Slowing down my retirement plans a little

slwsnThe more I think about it, the more it seems like the right idea.

I just bought my 3.5 acres of heaven in the country last month and I have been rushing to get things done in preparation of starting my new life in January.

I’ve done a fair amount of brush clearing myself but is is now officially WAY to hot to be outside in Texas.


Temperatures are soaring over 100 degrees and it’s only May.  Does this portend a very unpleasant summer?  Possibly and most likely.  As an alternative I planned to either rent the big equipment or pay someone to do the job.  Either way is expensive and I hate not doing things myself.

There’s much more to it.  For everything to be in place, I would need the driveway culvert installed, the water hook up, electricity hook up and the foundation slab engineered and installed all by January.  Technically it could be done but it would be a rush and a pain.  Had my land purchase happened quickly it could have been easily accomplished over last winter.

Alternatively, I could push back my new life just one more year.  I really wanted to end my suffering in the city quickly but I guess if I lasted 50 years I guess I could go one more and still be retiring early while I’m still relatively young enough to enjoy it.  OK.  I’m talking myself into it.  One more year of sufferage.  It will suck but it may be best.

Starting in October or November, when the planet begins to cool again, I can get out there and get the rest cleared out.   Then I can just enjoy the land for a bit.  Park my RV out there and have weekend getaways while having the water and power installed.  That will also give me time to buy a truck and manage other preparations.  I’ll also have another year of salary in the bank for good measure.  There is still much to do to prepare my old house for sale as well.

Over the next summer I can get plans in place for the foundation and get that done by mid winter.  If done earlier, it can sit and wait for cooler weather.   In the Fall I can start framing on weekends and stick it out until the end of the year for my bonus check then sayonara suckers!

I think this will work.  Best not to rush things and waste money unnecessarily.  It’s also better for my stress level.  Make it so Number One.



I think he could see me

I’ve been spending the memorial day weekend working on painting the garage.  Yeah, maybe not an optimal use of a three day weekend but I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be.

I had a weird experience the other day at Home Depot.  I went up to the paint counter after picking out the color I wanted.  An older man asked if he could help me.  I handed him the sample and told him what I wanted.  He gave me a very strange look.  I gave my standard smile to show that I was alive and friendly.  He went to work on mixing the paint.  A few more times he looked at me strangely before handing me my gallon of Antique White.  He didn’t smile.  It was more of freaked out glance.  He barely spoke.

It was like he saw something weird.  It was almost as if he could see what I actually am.  Nobody’s ever seen my true form.  To regular people, I’m invisible.  To those in the service field, I look like a normal human.  This guy seemed to have the power to see through my disguise.  I’m not used to that.  It kind of freaked me out.  I don’t think I’ll buy my paint there anymore.


Quick Book Review – The Graveyard Book

tgvydbkI swear I didn’t go out looking for another orphan book.  This one just happened to be one.

I’ve been wanting to read a Neil Gaiman book for a long time.  Tried one once before but it didn’t suit me.  This one, however, worked.

Bod Owens turns up in the graveyard as a toddler right as his family is brutally murdered.  He was next but happened to conveniently toddle off in the night.  He is taken in and raised by the Ghosts of the graveyard while enjoying the freedom and powers the graveyard has to offer.

He meets many different souls both alive and dead during his young adventures until he finds out his killer is still looking for him.

I enjoyed this story while being able to relate to young Bod.  I felt especially familiar with Bod’s ability to “Fade”.  I have that power myself and can walk unseen among the regular people.  I’m glad I can finally give my power a name.  I could probably use it for evil and be an amazing shoplifter if I was not such a nice person.

I liked the fact that there were some illustrations sprinkled throughout the book.  More books should have illustrations.  Why not?  The pictures could have been a little better but I still liked them.

If you are looking for an easy yet interesting book to read then try Neil Gaiman’s, “The Graveyard Book”.  I rather enjoyed it.

Stirred Up Soul

I don’t know how to describe it but lately I’ve felt as though my soul is, ‘Stirred up”.

That thought just came to be as the best description.  I’ve had a hard time sleeping lately.  Usually that is caused by my brain running wild on certain thoughts.   I’ve dealt with that all my life on and off.

This time it is different.  I’m lying in bed, not really thinking about anything but still I can’t fall asleep very easily.  I’ve had it before but fortunately not very often.  My mind is still buzzing but not really thinking.  It’s as if  its stuck in a 20 goto 10 loop.  Not processing anything but still using 100% CPU.  I have malware of the brain.

I need a reboot.  A Reset.  Just a log-off won’t do.  I need to power it down then turn it back on.  Vacation maybe?  I am due for a vacation.  Memorial day is next Monday but a national 3-day weekend is a very bad time to go on vacation.  The whole world is booked up.   Maybe I’ll plan a few days down at the coast on the NEXT weekend plus a Friday.  I don’t want to use up all my vacation time now because I’ll need it later for a special purpose.  Usually three days is enough anyway.

That’s not a bad idea.  Sometimes it really helps to Blog it out.  I’ll spend some time at work tomorrow looking for a vacation plan.  I think that’s what I need to reset my head.

Increasingly Disconnected

dscnntI’m not entirely sure how to describe what I’ve been feeling recently.  Just in the last few days I’ve felt more disconnected with the world than ever.  I’m sure it is self-imposed and maybe it is getting out of hand.

I’ve stopped watching the local and national news because I am not interested in the stupid problems of the regular people.  Seldom does any of what they report affect or even interest me.  Avoiding the news noise has helped me reduce my stress levels.

All my TV is watched from DVR recordings.  I fast-forward through all commercials.  Sometimes I have to hear them and the music and techniques they use hurts.  I’m old now and this crap is obviously aimed at young, stupid people.  Glad I don’t watch them.

Today’s popular music is increasingly horrible.  Don’t get me started.

I’ve lost interest in my few remaining acquaintances.  Like the news, they have nothing to offer me.

I kind of feel like a work-zombie right now.  This may be my last year (or two) of work so I’m not really fighting it anymore.

It’s a good thing I have my new life to look forward to.

Hot as Hell


It is mid May and summer has officially arrived.  Well, it was here weeks ago but I’m officially switching to summer mode.  It’s 96 degrees outside right now.

I’m battening down the hatches to prepare for the next 6 months of hiding from the sun.  Block the windows, put up the sun shades.  Air Conditioning is now the thing.  I’m hoping that the volcano in Hawaii really blows it’s top and dumps lots of ash into the atmosphere to block some of the sun’s heat.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?


Land Clearing – Reaching my Limit

Today, after work, I headed out to my country property to pick up all the tree-lings that I cut down this weekend.  I got a lot done but ran out of energy and didn’t want to overdo it.

I stood back and looked at what I had accomplished which is quite amazing.  I looked at what still needs to be done and nearly collapsed.  If this was winter then I could knock it out but the summer hinders me at every angle.  Bugs, tall painful speargrass weeds, leaves on all the branches, humidity that makes it difficult to breathe and keeps your sweat from evaporating.  This was supposed to have been done over this last winter but delays in purchasing the land put me into late spring now early summer.

I could continue but I’m not sure it is wise.  It is kind of dangerous to be out there in the woods by myself.  I could get heat stroke or bitten by a rattlesnake in the high grass.  It was a good experiment but I think it’s time to get serious.

I contacted the person at work whose husband runs a land clearing business.  He is supposed to get back to me.  Hopefully tomorrow.  I don’t know what it will cost but I’m thinking that if it is $1000 or less then I’m all in.  It will be nice to have it complete without killing myself.