The Retiree Diary in 500 Words or More..
The Retiree Diary is my first attempt at a personal blog. Through my blog I hope to share some of my personal journeys through stories, experiences, pictures, thoughts and perhaps even the odd rant.
I will share some favourite recipes, for both great food and absolutely wonderful liquid libations. If spice is nice and you have a hankering for the perfect martini or boat drink there will be something here for you.
There are book reviews on some of my favourite and recent literary conquests, many of which seem to fall into the biography and rock and roll genres.
Finally, but not lastly, I hope to share lots of experiences in living an active and healthy lifestyle complete with pictures, stories, and ideas/suggestions for you to try.
If my blog was a restaurant menu I would like to have it thought of as having a bit of everything, easy to digest, service with humour and a smile, and leaving you wanting to come back for more!
Who am I?
Hi, my name is Richard Baril a.k.a The Retiree Diary. I am 50+ years old (ouch that sounds old) and I recently retired after a long career in Public Service. I am a newbie baby blogger having lost my blog virginity just over a year ago. To say I am a work in progress is a bit of an understatement but I am learning quickly.
After graduating from high school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1982 I wanted to be the first heavy-duty mechanic/marine biologist the world had ever seen. Well not really, but I did toy around with the idea of pursuing a trade or the sciences in some fashion. It had a lot to do with my love of the water and my willingness to get my hands dirty.
During my first summer out of high school I had the opportunity to take a temporary clerical job working for the Federal Government and since I hadn’t made up my mind what I really wanted to do I accepted the position. The rest they say is history as I never did leave the Public Service until I retired in December of 2014. I can honestly say I was sort of born into the Public Service given that both of my parents worked for the Government and my Father retired after almost 38 years. So I was a second generation civil servant.
My career of 32+ years took me through many different positions and changes/amalgamation of departmental portfolios, but I primarily worked for one department or employer. I spent many years in progressively senior positions managing call centres, insurance processing units, various departmental programs and finally finished my career with the Federal Labour Program.
When the opportunity to retire early came my way I just couldn’t say no….. I did pause and reflect somewhat cautiously but in the end the pull of retirement was too much and I rode off into the sunset. By sunset I mean, hopefully, warmer days, less snow and a whole lot of sand in some shape or manner. Life truly is better in flip flops.
Currently I have relocated to the sunny Okanagan, the wine producing region of southern British Columbia, Canada, along with the love of my life, to build our retirement dream home and settle down into the second half of life. It really is the better half in many ways. I keep busy reading, trying to blog with some consistency, and actively pursue my love of a great red wine. The warm climate and the pull of the outdoors drives a lot of my current interests and drive for an active healthy lifestyle. Retirement, like my blogging, is still very much a work in progress so stay tuned, stay connected, and come along for the ride.
And…Thanks for Reading!
Please, take a look around my site, keep up to date with my ramblings on my blog, have a look at some of my book reviews and personal stories …Please feel free to send this newbie blogger lots of feedback…….just complete the contact form below, provide your comments, and click submit! It’s that simple. Cheers!