This blog is meant to be a documentation of our journey into the world of retirement. I know the title should be "Older, but wiser". However, I really didn't know if that would be accurate. The "Older, but better...?" title could also be misleading. The 5 cats in the above pics are: Molly, Rose, Tux, Julie, and Ghost. (I have tried to make this collage smaller, but with no luck...)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
25 piece hand-built pottery project...
birdhouse consists of exactly 25 individual pieces
Due to the fact that I was the only one who actually had their project finished this morning, our Instructor gave everyone until Monday to finish. So-oo, I don't have any photos of the other projects at this time. But I should by Monday... hopefully. Normally the greenware would be fired before adding the perches and wood columns, but we had to show our work in its entirty at this stage. Later, I will fire and glaze, then add the either stained or painted wood perches and columns.
Here is another view showing the words "Home Sweet Home" etched on the walls.
Now back to our retirement topic from yesterday. I'm probably too tired this evening to make much sense, but after reading the comments that showed up on my blog, I feel pretty confident that we are basically all in the same boat (and it doesn't seem to matter where we live). Since most of us are already into our retirement years, saving now is moot (well, not entirely, but pretty much). If there isn't much coming in, how do you save? Unless one wants to go back into the work force? I, for one, am not there yet .
So-oo what do we do? We use what money we do have carefully - meaning meet our obligations and ensure for possible future medical emergencies by having adequate insurance. Will that be enough? Who knows. But I choose to think of it as Plan A - live within our means. If it doesn't work, then we'll go to Plan B - which could entail either or both of us going back to work in some capacity... or heavens forbid, moving in with our kids! (just joking.. our kids are wonderful, but have no plans on imposing on them)
And unforseen events could happen, but when they do, I will engage philosophy #1 - "what is, is and we can handle it."
Then there's always the ACT philosophy:
1. A... Accept the things you cannot change.
2. C... Choose to envision the way you'd like things to be (and be realistic).
3. T... Take action towards that vision.
Also for me, the most significant factor about retirement is the 'freedom' it brings. This is terribly important... more so than having money to travel or splurge. Our whole lives are spent doing things that need to be done because we have an agenda.... study hard & get through school, get a good job, raise a family, etc. etc. NOW these things have been accomplished, and we 'own our own time' as it were.
We can now do what we want to do (example: relax and enjoy the family we raised (children, grandchildren, etc. ), take pottery classes, fly fishing, whatever! Yes, I've always wanted to try fly fishing, weird, huh? Maybe we can't take a vacation around the world, but who cares? There are wonderful things all around us... if we take the time to look (and wonderful online friends who share their adventures and lives in blogs and photos). Choose to be happy.
That reminds me. There is one other quote that I will share here. I read it somewhere years ago and it 'spoke' to me.
"Beyond the gloom of this world lies joy... take joy." I did.