As Vince’s friends are hearing that he’s retired, he’s getting lots of email and notes. I’m so proud of him – the work he did, the planning he’s done for retirement so that our future is secure. I’m happy that he decided to retire while we still have good years remaining. Not long ago, he was saying he would work til the end of 2019. Then he said he would work til June when I turn 65 and could get Medicare. Then, he said he would work til the end of this year and we’d get insurance for me in the marketplace. Then he said he would work til his birthday in March because birthday and company anniversaries increase his pension amount.
He had the heart issues and was out, but still employed on his birthday and after having been out over 2-1/2 months, he decided it was time. He’s only been officially retired for a few days but already, life is different. Everything is more relaxed . . every day seems like a weekend. This morning he has to go to Social Security because Medicare and supplement premiums are based on previous years’ income so he got a letter from the former employer that he’s retired, no more paychecks, only pension so that reduced our income enough that he was able to file to have his premiums lowered. He did that this morning and came home and we had breakfast about 10:30. We’ll have our main meal – not even sure what to call it – about 2:30 or 3 and I’m done with kitchen duties for the day.
Life is definitely easier. Every day seems like vacation. Even when he was off on medical leave, he thought he was going back to work some day so it’s just different now that he’s no longer working. It feels good.
Anyway, one of the notes he got this morning is from a guy Vince started his career working with when he worked at a state government environmental job. After a few years, Vince went to work in the private sector and the friend stayed in government work and got to a very high level. He and Vince have stayed friends and this is what he said to Vince:
Congratulations on a long and successful career. You have helped many companies comply with the environmental regulations to improve the lives of everyone. Enjoy your retirement.
Yes, I am proud of him and happy to have our time to do whatever we please. Looking back, we got married and Chad was home and Chad and Vince both made sure they knew exactly which buttons to push with each other, or so it seemed to me. Then we moved to MO and Chad was in and out since he went to college only an hour away. We moved here without Chad but this job was the most stressful job Vince has had so this really is a big change for us, as it is probably with most retired folks – no kids at home and no stress from anything. Life is good!
By the way, I did not leave the house yesterday and probably/maybe/hopefully will not go out til Monday when we have to go pick up a couple of things that aren’t ready to be picked up yet.