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Introducing me

Hello everyone, I’m doing this the wrong way round, introducing myself after I have already replied to a post - never mind!

I shall be 75 this week, but find it hard to believe that I am that old. I live in Suffolk, and am retired from local government work and also caring for the elderly. I spend most of my time on my own, and am now getting quite used to it. This is a bit sad but I think is true for a lot of people at the moment. I have two children and a lovely granddaughter, all miles away, although I have seen gd this summer. Most of my time is taken up with watching t.v. and doing puzzles, and trying to have a bit of a sort-out of all my accumulated junk. I’m glad ‘vintage’ is all the rage.

Well, if anyone wants to have a chat, please feel free. Best wishes, Valla

Created By on 09/11/2021

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11th Nov 2021 15:50:37 (Last activity: 27th Nov 2021 12:30:10)
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Hi Valla, happy birthday. I too am new to Silver Surfers, mainly because I don’t feel old enough although I am 73. I seldom see my family but love to help at a charity shop and I do have a dog and quite a few acquaintances.

I notice that you wrote on the 9/11/21 which is exactly a month after my first great grandchild was born!

I hope you got/get lots of birthday greetings
Best wishes Linda
Response from Sally - Silversurfer's Editor made on 11th Nov 2021 16:24:50
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Response from Valla46 Original Poster made on 16th Nov 2021 18:55:19
Hello Linda

Thank you for the birthday wishes - I note you’re only two years younger than me. I had a really nice birthday, going out for dinner, and cards and presents from everyone.

Lucky you, a grandchild. I have one granddaughter who is 19 and at uni. In Manchester, but she is the only one, and says (at present) she doesn’t want any children. So that’s that. Is your family all miles away, like mine? It makes me feel very isolated.

Hope you’ll keep up the posting. Best wishes,

Response from Daisymaisy made on 16th Nov 2021 22:48:40 > @Valla46
Hello Valla, I've just read your post and wanted to wish you a belated Happy Birthday!
I put a post up here last week, but can't see it, so goodness knows where it's ended up -
I'm not very familiar with how it all works!
I live in East Anglia and am quite new to this part of the world, so just looking for new friends to chat to.

I spend a lot of time gardening during the warmer months, but of course that's on hold now until next spring. I'm now doing puzzles, also the odd jigsaw puzzle, crafting (trying!) and walking each day. It's so nice to be retired and to just do your own thing!

Have a lovely day.
Response from Valla46 Original Poster made 3 days ago > @Daisymaisy
Hi Daisymaisy, Sorry it’s taken so long for me to reply. Whereabouts in E.Anglia are you? I’m near Ipswich, born in London (E18), brought up in Essex, but have been in Suffolk longer than I lived anywhere else.

I do a lot of puzzles, mostly Sudoko, and watch a lot of t.v. Been to a lot of Christmas fairs lately.

I’ll have a look for your post - must be somewhere!

Best wishes,

20th Nov 2021 18:29:49
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Really good to hear from all of you. I'm still enjoying working for now but I can feel that I'm starting to plan ahead a bit to what I will be doing when I'm retired. Looking forward to it in some ways but I have got some concerns that need ironing out. Bit concerned about the adjustment to spending a lot more time with my partner! I'm sure he feels exactly the same. My neighbour has told me that it took her some time to adjust.
10th Nov 2021 22:18:59 (Last activity: 17th Nov 2021 07:26:48)
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Hi Valla.
Happy Birthday! How are you today? Did your family get in touch?
Remember age is just a number!
I am sure there will be some more chat on here when others have read the posts.
I used to work for Local Govt too, back in the day, as they say.
I am not retired, I am in my 50s so still working. However, most of the time I am working from home now which has it s positives.
Imagine, no commute!. No rush hour. Getting the dinner on slow cook!
1 positive to come out of Lockdown working!

Anyhow, good night or day whenever you read this reply.
Response from Sandra222 made on 13th Nov 2021 18:32:13
I'm still working in office admin and also working at home since covid. I've heard a lot of people say it's isolating and they can't wait to go back to the office, but I don't feel the same. This way of working is so much better for my mental health. No office politics, I can just get on with my job. No commute. So that's over an hour saved every day. I have so much more time for the garden and I wouldn't have had much time to make online friends before covid.
I'm here for any online shopping deliveries. No more postcards through the door and a walk in the dark afternoon to the sorting office.
Definitely something positive to come out of covid. I really want to see the back of the pandemic because that's been a dreadful thing, but love working at home.
Response from Jenna123 made on 13th Nov 2021 22:49:14 > @Sandra222
I will be working from home most of the days now. I agree with what you are saying . It definitely has got its advantages.
Response from Valla46 Original Poster made on 16th Nov 2021 19:20:56
Hi Jenna

Thanks very much ,for the birthday wishes. Sorry I’ve taken so long to reply, I’ve had a busy week, culminating with having my Covid booster today.

I can’t believe I’m that old, and still remember my County Council days vividly. I think we had it good compared with now, with a big emphasis on flexi working and ‘work/life balance’. All that seems to have gone out of the window. I’ve just made contact with someone I used to know from work, although we weren’t particularly close, and she and I have great fun reminiscing about old times. We both knew things the other one didn’t -and we’re good friends now.

It must be a relief to be out of all the office politics. What sort of work do you do now? sounds like you’re London based? with the rush hour. That’s where I started my working life - many many moons ago.

Response from Jenna123 made on 17th Nov 2021 07:26:48 > @Valla46
Hi, I love to reminisce about my days too in the Council. Work still got done but we had fun too and made great friendships.
I live in Sheffield so its nothing like a London Commute haha.
I do prefer working from home as I get more done both work wise and home life so its win win.
Take Care

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