RETIREMENT – DON’T LET THEM PUT YOU OUT TO PASTURE NOW’S THE TIME TO LIVE!
So, you decided to step out and take life’s great adventure, Retirement!
Day 1… It hasn’t sunk in yet, I’m still getting up at 4:30 am whether I need to or not! When you’ve done something all your life it sure is hard to change. But, I have the rest of my life to try. That’s the great thing about it.
Wow I get to enjoy my first cup of Coffee before I have to rush out of the house. Oh yea, I don’t have to go anywhere, I’m loving it! I think I’ll just relax for a few days, before I decide to tackle all the thing that are waiting for me to start, And to get finished.
It’s about 11:00 am, and about four Coffee’s later, I’m still Blogging. You know, I’m enjoying this already.
I decide to make a list of things I need at the store, one of them is a Day Planner. That way I can keep on some sort of schedule, and write a To Do List. Well, you know I thought about it and decided that I could make my own. I’d just get on Print Shop, it would be fun, no driving (that’s why I retired in the first place, I’m tired of driving the Bus), and I wouldn’t spend any money. I keep forgetting, I’m on a budget now, no more what you see is what you buy! This is gonna be easy, I can do this.
Boy does time fly, it’s one o’clock, I completely missed lunch! I was used to getting about 15 min. for lunch at work, now I didn’t get any. Better get that Day Planner done soon and schedule myself lunch! Don’t want to miss too many lunches, I’ll get skinny! But you know, it was worth it, I did designed a really Pretty Cover for the thing. Guess I’d better get to work on the inside of my wonderful Day Planner. Finally it’s all starting to come together, it’s about 4:45 pm, and I’m almost ready to print, I’m so excited.
Time to fire-up the Printer, haven’t had any time to use it for a while. I can hear it warming up in the office. Good thing, I’m ready to send the Cover, can’t wait to see it. Maybe I’ll start a home business called, “The When You Get Around-tu-it Day Planner for Retirees” I’m sure it’ll be a big hit, don’t you? But, anyway, let’s get printing. I push the send button on the computer, don’t hear anything happening. Now what? I run down the hall to the printer, I see that flashing light, oh darn, it says I’m low on Ink. How could that be? I’d bought ink, about a year ago or so. The only things I’d printed were some pictures, well, quit a few pictures I guess. You know what that means don’t you, a trip to town, best laid plans, you know how that goes?
I get myself ready, make sure all the Cats and Dogs have food and water, and that they are where they need to be so I still have a house left when I get back, and off I go. I’d better pull over to text my Husband, dinner will be late, I had to make an urgent trip to Wal-Mart, be back soon. We will have Pizza for Dinner (thank goodness for Little Caesars ). What ever happened to the Chicken and Mashed Potato Dinner I had planed, with desert too?
There it is Wal-Mart looming in front of me. Boy does that bring back bad memories! I used to have to drive a big Transit Bus thru there! If you think it’s bad for cars driving thru, you should see how the Wal-Mart people treat you when you drive a Bus. They are running out of the store like a Herd of Buffalo, running to their cars like they need to get home right away. Meanwhile they had just spent five hours Shopping!
I used to Love “Bugs” !
I keep telling myself, you can do this. I managed to fight off some lady in a little Yellow Volkswagen Beetle for the last a parking space. It was way out in the Kingdom Come part of the Parking Lot. She was good, I’ll give her that. I knew by the way she drove that she had done this before. I think she was the one that pulled out in front of my Bus the last time I drove thru there. Wow, I won, so chock one up for the Bus Driver, that’d be me. Now if I hurry I can get in and out, be on my way home, with the Pizza before my Husband is totally starved.
When I get in I see it’s packed, but how many people could possibly need printer ink? Obviously a lot of people are in the same predicament as I am. You know what that darn store does? They put everything together that you need and don’t need so you go home with more than you came in for. Did you ever notice that? They put some beautiful paper that would be great to print my Cover on right next to the Printer Ink, wouldn’t you know it, I would not have thought to have looked for expensive paper, if it wasn’t for them. They are smart, you know that?
I finally find the Ink, Oh, my gosh, in my hurry, I forgot to check and see what color Ink I am low on. Now what’ll do I do? The only thing I can do, get some of all the colors, and black, just in case. Drat, there goes the budget.
Mission accomplished, on the way out, I find a few Fall Decorations, my favorite time of the year. I make a note to self (in my Beautiful Self Made Day Planner), to take a day and do something with all the Fall Flowers, The Scarecrow, The Pumpkins, and few other things I definitely needed to make everything look nice. I know you’d do the same thing, right?
Life’s little perks – a trip to Wal-Mart for Fall Decorations!
God’s Beautiful Bounty, Enjoy, and give Thanks to the LORD.
I’m finally ready to checking out. It’s time for a new cashier. I was watching my Phone, (don’t have a watch) it only took about 20 min. for the new cashier to get ready to ring us up! Now, I’m one of the Buffalo Herd running for their cars because they spent too much time shopping in Wal-Mart. I make it to my car before all the old people, boy does that make me feel good. Nice to hear the Jeep start right up. I even get out of the parking space without incident. I have one more intersection to get thru so I can leave Wal-Mart behind, then I’m home free and off to Little Caesars. But, there she was, sitting across from me at that intersection, giving me the evil eye. I knew it was her when I heard her roar up her Little Yellow Volkswagen Beetle. I knew I could take her, after years of driving a Bus, I’d had learned how to intimidate other drivers. I roared up my Jeep too, sounded really good. She started her move, but, I had my foot on the brake and gas pedal at the same time, off the brake my foot came and I made a 90 degree turn in 2 seconds flat, I left her in my Wal-Mart dust. Boy, does driving a Bus for years give you good training.
There was no problem at Little Caesar’s. Thank goodness for Hot and Ready Pizza. I got extra napkins so I could test a piece before I served it to my Husband, it’s all good. You know, you could go crazy by the time you got home if you didn’t try at least one piece?
Fall’s Last flowers show their Beautiful Face’s before the Harsh Winter comes…remember
There he is my Handsome Husband waiting for me, I don’t think 7:00 pm is too late for dinner, do you? We finally settle to eat our delicious Pizza, I tell him the Story about my wonderful day at Wal-Mart. I know will just fascinate him! He listens, eats, tells me Good Night, I Love You, shakes his head and walks off to bed. Wonder what that was about? Guess he had a hard day, he didn’t say much of anything during dinner? Wonder Why?
It’s late but I guess I have time for one more cup of Hot Coffee before the end of the day. I took my seat on my favorite chair out on the Front Porch to pondered my first day of Retirement. I realized that all the years of hard work really does pays off, when you can look forward to fun days like this.
Think I’ll do it all again tomorrow, have a Good Night, see you about 4:30 am.
One warning to the Wal-Mart Lady, I’ll be back, and next time I’ll be driving My Truck!