Rise and shine!

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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.

 

 

39 thoughts on “Rise and shine!

  1. I will retire in about 1 1/2 years. Until then, I can only fantasize about what I’ll do with all my spare time. We have a cleaning service come in once a month. I never got that advice about horizontal surfaces, but I should have. We’re both guilty of accumulated clutter. Ugh!

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    • I love my cleaning lady. Will give up other things first. Once a month is all we need too. No kids, just hairy cats. You will be amazed at how the time fills up. We had dinner with a couple this week. The guy retired last summer and he was complaining about not enough to do. During better weather he’s a golfer so he has a “winter” hole to fill and he hasn’t quite done that yet. Of course, it’s been a BBAADDD winter here.

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  2. I was having this conversation with a good friend this weekend. I am not yet retired, but it’s getting closer. My dream is to not set an alarm clock! I’m out the door at 6:30, and if left to myself I naturally rise about 7. I think once I have the luxury of sleeping in a bit I won’t be very amenable to giving that up!

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    • Haven’t needed an alarm clock in a long time. Occasionally I set one if there is something important I have to do early but I always wake up before it goes off. You will enjoy retirement. It’s a luxury to do the things that interest you most on your time schedule.

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  3. Seems like I’m getting up later and later. Seven o’clock has turned into eight most days. If I had to get up earlier, I guess I’d find a way to do it.

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  4. Getting up at 7 is sleeping late?! I get up between 6 and 7 the 3 days I work but the rest of the time rarely before 9 or 10. Probably because some nights I don’t go to bed until 2. I am a night owl always have been.

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    • There is no way I could stay up until 2! Most New Year’s Eves I’m in bed when the ball comes rolling down. Last NYE party I went to several years ago, we left by 10:30! (I know, I’m such a party person!)

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  5. I always hit your LIKE button though my picture doesn’t show up…another wordpress mystery.
    I adore the term….horizontal surfaces. Books, water bottles, pens, pieces of paper. I too have a cleaning person who’s actually coming tomorrow. I call her the Polish wonder because when she leaves everything sparkles like it’s new. When I clean, it doesn’t quite look the same. I’d rather not eat than give her up and she only comes every 3 weeks to dig me out, as she puts it.
    My place is too small for the two of us so I leave. But I will make sure to get rid of all horizontal surfaces before I do . Love that

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  6. Why is it so much harder to get up in the winter? It’s nice to sleep in a warm bed when it’s cold outside. As for the clutter, I can so relate, especially about things I can’t figure out where they go. It happens here quite often.

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  7. I also get up around 7:00 but don’t really get started until 8:00 or 8:30. I hate when something has been scheduled to start before I’m ready to face the world. I think I’m making up for the years and years of my working life when I had to get up way before I was ready. I didn’t realize how sleep-deprived I had become.

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  8. I’m a morning person too, and that is a good thing with my job, but it is darn hard getting up before 7 on these cold dark wintry mornings. If I could pet sit only from April through December I’d do it in a flash.

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  9. It’s just so bleeping cold that I don’t want to go out there. I must run errands this morning plus check on two homes for folks who are away. At least one of those couples is in a warm state. I’m going to promise to not complain about the heat this summer.

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    • I had a job where I was out of the house at 6:30 but that’s the earliest. That was back in the days of big hair so I was up at 5:30. I can’t sleep late like 9 but I have managed to do 7 nicely. Yes, one day you will be able to sleep later. Let’s hope you can. My mother was an early rise because of my Dad’s job, then her job. (early as in 5 a.m.) She never was able to sleep late after years of early mornings.

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