Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sitting Pretty in Belize

Finally back home in Belize and sitting pretty, just like the hermit crab below, after being in the US far longer than I had hoped to be.  
This lovely hermit crab was tucked into the edge of a coconut palm. 
I went back to Rochester, MN at the beginning of March to finish my work there.  My official retirement date was June 30th. The decorations on my office door (below) were from the very thoughtful party they put on for me.  Let me just say that I wasn't the only one with tears in my eyes.
Part of the decorations from my retirement party at work.  The party included very moving presentations from people I have worked with for the last 20 years.  I was very touched and pleased to be remembered in this way. 
I was able to make a couple of trips to Belize to see Dennis and Max between March and June (including a side trip to Chicago to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary seeing Joe Bonamassa in concert - click here to see some Bonamassa on youtube), but was stuck in Rochester from June 9th through August 16th; the longest Dennis and I have ever been apart.  Finishing up at work, being away from Dennis, and not being able to stay in our house in Rochester made those last months fairly stressful and depressing for me.  I am fortunate to have wonderful friends who let me stay with them, borrow their cars, and use their effort to help me do the things on my very lengthy "to do" list.

Our house is on the market again after a couple of months I spent doing some work on it. Got the long driveway resurfaced (it looks great), tended the neglected garden, put in a new backsplash in the kitchen, painted some rooms, bought some new furniture for the den, and got rid of some old furniture.  I will be happy when it sells.

Dennis was very busy at our place while I was gone.  He added a new deck along the south and west walls of the cabana and started on the addition for the cabana.  The original interior space is only 680 sq. ft.  The addition will give us nearly 600 sq. ft. more, but more importantly will give us more outdoor space and provide the roof at the right orientation to mount solar panels.  He also got our satellite dish for internet signal (ViaSat is the provider) that is so much faster than what we had cobbled together earlier.  Over the next few weeks I will post more about our progress and other things that are going around here.  For now I am happy to have made a graceful exit from work so we can concentrate on creating our new life in Belize.
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12 comments:

  1. All the best of luck in your retirement Wilma and welcome back.

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    1. Thanks, Roy. I love being retired even though I think retirement actually means "working for no pay"! It is good to be blogging again and to catch up on blogs that I follow. I was without internet for July and most of August.

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  2. HI Wilma, Welcome back to where you belong!
    :)

    Had no idea that you came back to MN for Spring(through the end of June),and Summer(July and August),and gee,you missed Fall today.

    Happy Retirement
    Imaburdie

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    1. Hi Ima, it is good to be back. It was really rough getting 15 inches of snow on May 1st! Certainly reinforced our decision to head to the tropics.

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  3. Good to see you back with a post Wilma.
    I'm just slightly envious about you seeing Mr Bonamassa. A fantastic guitarist.
    I bet you're glad to be back in Belize.

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    1. Hi Keith! Thanks for stopping by.
      The concert was fabulous. He never stopped playing for 3 hours; mind-boggling speed and finesse. And he is as gracious as he is talented.
      Unbelievably happy to be back in Belize.

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  4. So great to have you back Wilma, as must Dennis be also.
    Look forward to reading your future blogs and let's hope its a very long time now before you get pushed out to sea in that boat.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Derek. It is great to be back. Not counting on making my final sail any time soon. ;-)

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  5. And sad for us on the side you have left behind.

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    1. Just think of it as another place you and Steve can visit. ;-) Miss you guys, but it sure feels good to be here in Belize.

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  6. So glad to see you posting from Belize again, Wilma! It looks like you are staying busy in a good way. Enjoy your new life!

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    1. Hi Nancy - I owe you a long email! We are enjoying it very much. Take care and I promise to email soon.

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