Financially Independent, Retired Early(ish) at 57.

Wednesday W’s #99.

What’s top of my mind: Nothing much.

I’m in a really good place at the moment. Life is serene and contented.

Quite happy to enjoy the peace and quiet, frankly.

Where I’m going: To the backyard.

I have an old friend who I haven’t seen to 20 years, and she’s coming to dinner on Saturday night. Got to make the garden look pretty!

Where I’ve been: to the hydrotherapy pool with Mum.

My sister Kate usually takes Mum to the pool every Tuesday but I’m on duty for the next 3 weeks, while Kte and her husband go to Sri Lanka on a Trip-A-Deal 2 for 1 holiday. I’m interested to hear about their experience with this company when they get back. This company has lots of low-cost tours… tempting!

After an hour spent watching Mum bob around in the pool doing her exercises, we went out to a café for lunch and a catch-up without Dad hearing eery word we say. Not that we were saying anything he wouldn’t want to hear, but sometimes it’s nice to just be one-on-one.

What I’m reading: Good With Money by Emma Edwards.

Tom31 has a friend from high school, who is married to the author of this book. Naturally, when I heard about it, I got the library to buy a copy. It sounds like a good thing to spread the knowledge and love around to as many people who need it. I did the same with Strong Money Australia’s book too.

I quickly came to the realisation that I’m not the target Demographic for Edwards’ book. Even in my teems and twenties, I still had a handle on my money, though I was always better when I had a definite savings goal in mind. This book is for people who want to learn how to handle their money with intentionality.

Well, when I say ‘people’, I mean young women. So if you’re a cranky old man who simply wants people to get off your lawn, then this book isn’t for you. But if you know someone in the target group, there are a lot of good exercises to enable someone to understand why they spend the way they do, then strategies to start digging themselves out of the hole. I’m only halfway through.

What I’m watching: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

… Survivor Australia is SO much better than the US version. The gameplay is next-world level. Only one more week to go, sadly.

What I’m listening to: the dishwasher.

One of the good things about solar panels is that you can run all the machines like dishwashers, washing machines etc during the day when they’ll be running on free power.

What I’m eating: Fresh tomato and feta pasta.

With basil, oregano, tomatoes and garlic from the garden. Yum!

What I’m planning: When to see the Northern Lights.

Working out which destinations are bucket list ones for me.

Who deserves a ‘thumbs-up’: The people who work at the hydrotherapy pool.

So hot and stuffy!

The pool, not the people.

What has made me smile: Seeing that ‘Life After Life’ is on ABC Freeview.

Life After Life is one of the best books I’ve ever read. And now it’s a BBC series.

My life keeps getting better and better.

Dad joke of the day:


  1. Gingermegs

    Yes, Aussie Survivor beats the US version by a country mile – better casting and more time for contestants to develop different relationships with each other (Feras and Kirby for example).

    We tried Trip-a-Deal last year with a trip to Europe for Christmas markets. It was great! Well-organised, excellent hotels, and a great guide. We would definitely travel with them again, so it’s worth checking out what they’re offering.

    • FrogdancerJones

      Oh, I’ve definitely been checking out what they’re offering! They have one trip called ‘Around the World in 35 days’ that I’d go on, just for the name alone! Unfortunately I’ll be on the Ghan trip when it leaves.
      Poor me…!

    • FrogdancerJones

      Popped back to say that Twitter is calling Feras and Kirby “Ferby.” Too funny.

  2. FIRE for One

    It sounds like there’s a trip to either Iceland or Norway in your future!

    • FrogdancerJones

      I was looking at at a trip to Iceland in January that had 3 days in London at the beginning. But then I thought, I’m away in December and February, so I should probably give it a miss. Great time to see the Northern Lights, though.

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