I have been busy making plans and acting on them as required in the last few weeks.
As many of you know – I tried to retire 2 years ago and failed. The problem was that bills kept coming in, but my pension money wasn’t enough to cover them. 😦 So, I went back to work, but just part time.
Things have not changed and it was looking bleak that I would ever get to retire and not work.
My only asset was my house, but I was determined to stay here as long as I have Chester, since this is his home. Chester is now 13 and is still going strong. The idea of working yet another 2 years was just not something that I wanted to do, so I decided that both Chester and I can and will adapt to apartment living.
First plan was to find a place where I could take Chester. Most apartments that will take dogs want small dogs. The restrictions vary between the number of inches tall and the number of pounds – but Chester at 50 lbs was just too big to be considered. I thought that telling them that he was a senior might let them make an exception, but that didn’t work.
Finally I found a place that did not have limitation on size or weight, but they had specific breed bans. I don’t agree with all the breeds that they have banned, but Irish Setters are not on the list – so we now have a new home. Or, at least we will have a new home on June 1st. The apartment is exactly what I wanted and the property is near a river – not the Red River, but the Seine River and there is a beautiful walk through some bush (on a path) to get there. I am looking forward to letting Chester explore our new area. Here are some pictures taken when I walked there on the day I went to see the apartment.
Next to do is sell the house and that will be started this afternoon when my realtor comes over to help me through this process. Then I’ll be packing – but I will try to keep in touch a bit better than I have been lately.