Grafton – Illinois’ River Town

Grafton – Illinois’ River Town

Right where the Mississippi and Illinois river – just north of St. Louis – you will find the great little community of Grafton.   Once famous for it’s local stone quarries and boat building, Grafton is now known as a picturesque little town with Bald...
Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Retirement has had a lot of surprises that I didn’t expect.   There is something just decadent about staying in a nightgown until noon.   Who knew that researching garden seeds for  hours could be so much fun?   Hours and hours fly by while I’m knitting a...
Munich Germany – The Gem of Bavaria

Munich Germany – The Gem of Bavaria

The Capital of Bavaria, Munich is a wonderful home base for exploration of this magnificent region.    Germany’s second most popular city, after Berlin, Munich is energetic, compact, and historic – blending modern with ancient in perfect unison.  The heart...
Looking for a Coastal Climate? Eureka, CA!

Looking for a Coastal Climate? Eureka, CA!

Eureka, California, just 272 miles north of San Francisco on Hwy 101 and just south of the Redwood National Park, is an affordable (for California) coastal town with plenty to offer.   Humbolt Bay is a major fishing, boating and shipping port for the area providing...
How Much Can I Pull From My IRA in Retirement?

How Much Can I Pull From My IRA in Retirement?

As retirement neared, I was pondering how much money can I pull from my IRA and not blow the whole wad in the first year or two?   After two years and some pretty thorough research, here’s my plan. First of all the house and cars are paid for.   After two years,...