A year and a half ago, my husband Clay decided to take early retirement at age 50 after 30 years in his field. We sold the horses, finished remodeling the old farmhouse, sold it and moved to The Lake Of The Ozarks.
Everything came together at a crappy time of year….we closed on our new house just before Thanksgiving and movers wouldn’t deliver our furniture until early December. If you know me at all, you wouldn’t be surprised. Who else moves to a lake in winter?
The boat docks and ice on the water
This is a huge vacation area so after the “season” (tourist season) half the businesses close until next summer. It’s natural that winter slows activity down a bit but contributing to that was that we had moved to an area where neither of us knew a soul!
We visited the YMCA and they gave us 6 free visits. Terrific! We were happy to have a place to go. We’d walk the upper track and watch the people below, play a game called Pickleball. It’s kind of like indoor tennis that’s played with paddles and a whiffle ball. Clay soon joined in the fun and was really enjoying it.
Two things happened. First we joined the YMCA. Nothing kills motivation a like a gym membership. Am I right? The second, Clay tore his bicep tendon while trying to move a heavy piece of furniture and had to have surgery. That put us 3 months out.
Between the culture shock of moving to an unfamiliar area, his injury and cold weather, we’d become housebound and suffering a bit of cabin fever. As he healed and warmer weather settled in, we realized that little had changed and moping about the house had become a habit that must be broken. We needed to get out and explore our new life…get out around town!
You may note with curiosity, that in the next few posts in my ” Out Around Town” series, that our week begins on Thursday. This is strickly attributed to retirement. To be honest, I’m finding it quite novel that I even know that it was thursday! Since my husbands retirement, neither of us ever know what day it is! Heck, every day is Saturday in our world!