Tag: Pension

Takin’ a Break, not a Brake

Takin’ a Break, not a Brake

We are between camping excursions at the moment, spending time with our daughter at her place while we do laundry and top up groceries etc.. We are also waiting for repairs on our trailer, and I’m a bit nervous about the outcome, of the trailer repairs not the laundry.

The trailer maintenance will be a re-alignment of the wheels, not a simple task as I understand it but a necessary one nonetheless. At some point in our travels, at Christina Lake I think, I noticed an uneven wear on the outside tread blocks of each tire. I was not impressed. There are not many miles on the trailer and I generally try to take care of my belongings. To see the accelerated wear concerned me, and rightly so.

I won’t go into the rather lengthy and convoluted story of how we ultimately arrived at the repair shop but let’s just say never trust your GPS without a little bit of back up research.

We arrived at the shop late for our appointment and there was more work than expected. The end result was the trailer had to be kept overnight and would be ready the next day. It meant another early morning trip but with some luck it will be the last time the trailer will have to see repairs for some time.

So now, hours later, the wheels are re-aligned and I’m down about $420 dollars. It was a necessary expenditure as I said but that doesn’t really diminish the pain or lessen the bite of an unexpected bill. Being that I’m now on pension my income is smaller and my ability to cover the cost from cash flow is just about nil. We will survive, we always do, just may have to add another cup of water to the soup.

Anyway, another day another dollar. We are enjoying our break and look forward to hitting the road tomorrow in good condition, both our equipment and our spirits.

On the Road again

On the Road again

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Travelling salesman

I’m soon to be on the road again. I feel like a traveling salesman, and to think at one point I aspired to a role like that. Now, maybe not so much.

I have been approached recently too, to see if I’d be interested in taking on a sales position since I’ve retired.  It would mean travel probably 2 or 3 days a week, living in hotels and eating restaurant food.  Boozing and schmoozing customers would be the norm, it would most likely tax my adapting skills to the max, and I’d probably be back into the stress mode. More here

The Essence of Spring

The Essence of Spring

The essence of spring is in the air and I fully intend to inhale it fully today and use it’s power to invigorate my soul.

Spring
My Angels

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

We’ve finally had some sun for more than 2 days running now and it’s amazing the effect it has on life. People are out in drove, either just enjoying the weather or looking at new cars, perusing garden shops, or working in their yards readying them for the new season.  I plan to spend my day doing the latter, actually 2 of the latter, going to the garden store and readying my yard.  Gardening can be a catharsis.

I find the effort spent today will invigorate me, it will build optimism in me, it will inspire me.  Whether it’s the sun or the exercise, the communing with nature, or just the opportunity to wipe some tasks off my list, it generally builds my mood and assists me in looking at the good in life.
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To Leave, or Not to Leave (Work)? That is the question

To Leave, or Not to Leave (Work)? That is the question

I am growing increasingly disillusioned in my working career.  In my current read “The Gifted Adult” I am at a point where the topic is about striving for self-actualization, and how it is important (or very important) for many of the gifted.  I would like to reach that point in my life, no question, nevermind whether I’m gifted or not.  I have my doubts I can do it from here.  Is it possible, Yes.  Do I have the interest or energy, No.  I feel as if I’m spinning my wheels here, and I don’t know if it is only me or the management of me.  I suspect a little of both.  I, and my tasks, are handled poorly or nonexistently, leaving me to my own device, much as a ship without a rudder.  As you can likely pick up I am very frustrated

I am also afraid, afraid I will be found out and really afraid to leave on my own accord.  When you have been employed at what is essentially your only job for 37 years you become accustomed to many things, one of which is a steady income.  My pension will not be small but neither are my financial responsibilities.  It will likely mean a radical adjustment of my spending and current lifestyle, to which I’ve become very accustomed.

I believe I am making progress in personal/emotional life, the depression is still likely there but more subdued.  I am realizing things about myself, acknowledging others.  It’s opening my eyes to what “should be”, and that is also causing me concern.  One thing I’m sure of, “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread” – Alexander Pope