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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.

Thanks for watching,



January 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

IRI have been retired several years (13) and last year we (the boss and I) moved from our country home into town into what I call the “reservation.” It is a “subdivision” of Cottages “houses and doubles” on the grounds of the Franklin United Methodist Community. There are about 600 of us old folks here and most live in the “Big House” (apartments, health center, or  3 levels of Alzheimers care..

After 36 years in an aircraft engine factory and 25 years raising and showing Miniature Schnauzers it was time to slow down. So with the last of the Mohicans (Foxy and Sugar) we came to town and live in a beautiful home on the pond on the reservation.

Me and my three girls!

I have been thinking about having a blog for some time and my beautiful granddaughter, Brooke, helped (did it all, I just watched)  put this blog together. She is really good at social media. Thank you!

I am opinionated and crotchety and the wife says I’m getting worse by the day. So, with that I start my mission of saying what’s on my mind. Hopefully you won’t take offense and will enjoy my rants.

Thanks for watching,
Richard Isley