Financially Independent, Retired Early(ish) at 57.

Wednesday W’s #17.

What’s top of my mind: The importance of timing.

We went for a beach walk this morning. The radar said that my suburb wasn’t going to get rain but when we were out there I saw rain falling over Frankston and decided to turn back.

Five minutes after we got home, the rain arrived. Fortunte Frogdancer strikes again! I’ll include shots from today’s walk in this post.

Where I’ve been: May’s Little Adventure.

Post to come.

Where I’m going: Aldi to get bocconcini.

The boys are all coming over for a pizza lunch on Mothers Day and David28 asked for bocconcini on his pizza. On the next ‘spend day’, which will probably be tomorrow, I’ll hunt down those cheese balls.

Nothing but the best for my boys!

What I’m watching: How very beautiful Poppy is.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a very pretty breed to begin with, (unless their owners stuff them so full of treats that they waddle when they walk.) I’ve owned this breed since I was 20 and I’ve had many Cavaliers, particularly when I was breeding and showing them before I started breeding humans.

But hand on my heart, I’d have to say that Poppy is the best example of the breed I’ve ever owned. She’s utterly beautiful and moves like a dream. She’s my shadow… unless someone else walks into the kitchen.

It’s a pity that she doesn’t have a sense of humour. Life’s a serious business for Poppy.

What I’ve been reading: Men Cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies.

I first saw this on a Twitter thread ages ago, but with the news coming out of America that their Supreme Court is likely to be overturning Roe Vs Wade, this article is incredibly timely.

I’ve never been more glad to be a woman living in Australia. I don’t know what the hell is happening in the US, but between their healthcare system, the guns and now this – I’m VERY glad that my ancestors got onto the boats headed for here instead of there.

Sorry if this upsets any US readers, but this is how it looks from over here. There are many wonderful things about the US and her people, but things seem to be slipping in a nasty direction.

What I’m listening to: A Wrinkle in Time.

I’ve never read this book and apparently it’s a classic. So I downloaded it from the library, thinking that it was an eBook. But no… it’s an audiobook. So I guess I’ll put ‘Mum’s Boppin’ Bangers’ on Spotify to the side for a while and catch up on my reading while I’m quilting.

What I’m eating: Home-made hommus.

I brought back an uneaten Turkish bread from my last Little Adventure, so Ryan27 and I used it up with some hommus that I whipped up. There was some hommus left over, so yesterday I spread it on a freshly-baked bread roll and polished it off for lunch.

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make all the difference.

No, it’s not the same photo!

Who needs a good slap: Ummm

This is always the hardest one to fill in. My life is pretty chill. Total freedom – aka retirement – suits me well.

What I’m planning: A little nap after lunch.

The Spanish were certainly onto something when they invented the siesta. I love a good nanna nap!

What has made me smile: Finding out how to delete shows from my “Currently watching” list on Netflix.

You know how sometimes a show sounds as if it’ll be good, then you start watching and realise that it’s AWFUL? And then it stays on your ‘watching’ list forever, unless you get sick of it and whizz through every episode on fast forward just to get rid of it?

Turns out that if you log into Netflix on your computer, there’s an option to ‘clean’ lists. I knew that there must be an easier way! I’m so happy I found it.

Dad joke of the day:


  1. Maureen

    Regarding a good slap: The U.S. Supreme Court comes to mind.
    I can only imagine how lovely it is to walk on the beach whenever you want.

    • FrogdancerJones

      Haha! I agree with THAT slap! But I thought I’d likely riled the US readers enough already…

      • Patricia Koernig

        Yes, A VERY HARD SLAP to the US Supreme Court. I say this as a mother, woman and an American.

      • Kristen

        Another American reader agreeing to a slap to the US Supreme Court. Preferably hard enough to knock some of the patriarchy out of them.

        • FrogdancerJones

          You’d think they’d realise that men benefit from abortions too.

  2. FIRE for One

    The move to overturn Roe v Wade, and also another previous decision that will affect same sex marriage and potentially criminalise homosexuality in some states, is really scary stuff. I don’t think we should get too complacent here either, given the way the LNP is stacking its federal branch with pentecostals and becoming more and more right wing over time.

    Re removing shows from your Netflix list, you don’t have to do it on your computer, you can do it on your TV. Just click into the show and arrow down through the options to where it says “remove from my list.” ?

    (I loved A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid. It was one of the books that got me hooked on science fiction.)

    • FrogdancerJones

      The Netflix thing on the tv only works for your major list. Not the list that you’ve already started watching.
      But yes. I wonder whatever happened to “Religion and the State are two separate things?”

  3. Josie

    I had the same thought on who needed a slap.

    On a lighter note, when you nap, do you have trouble sleeping at night? I know I would! So I haven’t indulged in a nap since retirement.

    • FrogdancerJones

      Most nights I wake anywhere from 2 AM – 4 AM. I don’t blame retirement for that – it’s menopause.

  4. sandyg61

    Totally agree with the slap. Sometimes it’s like America is returning to the dark ages.
    I too found out how to remove shows from my watch list for Netflix but use my phone app. I was so pleased with myself for teaching my son’s partner how to do it.
    Nana naps are wonderful. They really break my productive morning time and my relaxing afternoon time.

    • FrogdancerJones

      I’m working today so no nana nap for me. They frown on that in the classroom.

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