Retirement First Anniversary

Here we are. We made it through our first year of retirement! And what a ride it has been. We moved from Colorado to Florida, driving back and forth through 12 different states. We visited two new countries, a US territory, and five different islands. And we've done it all on a reasonable budget, having a great time all along the way. We lost Deb's Mom this past year, a profound loss to be sure and one that followed us losing many other close friends and relatives. But we've tried to let these tragedies inspire us to live our lives more fully, with more gusto.

We've been inspired by music all along this journey and that's what this post is about. We put together a youtube playlist of all the songs (we think we got them all) that have been linked from our blog posts in the past year. This post may be a little or a lot selfish, but we've enjoyed these songs and hope you will also. For us, each one brings back memories of the places and the experiences.

This is only the start of our retirement journey but one year down is quite a milestone for us. As soon as I hit publish on this post, Deb and I are going down to the beach with a bottle of bubbly (Cava from Spain) to watch the sunset. Maybe we'll finish the night with rum from Puerto Rico. We hope you've enjoyed reading about our first year of freedom (that's what retirement means to us). We'll see what kind of trouble we can get into in the next year - we've got more good blog topics in mind for sure. Salud!


Retirement First Anniversary Playlist.

From the youtube page, click PLAY ALL and enjoy!

Norm & Deb

Bottle of Cava sparkling wine and two glasses.
Something to celebrate, and a great place to do it.


  1. Anonymous on April 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations. Have an awesome time tonight.

    • Norm Pyle on April 29, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Thank you, we had a great evening!

  2. Navroop on April 28, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Awesome Norm!

    • Norm Pyle on April 29, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Navroop – hope everything is great with you!

  3. Teflon on April 28, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Congratulations Norm! Quite an adventure with more to come!

    • Norm Pyle on April 29, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Thanks D.. I mean Teflon! 🙂

      I just realized that between Teflon and Kevlar, we have some pretty great high-tech materials contributing to this blog! 🙂

  4. Kevlar on April 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Wow – a year already? I’m very happy for you and Deb!

  5. Laura on April 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    It has been great to get to know you here on Vieques! Yes…we are livin’ the dream!!! I think your blog is amazing! Keep up the great postings and share more of your adventures! Happy Anniversary Norm and Deb!????????????

    • Norm Pyle on April 29, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much Laura! We have loved getting to know you guys! Sometimes it feels like a dream (and then there are a few mini-nightmares – admit it!) 🙂 We love it here with all our Vieques peeps.

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