Sunday, 7 September 2008

Green Thumb Sunday/Retirement

My last full day of work on Thursday the staff had me wearing a large button, tiara and lei.Queen for the day.
On Friday was a retirement tea in the ICU team room , which was transformed into a lovely setting, on the table besides an abundance of food;
wraps, pavlova, punch , cake, tarts, cheeses , fruit and more ,there were 2 lovely floral arrangements, gerbera daisy, mums, ornamental thistle,and lilies.
So many people dropped by, it was overwhelming , including the gentleman who hired me 22 years ago, friends from other departments.the doctors ,the fellows, nurses dropped by, received so many hugs . I was gifted with lots of presents from a bottle of wine ,to a lottery ticket,a jar of homemade black currant jam (my fav) etc,to a lovely diamond and white gold necklace signifying past, present and future.
It was very moving and of course tears flowed with the kind things said.
It was with mixed feelings I walked out of the hospital after a total of nearly 30 years, happy ,sad , apprehensive for the future.
Arriving home I found a lovely floral arrangement from my boss and her immediate staff. What a nice welcome to this new phase of life.
Roses , sunflowers and astromeria in the bouquet.

So what have I done on my first days of retirement, stayed up late watching movies , Fracture and The Brave One ( both good) and yes I have slept in ( if you call 7 /7:30 sleeping in ) after getting up most of the time at 5:30.. 2 days,
now I am itching to get our new home in order and get into the gardens, once I have made them.


Lythrum said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to see your new "work". :) Enjoy your freedom. :)

kml said...

Congrats to you! Sounds like you have more than enough to keep you busy - totally enjoy it!


Mary said...

Congratulations on your retirement. All of your flowers are lovely. What an emotional experience that must have been for you. Enjoy every minute of your retirement.


Rosanne said...

It sounds like it was a wonderful send off. What gorgeous gifts and flowers!

Carlene said...

Congratulations on your retirement! You'll love it. I think the key is to do something till you're tired of it, and then find a new passion. No reason to stick to one thing. I retired 5 years ago (was a workaholic for 36 years) and I've enjoyed every minute of these 5 years--except for summers in AZ!

Aiyana said...

Hi Rosemary,
That last comment was from me, Aiyana. I was on a wrong Google account when I wrote it. Same sentiments though!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your retirement!! Truly well deserved!! Enjoy, enjoy!
Now have some fun Sis!!
Little Sis said...

Hi there!
I stumbled upon your blog today :)
Congratulations on the retirement!!
I can just imagine what it must have been like saying goodbye to everybody, I had such a tear filled emotional day saying goodbye to my little students and we were only together for 2 weeks!! :p It must have been overwhelming indeed!

Your new home and gardening plans sound exciting! I wish you all the best for this new phase in your life, enjoy every minute of it!! :D said...

ps. how did the foyer floor turn out?

Good Acres said...

Congratulations! Here's to a healthy and happy retirement filled with interesting and new activities and travels. Best Wishes, Good Acres


Congratulations on your retirement Rosemary. Wow what beautiful gifts you received, its obvious how much everyone will miss you.
Big hugs Linda x

Corgidogmama~ said...

Congratulations dear heart! Your journey to the rest of your life, has just begun!