Tuesday, January 28, 2014

426 weeks remaining....

Hello all! Another great week planning our life. The wife got 2 tubs unpacked and only 2 more in the living room for her to go through. Eight years is a long time to plan, but the way I see it we have the opportunity to fully think things through. Savings is a big issue right now; how much will we need? There really is no answer, except to have enough, how however much that is. I think we will have enough saved if the housing market doesn't flop again.

This weekend we have planned a trip to boondock in the high desert near Joshua Tree. I'm hoping to get to see Giant Rock near Landers. But I will be happy just relaxing and testing out the full timing life for the weekend.

Maybe I will read a book or just relax outside soaking in the rays.
I made a decision not to post how much we are saving, due to not wanting to get robbed or killed for the few dollars we have :). I think we are on track for the departure in 2022! YAY!

Doesn't seem as if too many people have found my retirement blog yet, but I am thinking it will be a good read for me in 8 years. So if you read this, chime in and comment below.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

427 weeks remaining....

The first of the really great news is here. We have paid off all the credit cards except one. We are in the best financial shape in nearly 8 years. Back to basics is the motto of the day. I can finally see the end of 8 hour days slaving for the man!

Had a great weekend trip to a yellow post site in Idyllwild, up Morris Ranch Road. See details about this spot here. This is a location I could see myself at for 2 weeks at a time.

Current savings is $1000.00. This number will be increasing every month going forward. 
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

428 weeks remaining....

So the wife and I took a short weekend trip to one of our favorite places, "Sam's Family Spa." A great time was had swimming and soaking in the hot pools before heading off to the Spotlight 29 casino to see a great comedian, Kathleen Madigan.  What a great show.

We met a friendly couple at the campground, Rita and Duncan from Canada. I riddled them with questions on fulltiming and they took it in stride. They had a lot of good suggestions and had an interesting perspective on changing our mindset for fulltiming. They suggested that instead of viewing our journey like a vacation or trip with an itinerary and a timetable, to just view it as exploring wherever we are, with all the time in the world to see and experience everything there is around us.

They recommended a book called "The Mile Post."
The MILEPOST(r): Legendary Alaska trip planner and Alaska travel guide to the highways, roads, ferries, lodgings, recreation, sightseeing attractions and services along the Alaska Highway to and within Alaska, including Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Good news on the money front. We received the checks from the refinance and have scheduled payments for most of the bills. This will leave us with only our current travel trailer payment until we receive the overpayment of our original first mortgage.

Current savings is $500.00. This number will be increasing every month going forward. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

429 weeks remaining....

So we are still waiting on the checks from the refinance to arrive. So more in a holding pattern until we get the money. I did setup an auto pay for our new second mortgage. Only 240 more payments!

Same tote sitting in the entry way waiting for the wife to go through it. But no hurry right, 8 years to go. It's hard to wait for things you want. The funny thing is, it's already January 7th and I can't believe how fast time is going. Maybe I should go buy the new 5th wheel now.... Just kidding.

More next week. Hopefully more exciting.

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