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Planning for Retirement

It amazes me how often Mr. Cozi and I turn to each other these days and say, “that was fun”! In spite of a hitch in our git-alongs, turning into pumpkins at sunset and a pillbox that now looks more like my jewelry organizer; we are truly planning for retirement by practicing fun every weekend. We have a delightful playground here in Fairhope and it has nothing to do with 50 shades of any color except maybe the sunset I mentioned.

Practicing Retirement

This month, we have the 1st Friday Art Walk, a neighborhood dining event at a local restaurant, Arts and Crafts Festival (so sorry Hubby, girls only that weekend), and a possible boat show in Mobile.

February was filled with Coffee Fest, Coco-Cola and Aquarium tours in Atlanta, Valentine’s goodies, and special dinners out for our birthdays. After all of that we had the pleasure of meeting friends at The Grand Hotel to enjoy the sunset over Mobile Bay with wine glass in hand. A week later we had dinner with more friends that have swung wide those retirement doors and learned more about what to expect.

Cola Bear

We researched an upcoming Alaskan cruise with our neighborhood for our 35th wedding anniversary and are planning a graduation party for Thing 2 in April. So when I say we are practicing fun over here, we are getting lots of field time!

Reading a Paper Map

And that is just how I want Mr. Cozi’s retirement to be. He has worked very hard for 30-something years, being on call for most of that time. He wakes up at 4 am to begin his day and lays his head down pretty soon after dinner to start the process again. Don’t get me wrong. He has loved his job, the people he has worked with and the company that has provided his career, but Mrs. Cozi likes hearing, “that was fun,” so it’s time to have some.


It’s not your birthday or Father’s Day or Valentine’s; but I have to tell you, Mr. Cozi, you have taken excellent care of your family, been man of the year on the cover of my life and remain a very fun date after nearly 35 years of marriage. Bring on the fun. Swing wide those doors of retirement and let’s waltz or better yet, salsa right through them. And on the other side, let’s tell each other, “that was fun!”

Playful Otters

Disclaimer: There is no formal plan of retirement on the calendar, but it is on the horizon and I’m ready to sail toward it!



  • Jenna

    03/13/2015 at 8:15 am

    Sweet Kim, it sounds like you’re having a ball! Keep up the fun!

  • Judy Pimperl

    03/12/2015 at 5:37 pm

    I can so relate to this post! Life is short, and we’ve all worked hard to get to where we are now, so we need to get out and have more fun while we still can. Sounds like you hit the hubby lottery, like I did. Aren’t we fortunate in that regard? Can’t wait to see pics so that we can have fun along with you.
    On another note, I feel like I didn’t get to “visit” with you enough at the meeting Tuesday. That’s the only downside to having a full house at the meeting…some of us are so far down the table that we don’t get to property visit. Otherwise, it was a great meeting. I really enjoy it…thank you for all you do.

  • Marcia

    03/11/2015 at 8:25 pm

    I hear ya’, Kim. Mr G and I are having more fun than ever these days. I think as years pass by we appreciate this precious gift of life more and more.
    PS-Besides my chickadees, I call our children Thing 1 and Thing 2 from time to time. 🙂

    • Marcia

      03/17/2015 at 7:51 am

      Oh, and my Thing 2’s birthday (Miss AJ) is April 1st. lol I kid you not. 🙂

  • Charlotte

    03/10/2015 at 1:21 pm

    You both deserve lots of fun before and after a retirement date for Mr. C. Friends also are taking an Alaskan cruise in July. So,full speed ahead!!

  • W

    03/10/2015 at 8:54 am

    I must say retirement is fun, fun and FUN! Even though my hubby has only been retired for a week, we have a very full social calendar. I know when Mr. Cozi retires you will have to take a vacation just to get some rest. Keep planning, but also be spontaneous!

  • Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co.

    03/10/2015 at 8:07 am

    That’s a good attitude to have. Fun times ahead!

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