I’ve enjoyed reading a number of posts recently where individuals looked back at what was exciting and fun in the preceding month. Some folks look at their picture rolls – but I’m not yet taking pictures regularly! Some look at the gratitude lists – which made me realize I’ve not been that great on that habit recently either. However, I did identify a number of things that really made me happy and grateful in May.
Crafting! I’ve gotten into crafting, which was something on my Possibilities List since day one of retirement. I’ve been playing with different kinds of mediums – up-cycling old glass lampshades I’d saved (and moved!), recycling wine corks into key chains and earrings, playing with beads and wire for swizzle sticks and garden stakes, attempting to make a sun catcher, putting fairy lights into wine bottles with twine & bead & shell decoration, and exploring shell & shark tooth wrapping. I experience such joy when I pull my boxes of craft supplies out to play, and definitely need an outlet for the things I make. One (minor) negative is crafting time means less book reading. Yes, I’m sure folks will recommend audio books! But I’ve never been a good multitasker. I’ve actually started listening to music while I craft – new for me.
Cardio Drumming! This is a new activity for me and I am really loving it. I leave class smiling (and sweaty!). This activity has been added to my weekly movement plan along with continuing to do random beach walks, weekly beach yoga, and weekly Zoom Zumba. While May saw me do a Black History Bike Tour, biking time needs to be boosted (although we’re getting into really hot weather now!). But Cardio Drumming is definitely staying on the to-do list.
More time in Nature! This month I watched the lunar eclipse (blood moon) and saw the green flash at sunset on the beach – for the first time ever! Neither picture came out though. I do spend lots of time outside looking at our view (still loving it) and puttering in the garden. Yes, I do find fulfillment in pulling weeds and watering plants; I even volunteered at the Garden Club clean up day.
New Experiences! It’s been a full month for fun experiences including two museum visits, a number of new restaurants dining out, the annual neighborhood beach party, plus a Fun with Friends bowling adventure and unfortunately rained on shuffleboard evening. I’ve also been more intent in planning, executing, and enjoying dates with my hubby which included a few new experiences including seeing the mermaids at Weeki Watchi and exploring Tampa Riverwalk – both on my long term to-do lists!
Intentional Connections! Looking back it was lovely to see all the friends connects I had this past month- visits with out of town friends L&A and C&D, a leisurely boat ride with LP, book club & ladies club gatherings, and lots of long distance friend chats some of which I did as beach walks.
When I look back at this past month of May, completing our first full year as Floridians, it makes me smile. There was so much joy!
Picture: some of my recycled corks into key chains crafting