This is my cat, Jesse, enjoying Lin’s beautiful garden. I wish I could say I relax like him in retirement, but I am a busy beaver for sure.
I do love retirement–today I was up at 7:05 am. I do daily writing and reading in our library with Jesse by my side.
Then it was breakfast and a rousing game of Cribbage with my husband, Lin–he won today. We usually play up to three games, but we were both running this morning, so we stopped at one. I love this quiet time with him–full of talk and great rivalry.
Then I checked email, did a phone conference and ran to Albuquerque–we live about 18 miles east of Albuquerque in the East Mountains. I enjoyed my monthly massage from my ex-mother-in-law who pampers me beyond belief. I truly don’t understand how people operate in this stressful world without a monthly massage.
On the way home, I had a short stop at the grocery store to pick up ice for our potluck we’re hosting at our house tonight for friends.
Tonight will be full of laughter, talk and friendship–an ideal summer evening in New Mexico outside enjoying our gorgeous weather.
My life is wonderful–rich, full and busy. I couldn’t sit around–it’s not my style at all.
Are you retired? How do you spend your days? I’d be interested.
Larada Horner-Miller is a poet, essayist and accomplished multi-genre author who holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Spanish and a master of education degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom. She is the accomplished author of six award-winning biographies, historical fiction, memoir, and poetry works plus three self-published cookbooks.
Her sixth book, Coronavirus Reflections: Bitter or Better?, is available in paperback and four e-book formats. Larada offers the reader the opportunity to look back at 2020 and the global pandemic through her prose and poetry through reading, then reflecting and responding. She addresses all the emotions she felt during this overwhelming time and leads the reader through to a self-access: bitter or better?
Her fifth book is the authorized memoir and biography of world-renown square dance caller Marshall “Flip” Flippo. Just Another Square Dance Caller: Authorized Biography of Marshall Flippo is available now in hardback, paperback and four e-book formats. Recently Just Another Square Dance Caller won two awards: Book Excellence Awards Finalist and Silver award for eLit. Book Awards.
Another recent book of hers, A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter's Grief Memoir has won many awards including being a 2018 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in the Memoir category at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and a 2018 Independent Press Distinguished Favorites Award in the Memoir category. Horner-Miller has also been a past national presenter at the Women Writing the West Conference and is currently the creator of Memoir Workshops for others who want to share their family’s legacies through words.
Larada and her husband, Lin, enjoy being nestled in the mountains above Albuquerque, New Mexico, near the village of Tijeras. When not writing books, this passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic woman loves to spend time kicking up her heels at square dancing gatherings, traveling, knitting, and reading.
As co-manager of her family’s southeastern Colorado ranch, she enjoys spending time exploring her family’s historic ranch and reminiscing with her brother and his children about their mom, dad, and granddad.
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