Retirement has had a lot of surprises that I didn’t expect. There is something just decadent about staying in a nightgown until noon. Who knew that researching garden seeds for hours could be so much fun? Hours and hours fly by while I’m knitting a challenging pattern. Life is wonderful in our home sweet home.
The most amazing unexpected benefit of retirement is just staying put. My first job came along when I was just 16 and employment away from home dominated my life from that day forward. A few weeks off for the birth of a child here and there doesn’t count. Vacation time was always spent traveling and never at home where the dirty laundry and weeds waited for me. But in retirement? The truth is I love being at home.
All it takes to do the chores is about an hour a day – vacuuming, cleaning, making beds, laundry. The rest of the day is spent on something that grabs my fancy. I’m a master at Angry Birds. I learned to weave on a tabletop loom. I learned to groom the dog myself. My kindle has over 100 books on it since retirement took over my days. My dahlias are stunning.
Volunteer work calls me away a couple of times a week. We have dinner out every Wednesday with the same friends. Once a week, we venture off the island to go to Costco or someplace else. But mostly, you’ll find me at home.
When we aren’t off seeing the world – and we do that a lot too – you’ll find me at home – loving every minute of it.