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What do You do all Day When I am Gone?

Brio mastering the cat nap and is teaching Joe to do the same. Retirement has its perks! (MP Photo/Joe Novak)

By Joe Novak

My wife came home from an outing with her family and asked, “So, what did you do all day?” “Anything I wanted” I replied with a grin! My day is completely different when she is gone since I don’t need to consider her surroundings. I can play my music as loud as I want, sing off key and cook whatever I want without being told “how they do it on the TV cooking shows”. There are times she gives me some interesting ideas, so I don’t mind.

I call these “free days” as a joke; however after a few hours, I am waiting for her return. When you are in love, absence makes the heart grow founder. On my “free days” I often cook several meals that I freeze for future consumption with the only problem being that my dishwashing angel is not available. I don’t want her to come home to a sink full of dishes so I do them and am always rewarded with a kiss. Life’s little pleasures!

I spend too much time on the computer writing, or doing research for my articles and projects. YouTube videos are a favorite pastime and listening to country ballads or watching kitten videos with the cat can waste hours. Brio likes to watch cat videos. He intensely follows their every move on the computer screen while sitting on my lap. He also enjoys country music and falls asleep on my lap as we listen to music from the golden age of country, not this testosterone twang they play today.

After lunch Brio and I take a nap. What was once a punishment is now a well-deserved mini vacation. I take longer naps since the cat entered the picture. My excuse is I don’t want to disturb him. Retirement has its perks!   This cat sleeps in the most interesting positions using my legs as his pillow or all four legs in the air; how can that possibly be comfortable?  He is spoiled and always game for a gentle belly or under the chin rub.

Today I put the Christmas tree up on the front porch. Brio has taken over the three-season porch where the tree stood the prior four years. He loves chewing on wires and I can’t imagine coming home to fried cat. All the wires in his room are coated with wire guard and painted with hot sauce to discourage chewing…it actually works!  

I have an active cat and own a home, so there is no shortage of projects to keep me busy. So far both have been worth the effort!

To find out what Joe would do, e-mail questions to editorial@middlefieldpost.com. Joe has 20-some years experience in manufacturing and says that as a small business owner, he found that you either learn how to solve a problem yourself or pay to have it done. Joe’s articles are his opinion and are only intended as a guide. Please consult an expert when in doubt.


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