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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.

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This week, we all agreed on having some Mexican food.  Who turns down Mexican food?  Not when you happen to live in California.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. marlenebertrand · September 12, 2013

    Thank you for the “stroll”. I really enjoyed reading about your luncheon and viewing all the artwork. And, now after seeing a picture of your meal, I’m going to look in my refrigerator to see if I have the makings for enchiladas tonight.

    • Arlene Poma · September 12, 2013

      Marlene, it’s either enchiladas or Monte Cristo sandwiches for me. I will always be a huge fan of enchiladas, but they need to be swimming in a rich sauce. And it doesn’t hurt when the dish comes with all-you-can-eat beans, rice and homemade tortillas. Heavenly! So are the homemade enchiladas that people bring to potlucks. Double heavenly! I believe it’s all in the sauce.

      • marlenebertrand · September 17, 2013

        Arlene, I thought you would like to laugh – I made a huge batch of enchiladas after reading your blog. I made enough to enjoy for three days. They are even better reheated!

      • Arlene Poma · September 17, 2013

        Oh, Marlene! I am so glad that you made yourself a batch of enchiladas! YUM! I can eat enchiladas all week! I’ve done that! Anyway, after your reading your post, I could not get enchiladas out of my head. So over the weekend, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch. You KNOW I HAD to have those enchiladas–swimming in their rich sauce. Those “enchiritos” by Taco Bell were also a quick fix when I couldn’t get the real deal. Unfortunately, I found out last month that they have been discontinued. I guess they wanted to make way for their X-Treme Burritos. Sigh!

      • marlenebertrand · September 17, 2013

        I’m glad you mentioned Taco Bell. Most people laugh in my face when I tell them I like Taco Bell. They are not bad at all. In fact, when I’m traveling and need a quick bite to eat and when it has to be Mexican food, I go to Taco Bell.

  2. Arlene Poma · September 17, 2013

    We like going to Taco Bell for a quick fix, too! Maybe I should sit down and write the company that I am heartbroken about not seeing their enchirito on the menu. I do miss it.

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