My only regret about retiring is that I couldn’t do it sooner.
I thought I would be really a mess leaving my adult children and grandchildren when I moved south.
And for sure, that has been the most difficult part of the process. But I am loving this experience and most of it has to do with the weather. Obviously, I no longer have the HVAC concerns that go with a winter up north. All that cold, snow and ice really does require a fair amount of heating. And I was still maintaining a fairly big house even though my wife passed 4 years ago. So when I finally called it quits for my career, I was really ready to leave the cold behind and enjoy some spectacular weather. The downsizing was much easier than I thought it would be. Since it’s just me, I bought a 2 bedroom bungalow near a golf course. And it came with an new HVAC unit as well. Good HVAC cooling is paramount down here of course. Keeping it simple was on purpose, by the way. I wanted to have what I needed and that’s it. Plus, the proximity to the golf course meant that I would be buying my own golf cart. That too was a bonus. However, the biggest benefit was something that was sort of an after thought for me. The bungalow I bought has a sunroom built onto the back of it. Without the winter freeze, I was able to enjoy the sunroom almost all day during the winter. And I really fell in love with it. So much so that I just wasn’t ready to do without it during the blistering summer. I put a ductless HVAC in there for the summer!