The whole process of of selling our home of 30 years, of establishing a home in FL, is all part of our aging process. People ask Ginny how she feels "about getting rid of everything", she declares she does not miss things, giving things away was easy.
We have established a home among people who are like us, people who have time for each other, who have similar interests and goals. It reminds me of my childhood. I lived in a neighborhood of tons of kids, that post war generations where men came home from the war and had young families, tons of kids playing together night and day.
It's similar in our park. Yesterday began with a 2 mike walk around the park, then a group of us put up 300 feet of welded wire fence, in the afternoon another group of us began painting
the Maintenance Building's metal roof. After that a late afternoon dip in the pool and in the evening the movie the Martian ($0.50 with popcorn). Really a busy satisfying day with friends working and playing together. It was a little busier than normal, I usually limit myself to one park task a day lasting only a half day. However it was a rainless day and we took advantage of it.
The lifestyle is a change from our past. These kinds of activities were not part of my past. Here my life is as full as ever, full by choice by activities that were not mostly part of my past.
Yesterday I took a few minutes to write an article for our park newsletter titled "Maintained by Volunteers". The Fence crew has had 17 different volunteers and the painting
crew 7 different volunteers. It's great to have willing hands. There all kinds of volunteer groups here, people willing sharing the load and having fun doing it.
Though we had friends in our previous life, we sought a community of like minded people. In this case people in our general age, from 50 to 90, mostly retired, mostly travelers, mostly friendly people.
Though we're far from family the kids and their wives each visited for 10 days and are happy to see us so happy, actually both are Escapees and on the waiting list for our park. ALl three of Ginny's sisters visited for the better part of a week. In addition we've had a number of visits from FRV friends, some staying in the park.
It's a different life from our past, but the differences are stimulating in new ways. Part of my life philosophy is that change stimulates, in part like having another life.