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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Hallelujah, Hallelujah…

12/02/2018

This past Friday was a day I have dreamt about for a very long time. It was truly a day to remember for a very long time, the rest of my life.
Friday, we paid off our mortgage, our new home is free and clear. Ours forever. Sweet.

It’s funny that this is a day many of us homeowners dream about for most of our lives, but when the day arrives, it is surreal, and oh so sweet. The feeling I had when I left the bank knowing that finally I am debt free will stay with me forever.

My first thought was about a day back in the 60s when I bought an overcoat at a store in Baltimore. I had to charge the coat to an account with the store I had opened. Since that time back in 1969, I have never been debt free. Today I am. I do have a car payment but have the money in the checking account to pay it off…so it does not count. Anyway, I am a very happy camper, on Cloud 9 with an irremovable smile that stretches from ear to ear. Love it.

This is a big accomplishment for me. When my first marriage ended in 1993, I left it with very little net worth. In fact, almost none. I am proud of what I have been able to do in the last 25 years. My net worth has grown far beyond what I ever would have dreamed. I will leave this earth knowing I “done good.”

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Moving Forward…

08/19/2018

That old saying “Life Goes On” hit home recently when The Nancy and I purchased another property. Another house, that is, and it may well be our last one. I ain’t getting any younger.

When I retired I had hope the day would come, after The Nancy retired, we might consider moving south and away from harsh winter weather. Nope! Instead “we” decided to move closer to The Nancy’s childhood home and four of the six grandchildren. She wanted to be closer to the grandchildren who never visit with us unless we are buying, but I digress. Decision made, we bought a duplex, a place where we pay a monthly fee and someone else handles the outdoor maintenance. Sweet! All we need to do is move in and get older. I like it.

Once we sell The Farm we can pay off the mortgage on the new house and maybe, just maybe, think about a small condo, as in one bedroom, in a warmer part of the country for a snowless winter getaway.  Another sweet!

I am looking forward to getting older in the new place, not that 74 isn’t old, but maybe 8-10 years from now when I begin to get a little unsteady with age, I can do it more gracefully and not hurt myself on a riding lawnmower or using a chainsaw.

Completing this move cannot come soon enough for me.

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A New Life…

07/18/2018

The Nancy and I are in the process of purchasing a new home, another home, and I am getting excited.

We moved here to The Farm in August 2005. Now, thirteen years later, we are doing it again, though not for a couple of months. It will take us a couple of months to consolidate and liquidate all the stuff and crap we have accumulated over our 18 years of marriage and the stuff we brought into it. We have a whole lot of shit.

Life on The Farm has been good. We hate to leave it…almost. We love sitting on our quiet porch in our sweet rocking chairs, talking and listening to the sounds of country living. It is comforting and soothing. Life here has been wonderful. Life in this community has been wonderful. We have many, many friends here who we will miss. Of the things we won’t miss or regret leaving behind, there is a long list. I won’t miss having to cut grass. I won’t miss living on a gravel road and the dust that comes with farm life. I won’t miss constantly having a dirty car. I won’t miss not owning a lawnmower, a chainsaw, a tiller and garden tools. I won’t miss the maintenance that goes with owning a 6600sqft house. I am not looking for all that is involved with moving, but then there is the new place.

The new house is about 1/3 the size of this one. We have to reduce our stuff, but the advantages this house outweigh the trauma and trouble of it. The new house still offers us a first-floor master. We ill have an open concept living area.  I was sold on the place when I saw the view from the back of the house…beautiful. I totally love that I won’t have to mow grass. Our new yard is slightly larger than a postage stamp. If there is a downside it might be we will have a lot less privacy and lots of neighbors.

All and all, I am extremely happy to make the move, even though the location is not what I had hoped it would be. But maybe, just maybe, there will be enough money taken out of this place to allow us to buy a small condo somewhere in the southeast where is rarely snows and we can spend the cold months.

Oh! Am I looking forward to this or what?

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Attitude and Life…

05/24/2018

The Nancy and I are attending a conference at Virginia Tech this week. While I was out exploring the campus here that I had not been on since the late 1990s, Nancy attended a session with a speaker whose theme was “Attitude.” I have some thoughts on this, even though I did not hear the guy speak. The Nancy told me he offered that one’s attitude greatly affects others who happen to be nearby. I wholeheartedly agree.

How many times have all of us been in the presence of someone with a crappy attitude that just made us miserable, brought a bad vibe to group? If I asked for a show of hands in a crowded room, I bet there would be 100% participation. People affect people. Similarly, if you are with someone who is cheerful and happy the overall mood in the room is cheerful and happy. Human nature, I suppose but nonetheless true.

I have always, well perhaps not always, but certainly for a very long time, known I am 100% in charge of my attitude. 100%! I can choose to be happy, if even things don’t go my way, or I can choose to be a dick and drag everyone’s attitude to my level.

Now, most of the time…99.9% of it, I am happy as hell, but I have to laugh, which I often do, when I am in the car alone as I talk to myself about the other drivers on the road with me. It works this way, Mr. 100% in Charge of Attitude, if they are driving faster than I they are assholes; however, if slower than I they are idiots. These people should go park their vehicles and toss the keys in the garbage.

I must admit today my attitude is high, 100%, and because I will it, it will remain at that level.

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
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