Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Too busy

Some time ago, friend W (who is only a little younger than I am) announced that she really was going to cut down on what she was doing.   I thought this a good idea and followed suit.   Has it worked?

Certainly it hasnt worked if today is an example.  This morning it was 'Strugglers' - a group of us (anything from half a dozen to around ten) meet in the Quaker Meeting House for an hour and a half of quiet contemplation and a time when any of us  can talk about anything we wish to talk about and discuss.   Sometimes this is a jolly meeting and sometimes it is sombre.   What it always is is a support group through thick and thin.

Four of us went out to lunch afterwards - just across the Square.  (a prawn baguette with salad for me).   Then I went home to make a meal in my Remoska - a sausage, red onion and apple casserole (half for my tea this evening, the other half for the freezer) and a snooze on the settee.   Friend W went on a hospital visit twenty miles away.   This evening we both went to two hour ukulele practise.

I have come in pretty exhausted.   Can't imagine how tired W must be.   In other words - neither of  us is sticking to our resolution.   How much work should us eighty year olds be doing?   I have also had three walks with Tess - albeit fairly short.   Off to bed.  Good night all.


 

20 comments:

Shawn said...

It sounds as though you are doing plenty. If you can handle it without going to bed before dinner (tea, supper, whatever you call it), I say go for it! By the way, I've just heard of a group of retirees near me who are playing ukelele together. I never realized this was a thing, but it seems to have caught on. Congratulations on your successful move!

Ellen D. said...

But I bet you will sleep well after such a busy day! You are so lucky to have so many friends to eat and visit with! You have done a great job of settling into your new home! Well done you!

Anonymous said...

It's a difficult one.
Too much and one feels shattered, too little and one feels bored and possibly lonely.
Remember you have had a really stressful year.
For a while try to take each day as it comes. Maybe you need to insert the occasional rest day.
From what I glean from your posts you would hate to be at home all the time.
I think being active keeps us alert and feeling that we are still valued members of the community.
I bet your Monday audience does! Sue

Joanne Noragon said...

Some days the calendar just fills up, and other days the page is blank. It all evens out.

jinxxxygirl said...

You should do what makes you happy... take advantage of the slow days... only you can set your boundaries...Hugs! deb

angryparsnip said...

Today was a full day, tomorrow might be a quiet day.
Just make sure you are doing what you want and of course learn to say no !

cheers, parsnip

Rachel Phillips said...

You do what your body can do until it says it can't, and then you rest.

Mac n' Janet said...

I like the idea of your Struggler group. If what you're doing feels right to you, even if it tires you, then it's the right thing to be doing.

Margaret Butterworth said...

I've just looked up Remoska. It sounds ideal for use here in Oz, when it's too hot to put the oven on in summer. However, when I saw the price ($620) I was astonished! I'll have to think again.

Terra said...

I am dealing with being a recent widow and with aging too, and have the same question. How much to do each day. I savor staying home one day a week and not driving that day; just 2 walks with my dog. Now I will look up Remoska.

thelma said...

Do as much as you want or as little, it is called retiring. Love the idea of 'The Strugglers' but do you really solve world problems? ;)

Cro Magnon said...

OK, I am only 71, but I'm doing far more physical work now than I've ever done. I intend for that to continue.

Librarian said...

You always sound very busy and active, and I think most of the time you enjoy those activities. Having a little rest during the day is certainly a very good idea!
What is a Remoska?

Virginia said...

I reckon you're managing really well, and age isn't the biggest factor. There are some 70 year olds who have been unable to manage what you do each day for years!I My theory is that you're doing too much only when you know you've "Overdone it"the next day, - and that's going to depend on weather - I can do more and with greater ease when the sun is shining - health and whether or not you were 'dragooned' into taking something on against your better judgement. Exercising Tess as well as you do is a sign you're managing very, very well, and I'll bet she just loves it!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Like they say on the gambling ads "When the fun stops..stop!" You still seem to be enjoying most of it so I guess you keep going.

Heather said...

You and your friends are an example to us all - young or old. Since moving to my flat I have been so tired some days that I just do what I can, when I can, but hope to find a bit more energy as I settle in properly. There has been a great deal to do and I have enjoyed doing it. I also get out two or three times a week, on foot, which is an improvement as I needed a lift to go anywhere before. It's a work in progress!

Jules said...

I think as long as what you are doing makes you happy then keep on. X

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all. I more or less do as you all say. Today is a quiet day and I am taking it easy - a friend calling for coffee this afternoon, three short dog walks.

Anonymous said...

Sleep well and have an easy day tomorrow.

Anna said...

The remoska is the perfect answer for cooking good food if you live alone, isn't it? I've had mine for about 10 years, and it's the one thing, along with the kettle, I'd instantly replace if it stopped working. Crispy jacket potatoes, without wasting all that fuel in heating a full oven....and casseroles in winter, and my favourite, a sliced potato or two, interleaved with a finely sliced onion, s&p, and a chop or chicken portion on top, with juices making the veg simply delicious!