Category Archives: Retirement

Getting ready for retirement.

Worthy Stove

We have been living in the house now for four months and there are still many things undone. It reminds me of when we were having one of the several disagreements with our next door neighbor about where exactly was … Continue reading

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Blue Handbag

I have not been doing a very good job of tracking where we are in terms of cost overruns on the new home construction. Everything seems a moving target… Continue reading

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Rough Glass

The house is emerging, or as one of my new neighbors likes to say, “growing up out of the sand.” Continue reading

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Euphoric Stone

It had turned into one of those days when things were not going right. It did not portend well for the weekend getaway I had so carefully been planning for months to visit my sister, and my daughter, and friends … Continue reading

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Paper Windows

When I was growing up in Monterey, it was like traveling abroad to go to the adjacent towns of Seaside, Pacific Grove, Carmel or Pebble Beach, the other towns on the peninsula. Each town has its own high school except … Continue reading

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Probable Cause

At the beginning of the year, I thought I would really plunge into working on the design of the new house, but suddenly I came down with a severe case of the dreads. One problem was church which was becoming very … Continue reading

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Pale Mountains

We received the first set of plans from our architect, Terry Latasa, in November of 2011. We had first met Terry in Monterey, standing in front of my mother’s old house. He had come highly recommended to us, and been … Continue reading

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Hidden Filters

I decided to look up the purchase and sale of our various houses. I had to go into the back of my deepest closet and haul out boxes and boxes of papers stored through our married life. I compiled all … Continue reading

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Silver Dollar

Silver Dollar by Laura Nagel How did my husband and I come to own a piece of property on the beach in Monterey? I had thought that Monterey was permanently lost to me after I left for college. I grew … Continue reading

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Cold Canvas

I downloaded a new weather app this morning though I already knew the weather had changed. The cold snap of autumn had come. In Houston 45 degrees is pretty cold. I put on my woolen undershirt and cold weather leggings … Continue reading

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