But, nothing *has* to be done which is kind of luxurious.
I left my job at the end of last July. So I've been a Lady of Leisure for more than 6 months now. I'm still feeling my way around. My 'retirement' was kicked off by being laid off. I wonder if those who plan on retiring and then pick a day and just do it have a different mental experience than those who have their retirement chosen for them. And, actually, I wonder if there are not far more people like me - people who's retirement is precipitated by a layoff or some other kind of job change rather than just 'I think I'll retire next week.' I think it matters only in how you few the days after, otherwise it's likely all the same.
This week, I got a minor taste of what life used to be like working on that newsletter. I spend two days working on it and putting other stuff aside to focus on just that. There was not a lot of pressure but my brother wanted to get it to the printer and I wanted to get it right.
It was nowhere near the feeling I got when I was working but there was a hint. Kind of like smelling coffee roasting instead of drinking it. It was an odd feeling actually.
I still think in terms of what am I going to do with the rest of my life while actually doing it - just going from day to day - knitting bears, tinkering with technology, keeping the house presentable, and filling in the gaps with tv, movies and books. It's actually working out rather nicely when I think about it. I have no giant urge to do anything more or different - more like a twinge now and again.
I do think I am going to sign up for the follow on drawing class. I'm enjoying it and learning a lot but not itching to use what I'm learning so much. I don't know whether it's because I don't have enough confidence yet or really just don't give a shit. I think I need another 4 weeks to find out. And with the pool closed for the month, my Saturday's need the action!
Betty is wanting more breakfast and I'm not even dressed yet. I think getting out of bed and getting dressed would be a good way to get started on whatever I'm going to do today.