Having A Lovely Weekend . . . Wash and Repeat!


Last week a friend texted to say that she might have to reschedule an upcoming weekend get together. In checking my calendar for open weekends in order to shoot her back a couple of viable dates, I realized they'd all have to be in May or later. Happily, it ended up not being necessary, as I would have been sincerely embarrassed to alert her to our scheduling challenges lest she feel unimportant. Because she definitely is not!

I don't think there is anything particularly unique about us and our situation. Rather, I think the richness of our calendar is a reflection of continuing to be open to the many opportunities that come our way. People are sincerely eager to share ideas about activities, and even though sometimes our go-slow turtle selves want to retract and stay in/away, I know enough to realize we rarely regret the things we do, but regularly regret those we don't unless for a valid reason. Meaning, if I'm staying away because I'm feeling lazy, that turns out to be a pretty poor excuse for us in the long run. Staying away because we truly want to enjoy a quiet night in, however, is absolutely positively fine. Sometimes I do have to pause and really give thought to which is the case, but I can generally detect laziness when it's the underlying reason.

As my very wise, still-active, 81 year old Dad always says should I dare to verbalize a desire to slow down in his presence - Tamara, you can rest when you're dead!

Which leads me to today, a breathtakingly gorgeous sunny day here along the coast in S. Orange County. We were in late from a wine society event last night, so I slept in a bit, which for me means 6:30 - 7:00 AM. Much later than that and I start to panic that the day is slipping away . . . I am a true morning person! I gave myself an hour to wake up slowly over coffee before heading into the kitchen to get dinner prep'd for company we are having over tonight. On the menu is Slow Cooker Balsamic chicken over fettuccine, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and for dessert, macerated berries over vanilla ice cream.

To earn all that loveliness, we are heading out shortly on our bicycles to attend a Vintage Surf Board exhibition that's occurring in Dana Point, after which we'll hit the bike trail and pedal down the coast and back along a series of dedicated bike trails. We should be just shy of 40 miles upon our return to the house, well on our way to being trained for an upcoming 60 mile biking event we are doing in April, the The Boob Ride San Diego.


All proceeds raised from The Boob Ride will go to fund breast cancer detection and treatment, particularly for low income individuals. I feel incredibly fortunate to not only be able to support this cause through our enrollment fees, but to have the health, strength, and stamina to do the ride.

Looking forward to a wonderful day over here at Casa R, and hope you enjoy the same wherever you are!

Comments

  1. You've got it right, Tamara. Be open to new experiences, embrace life with what we have, and the days or weekends are wonderful. I'm also a morning person. I find the physical activities, especially outdoors, keep me in a positive mood all day, and I sleep well at night which means I'm ready to 'wash and repeat' the next day. Your home location and weather are perfect for so many activities. Enjoy your bike ride. I look forward to your update on the biking event in April.

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    1. Hi Natalie, I'm sure you agree that if we start our day doing some form of physical exertion, the rest of the day just falls into place almost effortlessly. Honestly, my hardest days are those where I choose to take the easy road. I always regret it by days end.

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  2. I've commented before on your full life. Re: weekend schedule - early on in my retirement, an outdoor activity needed to be rescheduled due to weather. We were both looking over the available weekends when we finally realized that now we had Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri available as well! It was a light bulb moment and certainly a privilege of retirement. I like to have open space in my weekly schedule - breathing space & space for those unexpected life events and opportunities.

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    1. This move has been so life changing I may never get over it. I feel like I’ve been given a whole new life, and that may be why we are finding ourselves wanting to embrace every opportunity coming our way. We may throttle it back at some point, but this is definitely the right speed for the moment. I don’t think I’ve ever lived anywhere before that has seeped into my core the way this area has, and I am having the time of my life, truly. Amazing! 😊

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  3. It sounds like a lovely day. I hope it went as planned--or something equally as enjoyable. Your advice is right on about looking at motivations and not passing up an opportunity because you feel lazy or unsure about trying something new. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Hi Christie - the ride went GREAT, my husband losing his backpack in the process, not so much! But even though that created more than a few stressful moments last night (!), we're back on track today.

      But for the record, today I've puttered around the house doing this and that, and I'm loving it. 😊

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  4. I'm interested in reading how this move change your life. Could you suggest where I search for that on your blog. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Robin, living by the ocean has been like being dropped into a beautiful new world that gets better by the day. It's so beautiful at any given hour of the day it propels me to get outside and move, breathe, gaze, and take it in as much as I can. It's both invigorating and relaxing at the same time, confusing as that may sound.

      For a more pragmatic glimpse, my Sentence A Day posts are replete with what I now do here near the sea. There's a new one coming up on March 1 in fact, so I hope you'll return and check it out!

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