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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, February 08, 2016


This week, ABC Wednesday is brought to you by the letter E as in , eggplant, email, east, ecology, and an excited elephant.

It's been an exciting few days lately.  Yesterday, I bought my first smart phone, an electronic device that I'm slowly learning.  And I mean slowly as in "tortoise and the hare" slowly!  I see everyone else typing with their thumbs but when I tried it, I almost dropped the phone!  So I'm just going to learn how to add my contacts, change the ring tone, read Facebook, and take a few photos for a while. 

My daughter helped me choose the phone and apparently, I got an excellent one - Samsung Galaxy S6, which is better than what she has!  So between daughter & son-in-law, as well as grandson, I should be able to learn things fairly quickly. Grandson is so excited to show me things.
The real reason I wanted to get one of these phones is that I'm going to be spending a bit over a month in the United Kingdom this June/July.  I want to be able to use it to communicate with friends as well as use the camera so I don't have to lug my big, heavy Canon EOS Rebel T4i with me.  I'm getting rather excited about my trip, but I have to put that excitement on the back burner for now. 

I am excited, though, about my upcoming move - to my new home not too far from where I live now.  My mind is busy planning furniture placements, picture hanging, how to get the dog acclimated.  I'm a very organized person, so I have everything all arranged re the movers and changing over utilities, etc.  I am already packing boxes and piling them in the living room in preparation.  I haven't moved for almost 13 years, so it's a good thing I got rid of a lot of things when I got rid of the "ex".  My new place is in this building - if you look behind the trees on the bottom level, you can just see the top of my windows. My suite goes from the middle bay window to the far right bay window and the balcony is the full length, totally private!  So no one below me to hear me playing with Tegan and only one suite beside me on the left there.  I can also go through the gate in my balcony to take the dog out and around to the back past a beautiful courtyard to beyond where there is a doggie play area.  As you can see, the building is set back from the street so it gives a feeling a space.  I park underground by going through the gate on the left and my spot is right near the elevator.  There's also an exercise room and a guest room downstairs.  It's perfect for me!
By the way, I'd like to thank everyone who commented on my post last week!  Everyone who posted had a lot to say and it was gratifying to have others reinforce that I had done nothing wrong.  So thanks for that, everyone!  It helped me to move on and forget the whole exasperating experience.
With thanks to the elegant Denise Nesbitt, the creator of ABC Wednesday, and to the energetic Roger, our administrator.  Also, don't forget that there is an enthusiastic group of ABCWers who elbow their way over to visit all the contributors so that they can leave encouraging and entertaining comments.  If you feel equipped to help ease the load for everyone, please contact Roger. 


Reader Wil said...

I am glad that you are in high spirits again and ready to start a new life again in a place you like best.I wish you good luck and happiness.
Wil, ABCW Team

Melody Steenkamp said...

I'll join Wil in her comment!

And ofcourse, i wish you lots of fun with your new gadget, i have the s5 and love it ;-)

have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like 2016 is indeed going to be an exciting year for you!

Hildred said...

Lovely post, Leslie, - full of Exciting news. Wishing you much happiness in your new home ane on your forthcoming trip. I do envy you about that :)

carol l mckenna said...

Excited for you ~ new home sounds delightful and even better that is not far from previous abode ~ Great post and new living space sound optimal!

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

photowannabe said...

I agree...exciting news for the move and the phone.
The new place sounds perfect for you. I'm glad you have a covered place to park your car.
Happy packing.

Norma Ruttan said...

It's good to "hear" Enthusiasm in your post, Especially about moving! I wish you and Tegan a wonderful Experience in moving.

Photo Cache said...

New year, new home, new everything. Good luck. May 2016 be the best yet.


ellen b said...

So many exciting things here! What a great private setting you have to move into. I'm so exited for you that you are spending over a month in the U.K....jealous or since we are on e should I say envy!!
Hope your move progresses excellently!

Shooting Parrots said...

A new home is always an exciting time - happy house moving!

Roger Owen Green said...

you're so 21st century!


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

You really have a lot to be excited about, especially the trip to England and the move. Your new place sounds great, plus although there is comfort in the familiar, a new beginning is always refreshing. Have fun with your new smart phone and happy ABC Wednesday, my friend!

Ira said...

Congrats Leslie, for the phone and the new dwelling. Both look awesome and yes the phone you have chosen is good! So, Do we see more selfies in future. ;) May the change bring lots of happiness to you. :)

Trubes said...

Hi Leslie,
You sure do have lots of EXCITING EVENTS to look forward to. A new beginning for you and you still get to visit your lovely former home. We sort of hope that one of our 'girls' will buy our home from us when we downsize.
Egg plant or aubergine is one of my favourite vegetables, cooked in the Turkish style with minced lamb, tomatoes, and herbs etc stuffed into them, then baked in the oven.... delicious!
Elephants are my most favourite animal from the wild... In fact it has been said that, maybe,! I was an ELEPHANT in a former life.
I have recently invested in a new phone , it is of the android type which apparently is a smart phone that runs on software developed by Google.They're great fun to use, you'll soon get used to yours, just a little time and patience is ESSENTIAL.
How EXCITING for you getting such a lovely condo....looking forward to more pictures..

Love Di xxxxx ABCW team...
BTW I am now back from my break so will report back to Roger for further instruction, (If required)? D xx

Joy said...

Looks like lots of excitement is in the stars for you in the future too.

Ann said...

I went to a 6 I-phone and love it. Sure takes nice photos. Your new place looks nice--so happy you moving on up!!!


Carin said...

hurray for the new place and new home.