What our retirement amounts to

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A tree with pink flowers in my backyard.

I agreed with David when he said, “Thank God I don’t have a stressful job. I like it here.  It meets my needs.”

That sums up what our retirement amounts to.

We seem to have no ambition, because our careers are over. No longer are we climbing up to the pinnacle of success, striving for some lofty goal.  No, we are now coasting downhill, appreciating the fruits of our labor.

We simply take each day as it comes, extracting as much joy from our home as possible. Since we spend so much time in this house, we notice the defects.  Hence, our many renovations this year.

Still to come are the installation of wallpaper in Lisa’s room and our dining area, the installation of a new air conditioner in Lisa’s room, and the power washing of the patio and house.

The holidays are upon us. We hope our guests like our improvements.

Each day, we try to have something to do.  For example, Monday we dined at Gyotaku and had a nice Japanese lunch.  Today, we will shop at Costco.  Wednesday, we will see the exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum and have lunch there.  Thursday, we will shop at Target.  Friday, David will participate in a focus discussion group and earn $75 in cash.  Saturday, we will watch UH football.

We also attend the Hawaii Symphony concerts.  Two concerts are coming up this month.

For exercise, David goes to the gym every night and swims 20 laps in the indoor pool.  Me?  I just do house work.

So, you see, this is what retirement means to us. We are not rich by any means, but we live well.  At least, we think so.

13 Responses to “What our retirement amounts to”

  1. Christine Says:

    Gigi how is it going with your tenant?

  2. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    You do live well. May you always do so. Great insight into why we begin to notice those defects around our house. For years, I was too busy to see the dirty paint and other issues. David notices things I don’t.

  3. Jan Says:

    I wonder what happened to your hula classes. Are they over for now? They seemed like such fun for awhile. 🙂

  4. Suzanne Says:

    Sounds wonderful to me!!!!

  5. dkzody Says:

    staying healthy is the most important thing. with good health you can enjoy life wherever you may be.

  6. Grannymar Says:

    You are so fortunate to have each other to share activities and interests!

  7. Lady Lilith Says:

    That is a really great way of looking at life.

  8. Cathy Says:

    I’m with dkzody – health can make or break your retirement. Plus your thought of taking each day as it comes is good because as I’ve found you never know what’s round the corner.

    Maybe I don’t spend enough time ‘in’ the house these days to notice any failings – not that I’m gallivanting all over the place – it’s more like spending time ‘outside’ to notice the inside flaws

    Enjoy your retirement Gigi – beats pushing up daisies lol

  9. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    We also enjoy our retirement, Gigi, and in recent hears have busied ourselves with volunteer activities and working on this older (100+ yeard old) home. Seems we always find things to do inside and outside. But, now we are working on downsizing and making more time for a simplier life. You and David have the right idea.

  10. L....w Says:

    When you retire, everyday is Sunday…how sweet it is now that you can enjoy “marriage Sunday”‘, the precious day off when David worked, everyday. The keys are good health and enough money to enjoy the bounty of your retirement days…which fortunately you are blessed with.

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