A Day in the Life of Karen


My life changed dramatically this past year—my husband, Dan, retired. And retirement life did not turn out quite like I expected. In fact, I don’t know what I thought it would look like. But I’m adjusting.

“How’s retirement?” One of Dan’s friends asked.

If you know Dan, you won’t be surprised at his quick humor and pithy comebacks. So, don’t say I didn’t warn you. But if you dare to ask him that question, he’ll just smile and repeat his canned response, “Every day is Saturday.”

The first time I heard Dan reply to questions about retirement, I thought, Maybe for YOU every day is Saturday. But I haven’t retired yet!

Bottom line—we’ve entered into a new season of life at our house.


If you happen to drop by our house, you’ll also see some subtle changes in the décor—like the two new recliners in front of our big-screen TV. But we might not even be at home. We might be walking some farmer’s field, looking for arrowheads. Or we may be enjoying a day trip, driving through the Ouachita Mountains.

Then again, you might find me hiding out in my office, trying to finish an article or book by the deadline. 

“What’s the big deal?” you ask. “Why do you need to ‘hide out’ in your office to work? I thought you said, ‘Every day is Saturday.’”

Do you know how hard it is to focus on a writing project when “every day is Saturday”?

Yet the first eight weeks of Dan’s retirement, that is exactly what I needed to do. Why? I had a deadline to meet to turn in my first book manuscript.

Yes, I am a late bloomer. Just when my ‘baby boomer” decides to wind up his career, I’m stepping into a new role as a book author. And my first book, Words That Change Everything, releases in June 2016. IMG_0545

“What a great time write! a writing friend suggested. “Maybe you can finish some of those other projects you stated earlier.”

Right now, I’m also working on another book now about grandparenting with another writing friend and blogger, Mary Larmoyeux. So, I am writing a few of the stories that matter most to me. And I do hope to complete some of the other projects that I haven’t finished. But I’m also preparing to launch my first book. And it can be a challenge at times to fit everything I need to do into my daily schedule.

“Why?” you ask.



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