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A Life Post – December 8, 2020

Our Retirement Place

As we state in our About page, we suddenly realized about 15 years that today was coming, and coming fast. Today meaning, getting older and facing retirement. Retiring is a hard thing to contemplate after working so hard and for so long to try and reach the goal of enjoying life with adventure and contentment. On occasion we will be posting some of our successes, failures and projects along this path. We are not experts, only experiencers. I think I just made that word up (experiencers), spell check didn’t like it. We will share without preaching, hopefully creating a story of some sort. I know a lot of readers will have had some of the same experiences, please feel free to share yours in the comments.

Retirement isn’t the end of the road, but just a turn in the road.

Travel Thursday – A New Feature

Photo by Ian Panelo on Pexels.com

I have added a new feature to the menu to simplify (hopefully) navigation to posts on various places we have been. In the menu it is simply titled Bucket List. Basically it will put everywhere we’ve been in one place and link to a key post about the location. Kind of like a quick table of contents.

Wine Wednesday – 2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir

2019 Meiomi Pinot Noir

This wine qualifies as one of our go to varieties. We’ve been opening this one since 2010, or maybe earlier. Very consistent and bursting with more flavour that your average Pinot. Major cherry and berries in the palate, also a bit oaky. Extremely smooth and has a sweetness to it as well. Easy to drink and pairs favourably with most dishes. We recently had it with a maple chipotle pork tenderloin and it worked very well. We also enjoy it with salmon dishes. Highly recommend, a 4.3 on our 5 scale. Our tip to you is drink it from a Pinot glass, you will notice the difference immediately when compared to a regular red wine glass.

Here’s a link to guide you to some perfect glasses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lmowery/2019/10/16/the-best-wine-glasses-for-pinot-noir/?sh=7252db9840be

In conclusion, the price, Vivino notes as an average price 19.75. In British Columbia, 24 bucks. They sure like to gouge you here.

Speaking of Vivino, this is a great app, and available on all platforms. Take a picture of the label while in the app and voila, you have everything you wanted to know about that wine. They look at you funny in the liquor store, but, hey, why buy bad or overpriced wine.

See you next Wednesday.

Foods That May Reduce Blood Pressure

I’m not a doctor, and do not pretend to be one either.  As someone with controlled high blood pressure, I did find this to be an interesting read.  It basically confirms what my doctor has been telling me.  As an added bonus, many of these are effective for cholesterol issues as well.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/nutrition/20-foods-that-lower-blood-pressure/ss-AAtmu3s?ocid=ientp

Five Ways To Let Go And Embrace Life

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As we move along life’s path, we forget to let go, to live life.  I read the attached article about one person’s discovery on how to embrace one’s life.  His philosophy is interesting and consists of 5 simple rules.

  1. Quit Something
  2. Take A Risk
  3. Embrace New Ways of Thinking
  4. Be Irresponsible
  5. Stop Putting Your Dreams on Hold

In our life, we have pretty much done all but number 5, and we are working on that diligently.

The article is here

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/22/find-yourself-5-ways-to-let-go-and-embrace-life.html

 

Border Tracking And Your Passport

 

Cozumel, Mexico

This is directed at our Canadian readers.  Recent changes to border tracking now records departures and arrivals of individual Canadian citizens.  What does this mean to those who travel extensively., quite a lot apparently.   It could have an adverse impact on everything from your medical coverage to your pension benefits.  To find out more there is an informative article here

Safe Travels In The Caribbean

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How safe is the Caribbean.  Saw this video on Yahoo, and the headline had some immediate value to me.  Coincidentally, Barbados and St Lucia are two places on the itinerary for our next adventure.  Timely?  I think so.

In reality, we have never felt anything but safe anywhere we have been.  Likely a combination of naivety and good practices.  Every little bit helps.

How To Stay Safe in the Caribbean