Photography

A few years ago, I bought my husband a digital camera. Sadly,  it sat on a shelf in the closet. I can’t remember the exact occasion, but I decided to try out the camera. Since then,  I have taken a lot of photos to get a few good ones. Digital is so nice, I just dump the crummy photographs and keep what I like.  I am basically self-taught. I’ve read the manual and a book on how to take great photos

On a recent day trip to Monterey  California, I spent the afternoon at Lover’s Point enjoying the sunshine and taking lots of pictures. I was lucky to run across what I can only assume was a photography class, comprised mostly of retirees, cameras in hand taking photos of  Monterey Bay. I copied some of their techniques and sneaked in a few shots from vantage points that must have been on their assignment sheet. I decided then and there a formal photography class was on my list of things to do when I retire.

Here are a few photos I took that day.

I was particularly happy to get a shot of this surfer. He never got up and fell right after I took this photo. I just liked this shot.

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Surfer at Lover’s Point. Monterey Bay, California

This photo was taken at the same vantage point most of the other photographers were shooting. I had to wait my turn. I love how the water sparkles like jewels.

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Lover’s Point, Monterey Bay

I read somewhere to position yourself to take the best shot of your subject. I took this photo laying on the ground so the tree branch would not totally block the rocks and the water below.

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Along the walking path. Monterey Bay, California

By trade, I am a flower grower. I always take photographs of flowers. This ice plant flower caught my attention. It’s beauty intrigued me. I think I will call it Starburst.

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Flowering Ice Plant Monterey Bay, California

My Kind of Solitude

My husband and I have been hiking together for years. It’s what we do together. Or at least we leave and return to the trailhead at the same time. He is almost a foot taller than I, and a few years younger. His long legs carry him quickly over the hill. He is on a mission. I, on the other hand, am out for a quiet walk in nature. I stop to take a photo here and there, then sit on the bench at the top of the hill taking in the stillness that only comes when no one else is nearby.

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First Signs of Spring

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Babbling Brook

Eventually, I catch up to my husband and we walk back together.

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Hiking the De Anza Trail

Hiking is one of the things I look forward to doing more of when I retire.

Sunrise

Taking a deep breath,  I close my eyes and experience the beginning of a new day.  A crisp breeze gently blows across my face. The cool, damp grass chills my bare feet.  A rooster crows in the distance. Opening my eyes, I watch the last of the stars dim as the sun makes its way above the mountain top changing the blue-grey of the early morning sky to soft hues of pink, orange and golden yellow. I am grateful for this brief moment of peace before I step into the hustle and bustle of the day.

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Blog Under Construction-please excuse my dust

Yikes!!! As with my retirement, I am still in the process of crafting my blog. Two weeks ago I didn’t know a widget from a hole in the ground. I always thought they (widgets) were some mass produced thing-a-ma-gig that served no purpose, but I’m getting there.  I have been working with Learning the Fundamentals provided by WordPress. I finally figured out how to leave a comment on someone else’s blog, but am still trying to figure out how to respond to comments I receive on my blog. So Georgie and Terri, thank you for your comments, suggestions, and encouragement. I appreciate them.

I signed into Grammarly. It has already corrected two typos.Yesterday I signed up for Canva so I could add some images to my posts. A bit confusing. So I went to Pexels, chose a photo, now I  need to figure out how to download the photo to my post. No go. So I went to my own photos and tried to attach one. Still without a photo.   Maybe I’d better add technologically challenged to my “About Me” page.

OMG!! I may have just figured it out! Doin my happy dance. Not so technologically challenged now.

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And now, for my next trick,  I shall attempt to add links to my two mentors. Dang, my first try was a bust. Then I got sidetracked by the little bell in the upper right-hand corner of my screen, telling me to “manage my comments.” Learning something new every five minutes.

My second attempt. Copied and pasted the URL (whatever that means)

https://georgiemoon2016.wordpress.com

https://secondwindleisure.com/

I thought this would underscore or highlights the links, but it didn’t. Maybe if I press “Publish” it will do so. Let’s see. Yep, I gave it a test and Viola! It works.

Gonna head out now, but first let me regale you with another one of my favorite photos. Caption included. So proud!

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Pilings at The Wharf–Monterey Bay, California

 

Emotional Aspects of Retirement Finances

1/14/17

I realize on my “About” page, I said, this blog was not about the financial aspects of retirement, but I discovered finances are a very emotional subject. A trip to my financial adviser early this week had me wondering if I’d really saved enough. Then one of the kids hit up the Bank of Mom and Dad for a loan. How could I deny a small loan to one of my children? I went into a tailspin. My stomach griped, I tossed and turned throughout the night, and wondered if my decision to retire was as well thought out as I thought it was. I’d socked money away, spent a year living on less, and looked at ways to create more cash flow.

In the days that followed, I took time to look at my finances again and, said child, found another outlet to solve their own financial crisis. I’m ready. Panic attack averted (for the time being) I am moving ahead knowing I am financially able to do this and my children are able to solve their own problems.