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Retirement Woes: “Is Today Tuesday or Wednesday?”

Since retiring last April, it seems I never know what day of the week it is.  I rely on my fifteen year old son’s school and hockey schedule to keep me somewhat on track.  My other two sons are older, can drive themselves around and so keep track of their own schedules.  The rest of the side effects of retirement are all positive…

To start, I spent a lot more time doing the things I had previously called hobbies…

I have read more books in the past year than I did in the previous 25 years combined.  My favorite was the Millenium trilogy from  Stieg Larsson; the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Girl that Played with Fire, and the Girl that Stepped on the Hornet’s Nest.   I had a hard time putting these books down once I started reading them, the suspenseful storyline and believable characters were gripping, from the beginning of the first book to the last pages of the third book.   Yes, I did read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, but it didn’t rate nearly as high in my books (pun intended!)  and by the third one I found the plot to be quite predictable and boring.

My other hobby was gardening, currently moved to the front burner in the form of a new business called Gardens4u.  This was a no brainer for me as I had spent many previous gardening seasons volunteering my green thumbs to friends, family and neighbours.  I now do gardening on a full time basis from April to October, depending only on Mother Nature for restrictions.

I was also able to spend more time at our family cottage, and what a summer it was for living lakeside.  The water temperature was the warmest it has ever been; I’m sure I spent more time in the lake than I have in the previous 10 years combined.

In the last half of 2011 and throughout 2012 I discovered first hand the health benefits of a wheat-free diet.  Just recently I began to share my knowledge with friends and family concerned about the same health issues.  Please share your knowledge on this important subject by visiting my blog…

Lorieb resides in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.  Please check out her website at www.gardens4u.ca  for gardening information and pictures, a blog, an online store and more.

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Spring is just around the corner!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is that gardening magazines and catalogues start coming in.  I love to curl up with a cup of tea to start planning what I am going to do in my garden this spring.  I have numerous gardening books I consult, but the catalogues inspire me to be creative.  Plants ordered from catalogues will arrive in time for planting in your area.  My garden is always changing as I love to try new plants and move others around to achieve different effects. I tend to stick to low maintenance perennials (plants that come up each year) and small shrubs, but do add some annuals (plants you have to replace each year) for instant and continuous color. My children joke that our lawn gets smaller and smaller every year because my gardens keep growing.  Purple is still my favorite flower color, followed closely by yellow.  I also pay close attention to the foliage (leaves and stems) of plants, choosing ones that continue to look good when the flowers are not in bloom.  Last year I purchased more ornamental grasses, they looked great all summer and fall; I am anxious to see if they all survived the winter.