|A sailing regatta near Roundstone at dusk.|
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland
the world-famous Guinness Brewery. In 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year
lease for the land.”
From time to time we all feel unmotivated to tackle tasks that must be completed, whether or not we have a timeline. Lately, these past five months, I’ve been seriously lacking in motivation to do paperwork that is piling up.
Throughout our years of world travel, I’ve never failed to scan receipts and log expenses into our spreadsheet. When we left South Africa almost three months ago, I had logged everything from our time there but I’d failed to mention the total numbers in a post.
At this point in time, I doubt I’ll ever get to that. For those of you anxious to see what we spent during our 15 months in South Africa, I can say it averaged about Euro 4457, US $5000 a month, including rent, rental car, fuel, groceries, dining out, tours and safaris, travel and miscellaneous.
|There was no less than a dozen sailboats we could see.|
These figures exclude massive medical expenses and lost deposits and payments for future travel we had to cancel. However, the totals include the two trips we made to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana to safari and tour, in order to renew our visas and, have more fantastic experiences.
When 2018 tax filing was due on April 15th, I’d only been out of the hospital for a short time and literally could not even conceive of gathering the information for the tax prep necessary to send to our accountant in Nevada. He filed an extension for us, good until October 15th, 2019.
I’d promised myself I’d tackle this big task before we left Ireland but I think I will hold off until we get to the UK in August. Hopefully, by then I’ll feel up to tackling this daunting task. Most likely I can complete this task in two days.
|Most of the sails were dark red.|
This week I’ve promised myself to scan the receipts we’ve accumulated for Ireland and enter them into the spreadsheets. Our scanner died but the camera takes decent photos of receipts.
What makes this task more time consuming is converting from Euros to US dollars. Of course, we have an app for that on my laptop but it still takes time to do each one. I do all of the currency conversion first, writing the US dollars on the receipt, separate the receipts by category and then enter them. I will do this task in the next few days.
Why am I so lacking in motivation? For those readers following our posts on a consistent basis, the answer is clear. For new readers, the reasons are easily found here beginning on our posts from the later part of February. This post explains it all along with all the posts that follow to present day.
What do I do all day? I spend the better part of each day walking in the house. It requires an enormous effort to walk 5,000 to 10,000 inside on the main floor.
Recently, I added climbing the steps as many times a day as possible, not necessarily consecutively. It’s getting a little easier each day.
|The wind speed seemed suitable for the race.|
Spending all morning researching and preparing the daily post, dealing with photos, cooking dinner and taking care of laundry every other day takes up the better portion of the day. Incorporating the walking and step climbing into the daily routine also monopolizes a good portion of each day.
By the end of the day, I’m done. After dinner, all I can do is sit in my comfy chair and watch a few shows on my laptop, sent to the flat screen TV via our HDMI cable. It’s my favorite time of the day when I allow myself to totally relax and unwind.
Every so often we sign up for various streaming services for a period of time. Right now we have CBS All Access through Amazon Prime for Euro 2.63, US $2.95 a month, other free shows available through Amazon Prime and Graboid, a for-pay streaming/downloading service we’ve used for years.
Some nights it takes everything I have to stay awake. But, Tom is good at saying, “Are you awake?” He’s well aware that sleeping in front of the TV can seriously impede a good night’s sleep. With daylight lasting so long in Ireland, we often don’t head upstairs until after 2300 hours, 11:00 pm.
|A nicely horned sheep with a dark face with a white body.|
And you may ask, what does Tom do? He cooks breakfast each day, helps with dinner, does all the dishes and kitchen clean up, all the heavy lifting, vacuuming floors, booking travel-related venues, and checking daily to see if any our booked cruises have had a price reduction.
A few days ago, he saved us Euro 401, US $450 the day before the final payment was due on the upcoming cruise from the UK to the US at the end of October. Once final payment is paid on a specific cruise, the cruise lines won’t honor the benefit of a price reduction. Tom is able to get these reductions on many of our booked cruises by watching daily pricing and informing Vacations to Go to lower our price for the same cabin cate.
In addition, he literally waits on me without an attitude or complaint. If he sees my glass of water or ice tea is low, he’ll refill it for me. If I didn’t do all the exercise and other tasks, it would be wise for me to turn down his help to force myself to perform more tasks. At this point, I’m doing all I can. His help is greatly appreciated and I’ve had to learn to graciously accept it.
Most people have ultra-busy days and nights in this world we live in. Whoever thought retirement would be relaxing was kidding themselves. As we’ve heard endless retirees say, they are busier now than when they worked. How did this happen?
Hope you find time to relax, get in a little exercise, enjoy a great meal, good companionship and appreciate every day of life. Join me in this, dear readers.
Photo from one year ago today, July 22, 2018:
|Male bushbuck can be dangerous with their sharp horns. See this article where a farmer was gored to death by a male bushbuck. We loved for them to visit but we kept a sensible distance. For more photos, please click here.|