OK, so I guess you could say I've fallen off the blog-wagon. But I'm back, and with lots of updates. Gonna go in the easiest direction, which is forward, starting from my last post in September.
In October, Larry experienced a spontaneous hip fracture, which was repaired with three stainless screws and about 10 weeks of non (well, toe-touch) weight bearing using a walker. He's now going to PT 2x a week and faithfully doing his at-home exercises, so we are back on track to full mobility, and hopefully to our bike riding plans for when the weather breaks.
In December, we both gave notice to our employers of our intent to retire effective January 4. We enjoyed wonderful holidays with our families near and we began to really feel the retirement train headed down our track! In the meantime, we continued setting up the groundwork for our pet sitting business - we joined PSI (Pet Sitters International) and signed up for their certification course; and we've been easing into advertising and the nitty-gritty of opening up bank accounts, getting a tax id, registering the business name, creating a website (www.sitstayfetchllc.com), etc.
I spent 2 weeks in Arizona in January for my mom's 75th birthday - my sister and I had a surprise party for her and she was truly surprised. They were good times! It was rather cold the first week - a low of 18°, but then we had record highs the second week - 81° two days in a row. Got some shopping and golfing in and had a nice, relaxing time out there.
Yesterday we had our first pet sitting appointment and I am happy to say we have our first (and second) jobs lined up. That's exciting!! Meanwhile, I am working a few hours a week as a marketing consultant with my former employer and loving the fact that there are days that we don't even have to get out of our jammies if we don't want.
Our next big event is our oldest daughter's wedding in Cape Cod in June, and along the way, we're continuing to work at downsizing the old homestead in preparation for a move to a smaller place.
I do have a recipe to share - it's one for some yummy granola that was featured in the December 2012 Better Homes and Gardens.
Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola (registration required)