Oh my goodness, it's been far to long since I've done one of these posts. And if ever there was a time for me to focus on all the good that surrounds me, this is definitely it.
1) I walked to the beach last night with one of my evening walking groups, and when we arrived there was a large pod of dolphins leaping all around the water just a short distance beyond the shore break. It was absolutely magically, and all of us just stood and watched in awe for a good 20 minutes before giving any thought to continuing on with our walk. What a gift to have within reach virtually any time I might wish.
2) I have a busy day on tap, so I got up early to make brownies for an evening event, and oh my does the house now smell wonderful as a result. And now that they are done, I don't have to worry about them for the rest of the day, so yet another reason to be happy.
We have had several occasions to be with new retirees in the the last few weeks, the result of our circle of friends finally beginning to reach retirement age and join us 'out here.' It's been such fun to see their excitement at finally being able to walk away from the stress of the workplace, and to hear of their plans for how they intend to spend their new-found time, including spending more time pursuing outside endeavors with us, yeah!
All of which has served to remind us how far we've come in the seven years since we've been retired, me first at age 48, then hubby a year later at age 56. Initially our biggest concern was the financials of retirement, as would be expected, but now, having aged to 55 and 63 respectively, our ongoing health and energy occupy far more of our daily concerns than our finances do. Our finances are pretty much on autopilot at this point, with our spending patterns pretty well established. Our health and energy however, are definitely…
If there's one thing I've learned over the course of the many, many trips we've taken throughout the USA since retiring, it's that there are a whole lot of opinions about my native state of California from a whole lot of people that have never lived here. For the most part I find it endlessly entertaining, such as being asked what it's like to live among movie stars. Well, we don't actually because most of them live behind locked gates in very exclusive areas. Or, if it's true that we can sunbathe year round? Sadly, no, though for sure you can do anything other than sunbathe year round!.
And while much of what I've heard opined about is accurate, such as traffic - yep, we have it, but primarily because 10% of you all live here! - much of it is not. For example, doesn't our whole state catch fire every year? Well, no, though the news makes it sound that way. Remember that we're a pretty darn large piece of real estate, so even if a story about C…