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waking up

August 26th, 2008 at 06:08 pm

For the first three weeks of my retirement I haven't done hardly anything. I feel like I've been on an extended vacation. I've mostly read, slept, cooked and watched TV. But that's ok. I really think I needed that time to de-stress. I'm feeling very relaxed now and my blood checks for the diabetes are the best they've been in a decade. I can't believe how much the lack of stress has helped lower those numbers. In fact they were so low one day I had to eat something to bring them up. That never happens. One of my main goals is too get of the medication this next year and this should certainly help.

I'm starting to wake up though from my vacation time and get energized to start doing something. Anything Smile I doubled the amount of walking I do each day from 40 min to 80 min. I've been walking with my mom for 40 min a day for years now, but I'm adding two more 20 min sessions after meals. This will also help with the blood control and maybe help me lose some weight which will also help with the blood.

I'm slowly getting my house really clean and will be working on decluttering also. I need to determine all the stuff to give to Goodwill before the end of the year since this is probably the last year I will have itemized deductions on my tax form.

I've started to do lists for each day and am getting most of the items done. Fall has always been an energizing time of year for me. It's my favorite with cooler days and nights.

I have a big pot of beans cooking today. Plan to have beans and rice for dinner.

I think most people would have to agree that Amy Dacyczyn is the queen of frugal. When I read books/articles or blogs about saving money I get really tired of reading the back-handed slams at her. How many times have you read people saying they are frugal but wouldn't think of washing plastic bags or reusing dryer lint. That's fine, no one said you had to, but there's no need to slam the ideas as kooky or going too far or just plain cheap. She was making a point and her brand of frugality made most people think about what they were or weren't willing to do to save money. She never said you had to do everything she wrote about, so quit acting like your brand of frugality is so much better. Everyone has areas they will or won't go to for saving money. The point is to save money and live within your means and that's different for everyone. So if you don't care for an idea don't do it, but don't put down everyone else who does.

This is not aimed at anyone on this site, I've just read three different blogs and 2 books and they all made the same types of comments and it ticked me off. Smile

I finished reading the library book Vulcan's Forge by Jack Du Brul. Adventure. OK

I finished reading the library book Jhegaala by Steven Brust. Sci/Fi Good.

4 Responses to “waking up”

  1. HouseHopeful Says:

    Great post... really gets me thinking about what I would like to do in retirement. And good thoughts on Amy. I wouldn't do everything in her books, but they inspire me to think outside the box.

  2. baselle Says:

    Amy's ahead of her time. Funny how we celebrate extreme spending and freak out over extreme frugality. Compared to what many did during the 30's and 40's on a routine basis, Amy's hardly extreme.

  3. Retired Syd Says:

    Sounds like you're easing into retirement well. It took me several months to get out of "vacation mode" and into the swing of things. One thing never changes, though, that stress level just keeps going down and down!

  4. Analise Says:

    I don't understand people who would slam someone for being creatively frugal or for having frugal habits different from theirs. Live and let live, and be thankful there are people like Amy willing to share ideas to help others. We are free to use, reject, or modify her ideas to suit our needs... but criticizing her for them is egocentric.

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