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Reporting from vacation

Monday, October 08, 2012

Ahhhhh. I know I was off for the weekend as well, but this is the first morning I woke up and thought--I really don't have to go to work today!!! I have great plans for my time off (about six months' worth to stuff into a week), and I have to admit I haven't done much of anything today. Saturday I did a "rough mow" on the lawn with my little riding tractor. I need to get out and mow it really well, mow the side of the road, and mow down to the lake and get the dam mowed down before winter sets in. I really do need to get some of that done today, and probably will here pretty soon. I also washed the outside of the windows. It has been so dusty this summer I could barely see out of them. Still need to do the insides, but the house is so much lighter I can't believe it. Yesterday, I went to church, went to the grocery store, came home and took a nap. Today, so far I have read an entire book, done a load of laundry, and started some split pea soup for dinner. I know, not much getting done, but it sure is feeling good.

I really do need to get some fall housecleaning done, and get some yard work done this week, and at the same time I have promised myself copious down-time to do whatever feels good at the moment. I know from experience that it takes about two days for me to start to get to the point where I actually feel like doing something.

I turn 64 on Thursday, so I am exactly two years from being able to pull full retirement for social security and my pension. I have a calendar set up at work, hidden behind my real calendar, and each month I mark it off, one month closer to retirement. I feel like a little kid, waiting for the first day of kindergarten, or to turn 16 so I can get my license. I can't reach 66 too soon. Just think, YEARS of vacation time in which I can do anything I want whenever I want, without having to worry about pleasing a boss.

I'm not with the program at all, still, as far was watching diet and exercise. I do eat a lot better when I am home, though. I'm rested and relaxed, and have time to actually do some real cooking. I spent $100 at the grocery store on Sunday, and have all kinds of good, healthy stuff in the fridge to eat. I also indulged myself in some of the thin bagels, cream cheese, and a package of lox, and got a small round of brie. I don't normally get such things, mostly due to the cost, but decided it is my vacation and I am going to indulge.

Take care of yourselves, and keep on blogging and working. I will be back on track soon I think. The job had just gotten the better of me again, and I haven't been able to do that and take care of myself at the same time. See you soon.
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    Hope you are enjoying yourself. I like that you read a lot, I like to do that too.
    I made 66, collect my social security now, but still can't seem to make myself retire! I work part time. It would be nice, I just can't make that final disconnect!!
    2967 days ago
    This part, "I have great plans for my time off (about six months' worth to stuff into a week)" sounds SO much like me!

    Enjoy your time off and doing your wants as well as your needs. You deserve it!
    2972 days ago
    If your list are things you WANT to do on your vacation, then go for it! And remember, all that window washing and working in the yard burns calories so you can't say you aren't track for exercise, it's just a different track! Reading a book sounds positively wonderful, glad you took the time to do that AND a nap.
    2973 days ago
    Women seem to have an easier time with retirement than men do. I live in an area which is full of retired folk and the men finish their household projects and then don't know what to do with themselves. All of the women I know (myself included) have PLENTY to fill our days with!
    Two years will fly by! You'll see! Pre Happy Birthday wishes for Thursday! emoticon emoticon
    2973 days ago
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    Enjoy your time off doing whatever you want! emoticon
    2973 days ago
    Enjoy your time off. I know you have a dozen things you want to do, but it's your vacation, take some time for yourself. you don't want to go back all tired out from working at home.
    I know we usually don't want those birthdays to come round, but in your case I can understand the yearning.
    I have thought about full retirement. I have retired twice always to get pulled back in. Once because I had to and the other because the family need me.
    I would have no trouble filling my days with all the things I do or want to do.
    It sounds to me like you have had a full day. At least by my standard.
    take care,
    Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2973 days ago
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