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Well, a lot can happen in one month of sabbatical! 

See for yourself:


Letter to our Waltonwood Friends

In 2017, we moved from Arizona to Cary, to be closer to our son and his family in Apex. We found Waltonwood and enjoyed five happy years here.

We settled in a lovely cottage at the end of the cul-de-sac, surrounded by nature. We enjoyed wildlife sauntering or running through our back yard, which has a little pond at the end: geese, snapping turtles, seven deer reaching for the birdbath, and even a red fox.

At night, we enjoyed frog sounds coming from the pond and saw fireflies flitting through the bushes. We planted a tree. A little pine seedling that I discovered in one of our flower pots four years ago grew up in a pot of its own, got decorated as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and was finally planted at the end of the street.

Our move to Cary would not be our last: we are moving to Apex! A lovely house with hardwood floors and a fireplace in a nice community with a pool and a clubhouse will be the next home in our 61 years together.

We will miss the friends we made at Waltonwood. I left you two of my books to remember us by. We are thankful for your friendship and wish you many years of joy and many blessings.

Mike and Ronny de Jong

My sabbatical is not over yet! The busiest time is still to come in the next two weeks! But we are so happy, so very happy! The new house is only five minutes from our son’s house, so family popovers are less time consuming.

Miracles do happen! Look for the ones in your life!

Until next time,



A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2022-133

Guess what?

I  had to take Mike back to the hospital again, because his feet did not get better with the oral antibiotics. Last night at 9:00 p.m. he was finally admitted to a room of his own.

I am home this morning, Tuesday, for a brief time, then taking Lani to Daycare, because she is quite lonely during the day, with me coming and going. Dennis and I are going back and forth to the hospital – he is a big help.

And I am going to take a sabbatical again – there is no time for computering, as my former Dutch neighbor would say. In the recliner in Mike’s hospital room, during the times that he has been wheeled away for tests in other parts of the hospital, I am reading a delightful Dutch book that a friend gave me,  Mevrouw, Mijn Moeder, by Yvonne Keuls. Laughing out loud at times, recognizing many places and situations from memory, it takes me away from the exhausting days of the past week.

So please take care of your loved ones

Until next time -hope fully soon,