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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Winter Report



The dog and I were walking down the road and ran into a neighbor. I asked him how his winter was. He was pretty quick to say it was terrible: bitter cold, snow, it would warm up, rain and then everything would freeze. He had to break up a foot of ice with pick and shovel to use his driveway. This guy's in his 70s, rececntly recovered from cancer and has a new hip replacement.

He did have two good weeks where he was down to Florida. He and his wife were tempted to rent a place down there for next winter. However, they decided at the last minute not to. The traffic intimidated him. Worse, he thought he'd be bored down there.

May I never get so set in my ways that I can't find something interesting to do. Retirement is wasted on some people. He and his wife are now in reasonably good health and have plenty of money. They are really starting to suffer from northern winters, but can't figure out a good alternative.

Maybe I'm lucky that I've always had to figure out how to do things on a limited budget. It forces me to think outside of the box.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. I agree with you and have always done things on a budget of some sort. I also think some people retire without thinking about what they would like to do, they have no outside interests or hobbies and don't even like travelling. We have some friends like that, and some don't want to retire because they don't know what they would do. We don't have enough time each day to do what we want and always have plans for a trip or two. I loved working but I love retirement more!

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    1. My freedom is the best part of my lifestyle. I'm giving up a lot of money for it, but life is good.

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  2. May I never get into a rut. Don't think I will 'cause there's always something to keep me busy and, like Rosemary, I like to travel.

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    1. Some people make their own entertainment and are never bored. It doesn't matter where they are.

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  3. Show them photos etc from your trip and regale them with stories from your visits, who knows, you might see a rv in their driveway soon?

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    1. He sounded like a guy grasping for excuses not to get out of his rut.

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  4. We stay at home a lot but never get bored. There is the garden and animals and we entertain each other. It is enough. Today is cooler with a gentle breeze which is just right for our wind chimes. I have flowers to enjoy and water today. With all that said -- thank God we live in the south.

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    1. It gets a bit too hot for me in the south during the summer. The snowbird thing works for now. I get the best of both worlds.

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  5. Now that my mom's retiring she and my dad plan on spending their summers up here in their winnebago and back in Arizona for the winters. Not a bad plan. My old man especially doesn't miss the winters up here

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    1. Not a bad way to live, which is why so many people do it. Of course, they have a new grandkid up here to play with.

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