Monday, October 10, 2011


I'M SENDING YOU a minor Manor grab bag of photos today, beginning with a detail from the garden beds outside the front doors. The plan was to have marigolds in yellows and oranges, but God interfered and here and there, one can see a Johnny-jump-up, volunteering from last Spring's planting. I love that kind of surprise. Thank you, Father-Mother God!

"Retired is being twice tired, I've thought
First tired of working,Then tired of not."
                                                                    ~Richard Armour

Kerima, center, is part of the Manor staff. Twice a year we welcome 6 interns from a college who are studying the field of social work. They're with us for six months and helpful in all sorts of ways. We've already requested Philip's services in the library, doing some of the lifting and heavy work.

"I've been attending lots of seminars in my retirement.  They're called naps. "
                                        ~Merri Brownworth

Because we're lucky enough to be in the independent living area of the Manor, we've really not much idea of what goes on over in the Health Center and were surprised to see this scene on our way to our car in the parking lot. It must have been Wheelchair Laundry Day.

"The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money."
                               ~Author Unknown

Friday afternoons wine and cheese are served. We like it best during the summer when we can sit on the patio. Jack Frost plays his harmonica, the musical among us sing, "D" sometimes can't keep from dancing; the music in her soul cries to express itself and she does an inspirational job.

"Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to."
                                           ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Speaking of the Frosts, this is Jack and Joanne's dog, Lola, our only resident dog. She guards their quarters fiercely (at least the bark sounds powerful from the other side of the door) and gets to go for walks throughout the day, garnering treats along the way.

"Retire from work, but not from life."
                                           ~M.K. Soni

Dulcinea is the only bird within our walls. When Mr. Bob first met her, she nipped him, but Mama Nancy convinced us it was just a kiss. In her previous life, Nancy taught Special Needs kids and ESL.

"Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas.  The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money. "                                                                                  
                                                      ~ Jonathan Clements

                                                            The last of today's offerings...... treats.....available every day in our tea room. Temptation lurks and I try to look the other way, but sometimes give in to the delicacies. Alongside this case are coffee, tea, ice water and juice as well as a bowl of fruit.
Aren't we the lucky ones?

"I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work.  So I do it three or four times a day."  ~Gene Perret


  1. Fun! Why are your photos so shiny, glossy and in focus? All the people look handsome too. Are you running a Photo Shop?

  2. Oh Jane....occasionally in the past, you GT friends would sneak something out of that bakery case. The offerings are delicious. also, when i think of Jack Frost, i know wish i would have known he played the harmonica as our ours helping him move would have had a delightful vibe. I do remember the pooch!!! Thank you for this post!

  3. I love the picture of Bob and the bird !
    A Non Y Mouse !

  4. Budget cutbacks have pushed classroom sizes to 40 this year. Daunting when grading essays for 5 sections of high school juniors. Retirement has become the siren's song. This post is singing it.

  5. It touches me that despite all the hardships the two of you have faced, you still see that you are "lucky.". It helps to really live in the moment and take in our surroundings when everything else seems overwhelming in so many ways...