It's been an entire week since I sat quietly listening to my inner voice. My morning routine has been interrupted by reading emails first thing and catching up on the outside world before my task master demands my attention. Ron's focus this week has been the two man job of building furniture in the lower level family room. Proof again that opposites do attract. My focus has been on fine tuning our main living areas: kitchen, bedroom & bath, and laundry.
Taking a break from our unpacking shortly after our painter finished his work a week ago, we ventured out into the daylight and went furniture shopping. We had decided that we needed some bookshelves in the office and something to set our tv on in the family room. When we ended up at IKEA and we agreed on the style and price of a room arrangement that we found, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
A week later, the eighteen boxes were delivered to the lower level. Ron anxiously opened the first box. Finding the instruction sheet he read that this was a two man job. Yikes!! Not at all what I was expecting to be engaged in for the next five days!!
It was a battle of the wills and approach for the first few hours until we worked into a rhythm. We were like newlyweds dancing around each other's strengths and weaknesses. With patience for each other's already stressed moods, we found our way to compromise and settled into working well together to complete the task. Every morning he demanded my assistance for a few hours while our energy level was high. It took all of our strength to lift and move and think through the process of assembly. We finally finished the last cabinet yesterday. (SIGH of relief)
Learning our way around the area, we have been eating our midday meals at the local restaurants. With all of the chaos in the house, I have no interest in planning a meal or cooking. At the end of the day, I am too spent from the activities to even consider tackling the aisles of the supermarket. Consequently, chips and salsa and a glass of wine has replaced our evening meal. My body is beginning to feel the effects of this habit. I'm thinking that it is time to get back into a healthier routine. It's been years since I was forced to give up my NIA classes. In this new life, I am looking forward to joining the Yoga classes at the clubhouse.
It's now week three in our new environment. I have made slow and steady progress at organizing cabinets and closets while finding logical homes for our things. Some rearranging has taken place as I learn how we will live in the space of these rooms. I seem to be the one that needs to know where things are kept in our living arrangement. Old habits are difficult to break.
Our daughter Heidi has voiced her concern that we are spending too much time together inside the house. She wants us to be out meeting people and doing fun things like golfing. She's not understanding our slower pace. Our need to feel settled before we jump into the clubs and activities that are available in this community.
The grandchildren were on spring break. By the end of the week, they were wanting to do something fun with Opa & Kasia. Our old habits of 'work before play' prevented us from dropping everything now for them. Heidi wondered what she/they could do to help us along. Feeling a little overwhelmed, I suggested that she bring over her Norwex mop and help me clean our tile floors. With all of the movers, painters, and delivery people coming and going, the floors were filthy!
To my great delight, she and Tatum came over that afternoon and worked together to clean away the old energy. It made a noticeable difference in the mood of the house. We have hung a few pictures and laid out a carpet in the great room and now the place feels like Home Sweet Home!
Today I intend to go downstairs and arrange some things on the new shelves. Put away our tools. Clear away and recycle the cardboard. Then this afternoon, I want to attend a yoga class and begin my new life at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
The dream is becoming a reality.
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