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January 08, 2022

A Weekend Off

Hello friends and Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was wonderful and I hope the new year is off to a good start for all of you. 

I have so much I want to tell you about that I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'll just start with what's going on now and save the rest for later when I can get back to my regular blogging schedule. 

I have this whole weekend off! It's the first in the last five and a half months. I did have company coming in this weekend but something came up and they had to cancel their visit. There was no way I was going to fill either job in on that bit of news. You are going to be my company this weekend instead and it's long past time for us to catch up a bit!

In my last post I wrote about my absence from blogging while I've been working the two jobs. Some wanted to know why such a drastic change from being retired to working two jobs. Well, we may have appeared to be fully retired, but that was only due to the pandemic. My husband and I are retired from our careers, but we had both still been working post retirement jobs. We didn't have to work a lot, but we did still work here and there. 

When the pandemic came along we didn't want to take any risks. I'm thankful we had planned ahead before leaving our careers and had a decent emergency fund saved to rely on, but we knew we would have to get back to work as soon as we safely could. It was never in our plan to have to work quite so hard again, but Covid changed a lot of things for a lot of people. It is what it is. I can't say I'm thrilled about it, but I suppose a few more years of hard work won't kill us.

Back in August my husband applied for and was offered a position with the post office. I was a little shocked, I thought he was probably too old to get hired there, but they did hire him. Then came the long wait. He is finally getting ready to start orientation next week - talk about the post office being slow! Meanwhile I've been working nonstop between the two jobs and biding my time while waiting for him to get started. I will finally be able to cut back on hours once he gets rolling. I know some of you are curious, I'll tell you about my jobs and how working 60 hours a week came about so quickly in a later post - crazy times!

Now all I can hope for is that we both remain Covid free. Things were finally looking so much better after being vaccinated, then I go back to work and look at how things are now! Working with the general public day in and day out really concerns me, especially with most people here still not wear masks - don't forget we live in Florida Floriduh. My husband and I are fully vaccinated, including the booster, so all we can do is play it as safe as we can and hope for the best.

I hope this post will be the start of my return to blogging. I still won't be around daily for a while like I was before, but at least more often than I have been in recent months. I look forward to catching up more with all of you, I've missed you!

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  1. So happy to see your post on my reader, Martha! You've been missed as well.

    I'm 66, on SS, but I also work. The past year I worked only part-time, however, now that I'm at the full retirement age, I can now work as much as I want and still get my SS. I actually enjoy working, but like you, everything changed when COVID hit. The place I worked at shut down for 5 months, and like you, I was happy that I had my savings account because it saved me when I was out of work. I was able to live on it for over 5 months. But when the lockdown ceased and things began to open up here, I applied for a new job and got it. Like I said, I actually enjoy working and plan to continue. But it's nice having that SS check each month because it covers all my essentials, so whatever I make working, I just place in my savings account to build it back up. Because you never know when you're going to need it, right?

    So glad to hear you had a weekend off. Relax and enjoy yourself!

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    1. Great thinking Ron, it's always a good idea to have an emergency fund. We would have been forced to work through the scariest times of Covid if we didn't have that, now just need to rebuild it. We are hoping to wait until full SS age before we start drawing on ours and we have our pensions coming from the school board soon too. We will be ok but definitely need to keep some income coming in for a couple more years. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have had a fantastic weekend, and here's to a great week ahead - cheers!

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  2. Welcome back! You were missed! :)

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    1. Thanks Bless, it's good to be back! :)

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  3. Nice to see you back.
    My mother and step-dad both worked in the post office. That was many years ago though. My mom was one of the first woman postal workers in our area in NJ.

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    1. Thanks Karen. How cool that your mom was one of the first women postal workers in your area! I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  4. We've missed you too but I'm sure glad all is okay. Dang, you're right, busy sure happens before you realized it. Happy New Year from all of us!

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    1. Thanks so much and a happy and healthy 2022 to you and the gang!

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  5. Happy New Year and welcome back, even it is just here and there for now! Congratulations on J's new job! I hope it goes well and he enjoys it. The pandemic certainly changed so many things and lives. Even triple vaccinated, fully aware and fully masked in the public I worry daily and people are 50/50 here on masking and such. Needless to say we spend a ton of time at home still :D

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    1. P.S. looking forward to the rest of the story.

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    2. Thanks Tamy. I sure hope he will like the new job too. My youngest works for the post office and boy does he have to work hard and such long hours. I hope the hubs can handle it!

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    3. Oh and the rest of the story coming soon. I was just getting too long winded again to go into it on this post. Typical me lol!

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    4. LOL I understand - I haven't found a cure for long winded either :D

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    5. You aren't nearly as bad as I am, at least not on your blog. I just spill everything and in detail lol.

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  6. I don’t think I knew you were retired, but I’m curious what jobs you are now working. Are they related to your previous career(s)? We got the booster in early December and I think we are the only ones left in our friend group who hasn’t had Covid. But, we’ve been very careful and my husband doesn’t work with the public. My daughter who lives with us works at the library, but they’ve gone back to curbside service only.

    Looking forward to more posts! Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Bijoux! My career years were spent at a desk job as a registrar with the school system. My jobs now are nothing thrilling, both in retail, one management. It's the way things happened that was all kind of crazy.

      This strain of Covid is spreading lightning fast. Working with the public, it's probably just a matter of time before it will hit me too. All I can hope it that it be mild if I do get it, but I'm still being as careful as I possibly can and trying my best to avoid it. I hope you and your family are able to stay Covid free too!

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  7. I'm glad your husband's job with the post office will take some of the strain off you so that you can reduce your hours down to a more manageable amount. Yes, this new variant omicron is scarily contagious, but at least if you do catch it, your triple vaxx will prevent you from getting too severely ill. Stay safe and be well, both of you!

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    1. Thanks Debra. If my husband gets as many hours as my son does at the post office I may be able to just go back my Instagram bookshop and work from home - fingers crossed. We are both being as careful as we can possibly be. I sure hope you stay safe and well too!

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  8. I'm glad to see you around again.

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    1. Thanks Mary, it's so nice to be back!

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  9. You were missed! I look forward to catching up.

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    1. Thanks Sam! This weekend has been so nice just making my blog rounds and catching up a bit with everyone. I hope I can reduce those hours very soon so I can go back to my blog life. :)

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  10. Nice to hear from you Martha!

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    1. Thanks Christine. It's been great catching up with everyone!

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  11. COVID has changed a lot of things, hasn't it? I hope you can cut back on your crazy work schedule soon. I don't think I could do 60 hours a week. Good luck with it all.

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    1. It sure has! Believe me, I haven't worked these kind of hours since I was in my twenties, it's brutal at my age. Thankfully it's only temporary. I can start cutting back on hours very soon, and I can't wait!

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  12. Hi Martha, nice to see you post! Covid is getting crazy over here and 3 of my kids got it and were all double vaxed and recovering. We were all together on Christmas and no one showing any signs. We are triple vaxed and did not get it. My husband and I are retired postal workers, each of us with 36+ years. I hope things get better for you. Happy New Year!

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    1. So sorry to hear so many in your family got Covid, it's really running rampant now. I hope they all had mild cases and have fully recovered.

      36 plus years with the post office is a LONG time! My youngest son started at the post office at 23 so he will probably be a lifer like you and your husband were.

      Happy 2022 to you and your family!

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  13. So glad you are back. Sending good thoughts that you can stay Covid free.

    Flori-duh is not the only one resisting masks. I now live in Pennsyltucky, ground zero for the Trumpian-mentality.

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    1. Thanks Dee. I'm sorry to hear it's so bad there too, these people are totally insane! I'll do my best to stay Covid free - fingers crossed!

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  14. So good to see you back! Going to those hours from somewhat "retired" must have been a huge adjustment. I'm exhausted even thinking about it!

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    1. It was beyond a huge adjustment, especially with the year and half I sat at home and didn't work at all during the pandemic! I hope all is well with you Margaret. Happy 2022!

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  15. Welcome back, what a nice surprise! The post office needs all the help it can get. What will he be doing there, will he deliver mail? Can't wait to hear about your jobs!

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    1. Thanks Ginny! Yes, he was hired as a mail carrier. I sure hope he likes it and can handle the long hours. My jobs aren't anything exciting, both are in retail, but I'll tell you all about them soon anyway. :)

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  16. It is lovely to see a post from you. I do hope that life slows down for you a bit - and that you can stay free of the blasted plague. I am double vaccinated and boosted and still careful.

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    1. We are extra careful too, but I don't know how much that is going to help with this new variant. It seems to be spreading like wildfire. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  17. I'm glad you're okay, just very busy. Hopefully soon you'll be working less hours. Meanwhile stay safe and well.

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    1. Thanks GM. I can't wait to slow down on these hours, I'm completely exhausted! I sure hope you stay safe and well too my friend.

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  18. Wow..you have been busy, Martha. Well, that's good, right? So good to see you update the blog and share what has been happening in your life with us.

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    1. Thanks Angie. I've been a little more busy than I'd like, I'm being run into the ground, but things will begin to lighten up now that the holidays are behind us. Happy 2022! :)

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  19. Good to see you blogging again, stay safe! hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks so much Valerie, you stay safe too!

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  20. Hello,
    I am glad to see you blogging again. You are staying covid-free that is good. It will be nice when you are working less and have some fun. Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. It sure will be nice when things slow down a bit. Hopefully this weekend off is the beginning of that time! I hope you have a great week too!

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  21. Good for you taking the weekend off and not telling the jobs your plans changed. 60 hours is a lot of hours to work.

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    1. You know how it is in retail Ann, they would have had me back on the schedule in a heartbeat. I'm so glad I didn't tell them. I really needed this weekend to just chill for a change. I hope you have a great week!

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  22. Martha, thanks for the update on how come you're back to work so hard. Do hope the post office turns out to be a great place for your husband as long as you both stay covid free. I live in a small rural County and from day one people just refuse to wear their masks, including the Amish. I've had my three shots I don't go out too much in public and I wear my mask every time. I'm sure you do the same thing. I'll bet you'll be glad when you cut back on your hours a bit and can breathe on your own. Stay safe don't get hurt while you work. Lynn and Precious

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    1. Thanks Lynn. I do the same thing you do, I'm very careful. Working with the public all day sure is a risk though. I'm thinking about leaving both of my jobs for a while now that my husband will be back to work. He'll be working as a mail carrier so he won't be up close and personal with a lot of people, it's definitely a much safer job than what I'm doing!

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  23. Welcome ~ hoping this will be the first of many more, but also hoping that you are not overdoing "life" with work. Take time for "you".

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    1. I have definitely been overdoing it but didn't have a choice. Thankfully it's temporary and will slow down soon!

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  24. Hi Martha! ♥ I'm happy to hear you have the weekend off! And I really hope you can cut your hours soon, 60 hour work weeks are awful. I'm glad your husband got the job at the post office, that should bring you both security! I still can't believe people aren't wearing masks...duh is right!

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    1. Thanks Rain. My husband's job will definitely take the pressure off. 60 hours is definitely way too much at my age! I sure can't believe how careless people are about masks either, it's mindboggling.

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  25. It's so good to see you back to blogging once again, Martha. Good luck to your husband in his new job position. And I hope you can now cut back a little bit from your jobs. Take good care my friend~ Andrea XOXOXO

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea. I will definitely be able to cut way back now that my husband will be working again. It will be great to get back to my regular routines, including blogging of course! :)

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  26. Whew!! Martha so very happy to know you and your husband are well. Nowadays one's mind goes immediately to the pandemic!! You are both very hard workers.
    60 hours a week is a lot. Here's to a drastic cutback for you very soon.
    All good here you two stay well
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Thank you Cecilia. 60 hours a week has been crazy, but now that the hubs will be working again I can drastically cut my hours. I can't wait! I sure hope you stay well too. Happy 2022!

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  27. I hope when your husband is settled in his job, it makes it easier for you. I heard the post office was slow but that’s incredible.

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    1. Thanks Marie, it will definitely make things way easier for me. Incredible is such a nice word for how slow they were about this job lol!

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  28. I hope your husband enjoys his new job with the post office and you can cut back. 60 hours is too much I think for a"retired" person. Keep wearing the mask to stay safe. I wear it whenever I leave the house. Glad to catch up with you and I hope you have a good week.

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    1. Hi Carol! Believe me, I never have my mask off in public places. We still won't even go to a restaurant because of having to take our masks off to eat. I'm being as safe as I possibly can be - I just hope that's enough with this crazy variant!

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  29. welcome back and congrats on the post office job to your hubby. the post office is fast sliding down the tubes so maybe they decided to hire retirees that are good workers and know what they are doing. now that I type that, I may have mispoke, we have 3 postal delivery guys, the oldest one is the worst one. dying to hear details of what type work you do. I could not work that many hours, not even from home. I often fear something happening to Bob and how I would survive.

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    1. You crack me up as always Sandra, I've sure missed you. I wonder if the older postal worker is one who has been there his entire career and is just sick and tired of it? Or maybe he's just another old guy like my husband who really doesn't want to be working again at his age, who knows lol. My jobs are nothing thrilling, both are in retail, one in management. It is really hard putting in those kind of hours, but thankfully that part is temporary. You know how it is though, we do what we have to do.

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  30. Happy New Year!! I'm glad to hear you're doing well.

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    1. Thanks so much Lori. Happy 2022 to you and yours!

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  31. I'm so glad to hear from you Martha! I have thought of you often, hoping everything was ok...sorry you're having to work so hard but so glad you are healthy...I hope things ease up soon and you'll have a little time to blog. Happy 2022!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks Jenna, I can't wait to get back to a somewhat regular schedule again soon. Happy New Year to you too! Have a fantastic week. :)

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  32. It sounds as if you meet yourself coming and going! I am curious about what jobs you work. But happy for you since it is what you want.

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    1. Well Rose I can't say it's what I want, but I'm doing what I have to do. Both of my jobs are in retail, one of them management. I'll tell you all about them soon, I got too long winded on this post to add details. I sure can't wait until I can slow down a bit! Happy 2022 to you and your family!

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  33. Welcome back!

    Hope you will have some time to do moe blogging.

    Interesting thing, I just realized that I can comment, on my tablet. And so happy am I!!!! Did not know this.

    Now, if something happened to my old computer, at least, I could tell Dear Readers, this way.

    Gentle hugs,
    Merry Midwinter Wishes
    From *Ice Land* LOL

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    1. Thank you! Things will start to slow down for me now that the holidays are behind us and my husband will be working again too. I sure have missed my daily blog life. Stay warm!

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  34. Gosh, August to January before he starts work? That’s the slowest I’ve ever heard of. I hope him working will take some of the burden off of you, and I know he will be happier to be working as well. It’s hard to be stuck at home and see your partner doing all of the work, I’ve been there.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people are (mostly) really good about masking, vaccine, etc., and this variant is spreading like wildfire here as well. I do hope that being fully vaccinated/boosted will provide me with enough immunity that my case is mild when I inevitably get this thing.

    Nice to see you here again, I will admit I was a little worried when your ‘be back soon’ post was up for so long. Enjoy your weekend off, what a luxury!

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    1. Hi J! Isn't that the most ridiculous thing about the job? They didn't even let him know what was going on or what to expect, just a little pending notice on his application. I'm just so glad he's finally starting!

      I'm glad you are where people are a careful. I've noticed all along California in general has tried to do the right thing and they've still been hammered over and over again. I feel like you do - it seems like it's only a matter of time before we all get this virus. I sure hope being fully vaccinated keeps us mostly protected.

      This time I really will be back soon, and I can't wait! :)

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  35. Happy New Year, Martha! It's lovely to see your post pop up in my Bloglovin' feed! xxxx

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    1. Thanks Vix and Happy New Year to you too. Stay safe out there my friend!

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  36. It sounds like it worked out well during COVID. "Floriduh" sounds like my county in Oregon. We do have a mask mandate, but tell that to sometimes 1/2 of the shoppers! I've noticed certain parts of town are better than others. I just wish the managers would take it seriously.
    (The store I referred to in a post of mine is one of the worst. It's closest to me, but a different city. The others are fine. I avoid that one, I got laughed and yelled at by some women for my wearing a mask!)
    Hope you can take it easier soon! 60 yours is more than I could do! Keep those seeds stocked!

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    1. It's so messed up Lisa. I've seen so many people get picked on for wearing masks. Luckily nobody has ever bothered me about it - but how stupid can the possibly be?! This thing wouldn't be so out of control if it wasn't for fools like them!

      I sure never thought I could put in 60 hours a week either, but it's been happening and I've been managing somehow. I am looking forward to slowing way down soon though.

      I think the seeds only come in one time and when they're gone they're gone. Make sure you grab all you need soon!

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  37. What a tough transition you and your husband are having to make these days. I hope you can find a nice routine soon enough. Who would have thought we'd be having such trials in our later years, right? Hang in there.

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    1. Well Nance it's really just more of an inconvenience than anything. When I had that emergency fund set aside I was thinking more along the lines of appliance replacements, property taxes and such. Who would have ever guessed we would have a pandemic, and a going on three year pandemic to boot! Thankfully we are both still fully capable of working, but I sure can't wait to slow down a bit!

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  38. Yeah Martha! Glad to hear from you again. I am so glad that we are retired and only have to 'face the public' when we decide to! Sure hope things go well for you and you stay healthy.

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    1. Thanks so much Rosalea. At least we were able to stay home and far from the public during the worst of it. We are fully vaccinated so hopefully protected from any serious illness if we do happen to be exposed along the way. I'm beginning to think we may all get it sooner or later - somehow, someway. It's scary!

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  39. I so glad to hear ya are still kicking, I have not worked out in a long time
    don't know if I could anymore, but ya never know until ya have to.
    ya take care,
    and thanks for stopping by.
    hope this post wouldn't let yesterday

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    1. Yep, still alive and definitely kicking these days. I never would have imagined I could put in 60 hours a week, but like you said, we do what we have to do. I am very excited about slowing down again soon. I hope all is well in your world my friend. Happy New Year!

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  40. Oh my goodness! You have a LOT of followers to keep up with! Ha Ha! It will be a full time job just reading all these wonderful comments! Obviously people have missed you and are happy to see you back, as am I. Sounds like you are a very busy gal these days! I think staying active is very healthy and keeps one's mind working longer and better. Since I retired I've really let my brain get a bit numb, but blogging is one way to keep it more active! Praying you will all stay healthy and strong and enjoy whatever you are doing, even if it is temporary! Take care and God bless!

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    1. Hi Pam and thanks so much. Staying active is one thing, but 60 hours a week is way too much at my age. I'm looking very forward to slowing down again soon. Stay safe out there!

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  41. Yay for a weekend from your job(s)!!!
    I'm just glad you are okay.
    What is your job details? Hubby's P O job?

    Be well.

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    1. Thanks Anni. My jobs themselves are nothing thrilling, both retail, one management - it's how I got bamboozled along the way with both of them that's the crazy part of the story. 60 hours a week was not a part of the original plan - damn my work ethic lol! I will post more details soon. Hubby was hired on as a mail carrier, should be perfect for him if he can handle the long hours. You stay safe and be well too. Hopefully I will be back again very soon! :)

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  42. I missed you, and hope you can get back to some blogging from time to time. 60 hours a week (well, more like 52) was bad enough back in my early 20's. Don't know if I could do it now at 69. I work part time, thankfully from home. In a non COVID world we would have been snowbirding in Florida today. We dealt with ice today (New York) thankfully didn't have to go anywhere oh well, winter has finally arrived. Yes, COVID sure has changed a lot of things, a lot of plans. Wishing you and your husband a happy and healthy 2022.

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    1. I'm so sorry this pandemic has messed up yet another winter in Florida for you. Hopefully next year - fingers crossed! I haven't worked these kind of hours since I was in my twenties either, never would have thought I could do it but here am am getting it done. I am very excited to be able to start slowing down now that the holidays are behind us and my husband will finally be working again. A happy and healthy 2022 to you too!

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  43. Hi there. I'm here thanks to Debra's post about my book. Nice to meet you. Debra knows the best of people and the best of the feline population.

    May it be a COVID and illness free year for you and yours.
    Take care,
    Robyn www.Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Robyn, it's nice to meet you. Debra does rock and I was so glad to get your book recommendation. I'll definitely be checking it out as soon as my work hours are back to normal! :)

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  44. I hate that you are having to work so much, but I understand too. We have to do what we have to do.
    This omicron is rampant right now, so you need to be extra cautious. (we are very cautious, and still it found us) Your honey is going to work at the post office? That is really cool. For some reason, the post office has always fascinated me. :) I suppose if I had to go there daily, that fascination would probably go away.
    Praying you guys stay healthy. XO

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    1. Thanks so much Suz! I will be able to slow way down soon with the hubs going to work at the post office now. My youngest son has worked for the post office for about two years and he not only loves it but he is banking big time! The thing that fascinates me most about the post office is the drivers being on the right side of their little trucks - I could never do that lol! We are being as careful as humanly possible, but I have a feeling it's only a matter of time with this variant. Just hoping being fully vaccinated with help keep us from serious illness. Happy 2022 to you and your family! XO

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  45. Working with the public? Eeek. I hope you can stay safe. At least here, masks are mandated indoors. But yesterday I was in a grocery store, and I saw three customers not masked and acting like it was nothing. Of course, I was in Huntington Beach (otherwise known as the Florida of California).

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    1. It's crazy here Liz! My guess is maybe 10% of people here wear masks, and I might be overestimating. They literally start fights and pick on people who do wear masks - it's total insanity! I'm doing my best to stay safe and I sure hope you stay safe too. Happy New Year!

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    2. I'm so sorry. That's horrible. There are videos of people being terrible here, but we can push back a bit as we have a state mandate.

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    3. They outnumber us here and our idiot governor and other officials are on their side!

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  46. Welcome back! Sounds like life has been a roller coaster for you and I hope it soon slows down.

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    1. Thanks Mari, it has been crazy, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel already, at least as far as working these hours go - wish I could say the same for the pandemic! Happy 2022 :)

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  47. Happy to have you back again. It seems like a long, long time. Good to know that all is well with you and your hubby. Working is fine as long as you are not over stressed or over stretched. Most important is to be masked at all time when in public places. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Unfortunately I am over stressed and over stretched but now that the holidays are over things are beginning to slow down, and believe me I am never in public without a mask. You stay safe too my friend!

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  48. Missed you, too, and glad to see your post. Take care of yourself -- I'm double masking these days -- and hubby, too. Best wishes for 2022

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    1. Thanks so much for popping in to say hello. Double masking in probably a good idea these days, but they are saying only the N95 masks work against this strain. Being extra cautious never hurts either way. Happy 2022 to you too!

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  49. I'm so glad to see you back! I'm sorry you have to work so hard in retirement. I also never intended to fully retire and have a part time job which I love.

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    1. I remember when you went back to work, I'm glad you love the job. Things will slow down for me pretty soon. We all just need to stay safe out there!

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  50. I can't imagine going back to work after being retired now for about 11 years. I think it's wonderful if you can do it though. My retirement fund is slowly depleting but I keep trying to cut back and who knows with the prices of everything going up. I hope all goes well with the jobs and you both keep safe and free from the covid That is a worry for all of us. I'm staying at home more and more. Take care and have a great week!

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    1. It's not a total shock to the system for me Ma since I had still been working before Covid came along. The funds sure do deplete quickly these days and everything just keeps going higher and higher. I'm in shock every time I go to the grocery store - it's outrageous! I'm sure glad you are staying at home more for now. Stay safe!

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  51. Welcome back, Martha! It's good to see you hear and know all is well. Yes, be careful with the Covid -- it does sound like you've been busy and doing all the right things. Work after retirement -- I'm not sure I could go back, so three cheers and an extra bravo for you!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie and believe me going back to work wasn't easy to do, especially with the kind of schedule I've had. I just hope I can stay safe out there, and I hope you do too!

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  52. Martha, it was good to see your comment and you're doing well. It sounds like you're really busy at this time in your life. Since you're going to be around a lot of people with your new job, be careful and take good care of yourself. I hope the new year brings you many good things, Martha.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks Sheri. I wish you the best for the new year too. Stay safe!

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  53. Hey from a fellow resident of Flori-duh (I loved your word coinage and plan to steal it often, thank you!) It's hard enough here to try to stay safe from the "new Covid" (even though we're also vaccinated an boostered), It has to be hard when you're working. I wish you both a safe and healthy New Year and will be so interested to read about your new jobs , which I hope have eased up a bit as far as your hours go. Take care of yourselves, I look forward to reading your always interesting posts whenever you find time to writethem (something ,by the way, that I can't imagine being able to do while still working!) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You may borrow Floriduh as often as you'd like Sallie, it's totally fitting isn't it? My hours are starting to ease up now that the holidays are over and I'm being as safe as I possibly can be. You take care and stay safe too!

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    2. thank you!!! I hope your husband is enjoying his new job and I really really hope things come around for you (based on your later post)_.

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  54. Welcome back! We have missed you. Glad that you had the weekend off. The past 5 months sounds exhausting. Congratulations to your husband on his job with the post office, and I hope that his new job takes some of the pressure off of you too.
    Wishing you a Happy and healthy New Year.

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! My husbands job will definitely take the pressure off of me. If all goes well I should be able to go back to my Instagram book store and just work from home again. Sorry I missed responding to this comment last week. I read it but somehow skipped right by!

      A happy and healthy new year to you and yours too!

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    2. Hope you had a great weekend. I really don't know how you manage to respond to all the comments. It must take ages.

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  55. You were missed! I look forward to another year of fun blogging with you, Martha.

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Thanks so much. I look forward to another year of blogging with you too! :)

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  56. Hi Martha, it’s great to see you posting again. I have missed you too, like many no doubt. I wish you good luck and good health in your jobs. That’s a lot of hours for sure. Fortunately, up here more often than not people are wearing their masks. So, welcome back and I am wishing you and your hubby and rest of the family, a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

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    1. Thanks so much Denise. I'm glad to hear people have a more sense in your area than they do around here. Happy 2022 to you and your family too. I'll be by to visit soon - for real this time! :)

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  57. Good to hear that you are both ok and just working hard!

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    1. Thanks Connie. Happy, healthy new year to you, Far Guy and family!

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  58. You have been busy ...
    So nice to read this post.
    Stay safe and well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan. You stay safe and well too. Happy 2022!

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  59. Glad you both were able to find jobs that are at least somewhat agreeable to you. SO important to have a stash of emergency cash. Glad you're back blogging.

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    1. Thanks so much. That emergency fund sure was important and now to rebuild - that's the hard part. Thanks for stopping by, I'll be by to visit soon! :)

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  60. I'm glad you wrote this. I have been wondering what you were doing. I know that around here many people aren't wearing masks in stores. I can only imagine how often that's happening where you are. Stay safe, post when you feel like it. I'll read what you write anytime.

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    1. Thanks Ally. I hope to be around much more often very soon with any luck. You stay safe too and here's to a happy and healthy 2022 - cheers!

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  61. Glad to hear you're still around. :) I was offline for a week this year due to a cold, not covid, and now I'm back posting. That's a lot of work hours to return to, hopefully it won't be overwhelming. Hope you are doing well, take care and stay safe.

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    1. Yep, I'm still here! I hope you are feeling better now and sure glad it wasn't Covid. Things have already started slowing down for me and will slow down even more soon. Have a happy, healthy 2022 Bill :)

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