Days of Nights

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Month: January 2017

Steps of Progress

I have just signed off on the options list for my new trailer. That had to be completed by February 10. Final payment of the balance is due April 10. The trailer will be completed on May 10. I will drive up to the factory in British Columbia for a 3-hour orientation, and then they will deliver the trailer to the port of entry in Washington state. It’s all happening.

I am using money from one of my retirement accounts to pay for a larger truck and the trailer. I transfered this account from a stock market account a year and a half ago because I did not think the market would sustain a value of 18,000. Hah, what did I know? Keeping an eye on the Canadian-U.S. exchange rate prompted me to send a sizable payment north in June. Of course 20% of my withdrawal was withheld to the IRS. And the servicing bank exchanged my funds at a lower rate than I expected. Amateurs at play in a sea of sharks. I am only buying a little house on wheels, not studying international finance.

Now I have completed my 2016 taxes and find I am getting a nice refund after all. I will withdraw another sum from the retirement account to begin shopping for a larger truck. I am confident I will find what I am looking for, both in specs and price. My trusted mechanic is going to be looking for me, and intends to purchase my old truck as part of the deal. He already has a buyer for my truck, so it looks like everyone is going to benefit from these transactions.

And on to make appointments with Human Resources about my retirement plans, and talk to the people at Social Security and Medicare. Wow.


Making Plans. 2017

2017 is now here. It is time to turn a new page. It is time to start making some real plans. I have to start by organizing what all I have to do by making lists. I have a list of lists, and 11 individual lists that I have put in separate file folders in a little file box that is in a handy place on top of my art table.

  1. List of Lists
  2. Calendar of 2017 to write down what I have to do and when I have to do it
  3. Money. What I have available to use now as well as what I am going to have to live on
  4. Toyota. present and future
  5. Escape. all the information about my new trailer
  6. Technology. all the stuff that is going make my new lifestyle happen
  7. University of Utah. my retirement after nearly 15 years
  8. Health Insurance. Medicare and what I decide to supplement it
  9. Personal Health. taking care of present issues and planning for the future
  10. Possessions.                                                                                                              keeping what I absolutely need and getting rid of everything else
  11. Taxes. current State and Federal
  12. Miscellaneous.


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