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What a Huge Compliment!

14 May

As a newbie blogger I have been muddling along trying to write a mixture of interesting posts never sure if I was connecting with anyone so imagine my surprise when today I discovered I had been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! What a huge compliment! very-inspiring-award21I was nominated by my most favourite blogger Rose at http://howdoyousaytacoinspanish.wordpress.com. Rose has been helping me learn Spanish by posting wonderfully funny Tecate Beer commercials and she even offered an entire tutorial on how to cuss in Spanish which I  have already found numerous occasions to put into practice. You really must check out her blog about her time spent in Mexico.

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is a way of creating community amongst bloggers.

The rules of accepting the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website.
2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

So here are 7 interesting things about me.

I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada which is one of the most beautiful but also one of the coldest cities on earth.

I will officially retire May 31, 2013 after 30 years in health care. I am so proud to be able to say I have helped save lives!

My husband and I bought a house in Progreso, Mexico this winter and will be heading down there for our first extended visit in September.

I love to garden!

I love to read!

I love to knit and crochet.

I am a proud mother/stepmother of six children, proud grandma of eight grandchildren (with one more on the way) and one cat.

I Hereby award the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to the following blogs which engage my interest in expat living, travel, all things Mexico, and people who are living the simple  life. Cheers to them and I would highly recommend them all to you.

The Artist’s Road

Costa Rica Travel Blog .com

Imagine Mérida

FindingMySelfinPanama

Howdoyousaytacoinspanish

Applecore

The Panama Adventure

Yucatan Bird Club

The Official How To Blog

Aerocretos De Mexico

GALLIVANCE

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Brown Paper Belle

Belle Grove Plantation Bed And Breakfast

Yucatan Living

 

So take a look at these blogs. They are a real mix of practical advice, whimsy, and just people living authentic lives. Back soon with an update on the work in progress  on the Progreso house. Things are changing!

 

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Ground Breaking News!

20 Apr

Work has commenced at Casa Lulu. First up is getting rid of  the poured concrete all around the house. This will allow us to improve the drainage and will also open up all kinds of landscape possibilities. Here are a few pictures of the work in progress. Breaking ground.

Ken asked his buddy Andy to wander over to the house to take a few pictures. He was particularly interested in seeing this corner at the front. He is really hoping to find a way to get up to the roof and thought there might be room here for a spiral staircase. I’m not as keen on the idea because I have a wicked fear of heights and it is certainly not high on my priority list but it would be fabulous one day. Imagine, sitting up there in the evening, drink in hand, cool breeze coming off the ocean, nothing but stars blocking your view.

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Looks like really hard work and Andy said it was 40 degrees Celsius today. Glad they had a big jug of water on hand. The water is sitting on the steps that lead down from the covered terrace to the pool which is just to the right of the picture.

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These steps lead up to the pool area bathroom and change room. On the right is the outdoor shower. I have big plans for this!f1aff1dbf28bc9fbcb4caf9015881c94 448179b34eeec7391de1479229a8a9f4

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Outdoor shower #1

It really wouldn’t take much to create a gorgeous space here.With a little imagination anything is possible at Casa Lulu!

Why Progreso?

12 Mar

Two years ago the Winnipeg Free Press ran an article about Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico which said what a lovely, friendly and affordable vacation destination it was. True to my obsessive/compulsive tendencies I clipped it out and filed it away. Then last year I was talking to a good friend about the pros and cons of retirement. I was resisting ending the working chapter of my life because I did not feel ready to kick back and do nothing all day. Meanwhile, my already retired husband was really wanting to escape the frigid Canadian winters. I felt my working was holding him back. So, with some trepidation, I said go check out this place called Progreso and showed him the article. After a little Web surfing we found him a comfortable, inexpensive, studio apartment in a lovely place called Casa Sol Mar which we booked for the month of January, 2013. Off he went, first flying from Winnipeg to Cancun, riding the bus for four hours to Merida, then taking a cab to the beach town of Progreso. It took him several days to find his comfort zone but once he did he loved everything about the place. He strolled along the malecon, explored the market, toured the side streets, sampled the local cuisine, and began to meet a lot of amazing people. As his month away drew to an end he knew he wanted to stay longer, maybe even forever. He extended his trip for another month and began to look for ways that we could make Progreso a part of our lives. That included searching the real estate sites. Now, as everyone knows, if you’re not in the market for a new home don’t search house listings because you are sure to find one that you just love. And that is just what happened to us.

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