This is my first Post! Let me introduce myself!
My name is Kari, and I am the “me” of Me and My Captain! I am a Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Writer, Decorator, Gardener, Sports Fan, Pilot and … wife of My Captain! Come join me on my new adventure as I roll out after touchdown (Retirement)…My Final Approach!
I live in Florida and I am the “Me” of Me and My Captain. The “Captain” is my husband who is a pilot. He flies Corporate Jets for a living. We both have been in aviation for a very long time, and up until the end of September, I was a full-time employee of a major Aviation company. I am now retired, and it’s the first time I have not had a place to go to work since I was in high school.
I have to admit that retirement is a new experience for me … but I’ve always been diversified and eager to try something different or even fearful,… something out of my comfort zone. Hence, my learning to fly a small airplane at the age of 55. My flight instructor said to me, ….”If Aunt Bea can learn to fly..so can you!” For those of you who remember the old TV sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show, you will remember the elderly, rotund Aunt who took care of Andy and Opie. One of the episodes was Aunt Bea learning to fly an airplane. Aunt Bea did learn to fly, as it was something she had always wanted to do. AND I learned to fly too! I especially loved flying at night, which was when I had to take my ground school and flight lessons because I worked at my job during the day. There was something surreal about flying with the stars twinkling overhead and the beautiful multi-colored lights of the city below. Almost like the wonderment of Christmas lights to small children. I don’t fly anymore, I let my Captain fly me. It became a budget breaker for a hobby, i.e. renting a plane, fuel etc. But I am proud to say I did learn to fly and really enjoyed the experience.
And now I am starting a new experience with blogging. I have never blogged before but Lisa, my once a month manicurist… (one of the indulgences I enjoy) …told me I should start a blog with my cooking tips and recipes. Lisa is a very young cook and since I have a captured audience with her doing my nails, I share my recipes and advice on cooking with her. Some of it is solicited and perhaps some is not. I really enjoy cooking and over the years, I have had many requests for recipes I have prepared and taken to potlucks etc. At the present time I am compiling a recipe book cookbook for my family and close friends. I will be including in this blog, some of my tried and true recipes as well as some experimental recipes. I will also include pictures of the completed dish. I would love feedback from any and all of you on these recipes.
I’m also a “wanna be” interior decorator. I’ve been fortunate enough to decorate our homes (we have lived in several states over the years) and many people ask me for decorating advice. I will be posting pictures and tips on decorating on a budget and since I am continually working on a project (much to the chagrin of the Captain, because he always ends up “helping” me) even though I preface each new project with …”all you have to do is…”…. And I fill in the blank…he ends up helping and contributing more than in my initial plan. More on this later.
Another of my hobbies is writing novels. I belong to one of the Romance Writers groups and I’ve been working on several novels over the years. I am hoping to finally get them finished but I am thinking that in the review and rewrite period….I might find that my thoughts go off in another direction than my original story plot.
When we moved to Florida three years ago, I found it amusing at the informality and now I treasure it. For entertainment, we love to watch old movies and new movies. Of course there is deep sea fishing, airboat rides in the Everglades, golf, bowling and the monthly dances held down at the club house close to the Marina and the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
I contemplated what I would do when I retired…as I have been so busy all of my life. I love to read and I love to talk and that seems like a perfect match for writing a blog. And so here goes. I hope to share with you my experiences in life and I also hope to be learning new things from each one of you who choose to read and respond to my blog. I don’t believe anyone is ever too old to learn something new… so I’m going to tackle this with enthusiasm and I promise you I will be faithful and respond to your comments or questions.
Until tomorrow,…blue skies and prevailing winds to all. (or as the Captain would say..”Keep the shiny side up…..”)!!!!