One of the blessings of retirement is sleeping later. I am a morning person but I like sleeping until 7 a.m. (Yes for us old folks that’s sleeping in! The beloved husband gets up closer to 5.) I get to the gym early and hit Starbucks just after the morning rush.
Occasionally, life intervenes as it did three times this week.
The cleaning lady twice! — I hate cleaning so I have a cleaning person. I would give up other things (but not Starbucks) to keep her. She is worth her weight in gold.
However…she comes at 8 a.m. and she’s never late. That means I have to be up and dressed prior to 8; the cats have to be fed, medicated and everything cleaned up; bed made; and bathroom straightened.
I DE clutter the horizontal surfaces. I don’t pay someone to put things away.
Horizontal surfaces are amazing. Stuff accumulates. Exponentially!
One kitchen designer told me to beware of too much horizontal surface. I thought he was crazy. He wasn’t.
I don’t have collectibles in my house so what accumulates? Right now there are winter gloves, a bizarre winter hat (with tassels) in the kitchen and the odd thing we found on the floor. Every few months we find a gizmo that came off of something. We never figure out what it belongs to until we throw it out.
The coffee table has magazines, books, e-readers and a bottle of nail polish.
This week after I was up and everything was ready, the cleaner called to reschedule. That means I will get up early and do the whole routine again. This week.
Funerals – We attend a couple of funerals a year. Most are in the morning. I had one this week. I left the house before 8 and got home after 2 p.m. Yes, that means an early start.
Tests and medical appointments – Those always get scheduled for first thing in the morning. It’s good to get out of the way. That sounds perfect when I’m scheduling. When I am crawling out of bed at 6:30, not so much.
I shouldn’t complain. When I worked I was out of bed around 6 most mornings and on a strict schedule. If I have to get up early a couple of days a week it’s not so bad except on the days that I really have to do it!
There should be a larger sized Starbucks for those days. Come summer I won’t mind so much.