Saturday, December 28, 2013

What the heck does a retiree do?

To be honest I need something to do. Sitting around reading or playing shuffle-board is not my cup of tea.  I have worked with my hands most of my productive life.  I like that.  I don’t have to get paid, if it is something I can do, I just want to do it.


You know what I do now? I will stay up playing on this computer until midnight (11:45 now) to 3 am. If I am writing I feel like I am accomplishing something.  Right now I have a Travel or RV’ing book in the oven but I cannot get thrilled about writing it. I cannot get it in any order and it will need a lot of correcting because it does not ‘yank my chain’.


(Remember girl’s bikes? built like that because of dresses. Now old men ride them because they can’t get their legs over the seat like they used to)

Way in the back of my mind there is a continuation of the book, ‘Finally Love’. I enjoyed writing that book and I can hardly wait for a sequel or what ever to that one. I liked the characters and I like fiction. Then I ask myself, why? Is it for myself? I laughed just now, it certainly isn’t for profit.  It is a hobby.


(WE old folk sometimes, just dream)

I’m smiling because my first love is building, my brand new ‘General Contractor’s License’ just arrived in our last mail call. I haven’t built in years. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember the last house I built (I am getting old). I keep paying the fees and renewing the license, I think in the back of my mind if I give them up, I am through.

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(Shirl once hired me to add a second floor to their house. We tore the roof off and added it before the rain came. The rain came just as we were finishing the roof, fond memory, This is grandsons Ben and Corey, and Shirl on the exposed stairs to the addition.)

We do have one more building lot, it is a couple hundred miles from our stomping grounds. I took it in a trade. It is near Sunset Beach, NC. I am thinking Sherry and I could go there and build something one summer, when we get this hiking out of our blood. HA!


I am just typing, it is late, time to get in bed with the most beautiful woman in the world. Ahhh you guys eat your hearts out!

Nite Shipslog

PS:I resist getting old, but I know I am. I watched these sneaky little mini wrinkles accumulate on Mama & Daddy. I dreaded to see them start on me. Skin just hanging down for no reason, etc.  Hey, I used to have tight skin. Surprised smile



1982 Dodge Aries, to be truthful, it hurts to think this is an antique!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I can't imagine you ever being bored. I'd think a travel/RV book would be right up your alley. You have experience to share that might save another a lot of hassle and I image you could give a lot of travel tips too...with all the places you've been It'd be good for others to know the best sights to see or maybe even sights they shouldn't bother with. There's a title for you...places you don't want to go.. We have sunshine in northern Ohio today! I put my sunglasses on just to look outside. It goes so many days without being around that when it comes out it is really hard on the eyes. But it sure is a great sight to see and I'm thankful for it!

Chatty Crone said...

You made sense with everything you said - I can relate as well.

I agree with Ma - your book - for RF's would be great. I think a lot of people want to do the same thing and don't know how - feel overwhelmed.


Paula said...

Cute picture of Shirl and the boys. Maybe you need to get you one of those girl's bikes. We got home at 3 this morning with no fights in the back seat. Ha

Mevely317 said...

Don't-cha dare quit renewing that GC license! One never knows, ya know? (Hey, I'm so much better at giving advice than taking it.)

Personally, I'd love to read a sequel to Finally Love!

Hugs from Phoenix,


You've got to keep yourself busy for sure. Otherwise you'll go crazy.

Woody said...

This morning I woke up, feet hit the floor and I said, Thank's Lord" ya gave me another one, I have had a lot of health issues and I am "Blessed", I had a hard time being "retired" !!

I envy you and your ability to "Hoist Anchor" and "Shove Off"!!!!
Me, I am "Land-Locked" for awhile but hoping travel plans are falling into place to head south!! take care,
love you guys;
Gary and Anna Mae

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
Not only is it odd to think of the K-car as an antique, it's hard to think that piece of junk actually saved Chrysler. Good grief the build quality on those cars was terrible!

shirl72 said...

That picture brings back lots
of memories. I enjoy retirement and
try to stay busy doing nothing.
I have a job you may need to check
when you return to Town.. I guess
it is about time for me to go
to Second Fiddle and wave. That is
fun and when you e-mail me the
pictures it is a good laugh.
We are freezing here in NC.

betty said...

I think it is good, Jack, you still renew your general contractor's license! I know hubby's dad would always renew his pilot's license, though hadn't flown in years (private planes) until he couldn't pass the flight physical required. I think it gives one a sense of accomplishment of what they had done before to keep renewing that license!

I have heard it is harder for men when they retire because they do miss that "doing" something even though they might not miss the actual routine of getting up and going to work.

I bet when the right idea comes to you for a book, you'll have that"cracked" out in no time!


shirl72 said...

PS: Wait until Louis La Vache
sees that Packard...