Retired and Loving it!
by Alison Lisefski
Hi! I'm Alison, wife, mother, grandmother and now retired nurse! I worked with people with developmental disabilities as a coordinator of their medical care as well as other aspects of their lives.
I became a nurse when my middle child, a son pushed me into it because of his diagnosis of Autism. I had not a clue about how to take good care of him. He was sick frequently with upper respiratory infections as well as pneumonias and ear infections. I didn't know anything about Autism other than it was once thought to be from a "cold mother" not showing the child enough affection. I knew that was not the case!! My advocacy for him and others like him will never end!
I am a hobbyist and enjoy sewing and photography. I'm a novice at both but thanks to my husband, I am learning to use my Brother embroidery sewing machine and my new Cannon EOS Rebel camera that he bought me. I'm hoping to maybe make some money as an amateur photographer at some point in this journey of life!
I am now a part time Snowbird! I've left my kids and grandchildren for a few months in the sunny state of Florida. This will hopefully be an annual event since my husband and I bought a house here a few years ago when he retired. I'm missing the kids and grandchildren which is the only draw back to being in the South. I certainly don't miss the cold and snowy weather!!
My husband and I are Bikers as in motorcycles. I do not "drive" a motorcycle but ride on the back with my husband. We belong to a club called Red Knights which is an international motorcycle club for firefighters (either past or present FF's). We have raised a significant amount of money for the Wounded Warrior Project over the last few years. Besides the club, we've taken a few rides on our own to places like New England and Williamsburg, VA.
My granddaughters are the lights of my life! There are 4 of them, 2 at 2 1/2 years of age and 2 that are 6 months old!, Yes, how does that happen unless 2 sets of twins? No, there are no twins! Both my daughter and daughter-in-law were pregnant at the same time, TWICE! The girls are beautiful and growing so fast it's scary! I love spending time with them and making things for them and with them.
Ok, so now that I've told you about my life I'm trying to figure out how I ever had time to do anything when I was working!