Patti, With OPERS, which Jo and I are both under, retirement benefits will come two months after the retirement date. In my case, I will get the first two months of retirement around September 1. Jo had lots of leave built up, so she technically is on "terminal" leave and her official retirement date is July 31 and her first benefits will come around October 1. In addition, any leave still in accrual can be paid to the retiree. In my case, that was likely paid around July 12-14 in what is called "supplemental payroll." We both wanted to have as much leave time accrued as possible so that we could be paid for it, thus not digging so hard into savings for that first couple of months. Scott will likely be under OLERS instead of OPERS, so if they offer a retirement seminar like OPERS did, he will want to attend that so he can get answers to a lot of questions. Jo and I attended one seminar about 1 1/2 years prior to retirement and then again about 8 months before we retired. Oh, and the ladies are just resting and waiting for you two. We try to take a 1 1/2 mile walk at least once a day. Day before yesterday, as we were taking our walk, I happened to notice those two different does lying in the grass and watching us as we passed. I think the wild turkeys are also getting use to us as they don't go skulking off into the brush as much as they did when we first started walking. We see them most every evening around 7:00.