Since it appears that the reason for starting this blog is no more, I've decided to delete what little it had and start over. A new beginning along with my new plans. This time, however, the plans will be all mine to do with as I wish.
There have always been two competing desires for living out my life. One is that I wanted a little homestead. Nothing big, just enough room for a garden, fruit trees, maybe some chickens for eggs. Thought about the animals (goats?) but I know I wouldn't be able to kill and eat them. I would be running a retirement home for old hens.
However, I'm getting older (this year is the big 5-0). Not that I planned on making my livelihood from farming, but it still requires physical effort. Something that with my approaching age and health I may not be able to provide for a long period of time. And I would hate to spend that time and effort (and money!) building up a place, only to have to get rid of it because I could no longer keep up with it. I don't have any one to pass it on to. I don't have any real reason to remain here.
Therefore, I've decided my retirement plans will be to spend several years full-timing......buying some type of RV and spending several years on the road. I'll eventually have to settle down (where I don't know) but I can get a little place then.
However, it will be several years before I can set the plans in motion. I'm eligible for my pension after 30 years (have 27 right now) but since I plan on paying cash for the rig, I'll need some time to save for it. Also, I'll receive a bigger pension by working longer. Right now, the number I'm shooting for is 40; that'll give me about 12 years to save money and be ready to go.
My current plans are the following:
- Saving money to pay cash for rig (to be determined)
- Creating a small nest egg for emergency cash on the road; pension along with Social Security (if still there) will provide enough income for monthly needs with some extra to save for the future
- Downsizing and 'pretending' to live as if already full-timing, in order to keep my life simple
- Doing research into locations to visit, full-timing lifestyle, etc.
Of course, all this is subject to change if I win the lottery!!