I don't blame him, I reckon he's well and truly earned his rest! And I've had enough of spending so much time on my own (he works a minimum of 12 hours per shift, and is of course in bed for much of the morning, so on his work days I only get to see him for around 3 hours). He gets very tired as he doesn't sleep well during the morning.....especially when Betty wakes him up when she's having one of her noisy play sessions! He also doesn't much feel like driving on his days off....understandably.
So we're now starting to plan for his retirement, a year or two earlier than expected. Which means, of course, adjusting to living on a smaller income. I'm not due for my state pension for another 10 years or so - if then even, since the Government keep moving the goal posts!
Over the next few months, we plan on building up our savings as much as we can, and restocking our stores of dry goods and toiletries. I'm going to scour the charity shops for a breadmaker (mine gave up the ghost several months ago), they often have them in. I want to start making bread again, but my hands and wrists aren't strong enough for all that kneading. We're also going to eat less meat - we're not planning on going vegetarian, both of us are confirmed carnivores, but we'll have 2 or 3 veggie days a week instead of the 1 we currently have. We'll also eat less meat - I'll still buy the good quality meat from our local butcher, but will use less for a meal and bulk it out with veg or pulses. I'll also start to do more shopping in the cheaper stores......we eat a lot of Cheddar, e.g., and a kilo of Cheddar for £4.99 in L*dl is a bit of a no-brainer really! I was amazed to see it for that price when we went there a couple of weeks ago, it's so much cheaper than the big supermarkets.
As a couple of you pointed out, FarmF**ds do some good deals too - I've not really had much of a proper look round there in the past. I do buy toilet rolls there (£3.99 for an 18-pack, Nicky brand) but am not very keen on their frozen stuff. They do seem to have good prices for tinned and packet foods though, although it seems a bit hit and miss as to what they actually have in every week.
I'm not at all snobbish about where we shop....neither of us (husband in particular) just really fancies trawling around several places to get all the shopping, up to now we'd much rather do it all in one place. But if it means we'll save money, and of course in future we'll have more time when he retires, then we'll have to start doing it!
Having OH at home 24/7 will be nice after all these years, it will certainly give us a lot more time to do things, and spend more time together. I'm just slightly concerned I'll get a bit fed up with having him around ALL the time, after so long with my own company....