Thursday, November 1, 2018
My Comfort Zone
Marvin informed me that he told his boss he is hanging up his hat and January 4th will be his last day as a government contractor. He has been working part time for the last two years and that has worked out well for us. Having him home all day every day is going to take some getting used to for this OCD gal. I have heard retirement explained as half as much money, twice as much husband.
Last Friday, I took my lunch, sat in the chair that Marvin usually sits in and turned on Pioneer Woman. This is my lunch ritual and one I enjoy. Marvin came into the living room and told me I was sitting in his chair. I told him that for years this has been my chair at lunch time. I guess this is just one adjustment I will have to make...moving to another chair.
This made me stop and think about all the little things I do without even realizing I find comfort in the everyday rituals. I thought I would share some of my rituals with you and I would love to see if I am crazy or if my blog friends have rituals as well.
1. Every morning I sit in my cozy chair in my bedroom to have my devotion, read my email, check facebook, then read the blogs on my blog roll. I cannot start my day until I get this out of the way!
2. I always put my half and half in my cup before pouring my coffee. I know it tastes better that way.
3. Do you have a particular place where you like to sit? My place is the corner of the sofa. I have my little nest there with a jar of pens, scissors and my stitching nearby.
4. I have certain household chores that I do on certain days and if I get off tract, it takes a while to catch up. And for those of you with retired husbands, do they do chores around the house? I am thinking of some things Marvin can do to keep himself busy. We do not have yard work to do so it would be inside chores. He really has no hobbies and I do not want him sitting in the recliner all day.
5. When I go to the grocery store, I have to make the same circuit each time. I read that if you start shopping on the far end of the store, you spend less money. It seems it does something to your brain to switch things up. I just do not know that I could do that. How about you? Someone suggested letting Marvin do the shopping but I LOVE doing my grocery shopping. Not sure I could give that up easily. When I broke my wrist, he went to the store with me and it just was not the same for me.
6. I also have cleaning routines....the order in which I clean and how I do it. Now that I might be able to turn over to Marvin. He is the typical engineer, he would do a meticulous job I am sure but he might start to find my cleaning less than acceptable! Who know Retirement brought all these challenges? One of my friends reminded me that I need to be patient as retirement is an adjustment for Marvin as well.
So any and all suggestions are welcome. Retirement is definitely out of my comfort zone.