Happy New Year

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018. Here are some random thoughts regarding the year past and the one to come.

In 2017 I accomplished something I’ve wanted to do for years (and should have done years ago) – I read the entire bible. I used the Classic Reading Plan from BibleStudyTools.com to receive three passages each day. I only missed a couple of days due to the internet being out during hurricane Irma, and caught up once we had power again. What a blessed sense of accomplishment to reading the entire Bible. Thank you Lord! I am looking forward to doing it again this year.

One thing that helped was making that reading a daily habit. Each morning I would open my email, delete the new junk that had accumulated over night, and begin reading. After that I would start my other year long accomplishment – deleting part of the twelve years of email in my gmail account as I mentioned here. I am happy to say that I am down to around 400 total emails, almost all that I want to save for some reason or another along with a few that will be deleted once their usefulness has passed.

Now, about Irma. The storm came to Florida on September 10th leaving us without power for a few days. We were uncomfortable, but safe. Our property, however, did see some significant damage. Behind the house we lost two trees, and a lot of other branches. The trees fell away from the house and cars, praise God. The other good news about the trees is that we have talked about taking them down anyway. Now they are (mostly) down, although I still have quite a bit of cleanup yet to do. The damage to the house was a front bedroom that was originally a porch. The shingles blew off letting in the rain. That soaked the Sheetrock on the ceiling which collapsed on the floor ruining the carpeting. So far I have pulled up the carpet, put new plywood, felt, and shingles on the roof (well, almost done). Next up will be finishing the roof and then putting up new ceiling. The floor, not carpet, will be next and then the room will have to be partially repainted.

Another milestone in 2017 was my 62nd birthday. What makes that significant is that the government says that is the earliest that I can start drawing my Social Security check, although my “normal” retirement date would be February of 2021. With that in mind I have been transitioning from full to part-time at work. Instead of a 40ish hour work week I will be working about five days per two week pay period. I am thrilled that one of my first new schedules has me off for six straight days!

Of course retirement (or even semi-retirement) does not equal leisure. There are quite a few projects around here that will take up a good part of my time. In addition to the bedroom repairs and finishing taking down the rest of those darn trees I am looking forward to starting a nice garden. Then there are the normal repairs, upgrades, and remodels you have with any home. Hopefully I’ll still have some time for more leisurely pursuits like leveling up some Alts on WoW and, who knows, writing more here.

Finally, I pray that your new year will be filled with peace, joy, happiness and accomplishment. Here’s to a great 2018.