Since Andrew has much more flexibility for time off from his work than I did, part of my retirement goal was to travel more -- which we did for over 1/3 of the days of the year. Using up some time off that I had to take before I left, we were already scuba diving and travelling around Baja, Mexico on my retirement date.
|Four generations at Grey Owl's cabin.|
As soon as we got back from Baja I joined the YWCA. Most importantly it's a convenient location but it also provides a variety of fitness options . . . a swimming pool (I swim slightly better than a rock now), yoga classes (I really need more yoga in my life), and of course the gym, weights, treadmills, etc. etc. I'm feeling good and even lost a couple pounds.
|Water drains are fascinating things!|
After being in Mexico for several weeks I was motivated to learn Spanish. I did really well for a while, studying almost every day. Then other things started to get in the way and, alas, I'm still Spanish illiterate.
|SSAR training day.|
And what did I do with the big bucks I made? Well, I donated it all to charity. Yep, every single penny. It's an eclectic group of organizations that I supported ranging from environment and wildlife (Saskatoon and Calgary zoo's, Meewasin Valley Authority, Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Saskatchewan Trails Association) to community organizations that I worked closely with through the Police Service (Crisis Intervention, Crisis Nursery, Saskatoon Food Bank, Friendship Inn, Lighthouse) to the arts (Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Symphony) and a few others. I got the inspiration for this from Andrew who donates to many good environmental initiatives.