Sunday, April 28, 2019

Another Day on the Planet

Lots of changes since I last scribbled a blog entry.  In early 2018, I lost both my parents and became the executor and remained extremely busy throughout the year. Among the challenges was clearing and selling a rural property while also juggling personal emotions and the grief of family members.  2018 and beyond provided an opportunity to reflect on much - yes, even my own mortality as while they were alive there was a cushion for denial - see, they're still living so it can't happen to me.  Then suddenly, its batter up - you're next (to my amusement if I go by the mortality tables for gender I am the next among my siblings).

The engagement of my daughter for later in 2019 brought much joy, but also a reminder of the passing of time.  I am extremely happy that she has found someone to share life with.

I am now within view of retirement - I'm estimating about 3 1/2 years or so away.  Its exciting; I wish I could do the retirement without the years on the odometer.  I'm looking forward to a few years where I do what I choose when I choose to do it.  When I was young, I remember my dad expressing to me, "you'll be bored...".  No, I disagreed then and definitely disagree now.

In the meantime, my wife and I have been contemplating life changes and downsizing.  Where to live and how to get there.  I'm ready for a change; until then I continue to read, walk and spend another day on the planet.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Hillbilly Elegy

As one may suspect by the title, I recently finished reading J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.  It had been on my "to read" list for quite some time and having failed to find a used copy, I resorted to borrowing from the local library.  I toyed with the thought of titling this post along the lines of "compare and contrast" but thought the connotation conjured up images of high school essay questions..."compare and contrast your life experiences to...". 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Consumer Cellular, 46% in fees and delayed gratification

Summary: While there is much to like about Consumer Cellular (customer service, discount phones, easy to understand website and plans, etc.), the service is just too expensive.  Under the cheapest plan, I am paying almost $15 each month for the active line only (no voice, text or data) with each individual call billed in addition per minute – that could add up fast.  There are many other discount providers (such as AirVoice, Ting, Tracfone) that provide more actual service for less. At this point, I likely will complete 6 months with Consumer Cellular then request an unlock so that I can take the phone to another provider.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Post garage sale reflections

I’m one of those sick people who enjoy garage sales – both shopping and selling.  With our last soon to graduate high school we made a thorough cleaning of our house, shed, garage, basement, etc. and I held our big event over the past Memorial Day weekend. In this post I reflect on our event.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Prelude to a lawn sale

We’ve had a couple rounds of lawn sales and as we look down the road to some sort of move, it made sense to gear up for another round of purging. I started the process by identifying some of those hidden spots that hadn’t received significant attention previously.  For me, this was the basement, the shed and the garage but also quickly expanded to include other neglected hiding spots like closets, cupboards and drawers.  In sorting through the debris (quality merchandise), it was also important to designate an area to place the items to be sold. 3 distinct piles emerged; one in the four-season room, one in the basement and one in the garage.  Garage sale items from throughout the house were initially funneled to one of these 3 piles.  As the ultimate goal is to move them to the front lawn, the basement pile was quickly merged into the other 2 piles.