HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIONNE!!!
We have been fortunate enough to have some new members and followers on this blog so here is some history on us......
When we retired, we had lots of people comment "must be nice....". It is nice but it did not come without it's share of challenges, downsizing, second thoughts and priority changes.
In October 2010, we sold our townhouse, after just 3 weeks on the market. It was a 3 level, 4 bedroom, 2100 sq. ft. home. We loved it. But, we figured, "you can't have your cake and eat it too..." and so something had to go....
We extended the patio (with permission) and added
most of the plants around the patio.....
From the front....you can just barely see Euri on the driveway!
On a side bar - here is our little Scotty, Morgan.
He passed away in 2011 and we still miss his little personality.
So, after the townhouse was sold, it was onto White Rock to a beautiful rented, above ground, basement suite in a brand new house, We were very lucky to have such great landlords, Diane & Vern, who lived upstairs. After so many years of owning our own home, it was an especially hard transition for me but they made our stay delightful. Sometimes change, even though hard, is good you see......
We got to use the left side of the driveway
and our entrance was down that same side.
Gasp!!! Euri had to spend some time on the road....in the SNOW!!!
Tough since at the townhouse, he was housed in the garage!!!
On the upside, we were 1/2 block from the beach!!!
It was 2 bdrm., 1 bathroom, 750 sq. ft. Quite a change from 2100 sq. ft.
and 3 levels, don't you think? Culture shock for sure!!
But it was very nicely done.....
Notice some things never change? Wine glasses on the table!!
So, we lived in this perch for about 14 months (until Nov 2011) then it was off to a suite that we finished in my sister, Susann's basement in Nanaimo. Seemed, like a good spot to start our retirement and our travels. We moved over to Nanaimo in November 2011. We took our first trip to Mexico in February 2012.
Here is where we hang our hats right now. Nanaimo. It is our cozy, 550 sq ft suite. We think it turned out pretty good, right? We packed a lot into this small space but we had to "re-think" the furniture and layout differently.....again.
This kitchen is just a touch larger than Euri's!!
Through that glass door is the bathroom and laundry....
We EVEN have a bathroom!!
...and our own laundry just off the bathroom
We have a nice covered patio area and an uncovered area.....
The landlord's backyard!!
At the other end of the covered area is the open area....
Remember those Nova Scotia floats??
Here is their new home!!!
The blue one is the one that was in the tree!!
Hanging out with all my special plants that I cultivated from
my townhouse garden!! Same plants, just in pots now.
So that's a little history on how we "got to retire". It has taken many steps and we have had to change a lot of things in our lives to accommodate this lifestyle. Like I said, it did not come without it's share of bumps along the way. You can't change your whole life and expect to make perfect decisions all the way along, at least we can't and didn't. It's a never-ending, evolving time in our lives....but we love it!!
Thought for the Day: In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.