Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What About The Boat?!

Nirvana ... last year before we removed everything for the winter.

We've been back from Mexico for about 5 weeks, and we're already feeling like another vacation is overdue.  So what have we been up to since we've been back home?

We finally closed on our larger rental, which was no easy task!  After over 13 years in real estate, I've never dealt with such an indecisive buyer.  We wound up agreeing to things we didn't have to (since the inspection and appraisal period were over), and Ken spent several days doing "freebies".  Needless to say, we're glad that ordeal is over.

Our daughter's wedding is over, she graduated from college, we spent a week in Mexico, and we sold our rental ... life should be easy now, right?  Well, there was another rental waiting for our attention when we came back from Mexico ... a rental that was left in terrible shape after we evicted the tenants in May.  With both of us working during the week, our weekends have been consumed with fixing up our rental.  New carpet was installed, the entire interior was painted, broken ceiling fans & microwave replaced, plumbing repaired, electrical repaired ... you name it and these addicts destroyed it. Then, everything needed a good cleaning.  The 4th of July was just another day at the rental, and neither one of us has had a day off in over 2 weeks.  With another work week ahead, we were glad to leave the rental Sunday evening with it clean and repaired.  Thankfully, another tenant moves in today and he passed all the tests ... good credit, good references and good job!

Real estate has been terrible for me, and that's why I took the low-paying administrative job at the real estate office a while back.  But, I'm showing homes to two different clients this Saturday.  I can't wait for a day off, but I'll put it off another day in hopes that I write an offer (or two) this weekend.

While the sale of our rental sure helps our cruising plans, we're still on a really tight (and stressful) budget.  We didn't sell our rental just to watch the profit being spent on bills, so we haven't been able to loosen up on things yet.  We need to sell our own house first, then perhaps we can relax a little.

So, what about the boat?!  Well, we hope to spend time with Nirvana soon.  She's once again filthy after sitting all winter, and we really don't want another summer to go by without sailing her.  We're hoping that within the next month we can get her clean and put the sails back on.

Last night, we grabbed Chinese take-out for dinner and my fortune said, "Chill while you can, a big project is in your future".  I should have taken a picture, because I swear that's the story of our lives!  I read the fortune and thought, "Are you kidding me"?!  The next big project better be moving out of our house, or at least working on our sailboat.

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Last Day In Puerto Aventuras

After Hobie cat sailing earlier in the morning, Ken and I decided to stay at the resort and just relax by the beach and pool bar.  (See Ken in picture above at the bar?)

After brunch, we settled in on the beach ... near the bar.  With the skies clearing, this was the perfect way to wrap up our vacation ... the beach, a lounge chair, and a waiter bringing us drinks!

The bar wasn't too far from our chairs ...

After sailing and some sun, I was a happy girl!

We eventually made our way to the pool bar, and I actually had to put on a t-shirt to keep from getting burned.  We socialized with the other guests and met a lot of great people during our stay.  Their homes were from all over the world ... Canada, Spain, Germany and Romania to name a few.  We met two couples not much older than us that have been to the resort over a dozen times!

The resort has several pools, and we watched some games involving tequila being played in the pool nearby.

We tried not to think about the fact that we'd be headed home the next day ... the tequila helped.  The margaritas were a little weak, so I asked for an extra shot on the side ... they used a champagne glass! 

That evening, we got cleaned up and enjoyed another great meal.  Because of the location of the resort, we weren't able to view the sunset from the beach but we weren't complaining ... at least it wasn't raining!

The next morning we filled up on breakfast and took in the views one last time.

Even with dodging the rain, we had a great time in Mexico and couldn't have been happier with our choice of all-inclusive resorts.  We've been back home just over a month now, and we're already wishing we were back in Mexico.   As usual, it's been a busy month since we've been home ... all for reaching the goal of permanent living in the tropics!

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!
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