Vince is officially retired! Yay . . mostly . . we definitely have to work through some things. Yesterday we went to town twice. That’s twice in one day! I C.A.N.N.O.T. do that! I just want to be home.
This afternoon Vince said “I may never have to set an alarm clock again”. I said “I may never have to iron a shirt again!”.
I guess most people feel this way when retirement rolls around but it just seems weird . . scary . . happy . . such mixed emotions. It’s such a huge change – the health insurance scares me more than anything else. There are few doctors here that take the insurance I’ll have to use for a year. The hospital we like doesn’t take it. No dental insurance.
If I could change something, I’d like for Vince to stay up later. I hate going to bed before 11 but I really feel like I should go to bed when he goes to bed. I know if I don’t go to bed when he does . . usually by 10, then I end up staying up to well after 2 a.m. I generally do fine with about 5 – 6 hours of sleep so going to bed at 9:30 or 10 means I’m awake way too early. We’ll adjust to this too.
The best part for me is that Vince goes out and lets the chickens out in the morning so if I take a few minutes to get going, the chickens aren’t out in the coop squawking. I don’t mind going out there and doing it but especially with longer days, I have to go out there right off the bat and let them out. In the winter, it isn’t so bad because it doesn’t get daylight so early. I think Vince feels like he’s starting the day by doing me a big favor, and he really is and I appreciate that.
Another big change for me is that he sees the mail come in every day. No more sneaking yarn in. Honestly, he likes to aggravate me about my yarn but he doesn’t mind. I know I don’t need any more yarn and I think I’ve reached the point that buying yarn isn’t the thrill it used to be and I’m enjoying using stash yarn to make things I want to make.
I’ll always be thankful for my fabric stash and my yarn stash. Both bring me pleasure. Even though I’m not using my fabric stash so much these days, I still love seeing it and I do think some day I’ll enjoy quilting again.
The decision is made, the papers are signed. No turning back now. No more trying to decide what to do. No more calculating how much we’ll have to live on . . it’s done and, at this point, it is what it is! All we can do is look forward with anticipation of all the fun things we can now do without having the job interfere with our plans.
I’m very thankful that Vince has worked hard all his life and has done what it took to get to where he was. He went back to school several times for two Masters degrees. He never hesitated to pack up our lives and move when it was for an advancement. When Chad was in school, I didn’t want to move him so from the time Chad and I moved to Kentucky when Vince and I got married (Chad was in 4th grade), til Chad graduated, Vince stayed in that job and respected my desire not to uproot Chad and move him. I’m very proud of him . . in so many ways, but right now, mostly because of how he’s provided for us, what he did for Chad, even at the times when Chad was a not so easy to live with teenager.
He’s a good man, a good husband, and a good step-dad to Chad. Now he can begin to enjoy his days like I’ve been able to enjoy my days the last 20+ years – get up and do what he wants to do every day!