Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Week in the Life of a Retiree

The most common question that I have been asked since retiring is “What do you do all week?” The short answer is “no two weeks look alike”. Here’s a sample from this past week using an Almost Wordless Wednesday format. (I do realize that it’s Monday…and this post is not exactly wordless…thus the ‘almost’!) I’ve also included both weekends to give you a broader cross-section of possible activities and events. Enjoy!

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Saturday Coffee
After a week-long stay visiting family in Kelowna, we made an overnight stop in Vancouver. There are so many great places to linger with a coffee and a good book, like The Boulangerie La Parisienne in Yaletown.
Wordless Wednesday: Sunday Walking Group
The Mid-Island Walking Group meets Wednesdays and alternate Saturdays/Sundays. It’s a perfect way to get outdoors, get some exercise and engage in great conversations. Just ask Jake (who has taken the lead)!
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Meeting of artists/crafters
Meeting of Artists, Crafters, Photographers…and a Blogger! This newly formed group seeks to have surrounding companionship, inspiration, and unbiased opinions while working on art-related activities.
Tuesday: Yoga, Dog-Walking and Dinner
Morning yoga, afternoon dog-walking for the SPCA, and evening “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner'(a monthly feature of our Newcomer’s Group). Busy day!
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Hiking and Book Club
A shorter hike today with our Walking Group (5K) followed by Book Club. These are two of my favorite things to do (as long as they include coffee and snacks afterward). BTW – Please do not ask why it looks like I am praying in this photo…I honestly have no idea!
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Euchre and Board Meeting
Today I officially ‘graduated’ from our beginners’ euchre clinic and was ‘accepted’ to join the regular Monday euchre league! The excitement must have made me forget to take a photograph (both of this historic event and the Newcomer’s Executive Meeting later that evening). Being resourceful, I made due with similar photos that I had on file. In the bottom photo, simply ignore Richard, the excessive wine glasses and the seasonal cards/lighting and you pretty much have the image of today’s meeting down to a tee!
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Coffee after Yoga, Bookfair and Happy Hour
Another busy day in the life of a retiree. Coffee after yoga followed by volunteering at the SPCA Bookfair, followed by our neighbourhood Friday Happy Hour. Somebody’s gotta do it!!
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Flea Markets, Coffee Tasting and Dinner with Friends
Spring on Vancouver Island is abloom with bright colours, flea markets, and cool/quirky events. Today I took a quick browse at our neighbourhood rummage sale before heading back to work at the SPCA book sale. During my lunch break, I snuck off with friends to a local coffee/tea tasting. Richard and I then topped off the day by having dinner with a couple that we met in Palm Desert this past October and feel we have known forever. (I LOVE when that happens!)
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Pajama Day
A common saying among retirees in “when did I ever have time to work??” For me, this past week was a great example of this. Hence, I have unilaterally declared today to be ‘Pajama Day.’ I seriously need to catch up on my rest, reading and computer-related stuff like ‘Blogging Grandmothers’!
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Blogging Grandmothers Network
Yes, you read correctly. I have been asked to be one of the co-hosts for ‘Blogging Grandmothers’ twice-monthly blogging link-up. Our recent link-up just went live. Although you do need to be a grandmother to add a post, you do not need to be a grandparent, or even a parent, to read the links found there. The posts include great stories and tips for all. Some of these ‘grandmothers’ just may surprise you! Click on my last post to take a peek!
So how was your week?
Photo collages made with Canva .

62 Replies to “Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Week in the Life of a Retiree”

  1. Wow, what an active life you lead Donna! I’m in awe of your activities and must admit to doing similar things. Great post to showcase how retirement is not boring for those who know how to get out and enjoy themselves. To date I haven’t been asked that question, what do you do all week, but we’ve been busy travelling and never seem to be in one place very long! Lovely pictorial post!
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    1. Hi, Debbie – Your retirement life also looks incredibly active–with tons of adventurous hiking/travel that I greatly admire! Thanks for commenting, and for your kind words.

    1. Hi, Aiqin – It’s great to hear from you! I am glad that you liked the photos. Now it’s time for you to send me some photos of you and your family. Please keep in touch!

  2. Your boundless energy and enthusiasm for life continues to inspire. Go Donna! (Do those euchre players know about your competitive streak when games are involved???? I recall a boat, you, Margot…)

    1. Hi, Amanda – Yay, I might recall something about that boat and a card game or two. Fun times!! Thanks so much for commenting. When are you and Phil making a trip out this way?

  3. Sounds and looks like a full and satisfying week, Donna. The group of artists you’ve just joined looks especially fascinating. I love their diverse interests and the group’s intention.

    1. Hi, Karen – I am greatly looking forward to the development of our ‘artists/crafters’ group. Once we’ve had a couple more gatherings, I will write a post about how it goes. The diverse range of ongoing activities is one of the things that I love most about living in this part of Vancouver Island (that tends to draw in many other retirees). Thanks for commenting.

    1. Hi, Dee – Thank you for inviting me to co-host. Preparing for this launch was a great experience. I am now looking forward to Link Party #15!

    1. Hi, Christie – Enjoy your final years of work and your retirement planning. That part was a very rewarding part of my life for me. I too enjoyed getting to know you and the other co-hosts. I am already looking forward to the next link-up!

  4. Donna sounds like your week is mostly planned with room for some flexibility. I did have to laugh at the very beginning not only is NOT a wordless post – you wouldn’t be the only one to slip there, but it is NOT a Wednesday !
    Nursing a cold and back to work tomorrow for me so far this week. Winter hit the Southern Part of Australia with vengeance last week. So I have a cold to start the season off, technically it is still Autumn until June 1. PS You and your friend out walking with Jake would have made a good Wordless Wednesday shot. ๐Ÿ™‚ And No moves to the new blog yet. I like your creative group idea. Louise
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    1. Hi, Louise – I am sorry to hear that you have been under the weather. I hope that you are feeling better soon.
      Too funny about my attempts at an “Almost Wordless’, ‘Almost Wednesday’ post. I just love this format and thought that it would be perfect for this post. Let me know when your new blog is up and running. I don’t want to miss it.

  5. When people ask me the same question, I’m going to send them a link to your post. No two weeks are alike and I don’t keep a detailed diary. I was very active in Newcomers Club when I first moved to New Jersey. I met such wonderful people and the variety of activities allowed you to connect with like-minded people. We don’t have one here although I’ve been here too long to quality.
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    1. Hi, Kate – I agree that Newcomers Club is a great way to meet other like-minded people…especially in a area with a similar demographic (Our town’s population is just over 12,000. This year we have 350 active members…most of them retired!) I also agree that for retirement questions we can often simply forward each others’ posts. Although varying in the details, more often than not I find a ‘shared retirement experience’…especially among bloggers. Thanks for commenting!

    1. Hi, Pat – I would love to read a post about your typical retirement week. It would be fun to see the similarities and the differences…and to get some new ideas! I greatly appreciate you reading and commenting.

  6. oooo – I loved your format to show a week in your life!!
    I had’t thought of it before, but you’re right. No 2 weeks look alike. Some are quiet and laid back, other’s are frantic.

    This week will be one of the latter for me, so today I’m having a rainy, Anything-Goes Day to recharge my batteries for the week ahead!
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    1. Thanks, Joanne – I may have stretched the boundaries of ‘Wordless Wednesday’ just a bit…but I found the format so perfect for this post that I could not resist! I think that your ‘rainy, anything goes day’ may be similar to the ‘PJ day’ that I had yesterday. It was the perfect recharge. Enjoy your day and your busy week ahead!

  7. I think my weeks might look more like each other than your weeks do, because I volunteer in the same place two days (usually) and spend all day Tuesday with my Mum. However, that still leaves plenty of room for variety! If I didn’t have such a queue of travel lists to write I’d be tempted to copy your idea here.
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    1. Thanks, Anabel – I’ve only just settled into having any regular commitments and the ones that I do have are quite flexible. If you do ever decide to write a similar post, the “Almost Wordless Wednesday’ format was perfect…this post practically wrote itself. I look forward to continuing to follow your upcoming travel journeys!

  8. It’s inspiring to see a week in the life of an active retiree, Donna. Glad I got to share some of your week with you!

    1. Hi, Pat – Thanks for sharing in many of last week’s activities with me. I truly loved every one of them. I am looking forward to many more!

    1. Thanks, Carol – I’m getting close to two years of retirement (June 15) and have loved every minute of it. Thanks for co-hosting this blogging link-up. I look forward to co-hosting further link-ups together!

  9. I am also enjoying the “one day at a time” ease of retirement. It’s the best part of my life! I love how you volunteer at the SPCA. That charity has been my own lifelong passion!

    1. Hi, Joyce -Living life ‘one day at a time’ is a new-found luxury for me as well. I agree that the SPCA is a brilliant organization where the significant majority of each dollar donated goes directly to animal welfare.

  10. I have to say, you are a busy bee! And, a very social one at that. I love all the smiling faces in every photo. So happy that you look happy. That first photo is relaxing as well. I have never ever gone to a coffee shop or a bar or a cafe or a park bench or anything similar to read a book; it is the epitome of free time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Our week was very different: rounding up a house sit, packing our belongings, driving to friends, storing the car there, taking an airport bus to SFO, flying East, taking care of elderly parents, going in the MRI machine, doing a test to get my driving permit, a family gathering, blood work, shopping for parties and writing.
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    1. Hi, Liesbet – Thank you for sharing your week. Did you get your driver’s license? Hope your/Mark’s elderly parents are doing well.
      For me, coffee (or tea) and books go very well together. You should try it sometime!

      1. Passed the written test. Now, it is the luck of the draw to see whether I can fit in the road test while we are here, since there are no appointments for two months! We are only in Massachusetts for three weeks, so I check for cancellations a few times a day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mark’s parents are in their eighties and selling their house. We are getting rid of a lot of stuff and are doing a couple of garage sales the coming weekends…
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        1. Congratulations on passing the written exam. Good luck with your road test. I am sure that Mark’s parents are very appreciative for all that you are doing for them.

  11. You are so right about no two weeks being the same. I love your artists’ group – I wonder if there is anything similar where I live (and, if there isn’t, maybe I need to start one!). Your post is a really good reminder that it is so important to keep active in retirement. There is so much to do – and, of course, it’s ok to do nothing, but not day-in and day-out if you want to keep your mind and body healthy.

    1. Hi, Janis – I could not agree more. I had been looking for a bloggers’ group in my area and found the artists group. I love it and the diversity that it offers. If there is not one in your area, I bet many others would join in if you put the word out!

    1. Thanks, Sue – I’m loving the freedom to make my weeks as busy or as idle as I choose. Thank you for sharing this on your social media. I’ve shared your posts as well.

  12. Good gosh you are one busy bee! Tweeted and flipped! You are the epitome of Active “retirement!” Are you having the time of your life? I believe you are! It will be 10 years before I can truthfully say I’m retired. My university teaching job, blogging and fitness activities keep me pretty busy, but it’s all my choice! And that is the key to happiness!

    1. These are wise words, Terry. I agree that choice does play a large role in happiness! I greatly appreciate you sharing my posts. Your support is amazing!

    1. Hi, Lori – Thanks for commenting. I’ve enjoyed co-hosting with you and am looking forward to more co-hosting together!

  13. Enjoyed reading about your active lifestyle. We’ve been retired for 10 years (me) and 5 years (hubs) and are still looking for a great place to retire while shedding stuff. Sounds like your area is a great place for seniors to stay active.

    1. I agree that finding the ideal spot to suit your lifestyle needs can have a huge impact on retirement. Many Western Canadians retire to Vancouver Island which makes it a great place to find like-minded individuals (who are available to play during the day)! Thank you for stopping by. I greatly appreciate it!

  14. Wow – you have full and interesting retirement. That’s how we do it, too. I found you through the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. Thanks for stopping by and commenting at Gail-Friends and for the share.

    1. Hi, Gail. It’s been nice to meet you through Blogging Grandmothers. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Wow, very inspiring!!! I mentioned that I plan to move to The Villages when I get older and someone added me to a Facebook group. So here I sit, looking longingly at a future where I’d have nothing to do but go hang out in a town square and watch live music every night or go to brunch with a bunch of ladies! But when I’m honest with myself, I admit that I’ll probably STILL be writing, no matter how old I get, as long as my mind and fingers hold up!
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    1. I’m glad to hear that you plan to keep on writing, Stephanie. I know that you love it….and your readers love it too!

  16. Damn, I’m tired just getting through the pictures! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like fun… and I haven’t heard about anyone playing Euchre since I was living back in Michigan. My ex-in-laws in New York were huge card players but they only ever played poker. Great pics, Donna. And that is one cute dog you’re holding, too.

    1. Thanks, Marty.
      The good news is that your comments no longer end up in my spam folder!
      Yes, euchre is alive and well on Vancouver Island. I’m really enjoying it.
      Sarah, the dog in the photo, has been promptly adopted. That is the great thing about our local SPCA…dogs tend to be adopted very quickly. Thanks for commenting!

  17. Donna, your life looks so fun and busy! I am happy to see that Vancouver Island is such a welcoming place, with a lot going on for retirees. Of course, you are so outgoing and friendly that people are drawn to you! You have created a great life.

    Jude
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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Jude….but it really is the Island. There is so much to do here! For example, today was the ‘Fire and Ice Festival’ in Qualicum Beach. I swear that all of Oceanside came out to participate.
      Please email me your new address. I have another friend who just bought a place in the same area as you. You might be neighbours!

    1. Absolutely! I have greatly been enjoying the daily variety that retirement offers. When new acquaintances ask “what I do,” I answer “whatever I like”! I wouldn’t trade this either. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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