Damn… this month is almost over with……

Living the nomadic life in retirement has it’s challenges in that just keeping track of dang near anything gets tougher every day….. just keeping up with the day of the week is becoming a challenge that I never thought I’d have – but happily am learning to adapt to.  My work life was so structured – a time line for everything… and now, the exact opposite. It’s complicated and fun all at the same time….. kinda hard to describe, but I have thought about it for so long – what it would be like to not to ever have to set an alarm clock again, not to have to worry about what day it is, what do I have to get done the next day — and now it’s here. Kinda eerie in a messed up kind of way…… and I can honestly say, at this exact moment, not a big fan of it. I’m getting over it though, and it’s nice. Damn nice~! Makes some days kinda drag…… but, at least for me… they’re dragging on a tropical island where I have some of the most beautiful water in the world at my front door step…. I can come and go as I please and do pretty much just whatever in the hell I want~! Living the dream I thought about for the last 34 working years of my life. A little bit bizarre, a little bit scary….. but hot damn what an adventure~!

As we start moving towards our next island, a whole new set of adventures await as we get to scope out yet another new island. Dirty thankless job – but somebody  ‘has’ to do it~!  😉  I’m sure some of you hate me for that statement – and I’m good with that, because those of you that do, know how long I have been working toward it. I have probably discussed with most of you my hopes and dreams as I got close to this dream of mine – and we discussed possibly getting together when your particular dream comes to fruition…. and I certainly hope we get to lay on a sunny patch of beach somewhere, have at least a couple of cold drinks and talk about how bad having to ‘work for a living’ sucks~!

Conversations started today about having visitors once we settle in our new home on St. Croix. Not only started, already have 3 different families talking about when they will arrive. Interesting conversation since we are still 2 islands away from actually living there ourselves – but found ourselves with ear to ear grins at the prospect of having family and friends staying with us for a little bit. The tropical, devil-could-care, nomadic, tropical life is fun – but we miss our family and friends like everyone else, and while texts, FaceTime and Marco Polo is nice, nothing is like having them there to hug and kiss and laugh with. (at least for a while)  😉

So while we have a week or so left on this island, and 6 weeks on Bonaire…. we are already planning a base to start putting down some roots on St. Croix, so we can start sharing our tropical life with the people in our lives… so if you’re planning to come see us – start planning now – our calendar has already started filling up~!

Kan niet wachten om je te zien~!

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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