Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Homes Sweet Homes

My last post to this blog was nearly 4 months ago. Since then I have been in Cuba for 5 weeks, home 1 week and then in Europe for 3 months. In that time I have been pretty consistently sharing my travel experiences in my other blog Peggy's Bucket LIst Adventures. I have a bit of catching up to do on that blog for reasons explained in my last blog on that site, but in the meantime, I am going to restart this blog and catch up on things here.

I arrived home last week and had a happy reunion with my family and set about catching up with a pile of "to do's" which were waiting for me to come home. I am sad to say that my adventures are probably going to be cut short a bit. I had wanted to travel to the east coast of Canada and tour Newfoundland, but I think my funds are running a bit low. I had counted on having my Collingwood Shangri-La rented until September but my tenants turned delinquent and I am having to evict them with rent owing. So I will be losing a few months rent and (I will find out this week when they vacate), I understand that there are damages to be repaired. I won't go into details, but suffice to say that I will come away with several thousand fewer dollars than I had expected on the "inflow" side of the budget

Not to say that it is all bad. I love my Collingwood retreat, and am looking forward to getting it back on the 22nd of July. It will be wonderful to spend the rest of the summer up on Georgian Bay, if I can't go out east.

I had rented both my homes out while I was away and over the next 2 weeks I will get each of them back again. It will take a bit of effort to get all my personal stuff back in place, but it is the start to getting back in to a normal routine. Kind of hard this week, since I don't have possession of either of my homes and still feel a bit like a gypsy. In the meantime I will see how empty the coffers are and when I will need to get back to the 9 to 5 world. It will take a bit of adjustment for sure.

The other bit of news is that I have not wasted any time since I have been back and now have a new puppy to look after. Her name is Abby and she is part Yorkie and part Lhasa Apso. She was born May 6th, which makes her nearly 10 weeks old. I had forgotten how much work new puppies are. So instead of going out east I will be training my new puppy. I am hoping to have a month or so before I hve to leave her each day for work.

Abby lounging in her basket. Isn't she small?

She will be big for a Yorkie as her parents were 11 and 15 pounds. I expect that she will remain on the lower side of this range, maybe even less, since apparently she is 3/4 Yorkie.

The Dog Song

I love this song by Nellie McKay. It is peppy and it is jazzy and it is exactly what I will be singing when Abby gets her 2nd booster shots and can come out of doggie quarantine when her immune system is full of those doggie vaccinations.



  1. Congratulations, Peggy, on what must have been a journey of a lifetime.

    I think it will be my turn again next. I am planning to return to Warsaw for a week or two about mid-October; then Berlin for a week or two; then wherever the Wind sends me.

    I still am curious. Did you stop at Harry's Bar in Venice? That is one place I wish to have a few drinks.

    Neat puppy .... I wish my life were settled enough to have a "buddy" ....

    1. Fram, thanks for popping by! Yes, it sure has been a journey of a lifetime and one that will take some time and reflection to assimilate. Adjusting back from the Gyspy's life back to normal day to day routines is going to be a bit of a challenge. But I am able to take it a bit slower as I still have some time left on my sabbatical. Lucky too to have my Collingwood Shangri-La to enjoy this summer as well.

      Warsaw, eh (not surprised), and Berlin? hmmm, will need to hear more about Berlin, I may be heading that way in the next few years myself. But my next big adventure (not counting East Coast Canada either this summer or next(, will be Peru, hopefully next year. So yes, it is your turn next if you are travelling next Oct.

      As to Harry's Bar, I guess you didn't catch my response to your question/comment on the June 25th blog. No, sadly I didn't get there. My Hemingway trail is far but over though (I missed more than this one haunt of his in Europe), and so it will be for next time.

      I am so excited to have this puppy, although I had forgotten how much work they are! Out of necessity I am pretty much tethered fo one location because of work (not enjoying the good life of retirement yet like some I know LOL) and having a buddy home when I arrive at the end of a day really is wonderful.

      Take Care Fram!

  2. I caught snippets, here and there, of your travels. I hope to find the time to read more of your travel blog. I'm sorry that your travels have been cut short. I am even more sorry that someone may have damaged your Collingwood Shangri-La. I hope that you find the damages not severe. Abby is a pretty dog; nice name too. We had a dog several years ago named Abby. She was a different breed but had same colors as your Abby.

    Please add my new blog address to your blog roll!

  3. Hi Linda! Thanks for visiting. I am so glad that I made time to do the travel blog. A few folks followed along regularly, and many, like you, popped in to catch up now and again. I also now have a record of my travels and the nicest momento to look back on in times when that trip is just a fading memory.

    I got into my Shangri-La last week and checked things out and it is not as bad as it might have been. The bedroom door will need to be replaced, but beyond that there is no other damage and nothing that a good cleaning won't solve. I am looking forward to spending much of the next month up on Georgian Bay in my kayak. I found out that I will be back at work on the 20th of August, so it will be nice to be up there until then.

    My Abby is a real charmer! A bit of work at the moment, she is really a baby at 10 weeks, but it will get easier by the week. I am arranging for a dog walker to come in once I start work, at least until she is old enough to be left all day.

    I have a lot of "housekeeping" to do on my blog and for sure I will add your new site to my blog roll. I have been following your blog for a few years now and have seen what wonderful skill you have developed with your camera! Keep up the good work. Now that I am back I will have more time to surf the blogsphere and visit my friends there and your blog is one of the ones on the top of my list.


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