Day 9: Mostly Lists but [Trigger Warning] a Spider Too!

I am going to have to figure this retirement thing out. While I forced structure on my work life when I first began working from home in 2003, that never spilled over to my non-work life and I flitted from task to task, often finishing none of them. That’s what happened today (despite the list I mentioned below). I fear this is what retirement will be like — a whole bunch of unfinished tasks.


I make lists nearly every day to help me keep on track. My lists have always included some work-related tasks in addition to home related tasks. This morning, as I made today’s list, I was delighted to note that my lists would never again feature work-related tasks (unless of course I do some side PDF gigs) (and I’m not counting volunteer tasks as work).

Other delights included:

  • The blue jays, Carolina wren and crows that provided background music for my morning coffee in the lodge — formally known as the screened in porch until it became a three-season room.
  • My camera arrived!
  • I found an extra 32 gigabyte SD card for my new camera
  • The camera takes better photos than my phone (Neither photos on this page are very good, but the bottom shows the hairs on the legs of the spider)
  • The huge spider who built a web outside our kitchen door
This was taken with the new camera (the top photo was with the phone).

3 thoughts on “Day 9: Mostly Lists but [Trigger Warning] a Spider Too!

  1. Any day with a new camera is a delightful day!

    My tip for retirement is to keep some things for weekends. Or drop things (household chores, for eg) on the weekends. Gives a kind of structure for the week. But enjoy. It’s retirement! (And yes – retirement or unemployment still see me with a long list of unfinished /unstarted tasks!)

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    1. All great suggestions, Mali. I’d hoped to save the weekends for adventures — but we’ve only had one weekend so far and adventures are kind of risky these days. I’ll figure it out. My SIL said it is weird at first.

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      1. She’s right. I have to say, these days we leave adventures (usually) to the middle of the week, when we have places more to ourselves!

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