Retirement Yenta has been refurnishing her Miami Beach home after a little Ocean Air Moldy incident. Everything had to be replaced. This little Yenta has always believed in a mix of price ranges for her beach home furniture. That salt air can so easily get inside and cause mold and rust. For this reason, RY does not believe in expensive furniture for her beach homes. RY will consider a mid-range price point if it is something that she absolutely LOVES and she thinks it might be worth it for a few years of enjoyment. BUT, let’s face it dear Readers, salty air makes for a short lifespan for most furnishings. SO, your little Yenta, who loves to save a buck, believes that cheap furniture is the way to go in your beach oasis. Cheap furniture typically does not last long, but by the time it begins to show its wear and tear, the salt air has done its duty and destroyed the furnishings beauty.
Oh Dear Readers, as you may well know, Retirement Yenta loves to save a buck–most of the time. Your dear Yenta knows there is a time and a place for everything, and there are times when this Yenta likes to push her boundaries and live a life of luxury. (Let’s face it, Readers, RY loves to luxuriate, too.) But that in itself is your Yenta’s point. Don’t get stuck always savin’ a buck!
Let a Yenta explain. RY loves to read the paper–usually the WSJ and the Financial Times. But, when a Yenta is on the beach at her Fire Island summer home, she loves to read the NY Post (such trashy fun!). Well, dear Readers, RY could go to the store and pick one up for a buck, but instead, this week, a couple of young entrepreneurs (about 12 years old) went to the store, bought some NY Posts and came down the block selling them (at a premium price of $3.00 for the privilege of “Fire Island Home Delivery”). Well, dear Readers, RY does not want to leave her beloved deck, and the convenience was simply worth it, AND RY loves to support and nurture that young entrepreneurial spirit. Sadly, it was early in the day for these young entrepreneurs. RY had a $20, but the entrepreneurs had no change. They came back after their run and were able to give RY $13 bucks in change. That left RY with a $7.00 NY Post…which ONLY costs a buck at the store!
Let Your Yenta assure you dear Readers, it was worth every penny. RY was able to luxuriate on her deck. She did not have to walk the 15 minute walk to the store. AND, she encouraged some neighborly, young entrepreneurs. That’s worth the six bucks!
Retirement Yenta wants you to spend a buck, support local young entrepreneurs, and luxuriate a little.
Dear Readers, your beloved Yenta has been slowly moving up on her Retirement Levels scale. With each step toward joining the Relaxationforce, this Yenta has been required to acquire new skills. That’s right, dear Readers, members of the Relaxationforce need new skills that they may or may not have developed in their time in the Workforce. The most important of these new skills is learning to work offsite. You never know when a last minute trip to Miami Beach might be interrupted by a juicy new project. When this happens, THIS Yenta is sitting pretty! She has her documents in dropbox, some notes in Evernote, and her laptop is charged up and ready to run! RY would like to let you in on a little not-so-secret secret…your dear Yenta may never go to Level 10 of Retirement, as she loves the work she does. Back in the day, though, RY loved to be at her desk, beside her assistant, and on the go at all times. Now, she loves to have her cell phone handy, her laptop beside her lounge chair, and her sunglasses atop her blond locks while she soaks up a few rays of sun…and checks her email for that next juicy project to come her way.
Retirement Yenta says: Train to work offsite, try, try, try with all your might. This will allow you time for some fun in the sun, and the tip of a toe in the tremendous ocean blue. For this dear Yenta, it’s a dream come true.
Retirement Yenta loves to knock around town in her favorite sneakers. They are Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars Slip-ons. They have eyelets, but no laces…so they look cool, hip, young, and they make you feel like you can run faster and jump higher! Now dear Readers, Retirement Yenta wants you to know that these shoes do not make the claims of running faster and jumping higher, and as a matter of fact, they probably are not a good footwear choice for running and jumping. These are casual and fun shoes. Your dear Yenta does not sanction them for more than putzing about in. Gray, dear Readers, Gray is the color you will want these shoes in. They go with EVERYTHING. Black or white would be this Yenta’s alternate choices.
Retirement Yenta says: Buy some sneaks for your favorite feets. Slip ’em on, and have some fun in the sun. Once you are done, kick back, kick up, and enjoy not being part of the employ!
As you know, dear Readers, Retirement Yenta has recommended you buy your retirement home while still in the Workforce (Tip: #338), so you won’t feel the pinch of a mortgage while on a fixed income. No, she is not recommending Roommates in Retirement. She is recommending you share your Retirement Residence with your friends and family on a part-time basis. Sit back and let a Yenta explain.
Your Yenta knows that there is a transition period into full Retirement. As a matter of fact, …
Retirement Yenta believes her nails are a statement to the world about her happiness. That’s right, dear Readers, your nails can let the world know that you are happy and healthy (i.e., there are no chips in the polish and they are looking smooth and beautiful). OR, they can also let the world know how “on trend” you are. OR, they can even let the world know where you are hanging your hat.
Let a Yenta explain….
As Retirement Yenta and some of her friends have begun practicing for their impending Retirements, RY has discovered one very important thing. Try it before you buy it! That’s right, dear Readers. Retirement Yenta knows that sometimes the place you dream about is very different than the reality of the place. Someone may think that Raleigh, NC is the place to go, but just ask RY’s Goy-Boy Assistant (GBA). He dreamed of life in Raleigh, then he HATED NC the few years he was there. Imagine if the GBA had purchased a house there?!?
Who knows?!? Maybe you will love the place you dream of, but the reality of traveling back and forth might be too much! So, dear Readers, your dear Yenta wants you to know you can rent the lifestyle you would like to have in Retirement. Pick your Retirement town and give it a try for a couple of weeks. Rent the type of car you want to own in Retirement. Have a visit and see if it fits, if not call that place quits, and look for a new retirement dream, one that will treat you as if you were the queen.
Retirement Yenta has been trying out many different types of patio furniture for the past decade. She has tried and tried different types, some are too hard, some are too soft, some are too heavy, and some are juuuuusssssssst right. (Retirement Yenta is the Goldie Locksen-stein of patio furniture). That’s right dear Readers, RY Locksen-stein has found the patio furniture that makes a Yenta go “mmmmmmmm.” Here are the results of your Yenta’s not-so-sceintific research. Heavy patio furniture is great if you intend to NEVER move it…but eventually, you have to move it. ANNNND, who wants to deal with that??!?? This little bear has decided that light weight furniture is the best for her “on-the-go” life. When traveling back and forth to Miami Beach, this Yenta does not want to leave her furniture sitting out on the patio. She wants to get it inside and out of the elements. There are also those occasions when a stiff wind blows and a hurricane comes ashore that one MUST move their patio furniture. Well, dear Readers, RY hates to drag heavy furniture off the patio, and she knows that in the coming years, she will NOT want to lug it in. SO, your dear Goldie recommends go light, find something bright, and in the end, you will know it’s juuuuusssssst right.
Dearest Readers, as you well know, Retirement Yenta loves life on the open road. This little Yenta likes to travel, and over the years, RY has adapted a common saying to her travel needs: “When in Rome, dress as the Romans do!” There is nothing like blending in to the local culture. So, RY loves her harem pants from the Middle East (they are great for modesty sake). In Spain, she picked up some cool Moroccan footwear. From France, she has elegant French cuff shirts from Inès de La Fressange. From Rome, she has a red leather Hermès belt and an awesome toga. And if she ever travels to Africa, she plans on a sexy face mask, which she hopes will protect her from the dreaded Ebola (but, OH does it look good on this Yenta!) Now, when RY goes to pack for her next travel, she just goes to the global wardrobe section of her closet and grabs appropriate clothing from the country at hand. PLUS, dear Readers, just think of how cool you will be while wearing your international style in your home town. Retirement Yenta says: start building your global wardrobe, wear cool clothing from far away lands and look like a cool cat that’s a member of the next hot band.
Retirement Yenta is not afraid to admit it…she has made some mistakes when making purchases for her home. It’s a rare event, but it has happened. Fortunately, this little Yenta has never made a mistake when it comes to buying an article of clothing. Well, dear Readers, RY wants to tell you to buck up and admit to yourself that the Resin and Seashell Table Lamp that you purchased for your bedroom wasn’t a good buy. Just toss it. Don’t be afraid. Don’t try to pawn it off on your friends. Be a good neighbor and chuck it. You will feel lighter and happier when you do.