Sunday, December 9, 2018

Another Week Flew By

... and I still haven't started the Epic Knit. I can't even blame Hanukkah, as we won't really do much until Rachel gets home for winter break.

I did receive some hand-made pendants from my talented SIL Mary. Isn't this just SO cool?
She has an Etsy store here, just in case you need a gift for someone special -- or yourself!
While procrastinating on the epic cast-on, I finished my Dewberry, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this pattern. It's fast and easy, and looks great. Like Kathy, now I want to make a larger size.  I have a feeling I'll be giving out a few of these as gifts a year from now.

I'm almost done with finishing on a quilt. You can't tell from the photo, but I managed to miter the corners on the binding, which I am exceedingly proud of!
I know the flash photography does not do it justice, but the days here are short. I'm making a few more in this crazy/Kantha style. They are intuitive and relaxing. 

And relaxation is much needed. High school students get crazy this close to Christmas. Quite a few students I know are having trouble in the community -- and that never helps their academic performance. Still, the students are my favorite part of the job (along with the special ed team in my building). My husband and a few physicians strongly feel that I should retire. I go back and forth. I hate the paperwork, but there are still parts of the job that I truly love.

If you're retired, I have a question: How did you know when the time was right?

18 comments:

  1. Have you considered retiring and then volunteering at a school. You would still be helping students that could use a little more help/mentoring, but you wouldn't have all the administrative details to attend to. It might be the best of both worlds.

    Almost to a person, my friends have said they knew when it was time to retire. It was clear and sharp. Steve retired two years ago. He looked at his future in his job, our finances and said it was time. He hasn't regretted it for a moment.

    I think (and this is just my opinion) that you have to take your health into consideration and whether retiring would be good for your long term health. Stress takes its toll and even more so when you have health issues.

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  2. Lovely cowl and quilt! And the pendant is so unique!

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  3. First let me say that the quilt is just amazing. I am gobsmacked by it. Completely.
    I knew it was time to retire when I drove myself to the ER from work having the worst anxiety attack of my life. My job was literally killing me. Our new administration put so much stress on our already stressful situation that something had to give and sadly it was me. It took me months after retirement to get well. I'm pretty sure it was as close to a nervous breakdown someone could have without anyone noticing. I miss the children. I miss teaching but I will never miss that feeling of being cornered in my classroom by people judging me from a handbook that had never done my job. 10 years later I know it was the right decision. Early retirement has been wonderful. My little pension and SS has been more than enough to keep me in yarn and other play things!

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  4. Your quilt is amazing! Good for you on learning to miter the corners, too! The pendant is so pretty-what a neat thing to wear family close to your heart!
    I think Dee's idea of volunteering is a perfect solution. Your local library probably does a mentoring program; I am sure you could find a niche for yourself very easily without all the stress! Working does take a toll on your body-physically and mentally; it will take a year to feel rested. I don't know anyone who regretted retiring especially for health reasons!

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  5. Oh, that quilt is stunning! Wow!

    And, I second Dee's words... I have a dear friend who retired from teaching and she volunteers 2 days a week helping at risk kids and she loves it! She is doing exactly what she wants to do and feels like she is making a huge impact in the lives of the children.

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  6. WOW! Your quilt is amazing. LOVE it! And the pendant is very cool.

    Like everyone else, I love Dee's idea of retiring and then volunteering. Please do take care of yourself.

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  7. I'm in the Dewberry club too. I am going to give my 'three year notice' in the spring. I can't wait to retire.

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  8. My "retirement" was strongly suggested by my physician, and I'm glad I heeded his advice. It was an adjustment, but my health improved dramatically in a couple of years.

    Love the pendant - are they photos of your parents?

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  9. My retirement from teaching came when I realized I just couldn’t manage one more new indicative that would solve behavior or learning. We were beginning the data collection era with plans for each student based on standardized testing. If one student missed an objective we needed a plan to remediate even if the score fell within mastery. I could see I would be spending too much time reporting and not planning effective ways to teach.
    I did miss working with students but there are so many volunteer opportunities if you look around. I retired fairly early with my mind and body still in a good place,

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  10. I retired after teaching 33 years of high school English. I still loved my work in the classroom with the kids. What I was growing increasingly tired of was meetings, piles of papers that occupied every evening and weekend, and the constant demands on my time. In my opinion, the best thing about retirement is finally living each day doing just what I want to. On a related note, I had a dear colleague who was still teaching after 40 years. He received a cancer diagnosis which then forced him to retire mid-year. He did within two years, never having the time to truly enjoy his retirement.

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  11. Must correct my typo above. My dear colleague died within two years, never having the time to truly enjoy his retirement.

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  12. I LOVE your dewberry . Im anxious to knit another. !!!!
    I knew it was time to retire when my stress level was through the roof. I STILL Have nightmares regularly about work. I had been a nurse for 32 years part time for much of it. I just didn't enjoy the work anymore. We were being asked to take care of more and more infants at once and the care could not be done well with assignments as such. They were asking us to float to other floors where our expertise was lacking. I truly enjoy being retired. I have found many things to do. Like the barn, and such!

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  13. I love your dewberry!! I hope you get the relaxation you are craving!

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  14. I also second Dee's suggestion. Volunteering is very rewarding and also appreciated as well as a way to give back. That's a fabulous quilt, too! And I loved your Dewberry color so much I caved and bought both the yarn and pattern as if I needed either. Hugs to you!

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  15. I wanted to retire while I was still doing my best and not wait until I wasn't functioning well at work. I loved the kids and their families (early childhood special ed) but demands for more and more documentation and paperwork and meetings meant hardly any prep time to prepare for time with students and families. I love the relaxed pace of retirement - choosing how I want to spend my time.

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  16. I love how the dewberry cowl looks! I might have to give that one a try. It looks so nice. That is great you enjoy your work and I am sure your students feel that you like to be with the kids, which is so important for them. Hope you find answers for when you should retire. I am sure you will feel it when the time is right. Have a great weekend!

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  17. The pendant is beautiful. I would love to retire - I have a bit of time left yet though! Hope you have a relaxing holiday in the meantime.

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  18. I'm far from retired so can't help you with that. A job share would be perfect but I am not sure they do that in your district. Love you makes my friend. Have a wonderful week.

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