When it comes to retirement, I’ve finally got it all figured:
- I travel only if I can pay for the trip in cold, hard cash
- I enjoy getting out and sharing a good meal with family and friends
- I don’t spend my time buying “stuff”
- I am donating, giving away or throwing out stuff that I don’t want or need
- All my bills are paid by the 15th of every month
Maybe I’m not asking much, but this is why I don’t listen to the hype. I don’t need a million dollars to stay retired.
Earlier this year, my friends introduced me to nearby Fair Oaks Village. It’s a charming area with restaurants, shops and an old town feel. Chickens run free.
This week, we all agreed on having some Mexican food. Who turns down Mexican food? Not when you happen to live in California.
Carmelita’s is one of those places where you can enjoy a leisurely meal–complete with Mexican music in the background. We found a table on the patio, ordered some wonderful dishes and enjoyed ourselves. This is the place to relax with friends and play catch up. There is no need to hurry.
I’m not picky. You might say that I’m in a permanent rut because I will always order cheese enchiladas whenever I’m at a Mexican restaurant. The waitress brought separate bowls of beans and rice. I was told that you could have all the beans and rice you want, but I found the servings quite generous.
To be a success in retirement means that you keep busy. I am lucky to keep up with my friends. Most of them travel, work part-time and take care of their families. Somehow, we do find time to get together whenever our schedules mesh.
I spend a lot of my time at home, so anytime I have a chance to get out of the house and meet with friends, I’ll take it.
Since I always have my camera with me, I took photographs of the art that surrounded the restaurant’s entrance. There was plenty of tile in and around the restaurant. But by the time I left, I was fascinated with what a person can do with welding skills. There were plenty of statues on display, and each one was different. If I think about it long enough, I’ll be tempted to take a welding class at the local community college and create my own statues.
Inspiration is everywhere.