South Florida is fully immersed in the most beautiful season of the year with sunny days and temperatures ranging from the forties to the eighties. Snowbirds are beginning to head back North and our little town is becoming quiet once again.
I should feel wonderful about that, but truthfully, my sunny outlook has been tested and this month has been about counteracting stress and avoiding a meltdown. Setbacks regarding our move date and a few personal issues have left me feeling weary.
Reflecting on the highlights of this past month and adopting an attitude of gratitude is helpful, as was reading this post from Sue at Women Living Well After Fifty. Thanks for the reminder that “life can’t always be rainbows and unicorns”.
What Makes Me Smile
Out and About
Tennis took center stage this month, literally, as Malcolm and I traveled to Miami to attend the Miami Open. A friend gifted us her seats for three days of the two-week tournament. We saw a lot of good matches, but, the highlight was watching an exciting eighteen-year-old gentleman from Spain win the tournament. The tennis world is predicting good things for Carlos Alcaraz and we couldn’t agree more.
Malcolm and I are all smiles exploring the grounds, watching great tennis from our luxury seats, and enjoying Hard Rock hospitality. Returning this favor will take some thought.
During week one of April, I had to switch up my daily exercise plan and move it inside. Pollen wreaked havoc on my sinuses and I developed a painful and annoying case of sinusitis. So…no Pickleball, restricted tennis dates, and no bike rides. Hoda and Jenna (Today Show) kept me company in the gym and made me laugh out loud each day until I could get things under control with meds, then it was back outside for me. Staying active has helped to offset my otherwise gloomy mood.
Our April 12th move date came and went as the apartment complex we will be moving into did not yet receive the CO for the building our apartment is located in. It was a disappointing setback, as we had planned to celebrate Easter in our new space. Oh well, regrouping and pivoting seem to come with the territory right now.
The new move date is set for the
first week of May second week of May. Any more setbacks and we will be into June, which won’t bode well for my fragile psyche. Once again, logistics are an issue as we will be moving things from two locations with the hope of reducing our two large storage units to just one small one. Wish us luck!
Celebrating Easter – Family Time
This will likely be our last holiday in my MIL’s house, so we made it special. Nana pitched in with a couple of traditional Armenian dishes, and we boiled eggs in red onion skins for the customary ‘egg fight.’ As always, there was a pretty table and a signature cocktail to celebrate the day.
What’s In My Glass – Bunny-tini (Gin, cranberry juice, and a splash of tonic). The poor bunnies kept falling off the rims, so we acquiesced and let them swim! Thank you family for indulging my whimsy!
Photography is a hobby that keeps on giving. It is immensely gratifying to have others appreciate my work, so when I got another call this month to shoot a family session I was over the moon. The session was on an overcast day which I typically love because the clouds block harsh sunlight and eliminate shadows. But, too much cloud coverage can also produce a lot of white light. When this happens, use the Exposure Compensation button on your camera to avoid having a ‘washed out look’ in your subjects. If you don’t know where the button is, you can find it in the manual that came with your camera or read about it online. It is a great tool to use for both bright light and low light situations.
Standout Blog Reads
- Cresting The Hill – Leanne writes about Forgiveness
- And Always – Jo shares her extensive Travel Book Collection
- Retirement Transitions – Pat delves into the science behind Abandonment issues in “Triggers and Glimmers”. This post is one in a series on the subject of Abandonment and how it may manifest in our adult lives. Insightful and thought-provoking.
- The Widow Badass – Deb and Donna taste their way through Scandanavian candies. These two ladies are always good for a laugh when they get together.
- Roaming About – Liesbet tells us about a unique RV destination and the harrowing experience of getting there
- Women Living Well After 50 – Sue shares tips for coping when life is a struggle (referenced above)
My WOTY Update
When I chose the word More as my word of the year this past January, I was longing for more purposeful moments and less busyness. We were just coming off the heels of a big move in July followed by a series of busy holidays from October through January. As much as I love a full schedule, I also need downtime and quiet opportunities to reflect and focus on maintaining balance. Keeping the word more front and center encourages me to be mindful of my choices.
What I have needed more of this past month is more patience, more understanding, and more confidence in myself to cope when things don’t go as planned. Just writing this post has helped me to appreciate how beautiful life is – even when it doesn’t feel that way.
We are looking forward to settling into our new residence and making it our home for the next leg of this unusual journey. No doubt, there will be more to report as the months unfold.