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Don’t Leave Home Without It

All photos taken on September 1, 2022.

About to set off for 6 nights in our mountain retreat, we were diligent about making sure we would have everything we would need during our stay. We made lists, we added to lists, we checked and rechecked lists and when we were packing up, we crossed items off the lists as we loaded them in the car.

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

8 thoughts on “Don’t Leave Home Without It

    1. I was quite surprised how much we managed to squeeze in. I was good at Tetris in the good old slow computer days. I would hate to try my luck now. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan


  1. Mountain trip! Now, you’re talking. There are few adrenaline buzzes better than packing up for an adventure like this. Though your ominous line about ‘good job we prepped’ has me wondering what lies ahead. What gorgeous stop offs you had along the way, particularly that amazing water and sky combo at Pembina River Provincial Park. I was craning my eyes for some fisherman, perhaps Robert Redford Brad Pitt, but it seems you had it all to yourselves? I had to laugh about Tetris and the E-bikes. Going to have that Tetris tune stuck in my head for the rest of the day now.

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    1. We love the mountains, whether hiking, biking or skiing. Our skiing days are done, but we ripped up the slopes in our day. Stay tuned for the adventures. We had never thought of pulling into Pembina before this trip and wondered why. It was quiet that Thursday before the Labour Day weekend. Only us and a father and daughter. The music on those early video games was quite catchy alright. Thanks for reading and commenting Leighton. Allan

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