Its been a while since I last posted hasn't it?
Life sort of got in the way for a long while - I found it hard to have the time to write posts with work and commuting - I have managed to read a lot of your blog's and have stayed in touch with a number of blogger's.
So what's changed to make me be writing this post now.................I have retired from work!!
I am now a retiree from the rat race - I finally got off that tread mill and now have time to stand and stare, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy my family and the simple pleasures in life - you can tell from my sheer delight that this only happened a week ago.
I realised around March that as far as work was concerned I was 'old school' - I believe that in public service you're there to give a good service to all customers - at work all that seemed to matter was how many awards we won that week.
The plan had been to wait until I was 60 and then retire but I had my pension figures for me to retire this year at 59 and the difference just wasn't worth going up and down the motorway for and spending my time doing a job that I was no longer enjoying - so I made my decision in September and finished a week ago.
It means that we are on a tight income for the next 7 years until I get my state pension but it'll just be a case of managing and getting on with it! At least I wont have to do that commute which had been getting worse and worse recently - I had been working 8 hours and then commuting 2 1/2 hours on top, so just felt completely shattered all the time.
So what's been happening in my little world since I last posted...........we have a beautiful new granddaughter I. a sister for E. there is just 15 months between them so its a handful now but they will grow up together. My Hubby has retired and is enjoying being at home. We have a new puppy Winnie - she's a Corkie - half Cocker and half Yorkie with a little bit of Jack Russell thrown in too - soooo naughty but so lovely. We've been down to Cornwall twice this year and had brilliant holidays and weather on both occasions. My daughter has secured a really prestigious position in her field and I am very proud of her and her achievements - I think that is all the big news. Oh and we have a new allotment to work on. Pictures of all to follow - when I can remember how to upload and find my way round the blog!
So now I'll be able to post more often and record how I spending my well earned retirement!!
Speak again soon