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Half a million/birthday weekend travel

August 27th, 2018 at 10:56 am

I got a birthday present from the universe--I logged online today and for the first time ever, my net total was over 500k. Yay! That's actually 498K in retirement savings and 2K in an emergency account.

So I went away for a 2.5 day weekend Friday-Sunday for my birthday. I read Amish romances for fun and only live about 90 minutes from the area and had never visited, so I made a reservation at a nice B&B and left Friday morning.

I crammed in a lot over the weekend: several tours (a touristy farm & home tour, a private farm & home tour, a bus tour, a buggy ride, a film on the Amish, a train ride over in Strasburg, and ate a few good meals. I did a little shopping at a roadside stand where they sold yard art (got a few metal decorative pieces) and a "quillow" (small quilt that folds up into a pocket to make a pillow) and I browsed around the Bird In Hand Farmer's Market but all I bought there was some ice cream.

The best part was staying in the countryside and learning more and getting to interact with a people whom I in a way envy in their community organization and support and family lives and values-based way of living. The B&B where I stayed was on a rural road and all the neighbors within a mile are Amish, so that the B&B owners will get called upon for emergency drives (e.g., a farmer neighbor took a bad fall recently, and while the ambulance took the farmer and his wife to the hospital, the B&B owners were called upon to bring his parents to the hospital). Sunday morning I sat outside from 8 to 8:30 and saw about 15 buggies drive by as people went to church. The B&B is in the middle of 4 different church districts (a district has only 25-30 families, which can be about 250 people and since they hold church inside their barns, there's a limit and when a district gets too large, they subdivide), so the buggies were headed in different directions.

It was fun to see everything but another time I'd like to go back and just mellow out.

Today I'm off of work and catching up on chores and errands, so back to that!

(one of the chores is consolidating a couple of retirement accounts. I have two SIMPLE accounts that are no longer active from old jobs and the accounts are more than 2 years old, so the tiny one I rolled into a traditional IRA and did a Roth conversion on, and the other I'll just consolidate into my traditional IRA. gets rid of the $20 annual account fees, too!)

6 Responses to “Half a million/birthday weekend travel”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Congratulations on reaching half millionaire status!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like a nice weekend. We go to a nearby town that has a lot of Amish. It is nice to see many of their wares. A friend of ours is good friends with an Amish couple and we have had dinner at their home a few times. She does this to make money. Good food and very friendly. She also sells things and my husband loves her pickled beets. Glad you could get away.

    Congrats on the 500K milestone!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Half a millionaire! Congratulations! Your Amish weekend sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I like it! My DD would call this a "nerd weekend." I love the idea of being half a millionaire.

  5. Terri77 Says:

    Congrats! 500k was a huge milestone for me. It only gets better!

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That sounds like my kind of weekend!

    Congratz on the 500k!

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