What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you do that is not part of your regular daytime routine?
I’m in that peculiar, not working but not retired category. These days a break in my regular routine usually involves a trip to Hobart or further afield as I don’t get the opportunity to go far away from home very often now. My recent long weekend in Melbourne was definitely one of those times. Usually it is lunch or coffee with my friends Allyson and Matt, going to markets with Naomi or in summer to watch a cricket match or a photography outing.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Well, assuming it is a life changing amount of money, the first thing I would do is secure my income and Naomi and I could both become officially retired.
I would enjoy having the time and money to spend on my collecting hobbies. Naomi and I would buy a big house with room to display all our stuff. A room for the dolls and teddies, a room for toys, a room for Naomi’s retro household stuff. A room for her to paint and me to do scrapbooking and make dolls clothes. A study to set up our computers and bookshelves and of course nice garden with room for our three dogs and three cats. We’d pay someone to help us with the heavy housework and gardening so we would not be exhausted by it. I would probably still do a little volunteering somewhere because I enjoy it but most of our time would spent enjoying our home and hobbies and going for day outings when we felt like it. We’d have short breaks away regularly and a longer holiday every year.
I would travel more, there are still many places I want to see and things I’d like to do.
I’d go to the theatre more.
I would support the people, charities and causes that are important to me on a regular basis.
I know the old saying is that money can’t buy you happiness but it can certainly make life a lot more pleasant.
What makes you laugh the most?
Animals always make me laugh. The things pets get up to are guaranteed to raise a smile.
What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?
Firstly that it changes so rapidly. You get comfortable with one way of doing things and then suddenly it has been “improved” and you have to learn a new system whether you want to or not because the old technology is being abandoned.
The other thing that bugs me is that with mobile phones and social media you can never really escape from the demands of others. Most people I know seem to receive a constant stream of texts and calls about things which seem trivial to me. People seem to prefer communicating with their phones to talking to the people they are actually with which I find quite rude.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week after I got back from Melbourne I had a fairly normal week with two days at the Op Shop followed by four days off as it was a long weekend. I did enjoy having the extra day to myself.
This week is looking like another fairly routine week with no major happenings scheduled.