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Old 05-08-2015, 10:23 PM   #21
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Even with all the time in the world, in retirement I am always busy and happy.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:40 AM   #22
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Priorities after retirement we're GET FIT and BECOME A GARDENER.

First one done, working on the second - having trouble with my acorn squash transplants.

Other things down the road I want to do - circumnavigate Vancouver Island (newfound fitness will help immeasurably), and increase my winter Baja stays from current one month to three.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:48 AM   #23
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I made my family tree many years back. But some parts are missing. So I plan to look into that. I have collected a few leads. And now with many sources available online it could give me a flying start.

I have been on a couple of trips in my RV - the longest one for 10 weeks. From Oslo down to Spain in the winter.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:12 AM   #24
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This has turned into the "mother-of-all-projects" for me. Started clearing and surveying the land about 4 years ago. This is where I am now. Pretty much all I do (except skiing in the winter, of course). Building a house by yourself is slow going, but I'm having a lot of fun doing it.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:58 AM   #25
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I have a few home decor craft projects lined up and I've become very involved in Church activities which I find very gratifying.
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I have so many projects in the queue that it will probably be months before I get done. Spring planting and yard work is dominating my time now.
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:01 PM   #27
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The opportunity to ER just arose about a month ago, so I'm still trying to wrap my head around how it will go down. I'm 55 yrs old, mostly a Type-A workaholic, self-employed and very task oriented. I'll sell the business and retire June 15. Half of me wants to set up a daily task schedule to stay focused. The other half wants to just wipe the schedule clean for the entire summer and see what happens. I'm leaning toward the second choice. I'll either be deliriously happy or bored out of my mind. Should be interesting to see what happens.
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I make lists of things that I would do if I had time.
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:37 PM   #29
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This has turned into the "mother-of-all-projects" for me. Started clearing and surveying the land about 4 years ago. This is where I am now. Pretty much all I do (except skiing in the winter, of course). Building a house by yourself is slow going, but I'm having a lot of fun doing it.
Hermit - yours is the most organized looking construction site that I've ever seen! And a good looking house, too.
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Hermit - yours is the most organized looking construction site that I've ever seen! And a good looking house, too.
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The opportunity to ER just arose about a month ago, so I'm still trying to wrap my head around how it will go down. I'm 55 yrs old, mostly a Type-A workaholic, self-employed and very task oriented. I'll sell the business and retire June 15. Half of me wants to set up a daily task schedule to stay focused. The other half wants to just wipe the schedule clean for the entire summer and see what happens. I'm leaning toward the second choice. I'll either be deliriously happy or bored out of my mind. Should be interesting to see what happens.

I suggest you take two weeks to do nothing and decompress. Then you can think more clearly about what you want to do...if anything.
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The word "project" is alien to my conception of a life of leisure. The only project I have is my contract job. Everything else is different since I am much happier doing the things I want to do on an open-ended/flow basis, rather than a planned, benchmarked, start-and-finish task. I had enough of that at work.


So far, I have gotten into beekeeping, done more fishing and hunting, camped more, baked more bread, volunteered more, become more active with our daughters at school, started seriously gathering enough firewood to heat the house full time, gotten in better shape (weight does not seem to go down, but I have way more endurance and a heck of a lot more strength), and so forth. I want to pick up fly fishing again and have taken some steps in that direction, but for now I am too busy. I also picked up a few chores that I mostly outsourced while working, including tending to the yard.
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:32 PM   #33
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I suggest you take two weeks to do nothing and decompress.
Or 6 to 12 months...
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Or 6 to 12 months...
It took me a couple of years. But then, I'm a little high-strung, or so I'm told...
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:33 PM   #35
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My first few years of FIRE were very task-oriented...I attacked and completed a lot of small projects, mostly indoor stuff, i.e. non-critical things that had to be deferred while w*rking full time.

Travel...I haven't gotten the traveling bug back yet. I went to FL 3x in 2010. I'm way overdue to plan a long distance trip. Truth is, I'm too lazy to do that. It's so much easier to do short distance travel within NY. Walk out to car, insert key, turn ignition, drive.

Now 8 years into FIRE and I no longer construct "to-do" lists. If something crosses my mind, but I don't feel like doing it right now, I will make a small note and put it on my kitchen counter as a reminder. Completion dates vary from today to whenever.

My biggest project was converting a small bedroom into an indoor growing room for veggies and flowers. I did it little by little, waiting for sales on shelving units and grow lights off season. It turned out really well. It is a constant source of enjoyment for me in all seasons, but especially in the winter time.

My gardening buddy is helping me do some fine tuning on the yard and a few small indoor tasks. If my hands were in better shape, I would do these things myself. I do not like to ask for help, never have in my entire life, but I guess I have no choice due to chronic tendinitis. Argh.

The most recent outdoor project is actually hired out. I have a tree service doing some preventative removal of trees that are too tall or have dead sections. I'll get some great firewood out of the deal. The tree service guys will trim off branches and cut the trunks into 16 inch sections for splitting in the fall or next spring.
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I'm restoring (and/or hot-rodding) a couple of old cars. After DW's 'projects' and our kid's housing projects, nothing gets done. How did I find time to spend at work?
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I've been restoring classic motorcycles to museum quality. When I finish one, I enter it in a classic car and motorcycle show, then sell it to fund my next project. This has turned into a money making activity!
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I started with a sunfish last summer for $300 bucks, did some restoration which I found I very much enjoy. Then this winter I bought an older Capri 18, fixed it up, put it in a slip and sail every day if can 4-5 days a week. I set it up for solo sailing. If I have one regret, it's that I didn't take up sailing earlier, I just love it. I will probably sell the sunfish at the end of this summer. I'm near a good sized lake in Texas, so I can sail year round.
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After some decompression and dealing with some parent issues (still partially ongoing), I am starting to work on several fix-up projects around the current house, and purging/de-junking. Next year we will move cross country to our retirement house and sell the current one. I already have a couple of projects in mind for the retirement home when we get there.
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