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Retired! | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on January 21, 2019:

retired t-shirtThursday was my last day of work at Believers’ Baptist. Actually I hadn’t been doing much work since the week before when I began training my replacement Lissa Grady. On her first day it was obvious that she was highly qualified, and all I had to do was point her in the right direction and get out of the way. By last week, I was going into the office for only an hour or two each day to answer questions. After spending about thirty minutes with her on Thursday, I knew she didn’t need me anymore.

“My work here is done,” I announced dramatically. “I’ve taught you everything I know.”

We laughed and hugged, and I went home. Since I announced my retirement, the retired to do listquestion I’ve been asked most often is how I plan to spend all my extra time. After I got home on Thursday, I caught up on laundry and vacuumed the carpet. Friday morning, we had to be up early for a doctor’s appointment in Sulphur Springs, and the rest of the day was spent in grocery shopping and preparing my contribution to the Home Group Dinner. Saturday I cleaned the oven, refrigerator, and the bathrooms, and I made a cake for the Sunday’s potluck at church. Sunday was much the same as before I retired – church, lunch, football, and writing my columns. Monday is a holiday, so my first real day of retirement – and the first day I have to really decide what to do with my time – will be Tuesday.

rvI have some more house cleaning I need to catch up on, but if you drive by my house, you will see the two main ways I plan to spend my time. First, there is a forty-foot motor home behind the house. We almost had it road ready when it developed an issue with the leveling jacks. Even when the jacks are up, the sensor thinks they are down, so the alarm beeps constantly when the engine is running – not conducive to a relaxing trip. Once that problem is resolved, though, we plan to put some miles on that baby. Several of our friends have already suggested tentative plans, so we won’t lack for traveling companions or itineraries.

The other hint to my plans is on the front of the house – a brand new covered porch. It’s front porchnot huge, but it’s big enough for some comfortable seating. And with the addition of some screening and a ceiling fan, it should make the perfect almost-year-round spot for working on several writing projects that are crying for attention. It will also be a great spot to work through an extensive list of books that are waiting to be read. On the off chance that I become bored with any of the above activities, my yard is in desperate need of attention and my gardening tools have been sorely neglected the last few years.

Another question I have been asked is whether I plan to continue writing this column. The answer to that is a definite yes, as long as Earl Hill will have me and as long as my readers continue to enjoy my ramblings.



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Comments on: "Retired! | by Linda Brendle" (2)

  1. Diane LaFerney McDowell said:

    Enjoy whatever it is that you decide to do each and every day!

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