My retirement life – part three 21



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This is the third part of Dorothy’s three-part series about retirement. You can read her previous blog here


I now turn my attention to the other little jobs I would like done about the place. I need curtain rods installed in a couple of rooms and a new mirror, towels rails and storage shelves put into the bathroom. Of course the mirror has to come down so the bathroom will also have to be painted. I have my notebook out and have gone around the house room by room deciding what needs to be done, and writing down what needs to be bought for each room. Now all I need is someone to do all these things for me. I noted on the tradies site they did have handymen so I can try there again. Hopefully the handymen aren’t as busy as the air con guys. I wish I could do more myself but I am a bit vertically challenged at five foot one. My balance is generally pretty good until I take a step off the ground, as on a step ladder, everything goes into a spin. My late ex-husband always told me I should sue the council for laying the footpath too close to my backside.

On Tuesday the 13th, just before my appointment for my quote, the phone rang. It was the air con company apologising for the salesman as he would be about half an hour late and did I still want him to come around. Are you kidding me?! Are the Kennedy’s gun shy? Of course I would love him to come around. Sure enough about half an hour later Daniel the salesman arrives, works out a quote, which I am very happy with and it can be installed by then end of next week. Hallelujah! Number 35 has just gone to number one, and Daniel also gave me the number of a local handyman, who he assures me is very good. Apparently his card says he will do just about anything…just ask him!

I was so excited to tell my daughter about the air con the next day when we went to lunch. “So, you are having the air con put in and forget about the cruise?” she asked. “Well no” I answer. I was a bit despondent about the air con and decided to forget about it until winter so I went back to the cruise and pressed the ‘book now’ button, and I will be using the same money to pay for the air con in winter, so I may as well have it now. That was the aim in the first place. Wasn’t it?

When I booked my cruise, there was a choice of two staterooms. There was a cheaper smaller one with no window or the large one with the window which was much more expensive – a lot more expensive. So which one did I book? The large one of course. I was depressed and it made me feel so much better. My daughter’s response was if you can afford it just do it. I love my daughter.

Anyway, other things to do! I now need to shop for some holiday clothes. I am sure all my clothes can’t be shrinking at the same time and all the clothes in the shops could not all have been relabelled two sizes bigger than I usually wear.

I have to admit to ignoring this for some time, but I have put on so much weight since retiring and no matter how I try to lose it, it is just hanging on like a bloody rabid dog and won’t let go. This does not bode well for the cruise. For those of you who have been cruising, you know what I mean. Food on tap. All is not lost though. There is a walking track and I will try my best to remember my walking shoes!


Have you felt the same as Dorothy in retirement? What did you spend money on initially that you would not have splurged on before retirement? Tell us below. 

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Dorothy Hayes

I had a forced retirement one year ago and I am loving it. I have four wonderful grandsons aged between fifteen and twenty six. I do lots of craftwork which I donate to charities. I love fashion and some of my best days are having lunch and browsing the shops with my daughter.

  1. Just had a knock down stand up fight with other half about business class travel to the UK , he’s horrified at the cost, I say so what we can’t take it with us . My opinion is if I don’t fly business my kids will after I am gone . The writer has the best view , go for the best it makes her feel better ., of course it does , retirement comes at the end of our life span , let’s do it in style

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  2. I’m off to UK in July, flying economy, flew economy last time, very comfortable flew with Emirates. Could have flown business however I chose economy so could then have a river cruise. Enjoy your business class Williamina, might do it one day.

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  3. Great story. My travel plans always come first but I did put in an air conditioner as soon as I retired. Can’t use the one at work any more….And I love it. Also attempting to fix my house up – painting, carpets, new front door, modern lights instead of the old fluoro in the kitchen, so much to do.

  4. Not much fun in a box with worms eating you or in a fire reduced to ashes….go for everything your heart desires and brings you some joy. Most of us have worked over 50 years to enjoy ourselves

  5. I am the same Dorothy. I was forced to retire 2 and a half years ago when my husband had a stroke. I was devastated at first because it happened 8 weeks before he retired. After we paid off our house with his super and sorted out all the necessaries we were left with very little but I still had my meagre super to come. I was really scared to spend as I had to buy another car, but that’s another story, sell off things we could no longer use at a loss and set about having a very boring life but I decided that no, we were too young to just linger away. I bought a caravan that I could handle, booked a cruise, another story too, and have now booked another train journey + cruise for November. We don’t have much but if we are careful we are going to have one really good holiday a year plus a few camping trips. As they say “you can’t take it with you”.

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    • Virginia, you are such an inspiration! Way to go. Enjoy your life! 🙂

  6. Yes I can relate to your retirement story Iam also a widow and I retired from work 2 years ago and have similar circumstances maybe because my name is DOROTHY also go and enjoy your cruise

  7. Enjoy your retirement while you are well enough to do so. Ilike to go on one cruise each year and gradually updating around the home.

  8. I do so understand about the shrinking clothes and re-labelling; it is sooo frustrating, I do wish they wouldn’t do it!!!

  9. I went straight from work to full time study. Loved it. Will wait for hubby to retire in 3 years before doing all the trips.

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