Redirection.

Today is officially my last day of being employed by the Victorian Department of Education & Training. I am not retiring (not quite at that magical age) but I have not been happy and felt that I needed some space to focus on directing my energy into areas I am positive about. Things like sustainability, food, bread making, environmental issues, waste management and of course grand parenting, painting and working on some much needed reno jobs. I am fortunate enough that our money man said we should be able to survive without relying on the soup kitchen, so why not?

So this afternoon, we had a little toast to my freedom of being able to choose which direction I want to take, while sitting in the back yard with one of the few glimpses of sun we have seen so far this Spring.  Watching the wattle birds and magpies shows we have come a long way from only seeing mynah and blackbirds on the block. Yes, the champagne bottle was carelessly placed onto the grass (chucked from the chair!).

champagne-bottleAfter the little toast ceremony I got stuck into working on stripping the hutch section of the antique dresser that will go into the kitchen. This unit is integral to a whole lot of other steps being able to proceed so I need to get it done.  This is me using the gurney to wash off the water based paint stripper I’d applied to remove the old polish and poly-urethane finish.img_4013This is the hutch after first stripping attempt. Lots of sanding, cleaning and waxing to be done yet.img_9446This is the base of the unit waiting to have the doors and drawers refitted. I’m really happy with the result. I’ve used a Carnauba  Wax finish and it is lovely and smells wonderful with its citric and beeswax base.DresserThe doors done and waiting on the base unit to come into the kitchen. I really think this old dresser will bring a sense of history to the room and I’m very excited about it. The hutch I’m working on is on the rear right of this base unit.sideboard-bottomGlenda’s Orange MuffinsOrange MuffinsA couple of months ago Glenda from ‘Passionfruit Garden‘ posted a recipe for orange/lemon muffins and we also had a giggle about conquering Ikea and its complexities. I made Glenda’s recipe for the orange muffins this week and came to the conclusion that Glenda is a much neater and far more consistent baker than I. Her muffins looked perfect and as you can see mine are a bit all over the shop. Never mind, they still tasted great and the orange syrup that goes over them at the last minute just sets them off beautifully. This was the first baking apart from bread I’ve done in the new oven so I’m still getting to learn its foibles which thankfully aren’t too many.

So, here I am unemployed for the first time in 42 years. Feels GREAT!

 

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22 Responses to Redirection.

  1. sallycool says:

    Good onya luv!! xx

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  2. Glenda says:

    Hi Maree, How wonderful to be “unemployed” I can think of nothing better. I was unemployed during the GFC and I had an absolutely wonderful time. You will soon find you won’t have time to work. I would try to get a wee bit of casual work. That is enough 🙂 BTW there is nothing wrong with your muffins. I don’t know how I jagged the muffin tops.

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  3. EllaDee says:

    From one recently unemployed by design person with similar areas of interest to another… well done 🍾
    Redirection, or recalibration as I recently described it… I think is the answer to an increasing dissatisafaction with the consumer-bigger-better-more-diposable driven status quo.
    During our travels we have met many people who, not eligible for government sanctioned retirement, have packed up anyway and are living the life 🌞

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  4. I like that term – redirection. Good to see you are keeping very busy with those DIY projects. Being somewhat in the same situation, I second the notion of having a few options up your sleeve – paid or otherwise. I’m always trying to learn something new (like iPhone photography) which keeps the mind tuned and appeals to my creative side. Looking forward to seeing the direction of your redirection!

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  5. Francesca says:

    Retirement age occurs when all the other interests and activities become far more important and when you realise that life is running out and you need another 50 years to achieve them.This occurred at the age of 58 for me, 57 for Mr T. You have so many other interests I am surprised you ever had time to go to work. So Congrats for finally pulling the plug. I’m throwing my empty bottle on your grass too.
    How did you find the water based stripper? Does it work? Your shield fronted colonial dresser looks identical to my old one I had in my ‘previous’ home. It has come up well and will look fabulous in your new kitchen and dining area.
    It must be the season for citrus syrup cakes. Must try Glenda’s muffins too.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Well said Francesca! I’m not sure how I have time to work either. Water stripper has been great, very different to use but much nicer. I haven’t seen many ‘shield’ dressers around, especially this big. It’s got plenty of warts but I quite like that. It must still grip at you at times about the things you lost…..

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      • Francesca says:

        It does. The shield dresser was a favourite – we had it for about 25 years or so and was bought in Camberwell with two weeks worth of wages.
        Enjoy every minute of your new life.

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      • fergie51 says:

        This one will end up costing about $260.00 in total. $180.00 EBAY plus stripper, sandpaper and carnauba wax. I think it was a great find!

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      • Francesca says:

        It was indeed. Though I have noticed that lovely colonial furniture and Victorian furniture is now much cheaper, thanks to the current vogue of mid century Scandi/Danish style furniture and so we are lucky. I think I could fill up my sheds with this treasure.

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  6. Congratulations! Sounds like you will have plenty to do and the creative juices are flowing. I would love to hear how the champagne bottle ended up in the middle of the lawn. Sudden burst of joy?

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    Wonderful, wonderful news! What a fantastic decision… I did the same thing 4 years ago and I have never looked back! Here’s to you and your grand new adventures! Congratulations!
    Liz xxx

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  8. foodnstuff says:

    Congratulations ! Life is definitely about doing what you want. Those orange muffins look simple enough even for me and the Girls are providing plenty of eggs, so I will give them a go. That dresser is going to look lovely when finished. Wish I was as talented and as good a cook!

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