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A New Year, A New Life

Today the world celebrates the beginning of another year, 2010.  Our new year, though, began three months ago today on October 1, 2009.  If it wasn’t a new year, it was definitely the beginning of a new life.  On that day Bill and I left Tallahassee for Bill’s new job and our new life in Arizona, waving good-bye to Kat and Munchkin and David.  Our experience of three generations living together was at an end and we were embarking on a journey of rediscovering life as a couple.

2009 was certainly an eventful year.  I celebrated my fiftieth birthday in April.  Bill and I celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary in July.  We went through several months of Bill being home full-time while hunting for another contract or new job.  We contemplated life in such diverse places as Albuquerque, Kansas City, Nashville, Austin, Atlanta and all of Florida as Bill considered different job possibilities.  We traveled across Florida more than once and also up to Atlanta for job interviews.  And, when a job offer came, we found ourselves moved 1800 miles to a location we had never considered moving to in our wildest dreams, Arizona.

And here we are, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, feeling more than a little like Alice in Wonderland.  This is about as far removed from the tropical beach feeling that we so enjoyed; yes, we have sand and some palm trees and a lot of sunshine, but that’s where the similarity ends.  There’s no lush green, unless it’s irrigated or Astroturf.  There’s no sound of the Gulf waves crashing ashore.  And I don’t remember any snow-covered mountain peaks outside my window in Tallahassee!

While we don’t know how long we will be here, we are determined to enjoy our stay here.  We’ve taken some day trips to get familiar with the lay of the land and I will be posting some of those pictures here over the next few days.  It’s a beautifully scenic area, even if it is a stark beauty so different from that which we are accustomed to on the East Coast.

For me, though, the biggest adjustment is learning to live my life without children around 24/7.  For the first time in over 24 years I no longer have a child living in the house.  I remember when Kat moved out the first time in 2003, it took me a year to adjust to her absence, so I suspect I have quite some time yet in which to learn how to deal with their absence.  And I am sure that will be a recurring topic here at Musings, Mischief and Mayhem in the coming weeks and months.  I have even contemplated changing the name of my blog because there certainly does not seem to be much mischief and mayhem occurring here lately.  Either that or I need to do something to cause some mischief and mayhem on my own!

No More Rain, Please

The forecast shows 30% chance of showers Friday and Saturday. While we’ve been dry, we really do not need more rain right now. Many areas are still flooded from last week’s rain that fell in Georgia (21 inches in some areas of Georgia) and is still racing its way south through Florida. The Suwannee, Withlacoochee and Alapaha rivers are all experiencing dangerous flooding. Some of Bill’s coworkers have not been able to get to work at all this week.

One major east – west road in North Florida, U.S. Highway 90, is closed at the Madison/Suwannee county line where the Suwannee River bridge is being threatened by floodwaters. Many other Big Bend roads are closed. And Interstate 10 may possibly be closed due to the Suwannee river flooding.

We are learning that it is not tornadoes we need to be concerned with here in the Big Bend area. It is water!

Pictures of local flooding from the Tallahassee Democrat

Pictures of south Georgia and north Florida flooding from the Tallahassee Democrat

The Long Walk

This year instead of doing New Year’s Resolutions, I am doing small monthly resolutions. January’s was getting our financial records in order, which actually took all of January and February. And yes, it was a huge project (which I still intend to blog about), but it should not have taken two months. But with Miss Munchkin about, the best laid plans of mice and men … well, you know how that goes. March I didn’t set any goal, since I knew I would be traveling a fair bit (one week to Alabama, the next week to Ft. Lauderdale), but I did manage to get our taxes done and filed in record time. One of the little perks from the two months of working on getting our financial records organized!

So that brings me up to April. For April I had two very ambitious goals. One was to get back to regular blog writing (yeah, I know it’s the 8th of April already and this is the first post, so I have failed miserably) and also get some much needed updating done on my blogs (new software, new looks, etc.). All of which does not seem to be happening. Can you tell that Miss Munchkin is back home? She spent all of February and the first two weeks of March with her daddy, which is the only reason I managed to complete January’s goal in February! But with her back home again I am really accomplishing so very little and it is rather frustrating. And this week she is sick with some cold/fever/sore throat/ear hurt something that she has passed on to David and now I am coming down with it. She is better today, a bit, anyway, but not totally well. At least she’s eating some today and not running the fever.

Anyway, April. My second goal for April is daily exercise. I’ll be fifty this month (gasp!) and I really would like to be in better physical condition. Losing some weight would be an added bonus, but stamina and conditioning is really what I’m after. So beginning on March 30th (a Monday – I begin things better on Monday’s than on the 1st of the month) I set the goal of getting to the gym just as soon as Bill goes out the door to work in the morning. So far, pretty good. Of the eight possible days (I am not counting weekends), I have made it to the gym seven days. And the day I didn’t make the gym, I went for a long, long walk.

I first thought of walking to the town center in Southwood back in February, when Miss Munchkin was not here, but it never seemed to work out, mostly because we had one of the coldest February’s on record. Last Friday, though, was the perfect day, sunshine, low 70s, and Munchkin spending the day away from home with Mommy. So after Homeschool Chat, around 12:30 I headed out, water bottle, cell phone and debit card in hand. I walked to the town center (a distance I figure is about 2 miles) and then had lunch at one of the little cafes there. Then I walked the two blocks to the lake. Halfway around the lake, I sat on one of the benches and called my mom and chatted with her for about half an hour. Then I finished walking around the lake (a total of 2 miles) and headed for home, taking a scenic path that I had not walked before (at least 2 miles, possibly a bit further).

It was a beautiful walk and I wish I had a smaller digital camera that carried easily, as pictures would have been lovely. These pictures of the lake path from last summer will have to do. But I think I went just a tad bit too far. I was extremely sore the next couple of days and didn’t sleep well at night. Also, I should have thought of sunscreen, as I got a small bit of sunburn. Luckily, it was the sort that turns to tan instead of blistering and peeling.

I am ready to walk it again soon, although I’m not sure walking it at the noon hour / early afternoon will be a good idea in the summertime. Probably I have about a six week window where it will be the perfect walk before it gets too hot. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to walk it again soon. And I definitely want to drive the route I took (as nearly as I can) to see how far I really walked. I figure it was at least six miles.

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