Plenty of Time to Be Busy: Despite Lockdown and No Work, I'm Totally Loving My Blessings

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My mother gets this look on her face when I say 'oh, you're retired, you have plenty of time!'. It's always tongue in cheek, and it's always accompanied by a request for her to sew some curtains or cushions for me, or some project I think she'd be good at. I always wait for the look. I don't know why I do it - I know I'm going to be hit by a litany of all the things she's done with her day.

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Planting trees with Buttercup

Like her, I get irritated by those that say to me 'you've got plenty of time'. Of course, it's only my reaction - it's not the fault of people who tell me I have lots of time yet don't really know me or my life.

Fact is, I do have plenty of time. What a luxury it is to have a whole year off, on a reduced wage, but a wage nonetheless. Due to the virus, we have even more time - we're not travelling, and thus we don't have to feel we have to go do tourist things, or find the next spot to be, the next plane to catch. All we have is each other, and five acres of land.

But the time is filled with things that feel really important to me. It's a good kind of busy.

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Whiskey by the lake for sunset with my man

Boredom? We don't know the meaning of the word. I don't think I've been bored since I was a kid, in the way kids get bored just for the helluva it, or for lack of imagination.

This morning, we renewed the long list on the blackboard in the kitchen, because the list had gotten so long that we had run out of room. I copied all the things we had done onto paper, which we stuck to the fridge with a magnet like a trophy of how awesome we are. Seriously. We've been getting shit DONE - all the things we've wanted to do around here, the things that have been bugging us, and the dream things too.

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Hanging out with my boy and his new pup Edie

And then there's the things that go on the list that we didn't even know we were going to do that day, like find a bargain day bed for the front porch to read on, you know, that thing you do when you lie in the sun and slip into a fantasy world in print, and doze off to the sound of parrots and kookaburras.

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Planting trees with Jamie

I think it's because we're the kind of people that put dreams into action. No sooner does the lightbulb flare in our minds do we start planning. Jamie was remarking on how beautiful all the trees were on the property, and how glad he was that we planted them over the years. Thing is, they would never have been planted if I'd been sitting around saying I was bored, but didn't have the imagination to find something to do, like source bargain tube stock and plant it on wet, rainy and windy afternoons. And then that leads to tidying up under the plantation that's already in the lower field, and Jamie thinking it'd be a nice spot for a campground, and us mowing a big circle, and building a windbreak for a fire, and clearing an area to pitch a tent, should the whim take us.

And so life is busy.

I wake, meditate for an hour, do some yoga, have breakfast and check the crypto markets, check HIVE and see if I can comment a little, do a few tasks online - and then I'm pulled into the garden and projects with Jamie, or for a long walk, then lunch, then more projects, and before I know it I'm exhausted and lazily cooking dinner, sitting down to a little bit of HIVE before the screens are off - we don't DO late night screens because we're tired, and I like to meditate a little so I can have a restful sleep so I can start again the next day.

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Because it is ridiculous amounts of fun. I love it. All of it feels purposeful. Planting, sowing, creating - it MEANS something. It's something I can contribute to the world. The new polytunnel gives me room to get enough seedlings going I can give them away in the community. The native gardens bring in birds and insects. The chickens eggs feed the neighbourhood. And this peace and happiness renews me for the work ahead.

I would never complain I don't have enough time, not this year. But I have JUST enough to do the things that really, really matter.

And maybe that's less time on HIVE and other social media, but that's okay. When I am here, I do the best I can to support this awesome platform.

It's just that the vast majority of my time is busy with other wonderful things.

We have had a hell of a few years leading up to this - deaths in the family, sickness, stress - we need this time to renew and recharge, and spend it together. And if I have to sacrifice a bit of HIVE time to do that, so be it.

What are you filling your days with?

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This morning, we renewed the long list on the blackboard in the kitchen, because the list had gotten so long that we had run out of room. I copied all the things we had done onto paper, which we stuck to the fridge with a magnet like a trophy of how awesome we are. Seriously. We've been getting shit DONE

I love this idea. Myself and my girlfriend are always making lists in our heads of things to do and see. Jobs, trips, accomplishments. It would be nice to have a proper list and mark them off over time. Get some smiley face stickers for after a big job is finished.

The country here is pretty much still in lockdown so it's mostly walks and work around the house for now but someday we will get to do more interesting and exciting things again. But as you said, there is no resaon to be bored. There is always something that you can do.

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They're no good in your head, as they stress you out and overwhelm you. Seriously, as soon as you write a visible list you actually take the first step toward making it happen!!!! I never used to be a list maker but now it's an essential part of my life. It's amazing how much you can get done if you aim to tick off little things on the list!

Which country are you in? Is that Ireland, given your avatar? I'll go check your profile to see if I can snoop and find out... haha.

There is ALWAYS something you can do! I think I'd go crazy in an apartment and I really feel for people who are. I think it's coz I need a lot of physical activity to get through...

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Same - every weekend it’s like...hmmm I’m sure there was something we needed to do.

I’m coming back to Trello for everything and I think home stuff is getting a list

Ah Trello is a good idea!

I've been more busy since not having a job how does that happen 🤔

I know right!!!! How do people even work????

If I would have a garden I would definitely be spending less time online and I would be happy about that. I love gardening and seeing plants grow but right I simply cannot exercise this passion of mine. I'm glad for you as you sound very happy. People usually judge only what they see. They are not interested in understanding the situation of others, they simply make their opinion based on what you let them see. I learned not to care about what people say about me. When I go back home many people tend to believe that I'm swimming in money and living a luxurious life because I live in Switzerland. And you know what? I let them believe that :D

I can fully understand your mom. My in laws are both 70+ and they don't have a free moment in their days. It's a problem to get them be around when we want to visit them :) I love it as it keeps them young and healthy.

These days we only have a couple of limitations due to Corona and the life is almost back to normal. I'm still cautious though as we have older people in family and I don't want to bring them in danger when we visit them. I go to work, enjoy gym, walks in the forest and bake many sourdough breads. I still have a little more time than before and started to fill it with online French lessons :) Let's see how long I'm going to keep it up.

Have a lovely day!

If I would have a garden I would definitely be spending less time online and I would be happy about that.

I'm sorry you don't! I know you'd really get good energy from it. I wish I could share mine with everyone!!!

There's a few people both in real life and on HIVE that make assumptions all the time about me, and are quite flippant when I try to explain I can't manage this or that because I'm preoccupied with other things I find important and worthy. It does bug me as I wish they'd realise their way is not the only highway, but you're right - I should care less! Learning not to. I think sometimes it's my own guilt at not being able to be everywhere at once.

My folks are the same - busy busy - and young for their age because of it. They are 'yes' people - so if we want to do anything fun they're always up for it. Sadly not at moment because of this bloody virus though.

Envious of Europe that's pretty much out of the worst of it - we'll be in lockdown for ages given this daft handling of it over here.

Well, you are just one person, so you cannot be everywhere and you are NOT an avocado, and therefore can't please everyone neither ;) I must admit that I was feeling like you but one day when I was explaining to my friends why I couldn't do something my husband told me that I really don't need to justify my actions to anyone, except of myself. And let me tell you that it is so liberating...and don't forget, people mostly care only about themselves..

The numbers are growing here as well but lockdown was so destroying to the economy that I don't think we will ever do it again. I however wish that at least masks would be obligatory as most of people don't care about social distancing anymore. I hope that you won't have to stay in lockdown for long...

we need this time to renew and recharge

Don’t we all ?

Absolutely! Hope you're getting it.

Making a list of things to do is our way also. We always have one going and love to put those check marks down.
I think since retiring we are busier than ever, growing our own food, flowers and trees are just part of the fun!
Have a blessed day!

You too!!! It's really satisfying isn't it??? Otherwise it's just a big chaotic mess, or nothing gets done!!!

ow mennnn that puppy!! <3

Oh seriously I know.. here's another one

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for the love of god. you cant do this to me the amount of cuteness!

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Seriously! She updates her insta story five times a day with Edie adventures and I'm addicted. I love her so much. I can't wait to babysit her!

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List!!! You guys are so organised and live life to the full. I haven't been working for years and I feel I have achieved nothing other than enjoying myself by not doing anything! Most of my days after breakfast are wasted lazing around and before I know it, its time to make dinner. A whole day gone, nothing achieved. And you know the worse thing? I don't feel awfully guilty about wasting time

It does get to the stage sometimes, I have to drag myself out and create a trip, even if its a walk down the shops. I don't know if this lifestyle is healthy or not, as I always have a reason to justify it .... Covid is perfect for that 😄

And that's absolutely fine too!!!! We aren't all the same. What works for you might not be the same for me - I actually envy you for your chilledness!!!!! And if you don't feel that nagging guilt - why would you change things dude? Love your work.

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Really those are the little moments in life that one enjoys the most, planting, planting a tree, enjoying with loved ones, breathing fully.

Your post has given me a break from my day, I really enjoyed it.

Keep enjoying every detail and moment as you do it.

Thanks so much, it's really kind of you to say so. Same again today - more tree planting on our anniversary today!

I wish I could plant some Land Rover trees to collect some fresh Land Rovers when summer arrives.

What are you filling your days with?

Currently found peace walking the dog; 30 minutes out and I get back on track with my mind. Then I can work on my book.

Planting landrover babies to grow more landrovers??? I'd be richer than a crypto billionaire. How gorgeous woutl that be - baby landrovers stumbling through the bush with their little puppy tyres.

We might be buying a 130 soon....

Hey what book are you working on? Are you still at your Dad's? How is the state of lockdown in Brazil at the moment - you guys sure had some numbers, right?

Have you watched The Odd Life on youtube? About a couple doing up a boat?

baby landrovers!!!!!! only if I can keep them inside, it's cold outside now, you know? I'd even put them in bed and read stories.

We might be buying a 130 soon....

Oh, God.

Hey what book are you working on? Are you still at your Dad's?

Working on the book about the trip to Patagonia, with sushi and all the crazyness. On my mom's now, since March (waiting to get the hell out again).

How is the state of lockdown in Brazil at the moment - you guys sure had some numbers, right?

We've crossed the 100k deaths, but if you see we do have 210 million people, so I'm skeptical. Of course it's a high number, but not as much per million. I gotta say that since I've stopped watching TV and took the time to walk the dog I noticed that things do not look terrible, people are rolling with life.

Have you watched The Odd Life on youtube? About a couple doing up a boat?

I don't know this one, I'll def check them out! On the boat subject I follow these two:

https://www.youtube.com/c/SampsonBoatCo/videos -> amazing guy building a vintage sailboat

https://www.youtube.com/user/madsdahlke -> this one is a guy restoring a newer sailboat, superb what he does with the tools

Aww, those are lovely images! Indeed, we all need a time out to renew and recharge. Take as much as you need.

Thankyou! Hope everything is okay with you?

Sure, I have been fine, the economic effects of the pandemic aside :)

Food preservation and a little garden weeding in between...