Thursday, January 27, 2011

A little bit of sun

I took to heart the sympathetic responses to my last, whiny post. I got some exercise - on my pilates ball, on the floor stretching, at the gym balancing, and yesterday, in the yard hauling branches for my husband to feed into the chipper. When the sun came out, I went outside. All these things have made a difference. Thanks to those of you who commented on the post.

Oddly, what also helps is my dawn simulator and my GoLite - both of which devices I've discussed here before. I know these things work for me. I wonder why, in midwinter, I tend to dismiss them. Might be the same kind of thinking as when I'm watching my calories but think two squares of chocolate, instead of the one I usually allow myself, won't do any harm today.

When I stopped working I had travel as one thing I wanted to do more of. I had no idea it would become a near obsession with me. After nine trips since late June, we're now scheduled for five days on the Washington coast next month (timeshare), ten days in Santa Fe in March (home exchange), and three weeks in the midwest in May (road trip, genealogy, shareholders meeting, Elderhostel class). For next January we've now confirmed a three-week home exchange to Ecuador.

We're budget travelers, usually, except for an occasional splurge like our trip to Italy last October. Fortunately. We're living on retirement income, after all. But I am so grateful for the freedom of time we've been given now that we're not working.




13 comments:

Linda said...

You sound much better today. We have sun today and it certainly makes me feel better.

Your travel schedule wears me out. You are indeed addicted. Good idea to travel while you're healthy enough to enjoy it.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I tend to forget that I use a dawn simulator, but it makes a HUGE difference in my ability to get out of bed in the winter. Glad you're feeling more cheerful!

Chantel said...

Your travel plans make me wistful.... :) Every life has its seasons--it's wonderful to hear someone relishing the one they have!

Teresa Evangeline said...

"Some exercise?" Pilates ball, floor stretching, balancing, and branch hauling? I'm tired. I have to sit down for awhile. :)

DJan said...

I got my fill of traveling when I was working, and now I really like not having to go anywhere. And what happens? I end up having to travel anyway. Hopefully I'll be okay with it, but traveling because of friends and family passing away sucks.

Retired English Teacher said...

I'm glad you are feeling a bit more positive today.

Traveling is always a wonderful thing. You have great plans. I think we should travel while we should. If you run out of money, let your kids take care of you. :)

Linda Reeder said...

So glad you cheered up. etting outside and exercising help. So does looking forward to all those great trips you have planned. Wow!

#1Nana said...

Five days on the Washington coast in February? Yeah, it's beautiful, but it's also cold and damp! On the other hand, who am I to talk...I'll be vacationing again in Texas.

Glad you're feeling better. The travel plans sound fantastic.

Arkansas Patti said...

Glad that working those muscles helped the attitude.
Shoot, travel while you can. I keep putting it off for a better time and all I am doing is adding years to my frame.
Go for it while you can---there is so much to see out there.

marciamayo said...

a few days without the sun makes me really really grumpy.

I Wonder Wye said...

Congrats on the traveling -- my parents enjoyed all the elder-hostel trips they went on. We are considering a move to SF -- Excy's dad lives there so we have been many times the past 20 years...neat country...

Deb Shucka said...

It seems as humans we always resist what we know to be best for us. I feel better if I walk every day - even in rainy weather, but some days would not go if it weren't for a certain golden retriever who's unburnt energy is no fun to live with.

It's so cool to read about all your travels. Where on the Washington coast will you be? It's whale watching season, isn't it?

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

I am envious of your sun. I haven't updated my blog at all since my last raving, maniacal, freak out post and its totally due to a lack of motivation or topic to write about. Nothing has happened in over a week...except 2 more snow storms.

With that said...I'm small & pack up nice in luggage going to places like, oh I don't know, Ecuador. Just sayin! ;-)