Having helped people plan for retirement for more years than I care to recall, I thought I had it down pat. However, my first few days have not gone as I envisioned.
My heating system was not working so we had it repaired, the result was that now the back half of the second floor has no heat, one bedroom is 57 degrees. We are waiting in chilly bliss for the second repair effort.
I haven’t had a shower in a while, the dishes are piling up and I won’t go into more detail except to say the sewer lines are clogged and we are still waiting for the drain company. I expect to take the dog out to poop, but I thought the days of the outhouse were long gone.
Given my daughter and her family ( which includes a giant black lab) are living with us temporarily these challenges are magnified.
This morning my daughter hurt her back and can barely move so Ma and Pa are taking care of the one and three year old grandchildren. That’s no chore mind you, but what is a challenge is figuring out how to configure the internal workings of a sippy cup. I’m an expert at the wrong approach resulting in a large puddle of milk on the kitchen floor, and a wet “puppy” ( that’s a four inch stuffed animal that is of paramount importance when taking a nap).
The drain guy is here, the dog is barking, my coffee is cold and I want a shower really bad. Did I mention the dog has been sick and threw up here and there?
I’ve been told you are always busy in retirement Today I will take my daughter to the chiropractor, the dog to day care ( yes I said dog), pay the plumber and the drain guy (neither of which are on my retirement planning spreadsheet), master the art of sippy cup construction….and take a shower.
But first I am going to enjoy my cup of coffee as I listen to the whirring hum of the device that is cleaning my sewer pipes.
Tomorrow I will throw out the carpet ruined when the sewer backed up and spilled over the utility sink ( guess I better do that today).
Attending a staff meeting is looking pretty good about now.