I truly had planned on more frequent updates but I have been busier now than I have ever been. There is always something to do and updating the blog keeps sliding down the list. I really wanted to get this post out now so that I can wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Around Thanksgiving Jo and I realized again just how thankful we really are, and odd as it seems we are somewhat thankful for the economic crisis. If I was still working I know my retirement date would be slipped due to the downturn. Since I am retired it has forced us to cutback on some spending and for the most part are living off of our pensions with a little dipping into our non-401k savings. Full-timing will be cheaper than living in our old sticks and bricks so we may be able to go for a few years without touching our 401k's allowing them to rebound. If there had not been this downturn we may not have adjusted our spending and when the next downturn hit it could have been a disaster for us as we would have depleted our 401k's in the mean time.
There has been no time for blogging since we have been working on the inside of the house now that the arctic blast has hit. We have finished our office/bedroom including revitalizing the old woodwork, the hollywood bath and are finishing the upstairs master bath. That only leaves the master bedroom and the guest room upstairs and a fresh coat of paint on the finished basement. When it warms up in spring we will have yet another garage sale, put a coat of paint on the front stoop since the new concrete patching clashes with the old concrete, and sprucing up the landscaping for better curb appeal.
I hope my next blog post will be travel related; I am hoping to do my historical review of Albuquerque in the very near future so stay tuned.
Till next time,
Bob & Jo
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