After a long and interesting life, retirement has opened up new opportunities for me. I’ve long taught students how to do maths, save and invest money and solve typical problems using mathematics/reasoning. Now, it’s paying off, in spades. Today, my stock portfolio in my pension increased in value about as much as my take-home pay in my best year as a teacher…
The mind boggles. Next year, if things continue this way, my annuity will exceed my take home pay for most years of my teaching career. Meanwhile, back in the trenches, I dug a 5 gallon hole for planting a tree. In the heat and humidity and tough clay, this took several goes and a rain storm arrived to prevent the actual planting. TLW buys huge trees. It would be a lot easier to plant a seedling and pull up a lawn-chair to watch it grow.
If I ever had any concept of retirement it was not this, slaving over a shovel in the heat of the day while watching share-prices rise day after day. Do I actually have to die to get my rest?
Whatever. The heat and drought has slowed the advance of the weeds. My orchard is taking shape and I will easily be able to keep up if I can keep a whipper-snipper going and finish planting trees in bulk. I bought a few more hard drives and SD-cards in anticipation to the completion of my IT-renewal. Everything is working except my tired old body, but I still see good things happening daily. Life is good.