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

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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