How I came to be a nomad at 88 ! 

I thought I would spend the rest of my life enduring harsh, cold Canadian winters  ...then I had an epiphany that changed my life forever!

ABOUT ME
Before my beloved husband, Don, died in August, 2019, we had enjoyed twenty winters in Manzanillo, a town on Mexico's beautiful Pacific coast.

When Covid hit, I, like many others, was isolated and alone for almost two years during which time I realized how much I hated winter. It was now November, 2022, and I was dreading the coming months of freezing cold snowy, blowy weather.

However, Covid was obviously winding down. I decided to return to Mexico for three months to avoid the worst of that miserable season in Canada. I rented a lovely casa in Club Santiago, Manzanillo .

As soon as I arrived in Mexico at the beginning of January it felt like I had come home.

Two weeks later I was daydreaming beside my pool when it struck me that this would have to be my last winter in Mexico. I couldn't afford to rent a senior's apartment in Collingwood, Ontario, where I now lived, and rent a casa or condo in Manzanillo at the same time. My only income was the small government seniors' pension and my savings. I feared outliving my money. In my mind I envisioned spending the rest of the life I had left without the warmth of Mexico in winter. The thought was bleak and depressing.

Out of nowhere, I had an epiphany - Hallelujah!   I knew exactly what I was going to do!  I felt exhilarated and excited as I began to plan my next moves.

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OTTAWA IS FEELING MORE LIKE HOME
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  •  29/05/2023 12:00 AM

My leg curtails some activities but I'm nowhere near "down for the count"....

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Is this a bump or a detour?

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  •  24/06/2023 12:00 AM

Laura Braid, my granddaughter, performing in the musical "Cabaret", London, England.

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  •  09/07/2023 12:07 PM
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  •  16/07/2023 12:00 AM

A week filled with highs and lows - anxious hours, joyful days. A real mixed bag.

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  •  23/07/2023 12:00 AM

This week's happenings filled me with appreciation for the future of young people and awe at the history I'm surrounded by in our Capital City.

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ENJOYING SUMMER -Part 2.
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The 4 leave clover in the collage is one Dale found when we were walking to the pub for lunch. He simply bent over, picked it and gave it to me. I couldn’t believe it, but I’ll take good luck wherever I can.

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EXPLORING OTTAWA
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BETWEEN THE FUN TIMES
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Mixed feelings - have I done the right thing??

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SURPRISE, SURPRISE!
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This week had a number of surprises in store for me!

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MORE SURPRISES...
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Finally, after two years of dithering, I finished the wedding portrait of Ryan and Michelle. Whew!!

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Marion Goes To Parliament!
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This fabulous afternoon is etched in my memory.

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THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A BORING WEEK
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This 'boring' week turned out to be anything but!

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TRYING HARD TO KEEP UPBEAT!
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It was tough to stay upbeat this week but ended on a high note!

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MY OTTAWA ADVENTURE DRAWS TO A CLOSE
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I thought I had nothing to say this week!

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OTTAWA TO MEXICO
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Another incredible week for me.

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Getting Settled in Manzanillo
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Arriving in Manzanillo was like coming home again. My patio at my casa is my favorite place to spend my time when I’m home.

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A Quiet Week
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  •  26/11/2023 12:00 AM

It was a quiet week, but eventful!

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Planning the Gala for the Poor Orphanage....
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  •  03/12/2023 12:00 AM

A very successful first meeting to organize the fundraising Gala for Casa Hogar Liborio Espinoza (Orphanage Liborio Espinoza) was held this week.

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A Lesson Learned
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Sometimes you need to be reminded of a truth

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MY MICROCOSMIC WORLD
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I feel disassociated from the outside world.

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FELIZ NAVIDAD!
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This pretty nativity scene at the entrance to Club Santiago during December sets the mood for the area. The baby Jesus does not appear in it until December 25th, the day of His birth!

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CHRISTMAS WEEK
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Christmas Week became so unexpectedly active socially, it became almost a blur, and I forgot to take many pictures I could use for this blog. I will do my best to remember for future episodes because I think they add an interesting dimension. I'm hopefully going to get a little better at this blogging thing! (Fingers crossed.)

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2024 STARTED WITH A BANG!
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what an exciting week! 'w

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A DECADES-LONG MYSTERY MAY BE SOLVED
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I’ve tried for many years with no luck to get some answers to a puzzling major piece of my ancestry. Will I finally get the answers I want? The leading picture is the only one of my dad with my brother and me. 1988..

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MYSTERIES CONTINUE...
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More clues to my mystery, Gala Dinner update and more...

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WHERE TO START
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A full week of excitement and disappointment!

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The Gala Is Almost Here!
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Enjoying the performance of "Paradise" at open air Mariscos Capi restaurant on the beach.

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THE BIG DAY ARRIVES!
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The fundraiser for the poor orphanage, Casa Hogar Liborio Espinoza, was more successful than we hoped. It was an incredible party, that everyone enjoyed!

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THE WEEK AFTER THE GALA
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another interesting week of activities

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SO MUCH TO TELL YOU!
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The week of terrific social activities made up for those I missed while working on the Gala Dinner for the Espinoza orphanage.

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47 - Unplanned Excitement
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Good fortune continues to lead me on my fabulous life's journey. I enjoy every day and am grateful for each one! This photo was taken when I was painting Ava in 2013 from reference photographs.. Ten years later I'm painting her brother, Royce at the age of two.

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48.  THEY'RE HERE!
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It was a quiet week, but full of excitement nonetheless!

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49 - MEXICAN HEALTHCARE
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A sexy coffee being prepared at Oasis, dancing all afternoon on Tuesdays, my first dinner party in years and my latest legacy after my health issue

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with the help of my publisher, Site 123, I have been able to edit this blog and post my pictures!

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HEALTHCARE IN MEXICO CONTINUED
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Happy Easter!! Best laid plans, often go awry! It's been entirely different this week from what had been planned but it worked out for the best. Note: Thanks to Wayne Stevens for the photograph that I'm in the process of painting!

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52- A NOMAD'S FIRST YEAR
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My thoughts as the first year of being a nomad comes to a close and I look ahead to the next.

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53- ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
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Dive into the emotions and insights surrounding closures and fresh starts in the blog '53- ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS'.

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54- BACK IN CANADA
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It is with mixed emotions that I return to Canada! I am overjoyed to be reunited with my family and meet the three new additions, but I will miss my little corner of Paradise in Mexico.

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55- ORLEANS, ONTARIO
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Playing "airplane" with Cooper and Taylor the day before leaving for Orleans. Aisle and seat numbers on the floor and boarding passes required. They seated me in First Class (a comfortable arm chair not seen in this picture). Nine days after leaving Mexico, I finally arrived at my six-month home in Orleans, Ontario.

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SETTLING IN
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Dee assured I would feel at home in my new space immediately. She did an excellent job, as I find myself surrounded with my painting, photographs and other things I had given her now have a place in my apartment this summer for my enjoyment,

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57- HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY
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Picture of my paternal grandmother, 1928. Happy Mothers' Day!

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Rules I Learned To Live As A Nomad
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As I reflect on the past twelve months of my nomadic lifestyle, I realize there are a number of rules one needs to know before taking the leap into the unknown.

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TWO MORE RULES FOR A NOMAD
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This week my blog continues with two more rules I found necessary to enjoy life as a nomad. A picture of Don wearing his Mexican apron displaying his fine physic.

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It was a busy weekend visiting the twins and their big sister, then stopping at the dam at Da Swisha on the Ottawa River on the return home.

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63- A BLOG BREAK
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Time to take a break during a quiet period in my life.

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