It’s not truly random but the move is consuming my life so all my experiences and aha moments are centered around it.
Changing the routines – Since my move I’ve been testing different driving routes to get to places. I’m also testing different places to see if there is something closer that’s as good as wherever I went before. I only moved four miles but it added another five minutes to my Starbucks run. Today I found that going to another one that is technically the same distance away is a quicker run. It’s a combination of lights and higher speed limits that make the difference. Also one has a steep hill that comes into play in bad weather. Finding more convenience places to shop and eat helps me to not feel so far away.
That’s a smack in the face – I’ve moved many times before. It’s work until you get things the way you want them. It involves changing things out and buying new things that fit. Or maybe trying something and it doesn’t work so you try something else. We are hands-on people (or we used to be) but are finding that tasks that we could blowout in an hour or two are taking us the best of a day and all our energy. (Picture two old people in a tired heap on the floor at the end of the day!) We need to do things safely with no shortcuts. NO SHORTCUTS! That all takes time. Then there are the multiple trips to the hardware store for the items we forgot but that was always there.
They found me! – I have always fed the birds (and the squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossum, etc.). I had four feeders, a suet feeder and a heated birdbath up year round at my last house. It was sad for me to think that my bird friends would have to find other eating areas. I took my feeders and put one sunflower seed and one suet feeder out at the new house. It took only a day and a finch found it. One lonely finch. The next day he brought his friends. Now we also have cardinals and a fluffy squirrel chowing down too. Makes it feel like home. The feeders are closer to the windows at this new house so the cats are enjoying the show. It’s HBO for cats. No subtitles needed!
No walking yet – There has just been too much to do. I’ve had no time to walk the new neighborhood. It looks like there are good trails. Even walking along the residential streets will work. The neighborhood is a nice one with people taking care of their properties. We haven’t had much good weather since the move but as soon as we get some sunny days without a busy schedule, I’ll be out there. People walk a lot here.
New friends – The woman who lives next to me loves cats. She has two indoor pets and feeds two outdoor ones. She has an outdoor area set up for them with heated shelter and eating areas. They hang around most of the day. I can see them from several windows. I always check for them. We will be besties before you know it.
So how was your week?