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As always we were uber organised, packed and ready to go in enough time the night before to head off to the cinema!  AVX/3D Version of the new Star Wars – Rogue One!  It was terrific.  I was feeling a bit under the weather  though (cold coming on)….so instead of our 4k walk to the theatre we took a bus.  We did walk home though & stopped at a pub on Elgin for dinner on the way.

OK….December 24th seems SO long ago…..6 sleeps since then.  Essentially, we arrived in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic around 1 pm……got our room immediately.  Hopped into our bathing attire and headed for the beach!  In Dominican Republic Christmas Eve is a family occasion and the hotel had a special dinner with a guitar player and a surprise visit by Sana Claus…..

We are staying at the Whala Bavaro….it’s a 3 star hotel not quite on the beach, but has a beach area.  Honestly, the distance to the beach is less than it is in most big hotels.  Now, you may know that Johnny and I are NOT fancy travellers.  We prefer smaller hotels, we don’t need all of the amenities and aren’t squeamish if things are less than perfect.  So, the Whala fits the bill.  However, what is important to us is that it is very well located on Bavaro Beach and beautiful easy walking beach that is miles and miles and miles long!  It’s perfect!  It is on the Atlantic (vs the Caribbean) side of DR and the water isn’t as clear as there is lots of wind and waves, so lots of sandy rolling in with the waves…all good though!

Johnny is up….time for me to close this baby up, I will come back to it a bit later…20161224_10003620161224_06473720161224_20194420161225_10081220161225_17443220161225_174544

5 More Sleeps!

Only 5 more sleeps to our first ever beach Christmas!  This weekend we attended Johnny’s Christmas Party at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel here in Ottawa.  It’s a beautiful old hotel and a lovely place to celebrate Christmas!

Busy week this week with work, appointments, dinner at our daughter’s house, lunch with friends, cleaning the house, laundry, packing and then finally our flight will leave at 6 am on Saturday morning…wooo hoooooo!!

The reason I brought you to this post today though was to tell you about the movie we saw last night on Netflix… was actually a documentary…..minam


We have been de-cluttering/minimizing for years now….starting back in about 2009 with the knowledge that we would be selling our 4 bedroom home in the burbs within the next few years….we put it up for sale in 2011 and we had divested ourselves of a great number of personal effects – and of course we had to because we were moving to an 1,100 sq. ft. condo apartment with one small storage locker for the ‘extras’.  Living with less just felt better.  Of course one always over minimizes in the beginning and we did have to replace a thing or two…  Next step, we sold the 1,100 sq ft condo after 4 years and moved into an even smaller condo in 2015…we are down to about 950 sq ft….and yes….100 sq ft makes a difference when it comes to storage.  Honestly, we had to rent a 2nd storage locker because we are still holding onto some family treasures that will be passed along to our daughters once they have homes, we still camp… lots of camping gear….golf clubs….but honestly my real estate files, signs and general *stuff* takes up a lot of our extra locker space.

Our vacations are for the most part done using a carry on bag now…..our camping trips we try to take only what we absolutely need, we no longer buy things for the home. What I didn’t take into consideration was that now I have started doing a few hobbies…sewing, painting (acrylics)….so I have had to recently re-organise our very tight space to accommodate these things.  Our new little cottage in P.E.I. will start to absorb some of our ‘extras’.  Bottom line is….minimizing is quite cathartic, you can turn your attention to other things – such as watching great documentaries on Netflix!   De-cluttering your space, then your mind …….. experience life .. not your phone (which I am VERY bad with)……live in the moment… the movie….I think you will enjoy it!



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