Peace and Joy
year has brought some significant changes to our lives. My mother,
Freda Brooks Hadley, died relatively peacefully Sept. 22 at the age of
90 at the Kingswood nursing center. My mom always supported me and I
will miss her very much.
the spring, Randy’s company, WRQ, was merged with its largest
competitor, Attachmate. That accelerated the change that was already
under way in the company since it had been sold last year to private
investors. At first, Randy ended up with sort of half a job, but then was
promoted to what seems like a job and a half.
other big change in our lives is my retirement. My last day was Dec. 2,
and, so far, I’ve been quite busy
buying a new computer and doing Christmas stuff. I was very happy with
my job, my beat, and the people at work, but I was just tired of the
40-hour-a-week treadmill. I plan to volunteer, exercise,
read, socialize, birdwatch, play golf, enjoy my hobby of computer programming,
surf the Internet, hike, fish, kayak and travel. And no doubt
I’ve forgotten a few things. I got a very heartwarming
send-off from my colleagues at work.
has been working on building a double kayak and is nearing the end of
that. He has enjoyed that tremendously, though it’s taken
longer than he expected. Our kayak group went to the Misty Fjord
Wilderness in Alaska in August, but I backed out at the last minute
over my concern about the bears. They did see grizzlies but had no
wish you the very best in health and happiness for 2006!