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Friday, April 15, 2016

Hardship or is it?

I own 2 homes.
One is in Florida and is the perfect get away from our Canadian winter. It's locate in a retirement community.
The other is in the province of Qu├ębec, Canada. I live there 7 months per year. It's in a camping where you can buy your lot. 


Do you see me waving in the window... I hope not, I'm taking the picture, can't be at 2 places at the same time LOL 
During summer, on weekend there is a lot of people but once Sunday arrived, I have pretty much the whole place to myself.
My view is spectacular; I'm by a lake and across the lake is a small village (Val-des-Bois). I also have a view of the mountain. I can sit on my sofa and take it all in for hours and be so blissful. As a bonus, in early spring and late fall, the ONLY traffic in front of my home are deer. For entertainment, there is about 10 strays cat begging me for a free meals.

 The view from my sofa at 6:30 AM, the sun hasn't rise yet!
I have satellite TV and High speed Internet. My propane tank is full and I'm not freezing to death. But because this is a camping, there is no running water until the weather is warm enough to prevent the in-ground pipes from freezing.
This “little” inconvenient is enough to keep away all the other walking-on-two-legs campers. Personally, this is my favorite time. I have bottles water for drinking, I have Jerrycans (which I can re-fill at the main gate) for things like doing the dishes, brushing my teeth. And being beside a lake, I get buckets of water to flush my toilet. At the front office, there is showers. So I need nothing, it is just a little more work, but it's well worth it. 

You do whatever you want with your life, for certain a hardship is really just a small inconvenience that is worth to look over. I would use the analogy of the glass that is half full, but since I'm limited with my water I'll not going to. ha ha ha 
Now the best part... I retired at 52! you might think I'm rich or something but it is not the case. It is cheaper to live in Florida during winter than living in Canada... I don't have to pay to heat the place (which in Canada amount to a lot of $$), I don't pay municipal taxes on a house (still a lot of $$) but I do pay for food, cable and Internet but I would do the same thing back here. If you are interest to know more about my financial, let me know in the comment, I'll be more specific but I think that what the financial planners advised is a load of crap.
I don't know for you folks, but this weekend there will be a lot more snow melting going on in my area, I'm so excited about this.

10 comments:

  1. Dad no! Do not consummate bottles of water!

    - Hairy Toes

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    1. Thanks wise-one, I'll switch to wine!

      Oh I see you are proofreading me, thanks I'll change that.

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  2. You totally rock, Richard. For me, the water thing would be a PIA with all the cooking and cleaning that I do. But I get where you're coming from.

    Happy Weekend :-)

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    1. The water thing is only for a few weeks, then it is so amazing, you turn the tap and water poor down, you flush the toilet and voila more water fill up the tank. :)

      But seriously, I love more being here than any thing else that having running water would provide.

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  3. The caption to your first photo made me LOL!

    ...I will interrogate you on all your financial retirement wisdom this Summer, you can count on it!

    -WWE

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    1. Sorry WWE you must have not read right, I don't have any money, as a mater of fact, I thought about asking YOU for a loan...

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  4. Best thing you ever did was retire young and get to enjoy your life! You live a modest life and that certainly helps. And you're willing to make certain sacrifices to free yourself from the daily grind!

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    1. Let me splurge my wiseness (it's a new word, look it up in the Richard Dictionary 2016 Edition) a little... if you are living the life that you want, where is the sacrifice?

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    2. Very good point. But sometimes you have to make certain sacrifices to live the life you want, eh?

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  5. Gorgeous! Though I don't think I could stand the cold and snow, even when it's mild.

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