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Our First Social Security Check

A photo of Nancy NemecWe had a milestone occur in our lives this week. Husband got his first Social Security Check. We didn’t know quite how to mark this day.

He had called a few months ago and talked with a man at the Social Security Administration. The man asked questions and took down information about prior earnings and when he would turn the magic number – 62. Husband was told an estimated amount of the check, and when the check would start arriving.

Well, the day arrived this week. He watched the mail for a notification letter that said the check was here. But it never came! He checked at the bank, and it had been deposited. He has joined the ranks of the truly retired.

It can be a strange feeling to be receiving a check instead of paying in to Social Security. Not that we miss the daily grind of working – we enjoy the freedom of retirement, and doing what we want to do. Husband told his children to just feel better about the deductions from their paychecks. They now know exactly where it is going.  

French Breakfast Puffs

These are a special breakfast treat that always says “Spring” when served with a nice fruit cup and a steaming cup of coffee or glass of milk. They are not in the lowfat/healthy column, but a wonderful homemade breakfast on a Sunday morning. You can choose your level of decadence by dipping only the top in butter and cinnamon sugar, or rolling the entire puff in it. Either way, they don’t work real well with the paper muffin cups.

1/3 Cup shortening
½ Cup Sugar
1 egg
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
½ cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg. Mix dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Fill muffin tins 2/3 cup full and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Dip in butter and roll in cinnamon sugar.

nancy retired
4/6/2010 4:16:09 PM

We're having some of the same experiences you did. Except we don't garden or yard work. Jack works with the FFA--local, state and national, shows a car and a motorcycle, and loves watching sports and the western channel. I have coffee with the McLadies, cook for Jack, and do all the stuff at church that I haven't had time for since I worked full time. Happy Spring.


nebraska dave
3/30/2010 2:20:23 PM

Nancy, I’ve dipping into the social security system for about a year and a half now. You’re right that first check is a momentous occasion. For me it really was true that I don’t know how I had time to work. Life has certainly taken a twist and there are no days of just sitting around wondering what to do. I advise people to retire as soon as you can. I retired at age 61 only because the company I worked for offered me a year’s salary to retire early. Duh, that was a no brainer. I’ve never regretted taking an early retirement and most certainly have the time to do all the things that I never got to do when surviving the work and raising a family. I know that times are hard and many don’t have an opportunity to sit back and enjoy life and I try to help those that I know as much as I can. What used to be a hurry up and get the yard work done so I can get to things that need to be done, is now an enjoyable thing that doesn’t matter how long it takes. More gardening and more flower beds have crept into my way of life now. Thank you for sharing your joyful occasion and recipe French Breakfast Puffs.