Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On Being an Old Retired Guy


My friend John ran an interesting post with an eye-catching title in his blog last week: The Brutal Life of a Retired Guy. I was so sorry for him after reading it that I felt compelled to share my thoughts on what I've been doing and what we're planning now that Agnes and I are both retired ... he needs to know he's not alone - that others are sharing his misery.

For more than 20 years, I got up every workday at 4:00 AM. Nowadays, I sleep late almost every day ... usually until between 5:00 and 6:00. I only set the alarm if I need to be absolutely sure I'm up before 7:00 for some reason, like the end of the world.

I seldom know what day of the week it is, except in winter ... in winter, we watch more television, and know that it's "NCIS Day" or "Scorpion Day" or "Blue Bloods Day."

On days when the temperature and humidity are not murderous, I walk a few miles.

I spend a lot of time working on my blog ... I try to have three or four posts already written and programmed to launch on specific dates.

I spend a large chunk of each day working out in the yard. For the first time, I have a reasonably professional-looking herb garden, the grass is routinely mowed and trimmed, the siding has been power-washed, and I'm getting a head start on de-junking the garage. Who knows? Maybe someday I can get the car in there again.

Agnes and I share the cooking duties much as we did when we were both working. Since we both love to cook, this isn't a chore. I also love grocery shopping, so I tend to do most of that.

During the summer we spend a few days a week chauffeuring and entertaining our two local grandchildren. This is exhausting, and is a good reminder of why we tend to have children when we are young.

I am getting a lot of leisure reading done, and getting re-acquainted with the local library system (which is truly world-class).

We helped our daughter build a chicken coop.

I have received the training and served as an Election Officer in the last two elections. I plan to keep volunteering for future elections as long as they'll have me.

I'd like to write a book. So far, I've gotten a few pages of notes and ideas written down.

Agnes and I are planning more travel - out to Ohio to visit the grandchildren, back to Germany, more cruises, and some sightseeing trips around the country to see the expressions on the faces of the people who said "come and visit any time."

Okay, that's enough. I got tired just writing all that ... I think Mike is rubbing off on me.

Have a good day, and look forward to your own retirement. More thoughts tomorrow.

Bilbo

8 comments:

Duckbutt said...

I'm in that status too; and it's enjoyable. Even with the health issues.

John Hill said...

I tell people that I get up when I'm finished sleeping.
If a have an early morning appointment on my calendar, I put a 12hr reminder on it so I remember to set my alarm the day before.
See, old dogs can learn new tricks!

Banana Oil said...

Enjoy your retirement, Bilbo!

Gonzo Dave said...

Good luck with that garage thing...

And I really would like you to stop in if you ever get to Tucson!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It sounds like a busy retirement works for you.

Mike said...

I got tired just reading all the things you're doing. I need a nap now.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

....maybe in 30 years or so, if the pension is still viable.

allenwoodhaven said...

Enjoy yourself; you deserve it!

The best line I ever heard about retirement: I'll have to work until lunch of the day of my funeral.