I was an elementary school teacher for 29 years and joyfully resigned on June 2, 2016. My husband, Pat, retired six months earlier from a successful career in law enforcement. We live in Southern California, but recently bought a second home in the mountains of Northern Idaho and will split our time between the two places, enjoying the the best of both worlds. Some close friends encouraged me to start a blog as a way to share some of my new experiences and reflections as we embrace this new lifestyle. Retirement is truly blissful!