Sunday, August 14, 2016

Life Change!

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.

Thanks, Jim!

3 comments:

Robert Craig said...

Hi Doni,

So glad to hear about your news. You've definitely had a tough road and you deserve a break like this one.

Have fun and do things you've always wanted to do but never dreamed possible.

Bob

TLCPICS said...

Very happy to hear your news Donita! I can't wait to hear updates of your many creative adventures. I kinda reached the same conclusion with work versus re-retiring a couple years ago. I hope we can make time to meet up sometime and that your life is less stressful and filled with much more relaxing! Take care! Tammy

Donita Curioso said...

Thank you both. I'm looking forward to it. I did have some tough years. I'm ready to play!