Enrich Your Life!

Which days are the happiest in our lives?   At Retirebook, we think the best days could easily be the days you are living right now.   A happy retirement is so much more than how much money you have.

Both my mom and grandparents kick-started their retirement by volunteering in their communities and making friends in the process.   I remember randomly calling my grandmother to come over for dinner.   She wasn’t sitting there waiting for someone to call, she was getting ready to go out with the friends she met at her volunteer job!  We took a raincheck.   I loved that about my grandmother.  She always had something fun to do.

We spoke to other retirees about what they do to stay happy, engaged, and active.    Here are some of their stories about how they found happiness in their golden years.

7 Easy Things to Help Us Live to be 100

How would you like to live to be 100? There are so many factors that determine our life span, from what we eat and how we live. Not to mention all of the factors beyond our control, such as a car accident, or the genes we inherited from our parents. Everyone knows if...

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Vote to Protect Your Retirement Benefits

I am going to say this now, and get it over with. I will never vote for a politician that wants to cut my Social Security and Medicare benefits.. I am not alone on this topic. It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or Republican. Just about every single American does...

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Voting With Your Retirement Dollars

Good grief!   Can it possibly be election time again?   Billions spent TV ads, yard signs, on the radio - all to buy our vote.   Here's a news flash candidates - we baby-boomers are a huge voting block and we are savvy enough to assess the candidates and make up our...

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I’m Never Going Camping!

As a child, camping in Southern California was a way of life.  Dad usually had a tent, camper or trailer, or some such people-sleeper and always a boat.  We'd go to one of the bays in San Diego to water ski, fish, or just go boating to see what we could see.  Being a...

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The Zen of Knitting Socks

For me, knitting is a form of meditation.   I have deep insightful conversations with myself while ignoring the outside world.   Knitting gives me a point of concentration while, in my mind, I solve the world's problems, have future conversations, and practice the art...

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Do not buy a home in a flood zone – ever

You found the perfect home in a cute neighborhood. The kitchen is to die for, and you can walk to all of your favorite coffee shops and restaurants. There's just one problem, the house is in a flood zone. And with it, you have to pay for flood insurance. You think to...

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Keeping Active as a Senior – Walk!

Have you noticed that things are getting harder as we age?   Like getting up off the floor or from your knees?  Maybe you can no longer reach the top shelf in the kitchen or you get out of breath at the simplest little activity?   The depressing fact is that it isn't...

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Sick When Travelling? Mind Over Matter

Travelling when sick is just awful.   Not only is it a waste of your planned time and energy, but it can really add to the stress without your own medicines at hand and your own healthcare system.     On our first trip to England, I came down with a head cold in York...

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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 challenging...

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Journaling – A Lifelong Obsession

Being isolated as a dependent on a sea duty tour taught me to put my thoughts and ideas down on paper. Back in 1980, before computers, the internet, even word processors, the good old pen and notebook were all I had. "Be sure to write" Mom said before departing on...

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Our Favorite Oregon Golf Courses Under $100

World class golf is everywhere in Oregon. Here Are Our Favorite Oregon Golf Courses Under $100. In the past 20 years or so, Oregon has seen an explosion of some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in America. Some of Oregon's courses are can be very...

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Top Ten Unexpected Things About Retirement

Most Anyone who is retired will tell you it's a dream come true.   It took me a whole year to wake up without the urgency of getting to work.   Pinch me - is this real?   I get to do what I want, when I want, stay in my jammies all day if I want?  Really?  But it's...

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You Can Get a Dog When You Retire

Why did I say that? I've been a cat person for the last 60 + years and not real thrilled when my husband, Jim, kept hinting "we should get a dog."  From the looks of our two cats, they shared my dread.  Not having a dog since 1977, the thought made me cringe. I was...

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What We Do For Coffee

Many years ago while living in Italy, I became a coffee snob.  Prior to that, anything would do -  instant; cheap diner sludge; the gruel at the office; even worse, waiting for an oil change.  But while in La Maddalena, Sardinia (the large island south of Corsica) for...

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First Impression of the Bahamas

We recently made our first trip to the Bahamas.   It's not fair to judge a place by a one day cruise ship stopover, but first impressions are important.   The Bahamas are so close to the US, many retirees have looked across that brilliant turquois water and imagined...

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Retired Artist on the Road

My husband and I purchased an RV a few years ago, getting ready for my retirement in Oct. 2014. He had retired the previous year. We purchased a 28' Jayco Eagle Lite, and with our dog Meadow, had tried out a few short trips around our state - Arizona.   I had visions...

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