The Deal

What I want to be taking time out for int he mornings!
What I want to be taking time out for in the mornings!

I have had plans in the works for a number of years.  The deal with my husband is that I would retire when I turn 62.  That happens to be this February 11th, and  I really can’t believe that it is real.  Where did the time go?  It has just snuck up on me.  (Of course, I would not retire until June, at the end of the school year).

When I read Jackie’s blog post on Butting Heads Farm – the Art of Aging, Part 1  about aging and what can be accomplished home on the farm while working a full-time job,  I realized that we have been maneuvering ourselves toward this goal for a good number of years (I have had to let go of our sheep, our yearly meat chickens, and our yearly feeder pigs in order to keep things sane).  I have only told a few coworkers and close friends so far, but it’s finally here for me.  I am retiring at the end of this school year (!), and I am hoping to be able to totally give myself over to the farm and to weaving, spinning, knitting and felting from then on.  The money issue will be difficult for awhile, but hopefully I won’t have to go out and get a whole other full-time job.  I feel bad for all my coworkers who retire and a year or two later have to go back to work full-time, but most of those folks are single.  I am blessed to have a partner who has a few sources of income, and with my NJ pension, my Maine pension, and a little bit of Social Security, I might be okay.  (Although Maine is one of the two states in the U.S. who believes that getting SS and a teacher’s pension is “double dipping,” so the SS that I paid into in NJ is going to be drastically cut back when I start collecting because of my Maine teacher pension.  It’s a real bummer).

And so it goes.  I am frantically trying to make sure that things at work are going to be perfect for whoever replaces me, but we all know that that is a losing proposition.  It will be what it will be.  But I am having a wonderful time reading the seed catalogs and thinking that I can actually do a little more in the garden because I won’t be starting back into work by the middle of August, and unable to process the tomatoes and the eggplant that are just really coming ready at the end of August.

I can’t believe that I only have 80 some workdays left in my job as a Library Media Specialist.  It’s been a wonderful career, and it won’t be easy to give up.  But I do think that I will be having breakfast or lunch with my retired teacher peeps on the first day of the new school year.  And there will be champagne or wine involved!!!

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10 thoughts on “The Deal”

  1. this will be a clumsy response, because i am thinking while writing, but i love reading this. Just love it. I began drawing Social Security at 62. and tho it is a small amount, i do not regret a moment. This year i
    turned 70 years old. That’s OLD. It’s really hard to believe. That i, me, could be 70 years old. But i am. and i know how fast the years between 62 and 70 go. NOW IS THE TIME!
    It’s your LIFE you are talking about. Your LIFE. What is more important????? Nothing.
    Because of where i live and how i live, even with feeding those 17 Goats, i make it. A little different for you in that the Where you live is a Given now. But HOW you live can take some creativity to make it work and is so worth it. You also have a partner in it. I do not. Acquiring a herd of dairy goats by Circumstance is a whole different story than yours. So….GO for it!
    I don’t know the politics of farming in Maine but here, that Certification with all it entails is very difficult to achieve. But the beauty FULL loop hole is that you can sell Goat Shares. People “buy” the Goat and then are able to receive milk and milk products…cheese. Are you able
    to do that there? And there’s meat sheep…
    oh, I am so Happy to be here in these times as you go forward.

  2. Thanks so much, Grace. I agree, it is a good time to be. I am so looking forward to being free of the everyday schedule of getting up at 4 a.m. and getting out a little after 6. And pushing the goaties into that morning schedule. I will be working on the form our lives take. It’s a work in progress, for sure!

  3. Congratulations! I will be retiring at the end of next year, in June and can’t wait. I have so many plans, one of which is acquiring goats! Texas is a so called anti double dipping state too, ugh. I didn’t start teaching until I was nearly 30, so have lots of quarters. I am jealous of and happy for you. Don’t work too hard on prepping your libraries. The new person will figure it out if he/she is worth his/her salt.

  4. Thanks, Kim, you are right. whoever comes after me will do what he/she wants, no thanks to me at all! It’s what it will be. I will cross my fingers for you, that the next year goes well. It has happened sooner than I thought it would!

  5. Wow, so much to look forward to to… one ending = one new beginning. It will pass fast and then permanent summer holidays. Sounds like you are very resourceful and will make ends meet doing whatever makes you happiest. Best to you, congrats, and good luck with it all. Melissa

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