Enjoying week two of Ed’s retirement!
It’s kind of hard to believe, but Ed and I have made it through his second week of retirement, already. Time is passing quickly. Ed has also discovered that time is irrelevant when you’re retired. Most days are pretty much the same, and only the growling of our stomachs keep us in touch with what time it is. No more clock watching for Ed!
Although we attempted to plow through some of our forms and paperwork, this week, we didn’t get very far. We need a final date of Ed’s benefits from the hospital, and, apparently, these days, nobody there seems to know what’s going on or when that day will be! When ten percent of a hospital staff is suddenly terminated, it leaves things in a bit of disarray, to put it mildly. (This thought really makes me hope I don’t get sick!) Did I mention we’re also waiting for Ed’s paycheck to arrive in the mail? I do hope someone there has mind enough to mail the paychecks of those who were terminated! In the meantime, we’re living off of our ’emergency fund’.
Ed was able to sign up for his Social Security payments on-line, this week, but, for some reason, they needed a copy of our marriage license. We decided to take this document to our nearby Social Security office instead of mailing it. The Social Security Administration office is where our latest ‘excellent retirement adventure’ began.
Since neither of us had ever been to this Social Security office, we had no idea where it was located. The nearest SS office is located in a town 30 miles away from us. Thanks to ‘Google’, we were able to get directions and drove to the office with little difficulty. Did I mention that the office happened to be located near one of my favorite stores, known as ‘Hobby Lobby’? (Yay for making side trips on our ‘excellent adventures!)
Upon walking in the entryway of the SS building, we proceeded to try to open the double glass doors, but were quickly stopped by a female security officer! She quickly pointed out that we needed to ‘register’ the reason for our visit, on a huge computer screen, located in the left of the entryway. So Ed registered (with the security officer trying to help, for some reason), Ed took the slip of paper, containing the number the machine spit out at him, and, only then, were we allowed to come inside and take a seat! The registration process took almost as long as our wait to be served, so we were in and out of the SS office quickly. I’m still trying to figure out why they have a security officer at the SS office! Perhaps the old folks get rowdy, at times?!
After a quick stop by Hobby Lobby, our adventure continued when we visited the new ‘Wal-mart Neighborhood Market’ for the first time. Apparently, Wal-mart is starting to build these huge grocery store/pharmacy combinations, for those who want to take advantage of Wal-mart’s low prices, but want to skip the hustle-bustle of a regular Wal-mart. Believe me, Ed and I are all for skipping the hustle-bustle of Wal-mart, anytime we can!
Ed and I happened to be traveling in his mama’s 1997 Lincoln Towncar because Ed enjoys driving it. So we pulled up to the Wal-mart Neighborhood Market, in what I commonly refer to as our ‘old folks’ car. As we were getting out of the car, I noticed two young men gathering up shopping carts in the parking lot. One of them was about to ride a parked shopping scooter back into the store, when he quickly turned to us and asked, “Do y’all need this?” ( Oh, my!) I quickly replied, “No, not yet!” I remember thinking, it must have been the ‘old folks car’…or, perhaps, Ed’s snow-white hair that made him ask such a thing! Surely, it isn’t me! Although, come to think of it, I’ve been off of my arthritis meds for over a week, and I am moving kind of slow and stiff…and I’m letting my hair color grow out, which now means random spots of gray for me, as well!
And while I’m on this subject of being treated like ‘old folks’, let me mention how we’re now being called ‘sweetie’ and ‘honey’ at certain places–like the restaurant where we go for ‘senior citizen’s’ buffet on Monday nights! This is a totally new experience for me, and I can’t decide if I like it or not!
Anyway, Ed and I managed to pick up the items we needed, without the use of a shopping scooter, I might add! We also managed to make it home with a few dollars left in our pockets, something that will continue to be a challenge, no doubt!
For the rest of the weekend, we’re planning to stay home, relax, and attend our daughter’s Super Bowl festivities. Who knows what adventures we’ll find to do on Monday?! We might even make another trip to the ‘senior citizen’s buffet’… I might even decide I like being called ‘sweetie’!
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