The various members of the Goldenrod family that grow here in the Northwoods are always a harbinger of fall to come. They are beginning to show their presence in conjunction with another fall favorite-the Asters. The summer has been very quick in passing and unusually warm-likely another consequence of global warming as are our declining temps and snowfall in the winter. Have been giving some thought to what I want to do in retirement, other than photograph and write more than I currently do. Health willing, I plan on working another 4.5 years to maximize my social security, such that between my annuity, federal retirement, and social security, I can live quite comfortably. Toying with the idea of getting a mid 70's GMC classic motorhome closer to retirement-one that has been completely reconditioned (very expensive) and just having one BIG adventure until the last shutter click-drive out to California to see the kids, up to Alaska, and who knows where. Here is a $49,000 example of an updated GMC coach:
Not sure whether I will keep the farm for a summer residence or just be a full time roadie, staying in the southwest in the winter and northwoods in the summer. The thought of being completely free is alluring. Just need to bring all my photo equipment, computer, printer, and scanner. Everything and anyone else (with one exception) is negotiable.
"Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It's not 'I love you' for this or that reason, not 'I love you if you love me.' It's love for no reason, love without an object." Ram Dass