Although now that we are living in Florida and it feels like it’s been summer for weeks, and even though Summer Solstice on June 21st is often referred to as the start of summer, I’ve always felt that Memorial Day weekend was the start of summer. Last summer was a rough one emotionally (huge feeling of isolation with recent move, Red Tide, and huge surge of Covid), so I want to have a solid plan in place this year, just in case. Yes, I am a planner! I’m working on trying to be more spontaneous and go-with-the-flow, but I still feel a deep need for some possibilities on paper and some things on the schedule.
I looked back at previous summer plans. Yes, I’ve had different approaches in the past few years. One year’s plan had 72 check-off items on it! Some items were “normal” summer stuff – get to the beach (super easy now), farmer’s market, eat corn on the cob, spend time outdoors, a summer solstice celebration, July 4th fireworks. Some were my “normal” retirement lifestyle activities – book reading/book clubs, crossword puzzles, early morning beach yoga, Zoom Zumba, watch sunrises & sunsets, colorful pedicures, beach walk & talks, wine with friends. All of that is on the plan this summer.
On this summer’s list are a few new activities, a must-do repeat, and a couple of possibilities – prepared in case of some stuck-inside summer weather. Here’s a smattering:
- Getting The Peach Truck peach delivery again – Yummy fresh picked Georgia peaches. Peach smoothies and new recipes with peaches!
- Volunteering to be camp helper at the Garden Club Summer Camp. Me with a bunch of 6-10 year olds is going to be an interesting (out of comfort zone) experience!
- Planning some Fun Crew activities – shuffleboard evening, dinner & theater, a Rays baseball game, and maybe an afternoon distillery tour!
- Continue, and make a habit of, cardio drumming – a new activity that I am loving.
- Planning some date nights and date day trips.
- Hoping to get on SUP and surf-ski this summer…not sure what’s my fear here.
On the possibilities list – I have books purchased for summer learning, a list of museums to visit, and a few other possible summer projects to explore.
It doesn’t sound as exciting as many people’s summer travel plans. But it’s hitting all the areas of my retirement lifestyle: Active Body, Connected Heart, Creative Soul, Contemplative Mind.
What’s on your summer plan?
Picture Credit: Me! Beach sunset this week, minutes before the green flash, which I did not get on camera, but saw for the first time!