Appealing lifestyle

I like being retired and living a quiet life with David. I don’t have to earn a living or deal with unpleasant people.

I play easy classical music masterpieces on my violin. David told me that for someone who does not practice every day, I sound good. He recognized the “Ode to Joy” piece I played and was inspired to listen to a CD of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony from whence it came. So funny how one thing leads to another.

I wrote and published three memoirs from 2003 to 2008. That was a lot of fun. In 2010, I shut down my book business, and now focus on blogging for pleasure. I have been blogging since November 2006, so it has been almost 15 years of non-stop writing.

I spend a lot of time cooking fine meals and often look up recipes online. Cooking is never a chore for me. I just love to cook! Sometimes, I submit my original recipes to the local newspaper for publication. So far, three of my recipes have been published. Quite an honor!

I like to invite people to my home for lunch from time to time. I like to set the table, cook something gourmet, and present the food beautifully. After the meal, I like to have a nice conversation with my guests. We discuss our interests, our travels, and our family.

Maria, Julia, and Rylan visit me periodically, which is very nice. Always a pleasure to be with my kids and grandkids!

I find this lifestyle quite appealing. It is very satisfying.

24 Responses to “Appealing lifestyle”

  1. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …and I am happy with my life in retirement, but it’s sometimes too busy!

  2. DavidH Says:

    You have worked hard all your life and are now enjoying the fruits of your labor. You are a success. Congratulations!

  3. Douglas Morris Says:

    It amazes me you had enough to write not one but three memoirs! Well Gigi, you also maintain a lovely home in Paradise and have one of the most devoted husbands I’ve ever seen. :^)

  4. Martha Says:

    I’m so glad you are enjoying retirement, I enjoy it too.

  5. Olga Says:

    You have made the most of each phase of your life!

  6. Granny Annie Says:

    Joyful post.

  7. Wisewebwoman Says:

    I loved reading this Gigi, the means and ability to determine how we live our latter years is a gift to be treasured.


  8. Rain Frances Says:

    It IS an appealing lifestyle! You are a great cook, an accomplished writer and a violin player…what’s not to like? 🙂 Lovely post!

  9. Christine Says:

    Your grandkids are growing up so fast!

  10. Linda Reeder Says:

    You have built a beautiful life and can now enjoy the results. You are very fortunate.

  11. dkzody Says:

    Retirement is wonderful.

  12. AC Says:

    Good for you. Living the comfortable life and doing what you like to do.

  13. Arkansas Patti Says:

    You can be proud of the lovely life you have carved out filled with beauty, accomplishment and appreciation.

  14. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Your lifestyle is good and admirable! Valerie

  15. Elephant's Child Says:

    You do indeed live the good life. One that is perfectly suited to you.

  16. DJan Says:

    How lovely! I think you have the best of life right now, Gigi. Congratulations on your good life choices. 🙂

  17. Kay G. Says:

    Lucky people who get to sit down at your table with you and David! Lucky us who get to know you through your blog!

  18. Nancy Chan Says:

    I too am retired. Used to worry how I would be able to pass the time when I retired. In fact, i hardly have time to feel bored with so many thing occupying my time. Your friends are so blessed to be invited to your house to enjoy your home cooked meals. You are a great cook and a great host.

  19. Sue Says:

    Dear Gigi, am looking forward to retirement (hopefully, in early 2023). Yes, i like my job, and the people are pleasant (that, in itself makes a big BIG difference). Bet you had to deal with some “interesting” clients at the law office.

  20. Far Side Says:

    You are very talented!

  21. DeniseinVA Says:

    It’s wonderful that you can play the violin, and lovely photos, especially of you with your family and I also like the one of you in traditional clothing.

  22. marmeladegypsy Says:

    You are oing retirement exactly right, Gigi! I love that you are making music, wonderful food, writing and being creative. It’s terrific!

  23. Iris Empereur Says:

    Since I lost my job I live a similar life and it´s good!
    But I feel bad as I should work, just there is none.
    Glad you can still play – I cannot even read notes anymore and the piano is likely “rubbish” by now as my Brother didn´t care – and me, neither, also my fault.

  24. Lakshmi Bhat Says:

    It felt so good to read that you are happy with your life. Your memoir must be very interesting. Hope to read it some day. I like your posts 🙂

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