It’s been almost 4 months since we made the Big Move – a big transition for our retirement. A whole season (summer here) has passed by. I thought it might be interesting to see where I am on all the things needed in a big transition like this one. I’m doing this review as combination of sharing for others to see what’s entailed and for me to get a feeling of accomplishment!
On the plus side, there was checking off many of the “adult-ing” boxes necessary in a cross-state move.
- FL license & registrations, which required new insurance policies. Doesn’t sound too bad until I mention hubby’s toys (4 motorcycles, a scooter and a pick-up truck) that all made the move with us. It was only 4 calls with the insurance company, 2 trips to the DMV, and one very patient & positive individual who worked through all the glitches on our second trip to the DMV.
- Setting up all the appointments on the “ist” list (you know, internist, dentist, dermatologist, oncologist, etc.). Some are done; some are still ahead.
- Updating our wills/POAs/health care directives. I never knew they were based on state laws!
- The final panic of, “Did I get all the address changes? What other bills did I miss?’ Because I did miss a couple of bills – the Internet supplier which on cancelling the account, took it off auto-pay and sent final bill to old address, where it was delivered and new owner did not forward. The same happened with final water bill – sent and delivered to old address. Gotta love (not) the USPS.
- The creation of an evacuation plan, because we live on a barrier island on the coast of Florida and hurricanes.
I did do multiple nursery explorations (they are always outdoors, so COVID-friendly), planted a number of new plants, cooked some new recipes using fresh herbs, new spices, & fresh peaches (I’m only abut 15% do-again on new recipes though), intentionally connected with my far-away friends, had the kitchen refresh completed (instead of waiting years as in our previous home), and completed 90% of the unpacking on my side of things including artwork hanging. (Hubby is closer to 60% unpacked and I’ve stopped nagging him about it more than once a week.) The header picture is the new snake plants a neighbor was kind enough to share with me.
What didn’t happen – due mostly to Red Tide and COVID Resurge, but also some inertia on my part and not realizing the heat of summer would be as oppressive as it was.
- Dinner gatherings to find foodie couples – either at home or at new restaurants. Patio gatherings in general have not been activated, although I’ve had a couple of girlfriends over solo.
- Local art walks, festivals, or new club meetings.
- Getting up on SUP or out on the kayak. No idea why this hasn’t happened!
- Beach yoga. First it was COVID, then Red Tide, and again COVID. It is just not conducive to being in a group setting on the beach! I’ve maintained my at-home practice though and it has been helpful – both mentally and physically.
- Crafting. Another one of no idea why this has not happened – I have many ideas and all the stuff to do them.
Most of those things that did-not-happen are not really move related, but are part of my retirement lifestyle vision. I wanted to “start as I meant to continue” with living here. Moving into fall, I am very hesitant to make any big out & about or gathering plans, with our area having a huge COVID spike (and no end in sight to it given Florida policies and attitudes). Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be thinking about a realistic fall activity plan. And maybe I can kick-start that SUP paddling or crafting!
What are you thinking about for your fall plans?