There is something beautiful about freshly fallen snow. Everything is white and sparkly. I’ve lived in snow country for my entire life although some areas received inches while other received feet. I’ve skated on ponds, sledded, skied, made snowmen, and loved the sparkly white flakes. As I mature, those interests may still be vibrant in my memory, but the body is not so interested.
This winter I’m residing in a condo in South Carolina where I hear and see the surf pounding. The sound and the visual are something quite therapeutic. It’s like doing deep breathing exercises when you are stressed.
A blogging friend and artist, Jaime Haney, asked me to write about being a snowbird. I certainly don’t have years and years of experience, but from my five-year perspective there are things that draw you to leaving snow country. The #1 reason is friends. We wouldn’t be here except for an invite from a friend, we then invited friends, and we’ve all made more friends. The #2 reason is the bitter cold and the physical effort required in moving snow, and #3 would be the option to be outside and enjoy nature.
Being retired has many benefits but it also brings about a time when many people move to be closer to their family, so friends come and go from your life and there are voids left. To be able to spend three months surrounded by people your own age and interact with them is priceless.
There are many beautiful spots in our country to spend the winter months including some with snow. If you are thinking about being a snowbird, start early by taking winter vacations and checking out the areas you think you might be interested in. Then there is the option of buying or renting and whether you want to be in a stand alone house or you want to be around people.
Covid is definitely affecting our winter experience. Wearing a mask inside, restricting the number of friends we are interacting with, cutting back on group activities, and take out versus dine in certainly puts a damper on things, but safe is better than sorry.
I’ve been lucky this past week with a stack of books from the library, two short trips to Brookgreen Gardens, stops at a lovely quilt store, and lots of activity right outside my window.
We also enjoyed a trip to a cookie store. They’re not cheap, four cookies for $14.38, but a chocolate splurge now and again is good for the soul and the taste buds or so I told myself as I handed over my card.
I hope you have a great week whether it includes snow, surf, or somewhere in between.
As I’ve mentioned before, several of our friends from NH, MI, New Brunswick and in between are not here this year so a message was written in the sand and uploaded to the Facebook group. It’s similar to the blogging community. When you’re not here, we miss you. ❤️