Spending a week on a lake last week got me to really thinking about retirement. Vince and I talked about it some while I was in Louisiana and spent some time discussing it and researching it yesterday. He isn’t going to retire this month and probably not this year but it is going to happen before long.
I suppose some people think about it and plan for many years and either plan to stay right where they are or know exactly where they’re going to move for retirement. We totally do not have a clue. We’ve read websites outlining all the things we should consider, Vince has even read a book or two recently and we’re no closer to having a clue than we were 10 years ago . . and we didn’t have a single thought about retirement back then.
Things we’ve discussed:
- I want to be close to Chad. How close? Close enough that they could get there within an hour or so if we needed them? Close enough we could babysit while they go out to dinner?
- Do we want to be living where there’s snow, ice and tornadoes? If not, then than kinda screws up #1.
- Probably first for Vince is to be close to good medical care. I’m kinda of the opinion that when it’s my time .. I’ll go and I really don’t want to be 100 years old in a nursing home not knowing where I am or who I am or who anyone else is. But, I have sick family now and I do see the advantage of living near quality medical care.
- Are we ready to give up having acreage and chickens and gardens and fruit trees and live in a subdivision with rules and covenants and the red tag man? I think you know my answer to that question. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to enjoy that type setup but there are places that are less rustic and more amenable to comfortable living that don’t have all the rules. There will come a time when I don’t want the responsibility of chickens and a huge garden . . it’s just not this year.
- I would love to live on a beautiful lake like my uncle’s place but resort type areas come with a price. Everything seemed outrageously expensive around there last week. Most everywhere else, whether 2 hours south of the lake or halfway across Texas, I paid $2.09 for gas and around the lake, I was paying $2.45. I was pretty shocked at grocery prices at the lake, even in the chain type stores. Everything was more expensive. Heck, I could see us in a position where I had to choose between food and yarn and you know that wouldn’t be a healthy choice! 🙂
It seems the more we talk and research, the more there is to ponder. I’m glad we started thinking about all this early. Yesterday, we looked online at places in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. If I had to guess, it will be one of those four states but .. there are 46 other states so who knows where we might end up.
If I had to say right now . . I’d say on a lake in east Texas or somewhere in western Louisiana .. probably Toledo Bend. I think we’ll end up on the water somewhere and it has to be somewhere that gets sufficient rainfall to have green. I’ve had about all the brown I ever want to see.
When we were talking yesterday about the places we’ve lived, we both felt like Texas was the friendliest place and the place where we’ve felt most at home .. though Louisiana will always feel like home for me.
I guess in the end, we’ll just do our homework, make the decision we think is best and then . . bloom where we’re planted.