Tuesday, February 6, 2018

#sol18 Retired Morning

Stretching slowly, I squint to see what time it is. Although, by the light in the room, it's shortly after 7:00am. One of the joys of retirement is sleeping 'til I wake up.

"Time to get up!" my body says, so I head downstairs to start my day.

In the kitchen, Chloe greets me as she stretches and yawns her way out of her kennel. She wags her fluffy butt for her morning hug and I put her outside for a few minutes while I make the coffee.

The floor chills my feet and I wish I had slippers handy. Or at least a pair of socks.

Chloe gets a treat when she comes in and I pour my first cup of coffee before heading to the living room. I don't turn up the heat, but instead,  grab my blanket to wrap myself in while I enjoy this first cup.

I open my computer to check Facebook, although I don't know why. Not much has been posted overnight. Then Twitter. Email next. Then a bit of news online.

Today is Tuesday, so there are slices to brighten my morning. I read and comment for a while and they remind me--
It's time to write.

Today's writing quote: "Start writing, no matter what. The water does not start flowing until the faucet is turned on."  Louis L'Amour

It's wonderful and one of the best I've ever read. If I was still teaching I'd use it as a mentor text.


  1. Your opening lines so resonate with me" "I squint to see what time it is. Although, by the light in the room, it's..." So many mornings I make a mental guess of the time by the light in the sky and then confirm. Your Louis L'Amour quote reminds me of the importance of just starting. Happy Tuesday!

  2. I so enjoyed reading your post. And the link to the story of the lady with such exuberance for life! Thanks for sharing.

  3. That is the best way to begin a day! I agree, Fran's post Beautiful Lady was wonderful. Keep enjoying those slow starts to your day.

  4. Wonderful post where you can feel your cozy kitchen, love of a pet, and comfort of your home. I enjoyed reading how your morning started. Thank you for sharing! (This will not let me leave my WordPress site but I am part of Slice of Life and my blog is The Apples in My Orchard - it would not let me comment as that url). Thanks, again!

  5. Ah, retirement. Yes, to the slow, relaxing start to a new day. My body has never adjusted to sleeping in, so my day starts early, but my routine is much like yours. Enjoy each day.

  6. As I near retirement, I am looking forward and...at the same time, wanting time to slow down. Interesting note- Our posts have been similar lately. We must be sharing a mind. Thanks for the great post! mark

  7. Delightful! (I'm jealous... between school and a toddler, it's been a looooong time since I got to "sleep until I wanted"!) And man, I do love sleep. Really, my favorite part was all the little things you did after waking up though: I could feel you savoring each small moment.

  8. Joy & joyful simplicity in the phrase, "sleeping 'til I wake up." Thanks for sharing this low-key bliss.