Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Potatoes, Seeds, & Retirement


Here’s a small harvest of some of my potatoes; notice the unique shapes.  I’m not sure why they grew this way but hey, they’re potatoes, and what can I say?

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I try to share my seeds whenever possible, this afternoon I sealed and labeled several brown envelopes with seeds to share with some of my friends.  They’ll go out tomorrow, being that I’ve already been to the post office this morning. 

 

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I overnight express mailed my retirement paperwork to the state of Florida this morning.  In a couple of weeks, I will officially be retired, and will start collecting my retirement.  Bulldog Man and I sat down prior to filing, and had a lengthy conversation about retiring now, versus retiring when I hit 62 years of age. We analyzed the situation, and decided now was better for us than later. There have been 8 cities and towns that have filed bankruptcy in 2010 in the United States (2 of the filings were rejected).  In addition, 28 utilities, water districts, hospital authorities, and other municipal units have gone bankrupt.  With this information, along with the way our economy is going, I’m better of collecting retirement now with a small penalty than to wait until I’m 62 years of age, when there may not be anything to collect.

If you were planning on retiring and collecting your retirement at the normal age of 62, 65, or 72, do your homework before hand, to make sure you’ll have money in your retirement account. 

Have you checked your retirement account lately?  Don’t be surprised when you go to retire, be proactive, and on top of your future.

 

 

 


**Pic Source: consumermiser.com


21 comments:

  1. Good move. Get what ya can now because even if it is 100% funded right now that doesn't mean it will be in a year or two.

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    1. PP,

      We thought so too! So true my friend....so true.

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  2. Nice taters, funny shapes and all!

    Congrats on your retirement!

    I Have a long ways to go yet! *sigh!

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    1. DesertHen,

      Thanks on the taters and retirement!!

      Keep an eye on your retirement, the government loves to use our money.

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  3. My hubby is pulling the pin at the end of the year. He's worn out from the job. This is his second retirement.

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    1. Mrs. Mac,

      Your husband must be counting down the days.
      It's been 12 years since I've stopped working at the Sheriff's Office. It's time to collect from the state before there's nothing left.

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  4. Sandy, the taters look great!
    I think you're wise to retire now. Everything is so unstable. It will also afford you more prepping, gardening & learning time. So, what are your plans? Taking a bit of time to just "be" for a while?

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    1. Katie,

      Thanks Katie! Everything is unstable and scary.

      My plans are to pay off a couple of our bills, grow more food in the gardens, can a bunch more, go camping the old fashioned way, fishing, and working toward a self reliant life with my husband.

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  5. Oh retirement good for you wise advice. I think you are going to love it. I have not a lot of pension to collect as I have worked on the farm for 35 years and my boss:)My Hero (I will let him think he is the boss) did not pay into a pension plan for me:)
    He will retire at 65 I think the penalty is too much for us to handle right now. Good thing is he likes his job and I still love farming. Good advice. B

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    1. B,

      Thank you! You have one of the best jobs. You work on your farm with your Hero, that in it's self is love and retirement all grouped together in a package.

      When the time is right for the both of you, your Hero will retire.

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  6. I like you seed idea.. I actually have thought about doing a seed swap with some of my blogger buddies..
    Nice potatoes too.. i can see them slathered in butter.. : )

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    1. JUGM,


      Thanks! I try to save my seeds each year and will share when I can. A Seed Swap is a great idea, you should do it. A friend, Carolyn from Krazo Acres is doing a seed swap right now, you should go check her blog out. She's on my blog roll to the left of this screen.

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  7. I just noticed 'Bug' has passed away .. my sympathies :(

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    1. Mrs. Mac,

      Thank you. I didn't make a post about what happened because it really upset me. She was a sweet little girl and I miss her dearly.

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  8. You get to retire?! Congratulations!! I would love to be you.

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    1. Michaele,

      Yes, I do but not without paying penalties to the government.

      Hubby and I discussed it and figured if I waited until I was 62 years of age there probably won't be any money left in the retirement fund or very little.
      Because of the way the government is spending money and our economy.

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  9. I bet those potatoes taste good! I have Cosmo seeds to swap but that is about it. love my Cosmos though. Came from Grandma's yard :) Then Mom and Dads.
    Retirement, huh. That is good advise. I will look into mine. Hope you all are doing oh so wonderful!!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Susie,

      I used some of the potatoes in with a roast with beans and carrots. OMG......they are delicious.

      Cosmos? I've never heard of them.

      The state of Florida just received my retirement paperwork, hopefully we will get out first check next month :-)

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  10. Cosmos are a tall daisy like flower that come in white, pink, and fusia. They are annuals, and bloom like crazy.

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