Thursday, April 4, 2013

Too much to do, I want to retire now please.

Ok.  Can I hand in my resignation and start retirement?  There are so many things I want to do and work is just getting in the way.  I think I am ready to be a kept women.

Here is my to do list (for this year alone)

  • Write my novel
  • Research the next one
  • Sort out and data entry all my family history research
  • Continue the research, preferably in the UK
  • Build an organic vegetable garden, with chook house
  • Go back to my home town of Wisemans Ferry and just be for a while
My Aunt called me a few months ago, telling me she was going to the UK and could I give her what I knew about a branch of the family that came from Devon.  I knew I had a lot more data in my files than I had got around to entering in the computer.  I wanted to present her with a very detailed family tree (she is after all an (ex) school teacher so the goody two shoes was coming out in me).  I knew I had a few months, and the sticky note with all the info got moved along in my diary as each week passed.  

Yesterday morning I get a phone call.

Jodie, it's your Aunty J here.  

Oh Hi.  I guess you are off to the UK soon.  Sorry I haven't got that info for you yet.  When do you leave?


Oh crap.  Ok, well can I email it to you today?  

I am up at your cousins place, can you drop it around to me?

6pm and I had it all printed out for her.  My other Aunt, who I haven't seen for about 15 years (at least) and lives in NSW was over too as she is going with Aunty J to the UK.  Bonus.  I get to see both the old favourite Aunties at once.

My cousin lives less than 2 km from me.  I rarely see her, we bump into each other at the shops sometimes.  So I popped around and it was wonderful, that family connection, it felt so natural.

How did I get so removed from my family that I love?  This is what our modern lives do to us.  We get too busy for the things that really matter.  


  1. Life is hectic but sounds like you got what you needed to in the end. You have your list, just do what you can and the rest will just have to wait. Im in my early 30s and want to work part time so I can have time to do other things and then retire by 50 is the dream. But who knows how that will happen!
    Devon Cornwall is such a beautiful part of the UK, I spent a few weeks driving around there with my family eating way too many cornish pastries :)

  2. I love your list, you will do it all. I miss my family to. xxx

  3. I am nodding here as I read. Totally agree with the retirement statement - I think it is time as well. 24 hours a day is just not enough time to get it all done. Pity about needing more money to finance all of the dreams.