Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Retirement is a funny situation to be in.  It is like you are enjoying life on the one hand and feeling guilty for being so happy on the other. I used to write long lists of what I had to do each day and never stopped working until the list was all checked off.  That made for some late nights.  But this year, my third year of retirement, I've stopped making lists.  And I'm amazed at how happy I have become. 

I let a lot of things go now.  My dear husband will tell you I stopped cooking and buying groceries and planning menus.  I stopped when I had health issues but things are getting better.  My one regret in life is that I stressed out over everything in life ...everything... and didn't enjoy life more when I was younger.

The only problem is that now dear husband is stressing out over the cooking and grocery buying, let alone the planning for meals! Poor man!  He has other things to do on his to-do lists since he is retired.

I spend a lot of time relaxing in the shade on the deck dear husband built for us.  I love the geraniums he planted! Most of all, I love the swing he put together for me for Mother's Day!  That is where I read!  And there goes those lists again...lists of books to read!

I'm spending HOURS each day in this swing reading biographies of famous people I was curious about when I was younger but never had the time to read just for pleasure.  Currently from the library,  I'm reading Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life: Sophia Loren.  I've just finished  Miles Gone By : William F. Buckley, Jr. and Leonard: My Fifty-year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner.  I have Bring On The Empty Horses: David Niven waiting on my desk to start.

Although I am enjoying all this down time and my health issues are improving, I feel rather like a "lazy lady".  I feel like I should be making those lists again and being more active.  Maybe ease back into it!  Maybe take dear husband out to lunch when he takes me back to the library to return all those biographies! 

Do you become a "lazy lady" and read for hours?  Do you read biographies?

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Lottie, how delighted I was to see My Blue Cottage pop up in my blogroll! I'm so proud of you for being lazy, but you know you're really not. You're doing things that are better for you and rewarding yourself with this time you have earned.

    I've jotted down each of these biographies because I finally have more time to read now. We moved to FL, turned the business over to 2 sons, and I am no longer doing the bookkeeping for it. I feel as if I've been released from prison! My husband is still working part time here, for our son-in-law, but he would be miserable with nothing to do.

    Sometimes I make lists but they tend to be things I'm afraid I'll forget if I don't!

    You keep on enjoying your days now because you sound very content,

    1. Thank you Dewena! I am content, more than any time in my life. Congratulations on your move to FL. Sounds wonderful! Can't wait to hear about your new life on your blog. :-)

  2. That's why I very seldom read, I never get anything done because I don't want to put the book down. I agree with Dewena, you have the right to be "lazy" which I'm sure you aren't. take care of yourself first!

    1. Thank you Sylvia! I often don't read when it is a holiday or something is going on and I have to put the book down because, honestly, I forget what I read and have to start over! You are right, we should take care of ourselves first. :-)

  3. Your porches look great!
    I will be a somewhat "lazy lady" this week
    as I am out of school for summer and usually
    the first week I am off, I just try to relax
    and regroup then get going on my lists the next
    Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

    M : )

    1. Thank you Melinda! Glad to hear school is out and you are taking time to relax! Looking forward to you and Mr. Ken's travel photos this summer on your blog. Always feel like I am on the trip with you! :-)

  4. Your swing is so charming, Lottie. It was good to see you were blogging again. I missed you. Sometimes lazy days are the best days, huh?