Monday, 17 July 2017

Onwards upwards

Is the next chapter...........

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  1. Welcome to retirement, some say it's the best job in the world.

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    1. I have a few plans afoot

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  2. Congratulations on your retirement, enjoy every moment xx

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  3. First rule of retirement - learn how to say "No".
    Congratulations John, you've worked long and hard; time to sit in your lovely garden and watch the clouds, listen to the bees and birds and simply enjoy life. x

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    1. I think i need to think laterally

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  4. CHAPTER SIX

    On that first morning, he made himself a big mug of tea and two slices of toast which he lathered with strawberry jam. Then he went to sit in front of the television, enjoying the comfort of his old armchair. There he stayed till lunchtime, not even getting up when the postman shoved some leaflets through the letterbox. There were leaflets for a stair lift, hearing aids, retirement villages and incontinence. He farted like a trooper and promptly drifted back to sleep as the women on "Loose Women" continue to chatter aimlessly. At last, he was retired.

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    1. smiling . . .

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    2. Home made jam and home made bread of course... Made by himself that morning.... just to fill an hour or two

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    3. LOVE IT, YP! although, to be fair, I think "loose men" would be more of an interest...

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    4. Yes, the leaflets for hearing aids and walk-in bathtubs start arriving right around age 50. Now, at 70, I get the ones for cremation services and "final expenses" insurance.

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  5. Cheers . . .
    to Chapter Six . . .

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  6. Now what trouble will you get into??????

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  7. You will soon be back at work.

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  8. Have you written the first 5 chapters of your book?! And after finishing your last ever night shift? Blimey John, you're a fast typist ;-)

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  9. Happy Days John! X

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  10. John - I am trying again with my fingers crossed!

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  11. Great stuff, best wishes!

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  12. You'll have a blast. Enjoy every moment. X

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  13. I'd like to read the first 5 chapters...congrats, john!

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  14. Now ... Time for a nap!

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  15. All the best John! It's an odd feeling the first few weeks. At least, that is how I found retirement and then it was just a really good.

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  16. Enjoy. Now the fun begins.

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  17. Congratulations, what now?

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  18. Hooray! Congratulations. Does it feel like the first day of the school holidays? Wonderful!

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    1. It does feel slightly odd

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  19. Congrats! I can tell you firsthand that retirement is wonderful!

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  20. Possibly the best chapter of them all 😊

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    1. And hopefully not the last eh?

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  21. Chapter Six: Anything Can Happen

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  22. Congratulations John! Wishing you all the best.
    Robin

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  23. Let it begin......

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  24. Best wishes for a full and happy retirement!

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  25. When and Where will your first trip be ?
    Ours was Paris followed by Argentina followed by moving to Argentina ... be careful when making choices, now that you are free as birds :)

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  26. Congratulations, John. New exciting things (and some not so exciting) to come.

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  27. Congrats, and hoping the sun shines brightly on this new chapter in your life. :-)

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  28. You'll now wonder how you ever had time to go to work!

    Retirement is well earned - so many of us really worked hard for much of our lives and deserve these lovely years.

    Wishing you days full of adventures - or just staying home! All will be great and I look forward to hearing about them - as always!

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    1. Mary i had to remind someone today that i have PAID a great deal of money into my pension over the years to be able to retire today!

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  29. Fabulous! Congratulations

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  30. Do something you love everyday....

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    1. A scotch egg, russell crowe, a back rub......every day

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  31. Wishing you a happy retirement John.
    Time to make Scotch eggs now :)
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  32. Everyone I know who retires wonders how in the world they had time to go to a job.
    I have a feeling this will be so very true for you.

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  33. Happy retirement John. I wonder what plans you have ...??

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    1. I already have a few watch this space x

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  34. It is like winning the lottery! New York...here you come!

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  35. Please keep us posted. I have a feeling this blog is going to be filled with all sorts of crazy things.

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  36. Fantastic, enjoy freedom!.
    I,m 2.5 years behind you, retiring from NHS. Thank whatever we can at 55. Not sure I could last until 68 as anyone who joined the pension scheme after April 1995 has to.
    Enjoy freeeeeeeeedom x

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    1. We paid into it kirrie did we not?

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    2. Yes we did, I still am. Annoys me when people at work who refused to pay in to the scheme say I,m lucky.
      No luck, paying a lot every month.

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  37. Wonderful!!! More blog time?

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  38. Enjoy a well-earned rest. Plan lots of things. Then discover that somehow when you're not working things don't seem to happen as quickly. Wonder how you ever managed to find time to go to work, and simultaneously wonder why you haven't achieved the redecorating/garden remodel/exercise regime/efficiency drive that you'd planned. And then remember that you've worked hard all your life, and this is YOUR time. Enjoy.

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  39. Join me in the gym...when I remember.

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  40. Just came over from Pat's blog (Weaver of Grass). Nice to find you. We were in Wales last year, fell in love with the place. Felt right at home, so much like West Virginia.

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    1. Welcome sue. Weave is a hard act to follow

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  41. Time for a bucket list !I made a "Things I want to do before I kick the bucket list" when I first retired and was surprised when I looked at it a few years later how many I actually did do!

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  42. Looking forward to the next instalments of adventures!! Wishing you a long and Happy Retirement!🍾

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  43. John, I too just retired. Two weeks ago! I can tell you one thing for sure: everybody wants you to get back to work! Questions abound like: But, what will you do next? Or: You are too young to be retired, when will you take a part time job? To those people I want to say: Yeah, I'd like a few minutes of rest before I make that decision.

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  44. I hope your next chapter is the most riveting yet! :)

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  45. Congratulations and Happy Retirement John xx

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  46. John, I took early retirement from teaching at 50 and I never regretted it for a single minute. Within weeks I wondered how ever I found time to go to work.

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  47. Congratulations on your retirement John! I retired at 56 with 37 years working for the Government. Most of those years were in the Legal field. I did not know how burned out I was until I retired. The days and weeks will fly by. I never seem to get everything done that I plan to do. Like Weaver, I don't know how I found time to go to work. You will enjoy every minute, but do try and stay out of trouble! :) EVERYDAY IS A HOLIDAY!

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    1. I dont want to let thngs fly by..i want a plan

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  48. Go catch up on your sleep. I doubt very much if you will ever be bored, now that you are retired.

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  49. Normally, I would behave extremely ladylike an'all but in this case, I think you're one very lucky bastard to be retiring now. Jealous, Moi? You better believe it!!!

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  50. Everyday is saturday....cheers

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  51. Enjoy your well earned time to do as you please.

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  52. I'm late replying to the blog, not enough sleep and feeling somewhat jaded and flat now....

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  53. Congratulations........soooo jealous! We've got 5 years to go before our small holding/gardening dreams fruit!
    Relax for a bit and take your time making your plans. Enjoy everyday with the fur babies and the Prof....... you deserve it!

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  54. Congratulations! All the best

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  55. Congrats John!!!! So happy for you!!! We're planning on working 8 more years. I am 52 so I'll be 60. 2nd Man is 55 so he'll be 63 and getting social security. Or course with our current administration, not sure how that will all be impacted, ha. And we may speed things up. Fingers crossed!

    Inspire us with your fun retirement adventures!!!

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  56. Congratulations, John! May the next chapter be all that you hope it will be!

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  57. Congratulations, John! May the next chapter be all that you hope it will be!

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  58. Everything you thought of doing can been done now. It will so exciting and scary but most of all fun.
    The first few years after my retirement from freelancing and marriage (goodby x) were filled with such joy even though I was alone just with my Two Square Dogs. I was able to do what I wanted when I wanted and some of my best years till I got ill.
    I know you will have some great adventures and please write us about them.

    cheers, parsnip, thehamish and fergus

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  59. Congratulations John, you will like it!

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  60. Well done; welcome to my world.

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  61. This is another one of those first days of the rest of your life -- you're just getting started!

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  62. I am vicariously over-excited to hear what you do in retirement. Hope you have fun.

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  63. exciting times ahead x

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  64. Enjoy every moment of your retirement John, you've earned it.

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  65. Well deserved John but you'll soon wonder how you ever found time to go to work!

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  66. All the best as you step forward into the new chapter, John.

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