My first month of retirement has come to a close. I managed to be reasonably productive in creating art, in spite of all the other things going on lately. One or two more paintings to finish up before I put the paints away and get the sewing stuff back out again.
I dropped my work off for the LAA Winter Show last week. The exhibit was hung over the weekend and I got to see it today. One piece already sold! Luckily I had my camera with me so I was able to snap a few pics before any more disappear.
I got so many nice retirement gifts and cards with envelopes of many colors, I couldn't let the envelopes go to waste. I thought the colors would go nicely together in a collage that could serve as a doodle background for thank you cards. And I thought for once, I would document the process. I started to. Then I didn't like the first collage, and started over ... and finished without taking any progress pics. Oh well, you can get the gist from these, I think.
I've gotten along well over the years with Jeff Hogan, editor of our local newspaper, The County Press. I've come to consider him as a friend, and I was pretty sure it was mutual. When he learned of my impending retirement, he asked if he could do a story about me for the paper. So I said sure. Why not? But honestly, I didn't expect a FULL PAGE. I had no idea he thought this highly of me. Wow. Jeff, I am honored and flattered. Very nice write-up (except for one misspelling - it's Eckstein not Echstein.)
Well, I did it. I retired from the day job Friday.
OMG I'm retired!!
Right now I'm having a normal weekend, same as my weekends have been for years: shopping for my mom, doing laundry, etc. Tomorrow is when the change starts.
I guess I need to update the "about me" page, cuz I'm not a "city planner by day" any more.
It's kinda surreal.