You can file today’s post under the category, “You have too much time on your hands in early retirement.” But recently, I have unilaterally taken on the job of ‘rearranging’ the seasons of the year. You may not think the seasons need rearranging – nor that I am authorized by anyone to do this – but I have long noticed that the astronomical seasons are … Continue reading Rearranging The Seasons
Since the CV19 pandemic has resulted in many people working from home over the last few months, experts are wondering what changes may be in store for the traditional 5-day, 40 hour work week. One of the ideas getting a lot of buzz right now is a compressed, 4-day, 32 hour work week. I recently saw an article that details efforts in progressive Singapore to … Continue reading Time For A Shortened Work Week?
People are doing all kinds of things to improve themselves during the pandemic and ‘Great Lockdown’. They are learning new skills, taking up interesting hobbies, and trying to improve their fitness. One effort I am making is to read more books. I recently saw a news report that if you read just a half hour a day, you will be 1,600 books smarter throughout your … Continue reading Summer Family Reading Club
Thank goodness that we have enjoyed an early spring during the Great Lockdown of 2020. We returned from our sunny Florida excursion at the beginning of March and soon everything was closed and the stay-at-home order came. Instead of being locked up in a wintery wonderland, we’ve been able to enjoy the outdoors. Related: Snowbirding Surprises Spring in Minnesota is usually an iffy-affair, but this year … Continue reading Playing Outside Again
“I wish I had the time” has become an ironic phrase for so many folks now stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis. Suddenly, there is time to get after all of the projects you never had time for … but will we? Perhaps Anna Kendrick has it right … We’ve gotten some projects done at home in the last month, but there is a … Continue reading Yes, We Have The Time, Will We Use It Productively?
Some folks that are retired find it helpful to get ‘business’ cards printed up with their name, address, phone number, and email address. A retired friend recently gave me his. I wasn’t even a big fan of handing out business cards when I was at MegaCorp, so I would have never thought having them when you are not working was a ‘thing’. People say they … Continue reading Who Are You?
They say that all of the cable & streaming channels are getting a big boost during the COVID-19 shutdown. Everyone is at home and looking for something to watch on TV other than the grim nightly news. I like watching TV and we have a few series that we are watching regularly now, including ’Outlander’, ‘Survivor’, and ‘LEGO Masters’. We even started watching the absurd … Continue reading TV Time?
We just got back from our Florida snowbird experiment and we really enjoyed ourselves. We stayed at a terrific villa in a sprawling Orlando resort complex. The weather was great for the most part, we met up with a lot of friends, and we enjoyed many of the fun things to do. While the villa is just a fraction of the size of our home … Continue reading Downsizing Day Coming?
Everyone loves the holidays – unless you are Ebenezer Scrooge – but it is quite the BUSY time of year. Especially since the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year is one week shorter than last year. This is now the fourth year since we made our FIRE escape that I have been able to enjoy holiday activities untethered to a job 50+ hours a … Continue reading Savoring The (Shortened) Season
Awhile ago, I wrote an article and did a survey looking at the value of corporate perks one gives up when heading into retirement. People mentioned expense accounts, sports tickets, fitness club memberships, and other things. Related: Irreplaceable PERKS One thing that didn’t get mentioned was ‘corporate apparel’. You know, those MegaCorp branded shirts & gear they often hand out this time of year? It … Continue reading Corporate Apparel