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Old 09-26-2017, 12:17 PM
 
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Western Colorado is the dream. Love Ouray - Delores, Rico all through the San Juan's. I hope to spend quite a bit of time there when I retire.
I got photos today from my builder- he's pouring the foundation today for my retirement house in Ridgway, CO (down the road from Ouray). I have four more months to work and found out today yet again how much it's negatively affecting my health (very repairable, just have to stop working) and I was reminded of why I am calling it quits a year or two earlier than makes real financial sense.

I also saw a job listing for the animal shelter in my new town and realized that I'd like to have a part-time job, no matter how low paid, if it's near my house and involves animals. I have to get some strength going after being sedentary and then I could apply to be an animal caretaker. I think a part-time job that I like would be just the ticket in retirement.

Just have to knock off the last four months of work, and working my brains out- apparently no one wants to pick up night shifts these days except me, because it's my last hurrah of making good money. Jan. 27 is coming soon!
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:37 PM
 
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I got photos today from my builder- he's pouring the foundation today for my retirement house in Ridgway, CO (down the road from Ouray). I have four more months to work and found out today yet again how much it's negatively affecting my health (very repairable, just have to stop working) and I was reminded of why I am calling it quits a year or two earlier than makes real financial sense.

I also saw a job listing for the animal shelter in my new town and realized that I'd like to have a part-time job, no matter how low paid, if it's near my house and involves animals. I have to get some strength going after being sedentary and then I could apply to be an animal caretaker. I think a part-time job that I like would be just the ticket in retirement.

Just have to knock off the last four months of work, and working my brains out- apparently no one wants to pick up night shifts these days except me, because it's my last hurrah of making good money. Jan. 27 is coming soon!
That's great!
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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I think you are making a mistake. Please go for a second, a third, and a tenth, and a twentieth class! I started yoga at an old age (early 60's) and I have never been coordinated. The progress will be slow, but so worthwhile. I'm so glad I discovered yoga. It's especially important for us older folks. Please get over your embarrassment and remember that many of the other students have probably been at it for years. It is not a competitive sport!
OK. I'll give it a go. classes are Tuesday and thursday. I'll keep you posted ER.
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:01 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I got photos today from my builder- ...
I also saw a job listing for the animal shelter in my new town and realized that I'd like to have a part-time job,

... working my brains out- apparently no one wants to pick up night shifts these days except me, because it's my last hurrah of making good money. Jan. 27 is coming soon!
Take the money and RUN (on Jan 28th)'
Tho retired 12 yrs... (thx in large part to 30+ yrs of nightshift premium + NO time to SPEND it...) I still love picking up occasional 'night shift premium' for more money to travel / play.

It would be miserable for me to have to work (?) days, even PT would be terrible waste of daylight. I find it EZ to get fill-in night / weekend gigs that pay VERY well (no one else wants those). I enjoy talking with the airport shuttle drivers (many are retirees that enjoy working PT or night shift, so they can golf / play all day). FEW need the dough, all appreciate having a little extra dough with minimal impact on their retired life.

Night shift at the pet shelter... You might need to 'invent' that position. (you are probably ALL done w/ nightshift)

(I also like to work weekends, so that might be available)
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:19 PM
 
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... Had to wait 'til I was 72, to be able to afford to retire; did that at the beginning of June, this year.
So far, "retirement" has been one big vacation!
  • I get out of bed when I want to, not when someone dictates that I should.
  • I can sit here, drink coffee, and peruse C-D topics, and decide whether or not I feel like doing anything else, like walking, or maybe some household chores, or just washing the car.
  • Some retired friends of mine play golf on Wednesday Mornings ... and so, recently, I began to join them. One of the guys has offered really-helpful advice on my golf stance, swing, club selection, etc. etc. ... So, I get a free "golf lesson" every week, and get to enjoy all that friendship, besides!

I'm currently "biding my time" while waiting for my DW to decide when she wants to retire. Once that happens, we have plans to hit th' road and "see th' U.S.A. from our CR-V ... America is asking us to call" ...
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:20 PM
 
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Take the money and RUN (on Jan 28th)'


Night shift at the pet shelter... You might need to 'invent' that position. (you are probably ALL done w/ nightshift)

(I also like to work weekends, so that might be available)
I wouldn't want the early shift at the shelter- too early. I love working weekends and holidays, always have done it between restaurants and hospitals. Anyway, just thinking of it as an option relieved some of my financial anxiety. I have never had the option of a low-paid job that I might like- always being a single income, I have always had to go for the bucks. I also don't think it would be too bad to be taking care of animals ten minutes from my house in retirement- something of a schedule and social contact in a new place.

I guess after all these years of nights in psychiatric work, a lot of other things look good!
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I've been retired for 7 years and am SUPER HAPPY. I love not having to wake up before 5 am and commute for an hour each way while working 9 hour days.

We moved to a beautiful state with a low cost of living and the NICEST people. We live in a community of active people with busy lives. Most are retired, but there is so much to do that there is no reason to be bored, unless that's how you want it. It's easy to make friends here and the weather is usually pretty nice. I have enough money not to worry, and enough to splurge occasionally. My DH is also happy, and we do a lot of fun things together. Retirement has been very good to me, and I hope to continue this way for the next 25 years or so.

What's good in my life today? My brother will be here in 2 hours! He and his wife have driven cross country in their RV and will be spending a few days with us. The weather is awesome. The house has all been cleaned, and dinner is all prepped and ready to go.
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Ashland, Oregon
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The old saying 'misery loves company' is relevant because people tend to reach out when they feel sad or need help. How many of us come here and say, "Let me tell you why my life is so wonderful"? They'd get a very loud Bronx Cheer, lol. It is nice to acc-ent-uate the positive sometimes but we don't always need a spoonful of sugar.

That said, I have a great life. Great kids, nice husband, sleeping late in the a.m., good books to read, decent health... What's to complain?
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:04 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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We retired 5 years ago this month. I was looking forward to all kinds of spontaneous travel; didn't happen. First, we had more work on the retirement house than we expected. And we threw it all into the budget. We had planned well and had the funds to do it. What we hadn't planned on was the number of stray animals and the lack of any kind of shelter or county solution to the problem of unwanted animals.

So we wound up fostering. After several different dogs, we became foster fails. And she is a wonderful Service Dog - so I now have more freedom than I expected. Then another dog arrived - he is a senior - and there just weren't a crowd of folks looking for a big, old, scared coonhound. So we have 2 big dogs who adore each other and protect the homestead with their all. Then we added some kittens, fosters - ya rite. This place is overrun with cats; and just recently we added 2 more kittens (we came with cats!). Life is good, we are loved and entertained - and protected. Then a friend in need asked for help - to buy her house, let her pay rent and make the repairs/changes while she fixes her credit and can buy it back. So we bought a 2nd house - a small farm.

And in the last 2 months, we started a non-profit corporation to work on getting spay-neuter grants to do something in this county. And my husband has started getting his social security (he retired early) and we're tweaking the budget to get the repairs/updating on the house moving faster and we're taking a trip shortly. It's only our 4th one since retiring, but it sure won't be our last.

Our pool issues are solved, and the weather is still holding for using it. Life is pretty good. None of the above was a complaint. it's all good. Changing plans is something we've always done.

Oh, and we got married 2 years ago and in 2 weeks, we'll have been together for 20 years. Not bad for 2 old fogies.
Just this morning my RE Office toured the local Canine Companions beautiful new facility that trains Labs / Goldens to be support animals for Vets and other disabled. They train about 40 dogs per quarter and match them with people who also go through a 2 week program. They need people to raise and basic train the pups to about 18 months then take them back for extensive advanced training. I'd love to take on the basic training but not able at this time. They do offer a training where you can babysit the dogs when their trainers go on vacation. I may volunteer for that shorter service.

This was one of the best things I've seen in life and very inspirational. There was a Vet there who lost both legs bringing his dog in for a checkup.

These dogs are amazing. They specifically breed these dogs and will use no other breeds.

http://www.cci.org/
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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lol, I've got another one.

Just tried my first YOGA class and am now laughing at how uncoordinated I am. there will not be a second class.
Go back. It's called making progress. You will get better. You can't expect to begin at the advanced level.
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