Retirement…finally

I guess it kind of snuck up on us, but it finally arrived. We’re officially RETIRED. A lot has been happening of late that brought this to a head. If you have been following this blog, you know that for at least the last 10 months or so, we have been preparing for our Great Escape. A life on the road in our “new” vintage 32 ft. Bounder.

Well, we have made a lot of progress, at least a portion of which has come totally out of left field. Imagine our shock and surprise when we received a letter from Social Security. The letter had come as a follow-up to communication that we were already having in conjunction with setting up the DWs benefits. In a nutshell, the letter indicated that an account existed with Soc. Sec. to the benefit of DW by a former employer. Soc. Sec. had no details but suggested we contact the employer, which we did. As it turns out, DW has a pension that she never knew existed. Had Soc. Sec. not contacted us, we might never have known. Weird.

After filling out appropriate paperwork and sending it off, we arranged to greatly enhance our monthly income such that…watch for it now…”we’re RETIRED”. 🙂

Of course, it’s not quite that simple. Although we are retired, and the income would appear to be in place, we still have owned a business for the past 12 years. Because we have been giving serious thought to it in any event as part of our ESCAPE, our windfall accelerated our plans such that this week we closed our business and have spent the last several days tossing old inventory and boxing the rest. We gave our landlord the required 60 day notice, and we are working to vacate by July 15th.

We have also been selling stuff. Mainly vehicles. The Miata sports car is gone. Our old Jeep is gone. The Honda Goldwing motorcycle, Honda Civic and Ford Expedition are next.

As previously detailed here, the motorhome solar project is completed. Presently, I’m getting ready to install a 2000w inverter. Our remodel of the bedroom and living room area of the motorhome is also essentially complete, including memory foam twin beds (from a totally inadequate and unrestful queen) and hardwood flooring, along with certain cabinet work. Look for an upcoming article about our remodel, complete with photos.

So, as I mentioned, we have had a lot happening. And we’re going to be quite busy for the next 60 days. But it’s all good. We’re retired. 🙂

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2 Responses to Retirement…finally

  1. Ingrid says:

    Congratulations. I look forward to the photos on the remodel.

  2. Pam Wright says:

    Congratulations on the retirement and the “little” lottery that you just discovered! How nice to find unknown money:) It is always a great day to know that you no longer have to work!! Can’t wait to see the remods!

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