Thursday, December 20, 2007

Retirement-AT LAST


After 35 years of faithfully serving the people of the State of Minnesota, my dear husband Jim is retiring. Alleluia!
Lori Swanson, the current Attorney General, presents Jim with a placque acknowledging his service. Grand-daughter Olivia shares the center of attention, of course! Uninvited, I might add! An observation was made that based upon her energy, perhaps she might become a future Minnesota Attorney General!
The man on the right is the ever-popular Warren Spannaus who was Attorney General when Jim first started practicing law. Current and former colleagues, clients of the state of Minnesota, secretaries, judges, friends and our family attended the gathering to wish Jim well and to give him a send-off into the unfamiliar territory of leisure. Since I retired in 2003 I've been waiting for a playmate, and we'll begin our sojourn immediately after the holidays. Where? South of the border, of course.

32 comments:

  1. ohh congratulations to Jim!!:)

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  2. Congratulations to Jim, Kate! Enjoy Mexico!!

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  3. I wish you and Jim many happy "free" years together and health, health and again health!
    I know, you can enjoy every coming day!
    Happy Christmas time to the whole family!

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  4. Kate -
    Congratulations to Jim! I enjoyed to post today, I am sitting at Caribou Coffee with my Uncle Jim who just retired last week. I showed him your photo and he got a good laugh. Thanks!
    - Mitch

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  5. il doit etre content, alors direction le mexique maintenant ? cela changera de la neige ;o)

    He must be happy, then the direction mexico now? This will change the snow ;o)

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  6. Congrats! Enjoy the next part of your life.

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  7. Congratulations to Jim! Oh what a great day to begin living in freedom form the "timeclock"! What a great Christmas gift! Rob

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  8. Congratulations, Jim.

    Retirement is nice and it lasts forever.

    You will have fun back in Mexico and I think that is where I first read Kate's blog. So have fun, live long and keep on blogging.

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  9. Congrats to Jim (& you!) & the future Attorney General!

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  10. Congratulations to Jim! Have a great time in Mexico!!! Keep us posted!!!

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  11. Wow, congrats!

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  12. Dear Kate and Jim! a hearty congratulations to you both for this achievement. Now there will be no holding back, the two of you will be off and seeing the world :)

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  13. Congratulations for Jim, take this future times to relax, travelled, and enjoy this new life rythm.

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  14. Congratulations! And Kate, your husband is so handsome.

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  15. congratulations to him! Don't know if I'll ever make it to that for me. :)

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  16. Wonderful! Congratulations to Jim and all good wishes for a great retirement together - and looking forward to more wonderful photographs of Mexico!

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  17. Congratulations to Jim! Sounds like you both will have lots of fun in Mexico. I look forward to your pictures from that part of the country.

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  18. Congratulations for your husband and of course for you. Happy New Life forever and many cheerful days in the warm of Mexico. Today post is dedicated to you!

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  19. Congratulations to Jim on a well served career. What a sense of satisfaction. And now, ENJOY!

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  20. Congratulations and thanks for the years and years of faithful government service. I just read that a retired husband is a wife's full time job so it looks like you will be busy Kate!

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  21. Congratulations to your handsome playmate! What an accomplishment! Well done!

    And Olivia will get my vote when the time comes ;-)

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  22. Congratulations to your husband Jim. Ah, there is nothing like retirement. Now you can do what you want when you want (sort of). I'm glad you will be able to go to Mexico agin. Soon.
    Happy to see your banner is back to the old size. I guess blogger got too many complaints.
    Have a very Merry Christmas Kate.

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  23. Congratulations to him--I hope he has a long happy healthy fun retirement! YAY!

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  24. Wow Kate, I am glad for you both. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Congratulations Jim. By the way lovely grand-daughter!

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  25. Your next adventure begins. Two retirees in the house can be challenging for the first few months. I am sure you two are up for the challenge and I know you'll figure out a wonderful new retirement lifestyle.

    Kate, thanks for the kind words about the necklace. After Christmas I might make another. Do you crochet?

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  26. I hope he enjoys it as much as I am enjoying mine!

    Thanks for your pictures throughout the year, and for your contribution to the City Daily Photo network.Have a joyous Christmas and a Happy New
    Year,
    from South Shields Daily Photo

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  27. WOW Congratulations to Jim!! How fun now you folks can really enjoy :)
    Hope your holidays are wonderful..

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  28. Congratulations to Jim, Kate!
    Enjoy your vacation!

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  29. Anonymous7:38 PM

    Congratulations Jim. Look forward to seeing you in Mazatlan in a couple of weeks

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  30. Wow! What an achievement!?!?!

    Now you and Jim will have more time to travel.

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  31. Congratulation to your husband Jim. So lot of wishes to you. The first is to keep you both in health, the second to enjoy in your nest trip (please don't forget to share with us your usual wonderful photos) and the last but not really the the last: I'd like to wish you both a very Merry Christmas that your ancestors would have said: Buon Natale da Fabrizio.

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  32. congratulations, well earned indeed! I just hope that Jim has the ability to relax and play, many who have been dedicated to long and demanding careers find it hard to adjust! Kate, you will have to show him how it's done!

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