I got back from Switzerland over a week ago and now am packing for Florida. What a contrast! In the middle of all the travel, I managed to get a UTI and a nasty cold. The UTI is gone, the cold is not but I'm feeling better and got more meds this morning at the doctor's office.
The trip to the Alps was wonderful and not what I expected. Usually, I spend the afternoons hiking and enjoying the views. I get up early and walk before breakfast, too. But we had thick fog the whole 4 days, except when it was raining or, on the second to last night, snowing. Everyone at the retreat agreed that it was a good thing because most of us ended up getting more rest that way. And many came to the retreat in serious need of that rest, both spiritually and physically. It was like a cocoon of peaceful, comforting fog that enveloped us. On the last evening, the sun came out between the clouds and we got our first glimpses of the snow-covered peaks. It was a much more dramatic sight than just streaming sunshine. Personally, I was happy to have had a chance to sing at one of the services. It was pretty much the first time I had sung in public since my dad's funeral.
Here's the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Now, it's off to Florida. It's turning into a bit of a crisis trip. We were supposed to close on the deal to short sell my parents' condo on October 30. Now I'm not able to provide the potential buyer with the financial paperwork he needs from the condo association. The man who's been handling (or NOT handling) the books and finances since Dad died isn't answering my calls, nor those from my cousin, who is another of the 4 owners in the small complex. I understand that this man is facing foreclosure on his own home, and has a lot on his plate right now. But he is making this more complicated by not responding. If I can't get the information from him that I need to give the buyer, the deal will fall through. That would mean the condo would go into foreclosure which would be a negative for all four owners in the complex.
On the UP side, the plans for my father's art exhibition at the local museum. This, and not the condo deal, is the big reason why I'm traveling to FL at this time. The show opens on November 4. The young man who is organizing things there is really fun to work with, and seems even more excited about the show than I am. It is great that at least this project is falling into place nicely as we email back and forth about the details.
In ALL these things, I'm trying to stay positive and thankful. I know that there are lessons in these financial messes somewhere, even if I don't see them now.
In the eating and weight loss area, I'm still just kind of holding steady. I'm not able to participate in the challenges as I'd like to, or exercise as intensively as I'd like to. But it is what it is for now and I refuse to stay discouraged even if I do fall into that pit from time to time.
Today, I realized that I'll qualify for a senior pass for the public transportation system in Stuttgart in less than a year. I'm not sure how I feel about that!
Thanks for reading, dear Spark buddies! It may be awhile before I get to thank you for commenting, but do know that I read and appreciate each message! Hope to have time to check in again by next weekend, after the jet lag has passed!