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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Plan of the Day

Our new retired lives together are settling into a sort of routine.

We get up a dawn.  I have my coffee and watch the early news and the weather.  We got rid of the satellite television awhile back, but I missed watching the news and M missed the Quacker Factory and the Ladies clothing shows. So we got it back, but in a reduced mode. We had a recorder and three receivers before. Now we just have a receiver in the living room. Much less expensive and with just the two of us living here, much more logical.



Then I go for a walk with the dogs. Not far, just to get the day started.

Sometime before noon, we go into town.  We go to the Thrift shops to plunder, or to the grocery stores, or sometimes we just go to the park in town and walk by the river.



 Usually we have lunch in town, and we have been trying some new places we haven't been to before.




We come home in the early afternoon. She works on her garden and I work on some project or other around the house.   Then we rest til about six, and go to the lake to walk on the really nice hiking path the state just built there. It's quiet by then, and it's a nice end to the day.




We go home, have supper, and I do the final chores like feeding the animals and getting everything secure for the night. She watches television for awhile, and I read or listen to the radio.

That's pretty much it, these days.  Not bad. Not very exciting, though.




26 comments:

  1. There is something to be said for peaceful days. Me...I just let everyone else deal with all the drama. Sounds like you and your wife are getting the hang of doing just that. Good for you. :)

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    1. Things have definitely changed since she retired. There's a lot less pressure on us, because we have no job and no boss, nor any responsibility for work related issues. Also, we no longer have any concerns about the ephemeral nature of employment today. Our income is fixed, based on our retirement planning. We can be fairly certain of a modest but comfortable life. I say "fairly" because no one knows what is going to happen on a societal level and nothing can be done about that.

      I enjoy going on our little expeditions, and I enjoy having my wife's company every day.

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  2. Yeah, I get bored at times and I hate it. Then I remember my last job and the never ending drama.

    Then suddenly, I don't hate being bored anymore.

    Sounds like you guys are doing things right. Slow and leisurely.

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    1. Not having to worry about work is surely one of the best things about retirement. Another is the absolute freedom to make your own decisions without having to get "permission" from some boss. When we get up in the morning, we can do whatever we want to. I hated my job at the oil and gas company, but I did it for twenty years because it paid well. Now I can take advantage of some of the benefits I derived from it, so maybe it was worth it. I had a wife and kids, so I felt like I had to do the job because it paid well, even though it was very unpleasant much of the time.

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  3. Sounds pretty doggone good to me!

    Sounds like you're both feeling better, too.

    Enjoy it, my friends.....

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    1. My wife is better. I think just being retired has done a lot for her. She was a special ed teacher in a school district run by imbeciles, and teaching is hard anyway because it's mostly women and they spend as much time cutting each other to pieces as they do working, in a school environment.

      I'm doing better. Not 100% yet but I am beginning to think I may get to that point. I sure learned a lesson, though.

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    2. Take care of yourself and get back to 99%!

      My wife retires from her job as the Office Manager at a magnet high-school next year, and she's really looking forward to it.

      Then it's sell the house, pack up, and head off to Colorado!

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    3. Dr. Jim, I know the lack of pressure associated with not having a job will be good for the wife, and for you because you won't have to worry about her. Colorado sounds good. Max has a place out there and he posts some pictures that are really beautiful. I admire the way you can see so far in Colorado. Here, the forest just hems you in and you have to get up above it to see the vista.

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    1. I've had a good life, overall. But I think this is the best part of it.

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  5. Yep you two are now Retired . It takes me an hour to pry my wife out the door. I advise spontaneous day trips every couple of weeks. We take turns picking where and when. Retirement shouldn't become a rut.

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    1. Gary, I think I was in a sort of rut when she was still teaching. I could go two weeks up here, easily, without ever leaving the mountain. But now that she is home, we have more to do. We like to take little jaunts here and there, and the Blue Ridge Mountains have lots of places to go. We are planning a train trip through the mountains here shortly. I have lived here 30 years and never ridden the scenic railway, but we are going to remedy that. I bought a senior pass to the state park and we go over there a lot, it's only a relatively short drive if we go through the forest on the old forest service roads. Sounds like you have it pretty good as well. Maybe there is something to this "golden years" stuff after all.

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    2. Thanks a lot my wife has wanted to take a train for years . Pulled it up looks like we will be doing it to. It will be a 2 niter in the teardrop, 1 in Little river or cloudland then the train.

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    3. The train up here looks pretty nice. I saw a Georgia Public Television special on it, and it goes all through the mountains. In the fall they have dining cars on it where you can have a good meal as you travel through the Smoky Mountains. We have never done it in all these years.

      I rode a train from Donaldsonville, Ga to Iron City, Alabama when I was about nine. Then I never set foot on one until I went to Europe in 1982. I rode the train everywhere there, including in Turkey where they had soldiers on board to protect the train from bandits.

      It's about time I tried a train ride again

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  6. Not a thing wrong with "Not Exciting", not a thing.

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    1. No, you're right. I think I had more excitement by the time I was 30 than most men have in a lifetime. Now that I'm 63, it's good to just relax some and sit back. I remember watching a show on A&E many years ago, about the Civil War. A park service ranger read a passage from a book written by an old Confederate soldier in his declining years. The old guy said, basically, that the best thing about having been in the Army during the war was how much he appreciated things like a good meal, and being warm and dry, in his old age.

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  7. Love the cartoon, I'm going to share it with my father.

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    1. Tim, you know what caught my eye about that cartoon? I dress a lot like that! I wear walking shorts in summer, a ball cap or boonie hat, and I wear an old fishing vest to cover my shoulder rig! I don't wear black socks though!

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  8. Nothing wrong with that, I think you got the right recipe.

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    1. Seems to be working for us. We have a lot of common interests, and I want her to be happy so I try to do things like getting the satellite system back, and taking her to the places she likes to plunder around in (thrift shops, fabric shops, little "cutesy" restaurants. Life is pretty good as long as I act my age and don't overdo.

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  9. Harry,

    Congratulations to both of you for retiring!!!
    Retirement can be fun, and a little boring.....that is until you figure out a routine. Than you and your wife will make plans for events and a little travel here and there. Living on a fixed income doesn't mean life is over. You both will figure things out in time.

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    1. Sandy, strangely enough the biggest problem now is trying to keep our finances in order so we don't lose some of our social security because we also have to report pension or investment income. The way taxes work, if you add up all your social security income, and divide it by two, then add that amount to your other gross adjusted income, if you can keep it under $32,000 you don't have to pay taxes! But! If you go over, then up to 85% of your social security is taxable! More, you can only take in $15,670 a year (gross) in additional income, if you go over they start taking your social security away! So the hard part is keeping things below that line for the year. I am paying for tax planning assistance from my accountant for the first time in my life this year. I always paid my accountant to do my taxes, but now I need her to keep me on an even keel so I can get out from under the requirement to pay taxes at all.

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  10. I retired 5 years ago, but my husband is still working. I have become more of a homebody since retiring, but I love having my own schedule and not answering to a boss. I guess others may think my life is boring, but I never get bored. I can always find so much to keep me busy. I am glad that you and your wife are having this time to spend together. Enjoy! Jana

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    1. Jana, we are going to have to slow down, I am starting to flag a bit. Yesterday we planned to go see "Eye in the Sky" in an adjacent county. But Lo! When we got up there, the Humane Society (which we support in both that county and our own) was having a grand opening of the new thrift shop. By the time my wife got through ploughing through that, I was worn out and hungry. So we skipped the movie, had dinner out, then came home. I was so tired I could barely move!

      Not having to kowtow to anyone is wonderful, and having so much time to get things done is very pleasant in the extreme. I find retirement with both of us home beats retirement with her working and me just knocking around at loose ends.

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  11. Nice schedule.....we are busier than that now but we still fit in chicken watching and time with the turkeys...

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    1. You two are actually running a farm there instead of just monkeying around like I do. I saw that picture of your significant other working in the field and I thought "Lord, I'm glad that's not me!"

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