MOVE: Have a successful cross country move.
Done - Buy a house.
February: Found a house and started escrow
March: House closed March 22- We will sell a house.
January: Bath remodel finished, signed realtor agreement
February: Sales agreement signed; buyers have scheduled inspection and have financing already.
March: Under contract with April 14 close date
Done - We will move us, the dog & our stuff across country.
April: We did it! 5 1/2 days of driving a rental truck and our car with the dog. Packed madly; unpacked; lots of paperwork and admin type stuff; moving helpers hired at both ends
Done - I will quickly learn my way around and how to get to each family members location from our new home.
April: I can get to the grocery stores, etc.
Settle in our new home including furnishing & refreshing it.
April: "Popcorn" ceilings removed and painted; water heater replaced and plumbing leaks fixed; cable installed, new HVAC system, lots of unpacking completed
May: Termite treatment. More unpacking. Bought paint for master feature wall and dark ceilings. Carpets and upholstered furniture cleaned.
We will transition all of our medical care seamlessly.
April: Changed health insurance to CA.
May: Scheduled opthamologist appointment.
We will manage the vet, groomer and boarding transition seamlessly.
February: Found a vet
April: Scheduled a vet appointment for May; found a pet store nearby that carries her food
May: Success with vet visit, got recs for groomer and boarding. Selected a groomer to try and visited to get acquainted.
We will transition our electronic & financial life seamlessly.
April: Changed address with online banking and credit card.
May: Bought and set up a new multi-function wireless printer. Obtained CA driver's licenses and car registration. Cancelled GA car registration & insurance. Changed payroll state tax to CA.
I will start collecting social security upon turning 68 on September 1st and add Medicare when hubby retires.
April: Phone conference with retirement counselor from Hubby's work. Have most of the paperwork and just need to get a form to prove to Medicare that I have had medical coverage.
May: Applied online for SS starting in Sept when I turn 68 & received letter verifying will receive first payment in October.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP: I will make friends in our new location and reconnect in person with family.
Email or write a geographically distant relative or friend once a month at least.
January: 2 family & 2 friends emailed
February: In touch with cousins and brother
March: Brother again and wrote my aunt and a cousin
April: Emailed my CA cousin - must get together
May: Emailed a nephew who lives in San Diego re getting together once he finishes grad school.
I will spend as much time as possible with my sons, DILs and new grand baby as well as time with extended family.
Feb/Mar: 2 week visit with younger son, DIL and granddaughter; Just a brief visit with older son and DIL
April: Visits with son and DIL, cousins, FIL, aunt, BIL, nephew
May: Brunch with son, DIL & granddaughter. Mother's Day with son and DIL. Lunch with FIL and Great Aunt.
Meet people and get involved in 3 activities/organizations in new location
April: Met 2 neighbors; attended new resident welcome tea. Tried yoga and filled out volunteer form for theater production back stage support.
May: Joined Arts group and Women's Club. Went to pet club meeting, music performance and talk.
I will invite people over and to go places.
January: 2 lunches w. friends
February: Lunch and coffee with friends
March: Book club and coffee with best friend
April: Book club meeting and farewell dinner; farewell dinner with best friend
HEALTH: I will exercise regularly.
Done: Keep up with Pilates, stretching, walking and healthy eating before we move.
All preventive care appointments kept
January: Gynecologist and Orthodontist check ups
February: Saw internist for medication renewal & physical
March: Dentist routine appointment
May: Scheduled eye exam for June.
Once moved I will take advantage of the pool and fitness center, join a Pilates studio and find good walking routes.
April: Tried a yoga class, took several walks
TECH: Up my tech skills and use.
Done - Improve my phone use skills (GPS, search, hands free, etc.).
Feb/Mar: Well buying and selling a house by getting documents to sign on your phone while traveling ups your phone skills a bit! Also used search and GPS while traveling so a bit more confident there
Get back into genealogy research through Ancestry and DNA to find out where my maternal ancestors came from in Sweden and Ireland/Scotland.
CLOTHES: I will have fun with fashion while creating a versatile, budget friendly wardrobe for my new lifestyle & location.
I will shop from my wardrobe shopping list adjusting it as my lifestyle changes.
January: 2 items from list + replaced broken watch
February: 1 top + brow pencil
April: nothing except replacing watch battery
May: 3 items from my list + bracelet
I will try polish on my toenails.