Monday, July 31, 2023

A Change in Location and Life Style

Things have changed since November. Bill suffered a stroke and our son wanted us nearer to him in Traverse City. At the end of June, I bought a condominium apartment in the city and we moved in on July 1st. Luck came my way as the old house was only on the market for two weeks. The condo is only about a third the size of the house, so I had to downsize and get rid of a lot of stuff. However, it has been a good move. I am now five minutes from my son's house rather than ninety minutes, and I live across the street from Traverse City's Civic Center Park. 

So most days I can sit on my balcony and watch young men and women on their skateboards and scooters going up and down ramps and doing jumps and tricks; plus, the park has a mile walkway around its perimeter. I am now walking five to seven miles a day and the park is full of black, grey, and brown squirrels. I even saw a skunk once. Plus they have an outdoor theater where special events take place. 

It is quite a change from the silence of my house where I seldom saw anyone even while walking and only heard the periodic road noise of trucks. Here it is noisy. The traffic in Traverse City is heavy, but I don't have to drive much as I am within walking distance of everything I need including my bank, dentist, eye doctor, doctor, and hair salon. I do drive to the grocery store, but it is only three blocks away. So while I am still adjusting, I love it. I still have to get rid of a lot of stuff, some of it valuable, but have time for that.