There is a very fine line between filling one's time pleasantly when one is retired (I mean old really) and overdoing it. I cross that line several times each week at present and seem to be chasing my tail. What is the answer? I don't wish to be sitting here on my own twiddling my thumbs or knitting jumpers for my great grandchildren all day, I wish to be out amongst people, chatting, learning, having fun. But just sometimes it all gets just a bit too much.
Today has rather been a case in point. The lady who cleans for me comes each Monday morning at 9am. I was late up and usually she takes Tess for her morning walk for me. But when she came this morning it was absolutely sheeting down with rain.
So when she had gone I had to walk Tess for a quarter of an hour. Then I had to go into town to fulfil a long list of things on my list. Things like banking, shopping for food, all mundane but necessary jobs. By this time it was mid-day and I was due to be collected by friend W to go and play ukuleles at half past one. So I slipped into my favourite cafe and treated myself to their scampi, chips and peas. (delicious).
Then it was home to take Tess for her midday walk (remember my ankles are bad and in wet weather particularly bad, so I only walk slowly and with a stick). Then I had a long phone call and while I was on the phone friend W called to take me to ukuleles. What followed was a very enjoyable hour - about ten of us (one new member) playing stuff we like playing, having a
laugh - a perfect hour. Then it was home again and take Tess for another walk. Then feed her and get my tea and finally sit down just in time for Antiques Road Trip after I had gone next door to collect a parcel that the delivery man had left there.
It is now 7.30- I shall watch University Challenge at 8.30 and possibly Silent Witness for an hour if I can keep awake that long. Rather less busy tomorrow thank goodness. But I do wonder which is better - flying about chasing one's tail or sitting about doing little or nothing. Getting old is no joke but the alternative's worse!