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Cool and Cloudy

June 6th, 2022 at 10:11 pm

Is it really summer?  I'm bundled up in a sweatshirt, jeans and warm socks. 

We had a low-key weekend, which was fine with me.  My Friday pineapple upside down cake came out fine, and my friend's kids LOVED it.  I was so pleased.  The cauliflower soup was also a hit which makes me feel good. 

I spent some time Saturday scanning medical receipts to submit to my FLEX account and organizing papers.  This impending retirement thing is starting to feel real, so we need to take a closer look at DH's company health insurance. I can escrow my unused sick leave from the university to buy health insurance later, so that's our plan for now. But DD's allergies and xolair shot could be an issue.     I also listened to a Suze Orman webinar on retirement during these (ugh) challenging times.  We seem to be doing everything ok-ish, but I am thinking about moving some of DD's 529 account money into I bonds for her fourth year of school.  Because we paid half of her tuition out of pocket, there's some squoosh room if we withdraw it now. 

But the Suze Orman webinar made me a little uncomfortable.  I know it's challenging now for a lot of people, but I need to find a way to keep that in mind without worrying too much.  I can become a little too wound-up about things (to say the least). 

Food seems easy this week.  Black bean and rice stuffed peppers, chicken soup, and hopefully some decent grilling weather.  Friday is DH's birthday, so we'll go somewhere for Mexican. He's easily entertained!  DD is currently in Spain, and we're loving her pictures.

We had AT&T come out and install faster internet this morning.  The tech was super!  She told me her story of being in her late 40s and returning to AT&T after being away for seven years.  She was lured back by their offer of 100% retirement vesting, including her prior years there.  Props to her for scrambling up ladders in the rain.  What a smart woman.   But annoyingly, for her first 20 minutes here, they also sent out a salesperson who tried VERY hard to sell us AT&T TV and cell service.    Their new rate saves us $10/month on internet, but I practically had to shoo the salesperson out of the house. 

But $10/month savings is good news!


3 Responses to “Cool and Cloudy”

  1. terri77 Says:

    That sounds like an English summer! Meanwhile, we get about 10 months of summer weather here & June is routinely in the 90’s with high humidity. ☀️

  2. Lots of ideas Says:

    I retired at 58, not intending to work again, but not opposed to it either. I was lured back with two different lucrative part time consulting assignments that padded my savings and provided some ‘entertainment.’

    I suspect you will have many offers to earn money - teaching, curriculum, exam proctoring, application review. Maybe some things you never knew you wanted to do or even knew existed. The beauty is that you will be free to say yes or no, and will have no need to be caught up in the ‘politics’ of a job.

    Bost wishes!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I feel very "in the right place at the right time" with these I Bond rates. Because we have this college cash just sitting here. I moved all our 'college cash' to I Bonds. It just seems perfect for kids mid-college.

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