Numbers don’t lie. If you looked at our retirement expenditures for the past five months, it’s pretty clear that TRAVEL is our #1 core pursuit. My quilty bucket list/retirement trip is coming up in mid-September and our delayed anniversary trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is the following month. Hubby is tagging along when I go to Lehi, Utah for the Garden of Quilts at Thanksgiving Pointe. He’s meeting up with a friend to go backpacking during the 3 days I’ll be focused on quilting. We’ll get to spend a couple of days together in Salt Lake City before flying home. Hope I have time to visit the Intermountain Therapy Animals national office while we’re in town. They sponsor the R.E.A.D. program in which Sadie & I participate at our local library. That would be so cool!
Hubby’s already asked where I’d like to go next year as we have a companion pass we need to book before it expires. We’re keeping things stateside for now. Glacier National Park in Montana or visit Alaska perhaps?
Walking is another one of my core pursuits. I have my own personal walking partner – a 65 pound Labradoodle. Other friends and their dogs/children also join us on occasion. Sadie and I like to explore the various parks and walking trails in the area. Big Girl is good for about 3 miles. If I want to go farther, I go by myself with a favorite playlist cued up.
I guess this core pursuit could also be referred to as health and wellness. Walking, good sleep, proper hydration and healthy food definitely keep me feeling good. So does seeing a doctor on a regular basis and remembering to take my multivitamin, fiber gummies and BP meds. It did take some time and experimentation to find the right BP med for me and the best time to take it (after dinner). Alleviating stress and cutting way back on caffeine also helps control BP.
If you guessed reading, you’d be correct! I’ve read more books for pleasure in the past couple of months than I did in the past two years. My neighborhood book club has authors join us for some of our discussion groups. We’ve even been invited to the launch party of an Atlanta author’s newest book in late September. I can’t wait!
Using the Libby app and my library card, plus being more intentional with my book/magazine purchases has really helped to cut down on the amount of paper clutter in the house. It’s also helped with the monthly budget, as well. Do I still visit my favorite bookstores? Absolutely! This is how I develop my reading list. The difference is I check the Libby app first for magazines and my library catalog for a copy of the book instead of automatically buying an item. Yes, I still buy the occasional book and magazine, but only those titles that will provide value to me. I did buy Scrappiness is Happiness from Lori Holt and I bought the current issue of Quilts & More magazine. That’s been it for the past 2 months. And believe me when I tell you this was a difficult change for me to make because I adore magazines.