Retired with Something to do

Younger women especially have said to me  since my family is grown and I’ve retired “What do you do all day?”.

I used to worry about having time on my hands but I have found ways to keep happily busy.  We women are fortunate because we have our homes to clean,laundry to do,and meals to make. I’m sure that you’ve heard the saying ” Men work from sun to sun ,a woman’s work is never done!” It’s trueit does keep us busy and “life occupied”. The work is on going and needs doing again each day.  I have to admit that my home is not as dirty as it once was with a family to care for. But my dogs do their best to close the gap.  Two long haired papillons are capable of leaving hair everywhere and they never pick up their toys.  Each morning I get dressed immediately,although I have dreamed of staying in my “housecoat” (do they call it that anymore?)til late in the morning.  Anyway the dogs are waiting to go out.  Here they must be on a leash at all times so out we go.  I take them out again walking in a different direction this time,just before noon,once again late in the afternoon and John takes them in the evening. I change after my supper dishes are done into my housecoat so he is still dressed and takes them for their final walk of the day. The walk once I’m up and out is quite pleasant especially along the canal where I often see water birds and just recently four otters. A mocking bird along the way greets me with his songs-just beautiful.

It’s time for breakfast and to gather clothes for the washer(some days) ,decide what I will make for our main meal of the day at noon . As I work around the house for the morning my TV is on as I listen tomorning shows-Fox and Friends or the Today Show etc.

I have meetings three times a week groups all of which I started by putting an item asking for people to contact me if interested. On Mondays our “Hooks and Needles” group meets-experienced knitters and crocheters help those of us (especially me) when we get to a stitch we’ve never done or if we have a tangled mess. Thursdays our book club will meet(once a month) ,and Fridays it’s our recipe exchange/cooking group.

We have a heated pool and when the weather allows(it’s been cold this year but many of us go everyday)we take advantage of it -it is a social occasion  as many of the ladies stand in the water and visit and there is an water exercise group -I have never joined in this one.

Once home again I am usually at the computer.  I love my computer!! Whenever I get stuck with a stain,or a suggestion of what to do with the leftovers-allrecipes.com- I’m there.  My sister Marcia and I have a perpetual scrabble game going on so I will check the computer to see if she has made a play and left me a note. We are close and she shares news about what her kids are doing and who has visited,and what she is makng for lunch,and how she is doing healthwise among other chatter about what is going on in the world and  with the rest of the family. I check Facebook to see what the kids and grandkids are up to and then I read email from friends up North and forward them some funny emails I’ve received.

Actually I check my emails before I walk the dogs in the morning and on the hour most days. I have found web sites for recipes and one that I am using to learn to crochet-there are great videos and I can play them over and over until I get it right!

Any time I have a question-for instance-what is the life span of a butterfly or where is Turkestan -I’m at the computer.

Stains,how long refrigerated items will keep-I’m at my computer.  Dickens has been itching-what should I do about that?  My computer is my friend.

More on this topic of keeping busy tomorrow because Lily is barking to go out. So long for now-I have a lot to do today!

 

A FEW HOURS LATER

Right now  I am waiting for my yarn to come from “The Knitting Warehouse” which I’ll use for a new (free) afghan pattern I found online.  I order the yarn although we have a JoAnn’s and Michaels where I can purchase yarn but often they dod not have the yarn specified in the pattern.  There is a yarn shop in Suart(about 10 miles from here) but they carry very expensive albeit fine yarns-too much investment for a beginner . Anyway while I’m waiting I found a knitted scarf pattern which should keep my hands busy until my afghan yarn arrives. When I am not actually knitting or crocheting I keep looking on the computer for EASY patterns-printing them and keeping them for later.

I mentioned my book club ,it is my responsibility to pick up the books and distribute them and gather those returned and take them to the branch library . Before each meeting I do computer research to find reviews,discussion ideas and the biography of the author of that month’s selection. I spend hours planning for each meeting.

So I read,do needlework,check out recipes for the recipe exchange and after my housecleaning is done entertain myself.

We have a Wii which we use for living room sports:mostly bowling and tennis but actually many more. John just hooked up the Wii to the internet so now we can watch movies from NetFlix which are streamed directly to our TV-no DVDs to return.

I spend hours at my keyboard practicing the selections from MY EASY PIANO book. They are all the nostalgic songs of years gone by-Blue Skies,Stormy Weather,I left my Heart in San Franciso as well as old timers-Bill Bailey Won’t you please Come Home  and hymns. Some I play as I would on the Piano ,others I use all the bells and whistles of my keyboard -differetn voices and rhythm  accompaniments. Sometimes I sound quite good-my husband says-he encourages my  efforts  while he has the TV to himself for those shows he enjoys but that I don’t care to watch.

When we want to do something together it’s the Wii or a jigsaw puzzle.  We are able to borrow books and puzzles here in the Park at the club house on the honor system-bring them back when we are through and remember to bring them back. Magazines-I like REAL SIMPLE and Martha Stewarts LIVING ,local newspaper and library books-plenty of reading and browsing material.

I have met so many people along my dog walking route that each time the dogs and leave we may not return for several hours as we visit along the way.  Some of our friends keep dog snacks and the dogs remember where each of them lives.

So that’s basically how I spend my time other than watching TV quite a bit, and talking with family nd friends on the phone. It is not too difficult to find something to do.

 

 

 

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