Friday, December 11, 2015


I am making the rounds of good-byes to Vermont family and friends as I try to keep up with the details of getting ready for my snowbird flight to the southern clime.

Details include:
-notify the post office about mail forwarding (seems like I just did that.  oh, I did!)

-notify the bank and credit card company about travel plans

-arrange ride to airport

-are the bills paid for the month now?

-get some cash for travel

-make sure I have all the things I need to pack in my carry-on bag--computer, phone, chargers, my tax records, medications, my checkbook and credit cards

I do have a complete household in Florida so I really don't have to bring much, but the small list still contains some important stuff I wouldn't want to be without.  My son will be here at the Vermont place through the winter months so that takes some worry off my plate.  Although I did wonder about hiring someone to come in and dust and water plants once a month.

I have been doing this for ten years now.  Why do I always feel so frantic about it?

It is bittersweet.  I will miss family and friends here, but I also look forward to friends in Florida and those from home who will visit while I am there.  I really have a blessed life.


  1. I can understand wishing you were in two places at once. You are fortunate to be able to do this. Enjoy where you are at the moment.

  2. Have a good trip ... altho' this week it must feel like Florida in Vermont

  3. Olga, you have done a remarkable job of re-centering your life after losing your life mate so suddenly. I continue to be impressed at how you handle change while maintaining stability.

  4. Yep, we're both blessed. Two homes!

  5. You are indeed blessed, Olga.
    Have fun in Florida.

  6. If you forget something, your son can send it. It's great that you enjoy both places so much. We're in Denver for a long weekend. I enjoy the urban escape, but I'm not sorry we no longer have a house here.

  7. I hope you don't forget too much stuff, have a good flight, and hope all the transitions go as planed. You are an old hand at this. It will go fine.

  8. I'm just in awe that you're doing this on your own and taking care of so many things. You are amazing, Olga. What a relief that your son is going to be moving into your Vermont home to take care of things. It's always a worry to leave a place vacant. Have a wonderful flight south. We STILL haven't been to Florida yet. It's on our bucket list.

  9. That's so funny! Doing it for 10 years. I find that I forget so many simple things! Walking into a room and such!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  10. As we age change becomes important in keeping us resilient.

  11. Seems like you just got settled into your new place and now you are on the move again. Hope the weather in Florida is wonderful. Glad you have a reliable house sitter, too. Grampy and I want to take a vacation but who would take care of the cats?

  12. You inspire me. It is time for me to make some serious decisions about change. Things will go great for you because you are so strong.


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