This morning they predicted really heavy snows for next Tuesday, almost by accident. The weather person said she hadn't intended to show us the approaching purple, but it just crept up anyway and there it was, covering the screen. My first reaction was that I need to get on the snow blower's list early, but then I realized that there would be no rush. With this much advanced notice, I can stock up, and I won't have to get out - early or otherwise. Such a nice perk about retirement is that you don't have to go anywhere if you don't want to.
My problem is I never want to. I could easily become a hermit. But getting back to the retirement business, on the surface you might wonder why everyone isn't just so excited about the opportunities that retirement brings. I mean, you can sleep in, only do things you like to do, can even waste time if that is your choice. But way down deep there is this tiny kernel of fear that once you turn this corner there is no going back, and it just becomes a waiting game.
I admit that in my youth, if I thought of retirement at all, it was completely different than what the reality is. First of all, I would be married, and together we would find our way through having so much time to spend together. Secondly, I would no be as poor as I am. My tastes are simple, so I never saw myself traveling or buying expensive motor homes to travel in, in retirement, but I did think that I would be sort of okay. The main thing was that I wouldn't be alone.
But alone I am and in the next couple of months, there will likely be a lot of changes in my household. I will be selling my house because my income is not sufficient to pay all the maintenance and utilities that I incur over a months time living here. I will go back to renting. The problem right now is, I really LIVE in this house. I have crap all over the place - yarn stash, paper stash, computers, knick knacks, memorabilia, you name it. Paring down this sizable haul is going to take a considerable effort. And there is no one to help.
I'll keep you posted on how that goes in my follow up's.