I'm now officially a pensioner, so I'm reviewing my plans a bit. Wellington is certainly a great place to 'retire', and the pension helps to make it easy to live here -- although the rent I pay is a lot lower than the Wellington norm.
I did apply for the pension a couple of months ago, but for some reason my online application got lost, luckily fixed with a phone call ywsterday, but it does mean that my Gold card will take a bit longer -- apparently I get free off-peak train travel to the city, so that'll be my first excursion!
I've found that 'wind' is a very different thing here in Wellington. Although we don't get the real bad Cook Strait weather here at Upper Hutt, when the wind does blow it isn't like South Canterbury, it's more like a huge wall of fast-moving air which you just have to live with. On the other hand, spring is just a few weeks away....
My new grandson is due in six weeks, so I've got that to look forward to. My son and his wife are vegetarian, so I've reduced my meat consumption by about half, although I don't plan to give it up completely any time soon. Hemp burgers for dinner tonight:) (Quite disappointing, really, but there are other burger choices to try.) I am getting used to living with people, having to wait in the queue for the kitchen, but so far no real issues.
Last week it was exactly 12 years since my heart op, which was worth celebrating, as I've now been given the 'all clear' -- my heart is healthy for my age. Hopefully in another decade I can get the same result after a recent bad biopsy result. I think maybe life is good, I'm just not too sure at the moment.
Thanks for the support during my move, it was appreciated!