Codger or Curmudgeon?

Came home, read and answered comments, watched quizzes on TV, at tea off my lap (which is a habit I keep meaning to break), was shouted at for snoring, read some blogs and now, have settled down to rite my nightly slice of life.

I have just over eighteen months until I retire. It is now becoming real. Julia has a couple of years longer so I may carry on for a little while after that. It is alarmingly close when I think of the work that needs doing on this house to make it look good enough to sell. Then there is finding another place and actually moving. It’s a long time since I last moved. I borrowed a truck from work, got a few friends together and moved a load of books and secondhand furniture 65 miles. It’s going to be a bigger job this time, and I can’t do my own lifting.

It’s time for a decision over what sort of retire I want to be. Do I want to be a genial old codger, or a miserable old curmudgeon? I think we already know the answer to that, so there’s no point wasting time on it.

A friend of mine once suggested that life in a hotel would be an ideal retirement lifestyle – no gardening, no decorating and regular meals. The problem, of course, is cost. And sharing with other people. And having nowhere to put a shed. I’d like a shed in retirement. It would be quite nice to live in a place in a city where you could have a roof garden and have a shed that looked out over a vast display of life. I think I may have left the arrangements a bit late for that. In my next life I will pay more attention to material things and spend less time daydreaming when I should be establishing a property empire. However, for now I’ll settle for a shed.

14 thoughts on “Codger or Curmudgeon?

  1. tootlepedal

    I like the idea of a roof garden with spacious views. Living in a hotel is also an attractive idea but I fear it might do such irreparable damage to the waistline that it wouldn’t be enjoyed for long. The main trouble with finding a perfect retirement home with a shed and not too expensive is that either it doesn’t actually exist or some other person has always got there first.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    Hopefully you will have your shed, a small garden and plenty of time to write poetry. There is much to look forward to when you both do retire. Wishing you and Julia peaceful sailing into the Golden Years.


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