Retirement Life

It has been so long since I have read blogs or posted! I retired and somehow got so busy that I can’t believe it. I have been slowly catching up on a huge yard that had gone back to nature and very neglected. I kind of like the back to nature look, but I am cleaning out dead bushes and at least making it safe to walk back there!

I somehow have once again attracted all of the feral cats in the area. I’m not sure if it’s a gift or a curse lol! We have five that show up to eat in the mornings. Two have been hanging around all winter, but they still won’t let me anywhere near them and run in terror if the back door opens. That’s okay. I have a few places set up for them to find shelter in secluded spots in the yard and make sure water is out. All of them are male and I think I need to see about trapping them and having them fixed. One appears to be fixed already, so he might just be someone’s cat who has discovered free food haha! We had to have our senior cat put to rest a few months ago. She was 23 years old. She was still very active, but had cancer and was going down quickly. I inherited her from my mother, and did my best to care for her. RIP Ethel!

I love playing Lord of the Rings Online, reading and taking walks. My days go fast! But, I am thinking about working part time again. I did get the steering fixed on the car so it isn’t a death trap anymore. I sometimes miss my cleaning jobs. I don’t miss the child care jobs so much. I have loved the children I have cared for over the years and have learned so much from them. I just don’t have it in me to do it anymore. Just give me my MP3 player with my audio books and a few bathrooms to clean and I’m happy. Make a little money and keep active! I have one cleaning job I do weekly and might add another to help support my gaming habit lol!

I see WP has changed since last I posted! I hope I’m smart enough to figure it out! I am going to go through my blog and clean it up a bit. Some of my old posts are pointless and depressing. No more of that for me. I don’t have enough live left in me for depression and negativity!

I hope everyone has been happy and healthy.

Update on Holiday Weight Gain Challenge

I posted about a holiday weight gain challenge after Thanksgiving. I was challenging everyone to enjoy the season and the treats! Boy, did I take my own advice! I gained 8 pounds! My goal was to gain 10, but I did get close.

After New Year’s Day I got back to better eating habits. I still am not quite where I should be, but getting better all of the time. Once that sugar gets hold of you, it doesn’t like to let go! I’ve lost 3 of the 8 pounds I gained so far. I guess that’s not so bad in a short amount of time.

A very dear friend gave us an Instant Pot for Christmas! I’ve been wanting one for a while but didn’t feel I could spend the money on something that wasn’t an actual need. I love that thing for making veggie soup! It’s very handy for cooking beans, too. It took a few tries to get the soup how we like it, but it’s so nice. Just put everything in the pot, turn it on, and let it do the work. No more babysitting a pan on the stove and the soup is done so fast! I set it for high pressure, 2 minutes cooking time, do a 5 minute natural release, then manual release and we have soup! Cleaning it is easy, too with only one pot to clean. I did make baked apple with cinnamon and it was okay. I need to make a cooking time adjustment next time as the apples were way too soft. But I love baked apples so I will do it again. I eat them by themselves or put some in my oatmeal.

As for the ongoing saga of my car repair problems. We saved almost enough to pay the car off so we can just get rid of it. I was going to get the payoff this week! Our shower had other plans. It decided to get all snarky and after my daughter took a shower, The drip it’s had forever became a drizzle. It won’t shut all the way off. Well, after a couple of weeks I got my water bill and it went up $20 because of this. That is a LOT of wasted water, so tomorrow a plumber is coming to fix it. There goes our car money again! I am just shrugging and not letting it bug me. At least I can get this fixed!

On the work front, I am still cleaning a few houses to add to my retirement. It keeps me active and I adore all of the people we clean for. I am not a good business person and I always become friends with the people I work for. It’s just how I am. I love how we can sit down together and chat for a while before I get to work. I don’t charge by the hour, but by the job so it’s all good. We always have things to share before we get to the work part of the day.

That’s my update for now. I’m nervous about how costly the plumbing is going to be and trying to stay hopeful that it won’t be too much!

Also, I am way behind on my blog reading but hope to spend more time on WP soon.

Take care!