Months ago, when we first started really communicating about Randy retiring, it seemed so far away. And now, here we are with his last day at work being 5 days away. There have been so many things to consider through the months. And we are almost done with everything. I am aware that when we reach that day he’s home all the time, we will still be communicating.
What have we communicated about? How our finances will change. That we will need to change quite a few of our patterns of spending. Spending less on food. Less prepared food and more taking time to prepare food. Randy LOVES to cook. Me? I’m more of a need to get it done person.
We have had very different routines over the years. When we first got married, I got up and fixed breakfast. This didn’t work for us. Over the years, we’ve learned that it is best if Randy has some alone time when he gets up. This is one thing that we will have to figure out. How much time does he really need? It would be nice to eat meals together. As I’ve gotten older, I’m not hungry when I get up. We’ll need to adapt to how big of meals and how often we eat.
Going to bed at the same time has been hard too. He has been so tired in the last few years that he falls asleep on the couch. We like to climb into bed and watch a few shows. And he falls asleep. I’m sure it will take him a little while to adjust to not getting up at 4:30 am, but I think this will be better for us. He actually only got up 20 minutes before I did today.
A big thing that I had to take care of has been medical appointments. I’d put some of them off for a number of years. Early this year, I had already paid out of pocket all that I needed to pay. The rest of the year has been free and Randy wanted to make sure I was caught up with everything. I have two more appointments to go. And he could go with me on both of those.
This morning as he was hugging me, he rubbed my back. And it hurt. He was sorry and told me that he wants us to work on our core. “Why not before,” went through my head. As I’ve had time to think about it today, I understand better. It seems like we are always busy doing something. And as we are heading into the Christmas season, we are still really busy. We still have shopping to do. We have gifts to wrap. We have food prep to do. We just had a Facetime conversation with our daughter about the food prep. I need to adjust some of my thinking.
So, what are we going to do to really get our retirement started? He really wants to go to Disneyland. So after Christmas, we are heading south. We don’t know how long we will be gone. At this point, we aren’t even sure how we will travel. BUT!! The adventures are going to begin!! I think a fun place like Disneyland is a good way to get on with the rest of our life!