When you’re retired, Mondays can be a beach!

Beach SunburnThe temperature has been hovering around 21 degrees celsius (or for you luddites, about 70 degrees) the last few weeks. Not quite beach-going weather, but since it’s April, and we still have Oregonian blood coursing through our veins, and the beach is just about a ten minute drive away… it was time to get beachy! So we threw on our crocs, tossed the brollies into Marco’s boot, and meandered down the road to the beach.

We were told the Atlantic is a little chilly, and we can confirm that’s true. Not the bone-chilling, frostbite-inducing ice water of the Oregon coast, but chilly nonetheless. Still, with the ease of getting there, the warm sun, and endless expanses of sand, the lack of salt water up the nose was a small price to pay, and certainly an outing worth doing, especially on a Monday.

Yes, retirement is all that.

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Our Corona moment was really a Radler Limao moment. (Radler Limao is one of our favorite drinks here in Portugal, although at 2% alcohol, it takes 18 of them to give you a buzz.)
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Not quite bikini weather.
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Carolyn: “You’re not going to put these pictures of me on the blog, right?”  Kevin: “Of course not.”
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I guess we could be working on a Monday instead. Okay, no.
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Mother Nature provides her own free hairdo when you visit her at the beach!

 

Meanwhile, our home is slowly being brought up to snuff. Still not ready for the full blog presentation; our 32 boxes from home haven’t touched down yet and we still have a couple trips to Ikea to make. That should bring it to about 18 visits, all accomplished without filing for divorce, which we believe is a new Ikea record. A couple made it to 17 last year, but then she shot him.

Just up the road from our house is our mailbox, and not far from that are the trash bins where we take our garbage. There is no charge for the latter service. I guess it’s just one of the benefits of living in a socialist-leaning society.

Another couple of hundred yards from there are the scenes you see below. It is utterly peaceful and completely quiet. An occasional bird, perhaps. Or maybe the motor from a passing boat on the ocean below, or some buzzing insects. But then it descends into total silence for a time, and all you’re left with is your own thoughts and an admiration of this timeless beauty.

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The light on the horizon near the left is the lighthouse at Cabo Espichel, as seen from our house.

And with that, we wish you a warm and safe boa noite.

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