So what does an old-timer do when he retires?
In my case, it has turned out to be a lot more than I anticipated! But then again, I know I won’t garner too much sympathy for saying I’m overworked, eh? I have to admit, my days are full.
As I’ve written before, caring for my mother is a major time sponge. For instance, I was sitting at my computer this morning writing up the minutes of a meeting, when the phone rang. It seems that she could not get the coffee pot to work, so I walked over there to fix that problem. At 5PM, I’ll pick her up for dinner, but that really means the evening is spent with her until 8:30 or whenever she wants to go home.
Photography takes up some time, though frankly, not as much as I would like. There is much to learn, and I am loving the learning. Most evenings finds me on one of the many photography Internet discussion boards. My current favorite is the Texas PhotoForum . But, taking pictures of the most fun.
Be sure to click on each picture to see a larger sized image.
I was playing with my new ultra wide-angle lens to take this – I liked that fact that I could get Mom in focus, and the signatures on the Christmas Table Cloth are in focus too. These are “memory” shots – the ones you look back on in future years.
Or sometimes I’ll go over to our church. The traditional red poinsettias were not used this year – we had white ones instead (though they look pale yellow to me.) Most churches are decorated nicely at Christmas, and ours is no exception.
Of course, it just ain’t Christmas without a children’s Christmas pageant at church. As usual, the kids were fantastic – they had all the adults eating out of their hand. I must admit, this year’s pageant was a bit unorthodox – but then, that suits me just fine.
I wish I was a morning person – I’m not – but I admit I like the peace and solitude of mornings. It was a nice quiet foggy sunrise when I took this one. It looks like its out in the middle of nowhere, but was actually near a busy intersection. I’m sure some of the drivers sipped their coffee and wondered what the nut case was doing out in the mist with a tripod and camera taking a pictures of a field.
One day, I went to visit a retired priest and his wife who are good friends and mentors. Father Bob is in declining health now, but his spirit still soars. He posed willingly as “payment” for me showing him how to use his new digital point & shoot camera.
So the days are busy – church activities (I spent three hours there yesterday, and another two hours this morning writing up the minutes of a meeting), caring for Mom, learning photography, and preparing for my upcoming return to Việt Nam. Probably my blog writing has tailed off because much of my writing energies are now focused on writing the weekly Mommy Report to family so they can keep up with her situation. That takes time too.
Life is good!