Since a couple of people kindly asked, yes, indeed, I'm planning to retire during summer of 2023.
As to what I'll do when I retire? I learned when I had sabbatical that I'll never be bored, so there's that.
My local nature center has a bird banding program which I worked on during sabbatical. I'd like to become way more involved. I really liked the people, and the birds are endlessly fascinating. I'd like to bird more, and since spring and fall are the best birding times around here, I haven't been able to much for a couple of years.
Some depends on covid etc. In my dreams, I've always traveled a lot when I retire. Will covid mean that's not really possible?
My dream travel: get an air bnb or something for a month or two in different places: a month in Barcelona, a month in Porto, a month in someplace in Italy, someplace in southern Germany, and so forth. The idea would be to be away for two or three months, then come back and relax at home, then recharge, and off again.
Where's home? That's a great question. I really enjoy my house. You may remember when I posted about having my old rug taken out, and then having hardwood floors put in. Then the hardwood floors being darker made the house feel dark and sort of cave-like, so I picked new colors and a friend painted the interior for me (for pay, of course). The thing is, every time I look at the yellow, I smile. It's just happy. The floors are beautiful, the house is very live-able, I love the colors. Yes, it's too big, and yes we have winter. But it's also fully paid off, so my expenses are real estate taxes, maintenance, and utilities. Less than you might think.
But then, maybe I want to move back to where I'm from? That's not clear at this point. It's way expensive there. But there's good weather year round, and family in the area, which I really enjoy.
If covid makes travel really untenable, then I may get a dog...