R retired from full time work a year or more ago. He took up a part time job working reduced hours five days a week. He was struggling. The work was quite physical. He reduced his work days to three days a week, but still, after some time he decided he could not do it anymore. To quote, I just can't do it anymore. My hips and knees hurt. Stop, I said, we will manage. Thanks, he said, I will.
Yes PM Abbott and Treasurer Hockey, some people are worn out by working their whole lives before they reach the age of 70.
Matters at The Highrise of late have been busy but R has been making plans to do some voluntary work after we return from our UK/Euro holiday.
Fruit Cake is going through a tough time at the moment, and along with her sage retirement advice in the past, she has also divulged the nightmare of a the Centrelink experience. R experienced it after he retired from full time work and was un-employed. Lordy, how stressed was he by the experience.
Now R is about to reach pension age, we have hired someone to do the hard yards. She is a middle class woman in her late fifties and she is just brilliant. R was not sure about hiring her, but I insisted and said I would pay. We have found out R does not have to visit Centre Link. She does all the work. $90 per hour or around $500 a year. She assured R it was not problematic and the hourly fee would be best.
R was in bed by 10pm last night and did not wake until 9am. He slept for two hours this afternoon and then fell asleep on the couch at 8pm. I've seen it before, as you would after 34 years with someone. He is mega stressed and sleep is his help. I think he feels a lot better after seeing the pension expert woman.
Never have I ever felt like a comfortable working class person that when I learnt that for $90, R does not have go through the Centre Link process in person. Yes, there were forms to fill in and documents to scan, but so easy, as the woman did it all and attended Centre Link on his behalf.
This was written a few weeks ago. R has quickly adjusted to not working and has been busy with various things. He is much happier.