Monday, July 8, 2013

It's my birthday and Gregg retires!

I am 63 years old!  Where did all those years go?   Inside I still feel the same though my outside would belie most definitely the youthful look I once had and those cartwheel days are long gone, not that I think I was ever any good at performing cartwheels.  So, nothing too exciting planned as I intend to celebrate quietly with Gregg.  

We are both celebrating this week because our other news is that on Friday Gregg will be officially retired from the company he has been working with for the last 20 years.  It is his second retirement as before that he was career navy and I remember that last day very clearly.  I don't think it has sunk in yet for either of us but we are both excited at the thought of this new phase and let the adventure begin.

We have just returned home after celebrating Independence Day with family and friends in Virginia Beach.  We actually drove down on the 4th early in the morning and unlike today it was a smooth ride, with hardly any traffic.  Today was a different story.  Normally it takes between three-and-a-half to four hours, today it took almost six.  We drove all the back roads to avoid heavy freeway traffic and instead of being tedious it was a fun ride through Virginia's beautiful rural countryside.  We also got to see many quaint little towns.  Getting off the beaten track is more often than not well worth it.  Unlike the ride down I didn't fall asleep and Gregg and I chatted non-stop.  

This morning before we left, Gregg's brother and wife asked if we would like to go for a walk around the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  We had a delightful time with them.  They know of trails we had not yet discovered.  If you are ever in the Norfolk area a visit to the garden is well worth it.  Besides the fact that the flowers are so abundant and absolutely breathtaking, right now and up until August 18th there is an outside glass sculpture exhibit.  I am sharing one of them and the photo above doesn't do it justice.  The sun gleaming off it was an awesome sight.  You can look here for information.