I’m always writing about how I am doing in retirement. Today, I want to write about how my husband is doing in retirement. If you ask him if he is retired, he will tell you he is semi-retired, which, I suppose is partially true. He does take on work every once in a while but lately he hasn’t. That’s due to a combo of health issues, which in turn, have made his working days severely limited and numbered. So, he’s faced with real retirement now!
Back in 2005, DH has been accumulating things for what he would like to do in his retirement. His main dream is to have a garage he could putter in. He wants to repair cars and tinker. He bought a 2000 Grand Jeep Cherokee for pennies on the dollar, that seriously needs a new engine. It’s 2018 now and hopefully, once the barn interior is finished, DH can tinker and restore this valuable (so he says) vehicle. And make some money!
So, in 2005, when I received a modest inheritance from my dad’s estate, I asked my family if there was anything they needed. My youngest wanted her student loans paid off ($50K). My oldest wanted a $50K down payment to buy a condo. And Nick wanted a garage. He did some research and the best, cost-effective deal was to erect a pre-fab steel barn and use it as a garage. The cost was, of course, $50K and that’s the fastest $150K liquidated out of my inheritance ever in US history! But I digress.
Once the steel barn was erected and finished in 2006, that’s about all that was done with it. We ran out of money (or I just wouldn’t allot any more funds towards the project) and the barn just sat as a huge storage bin for years. It had no electricity, no running water and no heat.
Three months ago, DH had electricity brought into the building (it passed inspection). Since DH works at times as an electrician, he is doing all the interior building wiring himself. Our well sits right outside the barn and will be easy to arrange having running (hot and cold) water installed in the building. DH again will be doing all the plumbing work himself.
Let There Be Light.
First on DH’s agenda, once electricity was brought in to the building, was to install lighting. Also, thanks to electricity, DH is bringing in electric heating, use of his power tools and some semblance of order and continuity. There’s still a lot of clutter DH needs to dispose of (such as my daughters stuff) but he’ll get there. The good part (for me) is that he’s out of the house most of the day (thank you Lord Jesus!) and he just comes back for lunch and then dinner. Hopefully the lighting and the heat will keep him in the barn for longer period of time (fingers crossed!) He also has a microwave, dorm-like refrigerator, dual recliner chair and a stereo system. All he needs is a flat screen TV and it sounds like the perfect man cave to me!
OK. So, now I have explained to you, my readers, what my hubby does during the day as he spends time in retirement. In the meantime, one of his friends turned him on to ham radios. His friend sent him a free beginner radio. DH had me buy him an instruction book from Amazon (our local library did not carry the book). DH spends his evenings studying furiously so that he can pass an upcoming ham radio test next month and become a licensed ham radio operator. He has also reached out to a few local ham radio clubs here in our vicinity (who knew?) and will be attending a few upcoming meetings (while also making new friends).
In other words, he’s busy!
Pardon the pun, but this is Nick At Night:
How can anyone NOT love this guy? He’s a hoot for sure. And I am so proud of him. He tackles every challenge until he learns and understands it. He challenges himself each and every day. He’s stead fast and doesn’t give up. DH has goals and ambitions. He won’t let anything deter him.
About a month ago, a past employer promised DH a $1000 bonus. Nick never got it. But he was persistant. He very calmy kept contacting the employer. Said he was checking in with him and oh! BTW, didn’t get that bonus check. It took around a month but DH got his $1000 check (yay, Anne!) Nick is going to use all of this money to finally finish off his barn and make his Richard Rawlings-like dream come true. He’s going to have a full, finished gas monkey garage. DH is going to buy and fix up cars for later sale and he’s going to tinker. Only took him twelve years to get here, but he’s here nonetheless.
Happy retirement, Nick. You deserve it. Have fun!
Side note: Shhhhhh! DH hasn’t mentioned sailboats anymore. Thank the Lord.