This Is Retirement?
Waking up to a pristine blanket of snow was a delight. Ha! What am I saying...anyone that knows me knows that I don't like cold and snow. There is a reason I don't live in places like Minnesota or Alaska. And I guess I forgot to remind Mother Nature to keep the snow further north this time.
One good thing the snow brings...birds of all kinds. The bird feeders were busy all day with our feathered friends: the Amerian Goldfinches, Slate-Colored Juncos, Mr. Black-capped Chickadee and all the Sparrow cousins. You see, I position the feeders and suet holders just within perfect 'watching' range for Mr. Long Hair and his brother, Mr. Short Hair, to be able to sit inside and practice their 'eck...eck...ecking' chorus while the birds flit about on the deck. I know my cat boys will sleep tight tonight dreaming of what they might do if they had to chance to actually sneak out on that deck and claim a bird as their own.
Our Floridian camper and his wife were excited at the treat of waking up to snow outside their 5th wheel this morning...until they discovered their propane tank registered empty. You RV'ers know how unplanned that is as we've all experienced it sometime in our camping days. Eagerly they snapped up our offer of a substitute gas tank to use to keep them warm through the next two wintery days and nights until they are on back on their way south.
Don and I are normal Americans...working hard at our careers and enjoying family life and travel. After careers of commercial art and teaching art to middle schoolers, I thought my complicated life had reached it's plateau...RETIREMENT! Whew! Sit back, feet up, book in hand, chilled drink and luncheons with my friends. Yeah, well, it was a great interim ride but in July of 2010 I decided to make the leap back into the world of work. Now, Don, who has worked his entire life since 16 as a bricklayer/mason contractor didn't see the need for this new adventure...and is still on the fence somewhat.
But quickly packing about 1/3 of our condo contents we were off to experience a new adventure in Saint James, Missouri! We had been making plans to join the full-time RV life within the year and were doing the usual: reading everything we could find on that lifestyle, checking out tricked out new rigs, going to RV shows. Now you do know, that just like owning a boat and throwing all your money into the water, which we did while living at Lake Saint Louis, RVing follows the same premise, except you throw your money on the highways! And so begins our adventure in the Foothills of the Ozarks!