alive with color
nature’s beauty on display
the glory of fall
I wanted to update friends and followers on my life plans.
After a long and stressful hunt for a new place to live, I’ve decided to stay where I am. I will be moving downstairs and sharing the space with the landlord part of the time. We’re going to flex according to whether there are Airbnb guests staying upstairs. When the upstairs is rented, we’ll share downstairs. When it’s not, she will be upstairs and I will be downstairs. So I will have my own space some of the time. This isn’t ideal, but compared to what I was finding with short notice, I decided it’s my best option and I don’t have to move or change my address again!
Similarly, I’ve decided to stay at my current job for as long as I can stand it. I still don’t really like it, but I’m acclimating to the standing, taking lots of breaks, and appreciating the hours and steady income that allows me to save money each month. I’m tentatively planning to stay with the job and room until next May when I turn 62 and am eligible to start collecting Social Security. I have to explore the details to see if it’s a good choice, but I’m thinking I could scale back to part-time work or maybe try to live super simple. Or it might be time to try some travel on a budget.
The next few months will give me a chance to let these ideas gestate and see what is calling me for the next steps. The image is from a few years ago in my old neighborhood. We still haven’t seen many signs of fall this year. So far, it’s still hot and dry, with mostly green and a few brown leaves falling.
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