It’s Official!!!!

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The day has finally arrived!!  He is officially retired!!!  Now the fun begins!!

What a year it’s been for us . . . especially the last few months!!  A year and a half ago we made some life changing decisions  . . . Ted would retire in 2017, we’d sell the house I designed and had built to buy an RV to live in and travel the US to see places we didn’t have time to do while we were working.

Yesterday the final steps to that plan came to fruition . . . Ted spent his last day as a salesman with US Foods after almost 23 yrs with the company.  This day also ended his 50 yr career of working for somebody!!  Can you imagine?  Working for 50 yrs?  I can’t!!  I gave up working for someone about 17 yrs ago . . . and I’m only 58 yrs old.  He told me last night that he started working when I was 8 yrs old!!!  LOL!!!

Now we start a new chapter of our lives . . . learning how to spend 24/7/365 together.   Even though he worked from home and we’d be in the same home together, we weren’t available to each other 24/7 as we will be now.  So that’ll take some getting used to . . . probably more on his part than mine.  But then again, I will have to adjust my world too.  I will still continue my Avon and SendOutCard businesses which means that I will have to shut myself in my office for a while.  Then he can have the living room to watch TV.  I guess we’ll be switching rolls now.  I will work while he sits around and watches TV.  LOL!!!

Another thing we are going to have to learn how to do is to live on a budget again!!  That is going to be really hard for me!!  For quite a few years now, because of him being an awesome provider, I have not had to ‘count pennies’.  But now I will.  Especially when it comes to the grandkids.  For example:  When our son & daughter-in-law took an Anniversary trip, we kept the 3 kids.  We also took those kids to the movies!  OMG!  About $80 later we got to see the movie!!!  How do young families, with incomes much lower than ours, afford to take their kids to do anything??  No wonder the theaters are empty!!!  This will be our biggest adjustment to make in our lives.

One thing we’ve both decided that we are going to do is WALK and go to the workout room here at the apartment.  I can stand to lose a bit of weight and he needs to just get active.  He’s been sitting behind a desk or the wheel of a car for 22 yrs.  Time to get that old body moving again.

Unfortunately, our RVing travels have been put on hold for a while yet.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we’ve had some issues with the RV and truck we purchased.  Because of that, the RV is in storage right now until all the parts get shipped to the dealer in Oklahoma City were we purchased it.  In the meantime, we do have a trip planned but we’ll have to go by air instead of by land.  Thank goodness for SW Reward points . . . FREE air and FREE rental car.  Once we get back, we’ll hook up the RV and take it to OKC, drop it off, head to Dallas to get the truck fixed, drive back to OKC to, hopefully, pick up the repaired RV and then camp there for a week to make sure it all got fixed correctly.  If all goes well, we’ll head out from there on our very first trip to an undetermined destination for an undetermined amount of time!

This is an exciting and scary time for us but one we have been looking forward to for a really long time.  The fact that he will no longer have to go to work really hasn’t sunk in to either of us yet.  It will be interesting to see how things unfold.

Stay tuned for more excitement to come from “The Ole Rooster and his Hen” . . .

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