|Brother-in-law's yard in Louisiana|
This picture has nothing to do with my post this morning, just wanted to add some interest. I'm starting this post late as I've been trying to read all of yours. And they have been really great - which is why I'm so late getting around to my own. But I have to leave for Yoga in a few minutes, so I may start this now and continue later this afternoon.
We have a "Clay Project" due in class tomorrow and I've been a bit crazy getting it all together. It's not our usual throwing on the wheel stuff (which I prefer), but rather something our Instructor came up with. We have to put together a 25 (not 24 or 26, but 25 exactly) piece clay structure, then draw up the assembly instructions (similar to Ikea plans), then cut out a second set of clay pieces, house them in a wet box, and give them to a partner along with the instructions for them to assemble on their own (no verbal instructions allowed). Ha! The assembly instructions are considered part of the 'art' and must co-ordinate with the project. It's due tomorrow. Should be interesting... I'll take some pictures of the various creations in case any of you are curious.
And one of the posts I read today brought up so many thoughts regarding 'worries about retirement' (our own and our kids), that my thoughts are spinning. I'm a firm believer that our lives are a product of our choices (both good and bad) and it's not so much what happens to you, but how you handle it that really matters. Yes, we all come from different backgrounds, but I think the majority of people are the same. We studied, we worked, we took care of our families. We tried to save (what's the saying, 'one step forward, 2 steps back), and now we're in that long awaited phase called 'retirement'. Were we financially and emotionally prepared? Probably not. We're not as prepared as we should have been, but then I'm sure that many aren't. Can we handle day to day expenses? Yes. Do we worry about the future? Yes. Can we travel extensively? No. Does it matter? Not really. Are we happy? Yes.