I love a parade! Usually, I observe from the sidelines. Yesterday was St.Patrick’s Day.
My new goal is to try something new every day. As a new resident in a lovely, active 55+ community it has been easy to find new experiences.
While water aerobices is nothing new to me, it is truly amazing that the pool is less than half a block away. If I miss the class, I can just set up the CD player and go through the exercises on my own. OR, I can just do my own series of exercises. I no longer have to plan ahead. Bring my suit, towel, etc, park at the University Station; hope I leave work in time to catch the train south. Remember to get off the train at University station! Drop off my work tote; grab pool tote; walk to the wellness center; change clothes; rush to the pool. Only to discover that the class was yesterday, cancelled or tomorrow.
Although I officially only count Wednesday morning coffee new once, it’s a bring your own cup ocassion. Coffee, hot water, and DONUTS are available for a small donation with free refills on coffee. Last minute deal on donuts for a quarter. Take that, Starbucks! Many connections and updates take place beginning at 9:30.
New thing for me: volunterring to head up the clubhouse decorating committee. Stepped right up. Stripped the clubhouse of St. Patrick Day decor last night.
After the parade. Following my participation in award winning kazoo band; eating corned beef and cabbage and dancing like a high-school girl at a sock hop until 10. Oh, I also downed a couple of green beers.
This morning for the first time, I found the laundry/storage building which houses the various bins of decorations. Got my own key just the other day!
Brought the St. Pat’s bins AND the Easter bins to the clubhouse. Assisted the out going decorator by placing the downed decor into appropriate bins. Returned St. Pat’s stuff to storage.
Now, if I could only remember when I agreed to meet and put up the Easter stuff!
Some of you may know that I have been an active volunteer for VITAS/Hospice in Miami for a few years. Amazing opportunity for which I am grateful. I am a natural born volunteer and look forward to doing more. My first day here at “the creek” I met an amazing person! She has taken me under her wing and introduced me to journey dancing as well as clowning. Yup, Leslie is a clown.
So before meeting at the clubhouse to decorate tables for St. Pat’s day – before the parade – Leslie invited me to observe clowns in action. I rode with her to an Alzheimer’s day care center. She met up with three fellow clowns from her alley. So I could get a taste of what is to come. Fairly certain I will resume volunteering / visiting as a clown. I will keep you posted on that journey.
Back to firsts. Line dancing in the clubhouse on Wednseday evenings. I’ve gone a couple of times. Definately did not feel parade ready in that arena. At coffee, I was asked if I wanted to be in the kazoo band. Had a quick audition, which end do you blow through? Failed but she gave me a second chance. Blowing is not really how one kazoos; she said “Hum.” Not quite, but hold on, I did figure it out and was recruited. Really great, because it’s okay that I can’t sing, forget words, etc. Just need to know the tune – and it sounds good on kazoo! Not as theatrical as air guitar, but hey, I’m going for firsts! AND it may have been because St. Patrick blessed us before we began to parade through “the creek” – probably never know for sure – but the kazoo band, dubbed The Shenanigans, by one of the guys on the fire engine – took grand prize at the viewing stand! THAT is one BIG first for me!
Another first – the resident who has been overseeing the small but more than adequate library which is housed in the clubhouse – announced at Wednesday morning coffee that she needed to step down. Any volunteers? You guessed it!
Now it’s me. Another first. Often fantasized about being a librarian. I don’t even need to know the Dewey decimel system and there is no card catalog or computerized version of one for that matter, but I’m a librarian! There are dedicated volunteers who re-shelf borrowed books and check in new donations. Hopefully they will be as devoted to my leadership as they have been all along. I have to remember to post the date/time for a group meeting!
Now I also need to make time everyday to work on re-write/final draft of my long-time-work-in-progress. I have a suitable title. Keeping it under wraps until I register it with the copywrite folks. Need to figure out how best to do the self-publishing thing as well as ebook route. Any advise greatly appreciated.