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Mother's day weekend

May 12th, 2014 at 02:41 pm

The highlight of my weekend was going to an amazing Mother's Day brunch at a local restaurant. I ate WAY too much. I can't even name all the dishes they offered, but for me, the best ones were the crab cakes and Bananas Foster. And we got free mango mimosas, which really didn't matter to me, since my son paid, but I guess that was good for HIS budget!

I wasn't expecting a gift as well, but my son also gave me garnet earrings, which he ordered himself! And my DIL gave me some little vases in the Old Britain Castles pattern I am collecting for my hutch. My Florida son honored my wishes and sent a nice card. The good news I learned from him is that they might be enough ahead that they can fly up for my niece's wedding! That would be so wonderful.

I watched "The Pianist" on Xfinity. I had seen it long ago it the theater, and remembered it as a stunning Holocaust movie. Seeing it for the second time, I think I got even more out of it. It is really an amazing movie -- not a bit of whitewash or softening the horror, yet it was still uplifting in the end. A true story of a survivor, it really shows what it took to endure those times, and at what cost.

This morning I applied for Medicare. This makes my coming retirement seem a lot more real. It is only a year and three months now. That time will pass quickly.

7 Responses to “Mother's day weekend”

  1. snafu Says:

    Delighted that your Mother's Day was full of joy. I wonder if you've developed a plan for your 1st year as a retiree? How will you fill your days? I guess because there are so many seniors/ senior couples in this complex I see distinct patterns. I keep thinking I'd like to quit but I get bored when I take a semester off.

  2. korihor69 Says:

    We had joined AARP in our early 50's then realized that it is a great source of information for seniors we found that there are definite benefits if used can save you more than the $16 a year fees. Hotels and restaurant discounts, we get a 5% discount on our cell phone service, among others.

    The most important thing where we needed AARP for was our supplemental Medicare coverage. We signed up for 'United Healthcare' (please this is not an endorsement of either UH or AARP) it adds nothing to your Medicare costs unless you sign up for the drug coverage. We decided that our co-pays on what few drugs we took were not worth the extra costs. But you will need the supplemental coverage to satisfy your primary care and hospital stays if any.

    I find that AARP while a great source of information also makes the bulk of their income from endorsed advertisers, not unlike the PAC's that haunt the government.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    As long as I'm still working, my employer will cover the Part B, but that's good to know for the future!

    Like you, I feel the Part C will be not worth the extra cost. I only take one prescription! And I need to talk to my doctor about whether I really even need to take that one.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I have a lot of plans for retirement. I want to work on preserving family photos and my mother's diaries, flesh out my geneaology, do some impressionistic landscape painting, and put some serious time into my novel. Besides that, I'm going to keep a frugal journal on my retirement experience that I hope to turn into a book -- and I imagine I'm going to do some babysitting for grandkids!

    I also want to do some beachwalking, and frugal traveling if I find it is possible -- I have a friend who wants to help me in the latter.

    And I have a bunch of stuff from my defunct booth to sell on eBay!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    That brunch sounds amazing! You've raised very nice sons.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Thank you! I feel very blessed!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like a very nice Mother's Day!

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