Retired! I did it!
Greetings from the other side of retirement! I finally did it. Can't say I'm loving it yet, but I do love the peace and quiet. As DH puts it, I was ready to stop working but not stop contributing. I just have to find the next thing but not even thinking about that until the new year.
It's been quiet in stepland. Skids, of course, did not acknowledge this major milestone in my life and I didn't expect them to. DH has been a real champ supporting my all-over-the-place emotions.
DH was lamenting again this morning that the grands wouldn't know who we are if we walked into their house. He goes down this road every few months then does nothing about it. All I did this time was remind him that his kids are welcome at our house any time and that he is free to make plans to visit them. I try not to express exasperation but I'm not really successful.
Our lives are peaceful. If he wants to introduce chaos, that's on him to plan and execute.