Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Going Back To The Library

Since I have been catching up on my reading, I decided to make more regular trips to the library in order to get the same books without paying for them. It is always great to own the books but they take up a lot of space once they start piling up, and also the money might come in handy in other areas especially since I am retired now. The great thing about the library is the selection, especially the old titles, and you can always make use of the library's system to place reservations for books that you want but are currently not available since they have been borrowed by someone else. It is great for someone my age to be able to enjoy the kind of technological advances in the current generation and this has made my reading life so much better. I get to read anything and all the different types of books I did not have the time for when I was younger and working. I would say I average about five to seven books a week, on top of the newspapers and magazines that also occupy my days. I read quite fast for someone my age, and my eyesight has always been good. It is quite surprising to find someone like me who reads so much yet does not need any eyeglasses.

I also watch a lot of TV and movies, so it is even more amazing that my eyesight has not been negatively affected by and large. Maybe it is because I make sure I sit a safe distance from the TV and the radiation does not harm my eyes so readily. I also make sure I read under a good light and actually do a bit of eye exercises in the morning, look out into my garden and just twirling my eyes while looking at the greenery. I read many many years ago that it helps to keep the eyes in good shape and so far that routine seems to work for me. It might sound a bit funny with some old fogey staring out into the garden twirling his eyes and a passerby might think I must have gone senile. But for good healthy eyes I do not mind being thought of as crazy. The wine that we drink daily might also help in good blood circulation which can be bring benefits for the eyes, but I still believe that making sure I use them in the right conditions have helped for the most part.

My wife will also be joining me on the next trip to the library, as she has been won over by my promotion of the benefits of borrowing from the library instead of buying. She could perhaps get even more cookbooks without having to spend any money buying them. Since we both love to cook, that would be a great way of indulging in our hobby while not spending on anything other than the food itself. We can also learn more about other types of food without having to spend on cooking classes. It is much like watching those cooking shows on TV where they show you the recipes and some of them feature non American dishes which we are always keen to try. I can also borrow some books on topics which I would not spend money on, but since the library offers so much variety, it allows me to find out, learn and read more. It is something I have missed out when younger, and now it is like a treasure chest of knowledge for me.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Another Day Out In Town

My wife and I spent another nice sunny day out in the town center as we had to run a few errands. I wanted to send a few letters to my brother and sister and had to make a trip to the post office, while we also wanted to get some more food for our emptying fridge. I also had to get a fresh pack of fertilizer as they were running out at home, and thought that perhaps I could pick up a fresh pot of flowers as well along the way. I love flowers and my garden is all the better for it since they really liven up the whole house and garden and look really pleasant. My friends who have dropped by have always complimented me on my gardening skills and how the small space actually looks so much larger, and that perhaps I could get a job as the Queen's royal gardener in England. Now wouldn't that be just amazing if I was one since I really like it as a hobby and it would be nice to get paid in pounds. But I would rather spend the rest of my life tending to my own now and having a good retirement with my lovely wife.

I have not been able to write as much in my online diary since I get bored sometimes and I am not sure if anyone might get bored reading what I do each day. Sometimes I also get so engrossed with what I am doing each day that I forget to go online and write anything but I would like to learn more about online diaries and maybe I can make some new friends on the Internet as well since that appears to be very popular nowadays. Maybe I can also find people who enjoy the same hobbies as I do and that would be a great way to meet new people who share the same interests. But I also get lazy and would prefer to just watch a dvd with my wife. Anyway, back to my trip to town, and after waiting in queue at the post office for half an hour, I finally got my letters posted and went to the gardening shop. I had to pay $49.99 for the fertilizer and was surprised how prices had risen. I thought only food seemed to be affected but looks like I could be wrong. My wife had earlier gone to the supermarket first and that was my next destination. I decided not to pick up any new flowers since the fertilizer already cost so much.

When I got to the supermarket, my wife had already done most of the shopping and it was then that I hit upon the idea of trying out our luck of having lobster pasta again tonight. It happened to be our lucky day and they still had lobsters when we got there. Our way back home was filled with talk of how we would prepare our pasta and just thinking how great a meal and delicious it would be when it was finally done. A few more hours later, we were sitting at the dinner table enjoying the lobster pasta and feeling oh so satisfied. It was our lucky day and we had a great dinner as a result.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Having Hobbies At My Age

As you might know by now, I am over 50 and a retiree, and am not that outgoing, spending most of my time at home or in my garden, which is still considered indoors to me. This might be a problem for most people my age or older, as it can really get quite lonely at times when you are old and have no children like we do. What I do to make sure my brain remains alert and working, as well as occupying my time, is to catch up on all the hobbies I love but never quite had the time for when I was younger, due to work and other commitments in trying to ensure my wife and I would enjoy a good retirement. My hobbies are mostly simple things which do not require much money and can be enjoyed with my wife as well. I have the good fortune of having a wife that also delights in spending time on the same activities, and it probably explains why we are still together and love each other so much even at this age, when many couples might actually find their partnership dull and boring. We both love to read, watch TV and movies, and enjoy each other's company tremendously. Making a simple trip to the town center for our groceries are very enjoyable in its own right, and it could be said that we are husband and wife, but also best of friends.

As I said, I love to read and fix my eyes on the TV as well. I also enjoy spending a nice afternoon in my garden and doing basic gardening chores. Sometimes I help out my wife with cleaning the house, and one thing I did not realize is that we both also love to cook, so our time in the kitchen is always filled with laughter and delight at preparing our meals. It also goes without saying that we enjoy eating, so sometimes we try our hands at preparing new dishes and test them on ourselves or any friends who come over for a visit. I think it is good for a couple to do things together at home, as it really helps to develop the bond between the two individuals and make them grow together as a pair. That has always been how my wife and I grew together. Even simple and seemingly boring stuff like playing Scrabble together also helps in one way or another. We have always been good natured, but doing things together has also helped to improve us in that aspect. We rarely fight or quarrel, and most times when we do, they are resolved within minutes since we usually realize they were just misunderstandings and that as long as we understand each other, there is really no need for either of us to get angry with one another or over anything.

I would say that perhaps in that respect we are both greatly blessed to have found each other and to have grown old together and still be so much in love with each other. The absence of kids has not been too great a problem since we enjoy each other's company so much, and friends who pay us a visit from time to time also help to liven things up occasionally. We also never get tired of doing the same things together, such as watching movies, sometimes two or three in a row. Perhaps it has partly to do with a subconscious realization that we are also catching up on things we wanted to do but had put on the backburner till now. It is something akin to having a second lease of life, and one that is very exciting in its own right even at our age. Throughout the whole process it has gone on to cement our relationship and made our bond so much stronger and loving.