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Early Morning Thoughts

I usually think I'm one of the most fortunate people in Canada. I live in one of the most beautiful places that can be imagined, next to the Pacific ocean, in a lovely neighborhood of very friendly people. Our home is on one level, and very easy to look after.

It was a hard decision, but a good one, to leave the previous beautiful but very large home, radically downsize, by getting rid of a lot of stuff, and move to a place that would have everything we desired as we retired and wanted different opportunities, and a different lifestyle.

I have a sunroom because our backyard patio was enclosed last year, and it is just wonderful to have, summer and winter. We have a panoramic view of the ocean, the cruise ships, barges, tugs and other traffic, but there's hardly any traffic in our subdivision.

I have a beautiful rock garden out the front of the property, filled with herbs and other sun loving plants. When you wander through to the back part I have raised beds for the veggies, and some beautiful perennial flowers. I'm gradually replacing the lawn with other surfaces, because lawns take a lot of water, and I just don't like that, even though they look beautiful.

We live in a very temperate area of the country, so we have no snow at all here, even though the rest of Canada at the moment is in a deep freeze.

Image Credit » Image from Vicki Warner

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BeadDoodler wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:07 AM

Planning ahead for retirement is a good move. Your home sounds lovely. I have always cringed at the idea of living near the ocean, but I usually think of the subtropic and tropic parts of the world as "ocean side".

j2401 wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:49 AM

It sounds wonderful I would love to live by the ocean.

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:07 AM

Yes, I'm so glad to plan for retirement. It's sad to see people who haven't, who leave it too late. It takes us about 3 minutes to be right down at the ocean, and we live up a hill from it, so that is why we have such an incredible view. It's not like the tropic and sub tropic oceans.

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:09 AM

Thanks for coming by. Yes, this is a great community to live in - lots of writers, artists and interesting people.

karen5416 wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:21 AM

Sounds a lovely place to live, having good neighbours always helps

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:30 AM

Hi Karen, so good to see you. Yes, my neighbors are lovely. We do lots of things together, and you can go away for periods of time without worrying, because we all take care of each other.

Feisty56 wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:46 AM

It sounds as if you and your husband did your homework before choosing your retirement spot. Some place like that would suit me just fine. I have no desire to go south.

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:55 AM

We really did do our homework. We didn't plan on being near children, as they move around anyway, but it's nice not to be separated by impassable mountain passes in the winter! So, apart from this place being accessible only by air or ferry, it's easy to get into Vancouver, the nearest city. It's a beautiful place.

Koalemos wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:59 AM

This does sound like a really nice area to be in. Of course we all have varying desires and most regions will suit some people but not others.

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 11:04 AM

Absolutely! If you're a shopaholic this isn't the place for you. If you like the nightlife, scrabble and tile rummy aren't gonna do it for you!

stacygirl77 wrote on January 11, 2015, 1:42 PM

Now that sounds like paradise! I would love to live someplace like that with no snow.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:21 PM

Sounds like you live in a nice place emoticon :smile: Image looks lovely too. By the way, I see that you're using tags but they're not clickable. On Persona Paper, you make tags by using # instead of +. If you're tagging someone, then use & . Hope this helped emoticon :smile: .

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:25 PM

Yes, I have a chuckle, because almost everyone thinks that Canada is a place licked in perpetual snow and ice. This is true of some parts, but not here!

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:30 PM

Done! Thanks so much. I didn't know, and I did know that some bright person would tell me if it wasn't right! Oh, so glad! I bet you helped others too!

VinceSummers wrote on January 11, 2015, 6:07 PM

Be glad -- very glad -- for what you enjoy. So many people have so little. At the same time, we realize all this is temporary.

Vivenda wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:06 PM

I've always thought that that particular coastline sounds absolutely fascinating! The nearest either of us have been to it is when my husband went to Seattle on business and he and a colleague toured the Olympic Peninsular at the weekend. Unfortunately, they didn't have time to cross the border during their trip.

PeggyWds wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:29 PM

Hi Vicki, Your new home and surroundings sound lovely. It certainly sounds as though you made a smart decision!

Vickiw wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:07 PM

Vince, I'm extremely appreciative of the beautiful surroundings and lovely people here.

Vickiw wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:11 PM

It is one of the most beautiful,coastlines anywhere - and I've seen a lot. Thanks for coming by.

Vickiw wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:12 PM

Peggy, it was a hard decision at the time, but now it really feels right.

Anja wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:10 AM

I would love to have a sunroom, and to be near the ocean. Well, I am near the ocean, but I cannot see if from my windows. Sounds lovely.

angelaterese13 wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:33 PM

Your description sounds wonderful. Tell me, Vicki, what is the photo of that you've chosen? It's a beautiful shade of blue!

happynutritionist wrote on January 14, 2015, 3:01 PM

It sounds like you planned well and to be able to look at the ocean sounds wonderful. You have much to be thankful for.

trufflehunter wrote on January 25, 2015, 9:59 AM

What a lovely flower! I shudder at living in the deep freeze but some of the flora you have there must make it so worth while.

valmnz wrote on January 31, 2015, 5:18 AM

It sounds as if you have the perfect place there.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 19, 2015, 4:20 PM

Hi , it is nice to meet you on here. I do hope you come back to write and interact with more posts.