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Like Willie Nelson...

...we're on the road, again.

We are traveling to Cleveland, to take care of some residual business with the house we sold. The contractor (or his people) took stuff out of the house while it was being renovated, then gave us a bum check, as did his mother-in-law. We're making sure that their home has a lien on it, and can't be sold without paying that money they owe us.

Other than that, we'll be seeing people, and celebrating our youngest grandson's 1st birthday. Truly a great bunch of reasons to travel.

It looks - says she CAUTIOUSLY - as though I WILL be able to retire at the end of the year - now, whether that means the school or the calendar year is still up for grabs. We'll be meeting with a financial planner in May to discuss just how this will be done.


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