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Old 10-21-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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It has been 3 years since retirement.I had some big dreams. Much has happened. We moved to Pueblo and bought a house for ourselves and 3 rentals, with the plan of eventually being a part of an Autistic community, Theywere all extreme fixer-uppers that we made functional and beautiful. I had been making and selling jewelry, and was planning to continue. And I knew I wanted chickens.

Some pretty bad stuff happened. We found out that in the last few years of the business, family members had taken advantage of Bobbys' increased confussion, and because of that, we owed the IRS a ton of money.We had to sell all but one home to pay them. Bobby was diagnosed with Alzheimers [ why he was so confused] but he was/is still pretty happy, and being in the earlier stages at this point, he is doing okay] Somewhere in there we were robbed in our home at gunpoint. We later found out that the people who did this had been intending to kill us and bury our bodies in the crawl space.[they had been gang member squatters who had lived in the place for 2 years before HUD sold us the place and they wanted it back]

We tried to get over the robbery, but my youngest son could not. So we sold our remaining home and found this place in the mountains. Now we have even more chickens and goats as well. Bobby ad youngest son are both more relaxed here. I am too. We live in a little spot in paradise.

Though the house originally had no septic system or plumbing, or any upgrades since it had been built 80 years ago, we now have a septic and plumbing, and every day we do just one little thing to fix it up every day. Right now, thouugh still a 'work in progress", this is without a doubt the most wonderful place I have ever lived. And if the bad stuff hadn't happened, we would still be tryig to put together a community for/by Autistic people in crime ridden Pueblo.

We already have a small Autistic community here, only 5 of us, plus Bobby. Most 'experts" say that Autistic people cannot cooperate and build things together. Well, we are already proving them wrong. Right now, we alternately call my home the 'Host House," and the 'Incubator". Our non-profit [no we are not or ever want to be paid. this is our passion] Recently AutHaven purchased a small parcel right next to our land. No buildings yet, but we do have a PICNIC TABLE on it, plus 2 new BEEHIVES [no bees yet, next spring]

I no longer make jewelry except for personal use and some "Autistic" jewelry to raise money for AutHaven. My jewelry involved semi-precious stones and most jewelry now is either expensive with actual precious stones, or fashion, which is inexpensive and super lightweight. Instead, I am making my own soap and selling it. Baking and selling baked goods. It' all good.

At this point, I love retirement even more than I thought Iwould. I know that with both Bobby and I having serious health issues, things will likely eventually get a lot more difficult. But, when that happens, I will also know that I am even closer to the BIGGEST ADVENTURE OF THEM ALL!
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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What a wonderful post! Best of luck with your dreams.
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: equator
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Boy, you have been through the RINGER! What an admirable goal you had; to create an autistic community. I've been through Pueblo a few times; not much there to remember. I am glad you came through such an ordeal unscathed.

It's wonderful you could find another place more suited to you, with (I hope) pleasant mountain weather. Maybe you will come across BrightDogLover!

Best wishes for you and Bobby. Aren't chickens fun? I really miss mine!
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I think you have found your paradise. It’s nice to hear. I think the secret to happiness is to have a purpose.

We are retired too, and we have also realized that we always need to have a project or goal to keep us happy. Sometimes it’s in the yard, sometimes the house, and sometimes it’s just to heal something that is broken.
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Old 10-21-2018, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Wow, I'm so glad you survived that ordeal and are now living in a place where you are happy! You seem to have a great attitude towards life.
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Old 10-21-2018, 03:55 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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So nice to hear from you again Vicky. We miss you here on the retirement forum.
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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So nice to hear from you again Vicky. We miss you here on the retirement forum.
I second that. Always nice to hear from you. Glad things are going good for you.
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Wow, I'm so glad you survived that ordeal and are now living in a place where you are happy! You seem to have a great attitude towards life.
I second that emotion.
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:09 PM
 
Location: FL
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Best of luck to you both and God Bless.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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What a terrible experience but I’m so glad you were able to move and find a peaceful place. I so enjoyed your sharing , thank you.
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