Though he is unemployed, David’s demeanor has really improved. No longer does he come home from work with his head hung low, feeling depressed. He is much happier. Whether or not he finds work is beside the point. The main thing is he is healthy and he no longer feels harassed and abused.
David has decided to apply for Social Security as of September 1. We will live quite well on his and my income and savings. When my mother dies, I will receive some money from her estate, and that will help us also.
We are debating whether or not to travel to Italy next year or to somewhere less expensive. We want to travel while we are still physically able to do so, because as we age, traveling will be more arduous for us. During our recent trip to the East coast, I had a hard time walking and standing for long periods of time. I just didn’t have the stamina. It will be even more difficult ten years from now.
So, we plan to dip into savings and travel while we still can.
Our sister-in-law suggested a cruise down the Danube River. The advantage of such a cruise is that we would not have to keep changing hotels. However, David thinks the bed will be too small for him and he will feel claustrophobic in such a small cabin. I’ll have to ask my travel agent about the dimensions of the bed and cabin, and then we will make an informed decision.