So here we are, 1 day away from my birthday.
Things I have been trying to accomplish is drag myself out of the doldrums. Somewhat successfully so far this week.
I went to see the Opera last weekend, and it was great. The weekend itself could have been better, but the Opera was absolutely grand. I was well entertained.
Since the last entry, I have been busy. Mostly with work, but planning and thinking on the project of the cabin. I have managed to get the savings engines running reasonably smoothly. I have the funds for the mill. But I haven't purchased it because I'm stubborn and am waiting for it to go on sale. I have purchased the trailer, the planer, and a couple other items needed for the project.
All of the funds are there for the building of the footer, and a part of the funds for the stem wall are in the bank. The rest will be there shortly, and it will only be a few months before the savings for the roof materials will be completed.
And this includes the first step in putting aside an emergency fund.
I have also thought about the longevity of my vehicle. It will need to be replaced at sometime in the not-to-distant future. A year? Maybe two? Unless I "semi-retire" it. I would like to explore the possibility of purchasing a used Jeep (the standard, Jeep that we all call a jeep - not a cherokee but what used to be a CJ -whatever it's called these days). If I can find one that I like, with low enough milage, I can make it be my daily driver for most trips - especially in the winter. In the summer, I can ride the motorcycle (which has a plan to be paid off)
So the goal is to be "retire-able" by my 66th birthday. That's 4 years from now. I do believe I can do that.
Getting the cabin finished is part 1 of the plan. Part 2 - that will run concurrently with part 1 and really will never stop - is to figure out additional income streams. And part 3 that will begin almost immediately after Part 1 is building the second cabin (also the barn/shop)
Eventually, there will be 3 cabins, and one large home. that is the goal. Ambitious? Certainly. But if I accomplish simply buildng the three cabins, retirement will be workable.
That's the report from here for now!