We didn't really want work when we retired but work keeps coming at us and I am grateful because we have some big needs and wants this year.
New metal roof, ATV with blade to remove snow, new efficient propane heater, finish solarium, new computer with satallite internet connection, just to name the major ones.
My husband has been asked to paint the outside of some rental units and to build a deck for a handicapped man plus help his old partner with a BIG job on Pender Island.
I got the job of writing a relatively small website for a local business man. He had just moved here from another province and he used to collect cottonwood bark and sell it to taxidermists and carvers in the States and he made a good income from it. He intends to start up again here as cottonwood trees are so easy to find. Also he has the patent on some sort of gadget that is put on chimnies to prevent heat loss and on top of that he and his wife do rural real estate sales. These folks are meant to be retired too but they seem to be a very busy pair.
There looks to be a good chance of coming out in the black at the end of this year instead of red, which would not be good. We are blessed in that we owe no one anything. Something few people in North America can say. We own our home, our truck and we do not carry any debts from month to month. We pay everything off.
I have just done the year end figures for the local library. The major problem was that my printer chose that time to stop working, so I had to put the figures on Google Docs and Spreadsheets so the librarian can download them tomorrow. This time of year is busy for me at the library. I have to prepare a budget to present to the village, do the tax receipts and balance sheet and on and on it goes. I have thought of quitting but then I have to find someone to take my place and train them. More work then just keeping on doing it.
I have been working on the computer all afternoon but I just put a chicken in to roast and I am going to sit down and read my book for a change.