Just Sayin’ Life, 104: Do What You Love in Life and Retirement

Just Sayin’ Life:

How are you doing?  Another month has flown by, I know that I am fortunate to have a great group of friends and family.  Plus, I have been able to build a work life and retirement doing what I love – ceramics.  I am not certain if I am working full time or retired.  Actually, I work more than full time.  Clay is always on my mind and under my nails.

I read an interesting article about being organized for your week.  I think it is relevant to all of us whether we are retired or working.  The key ideas were:

Six Steps for a Successful Week:

Do what you love

Prep and Plan (Meals, that is)

Get Active

Set an Intention

Set an Alarm



Many of you know that I enjoy cooking.  What you might not know is that I am a pescatarian.  However, I cook all kinds of meat for family and friends.  Many of the recipes that I share are fish or plant oriented.  I do share meat recipes that are appealing.  Friends are always surprised when they have dinner at my house and I serve a roast.  They are even more surprised that it almost always tastes fabulous.  My family isn’t surprised.  None of them are vegetarians and I have been cooking a wide range of meals for the last 40 years.

Do you eat enough protein?  I discovered that I have not for most of my adult life.  Since the beginning of 2024, I have been focused on consuming the appropriate daily protein grams for my height and weight.  I am not trying to lose weight.  I am trying to stay as strong and as healthy as I can as I age.  Maybe these concerns resonate with you?

I have been learning a lot about what vegetables have protein in them and what lean proteins I am willing to eat.  What is very interesting is that I am eating more food than I have in my entire life and I am not gaining weight.  I am losing inches in the areas that were of concern to me.

Salmon dinner on a handmade ceramic plate. Doing what I love in work and retirement - cooking.

Pistachio Crusted Baked Salmon

This salmon recipe has extra protein in it due to the crushed pistachios in the topping.  This yummy topping has crushed pistachios, freshly grated parmesan cheese, panko, and lemon zest.  The lemon zest gives it a nice fresh zingy taste.


I had a chance to take an hour to visit the “Radical Clay” exhibit of contemporary Japanese artists at the Art Institute of Chicago.  This exhibit is very much worth a visit to the museum.  It ends June 3rd, 2024.  There is another Japanese exhibit opening running through August representing contemporary print makers.  I hope I can find a day to see this exhibit too.

japanese clay artist from exhibit radical clay art institute of chicago. Doing what I love in work or retirement by visiting museums.
mackinaw island original oil painting by christi dreese. Doing what I love in work or retirement by sharing other artists.

Did you know that Christi Dreese sells her home goods every week at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market?  She is usually painting an original painting too while she manages her booth.  Plus, she offers custom framing services.  Christi will even come to your home or office with matt and frame samples.


Each week, I am feeling more settled and organized.  I can actually locate tools now.  A rather important detail for a clay artist.  We love our tools!  I have been working on my large hand coiled porcelain bowls, new vase forms, and of course cups/mugs.  Since, I am in a new studio, I am working on a new, but similar line of clay work.  Remember, June 22 will be here before I know it.  The newly developed pocket neighborhood is just being finished.  The landscaping will be planted in the next ten days.  The artists who will be participating are:  Mike Westra, sculptures; Bev Hundley, original hand pulled prints; David Warmenhoven, paintings; Marushka, silkscreening demonstration, and myself, ceramics.   It’s going to be a fun evening.  I look forward to seeing you.  Please save the date on your calendars.

Take care, Cyndi

cyndi casemier working in the studio. Just sayin' life, doing what I love in work and retirement
Off the Tracks Art Pop Up show. June 22, 5-8pm. Doing what I love to do in work and retirement

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