The lovely Lana from Two Teens and Their Mama shared her top ten loves and hates and then passed the baton on to me. I loved all her topics, but I was struggling to come up with so many loves and hates to make up my list. So........I cheated (shame on me) and I've done my top 5 instead. I hope it's still in keeping with the spirit of the challenge and so here they are (in no particular order):
5 things I love
Midlife – I am surprised at how much I am starting to enjoy this stage of life – there is so much freedom and very few demands. I’m finding it’s a great time to take stock and slow down and breathe. Who would have thought that life after 50 is pretty darn fine?
Working less days in the week – changing from working 4 days a week to only working 2 days has been wonderful. I’m looking forward to filling up all that spare time with new plans, relaxing, volunteering and taking time for myself.
My family – I love my husband and kids (and their spouses) I’m really proud of how far we’ve all come and I’m hanging out for grandbabies. Family is my heart and soul and is a major defining element in who I am and I am very blessed with my loved ones.
Blogging – this has been such a surprise for me. I can’t believe how much I am enjoying writing and ‘meeting’ other bloggers and sharing and encouraging. There has been so much inspiration and I’m just loving it all.
Coffee with friends – nothing beats sitting with an old friend having a really good coffee and catching up with each other’s lives and what’s happening in our extended families.
5 things I hate
Cold mornings – I’m not a morning person at the best of times. It's heading into Winter in Australia and while everyone is discussing Summer in the northern hemisphere, here the mornings are getting really cold and dark it makes getting out of my warm bed even harder.
Drama – the older I get, the less I can be bothered with pettiness and gossip and people getting worked up over minor issues. I’m also not a fan of loud opinionated people – I’m becoming a firm believer in “live and let live” and please keep your dramas to yourself.
Barking dogs – there’s just something in my OCD brain that gets riled when I hear a dog barking non-stop. It’s all I can do not to yell “shut!!! up!!!!” which would only make the situation worse. I’m sorry for the dog but sorrier for those of us who have to listen to it. I'm also sorry for the people who have to listen to me whinge about it too!
Ignorant drivers – To all those drivers in giant 4WD's and SUV's - please look around you and notice what other drivers are doing. Also, while you're at it, maybe use your indicator correctly and do the speed limit and don’t cut me off when you change lanes.
So that's my abridged list and I'd like to nominate the following ladies if they'd like to share:
Sue @ sizzling towards sixty
Marcia @ blogitudes
Abby @ midlife crisis nut
Kathleen @ 60 - the new 40
Deb @ debbie in shape