Thursday, October 13, 2011
The routine of one retiree
The Sam Houston construction project has finally hit my neck of the woods,so now I'm going to have to use alternate routes. Using the routes is not so bad; it's remembering that's usually more difficult, after so many years of taking the same route. The Palmwood to Sam Houston inlet will be a one car at a time lane, most of the day. I'll get used to it because I haven't used the Red River to Citizens Hospital in a long time. Progress, sometimes you love it, sometimes it's not so good.
Now that my wife is retired, she's gotten into this kick of using everything in the freezer and the cupboards before we buy more groceries ,except for the perishables. I guess that's a pretty good plan but when she was working, her mind was elsewhere, now there's a to- do list, a grocery list, and a cleaning list on the refrigerator. I Hope this is just a retirement phase she is going through and things will eventually get back to normal. I wonder if she'll notice if I throw out three boxes of hamburger helper,that I have hidden in the back of the cupboards?
Right now I'm getting tired of Rim, the makers of my Blackberry cell phone, having so many problems. Their stock prices are dropping quickly and the company might not be able to stay alive. They've already taken a backseat to the iPhone. This concerns me because I may have to go exchange my Blackberry for an iPhone( probably at a discounted price) before my will be rendered useless. My wife is no help, she says why do you need all those fancy applications; then she takes out her basic phone and emphasizes that she gets over 90% of the calls in our plan, with no need for the other features. That might be a good thing because I believe there's a app for organizing and another one for making casseroles from leftovers...:-)
Retirement is great but one should always keep their mind occupied, unless sitting on the porch and watching cars go by is good therapy for you. I will never succumb to staying home and watching television all day but my wife asked a question, I didn't have an immediate answer for. She asked " what's the difference between writing a blog or surfing the web and watching television?" I'll have to work on that and get back to her. -And she'll hold me to it. I've always thought traveling would be ideal but as you get older,being behind the wheel for 12 hours is much harder. I think we can adjust to it by driving 8 hours, resting, and continuing on but we'll see next year.I wonder who will take my grown married children’s car to get inspected,do an errand they forgot, or tend to the two spoiled furry cats we have?