This past week, while DH and I were on vacation, we both discovered the same exact thing: we’re tired. Not simple tired or feeling a bit weakish BUT extremely tired! Almost on the verge of exhaustion.
And why wouldn’t we be exhausted? We’ve been hustling for years and years and years. I think it’s time for both of us to listen to what our bodies are telling us. I think its time for us to slow down and concentrate on the here and now. I’m tired of cooking. I’m tired of cleaning. I’m tired of paying the bills and worrying needlessly. I’m tired of the whole darn thing!
I think a lot of this tired feeling has to do with our ages. I’m tired of traveling. I think we’ve seen all that we want to see. I’m tired of having my house perfectly clean and immaculate. Maybe it’s time to change the linens every 8 days vs every 5. Maybe its OK to let a few dust bunnies grow or vacuum the blinds a bit less. Maybe I can scrub out the tub every two weeks instead of every week. Maybe I can wash down the bamboo floors once a month instead of bi-monthly.
Do I really need to go food shopping every single week. What about if I buy double and go every two weeks? That means the bill will double but so what? It all evens out at the end of the month, right? What about home delivery. Aldi has started home delivery services now. I’m on the waiting list for my area. I usually get the same things week in, week out. How about I just order it online, pay the fee and let them do the work and deliver the food goods to my front door? Did they invent robots yet to put the groceries away in the pantry?
I’m tired of cooking every.single.meal from scratch. Do I really have to? Can’t I just buy and eat a pre-made salad? I just pop the top and I indulge. Can’t I just just snack healthily throughout the day? Do I really have to sit down to a 3 course dinner? Can’t I get Meals-On Wheels (I qualify for it) and have someone deliver a microwaveable meal to me every week/day/month? I don’t eat as much as I used to. It’s amazing how little I can get by on now.
Ditto for DH. Practically ALL of the home repairs, home remodeling, home updates and home upkeeps have been done. There’s no need for him to tinker anymore. He’s all tinkered out. Does the lawn have to be perfectly manicured each and every week? How about every 2 weeks? Or ten days? Does it really matter that there’s a little bit of overgrowth around the front entrance? I mean, really now? Who’s going to see? Is it alright for a few weeds to spring up here and there in the only 2 flower beds I have?
These are just some of the pondering questions whirling around inside our heads. The time has come to re-evaluate our lives, own up to the reality that yes! we are older, wiser and a bit stiffer in the morning! It’s not a laughing matter. It’s real and it exists. DH and I looked over our RV and realized we’re not going to be traveling cross country with it anymore. We want to stay put. We have found two places on the planet that we love to RV at: the beaches of Newport and the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Florida. We found this really cost effective, no-frills RV site here near Newport AND we found a near perfect RV site along the beaches of central Florida and we booked for next year!
So far, we have booked two sites, one here again in Newport for next summer (the months of July and August) and we have booked along the Treasure Coast line in Central Florida, right on the beach (the months of January, February and March). By renting in a no-frills RV & trailer park we are saving a tremendous amount of money (when we rent by the month, the daily rate drops down to $29). We don’t need a pool, a hot tub, a tennis court, bocce ball court or any of those other ridiculous senior frills. We just need a safe place, with full hook ups (water, sewer and electricity). The fact that where we’ve reserved offers laudromats and free Wi-Fi is just a fabulous bonus. We don’t even need cable or satellite services. We don’t RV so we can stay inside and watch TV!!!!
Nick and I have officially resumed the position of beach bum status.
Stick a fork in us. We’re done.
It was foolish of me to think buying a brick and mortar, second retirement home was the way to go. After losing thousands and thousands of dollars from my stupidity, it has turned out that my original plan was the best plan: RVing is the way to go. We already own one home. We don’t need another! We already have a home base. We don’t need any more. It’s true for us that one location just doesn’t suffice. No one brick and mortar home is going to give us what we want out of life. We love the beach. We love the mountains. We love Newport RI. We love to winter in Florida to keep warm. We adore the spring and the fall weather in New York. No one place on this planet is going to fulfill what we desire and need. Unless we do it this new way that we just worked out for ourselves.
The Feds just lowered borrowing rates yesterday (July 31, 2019). This is the best and cheapest time for us to start using other people’s money vs our own. There is no need for us to drain our resources during this stage of our retirement when by just the click of a button we can be living a much better and less strenuous lifestyle. An RV is a toss-away item. I would NEVER recommend borrowing on your home or for a car. Those are necessities and vital for a safe and sound retirement. But to borrow for an RV? At 3% to 4% interest (while earning almost 5% on our investments, plus now an RV will be considered a 2nd home to us, thus rendering all interest as tax deductible) borrowing to purchase a bigger, better, more comfortable RV, for us, is the way in to our future.