July 29, 2009

What do you make time for?

I decided I needed to make a list of activities for myself and tape it to my bathroom mirror to make sure I keep the promises to myself. Some I do faithfully and some I slack up on…….sigh!

I currently enjoy my bi-weekly trips to my local library. My new local library is quite inspirational. I try to take time to read away from my home. Those cell phone people are forced to mind their manners at a Library! Thank goodness, as I enjoy the quietness and calming tranquility there. The place is simply beautiful.

Checking the local papers (online of course) for daily events and activities that are open to the public like art, music and fairs allows me to find something new and possibly challenging and of course, enjoyable. I have a gal friend and her name is Deby, she has created an Event Calendar Online for Singles over 40 which is fabulous. I have also shared some of my graphics with her for her site called: http://www.steppingoutflorida.com/.

Occasionally, I attend seminars without making a commitment. I just like to collect investment information to gain more personal knowledge. I have even attended some seminars at some pretty expensive restaurants…….hey, free great dinners! Not bad!

Why is it that exercising is such an effort? I don’t know a single person that actually loves to exercise do you? We all make a super effort to exercise daily for health purposes. I do my workout routines with DVDs. Some days I get into a slump. I think I’m going to purchase some hand weights. Nothing heavy…probably start off with 3lbs weights and work myself up to 5lbs. Don’t laugh…I’m a considered a Senior Citizen! I have to take it slow and easy. LOL

It is an absolute must that I set aside time each week for my personal bookkeeping and errands and of course, the never ending housework! I know most Boca women here in South Florida have cleaning ladies but NOT this Italian Boca Babe! Even if I could afford it, I don’t know if I would want someone in my home touching my personal possessions. I guess it is my Italian upbringing! LOL Yeah, I have a rug cleaning guy I try to call in once a year and the same with my outside windows…Trying to keep windows clean in a condo is nearly impossible to do it by yourself.

Of course, all single women need a “Handyman”! I, fortunately found a great guy but he lives so far away so I try to accumulate a list of repairs before calling him. Oh my, I recall the days when living up in New England, all I had to do was call one of my brothers, brother-in-laws or nephews and the job would be done and for FREE! My handyman’s prices are fair and reasonable and he does great work so he is a “keeper”.

I’m a member of a weekly widow’s group. And, I don’t join them for dinner every week but I like to see them at least once a month or so.

I’ve been trying to force myself to get out more and mingle with people with a purpose and that does not mean meeting the opposite sex all the time. I mean like going to a park or going to a specialty store or a Wine Tasting or Coffee Tasting. I remember when I used to enjoy taking a nice long walk along the beach by myself and feeling the breeze on my face and stopping at one of the benches and just people watching…now that is always fun….people are hilarious and sometimes do such stupid things that it cracks me up! I used to love to People Watch especially in Boston at Faneuil Hall….oh my….just too funny! I loved spending my lunch hours outdoors unless it was payday then was in Filene’s basement hunting for the designer clothes at bargain prices!

I think it is a good idea to have lunch at least once a week with a good friend or do a Happy Hour.

I devote many hours to my two blogs: Roses Are Read and The Lantern. I am a member to several graphic sites, so I can enhance my blogs with cute animated graphics. I consider my blogs the “Cutest Blogs” on the block! I love reading other Blogger’s Blogs. Some have become very special Internet Friends which is nice. I’m also a member of Facebook, Twitter and gosh hope there isn’t anymore new ones coming out anytime soon. I just don’t have the time! LOL

I love to cook but cooking for one is not always impressive but sometimes I treat myself like company and put out a place setting in the dining room just for me…..candles and all….even music! I sometimes have Sully serenading me with some of his own singing that he sends to me via the computer! I’m referring to Jimmy Sullivan, a great Blogger Friend.

I try to swim every day in my condo pool weather permitting! It is Hurricane Season right now and the daily thunderstorms are preventing me from enjoying my pool. Exercising in the pool hurts less and is more enjoyable than sweating it out at a gym or power walking on a hard pavement. Power walking in place in the pool is wonderful.

I guess I have included just about everything on my list that I make time for. Perhaps I should add a few more activities. Dancing was always at the top of my list years ago but I have not found the right dancing places here in South Florida. Bummer! Dancing several nights a week also kept my figure quite svelte in days gone by! I never had to go to a gym then. LOL



  1. I like your list and think it is a good idea to have one to follow.

  2. That is quite the list...It is very well thought out. I love the idea of posting a list on the mirror in the bathroom. You know you will be there first thing in the morning.....I was thinking of putting a calender in there ,a list is better....

  3. Well Rose, here I am the person who loves to go to the gym in the am to take a cardio or zumba class also to use the treadmill. I'm getting ready for the alzheimers's walk sponsored by Humana Ins. Now you know someone that truly enjoys exercising.
    A yes I have notes everywhere. LOL

  4. Since being disabled I have alot of time on my hands no list here

  5. An admirable list it is darling! I hope my recordings that I sent you makes the wine go down smother.

    It's been a problem finding a good spot down here lately as well. Most of the good spots are too far from home if you have a couple of scotches. Too much of a chance of being pulled over.


  6. What a joy to see an entry by Rose. We always enjoy your insight and fun observations.
    Yeah, why is exercise such a chore? We had hoped to be doing it back packing by now, but.... We are sitting at our home (mobile), awaiting wellness! I think that means getting better LOL.
    We never learned to dance. It does seem like the ideal exercise and adding fun at the same time.
    Would you believe the temp up here in NH stays 70 & below? Oh Yeah I guess you would. LOL.
    Anyway we always enjoy your posts take care down in Boca and get out on the beach more.
    Sherry & Jack

  7. I find that when I get in the workout routine, I feel bad when I miss a day, not quite the same as enjoying it, but I am always glad when I do. It is more like a post workout like :o)

  8. Hi Rose,
    So nice! I like how you led up to the mention of my website. THANK YOU!

    I also got a kick out of reading about your nice, quiet library visits, your dislike of exercising, your cooking, swimming, dancing...I could relate to it all!

    Thanks so much--and I like the photos of you and also all the pretty tags on the side.
    Nice job~


  9. Rose, you have such a great attitude and positive outlook. You are a ray of sunshine. Florida sunshine! I remember you writing how much you love your local library. Although ours is cutting down on activities because of budget cuts, they always seem to have quite a few programs. But you've probably already checked those out! Hugs, Beth

  10. What a list! whew! i'm taking it easy one day at a time. things will pick up a bit by september. then i'll have more than enough to do...right now it's Easy like Sunday morn!

  11. swimming and time for library and lunch with a friend are all my favorite things to do. Yes, we need to take time to relax and enjoy ourselves while we can.
    I love your list, it is a good one.

  12. Hi Rose,
    Good to hear from you. I am glad you are keeping yourself busy. I would love to be able to read in absolute quiet in the library as I can not even remember the last time I was in a library.

    I have been to Boca a few times and it is beautiful. I would not want to live in Florida in the summer I would just die from heat stroke.

    Next time I am in at Quincy Market I will think of you! We are going to Provincetown next Saturday on the a work cruise and it will be some interesting people watching there I am sure.

    I know what you mean about having someone else in your house cleaning, I would rather do it myself too. I wish you had some family down South I am sure you miss them a lot. Well I have to get back to work.

    Take care!

  13. Hi Rose,
    Good for you ... I keep lists, too, but they're mainly filled with work!

  14. I have sticky on my bathroom mirror. Its the one place I know I'll pass more often than any other.
    I'd definitely say you are sooo far from a senior citizen. Lordy that word conjures up a whole list of stuff you never ever have or do.
    Vibrant woman on the go...thats what you are!!!

  15. It is such a good idea to keep a list of things that we want to do. I often look back on a week and wonder where the time went and what I didn't do that I wanted to. Perhaps the list would help to reinforce doing some of the things I totally enjoy. Nice post!

  16. You are bringing back memories with your talk of Fan Hall and Filene's. What about the Public Garden, Durgin Park. Don't get me started.

    I make my list on a small notebook and carry it in my shirt pocket until either everything is done or I'm worn out for the day.