2017 has arrived and I have entered retirement

I had big plans to post on Jan 1st but I was so busy.  Retirement has been a real life experience because I have spent the last 47 years of my life dedicating most of my time to work.  I entered retirement on Dec 30th and on Dec 31st a good friend of mine Colleen was so kind and drove me to West Virginia to pick up my new puppy (Callie).  I paid a little extra for the breeder to keep her for a couple of extra weeks (she was born on Oct 6th), I did not want to get a puppy and stick her in a crate for >10 hours a day while I was at work.

I am starting 2017 off with many projects.  A bigger nice weed free garden, starting my tomato and pepper plants from seeds, building a bigger chicken pen, increasing from 2 soft crab shedding boxes to 4, getting more bees (I ordered 5 nucs for 2017), replacing my front yard grass with sod, planting my remaining grass with clover and bee friendly plants, building my own crab pots, continue running and exercising (2 races  planned for 2017, the MCMHH in May and the Marine Corps Marathon in October), starting many Rose of Sharon bushes and lavender plants from cuttings and then making a really large area of Rose of Sharon and lavender plantings for my bees, replacing my kitchen and living room floors with that snap together flooring, build a dog pen (not to keep them in, just an area so I can confine their bathroom breaks and cleanup the deposits easier) and sell some of my wares at the farmer’s market.

Last year I used 3 lb coffee cans and drilled holes in the bottom and I put a coffee can by each watermelon and tomato plant and I just filled the coffee can with water to water my plants.  This worked so well that this year I am going to use 5 gallon buckets and surround the buckets with 4 plants and also add squash plants (pictures to be posted later).

A picture of the new puppy Callie and my 6 year old Golden Brandi.

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5 Responses to 2017 has arrived and I have entered retirement

  1. carol Riggin says:

    Truly amazing…

  2. Debbie Newkirk says:

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Nice post Russ.  Not the same here at work without you but glad to hear you are enjoying retirement and have lots of projects planned.  Gosh, you are making me tired just heat print all you have planned.  Please relax some! Callie is adorable and it looks like the girls are getting along great.  Brandi looks like the Momma and Callie her puppy.  They really look alike, just different age. I took leave yesterday and came to visit my sister in law in Sykesvile MD.  Very icy here today. I am heading home tomorrow.  

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  3. Em says:

    I love that you’re able to do all your projects like you’ve always wanted and have a new puppy friend to keep you busy! Miss you!

  4. Kathy says:

    Callie is so cute and growing fast. Looks like she and Brandi will be best buddies. You have some interesting projects ahead. Looking forward to reading about them.

  5. Clay Oliver says:

    Russ that was a great write-up. You did a really good job on it. I enjoyed reading it. You have so many projects lined-up I am sure you will be exhausted at the end of the day. Put some pictures out. I would like to see a picture of your new dog and som more pictures of your chickens. We really miss you at work. It still has not sunk in that you are there. I don’t use the store anymore so I am not sure how it is going. Jim Deathridge returned to work this week. I moved Eddie out of Terry’s office. I am sitting in Ray’s old office. I finally got his stuff cleaned out of it. That’s enough for now. Talk to you later.

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