Thursday, December 1, 2011

Because I'm Retired I Can...................

  • Read in bed until 2 AM and sleep until 9 or 10 if I feel like it.  Were my darling hubby here, I would be doing the same-and he would have been the guy going down and nine and waking at seven.  Ships in the night.
  • Put on leggings or sweats, fluffy socks, and stay that way all day.  While I am always presentable, if you come over and didn't call first, it's my sweats you are going to see. Residual effects of being married to a dress for success guy who had to entertain on a minute's notice.
  • Start a book, decide I cannot put it down, and sit and finish the thing until it's done (except for eating-I never forget to eat!)
  • Start decluttering a shelf, see a box of old letters, and sit down and read them all, ignoring all else (except for food, I never forget to eat!).
  • Spend a day and a half doing absolutely nothing except for sewing from dawn to dusk. In this case, making twenty sets of six coasters for a sister in law who needed gifts for her employees.
  • Decide that I really want to see The Descendants, and drive up to the local movie theater to see the 11 am movie-where it is empty enough that no one cares if I crunch my candy or slurp my drink.  All without children or teenagers.
  • Jump in the car (alone or with friends/family) on the spur of the moment and take a drive out of town to see the leaves turn-without facing weekend drivers.
  • Decide at 12 to a meet a friend for lunch at 12:30-and spend as long a time at lunch as we like.  We may even take a walk afterwards.
  • Agree to go down to the shelter and volunteer for the day because they are short on volunteers.
  • Do my grocery shopping, Christmas shopping and errands. During the day. On a weekday. With unlimited parking available.
  • Take a nap-on the couch, in bed, or on the patio in the warm weather.  For no reason. Just because I feel like it.
I don't do these things all day, or every day.  Some of these I do rarely.  But I still can-whenever I want.  That's what counts.


  1. Sounds wonderful, reading about it. I've got similar freedom, but it's hard for me to just take it easy. Maybe that will be my goal for next year.

  2. Yes, that is one of the joys of retirement-the. freedom to do whatever you want with your time. Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend-the restaurant was empty as dinner is their busy time. After lunch we took a walk in the park.
    It is just a joy every day to be able to take my time with everything that I do. When I worked, I was always rushing trying to get everything done.

  3. New reader here, you are making me long for retirement... sounds dreamy!


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