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Old 11-09-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Is there anyone out there who absolutely loves his retired life?

Monday, Ellie Mae, our big golden retriever, woke me up a little early. Her nose found my hand and she knew that if she licked it I would get up and fix her breakfast. I did, too. And then mine. That Woman slept in.

Boots, jeans, baseball cap; my favorite attire! I had to go over to some property that we own and tear out an old fence that I built 25 years ago. It has served its purpose and is now just an eyesore. I knew the posts were going to be bedded pretty well, so I took along my chainsaw so I could just cut them off and ground level.
The work was hot, but the fence was only 50 feet long and I had all the tools I needed so it went quickly.

I used the chainsaw on a wisteria that had invaded the fence, and then I picked out a hole around each of the 6 fence posts and cut them off. While I had my chainsaw running, I did some damage to the pesky wisteria, too. I'll kill the stump this winter - I just drill a hole and put drain cleaner in the hole - and by next summer I will dig up what's left.

I loaded the fence pieces into my old pickup and drove the 15 miles to the dump. The guy charged me 5$. I think he just keeps the money because he never offers a receipt. That's OK; still a bargain. And while I was at the dump I slipped the GMC into four wheel drive to give the gears some exercise. I gunned it and did some power slides in the dump area just to make sure everything worked. The truck has 400,000 miles on it, but I like to keep it it good working order.

By 5 PM I was exhausted and back home. We watched Longmire on Netflix.

Tuesday I had a dental appointment. Just routine. The dental hygienist peppered me with questions about my retirement. I get a little embarrassed sometimes, because the questions are always the same:
Spend time with grandkids?.........no, not really. Nice kids, but I don't see them much. Mid 20's.
Hunt? Fish?.........no.
Big college football fan?..... no.
You and your wife travel much?...... No. Just the one trip a year.
Golf?.... No. Used to. Seems like it takes too much time.
Have you been on a cruise?.... No. I spent 9 years on real ships in the navy. I don't want to go on a cruise. Got all the traveling out of my system back when I worked, I guess. I have been to 49 states and 19 foreign countries.

When the dentists came in we talked in hushed tones about the election. We're old friends, but not everyone in his office would be sympathetic to out positions. And there are other customers, so....

On the way home I spotted a couple walking along with a gas can. I could see their car, so I spun around and gave them a ride. They were obviously dead broke, but they had some kind of work lined up so I filled up their gas can and took them back to their car. I stayed long enough to see that it started and gave them 10$ to get them through the day. Day laborers like them get paid every day.

I love being retired! I know most of the posts around here are financial in nature and I guess that's the thing I worried about back before I retired in 2010, but, believe me you reach a point (I hope you do) when finances rarely enter your mind.

I find myself doing the work I need to do and helping out where I can. And to me, that's a fine retirement.
Now I have to go pick up materials for that new fence.....
C'mon, Dawg!
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Old 11-09-2016, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I spent 2 years on a Navy ship. Cruise ships are hugely different, I enjoy them. We have been on 6 different ones.

I really like being to spend my time as I want.
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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I spent 2 years on a Navy ship. Cruise ships are hugely different, I enjoy them. We have been on 6 different ones.

I really like being to spend my time as I want.
Missing word there. Is it

A) free
B) able
C) on parole
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Old 11-10-2016, 07:50 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I spent 2 years on a Navy ship. Cruise ships are hugely different, I enjoy them. We have been on 6 different ones.

I really like being to spend my time as I want.
If you are enjoying your retirement, you are a WINNER!


Maybe you spent years working a job that you really didn't enjoy all that much or maybe took too much time, or maybe didn't even pay very well.
No matter. Today is the day that matters and if taking cruises is your 'thing' then you should do that.

The standard questions that all retirees hear don't really work for me. I'm not really all wrapped up with grandkids, don't care for college sports, don't play golf, etc., and it leaves people who don't know me wondering just what I do!
I have always liked active, hard work, so that's what I do. But I have also studied Roman history, Spanish, and learned a little guitar. We have taken a few trips that were important to us, like the train trip to Washington, DC, but traveling just for the sake of traveling doesn't appeal to me.

BOL!
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: South Louisiana
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I retired 2 years ago and I enjoy my retirement. I have been working since I was 12 years old and retired at 69. People ask me, what do you do now that your are retired. My reply is what ever I feel like doing that day. When I retired, we took a road trip to Yellowstone and the Black Hills. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a few years. About a year ago, I hurt my back and was limited to what I could do. Two MRI's, six shots in my back and physical therapy and I am in decent shape, not 100% but I am ok. Than came the extreme rains and my house flooded. Moved back in last week and getting thing back in place. When that is done, a road trip is in the near future. Am I enjoying my retirement - hell ya. I thought about finding a part time job but I did not want to get into something that I would not have the freedom to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it so I got rid of that idea pretty quick. After it is all said and done, I love my retirement.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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I've been retired for over ten years now and feeling antsy. Took on too much responsibility with all these animals and my older home.

I know I have to maintain a home for my pets until the number is more manageable and I can then move to a smaller place. I think five years. I'm 56, so I guess I will still be "young"? LOL

Trying to hang in there. Do take the occasional trip. I would love to just be able to take off whenever but gotta look after my babies. I do have a "roommate" but hate putting all the responsibility on him.

It is a beautiful day here - the sun came out after a few gloomy days. And the AC is not running. Nice and cool.
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:09 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Listener2307 that was a good read, really enjoyed your rambling ha.

Not quite there yet on the finances. Still do the math but not daily anymore
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Old 11-11-2016, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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When folks ask me what I do now that I'm retired my response is always: Everything (and more) that I did before I retired, except go to work!
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:49 PM
 
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Let's see, today's events.

Wake up at 6:30 am. Throw on my clothes and walk with my 86 yer old neighbor and her dog. We saw at least 12 neighbors and friends in the 45 minute walk.

Came home, Started first cup of coffee and some raisin toast.

Showered and shaved. Back to the computer. I spent most of the morning trying to find a cheap car rental in Cleveland.

Went to a senior health fair at the local casino. Nothing there for us pre-Medicare folks. Mostly for the people who are looking for advanced care.

Stopped for lunch at the casino. Lunch for two came to $10 - huge patty melt, large entree salad, two beverages.

Called Hertz to complain that a rental I previously booked in May was cancelled and I never received a notice.

Worked this afternoon to try to get caught up with e-mails. many were dealing with Spring Training 2017.

Off to OLLI class. A 90 minute talk on the Owls of Southern Arizona. It was so interesting that they kept the speaker for two hours.

Back home for a dinner of a ham sandwich and apple cider.

Off to a concert with the Silver City Jam Band. A wide variety of music with a lot of "sing a longs."

Back home at 9 pm finishing up a few posts. Neighbor sent over a couple of slices of a peach pie. We tried to repay fher with a bag of sugar as we have 20# in the pantry.

And most people think that all we do is sit around and watch TV.
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