Since retiring, my weekends have a little different focus than when I was working full time. Here are ten things that I generally use my weekend for:
1. Spend a morning with Doug. He used to get up and go to work on weekends just the same as any other day of the week. Now he stays home Saturday mornings, and we get to have tea together and chat. Sometimes we even go out to breakfast. I love going out for breakfast, but Doug never really had time for it; now he is making an effort for us to spend more relaxed time together.
2. Going to church. This happens every week unless one of us is out of town. Worship refreshes my soul: singing, praying, reading the Bible.
3. Lunch at Su Casa. Every Sunday after church, we go to Su Casa restaurant in Fennville. Great Mexican food; they don’t even give us menus any more. In the winter, I have small chicken soup nad Doug has a small beef soup. This is not your usual soup: it comes with huge chunks of vegetables and a chicken leg and chicken thigh. You are supposed to take the meat off the bone, wrap it on a tortilla, dip it on the soup and eat it. I also add rice to mine. Our little town has some awesome restaurants, and people come from all over Michigan to eat here.
4. Reading. The weekend is when I can spend some quality time reading more than just a few pages at a time. This is a great perk of retirement. Instead of planning for the week of lesson plans, I can use that time to read. My Kindle has made this super easy; I can just download the latest and greatest novel in a minute or under. I may be also spending a few more dollars than I used to on books, but it’s supposed to keep my mind sharp, right?
5. Watching favorite TV shows on DVD. I have always loved TV; I admit this with no guilt. However, I have not always had time to watch the shows that I liked. I am slowly collecting seasons of some of my faves that are no longer on. Also, we have never had cable or satellite – only antenna – so I could never have seen some of the shows that I wished I could have seen. DVDs to the rescue, and the time now to watch them!
6. Baking. I like to bake, but Doug and I try not to eat sweets. I can bake now on weekends and spend time searching for some healthier alternatives to traditional dessert stuff.
7. Playing the piano and singing. My singing voice has gotten out of practice, mainly because I didn’t practice 🙂 I was never that great at piano playing, but passable. Now I find myself having time to do both. I usually find myself doing both at the same time, which can lead to some “interesting” sounds coming from my music room. Note that I only do this practicing when no one else is at home!
8. Laundry. With just Doug and I around, I can get all the laundry done on Saturday, which is great! I try to get it all done in one day, and then I don’t think about it until the next Saturday.
9. Take extended weekend trips. Not that I’ve done this very often, but it is nice to be able to do it when I want to. For instance, Doug and I went to New Orleans on a long weekend. (I blogged about our trip: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) Since I generally don’t work on Mondays or Fridays, this makes four-day weekends almost every week!
10. Fun shopping. Sometimes during the week, I go shopping and do errands. I used to have to do errands on the weekends. Now if I go shopping, I can just go for the fun stuff, like clothes, or just window shopping!
Some parts of my weekends have changed and some have stayed the same. One thing for sure is that they are more relaxing.