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Marked #2 (retired and content), but it's really kind of 2, 3, and 4.

We are 61 and 62.

DH is still doing contract work -- total of 860 hours in 2018, not counting travel time. He says it will be less in 2019, but he's already at 450. I started working part time for him last year -- doing the accounting, occasional research, and proofing papers.

But we also spent a month in England and Scotland, traveling mostly by bicycle and train -- three months after a full knee-replacement for DH. Stayed in AirBnB's, frequently bought food at the grocery store rather than eating out, saw all kinds of cool stuff, and had a great time visiting with some of our hosts. This year we're doing two shorter trips (one to Glacier National Park and a Road Scholar thing to Mackinac Island) so that we can get more done around the house. Next year we're talking about another extended trip to ??? Travel doesn't have to be that expensive.

This was my third year working with VITA -- next year I'll be a site-coordinator-in-training. We are planning some "Understanding Your Taxes" sessions for this summer and early fall to try to help people avoid big tax bills in April. We're a pretty small group -- only 4 of us -- so it's a lot of fun.

Taking classes through one of the state universities ($5/credit for over 60) helps keep our brains going. DH is about 1/3 of the way through a MS in nuclear engineering; I'm still just taking random classes -- not sure what I really want to pursue.

And, of course, there are the home projects -- a watering system for the trees (currently about 60 large and several dozen small, want to plant another 40 next year), winter took a toll on our driveway so it needs some attention, and finishing some cabinetry. Have started getting bids/collecting information on a gut-and-remodel that we picked up. The initial bids on windows really irritated us, so we're going to end up doing them ourselves, maybe hire a helper for the one large one.

Content to be at home where there's always plenty to do, the views are great, and there aren't too many people around. Traveling is fun, whether popping over the hill to go through the wildlife museum or take a sleigh ride past thousands of wintering elk, or flying to some other part of the world.

I suspect your conclusion is going to be that we all kind of do our own thing for our own reasons -- we generally seem to be a pretty independent lot.

Kathleen
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