2017 Goals

In order of importance - 

MOVE: Have a successful cross country move.

Done - Buy a house.
February: Found a house and started escrow
March: House closed March 22

Done - 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.

Done - 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. Bought beds, bedding, some furniture, etc.
June: Continued to settle in and hang pictures, etc. Got some painting done.
July: Ordered den furniture.
August: Electrical repairs and upgrades mostly finished.
September: Den furniture arrived, window shutters ordered, last of painting done, lots of little repairs completed.
October: Done with the have to items!

Done - We will transition all of our medical care seamlessly.
April: Changed health insurance to CA.
May: Scheduled opthamologist appointment.
June: Hubby tried out the dentist nearby and was quite happy. Found an internist too. I saw the opthamologist and found out it was a good thing I did. Nifty laser treatment later and I'm good to go.

Done - We will manage the vet and groomer 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 and it went well.

Done - 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.
June: Changed more email and address info in online accounts. 

Done - 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.
June: Submitted Medicare proof of insurance to Hubby's employer for completion as it has to be included with Part B application so I am not subject to financial penalty.
July: Submitted Medicare Part B paperwork.

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.
I've been keeping up with this and enjoying it

Done - 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.
June: Hosted 10 family members for Father's Day and spent a long weekend with granddaughter, son  DIL.
July forward: This is now ongoing and I'm glad!

Done - 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.
June: Continue to try to find a time to get together with a neighbor who has expressed interest. Dog and I went to Pet Club ice cream social and had a good time. Attended meetings of several committees in my community but none are a good fit for volunteering.
September: Taking an OLLI class that is quite interesting and I am meeting people. Signed up for a different yoga studio program. Volunteering to help with a fundraiser. Joined AAUW & signed up for Great Decisions discussion group.

Done -  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
June: Asked a neighbor to go to yoga with me but she was headed out of town.
July: Went to yoga with neighbor and she was quite negative LOL.
August forward: We continue to go places exploring our new area. Meeting potential friends.

HEALTH: I will exercise regularly.

Done -  Keep up with Pilates, stretching, walking and healthy eating before we move.

Done - All preventive care appointments kept
January: Gynecologist and Orthodontist check ups
February: Saw internist for medication renewal & physical
March: Dentist routine appointment
April: Mammogram
May: Scheduled eye exam for June. 
June: Had eye exam and a needed laser treatment. One more appointment to go.
July: Finished eye treatments and got a new prescription.

Done - 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
May: Walked
June forward: Yoga classes. Walking.

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.
August: Started attending weekly genealogy group at library.

Done - See if hand me down IPhone5s will fit our needs.
July: Decided Hubby will use the phone to replace his work phone that has to be turned in. Need to get appropriate Sim card, install and set up service. Bought a case.
August: All set up on Tracfone.

Done - Research and hopefully buy a laptop before we move.
August: Hubby bought one.

Learn to use my husband's tablet.
June: It is broken and too costly to repair. Not replacing at this time.

Look into Amazon Prime, Netflix and other options to expensive cable bills in prep for cable provider switch.  Because basic cable is paid through our HOA dues the rest of the cable, internet, phone package is much less expensive than before so we are going to stay with cable.

CLOTHES: I will have fun with fashion while creating a versatile, budget friendly wardrobe for my new lifestyle & location.

Done - 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
March: nothing 
April: nothing except replacing watch battery
May: 7 clothing items + bracelet
June: 3 clothing items + a brooch
July: 2 tops + a necklace

I will try polish on my toenails.
Decided I'm not a polish girl - getting massages instead!


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