So I went to the retirement party of a couple of the women that I had worked with for the past 23 years. But first! Breaking news! IT IS HOT HERE. California has finally caught up with the rest of the country. Here’s some proof.
Bess doing her best to keep cool on the dog couch.
I’m doing my best too. Getting out for a walk fairly early in the morning. And then staying inside all the rest of the day. Minimal cooking, and oh! I tried a new recipe that I think will be a staple for the rest of the summer! Thanks, Sharon, for pointing me towards The Yummy Life. This is her version of Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal. I made a couple versions this morning, and I couldn’t wait overnight. It was just right for a cool afternoon snack. I really really like that it was not too sweet. Working on that sweet tooth of mine, you know. Her pictures are prettier than mine–I like her use of mason jars.
Those little bubbly things? Chia seeds–yay!!! Plus I LOVE that it uses yogurt. You know I’ve always got a steady supply of that stuff around here.
I’m also hoping to beat the heat by spending some serious time in the pool. I finally ordered a top to wear with my swim shorts. Hope Land’s End gets it here soon!
Back to the retirement party. I was really excited about this party. Not sure exactly why. These women were good friends, and they were very interested in retiring when I did it last year, so we talked a lot about it at the time. It has just been recently that I have actually started to feel “retired,” and I was excited for them, and wanted to tell them how great it was. I also knew it would be a good time to see more of my former colleagues at one time than when I have dropped into the unit for a visit. What I didn’t count on was that there would be quite a few people there who had retired in the years prior to me. That was very interesting to see all of them. One thing that was particularly interesting to me was that no one seemed particularly changed after retirement. Oh, lots of people say, “you look great.” or “You look so relaxed.” That’s nice. But I don’t really believe its true. I think I have aged a LOT in the past year. But that’s a topic for another post, one I definitely want to write about. To me, the people that were unhappy and uptight at work still seemed unhappy and uptight several years after retiring. Just an observation. Take from it what you will.
Well, its too hot to sit here and blog any more, so I will leave you with a short entry today. Probably a relief, as it is probably too hot to sit and read blogs where you are as well! Keep cool, and try that refrigerator oatmeal, either for a nice snack or for breakfast!