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Adjusting to retirement

YnoYno Posts: 425
What the hell day is this?

I have been retired now for three months, and am getting to the point that I have to check the calendar to know what day it is. And I must say I love it! I have been so much busier than when I was working, though. I am still at the stage where I have to be doing something since I don't have to work. Yesterday was the first day in all this time that we stayed home and didn't do anything except watch TV and drink wine. (Well, we always drink wine...) The 'staycation' was due to the atmospheric river that dumped a season's worth of rain on the Bay Area in one day. We were not among the 150,000 people who lost power, or got trees dropped on them, or had their homes flooded, and for that I thank the microclimate here that keeps me out of the worst of nature. We did have at least a month's worth of leaves to try to pick up today. Got the bulk of them, but will wait until dryer weather to get the blower out and clean up. Then that damn tree will get trimmed.

So my whole purpose of this epistle is to ask "how do you retired people find time to Egg?" I have only done a few cooks a month since then. So many day trips to take, so many wineries to visit, so many weeknight events that I could not do before. And the honey-do list... Ynette retired before me, and she is better at it, but expects me to take care of a lot of things for which I never had time.

Methinks I just need to buy some meat and get out back and cook!



XL BGE in San Jose, CA. Also a Pit Barrel Cooker, a Cal Flame P4 gasser, and lots of toys including the first ever Flame Boss 300 in the wild. And a new Flame Boss 500.
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  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 5,056
    In my case, it's about the same before I retired as my job with the railroad, I was gone for app. 1 1/2 days and home for app. 2 days. I would think of things to try for when I knew I was going to home for awhile . . . sometimes even that was unreliable. 
    aka marysvilleksegghead, moved to Basehor,KS 2/26/2021
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009
    XL 2021
    Henny Youngman:
    I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'
    Bob Hope: When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,688
    First up get a watch (if you wear one) that shows the DAY/date.  Day being the critical piece.  I volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays so there's that option.  
    And early on I realized that as the clock moved forward I slowed down.  Every one of us recalls how it was-my standard reply when the conversation went to "How in the world did I do all this when working..?"  You moved 3-5 times faster then.
    Embrace and enjoy!
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,231
    Unless I missed it I didn't see what you did before retirement. In my case I was in a high stress job and jumped at the chance to bail out at age 60. My wife retired 2 years before I did. 

    My adjustment ...and I'm dead serious...was NOT getting up at 5:45 and taking a shower every day! Took me 2 years before I figured out that was stupid! Now at age 77 I know just how critical "me time" is since life has thrown me a nasty twist. My advice is DON't get impatient with your new found free time as life can change on a dime!
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • IkeIke Posts: 188
    edited October 26
    My philosophy of retirement is that most employees get sick days, retirees get give-a-sheet days....go at the pace you want
    Owensboro, KY.  First Eggin' 4/12/08.  Large, small, 22" Blackstone and lotsa goodies.
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 3,361
    edited October 26
    Must be nice, I've got oh another 30plus years to go of hating work.


    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 1,312
    Retired from a high stress job in Jan 2019 (manager for a electric utility). I had worked for them for 41 years, but walked out at 62.  My blood pressure dropped to normal, and I got off my meds within a month.  Dropped 30 lbs too.  Have loved every day of retirement since. Just bought a new house, which was built in 2019.  We are re-modeling it to our likes, and having fun doing so.  No more phone calls during the night, and emergency outages to deal with.  No more CEO's and CFO's complaining about budget over-runs.  No more Union employee grievances. Life is good, and wish I would have quit at 60! 

    Napoleon Prestige 500 built in++Blackstone 36"++Weber 26" kettle

  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 8,114
    edited October 27
    I think I told this story before, but…
    A couple of years ago, my Mom passed away (from dementia.  It was a blessing, really) and we were at the funeral home receiving visitors. I was chatting with my brother who is four years older than me when George, his childhood buddy (same age as my brother), who lived across the street from us rolled up.  He says to my brother, “Bill, retirement is great!  I get up when I want.  I go where I want.  I do what I want.  I just got back from Myrtle Beach (he’s deeply tanned compared to us pale Michiganders) and it was great!  Hey Bill, when do you retire?”

    My brother says, “Well, we just got done putting our youngest through Michigan State.  Probably four or five years to recover from that.”

    George looks at me and says, “What about you, Bob?”

    My youngest was standing next to me and so I asked, “George, have you met my daughter?  She’s in sixth grade.”

    Big laughs and then George said, “You poor bastid.”
    Flint, Michigan
  • Congratulations on your retirement! I was very fortunate to retire at age 50 after 30 yrs. of service in the RailRoad industry. Like you I made myself very busy when I first retired. I started out building walk-in master bedroom closets, moved to gutting and completely renovated the master bath, replaced our hot water boiler and domestic hot water system, to even residing our house. I did have a couple of other retirees help doing all these projects. We always stopped work around 3:30 - 4 for a couple of cold ones and a dinner cooked on the egg. Some days it would be just burgers. Other days spatchcock chicken, steaks or whatever my helpers wanted to eat. The most important advise I can give you is always make time for yourself. Even today 17 yrs. after I retired I find myself still not setting aside time for myself. 
    Everyday is Saturday and tomorrow is always Sunday.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,323
    you guys are making this tempting, did you find that retirement expenses were less than you thought they would be. number crunching tells me my expenses drop 50 percent just by selling the house and moving into the camp, thats huge.
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,688
    edited October 27
    @fishlessman - As we all are aware, "You know how much money you have, you don't know how much time."   If the numbers support, being generous with post retirement expenses and entertainment then it comes down to the "You know when it's when."  Once you arrive at that place, go for it.  Always remember the great pearl of wisdom from Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, "Don't look back, somethin' might be gainin' on ya."  FWIW-
    Edit:  The wasted year+ (2020 and beyond) thanks to covid may have skewed some numbers...
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 1,459
    I just ended a 30+ year Software Engineer (formally called Programmer in the old days) career, 6 months ago.   Few years shy of 60, so good to be out while the going is still good.

    Expenses are about the same for the wife and I because I have been working from home for many years, so the clothing. fuel etc are the same.  Expect for food, which is now about half, now that I have time to think and plan meals.  We have also cut way back on Beef,  just because the prices bugs me.

    Interesting seeing the rail roaders here .... kids got me hooked on PC game 'Factorio' and as I'm typing this I am trying to get my trains to stop hitting each other :).   I have a new appreciation for railway signals!


    Dave
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010), Mini Max (2015), LBGE garden pot (2018)
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,589
    When I decided to leave my 34 year career things changed. For 2 weeks my dog kept trying to wake me up to go to work . After 2 weeks he just crawled into bed.
  • EggNorth said:
    I just ended a 30+ year Software Engineer (formally called Programmer in the old days) career, 6 months ago.   Few years shy of 60, so good to be out while the going is still good.

    Expenses are about the same for the wife and I because I have been working from home for many years, so the clothing. fuel etc are the same.  Expect for food, which is now about half, now that I have time to think and plan meals.  We have also cut way back on Beef,  just because the prices bugs me.

    Interesting seeing the rail roaders here .... kids got me hooked on PC game 'Factorio' and as I'm typing this I am trying to get my trains to stop hitting each other :).   I have a new appreciation for railway signals!

    It’s funny you have an appreciation for rail road signals. I was a Signal Supervisor for 12 years. My last 3 years I was promoted to plan, write, design and manload a new signal system for a new major expansion. This included two new tunnels, three interlockings and a station terminal. Please try not to have two trains bump into each other😂

    Everyday is Saturday and tomorrow is always Sunday.
  • CorvCorv Posts: 110
    I retired at 59, got a bit lucky there, remodeled my kitchen (built my own cabinets) and bought a MBGE and promptly put on a bunch of weight. Just got the weight off and bought a BlueStar stove.... we'll see how the weight goes now.
    I took on a long-term project after the kitchen and I'm still working on it. It absorbs my interest and keeps me busy. So boredom isn't even on the table, never has been.
    Somewhere on the Colorado Front Range
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,726
    A lot going on there @Botch glad you are doing better.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,970
    I too was a rail worker for 34 years.  My wife retired at 50 and I lasted till 58.  If it weren't for Covid we would be spending more than when I was working.  

    Sleep times are inconsistent .  We will go through stages of staying up till 3am and sleep till 10.  Then we will slowly gravitate towards a more normal bedtime and the best thing is, either way IT DON'T MATTER!

    Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 8,605
    edited October 28
    Retired just past 60, wish I did it at least 5 years sooner.
    @EggNorth another mainframe here  ;)
    canuckland
  • YnoYno Posts: 425
    After quitting the 45 mile per day commute in my F250 I started saving quite a bit on fuel and insurance. At least $100 per week!
    XL BGE in San Jose, CA. Also a Pit Barrel Cooker, a Cal Flame P4 gasser, and lots of toys including the first ever Flame Boss 300 in the wild. And a new Flame Boss 500.
  • AprèsSkiAprèsSki Posts: 89
    Calling it quits in 91 days after 31 years.

    Planning to ski until May and then figure out what I am going to do with all my free time besides; fish, bike, cook, read and try to get back into pre-grad school shape.
    Firing up my XL Big Green Egg, KJ Jr. or Weber gasser in Salt Lake City
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,269
    edited October 28
    I day dream about retirement all day.  I keep asking the wife when she will let me quit.  Single pay healthcare is all that stands between me an endless days of joy.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,058
    edited October 29
    I had a late lunch at a spot far, far away, and it got kinda late today.  As I approached I-15 I noticed it was a parking lot, so I drove to HAFB South Gate and thru base to get home.  The early shift was just getting off, so I was in a miserable bumper-to-bumper traffic jam to get back off base, and home.
    I had forgotten how much I don't miss driving in rush-hour traffic!  Nice to have a reminder once in awhile (but I'm good now for two more years), and I'll forego the late lunches from now on.   :)
    ____________________________________________
    "LOL...  I'm not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught"
            
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,726
    No comment 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 21,672
    I envy you guys that have been able to retire relatively young.  You need to post more cooks and show us how to do it right.




    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,231
    edited October 29
    I envy you guys that have been able to retire relatively young.  You need to post more cooks and show us how to do it right.




    John...Personally I had always planned to retire at age 62 but given the chance to go at age 60 because I HATED the DUMD F**K superintendent  that an INCOMPETENT Board of Ed hired I jumped at the chance at age 60 and have NEVER looked back!

    Enjoy what you do, but if the scene turns sour then pick up your marbles and RUN for the door!
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,589
    I think a common thread about us early retirees is that we didn’t like something about where we worked. Often it was effecting our health so when the money got close enough to right we left. One of the reasons that I left is because I saw that the lieutenant governor was likely to become governor. I knew he was a “starve the beast” type even though after two major recessions and no tax increase for 39 years we were already starved. Personnel  availability was already so low that I only avoided violating federal law by frequently working 70 hours a week since my technicians had to be paid overtime and there was no budget to pay it. There were other reasons also but this one will do. Btw since I was management I didn’t get overtime.
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,869
    I think people become less tolerant as they age.  Probably for a variety of reasons.  Closer you are to ‘can retire’ the less bs you’ll be willing to accept.

    Ron, I thought you worked in a bank, not a school.  No?
  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,231
    I think a common thread about us early retirees is that we didn’t like something about where we worked. Often it was effecting our health so when the money got close enough to right we left. One of the reasons that I left is because I saw that the lieutenant governor was likely to become governor. I knew he was a “starve the beast” type even though after two major recessions and no tax increase for 39 years we were already starved. Personnel  availability was already so low that I only avoided violating federal law by frequently working 70 hours a week since my technicians had to be paid overtime and there was no budget to pay it. There were other reasons also but this one will do. Btw since I was management I didn’t get overtime.
    WOW! 

    Well said though different scenarios for most of us, I too worked 6 days a week SOLID for the final 8 years and always carried home “stuff” to work on much less the mental burdensome weight that carried!

    Call US stupid, but that’s just the way we learned to “be successful” during the 1960-1990’s. 

    YES, “burn out”:was common…

    Would  I do it all over again? By the standards for expectations for success back then? HELL YES!…did  I benefit? I guess, back then financially and then still today? YES…I still believe hard work pays for those of us who want to pursue that lifestyle 

    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
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