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February 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

We are on vacation, the boss and I. We are in Port Charlotte, Florida. Sunny, warm, and very relaxing. Got out of Dodge (the reservation in Franklin) just in time. I’m told they got five inches of snow after we left. I planned that pretty well.

Had a good trip down. Sunshine all the way. A good drive except for the idiot left lane hoggers! I try not to use the four-letter word that starts with “h” but those guys come close. I expect you, when I come up behind you, to pull over and let me by. Just common courtesy. And, please don’t get mad when I pass you on the right. I just want to get on down the road, thank you!

Now, the question of the day: do retired folks really take vacations?

Vacation: an extended period of recreation, isn’t that what I expected when I retired 13 years ago? So, how did my extended period of recreation go? Well, looking back there was some fun but lots of work not in the retirement plan. Work like taking care of mothers (2), moving mothers (5 times), living with mothers (1), and losing a mother (1).

Work like updating a house! Probably will write a long piece about that expensive word, update! New doors, new counter tops, new appliances, and of course new paint. I will admit the house really looked great when it was “updated” to the max. And I really hope the new owners enjoy all the work that went into the updates.

Oh! a down size move. Do you have any idea how much stuff you have to get rid of when you reduce your living space 500 sq. ft., give up a small barn, and sell the motor home? Well, the books we gave up required four trips to the second-hand book store and we only got about $100 for them! So much for the extended period of recreation.

So, to answer the question, yes. Retired folks do take vacations! We do need to get away from the exceedingly long “to do list” we all have, but, more important, retired folks need to take vacations more than we think we do! And, us retired folks must take vacations just to keep our retirement in perspective.

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Life at the Reservation

January 19, 2015 — 1 Comment

June 2013, we moved into a cottage on the reservation at the Franklin United Methodist Community. I’m sure the community leaders cringe when I call it the reservation because they call it Brookside an adult community. When you move here, for a fee, they guarantee lifetime care so when you can no longer take care of yourself, or your cottage, you are relocated to the “big house” where someone takes care of you.

It is a lovely quiet gated community and the folks here are really nice and neighborly and most have been here for a long time. Now, the goal of me and the boss is to live here a long time and die before we have to go to the big house. Reservation seemed to just fit. We have reserved a place in the “big house,” our life now is reserve, and just like the indians, someone else takes care of our every need.

Our cottage is about 1500 sq. ft. and is located on the pond so we can watch the ducks, geese and fish when we want. No, I am not a good fisherman! We lost 500 sq. feet and, as a result, had to re-home a lot of stuff. 25+ years of accumulated tools, must-keeps and might-need-it-somedays added up to a lot of really-good things. Believe it or not, it was almost a year before we could get both vehicles in the garage. Probably the hardest things for us to “down size” was the books. Took four large loads to 2nd-hand book stores. Sad, maybe got $100 for them. Really miss the books but I did get to keep my civil War and Charles Major collections.

Moving is so much fun. I kept the “sliders” under the living room furniture for over a year. Lost count how many times we re-arranged. “Sliders” are wonderful.

We did purchase several new pieces of furniture. Smaller. I have to say, and I hope she hears, Linda has done a fantastic job decorating our home. It is really comfortable. Now I hope we have bought the last major piece. Got a new mattress and box springs last week. WOW, can’t believe the difference that has made.

As time goes by I will share the things we love about living here. This was one of the best decisions we ever made.