Monday, July 9, 2018

Blowing the dust off the blog......

And in other news..........

I have decided to retire at Christmas.
This will be a reduction in money coming in but hopefully a better quality of life.
I will be frugal and learn to live on tuppence and a sticky toffee.
Life is very challenging at the moment.....but I am not being bombed or living in a war zone so I take each day as it comes.
I took my beautiful granddaughter to a toddler group for the first time today - it was really lovely but I found that I kept calling her by my daughters name! perhaps it was because last time I was at a toddlers group was with my daughter such a long time ago! and guess what my grand daughter is having for Christmas? a brother or a sister..how wonderful is that......
In a couple of weeks it will be the six week school summer holidays here...so I will have some free time regarding Nana/granddaughter duties....I am tempted to plan some visits to bloggers for lunch...be warned......I may contact you .....yes you....are you up for it?
My family from California recently came to visit and the house was full........it was lovely. The two young teenage girls worried me slightly initially as they live in a big house with a pool and an ensuite each...and here in blighty we have a down stairs loo and one bathroom upstairs.....I wondered how they would cope with having to queue to shower! but they were delightful....and found most of England 'so cute and pretty and green'.....we did Stratford upon Avon and Kenilworth and Warwick and sat out on the patio here braving eating al fresco (this was before the current heatwave) in a very British way...holding down the tablecloth and wearing fleeces and stopping the wind from blowing everything off the table....they managed very well.
Anyone watching 'The Handmaids Tale'?.........thoughts?

4 comments:

Nana Go-Go said...

My Daighter-in-Law was doing a pension forecast for me the other week and discovered that my date of retirement has been brought forward by 2 years which means that I now 'get' to retire next May! My Boss double-checked with her accountant and it's true!! I'm going to be living very frugally but at the same time, I can't believe my luck! 10 more months and I'll no longer be a wage slave!!I also have mixed feelings about it too though e.g. no real structure to my days but I will have more time to devote to my Mother who will really need help by that time if things continue as they are and also to my fantastic Granddaughters, although their Mummy intends to go back to work full-time next August but I'm determined not to fill my days just doing things that other people have a use for me for, no matter how much I love them. I used to take my eldest Granddaughter to a Mother and Toddler's Group when she was small. It was great having the chance to get involved all over again. I am watching 'The Handmaid's Tale' and I'm loving it. I tried to read the book years ago but couldn't get to grips with it but I'm avidly following the series. It's so rivetting. Someone I know stopped watching it because they said it was so slow but I think that's the way it's supposed to pan out. Are you enjoying it, Libs? Wish we lived closer. What larks we could have!!!

Bea said...

-glad the Californian contingent loved the visit. Coming from here, I think we tend to go ga-ga over a place where the hills stay so lovely and green when ours turn golden. Also, Blighty is tops.

I have watched the show and find many of the scenes tough to watch. I recall reading the book back in the 80s and being transfixed. It's dreadful to think that we as women could be reduced to being thought of as 'baby-ovens' by those who make laws.

Did you see the film adaptation of the book with Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Aiden Quinn, etc.? I thought it really well done.

gz said...

Its a relief when the pension arrives...I was ready for it at 60 and got hit by three or four moves of the goalposts...nearly four years of waiting!
Its surprising how many things you realize that you don't need when you have to economize...and are perfectly happy without!!
Glad you had a good family visit. We visited my husband's son in Wooton Wawen recently...so dry!!!

sensibilia said...

Oh Wow, that's two great pieces of news! Congratulations on having a definite date to retire, and big congrats on the second grandchild! After the wedding in March we are confidently expecting to hear of a pregnancy some time next year, and just anxious that we will be creakier and less active by the time our services are required. I'm 65 already, and was talking to Mother-in-law (93 and 3/4) on Saturday about how much difference each five years makes - she was 60 when our eldest was born. You are lucky to be enjoying these years with your little grand-daughter. I guess elderly parents are the background to the harder bits you touch on. Commiserations on that.

Blowing the dust off the blog......

And in other news.......... I have decided to retire at Christmas. This will be a reduction in money coming in but hopefully a better qua...