Retirement is being able to watch the sunrise without panic setting in as you contemplate a full day of work without enough sleep! I am still trying to establish a rhythm of sorts for my retirement day and my body decided that might start at 3:30 AM today! Rather than fight it I decided to go with it. The sun has now risen and the birds are rejoicing. I can hear the quail crowing in the bushes and the songbirds are just starting to herald the day. We seem perched in the midst of a bird strata rather than the 55+ community officially announced at our gate! Quail visit regularly and now they are bringing their children along for the community strut. Little Chats (considered rare so I feel doubly blessed) bob in between the tile rooftops, their yellow breasts promising more sunshine today. Bluebirds sing along the fence line and of course our resident humming birds buzz in and out of our yard daily. The rose-breasted thrush sing like nightingales and blend in a lovely cacophony of warbling and tweeting. I am no way near becoming educated in identifying the many species of songbirds gracing our backyard on any given day, but I am amazed at their variety and energy! So, as the rosy glow of the mountain sunrise creeps into the valley, I just have to say I am happy to be retired today!