Summer Spotlight: Pauline King

I guest posted on the lovely Jill Weatherholt’s blog and thought I’d share it with my dear friends over here πŸ™‚

Jill Weatherholt

In a serendipitous turn of events Jill gave me my guest post spot on my birthday. Not just any old annual event either, a momentous birth anniversary. The one where society deems you β€˜a senior citizen’. An older person, a past-your-best person – an old age pensioner, a retiree, a person with no place left to go but down..

Yes, I have reached the age of 65, from today I am officially retired and now all my time every day is mine and mine alone. Happy dance!! Tango, waltz, hip-hop, jive or jazz – dance with me, celebrate with me – I have never felt younger, or more together, or more content. I laugh out loud everytime someone says the word β€˜retired’. I feel like I am playing a monumental trick on the world – I now get paid by the government to live every day with nothing to do…

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32 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: Pauline King

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  2. I was so happy to hear about your being featured on Jill’s blog, also your comment meant a lot to me on my blog. I hope you did enjoy your birthday and will not mind I nominated you for an award… smiles, Robin

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    • Thanks for popping in Robin. I’ve been reading your posts for a while now and can’t believe I haven’t commented before – I don’t normally hold back πŸ™‚ I admit that I don’t ‘do’ awards, but heartily appreciate the compliment and thank you very much for it. πŸ™‚ And I shall certainly visit with your other recipients.

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  3. Wonderful post Pauline, I love your writing style. The only thing I am not in agreement with is I would choose to be a dog that was owned by me πŸ™‚

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  4. Wonderful post, Pauline! You have so much to celebrate and so much life to live! Being retired is pretty amazing–you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever found the time to fit work into your schedule! I can’t wait to see what you make!

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    • Me too Kerry! When the ‘to do’ list is finished I shall be in that art room and at it again – it has been sadly neglected these past six months! At the moment it still feels like I’m on holiday πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming by πŸ™‚

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    • I am enjoying it very much Elaine! My eldest daughter returns to her home later today so my partying week will be over and I can start work on my ‘things to do when retired’ list πŸ™‚ You are very kind to say that about my writing πŸ™‚ thank you!

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  5. It’s nice to meet you over on Jill’s blog today, Pauline. Your posts have a happy energy to them. Admire the crafty stuff, and I’m always open to reading about pets. Love ’em. Happy Birthday.

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  6. Belated happy birthday Pauline! Happy retirement! Enjoy every minute – as I know you will. And yes you really do look like you’re playing some monumental joke as you look several decades too young for retirement! : )))xox

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  7. Kym WISHES that she could retire! She is the same age as me Ms Pauline, in fact she is a couple of weeks younger than me! “Wish on Kymmy!” ;). I think I retired when I started having kids. I retired from society and became a “stay-at-home-mum” where I learned the value of staying at home and the bliss of wearing pyjamas all day, feeding your kids hotdogs out of an electric kettle and how to turn bran into something tasty…I tell a lie…you just can’t turn bran into anything tasty! I am assured by my now adult kids that I fed them hotdogs out of an electric kettle on numerous occasions but my almost addled brain still recalls the reason why I used my not inconsiderable clever-cloggedness to use the electric kettle (ran out of gas…whatchagonnadoeh? πŸ˜‰ ). Life is what you make it. If you choose to be sad about the years going past you won’t have time to see how amazing the years right here, right now actually are. I look in the mirror and there are wrinkles there that weren’t there last year…I get those wrinkles. They are telling me that I have spent time in the sun, that I have lived, I have loved and I have existed. I am proud that I made it to 50 and am looking forwards to whatever extra time I get from this point on. HUGE hugs to you Ms Pauline. I know a lot of people who suffer through their birthdays. Some of them wipe themselves out in order to bypass a day that they would rather not participate in. I eat cake…I watch the sunrise and the sun set and I celebrate the fact that I was born. Lifes bloody amazing and this little black duck isn’t going to waste it for the sake of a birthday or 50 ;).

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    • One of the reasons I love my birthdays is that my friends and kids make such a big deal of it – when I was a kid they were ignored. I feel every year is a victory and getting here is a major one! I am ecstatic about being ‘aged’ πŸ˜€

      Sorry Kym – if you come back to read any of this – you have a way to go but woo-hoo wait for it and it will be soooooooo much fun πŸ™‚

      I don’t believe a word you say about the way you fed your kids – but the wrinkles cause – yes, that is spot on! And I agree about the celebration of life. I believe it just gets better, it certainly is doing so for me!

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      • Same here Ms Pauline and this band of raggle taggle “Women of a certain age” has been a most revealing and delicious inclusion :). My friend who lives down the road tells me that she no longer has the breasts that she had when she was 20 but she certainly kept the bags that they came in ;). “Suck it up Kymmy, only 14 years to go!” πŸ˜‰ (note I am ducking furiously!) πŸ˜‰

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  8. What a special way to celebrate your birthday. And you are wise to have practiced for your retirement. Most people seem to try and avoid it which is not wise, in my opinion.

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  9. Well done Pauline, another interesting post. I’m looking forward to being retired too. How lovely to have each and every day yours to do with as you please! I have so many plans lol. I bet you do too. Congrats on the birthday too, glad you had a celebration befitting your status :). How cute and cosy, both boys on the bed x

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    • When do you retire Kym? I have been practising for it and arranged everything so that I am in the swing and ready to go! πŸ™‚ When my week with my daughters is over I have a [small] garden to plant out and then it is into my art room! I suspect the days will zoom by! Did you get my note on fb that your three lovely pieces had arrived for the dangler? I am looking forward to seeing what I can make of it all. My boys are starting to become friends – Orlando has capitulated and is tolerating the advances of the puppy and prepared to be in on the fun – as long as it doesn’t get too rough. I think it is lovely to watch to their processes and progress.

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    • Thank you so much Jill – you are fabulous! I have loved the opportunity to get to meet so many of your blogging community and some I am sure will become favourites of mine too. You helped make this birthday really special – I have loved it! xoxo

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