I made a list of big projects that need doing and hung it on the wall in the dining room (where I am sitting right now.) So far I have crossed one thing off:
Weeding the yard is on the list, and it is one that will never be crossed off. I'm pacing myself on that one. I'm trying to keep up with the front yard first, since I don't want my neighbors to be too unhappy with me. But, the back yard needs attention too. Sometimes I don't even want to go outside because it all feels so overwhelming. Like I said, I'm pacing myself and trying to just keep at it. This may sound like an excuse, but some of the 'weeds' are native wildflowers and I intentionally let those go longer because the bees and other pollinators need them. This in not bullshit! I am trying to tread that line between flowering and seeding -- I pull them when they are getting close. At least, that is my goal. The results is... scruffy looking. I will never have a manicured yard and I don't want one. That's not my style. I like a more wild looking garden, one that looks like it might hold a secret or two. But, I live in the city. People expect the front yard to be presentable.
Last Friday was my first payday without a paycheck. That was disconcerting. It took me about half the day to figure out what was bugging me. My pension checks have not stated coming yet so I have been more frugal than usual. My final check was bigger than usual since it included my vacation cash out, but it's a reality check to look at the bank balance and miss out on that every two week payday. On the plus side, I have taught two self defense classes since I retired and I do get paid for that.
One great thing about being retired is the ability to say Yes. Being free of the constraints of the M-F day shift allows for all kinds of different activities. I've had lunch out with friends a couple of times, and impromptu get togethers with some of my neighbors who are teachers. So freeing! And, just sitting on my front porch watching the rhythm of the neighborhood is extremely pleasant. (Just fyi, I've always been moderately good at saying No.)
I haven't created a schedule or structure for myself yet. I had thought that it would be healthy and productive to do so, but so far I'm just... unwinding, I guess. It feels strange to be without a schedule. But, I will adapt! I'm thinking that the morning might contain some aerobic exercise, like a brisk walk. Coffee and toast, newspaper, blog reading and then a walk. After that, the project list. Maybe. We'll see what happens.
I've got loads more to say about other subjects (family, T, friends, etc) but I think this is enough for one post. Pretty soon I'll be boring you all to tears with the excruciating minutia of my pedestrian life. Looking forward to that? :-)
Thanks for reading, women!