Time passes quicker

I haven’t been posting here very much of late.

You might be wondering what the hell I have been doing with all that time I’ve gained now that I don’t have to go to work. Well, I find that time passes much quicker than I would have expected.

A course or two

I completed a couple of online courses earlier in the year, one of which suggested some great strategies for aging well. And I’ve finally taken some of the advice offered – not something that I have ever been well-known for.

time passesKeeping fit

Firstly, I have actually begun to exercise daily to strengthen my body. Working out is something I have always tried to avoid, but these particular exercises are designed for older people and suit me quite well because i can do them at home. It has taken a little bit of practice, but I can now do the exercises without any major discomfort, so I feel I have made some progress. And I appreciate that if I don’t keep them up, things are just going to seize up.

time passesI even bought a pass for our local pool and since the weather has been glorious here (I know, it’s supposed to be winter – sorry all you Canadians still enduring the snow in April) I have been spending some time doing laps and lounging around at lunchtime, reading by the side of the pool and saving lots of money on the vitamin D tablets that I didn’t have to buy. (If you are local to Sydney’s Inner West, you can get a 1/2 price pass to the Canterbury pool or gym, this week only)

Brain Training

Then I have had to do mental exercises as well. I have a daily list of online games that are supposed to keep us mentally active and help prevent us from having to live with dementia. And I do find that I get better at them if I play a little every day.

time Don’t be unsociable

Another piece of advice from the longevity people is to maintain social contact. Yes, isolation leads to depression and can be a killer. So my weekly Trivia night and my movie with a friend day have become more of a priority. It all takes up a fair bit of time though.

Family camping

Time is slipping awaysparkeyFamily ties of course are paramount, so I have just spent a week camping with my daughter and her very beautiful dog. Add a couple of days for getting together everything we needed, and another couple of days of sorting it all out when we got back, it kept me pretty busy.

Something new

musicA final piece of advice from the aging course was to try something new as often as you can. Well, long long ago I did learn to play the piano. It was so long ago though, that I consider music to be something new. While cleaning out a couple of cupboards I found a book of easy piano music, so down came my daughter’s old keyboard from the loft and yes, it still works. My only issue with it is that frequently I run out of notes, so I need to get a new keyboard that has more octaves. It’s amazing how time goes by so quickly when you are trying to play playing. Now i have found out that I could plug the keyboard into the computer and play myself a whole range of instruments with MF Yamaha Audio. Forget the One Man Band, I can be a One Woman Orchestra!

And I’ve just found this site that has free sheet music which will come in very handy.

So you can see why I haven’t had much time to post here.

When the weather cools down I will spend more time on the blog.

Do you find that time seems to go just as fast if not faster, now that you are retired?


#MF Yamaha Audio




  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    June 15, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hi Cathy, I am hoping to get back to the blogging for our winter, but we have had such a glorious Indian summer that I’m not sure Winter is ever going to come. It’s still 20 degrees at lunchtime so pool is always tempting! Global warming?

  • Cathy Lynn Brooks

    June 13, 2016 at 8:36 am

    It’s so wonderful to see you’ve been so active and busy.

  • amanpan

    May 1, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Maddy! I’m glad to see your post. I have been retired a little over 2 years and love it! It takes some getting used to but you will find things to do that you never had time for in the past. Enjoy everything you do!!

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    May 1, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Hello Diane – you are right. Apart from raising my daughter, I have lived alone for most of my life. I definitely couldn’t live now without plenty of alone time. But when bloggers write about doing things with a partner, I do think “aren’t they lucky?”.

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    May 1, 2016 at 7:43 am

    It is very nice to be missed, and there was I thinking no-one’s going to notice if I don’t post. Thank you Babs, you have really encouraged me to make the time and focus more on the blog. I have a bad habit of being distracted as soon as I hit the Social Media!

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    May 1, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Thanks Chris,
    Even though I wasn’t happy to be made redundant at 60, I am very much enjoying not working! I think it’s because my time is my own and only I decide what to do with it. No hurry, no stress!
    I don’t know why winter is so late arriving here – it will get cold enough but it won’t really be winter as we know it in England!

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    May 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Hi Bernadette, I hope to be getting into a better blogging routine when winter finally arrives. I don’t know what is happening with this weather!

  • Bernadette

    May 1, 2016 at 5:06 am

    I have missed your posts but it sounds like you have been missing for lots of good reasons. I am glad you are so engaged in so many interesting activities.

  • thejuicenut

    May 1, 2016 at 4:33 am

    haha well done! I know several people who have said they don’t know how they ever found time to work! One person now travels all over with his free bus pass. Thanks for the link to the free mind games. It will come in useful when I’m not tired enough to sleep. I envy you your gorgeous weather and pool – here it is like we skipped Spring amd went straight through to winter: wind, heavy rain, sleet, hail and snow on repeat! But reportedly it is set to go to the other extreme in a week! 😎

  • Babs

    May 1, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I was wondering where you were Maddy! Sounds like you’re spending your time well. You are forgiven. I agree that it’s so important to try and keep social and try new things as we get older. Great suggestions!

  • Still the Lucky Few

    May 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Love all of those great ideas, Maddy! I can see you are taking some of that advice. One thing about loneliness, though. I’ve been doing some research on it, and have just written how solitude is good for us. Of course I make the distinction that solitude and loneliness are different!

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