I don’t usually write posts “of the moment”, but today is the first day of spring and I wanted to get my mind wrapped around our spring plans. I find seasonal action plans very helpful in keeping me aligned to my retirement lifestyle vision.
I had created a fun set of Winter Activities that took into account social distancing. They ranged from my normal life things (on-line yoga, zoom Zumba, beach walks, new recipes) to specific things I wanted to get done (from finishing my series of psychology classes to buying a garage refrigerator). There were also some winter specifics – foods of the season and going to look at Christmas lights. With 66 items on the list, I was happy that I did about 85% of them! Some items – learning to play chess, finishing that jigsaw puzzle (it’s been 75% done for a year), and starting a cross-stitch project – seem to just move from seasonal list to seasonal list!
Now, with the vaccine on the way (first shot done, second in 2 weeks!), I’m looking ahead to the spring and returning to some in-person connections. But it will be a very different spring this year for another reason.
After talking about it for over a year, we are executing the Big Move. Our Ohio house is targeted to be on the market in early April with movers coming in mid May. We have the task also of selling and donating things not being moved – from furniture to garden stuff to household items. I recognize we are still going to move way more than we need – and we will have to sort it out on the other end when things just don’t fit. Going from a 2200 sq.ft. house with full basement, attic and garage to a 1900 sq.ft. house with a garage but no basement or attic is a big shift down in storage space!
So beyond choosing a realtor & a mover, selling what we can, de-cluttering the house to market it, selling the house, and then packing everything up, there are a few other items on my spring list:
- Keep doing the things I love in my life – daily journaling, regular yoga, weekly zumba, monthly massage.
- Instead of new recipes, focus on using up items in the freezer and pantry.
- Have “final” dinners, coffee, or walks with friends. And visit a few of my favorite restaurants one last time.
- Do a few of my favorite walks one last time – Cincinnati Zoo Blooms, Eden Park Art Walk, the Riverfront Parks.
- Set up life in Florida – everything from fitting things into the house (and more de-cluttering) to getting a drivers license.
- Start life in Florida as I mean to go on – beach yoga, morning markets, use my jet tub, join the library, regular beach walks, take out the SUP.
- Keep calm through it all.
It will be a busy (chaotic) spring, on both ends, and a huge transition moment in our life.
Do you have something exciting happening this spring as things start opening up?
Picture credit: Me: an unusual Cincinnati sunrise this week, from my journaling chair.