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Old 04-05-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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What has changed for you since retired or very close to retirement. Are you more active or less active bored, happy Unhappy ect. Do you find than you can still take vacations like you did in the past

What do you do to occupy your time when retired especially in a normal day especially if your souse is still working(younger than you)

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Arthuritis can occur and will be unexpected, difficult to bring under control. It may not happen, but plan on it anyway. You never know.

You quickly learn to not buy any house that requires any redo - nothing at all. If it ain't what you can live with, don't buy it!

Relocating? Hang out there for 6 months before you do anything. You'll see what I mean.

Get a deep sink. You can put three days of dishes in my sink before they "peek over the edge." I (don't) have better things to do, but washing dishes is way low on the list.

Move to a state with a low liquor tax. You'll soon find out what really counts once you don't have to go to work every day. That form of "relaxation" will amaze even the most tea-totaling types. Even hummingbirds can acquire the most fascinating qualities [oh, and by the way, a few drops of rum in that feeder; sit back and watch the show!].
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I do not take vacations. I am retired and spend my time doing what I want to do.
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I believe people are using the words "take vacations" to mean "go on trips".
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Life can be pretty much the same after retirement (mine is) with the exception that we have more free time, more days that we don't have to set the alarm. I still travel, but I've been able to be gone for longer periods of time. I still live in the same house (by pre-plan), so I still have mostly the same friends. I still go places and do things, but there is more flexibility as to the days of the week and the times of the day. At 71 I can still climb up on ladders and do exterior painting, but if I live long enough there will probably come a time when I decide to give up that sort of thing.
I find your posts to be quite honest, entertaining and informative. My guess is that you would "fit-in" easily in my area of Montana, however I'm also quite sure the "culture-shock" would be significant .......But I digress, The main reason for this post is to comment and expand on the last sentence in your post quoted above:.."At 71 I can still climb------------------".

I will be 83 in a couple of weeks, widowed (live alone), cannot see any neighbors or other houses from my place which is 12 miles from town (pop of 5100) (Missoula with a pop of approx 65000 is 50 miles ). Been retired since the end of 1993 and will continue to live in this home on 14 acres (I built it in 1980/took a yr off from my job (which I loved for 40 years)....Job entailed 80 to 90% travel all over the western U.S., B.C. and Alaska & my wife could travel with me whenever she wanted during the last 18 years (after our only child was educated and gone from "the nest".

Now to get to the point:......I love being outdoors and doing "limited maintainence" on the house.....two such chores are: "Caulking around the rock chimney where it comes up through the Shake Roof and getting rid of the 666,666 pine needles that collect on the shake roof every year.....My daughter, who lives 14 miles away on the other side of the valley, admonishes me at least once a month about going up on the roof. And I respond in the same fashion every month:..."I now EXACTLY how I want the Black Mastic Caulking applied to the chimney AND I know how to "walk on the 35 year old Shakes" and not break them with each step taken............To appease her, I do the following:...I put on my Knee brace and my Back Brace....I also take the following items with me up the ladder and up on to the roof:...My Cell Phone; a Whistle; a small Hand held Air Horn and a 13 shot 9mm pistol..........I figure if I fall (God forbid), I have four methods of signaling for help (closest neighbor is approx 1/2 mile).........So far my trips up on to the roof have been without incident.

As far as to any changes in my way of life since retirement:...........I obviously miss the ability to travel (on the Company dollar), but have continued to do some traveling since retirement 22 years ago...(the first 11 years after retirement, my late wife was still with me and we did a fair amount of travel each winter.) Since her death, I have traveled to AZ; FL; GA: TX; AL; and KS for Quail and other Upland Bird Hunting with my Brittany Bird Dog (he has traveled with me approx 80,000 miles in the SUV), he is also a great companion and one of my closest friends.

Ketch ya later

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Old 04-06-2015, 12:49 AM
 
Location: In the Endless Mountains
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My concern is to keep active but have a healthy balance between "work" and "play"!
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Old 04-06-2015, 01:00 AM
 
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I believe people are using the words "take vacations" to mean "go on trips".
Yep. In our case "road trips" since we love getting in the car and going, we do that several months a year. But we don't much care for flying or international travel.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:05 AM
 
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I believe people are using the words "take vacations" to mean "go on trips".
Correct! Being retired is being on a perpetual vacation.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Correct! Being retired is being on a perpetual vacation.

I told the wife yesterday that when we retire we are not allowed to take vacations.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Very Good Post!

Arthuritis can occur and will be unexpected, difficult to bring under control. It may not happen, but plan on it anyway. You never know.

You quickly learn to not buy any house that requires any redo - nothing at all. If it ain't what you can live with, don't buy it!

Relocating? Hang out there for 6 months before you do anything. You'll see what I mean.

Get a deep sink. You can put three days of dishes in my sink before they "peek over the edge." I (don't) have better things to do, but washing dishes is way low on the list.

Move to a state with a low liquor tax. You'll soon find out what really counts once you don't have to go to work every day. That form of "relaxation" will amaze even the most tea-totaling types. Even hummingbirds can acquire the most fascinating qualities [oh, and by the way, a few drops of rum in that feeder; sit back and watch the show!].
Big LOL!!

I am hesitating to post this, but since so many mention health problems, or possible problems like arthritis, I just have to share this blog about not eating wheat or actually any grains at all, and getting rid of just about all health problems in the process. I and my daughter have had phenomenal results with eating this way, and there are many blogs with recipes and ideas that help tremendously, esp. in the beginning, when the big question is: what do I eat, if I can't have bread, crackers, cookies, cake, pasta, rice, corn??? It's addictive stuff, that wheat and rice and corn! Dairy too, but not for everyone. I hate to turn this into a nutrition thread, and apologize for that, but it just seemed like a good place to post this for now. who knows, once I retire, I might start a thread about: Blog | Dr. William Davis
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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My stress level is way down since I retired and the chronic neck pain has disappeared completely. DH is still working, we have a second home in FL and I watch the grandkids several days a week there, which is my idea of a good time. We are in FL for 8 mo and NY for 4 and will jettison the NY place in a couple of years. The sentiment isn't worth the cost.

Without both of us working full time, home life is better. No more flipping a coin to see who has to stay home to meet repairmen/service people etc or feeling like life is work-sleep-going to the grocery store-not getting enough done at home. We haven't traveled much so far with the trips back and forth from North to South and out to the Midwest to visit parents. DH has seven weeks of vacation and when we aren't making the required road trips, we use the time for sailing on the Hudson or kayaking the ICW/gulf in FL. We like water, nature and no noise or crowds. We have pets, a dog and cats and that curtails us from picking up and going spur of the moment.

DH's job as a project manager has hit almost meltdown status these last few months and into the foreseeable future; so much to do with not enough time in a day. He juggles well and enjoys it though, especially since the pressure of home is off of him through the week. The inevitable list I have for him is how he distresses on the weekends, he likes fixing/puttering. When he is home and not traveling on weekdays, he can take time for a swim with the grandkids when the kindergartener gets home from school and then spend his evenings with work emails and CAD drawings. Having some autonomy keeps him happy with work.

It's an interesting, transitional time for both of us.

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Old 04-17-2015, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Since I retired in 2009 I am RELAXED. It's great to be able to do whatever I want, when I want.
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