Day 205 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Clearing the Path – There is always something to be grateful for.

So today was an early day as usual. I retrieved all the items for today’s lab. I made and ran the worksheet I needed. Before school started, the principal asked to speak to me. A change was in the making and she let me know it was OK to submit my paperwork for retirement right away. I had offered to hold off for a short time if it benefited the school. In my mind this is a clearing of the way to one more step toward my goal. I am grateful for her letting me know that all was well on her end. I felt free to discuss my future plans as the topic came up. 

My late night at school yesterday paid off. I had more on task time and lab time because of all I accomplished. I will admit I foolishly thought I could complete two labs today, but that was not to be.  The simple lab for today makes the concept understandable for my students. I love aha moments in class. 

During my prep period I received a call from the SS/Medicare assistance person helping me with my retirement drama. She offered some new information that explained some possibilities for insurance. I do not have the “quarters” needed for Medicare so any help I can get I will gladly accept. I am working hard to clear a path toward having medical care as I enter the next phase of my life. 

my tat 1I finished my school day and off I went to get my tattoo. I have been thinking of this for a long time. It represents so much of who I am. The butterfly is for my mom. I always knew of her obsession but when I cleaned out her house after she left this cycle on earth I discovered many many more. As I cleared her house per her instructions I knew butterflies would be my sign from her. The purple ribbon represents my struggle fibromyalgia. It is a roller coaster I am riding and have been for years. In the butterfly wings are the four initials of my grandchildren. I am grateful that this tattoo represents my past, my present, and my future. This tattoo is a clear sign that I am ready for the life of retirement where I can do what I want, when I want, and how I want to do it. 

My spouse is still at the tattoo parlor having more work done on his body art. I had leftovers for dinner and now I am going to just chill or take a nap or read a book. I think I am practicing for my future.  I am grateful for the clearing of the tangled web that exists when attempting to retire. 


Day 201 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/#SoCS xp – There is always something to be grateful for.

I am enjoying being a part of  Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness style writing. It is a fun way to blog. I am learning so much as I partake of this special world.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “xp.” Use it as a word, or find a word with “xp”in it. As always, use any way you’d like. Enjoy!

As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog with her parameters. So here goes……


I expect to get my last pair of glasses that are covered by my insurance next month. I am grateful that I can have have one more pair covered.

I expect to get my first and probably only tattoo on Wednesday. I am grateful to be able to represent my mom, my disability, and my grandchildren all in one symbol.

I expect to announce to the school that I am retiring the first week if May. I am grateful that everyone will know.

I expect to get my medical procedure done in the second week of May. I am grateful to be finally doing something my doctor has bugged me about for 15 years. 

I expect to have my classroom cleaned out by the third week of May. I am grateful I have been working on this for over a year.

I expect to get everything done for my school district by May 30. I am grateful they are so knowledgeable about what needs to be done.

 I expect to retire officially on May 31. I am grateful the last day of my employment will also be the first day of my retirement.   

I expect to wake up June first with a silly grin on my face.  I am grateful that retirement is so close.   

I expect to find some new interests to pursue in my retirement. I am grateful there are so many opportunities out there. 

I expect to read and read and read and read when I am retired. I am grateful I will not have lessons to create or papers to grade that thwart my opportunities.   

I expect to have more time to dedicate to my friendships that have become so important in my journey. I am grateful for my tribe. 

I expect to sew and scrapbook and write and draw and create and thrift and garden this summer and beyond. I am grateful I have so many interests.

I am grateful to being living my life in joy instead of fear and sadness.

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