Monday, April 12, 2010

The Countdown

** Taken yesterday as we lazed around the pool at the hotel we were 'visiting' for the afternoon. They made us feel very welcome, and the view while lying flat on my back on the lounge chair was lovely **

I can't believe it! We leave on Saturday. Six months seemed like such a long time when we arrived in November but the days have just flown by, and now we have only have 3 sleeps before it's time to hit the road again.

The last weeks have been a blur - I didn't tell anyone about Semana Santa, or Motoweek, which was very loud, by the way. My friend, Nancy (countdowntomexico) had some great pictures. Good thing one of us remembered our camera! Hopefully I'll do a better job next year. I wonder if you could have a camera implanted in the palm of your hand?

I'm not ready to go. There are things we didn't do, or if we did do them, not often enough. I still want to visit some of the smaller towns outside the City, we've just barely made a dent in our list of places to eat, I haven't visited all the shoe stores; I'd like to be here to see if my rosemary plant ever gets to be bigger than inches - the reasons for staying go on and on.

I'll miss being able to buy 3 eggs at a time, one aspirin if that's all I really need and paying 20 cents for a green pepper. I'll miss being able to go out to dinner whenever we feel like it, because eating out is often as cheap as eating in. And I'm really going to miss being able to eat outside, everyday.

I'll miss the church bells. I'll miss looking at the cruise ships. I won't particularly miss the market on cruise ship days, but I will miss the market.

I'll particularly miss the days of never-ending sunshine and the spectacular sunsets in the evenings.

I've made some wonderful new friends and the friendships made in the spring have become so much stronger. Oh, how I will miss them.

This is just too depressing. So instead, and because we have no choice, I am going to have to start getting excited about going back to our summer home.

I can't wait to see my son again. It will be wonderful to catch up with our friends. I'm hoping to buy new furniture for the living room and am looking forward to doing just a bit of redecorating, if we can find something we agree upon. (I'll shop while Mike is golfing and then offer him my choices - that's how it's done - just don't tell him!) I'm having laser surgery on my eyes a few weeks after we get back, so I won't have to wear glasses. I'm not looking forward to the procedure, but can't wait to be able to see as soon as I open my eyes in the morning. A week after we get home I'm flying to Ottawa to see my Mum. We've chatted on the phone every week since we've been here, but I know she has worried and it will be nice to show her that I'm still in one piece!

I am not looking forward to the first grocery shopping and paying the bill, but can't wait to get to the Floral Department. We are going to have flowers in every room! I have missed not having fresh cut flowers in my home - it's just not something that is 'done' here.

I won't let Mike see that part of the grocery bill. It's like shopping for shoes, or furniture, he needs to know what he needs to know. Why do I have the feeling that he's not going to show me the price tag on his golf clubs either?! And people ask how we've stayed so happily married for almost 40 years?????? Just kidding here, we always share, except when it comes to shoes.

OK, I'm starting to feel better.

Especially since that darned Agua Truck has pulled up and parked right outside our front door, again, as he does several times a day. The recording announcing his presence is on, as usual, at full blast. We have filtered water, we can drink it from the taps. We do not need to buy water from you. Park your darned truck somewhere else!

I will not miss the Agua Truck.


  1. I'm so happy to hear your coming home to Canada!I'll miss your blog as I've said before its pure escapism for me after a day at work to hear how my retired VBFS are enjoying themselves.Have a good trip home I'll be thinking about ya.Take care.

  2. Sandie and Mike, I can't believe you're leaving already! Waaah! This place just won't be the same without you.

    If I don't see you before you leave, have a safe trip back and use the blog to keep all your friends here up to date on your life this summer up North.

    Besos, Nancy

  3. Hey Sandie, I didn't realize you were leaving this Sat.! Will I see you guys at PV's today at 4? Apparently, that is the alternate spot to Canucks which has closed :(