Every year  since we have been snowbirds, I go into high stress mode two weeks before our planned departure back to reality. My husband D. knows to try to avoid me and if I ask him a question he knows to answer “Yes dear, whatever you think dear”.

It is just that there is so much to think about and so much to do and there is never enough time. Spring cleaning to do  before  we leave Florida–Spring cleaning to do  when we arrive in Toronto. —Hmm –Spring is obviously delayed this year so maybe I should also delay spring cleaning- maybe I will wait until next spring to clean both here and there.  Yes! I feel less stressed already.

However, the fridge and freezer have to be cleaned .What should be done with the  left over perishables? Most of our neighbours are snowbirds and don’t want our stuff. They are trying to get rid of their own leftover stuff.

Then there is the packing and decisions to make –What clothes to take and what clothes to leave here for next year?  And what should I do about all the clothes left here for  years that I haven’t worn, because either they don’t fit or they are out of style? I will probably do what I do every year, hang them back up because who knows maybe in a year they will be fashionable once again, and/or I will be a little thinner.

We are no longer spring chickens and I wonder every year who will help us load the car. Every year I wonder how we can fit all our belongings into one automobile. Every year we do. We just know that when we open the trunk it will be like a minor explosion and all our compressed stuff will jump out at whoever opens the trunk. Custom officers be ware.

This year we had to find someone to check on our condo while we will be away. Unfortunately our dear neighbour who kept an eye on things for us passed away a couple of months ago.

Despite the headaches, we are thankful to be snowbirds. We empathize with our family and friends who had to endure this horrendous winter. Maybe one day they will be snowbirds too.


About epsnider

EP Snider’s dream came to fruition when she published a book at age 69. She continues to share her thoughts and stories with a humorous twist on Wordpress and Facebook.
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