Posts Tagged ‘Retirement’

Where Has All the Time Gone?

January 31, 2009


Before I retired, I had read (several times) about men who suddenly had all this time on their times and couldn’t handle it.  I guess the death rate for newly-retired men is higher than one would expect.

All I can say is that I would like to find the person that has all my extra time on his (or her) hands.  So far I haven’t seen all that spare time I was told to expect.

Of course some of this is my fault.  Since I retired Betsy and I have landscaped our yard and started growing roses.  So I can understand that I have more to do during warm weather.

But now it’s winter and there is very little to do outside.  I’ll admit I sleep a little later in the mornings than I did while I was working, but I stay up later at night.  Household chores don’t take up any more time than they did while I was working.

Before I retired I dreamed of having time to read.  I don’t get one issue of my newsmagazine read before the next one arrives.  I started a history book three months ago and still haven’t finished it.  (This from a guy who used to read a book in a single day).  My stamp newspapers are piling up in my inbox — unread.

I have made pages for my stamp albums and mounted the stamps, but I’ve received just as many new stamps.  I have converted old LPs to CDs, but still have a couple hundred to do.  I’ve also worked on digitizing my old slides, but I’m still stuck in the 1990s.

Of course, I’ve started blogging, but, hey, a guy has to have some fun!!

I could tell you more, but I don’t have time.

Where Have All the Hours Gone?

July 26, 2008

I’m quickly finding that The Golden Years of Retirement are not at all the way I thought they would be during my working years.

I used to visualize having lots of time in which I could do all the things I didn’t have time to do while I was working.  To be perfectly honest, I was somewhat worried that I would be bored with not enough to do.

What a laugh!  Now all I want to do is find out why the days are so much shorter than they used to be.  Yesterday started out as usual — Betsy and I had breakfast and then we did our morning devotions.  I did some work out in the yard until noon, when we had our main meal of the day.  After the meal I worked on some of the many pictures I still have to organize and put into albums.  I then worked outside some more.

After our evening meal I  worked on some Christmas records that I’m converting to CDs.  (I’ve been working on those conversions for about four years and I hope I can finish within a year.)  Before I knew it, the weather was on TV and it was time to go to bed.

So where has all the time gone?  I know I’m not that much older and slower.  Someone must have cut out several hours from the day!