Coming Up For Air

 


Hi folks

I'm coming back up for air. 

Over the last 12 months I've been thrust into the heart of COVID 19 response via my job and now that we are out of the worst of it (did I just jinx it saying that?) I need to get back to simple activities that sustain me.

I abandoned Blogger for the sirens call of WordPress, but honestly have found WordPress just as difficult and fiddly to post easily and quickly ..... sigh (but it is much prettier!). Do I come back here and carry on as if nothing has happened or do I persist with WordPress. Dunno. But I'm here today.

We have been doing so much around the house getting it ready for full retirement (M has now retired) adding new fences, solar system, new gutters, fixing the leaky roof, redoing all the gardens, installing a brand new kitchen and stockpiling pantry, reorganising our finances to support M's retirement, putting down paving, creating new gardens and workspaces, setting up a sewing/work room, ripping up 40 year old carpet, helping daughters move out into their own homes, getting rid of 6 skip bins of rubbish from around the old house ..... and so much more.

Despite the employment crisis we have been so very fortunate that 4 or our 5 daughters have full time permanent jobs. Two are registered nurses, one is a high school teacher and the other has recently won a position in busy local office.

I've been researching and testing out many financial products over the last 18 months too - some really good, others terrible. So, I'll get around to telling you all about that too.

So you see, there's so much to write about and catch you all up on.

Anyway, I'll get my act together and get cracking


See you all around the traps.

Phil

Comments

  1. Hi Phil,

    great to here of all of your exciting activities over the last year. It sounds like you are really cranking things up ready to go to the next stage. Congratulations to M on her retirement, you should both be proud of reaching that milestone.

    I'll be interested to hear about the financial products you've been researching as we are also getting ready for the next chapter.

    Madeleine

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    1. Thanks Madeleine. I brimming over with words! So expect a steady stream of writing :-)

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    2. So glad to see you back, have wondered what had happened. Look forward to hearing more and congratulations on Mrs M’s retirement....she will wonder how she ever found the time to “work”.

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    3. You are so right - M has been busier than ever!

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  2. Glad to see you back posting...when blogger changed I found it difficult however I'm now used to the way things work and it's back to being easy for me. It must be exciting with all your preparations for the house and garden and that M has now retired. Thanks for stopping by on my blog too and taking the time to comment, much appreciated. Have a great week.

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    1. We have set a 3 year time frame so I hope to retire the Xmas of 2023

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  3. Nice to read a blog post, Phil. I have been retired for 7 years and still miss my work colleagues...not the job so much😄 Good to see you planning for it.

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    1. It's interesting you say that, M also misses the social aspect of working - we'll have to address that

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  4. Nice to see you back in the blogging world again. Those renovations and improvements sound like material for a post or 3.

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    1. Oh yes - we have been hard at work transforming this old house into a comfy homey place to last us for many years

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  5. Hello Phil,

    Gosh, you have been busy! Good to hear all is ticking over nicely in your household and I'm looking forward to your despatches.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, there is plenty to yak about :-)

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  6. I have not used Wordpress and am too on blogger. You can buy a template for blogger for a one off small cost if you wanted. Which is what I have done so I can add farm businesses as they happen. Though I have not utilized the full template at the moment. I have heard along the grapevine that many people are no longer reading blogs, preferring quick updates via platforms like Instagram, where information is delivered into their feed. My blog hits reflect this pattern, though my IG has been growing slowly. Personally I enjoy the long form aspect of blogging more then IG, but it's going to take hard work to build it again after a patchy writing year with a new baby. In saying that, I'm sure its not true of everyone. With that in mind you did have an audience here, so I guess that's something to consider too. Im sure what ever you decided everyone will be happy to read what you have to share again.

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    1. I hear you about insta - and I enjoy that platform too for more on-the-go pics and lovely stuff, however it certainly does not satisfy the journaller in me. I like your blog template it looks very 'profesh'

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  7. Seasons of Life, hey Phil. Sounds like you're organising retirement well and should be all set when you wave goodbye to the workplace and relax with M. I'll go sit on my fence and wait patiently for future instalments to read.

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    1. :-) Thanks RobynLouise, you've been following me from the very beginning.

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  8. Yay, welcome back, you have been missed. Wow, you have all been busy. We too are retired and enjoying it immensely. It took me a while to adjust to the new blogger but have got there now. I too enjoy blogging rather than the wham bam thankyou ma'am of other platforms.

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    1. Thanks Dc :-) There is a lot going on around here and 3 years is not a long time to finish all the projects we need done. Lots of topics to write about is the upside.

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