One of my philosophies of retirement is to trade the lost income by investing my free time into saving resources and money. Here in Alaska we have transfer stations at the dump sights where goods that may be of some use for another are left. It is amazing what is left! Sunday is our weekly trip to the two stations in our area and although the number of people searching through these items has easily tripled we still came home with usable stuff. Most of our clothes and all my shop rags come from the station. Last week was better but less people, we salvaged about 90 sf of knotty pine siding. This was more than enough to put on the roof of the sunroom. The point is that the best pieces that went on the roof of the sunroom would have cost over $100 dollars! The siding on the shop wood storage is from a building where I grew up in Alaska, Nenana is the name of the village. Most of the wood was not salvageable but all this was. I will finish a end table today that was from the station. I feel really good reusing and saving resources, I encourage everyone to find what can be saved, even if it is given to a local charity.
-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust