About Me


I’m a former Human Resource professional. Former meaning I’m RETIRED!!!  I’ve successfully put those 60 to 80 hour work-weeks behind me.

My husband and I sold our house, put our stuff in storage, bought an RV, and set off to travel North America. We’ve traveled all over the western half of the U.S., part of Canada on our way to Alaska, and dipped over the border into Mexico. There is so much more to see.

I also love food, books, people, knitting, games, music, movies and writing about it all. I’ve written about all those things but, primarily I’m a Book Blogger.

My family is an important part of my life. I have a son, Christopher, living in Northern California with his wife and our grandson, Tx. My daughter, Candice, lives in Oregon with her husband and our two beautiful and brilliant granddaughters, Q and Lou. Our youngest daughter, Cerrin, lives in Southern Indiana. I occasionally post about my family although I try to be respectful of their privacy.

I hope you’ll visit me on a regular basis. Join in the conversation by commenting on posts or sending me an email at joyfullyretired AT gmail DOT com. Thanks for stopping by. You’re always welcome.

20 Responses to About Me

  1. Betty Mullins McGarry says:

    Loved reading about you. I am having the book issue. My husband and I have “tons” of books.
    I have passed some on…but…I have replaced some with new ones. Gotta quit that!! I do have the library close by and can order books online.
    So, now I do that most of the time. I’m tenth in line for a new one! I will wait.

    Have fun being a retiree. I am!
    Wyandotte ’59

  2. terri says:

    I just retired too! Curious where the photo on your header was taken – it looks like the Pacific Northwest – ?

  3. Scott says:

    Hi there — I like this blog. Your picture reminds me lot of my mother, but I suspect you’regetting a LOT more reading done than she does.

    I’m a reporter working for one of the bigger magazines on a story about the financial lifecycle. You seem like one of the happiest retirees I’ve come across. Would you like to participate? It’s pretty basic and we can provide a bit of free financial advice as a reward. Thanks…

  4. bermudaonion says:

    Margot, I tried to comment on your “What’s on My Nightstand?” post and couldn’t get the comment form to come up. I’m not sure if it’s me or if it’s your blog, so I thought I’d let you know.

  5. Sherrill says:

    Hi Margot. Remember me! My broher, Jim, told me about your blog. I am very new to this. Great to read. I will find out what you have been up to.

  6. Kelly says:

    Hi Margot,

    You’ve been awarded the Sisterhood Award. Stop by my blog for the details!

    Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work!

    The Novel Bookworm

  7. Mog says:

    Is that your van in the left hand column? Looks big and roomy.

  8. your baby sister..Karen Emilie says:

    So enjoyed the blog and the teaser regarding Agatha and good old Perot. Now and then I do read something other than the students’ Homework. Just finished a S is for Silence…because Don is in Texas.

  9. Sue Annand says:

    Hi Margot! I found you on Twitter. My husband and I are about to retire and we can hardly make it to the day when I am finally free. And that may be in as little as 6 months from now, if we decide we can retire just a little poorer. We will see. At any rate, I love your blog. I’ll keep checking in!

  10. Kals says:

    I just found your blog and I love it – especially due to the Agatha Christie centered posts 🙂 Just thought I’d drop by to say you have one more keen follower 🙂

  11. I just discovered your blog via Vibtant Nation and it’s great! I am not as eloquent as you and the women in Vibrant Nation but I possess great common sense and drive. I tried to create a website on my own but I do not have the patience. I do have a business page in Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/advertising/?pages#!/pages/Elisas-Custom-Creations/85949859260. I will surely follow your blog.

  12. Your accomplishments in retirement and all of your interests are to be commended. Joyfully Retired as a title for your blog says it all, Margot.

  13. I just found your blog and I love it – especially due to the Agatha Christie centered posts Just thought I’d drop by to say you have one more keen follower

  14. izzybella says:

    Nice to meet you Margot!

  15. Sharon says:

    I also just finished readig Mrs Miracle. Like the book better then the movie, although I enjoyed it. Huge fan of Debbie Macomber. Her series of numbered books are what got me hooked. I loved your idea for reading as many Christmas stories as possible. So far I have read four. What fun!! Thanks for such a fun Blog!!

  16. carole says:


    I wrote a story about wash day back in the “50’s so my kids would know what life was like for me as a young person. I thought it would be great if I had a picture of a Maytag wringer washing machine and I found one from your piece about these machines. I read all the comments made by your readers and the story you wrote about your mom; wonderful. thanks

  17. fran says:

    Hi Margot,
    I’m taking a blogging workshop online and investigating sites that are of interest to me. Focusing on sites dealing with writing, reading, retiring (I will retire from teaching in August, 2012). I plan to catch up on more reading when I retire, so your blog is a nice fit for me. I just finished teaching a course on memoir and can recommend some interesting books to you if you’re interested.
    Hope your hand heals quickly.

  18. Lindsay says:

    Hi there,
    I would like to share an amazing story, in hopes that you might have interest in sharing it on your blog…
    I met Dan Bigley in Alaska 11 years ago. I came to the state for a summer job at a campground at the Russian River. Dan came through the campground frequently to fish, and we became friends. A couple years after I met him, he was fishing at that river, and was mauled by a mama grizzly bear. He nearly died, and I remember thinking, “If this man’s body can survive this trauma, he will be just fine.” He did survive, though the bear left him blind. Since his recovery, he has done some wonderful things with his life. He is truly one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, and I am honored to be his friend. He has written a book, which will be on the stands on April 2, Beyond the Bear: How I learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear.
    Dan and his co-author Deb are interested the possibility of doing a Q and A session, a book give away to promote your blog and the book, or even guest blogging on your site if you feel that is appropriate.I’d be happy to send a copy of his book jacket and press release as well. Any help getting word out there about his inspiring story would be greatly appreciated!
    I thank you so much for your time, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

  19. Great to see your focus on books and living a spontaneous life…among other things, I do like to read (100 books last year)…as a retired academic, books are part of my life always… but many other interests too… my motto: Learn something new every day… sue


  20. j.j.kai says:

    Hello, Not sure how I got here but glad I came. I enjoyed your blog and posted a link to it on our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Way2age?ref=hl Happy New Year

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