Recently I saw the movie “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” I was anxious to see this movie because it was a sequel to one of my all time favorites, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. All baby boomers should put this on their movie watch lists. I continue to identify with the concerns, feelings and joys experienced by the characters in the movie.
A lot has happened since my last post. I have so much to write about but for now, a summary.
First, I have a new woman in my life. Her name is Susan. We traveled together in January to Machu Picchu (Peru) and the Galapagos Islands. This was a fantastic trip that you should put on your bucket list, preferably while you are still healthy enough to tolerate the walking and snorkeling that enhances the experience. We traveled with a small group from Overseas Adventure Travel. This is the same group that ran my trip to Italy last September. (If you decide to take a trip with OAT, let me know and I can save us both some cash.)
I have started another series of dance classes with Susan. (I took foxtrot classes last fall, as a single.) We are learning the West Coast Swing Dance. This is the dance I have been looking forward to learning after seeing it and hearing about it from some fellow travelers in Italy. We are enjoying it so much that we practice at home a couple of times each week between classes. Dancing the West Coast Swing is also great exercise.
Another update: I have moved out of the large house where I helped raise my three sons. For the past month I have been spending a lot of money on repairs, painting and carpeting. Everything should be completed in another week and then the house will go on the market. The housing market in Nashville is very hot right now, with many homes being sold in a few days after multiple offers. I hope that happens to me because I am ready to get out of the big house support business.
I have made many more trips to Goodwill and to the dump in recent weeks. Tomorrow a truck is coming to the house to haul off even more furniture and other stuff to Goodwill. I may be one of the few people to move out of a 4,6oo square foot house (where I lived for 21 years) without using a mover. I moved into my new place (with Susan) with clothes, a guitar, computer, photos, and tools. Everything else has been sold or is being donated. My kids don’t want any of my furniture, kitchenware, etc. which I understand. It is very refreshing and liberating to be so free of “stuff.” I will be moving some other family memorabilia to my lake home in Kentucky where it will be placed on display for all of the family to enjoy.
This is a fast moving but exciting chapter in my life. I intend to appreciate every minute of it.