Hello, Bloggie! How ya been? So sorry I've neglected you.
I had a very good meeting at the local Social Security office the other day. Right after Jim died, I was told that when I turn 60 I'll be able to collect his Social Security benefits. This was confirmed in that meeting. What I'll be getting is substantially more than what I'm making working at Home Depot. It just doesn't make sense for me to keep working.
Hallelujah! I'm going to quit my job!
Not only that, this will be the first time in many years that I won't have to worry about money. I can let my IRA sit there and grow, like it's supposed to, instead of dipping into it again and again just to survive. I will have enough to live on, and some extra for home improvements and fun stuff.
What will that be like? Already I'm feeling quite happy, although I don't feel like it's real enough to trust it. I'm Charlie Brown, the widow's benefit is the football, and Lucy is right there ready to snatch it away (Lucy being the force of evil in the universe).
So! What am I going to do? Fun shit! Take classes, visit people, work on my house, NOT worry about missing family events because I might not be able to get the time off. If I can manage to save some money I can finally get a different car. Maybe.
I'm pretty sure I'll just be happier in general.