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Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 03:06 PM
When you retire, you get to state an answer to those who ask you, "What are you going to do with your time?" A friend asked me that last week, and when I told her "sew", she just looked disgusted and said, "Oh." Well, not only do I want to sew, but I want to travel too, and do it while I still can walk and talk coherently!

So, 2013 is booked solid with sewing commitments and traveling!

Here's the travel itinerary:

Paducah, April 26 bus tour
Orlando and DisneyWorld May 3-6 with son and family
Sisters Oregon, July 13-17 Sisters Outdoor quilt show with my sister and her hubs
Portalnd Oregon, Aug. 21=27 Again with my sister, brother and brother in law, going to the Oregon coast
Missouri Star Voyage with Klasien Sept. 25-Oct 6 MSQC Fall Fun Get Together

and now the biggie!

Viking River Cruise down the Danube for 10 days, Nov. 16-26! I just booked this trip a few minutes ago, I'm going with my brother, who has wanted to see this part of the world for years. Our maternal ancestors came from Regensburg, Germany in the late 1800s to the USA. My brother has done our entire family history back to this generation (I guess it is our great-great grandparents), and found out this is where they came from. One of our stops is in Regensburg. It will be a short stop, but he just wanted to see it sometime, and this is the perfect opportunity.

I am excited. At first when he invited me to go, I wasn't so sure, but I researched it, the cost is great, and everything is included. Our boat holds 175--I'm not the 4000 passenger cruise ship lover, and every cruise I've taken was on a boat that held about 100 people. We love that kind of intimate travel. No midnight formal dinners, casinos, waterparks for me! I want to sleep at midnight and be ready to see stuff during the day. All the bad press about big cruise ships in the past month have convinced me NOT TO EVER GO ON ONE!

In between, I have one big show to costume this summer and one around Christmas, so it will be hard to fit in one more thing this year! And when there is space in time, I will be in my sewing room making quilts for the PICU. Or for myself!

auntiemern
April 22nd, 2013, 03:12 PM
You go GF. Wish I had your tenacity.

Musical_Starling
April 22nd, 2013, 03:15 PM
Wow! Definitely a busy year coming up but it sounds SUPER fun! :D

MayinJerset
April 22nd, 2013, 03:29 PM
WOW Jean, You certianly are going to travel. More luck to you because too many people wait too long and never do it. I'm glad DH and I did travel, we branched out all over US, Canada and Europe after our 3rd son was out of grad school and on his own.
We loved going on tours and then staying longer to go xploring on our own, or flying out West, renting a car and traveling all over a state or two with lots of walking wherever we went. I worked at a college so I had plenty of advice about what to see and do from faulty and staff members as college personnel seem to be big travelers. Nowadays we both have a problem with walking too far or standing too long but we do travel some.

rebeccas-sewing
April 22nd, 2013, 03:31 PM
This is so exciting, Jean! You will love Regensburg! I had a chance to visit there a couple of years ago when we went to Bavaria to visit Joe's German relatives. Make sure you take lots of pictures and tell us all about your travels.

Judy~Ann
April 22nd, 2013, 03:37 PM
Woweee Jean. Retired? I am so thrilled for you .. to have this exciting year on your agenda. Have a fantastic year and God bless

grammakim04
April 22nd, 2013, 03:39 PM
So glad you are doing this now.

Chuck & I had booked a beautiful European trip for last Sept and we had to cancel it due to his illness. We had talked about doing this trip for years and unfortunately life happens and we waited too long. I now tell people to live life to the fullest because life can change so fast.

Have an awesome time!!

Kim

Mom23
April 22nd, 2013, 04:00 PM
All of your trips sound wonderful, Jean. I don't know how you have the energy to get so much accomplished. Save a little time for me to come and spend a day with you working on a little project!!

K. McEuen
April 22nd, 2013, 04:04 PM
Sounds like a great time! Hmm, a Viking cruise ... do I need to make you and your brother a hat like Mr. D.'s?

I always thought going on one of the sailing ships for a cruise would be cool, not one of the floating cities, that seem to be like NYC during a garbage strike anymore. And that one that cruises through the bay in Alaska by the glaciers.

mom4him
April 22nd, 2013, 04:25 PM
WOW! Sounds like a really great year planned.
There was a time that I would have liked to travel a bit more but travel is very difficult for anyone that has chemical problems and I am no exception. I guess I have lost the desire but I do cheer on those that can do it.

pcbatiks
April 22nd, 2013, 04:27 PM
Way to go Jean..........sounds like you have a great year planned! Hope each trip is the most fun!

Momofmonsters5
April 22nd, 2013, 05:13 PM
That's 4 hours from me. You'll love Germany!

Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 05:15 PM
So glad you are doing this now.

Chuck & I had booked a beautiful European trip for last Sept and we had to cancel it due to his illness. We had talked about doing this trip for years and unfortunately life happens and we waited too long. I now tell people to live life to the fullest because life can change so fast.

Have an awesome time!!

KimHow I know this to be true! My husband and I never traveled much because we were both working. Then he got sick and passed away. So, I am going to take this trip and spend the children's inheritance money and not worry about it!

Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 05:16 PM
That's 4 hours from me. You'll love Germany!
What is the weather like there in mid November? Cold? Snowy? Do I need to bring my snowshoes?

SuzyQue
April 22nd, 2013, 06:25 PM
I am envious! First about the retirement, then about the travel! I am so happy for you......just wish I was in your shoes! Someday......

HandsOffItsMine
April 22nd, 2013, 06:36 PM
Jean, I know you'll enjoy this year but the Regensburg (Mountain Rains) will truly the glory moment of the year. It will be cold, rainy and might even snow a tad. What I hope you have is a dry cold where the bare trees have the frosted look! Ohhh soooo beautiful! :)

We need to get to Portland, Oregon this summer as Don's mom will be 95 on August 4th! To bad we'll miss you then and the big quilt show.

You are one of the few people I know you really is making the most of their retirement! WTG!!

Huggers, Ruby

ilive2craft2
April 22nd, 2013, 06:37 PM
Jean, you have a wonderful year of travel planned out. Please share pictures so that we can enjoy it too! Lisa

Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 06:53 PM
Jean, I know you'll enjoy this year but the Regensburg (Mountain Rains) will truly the glory moment of the year. It will be cold, rainy and might even snow a tad. What I hope you have is a dry cold where the bare trees have the frosted look! Ohhh soooo beautiful! :)

We need to get to Portland, Oregon this summer as Don's mom will be 95 on August 4th! To bad we'll miss you then and the big quilt show.

You are one of the few people I know you really is making the most of their retirement! WTG!!

Huggers, RubyI have to get there after my big show is over, which opens the first weekend in August. And runs for two weekends, wish we could connect there, wouldn't that be fun!

HandsOffItsMine
April 22nd, 2013, 07:10 PM
I have to get there after my big show is over, which opens the first weekend in August. And runs for two weekends, wish we could connect there, wouldn't that be fun!

That would! We'll know more by mid-June. ;D

Sandy Navas
April 22nd, 2013, 07:44 PM
Oh, Jean, you wore me out and all I did was READ your itinerary.

Claire Hallman
April 22nd, 2013, 08:07 PM
Oh, I am sure you will love it. We took a Viking cruise to Holland and Belgium several years ago and it was wonderful [except the beds which were not:icon_heh:] I would definitely do it again someday. We were discussing this recently for 2014 but decided to take a big boat through the Panama Canal form Miami to Long Beach. I am not a fan of the 4000 ships but I can do 2000 to 3000 and be very happy.:D

New York Sue
April 22nd, 2013, 08:22 PM
Good for you, Jean!
Do you need someone to carry your bags??
;)

Bubby
April 22nd, 2013, 08:27 PM
It sounds wonderful...I hope you enjoy every minute of your travels! You have certainly earned all of this and so much more!!!

Loonwatcher
April 22nd, 2013, 08:28 PM
This is wonderful! Sounds like you are going to have a great year. Enjoy!

Lisapc
April 22nd, 2013, 08:48 PM
I am so happy for you. I think you are living your life to the fullest doing what makes you happy. That is what retirement is supposed to be about!

CyndyK
April 22nd, 2013, 09:48 PM
WoW! Your year sounds wonderful. I hope I have your energy when I retire.

shannonsaulter
April 22nd, 2013, 09:55 PM
Jean thats an awesome itinerary!!!! Enjoy!!! and please share pics with us..I know my countdown for my trip is less then 90 days woohoo! for US!!!

Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 09:56 PM
The only down thing about this trip is we will be returning to the US during Thanksgiving week. Wonder what my chances are of actually getting home in time for turkey? Oh well, they say they are going to serve Thanksgiving dinner on the boat! Just so I don't have to spend too many nights on the floor of an airport sleeping until I can catch a plane home.

Lisapc
April 22nd, 2013, 10:33 PM
If you get stranded in New England you are welcome here for dinner and until you get a flight.

MRoy
April 22nd, 2013, 10:45 PM
Way to go Jean! The only plans I have when I retire in August are to sleep as late as I want and whenever I want until I get rested up or bored, whichever comes first! :)

New York Sue
April 22nd, 2013, 10:47 PM
The only down thing about this trip is we will be returning to the US during Thanksgiving week. Wonder what my chances are of actually getting home in time for turkey? Oh well, they say they are going to serve Thanksgiving dinner on the boat! Just so I don't have to spend too many nights on the floor of an airport sleeping until I can catch a plane home.

I LITERALLY slept on the the floor in PR, after a trip to St Crouix, a few years back. The Rolling Stones were in town, NOT a room to be had that night.

But we bunkered up the next two nights in a nice hotel close to the beach and airport, beacuse NY was buggered up with snow.

BEST Valentine's Day EVER! And probably the LAST time I'll ever wear a bikini, (as it should be). That sure was memorable, though...

Unexpected stuff is the BEST! And I have NO doubt, Jean, you can just roll with the best of 'em.

kensington
April 22nd, 2013, 10:52 PM
Oh Jean, you seem to be the perfect traveling companion! I too would rather not go on a cruise with THOUSANDS of people, being herded onboard and offloaded like cattle. Dh has has offered numerous cruises to me, and I always decline. It's just not my style.

Enjoy your very expensive, but worth it, cruise! God Bless.

Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 10:59 PM
Way to go Jean! The only plans I have when I retire in August are to sleep as late as I want and whenever I want until I get rested up or bored, whichever comes first! :)

One of my former colleagues called me today, and teased me that he was hoping to see me early in the morning one day--we used to challenge each other to see who would get there first in the morning! I told him he was dreaming, I was in bed and certainly not dressed by 6:45 in the morning. You'll enjoy the sleep late thing a lot! I've even turned off my biological alarm clock that woke me at 4:30 a.m. for the past 28 years.

Jean Sewing Machine
April 22nd, 2013, 11:03 PM
Oh Jean, you seem to be the perfect traveling companion! I too would rather not go on a cruise with THOUSANDS of people, being herded onboard and offloaded like cattle. Dh has has offered numerous cruises to me, and I always decline. It's just not my style.

Enjoy your very expensive, but worth it, cruise! God Bless. We got two for the price of one, so it was really a good deal for a 8 day cruise! I've spent more, believe me, so this seems like a bargain basement price! I love small ships, but those big floating "cities", no way, Jose! Especially when the toilets don't work and the AC is off and you're stuck 200 miles from shore. All my cruises have been within sight of land, Alaska Inner Passage, you are a short swim from land, and Galapagos, we cruised around the islands. This one is inland, so I'm good with it. I've seen too many shipwreck movies to want to go across the ocean in a boat, no matter how big it might be! Life of Pi made that abundantly clear, I do not want to cross the ocean in a boat!

bec
April 22nd, 2013, 11:12 PM
When people ask me what I am doing since I retired, I just smile and say, "whatever I want to do".

Gotta love retirement! :)

WendyI
April 22nd, 2013, 11:33 PM
Jean I am so in awe of you!! SOOOO many people I know retire and do nothing...they putter, sit around, never travel...it's like they're just...waiting....not sure for what! LOL! Good on you for getting out there and doing all that! I tell that to my FIL all the time! GO! See the world! Travel! He's got a horse and a dog so won't leave them for more than a few hours...we offer to take care of them but they're kind of his reason to not go I suppose. Sad.

So kudo's to you for filling up that bucket list and then tackling it! I can hardly wait to do the same!! Can't wait to hear about your travels! That cruise sounds awesome!

Momofmonsters5
April 23rd, 2013, 12:05 AM
What is the weather like there in mid November? Cold? Snowy? Do I need to bring my snowshoes?

It's really cold and yes bring really good shoes with thick soles, cobble stone is no joke, for site seeing. Most places are lots of walking and there are some steep inclines at castles, depending on what your going to. My landlady is 70 and I swear she can run circles around me! If your cold natured bring your warmest quilt..... If your hot natured then you'll be like my monsters and wear short sleeves. The year before we got here they got slammed with snow before thanksgiving, the last two years its waited til January to snow. snowboots are a good idea that time of year because if its not snowing its usually raining. I know im making it sound driy but its not. we truely love it here. The Christmas markets should be in full swing then, and the colors here in autumn are truly a site! I'm excited for you.

Jean Sewing Machine
April 23rd, 2013, 12:26 AM
It's really cold and yes bring really good shoes with thick soles, cobble stone is no joke, for site seeing. Most places are lots of walking and there are some steep inclines at castles, depending on what your going to. My landlady is 70 and I swear she can run circles around me! If your cold natured bring your warmest quilt..... If your hot natured then you'll be like my monsters and wear short sleeves. The year before we got here they got slammed with snow before thanksgiving, the last two years its waited til January to snow. snowboots are a good idea that time of year because if its not snowing its usually raining. I know im making it sound driy but its not. we truely love it here. The Christmas markets should be in full swing then, and the colors here in autumn are truly a site! I'm excited for you.
Thanks for the great info! I will definitely bring or wear boots. We went on a cruise to Alaska in July and on the boat deck, I had 6 layers on top and three on the bottom. It gets cold when you are cruising, no matter when. But north of the equator in November, well, that's why alcohol is so popular! Warms you from the inside out!

Momofmonsters5
April 23rd, 2013, 12:38 AM
Haha yes it is. They do creative things like mix beer with cola or fanta, it is surprisingly good. Coffee is the main day drink here. Love my coffee. flavored creamer is an american thing so i bring my own when we travel. Learn wasser nein Gas bita. It Stands for water no gas please, I'm still learning German so hopefully I spelled that right. tap water is not popular, just bottled and if you don't ask you'll get Spitzel water which is carbonated. I've learned not to ask for tap water if its on the English menu because you get charged the same as bottled water.

phoots
April 23rd, 2013, 03:34 AM
Jean, sounds great! Have a lot of fun on all of your trips!

Pam in Vegas

Klasien
April 23rd, 2013, 04:06 AM
Oh Jean, what a great plan!!!!!

The weather will be cold, but is a great trip you are planning.
A wonderful thing are the Christmas markets that time a year, you'll love it.
We checked and it is a long long drive from our home, so I don't think we can drive down there :(
But what you will hear for sure is this: ENJOY
http://youtu.be/oRA01Fg0WF0

You will be on the beautiful blue Danube......... (An der schonen blauen Donau.... in my best German ;) )

mgreen2427
April 23rd, 2013, 04:45 AM
Wow a busy but wonderful year coming. Have fun and enjoy every moment!!!!!!!

craftychris
April 23rd, 2013, 08:33 AM
Wow! What a wonderful year of travelling to look forward to. Maybe after you have done all that you can come downunder to unwind - and see some of our beautiful sites. Would be happy to show you around. Have fun with all your travels.

Bailey65
April 23rd, 2013, 08:58 AM
Jean all of your adventures sound just "WONDERFUL"!!! I agree you should do this while you can because you just never know what the future will hold. Wishing you a great time my friend!

Jean Sewing Machine
April 23rd, 2013, 09:10 AM
Wow! What a wonderful year of travelling to look forward to. Maybe after you have done all that you can come downunder to unwind - and see some of our beautiful sites. Would be happy to show you around. Have fun with all your travels.That is certainly on my " bucket list". My mom went to New Zealand and Australia as one of her last world travels. She enjoyed it very much. I would love to visit you!

craftychris
April 23rd, 2013, 09:52 AM
That is certainly on my " bucket list". My mom went to New Zealand and Australia as one of her last world travels. She enjoyed it very much. I would love to visit you!

Just name the date!

GinnyKNC
April 23rd, 2013, 10:00 AM
Jean that all sounds so exciting! Good for you. You've earned it all. Have fun and enjoy every minute.

ConnieNana
April 23rd, 2013, 10:12 AM
My DH and I are still trying to figure out how we managed to raise all seven of our children and do all the things we did, when we can't seem to work in all we want to do since he retired. We did scouts, ballet, T-ball, band, cheerleading, chaparoned dances, church activities, cookouts and not to forget traveling all over the country for family vacations.

Now, it is traveling to perfomance car rally events, cruises, quilting retreats, family cookouts, watching soccer and Irish dance competitions, taking quilting classes and actually quilting. Plus trying to purge all of the stuff we have collected for the past 46yrs. Why purge? To make room for all the the fabric we are collecting. :)

Jean Sewing Machine
April 23rd, 2013, 10:14 AM
My DH and I are still trying to figure out how we managed to raise all seven of our children and do all the things we did, when we can't seem to work in all we want to do since he retired. We did scouts, ballet, T-ball, band, cheerleading, chaparoned dances, church activities, cookouts and not to forget traveling all over the country for family vacations.

Now, it is traveling to perfomance car rally events, cruises, quilting retreats, family cookouts, watching soccer and Irish dance competitions, taking quilting classes and actually quilting. Plus trying to purge all of the stuff we have collected for the past 46yrs. Why purge? To make room for all the the fabric we are collecting. :)

Oh yes, I purged 7 years ago, and now need to do it again!

MayinJerset
April 23rd, 2013, 10:15 AM
Way to go Jean! The only plans I have when I retire in August are to sleep as late as I want and whenever I want until I get rested up or bored, whichever comes first! :)

Myrna, When I first retired I still woke up every morning at 7am, but the real fun part was that I didn't have to get up, shower, etc. and could lay in bed for as long as I felt like it. Feels sooo good,

For those of us older folks - did you know that you could make your plane travel a bit easier by requesting a wheel chair pickup and/or handicap seating? You and your carry on bag get a ride right through check in, no dragging your bag to the check in line or waiting on it, attendant helps you through the conveyer belt check and then wheels you off to your gate. No charge for the wheel chair service but I do tip the attandant. Same thing in reverse when you arrive at your destination. You get to board the plane even before the first class people. Because of my knee arthritis I asked for a a seat in one of the front rows in couch, more space between the rows so I had no problem getting up and down from my seat. This certainly helps us use our energy for enjoying our trip instead of arriving all tired out. There is a charge for the handicap seating but the gal who we spoke to at United waved it for us. May

GrammaBabs
April 23rd, 2013, 10:55 AM
Jean,, you are an amazing woman...enjoy every minute and i'll be reading and watching....God put you here for a reason,, you inspire us,, make us smile and keep us entertained... I love reading about your adventures!!! You go girl!!!!!!!!!!! GB

Sew Perfect
April 23rd, 2013, 11:19 AM
Jean, I find what you're doing so exciting! I love Germany. My DH and I lived there for 2 years and traveled quite a bit while in the country. You will love it too. The river cruises are wonderful because tits beautiful!

It sounds like you will have a wonderful time on all your adventures. Enjoy!!!

SallyO'Sews
April 23rd, 2013, 11:45 AM
Have a wonderful time, Jean! I'm going to work very hard at not wishing I could retire tomorrow.

laf512
April 23rd, 2013, 03:15 PM
Sounds like you have a great year planned!

Marmar
April 25th, 2013, 01:15 AM
Oh Jean, what a great plan!!!!!

The weather will be cold, but is a great trip you are planning.
A wonderful thing are the Christmas markets that time a year, you'll love it.
We checked and it is a long long drive from our home, so I don't think we can drive down there :(
But what you will hear for sure is this: ENJOY
http://youtu.be/oRA01Fg0WF0

You will be on the beautiful blue Danube......... (An der schonen blauen Donau.... in my best German ;) )

If I know our Jean, she watched this video and sweated bullets over how she could make those costumes better !!!