This turned out to be the perfect task.
We’re fortunate to have an open kitchen so, as I puttered, I could chat with Gerry who sat reading in the living room. He loaded up the CD player with some of our favorites and I hummed and danced around the kitchen while I worked.
I lost count of the number of times one of us said “this is what it’ll be like when we retire.”
In the afternoon we went to the Soos Creek Botanical Garden which is not too far fromwhere we live. Gerry drives past it every day on his way to work and we’ve often wondered about it. I spotted some photographs of the gardens a few days ago on a blog and knew we needed to check it out. We discovered a treasure hidden right in plain sight! I’m sorry it took us so long to visit; I think this may be my new favorite writing spot.
On our way in we chatted with another couple on their way out. They are newly retired and we talked about going south for the winter, enjoying gardens, travel, and other retirement-related things. I couldn’t help but hear those same words in my head: “This is what it’ll be like when we retire.”
Today I canned beets and my back is aching and I’m tired, but I’m content and fulfilled at the same time.
Now we’re heading out to the patio with our books to enjoy the rest of the warm and sunny afternoon. This is what it will be like when we retire.