“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday

 I have not been around much this past week in terms of the internet.  There are two things occupying my time.

One is restructuring our plans for my wife's retirement. Coming unexpectedly as it did, it caught me by surprise. I had us all set for her to retire four years down the road.

While I'm glad she's retiring early, I am having to do a lot of homework to get all this right. One negative aspect of extremely detailed and interlocked planning is that when something changes, it's like knocking over the first domino in the row.

The other issue is trying to get all the pre-winter bad weather repairs and projects done. Because I don't really like carpentry and that kind of thing, I have a  tendency to let things drift from day to day. But starting last week I got going on it with a will.

So bear with me for a bit until I can get things back to normal.  I'll be going by people's blogs tonight to see what everybody has been up to.

28 comments:

  1. Unexpected things happen for a reason. Hang in there, you WILL overcome :)

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    1. Dani, in the end, when everything is fixed, we will be better off. It's just right now, with the unexpected nature of her retirement, that it's complicated. Her pension was set up as an annuity for the kids, and now that has to be redone because she is short of the retirement age we projected. I have to get her social security set up now instead of four years down the road, and that changes things dramatically in terms of what I had projected that to be. It's hard to get financial arrangements changed, because everything has to be done with signatures and they have to be notarized, etc.

      Then there's the place. Everything has been harder to fix than I anticipated. Aggravating things like pulling off deck planking and then finding the supporting structure had to be replaced a well.

      But as you say, it will all get done and then we will have a better quality of life since she won't be constantly embroiled in her families doings over in that country where she works. Also there won't be any more aggravation from moronic administrators and for the first time since she and I married, which was 33 years ago this December, neither of us will have a boss or anyone who can tell us what to do or harass us.

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  2. My retirement planning was foiled by my unplanned retirement. Retirement by ambulance ride will do that to you. My lovely wife "retired" on day when she made a mistake at work. She caught it, but decided her fibro was bad enough that she was starting to make mistakes. One day she just walked away. Caught me by surprise.

    At the same time one of my daughters was getting a divorce and moved in along with my granddaughter. It was a lean year.

    Once that was finally all sorted out I bought a sailboat.

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    1. You had it harder than I did. I am not a very flexible person by nature, and most of the aggravation I am experiencing with all this is just because I hate it when things don't go according to plan. That's a strange attitude for a survivalist.

      I have often thought that you and your wife had an ideal existence. I wanted to live on a boat for awhile when I first got out of the service, but my wife was not having that. We had a one year old and she didn't think that was a smart idea. I guess not, in retrospect.

      You both have a really good life style going. This latest glitch with having to go down to Florida to care for your dad may have been unexpected but seems like you just took it in stride. I wish I could be so stoic.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I have been patiently waiting on the side. I admit its been boring on the net as of late but I figured you had business to attend to and you would return when you had the chance.

    I also will be working on getting things ready for the winter more this week too on the house and one of the trucks.

    I also picked up a Glock 19 this week and some extra mags. I figure some draconian gun control measures may manifest and so a last minute purchase was in order.
    I got the Glock 19, Gen 4. I think Glock finally is listening to customers and improved on the trigger feel and a few other details. The biggest improvement is the Glock having two springs instead of one for better recoil adjustment.

    Now the most significant thing Glock can do is install a 1911 styled thumb safety.

    I know a few Glockies will puke on what I just said, but I come from the 1911 world and I get a warm fuzzy feeling of extra safety with a thumb safety.

    I wish I was rich. I would have paid Glaston Glock a million dollars to merge the best of the 1911 with the best of the Glock or maybe rework the 1911. Yeah' I know the 1911 is the best pistol in history but it weighs a ton and is big. One argument is if there were no evolution of firearms. We would still be using the Sharps business rifle in the Army. The Springfield 30.06 would never would be developed and probably the best rifle in WW2 (M-1 Garand) would have never been developed.

    Back to the Glock. I heard a story on a youtube video of a Glock going 300.000 rounds. That would be interesting to hear and also interesting to see what kinds of wear and tear and what kinds of replacement parts were added over the years.

    I got a story about Friday night for you guys that I will write about, and also Harry you need take a nice walk down to your mailbox. Something cool is on its way.

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    1. CC, I got the very nice surprise you sent me, and it was really considerate of you. Your timing was good as it gave me a chance to stop fixating on repair work at the house and damage control work with the wife retiring early.

      I have been working pretty diligently on both items and I'm so tired that I've been sleeping a lot at night, which is very unusual for me.

      I have a Glock 19. All of my Glocks are first generation, as I was buying them when Glock was still a rarity.

      I look forward to hearing your story.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I'm glad the timing is good. I know you usually have a rough October's when your thoughts of past in the middle east resurface.

      I wanted to get that item 'custom made' in "dark green" with the words "Goblin Stopper" machined into the sides but the extra machining and custom work would have been to difficult on a production line which I understand coming from the diesel world originally.

      Also Harry, I wanted to contribute for a change. You have spent an enormous amount of time on this blog (and others) over the years and all I have done is 'lurk' and type away.

      Some kind of 'thank you' was in order.

      'Harry you are respected and admired. Your words of wisdom and experience are invaluable and you need to stick around not just for your family, your friends and your friends on the internet, but also because you are a 'Big Pain in the Ass' to all the liberals, liberal eurotrash and bad guys in the world.

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  4. Harry, You do what you need to do before the big chill down. I was sitting at the fire last night thinking about what lies ahead with winter, our presidential election and world events. None of which we can control. Now with the wife retired life as a single man during the week comes to an end...;)

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    1. I have been so busy with all the repair work here, and the aspects of my wife's retirement, that I have not even been watching the news Rob. That gives you some idea of how busy I've been.

      Yes, you are correct. It's a big change but one I am looking forward to once the dust settles.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I found this on youtube Harry. Hillary Clinton sent Ben Carson a copy of her book.

    You may find it amusing what the Ben Carson campaign people did with the book.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPSKQnIU4zU

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  6. Harry, good luck with the retirement planning. I retired a few years ago, here's my story: health insurance was approx $350.00 seven years ago. Today it is a mind boggling $1000.00 and first of Jan. there will be a ten percent increase??? Not yet Medicare age. Oh yes, my deductible is $6k/yr. be careful when budgeting this amount.

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    1. We may take a bridge policy on her current policy to get us to medicare age. We would have to pay the $400 a month we were already paying, plus another $500 the state was paying, for a total of $900 a month. It is not very good insurance but it may be the best we can do.

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    2. insurance- get it while you can.

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  7. We put in an order for some supplies this week to replace what we raided. The next few weeks have us doing some training on a lot of prepare activities and making sure the cabin is ready for winter.
    With your wife retiring and your planning, make some time to walk around your property and enjoy nature. Sometimes we forget.

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    1. If I can ever finish the resultant reworking of our financial planning, and if I can get all the jobs around the place that keep cropping up done, than I plan to do that. If it ever dries out here. This has been the wettest fall I can remember.

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  8. Hope all your new plans drop into place, retirement is a big step but I know you will get it all sorted.
    Will send you some photos tonight, sitting in the waiting room of the eye hospital trying to stay awake.
    Cheers

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    1. Hey, good to hear from you. I look forward to the pictures and to being brought up to speed on your latest doings. I have not got much interesting to tell in exchange, working hard on the place here with winter closing in. I should have done a lot more this past summer.

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  9. You all are doing the right thing. Recalculating plans sucks but so long as the new plans don't involve a tar paper shack and dog food for dinner it is the way to go.

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    1. Her pension and social security are only about 600 a month net less than her current gross. She has basically been teaching special education because she likes it. But there are too many paperwork requirements these days and she spends more time filling out forms for myopic bureaucrats in Atlanta than she does with the kids and she has heart issues. I have been telling her for years to quit. What we really needed from her job was affordable insurance but I will just have to pay more for it now. Small price to pay for a normal lifestyle.

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    2. I meant her pension and social security are 600 a month less than her salary net.

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  10. I have a few projects to get weather tight before the bad weather, we've been lucky over here so far as it's stayed nice, a few more weeks and I'll be a lot nearer to where I should be than now! I think sometimes I take on too many projects at once!

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    1. Kev, I finished my last major project today. It feels great. Unlike so many people I really don't enjoy "fix it up" work. I wish I did. If I were as handy as you I probably would like it better.

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  11. Good luck with all that homework. Yuck on the homework end! It will be nice that your wife is with you more.

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    1. Alissa, I have been working hard on the palace and finished the list today.From here on it's just small things. My wife is already home more as she has only about six actual work weeks left. She retires at the end of December but three weeks of the remaining time is Holiday vacation time.

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  12. We're getting ready too. It is wood cutting time and I have to re-do the cats winter housing.

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    1. Kathy, I started on the winter doghouse today. It has been down in the low thirties the last two nights.

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