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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Old Habits, New Habits and the lingering Habits of the Work Week


I often laugh at myself when I wake up on Saturday morning and rejoice in the fact that I don't have to go to work today.  Why so funny?  Because I'm retired and I'm not heading into just a few short days of leisure activity.

This came to mind tonight as I sat here thinking "Darn, the weekend is over."  Ridiculous!  Most of the time I don't know what day of the week it is.

Other Habits

I still get that urge before school starts to see what school supplies are on sale.  Once upon a time I did buy them for my kids, then grandkids but now schools have those prepackaged bags of school supplies, sold by the PTA/PTO, and you've got everything you need for that grade. I miss school shopping.  I guess as long as I see advertisements for school supplies, I'll be longing to fill that new backpack.

I've heard people talk about cool weather being football weather although they haven't been to a Friday night game since their child/grandchild was playing.  Yet, when it turns cool they want to get their pom-poms out.

Daily Habits

My favorite Daily Habits are associated with mornings.

When I wake up in the morning, I stumble to the coffee pot, which I have already filled the night before, and push the go button.

I then following the morning routine of pot, face wash and teeth brushing.

When I walk out of the bathroom I go straight to my bed and make it.  I don't often make much of a mess out of the covers so I just pull them up straight and put on the decorator pillows.  (Making my bed also instructs my brain that I have accomplished at least one thing today. And believe me, that is sometimes my only accomplishment for the day!)

Then I sit down with my fresh cup of coffee, my laptop and a blanket to cover me until my body has reached room temperature.

After the coffee is drunk, I jump in the shower (which is the final wakeup call to my mind and body), dress and I'm ready to walk out the door with a happy face. This little routine is a habit that makes me happy.

Developing Habits

I guess the reason habits are on my mind is because I HAVE to develop new sleep habits.  (Blah, blah, blah.  You have heard me talk about this one on more than one occasion.)  Once I get that new habit firmly planted in my life, I know I will be waking up easier and happier. 

Yep, life is like that.  We must keep growing while we enjoy our lives.

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Note the Pun: Waking up is hard to do - 
for you youngsters the title is
Breaking Up is Hard to Do


  1. Habits and routines free our brain to think of other, more important things. Well, at least in theory!

  2. M
    My routine is very similar in many respects. We are not so different, Barbara.

    Every morning the school bus passes the house, I think how lucky I am not to have to go to school any more. Every September, my husband and I, sit on the balcony and watch the teachers in the neighbourhood head to work. We are thankful we are not among them.

  3. There is something special about the weekend even in retirement. In fact, I think I like them more for not having to catch up with all the household chores and just being able to relax and enjoy.

  4. Fun post, Barbara! Were it not for my hubby, I'd go to bed waaaay too late. I am a night owl. I'm thankful for his need to get to bed early enough so he can go to work each morning. Forces me into his routine. Mornings are easier for me since I get up earlier because of him. I think I secretly want to be a morning person. I just hate for the day to end! I can't have it both ways, lol.

    Hope you get your sleep routine into its happy place! Have a lovely week!

  5. Gee I wish you had to tell me that song and singer. Darn it.
    I can't wait until I can realize - oops wait, no work, every day is a weekend.

  6. The countdown is on for my retirement -- 2 short years! Hurray! I love reading posts from happy retirees.

  7. Barbara, Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm surfing yours now. And I agree about the morning routine for retirees... My biological clock shuts down between 8 and 10 PM and wakes up between 7 and 8 AM (occasionally 3 AM??). I do make my bed upon rising, then head to the kitchen to say good morning to the cats and start coffee. A cup of coffee, a blanket, and with a cat on my lap watching the morning news is how I wake up... and it takes about 15 mins. to feel awake.