My First Blog Post

My First Blog Post

I live off the coast, in northern Oregon. I can see the ocean from my house. It sits on a hill, overlooking one of the most pristine bays to be found anywhere along the western coast of the United States. More on that in future posts.

I am a landscape designer, recently retired from the company I founded in 2001. Landscape design fed my passion for gardening and the outdoors. The work was rewarding and fulfilling, and I was my own boss. What more could you ask for from a job?

But I won’t miss the work. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my job. I had many wonderful clients that allowed me to express my creativity through my designs for their outdoor environments. I had a strong network of fellow landscape designers, contractors and vendors. These things I will miss.

I have never been a workaholic. I’ve had many jobs before I began my landscape design practice. I was always reliable, I went the extra mile. I’ve worked many late evenings and weekends, because that’s what was required at the time. But my work has never consumed me. I have looked forward to retirement from my very first job, making pie dough and washing dishes at Strauss Pies while attending junior high school in Elkhart, Indiana.

I have not had any difficulty in adjusting to my life of retirement. I don’t have trouble with finding things to do with all the time that is now available. I don’t feel guilty about doing absolutely nothing. I don’t feel the need to find a part time job. I do intend to keep my design skills intact by taking on occasional landscape design projects that come my way.

And I finally have the time to put those landscape design skills to work on my own home. My wife and I have owned our home for over 30 years. It was always a second home for us, a special place where we could get away from our work in the Portland area to relax, take the dogs for walks on the beach, enjoy watching the evening sun fall into the ocean. When we decided to move here full time for our retirement, we remodeled the inside of the house. It’s now time to work on the remodel of the outside.

So now I begin my new career…in leisure management! I intend to use this blog as a journal for all of the various things that I am passionate about. Travel, photography, music, the environment, climate change, recycling, current events, sports, landscape design, books and movies. I have several new hobbies that I plan to get started on. And sometimes, I may just want to rant and rave.

This is going to be so much fun!

Thanks for reading.

2 Replies to “My First Blog Post”

  1. Best of luck in your retirment, Roger! I’m happy to hear that you and Jan are happy along the Oregon coast. I enjoyed visiting with you and she in Portland when I came out for a visit with my friends. I am sure that the two of you will be very happy on the coast.

    I’m looking forward to reading what you are doing in your retirement. Will give me some ideas for when I get to that point down the road.

    Throw up some pictures of what you do with your home garden. It would be great to see what you come up with. I need to do some work on the front of my new house as well, so any ideas would help. 🙂

    1. Kendall…thanks for all of your help with my Homescaper website over the years. Retirement gives me the opportunity to work on my own garden for a change. I am in the process of a makeover, so I will be posting pictures as it comes together.

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