Monday, May 13, 2019

Visible Monday and pre-retirement ponderings

A blogger that I haven't linked up with in a long time is Patti at She hosts a Visible Monday where she encourages others to "Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day."

I pronounce that my outfit centers around a piece of jewelry, a pendant necklace by Marjorie Baer. It was one of those thrift shop finds that make you exclaim out loud, "I found it!" More for your benefit than for any others.

My mother also collected numerous pieces by Baer, mainly clip-on earrings. While I was growing up, I didn't really appreciate her modern sense of style. I was all into the romantic, frilly, fluffy, lacy type stuff. 

While the Mr. doesn't like camo, I love it. This is a pair of way-too-big-for-me pants, perfect for being out and about on the property. My usual footwear is hiking boots (camo ones too) but opted for these cute and comfortable Birkenstock quasi-gladiator sandals. 

I am sure some of Patti's linker-uppers are in my peer group. I turn 60 next month and it still boggles my mind. I don't feel 60, at least the majority of the time. I will be retired at the latest when I am 67, at the earliest when I am 63. 

What does one do all day when there is no job to go to? I have been honing my quilting craft but there are some days when I question whether that activity could carry me through. I could go back to college, but to what end? I stopped taking further job-related coursework because the expense didn't justify the means to an end. I have considered becoming a musician again (former French hornist and violinist), maybe even becoming a song writer. 

There is also so much need in the volunteer world. One could say I am cut out for being a thrift shop volunteer. Maybe I could be a neonatal baby cuddler.

Then the mantra will be, "So much time, so many possibilities."


Polyester Princess said...

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of camo, you're rocking those trousers, especially combined with the gladiator type sandals. That Marjorie Baer pendant was a great find, I can totally understand your excitement upon spying it. I'll be 60 in two years - even typing it is mind boggling. I'm not about to retire yet, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of things to do. As will you! xxx

Sheila said...

I have a pair of camo trousers I wear around the house - I think they look funky! I am not familiar with Marjorie Baer - close up, please! - but I'll look her up.

I have 8 years till 60, and I've thought about volunteering at the local art gallery, film festival and organizations that help women in need/going back into the workplace. I need somewhere to wear all my fun clothes!

Thank you so much for dropping by to visit, Tami! It was lovely to see you again. Consider adding a "follow by email" to your sidebar - I would like to follow you and say hello when you post, but I don't use Bloglovin', and I always forget to check my bookmarked sites. If you follow me and leave a comment, I will always check through on you, though. :)


notdeadyetstyle said...

It's so great to see you again, Tami! You look cool in your camos.
Your retirement years will be terrific, I think. I've enjoyed every day of the last four years, and yah - volunteering at a thrift store is a great way to give back. Have a wonderful week ahead, xox

Anonymous said...

I never would have guessed you'd be turning 60 so soon. You are aging very well.

Looking at your photo is like being on vacation a bit. Country sky and country air.

I think any vintage or thrift store would be lucky to have you working for them.


Julie | This Main Line Life said...

What a beautiful view you have. I totally hear you. I turned 50 this year and I really can't believe I'm this old. I still feel more like mid 30's. This can't be right, lol.