Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last and first?

It was a day of ‘lasts’.. Friday, February 13, final day of actual work..

The last ‘coffee break’..the last ‘lunch break’..


and the ‘final send-off’….no real tears..just  the way I wanted it to be..


flowers, balloons, cake, cards a book filled with warm wishes, that .. and a very ‘generous monetary gift’..

I was feeling very blessed to be  a part of such a ‘great work family’ nice to be appreciated..

retirement 1

..a final ‘party’ that evening at a local Greek/Italian Restaurant..


a fun, few hours filled with good food, wine and some great work-peeps!!!!

..With all the festivities over..the weekend dawned early and we were off for a day of ‘firsts’..

Trailer out of the storage compound..hooked up and ready to go to it’s first ‘home’ as we embark on our new adventure..


..Transition time has begun..the truck was loaded..and within an hour we had the trailer backed into it’s first campsite of 2015..

Brae Island Regional Park in Fort Langley will be where we will decompress and begin the  arduous process of transitioning from our rental condo to life in a ‘house on wheels’..


..It was a busy process as we unloaded and put the contents of the bins away..


..the fog was ever present for most of the weekend..


We both managed to stay focused enough to get the ‘first load’ of items dealt with..

There was a couple of ‘small repairs’ that needed to be  fixed..but before long we were settled in for the night..


Since it was Valentine’s Day and our grocery supplies were very minimal to say the least.. we headed into Fort Langley and enjoyed a ‘celebratory dinner’ at a local pub..


…as the weekend draws to a close..we have a busy week filled with doctor’s appointments..eye exams..


….there is more packing to do and lots of cleaning this ‘rest’ for this ‘retired gal’… calls to make to cancel all the ‘utilities’..and a few change of addresses need to be sent..

..the ‘to do’ list keeps growing..…better get busy again..

stay tuned for more once we are ‘settled’..


  1. I wish you the very best for this new phase in your life. I will surely follow your trail. so please, keep the posts coming.

  2. How fitting that the first day of your new life together was Valentine's Day!

  3. Gosh, this brings back memories of my last day of work captivity! Freedom is wonderful; I'm so happy for you.

  4. "Let the fun begin". Happy retirement! (Best job I have ever had!)

  5. Looks like a nice last day, and a great beginning to this new adventure. How great to be able to jump in immediately!! Enjoy this transition, you worked hard to get here.

  6. Congratulations on this new chapter in your life!

  7. How exciting Sue and Doug! We wish you many happy travels!

  8. Time to start living life on your terms.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  9. It's finally here! Congratulations on your retirement!

    Now it's onto a new lifestyle...and fun times! Enjoy!

  10. What an exciting time for you two. Goo luck and enjoy the adventures that will be coming your way.

  11. Congratulations. This is the first day of a new life for you. Enjoy every day.

  12. Congratulations! Looked like a great send off your coworkers had for you. Enjoyed seeing all your pic's.

  13. Congratulations on your retirement, and the start of your new life. Proof it can be done, right? I know it seems like it will never happen, then suddenly - here you are. I hope you have many miles of smooth roads, lots of great weather, and a wonderful time traveling together. :)

  14. Awww, it is very nice to be appreciated and what a grand "send off!!!!" We are so happy for you two and can't wait to follow your "first" adventures off full-timing!!
    Happy Valentine's Day :-)

  15. So happy for you and Doug.....enjoy your decompression time! We plan to visit you in your new work place in May.

  16. How exciting!! Congrats on retirement and becoming full-timers! Cheers - Ellen

  17. So happy for you two - errrr - three! What a feeling - right?! Looked and sounds like a good ending!


The ‘Cavalry’ Has Arrived?

May 7-16, 2017 Spring has sprung and the weather that rolls in over the lake is every changing.. This morning, May 16, we woke to a ligh...