Retirement /Free Days

For those of us enjoying our retirement years, watching, or listening to today’s news is disheartening at best. If any of you are like me, watching or listening to such news tends to put me in a funky/crappy mood. The secret to avoiding this so-called news, whether it be on TV, social media, Google, or whatever is to not watch or listen to it. I know – hard to do, but it can be done.

Usually, I pop out of bed anxious to tackle whatever I placed on my “To-Do” list the night before. But there are days I wake in a so-so mood and don’t really feel gung-ho about the day. How do I handle those days? Well, I have come up with a wild and crazy method to avoid becoming funky/crappy. I try to envision myself at an age without a care in the world (whatever age that might be). And the next thing I hear are words telling me that due to the weather, a snow day, storm day, humidity day (What? Living in Florida, it could happen) has been declared and today is a “Free Day” meaning I don’t have to do a thing today other than what I feel I want to do.

I know, many of the retirees reading this are saying to themselves: Being retired, technically, all our days are free days. But are they? We all know that being retired doesn’t mean we do not have responsibilities. We still must do this and that – you know chores and other things that need to be done. But as we all know, sometimes we put off cleaning the bathroom until tomorrow or vacuuming Wednesday instead of Thursday. Either way, one day or another those chores must be attended to.

But have we ever truly given ourselves a “free day?” You know, a day that we have a full 7 or 8 hours of “free time” – me time away from your usual retirement day. And once we decide to utilize that time the question arises – how are you going to spend these 7 to 8 hours of free time?

Are you going to play games, watch that weird or action movie you have been putting off? Perhaps, you are going to try your hand at that Sudoku puzzle that has had you stumped now for days and work it until it is done. Or perhaps you have been wanting to start that 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle you keep coming across in your office and decide now is the time to start it.   

Maybe you have always had the desire to cook but never found the right time to try it – perhaps now is the time to attempt cooking that favorite meal you have been thinking about. Or now may be the time to sit down and learn some of the various applications on your phone. With our cell phones being like minicomputers, how many of us retirees use these high-tech tools to their full capacity.

Here is another thought. My wife and I recently had to dig through some old photographs searching for a photo of the Grand Canyon from a trip we made many years ago. Now may be the time for us to begin putting old photos in some type of chronological order so our children aren’t burdened with that project after we are gone. Free day!

Another thing to do on so-called “free days” is to watch old movies. I like funny movies – not slapstick stupid funny – but movies that resonate with life and possibly remind us in a funny way some of the blunders we may have made during our lifetime. During this free time, watching an old comedy film, or anything for that matter that gets us smiling, laughing, and our minds off what is happening in the world today would be worth the time devoted to it.  

I could start writing another book or better yet get back to reading one of the two I started months ago. Anything – the goal is to forget all that may be happening in the world today for a few hours – and just relax in the moment.

The whole premise of this “free day” is to grab a block of time free of responsibilities and schedules for yourself. Who knows, we may enjoy ourselves so much that we may decide to have a free day once a week or perhaps twice a month if only to improve our mental, physical, and emotional needs during these wild and crazy times. And guess what, being retired, here’s the kicker – we can do this whenever we want no matter what the weather is outside.

Okay, that provides you with my rants and raves for this week’s post. But seeing that I like to make my readers smile and laugh – now to the comical side of me.

Here’s a thought:

If we seniors had our own Television Network, chances are we’d be watching shows like:

Saturday Afternoon Live

The Price is Right if I Can Use a Coupon

Law & Order: Get Those Kids Off My Lawn

And while watching those shows we would have some Cocktails for Seniors – you know like:

Gin and Panic

Iron-Poor Bloody Mary

Long Island Lukewarm Tea

Well folks, that’s all for this week’s post. Y’all have a good day now, ya hear!

Until next time!

Thoughts for Today!

The thinker

Didn’t really know what to share with everyone this week, so I decided to share a few thoughts that hopefully will get everyone smiling.

Men are like parking spots; the good ones are taken, and the free ones are handicapped.

My teacher pointed at me with his ruler and said, “at the end of this ruler is an idiot!” I got detention after I asked him which end he was referring to.

I’m one of those people that laughs at a joke 3 TIMES:
>> ONCE when it’s told to me
>> ONCE when it’s explained to me
and
>> ONCE 5 minutes later when I finally understand it

I dream of a better tomorrow… where chickens can cross roads and not have their motives questioned

Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.

I was standing in the park wondering why frisbees got bigger as they get closer. Then it hit me.

Pop, what’s it like to have the greatest son in the world? I don’t know son… You’ll have to ask grandpa.

Okay, so I think it is time to bring this week’s post to a close so here is what I am going to do:

I’m going to stand outside. So, if anyone asks, I am outstanding.

Y’all have a nice week.

Until next time!

Life As I See It!

Happy Old Couple!

Life, one can only envision how it will be
We are born, develop, grow, mature, age, and die 
Along the way we love, marry, raise children, and make friends
In the short run while this may be true, nothing lasts forever

Some look upon life as a journey
Others see life as a constant challenge
A few have no idea what life is about
Everyone looks upon life in different ways 

Is the glass half empty or half full?
Are we the optimist or the pessimist?
Do we wake up smiling and go to bed happy?
Or are we always grouchy, sad, or depressed?

Hurdles must be confronted head on
There is no hiding one’s head in the sand
They will not go away by themselves
The sooner this is understood, the better

Disasters take many forms
Financial, health, and tragedies come to mind
Families and friends show their true colors
Which shows that life is worth living? 

It is how we take the journey
Rise up to the challenges
Seek the meaning of life
That serves to identify who we are

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Until next time! Stay save my friends.

Pigeon English

I am going to enter this new year with a fresh agenda regarding my writing.

To start, let us look at some of Will Roger’s quotes to see how many make sense.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

Hmmm, that makes sense especially how the economy is today.

There are three kinds of men:

The ones that learn by reading.

The few who learn by observation.

The rest of them must pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. (First two I would have to agree with but the third – Nope, not me!)

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. (Been around that block more times than I care to remember)

Thinking about them makes a lot of sense to me and that being said, this will be a short post. But before I go, here is something funny to think about as we enter our second week of 2022.

The DMV is a place many of us are not happy to go to for whatever reason, i.e., renew our driver’s license, pay for our auto tags, renew our manufactured home tags and so forth and so on. You got it right, the DMV is going to take the brunt of my comical side today.

Why don’t we like going there? Let’s face it – walk into any DMV and chances are you will find quite a few – in fact many – of America’s most pleasant, hardworking people – and what are they doing – why doing one of our most favorite pastimes which is – waiting in line for a DMV employee to get back from his or her break. 

Ever wonder what it meant when someone tells you to eat an apple a day? If you say or think, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” that is not the reason I had in mind. I mean, think about it for a moment. What else could it mean except “eat seven apples a week.” Stay with me – it may, I say – it may get better!

Here’s a question for you – If you happen to buy scented toilet paper, when are you supposed to smell that stuff? My guess is that there were several people doing it wrong for a long time.

Coming from Pennsylvania Dutch country – certain areas spoke what they called Pigeon English. My only concern is that when you go to learn Pigeon English, couldn’t that be rather messy? Had enough? Okay – I will do my best to come up with better material next week.

They are not listening to me!

That’s it – Until next time!

What Is Meant by Twilight Years?

When I woke during the night thinking about what I wanted my next post to be about two words popped into my head.

Twilight Years!

What are twilight years? Well, some would say, twilight years, oh, that’s just another reference to old age. And what is old age, well, old age is when we feel it is time to write our memoirs.  

Let’s take this old age situation a bit further and look at what other people think about old age. If you happen to be Greek, they believe your twilight years don’t begin until age 68. Bounce up to France and they are of the opinion that one starts to feel grey at age 63. I also read somewhere that most Brits (the English) are of the opinion that they’ve hit old age before they even turned age 60. So, in some circles, one might suggest that age 59 is the year we should consider ourselves officially “old”.

Having reached the ripe old age of 81, I prefer to go with that old saying Mark Twain wrote – you know the one I am talking about: Age is an issue of mind over matter. “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

At my age, some days I wake up just raring to get into whatever the day will give me and then there are days when I wake up and just want to roll over and say, nope, not today. I need 30 more minutes, and Oh, could someone get me a cup of coffee before my feet even touch the floor.

I have concluded that I don’t worry that much about getting older or what “twilight years” means. Nope, I just get up, head to the bathroom, look in the mirror and say to the person looking back at me (by the way, forgive the vernacular as it wouldn’t get the feedback, I so desperately need were I to phrase it differently):

Screw it, this is as good as it is going to get!”

Until next time!

Happy New Year Everyone!