I've been told to keep busy and I've been told to not feel guilty about doing nothing.
I've been told to take up a new interest and I've been told to get more involved in hobbies I already have.
I've been told to spend as much time as I can doing not very much in the garden and I've been told to get out an about as much as I can.
Everybody who is already retired seems to have an opinion and each one is different. I didn't realise that this was going to be such a controversial moment! I think that if I do a bit of everything that everybody has suggested I'll probably have more than enough to fill my days.
Of course day one of my new life is not totally relaxing, the builders have just arrived to start replacing the paving in the front garden and so I predict a morning of tea and coffee making to keep them happy. My daughter isn't feeling well so I've offered to take my grandson to his toddler music activity class this morning and then we had already planned to pop over to the next town as she needs some new work clothes and it's not easy to shop with a toddler in a buggy who's intent on grabbing everything that passes within reach.
I've managed to capture two of the photos I need for the Scavenger Hunt that Mary Lou is hosting - we spent the afternoon and evening at Paul's cousin's yesterday and their garden is so lovely, and it was easy to find something for The Rosiness of Red
And then whilst cooking, I noticed the brand of oil that I use perfectly fits Mellow Yellow
Time to go and put the kettle on again, those workmen are probably thirsty!