Sunday, March 25, 2012

Replacing Bed Pillows and its About Time

Our big event for this Sunday was a trip to town and, after several stops in the mall and other stores, we finally settled on three new standard-size pillows for our bed.  They were $20 each and that was at half price.

When you only but pillows once every five or six years, I guess it is worth it.  I could not believe how "yellowed" our old pillows were in comparison.  Who knows how much dust, skin cells, and mites were packed into those old yellow pads.  Simple shopping trip, but it feels rewarding.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Adjusting to Retired Life and Doing Nothing

THE most difficult adjustment I have had to make since I retired is getting over the FEELING that I should "do something significant" and be "productive."  You know what?  I have been retired for FIVE years now and I am beginning to doubt that the FEELING will ever completely go away.   But...I love not being tied to the calendar or the clock; and not being dependent on someone else to get a project started.  I do it when I get around to it and when I feel like it....whatever "it" happens to be.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Why Do We Spend UP to our Income?

When my Social Security benefits began, my wife suggested we try to save that money.  Since she is still working full-time and earning more than I ever did we have been making ends meet on our income BEFORE Social Security kicked in.  So why does it not work that way?  Although we have been able to save some of the Social Security monies, it is nothing like what we thought we could do.  Like so many other times in our lives, increases in income seemed to result in higher expenses.  But they are not really expenses.  We spend on "stuff" that we used to do without.  I fear that we are going to accumulate so much extra "stuff" that when she retires we will be strapped to make ends meets.  We need to have a meeting of the minds about the difference between what we NEED and what we WANT.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

San Francisco Vacation Like Speed Dating

My wife and I visited San Francisco last week. Of the three full days we were touring, three were rainy and windy and cold.  It was sunny and beautiful on the morning we left.  There are so many places to visit and things to do and people to see that it reminded me of speed dating.  I haven't been in California for 16 years and was pleasantly surprised by the lack of graffiti.  San Francisco was clean.  Perhaps the rain washes the grime away.  The fifteen-story hotel was full of people and so was the hotel fitness center, even at 5 a.m.  We ended up exercising by climbing the stairs over and over.
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