Sunday Night Check-In: A New Normal


This weekend felt like a regular weekend for a change. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get involved in a house project other than cleaning up, and I made an appointment for a massage and a facial so I could “reset” this body of mine that has carried me through about three months of insane physical stress. This week I’ll get the last of the scheduled house projects done when my floors get refinished, and I plan to stop and get back to living my new life.

I was beat Friday. We have over 100 people coming in for training this week from all over the United States, Mexico, Canada and India. This is the big training event that has been in the works ever since I started. I wish I could say the work will all be over after that, but it’s really just the beginning. That being said, I’m starting to figure things out and feel more at home. After this training – I’ll be learning, too – I should better understand the new world I’m working in and will start to feel more at home. So, Friday I came home, cooked a simple dinner of veggies and eggs and went to bed early.

Saturday, Ashok and I went on a run at Harbor Shores which is a Jack Nicklaus “Signature” Golf Course on the banks of Lake Michigan. The course is amazingly beautiful. They took great care to preserve the wetlands surrounding Lake Michigan and the Paw Paw River, and the holes weave in and out of the wetlands, the river’s bends and the sand dunes. Walking trails were built all throughout so everyone can enjoy – golfers or not. Ashok couldn’t swim in Lake Michigan at Jean Klock Park, but she did take a dip in the Paw Paw River at a particularly beautiful spot. It was a lovely morning even though it was cloudy. The temperatures hovered near 70 all weekend.


I showered, ran a few errands and then went to the Inn at Harbor Shores to get a massage and a facial at their spa. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Whirlpool employees get a discount. The spa was small but lovely, and I spent some time sitting in the sauna and the relaxation room in between treatments. I needed them both so bad. I missed having my facial with my friend Lisa because we’d always catch up and have a nice long visit, but Kelly was phenomenal, and I left with rosy cheeks and a much more relaxed swagger. I even felt so good that I took Ashok out for a short hike at dog-friendly  Grand Mere State Park.

Today, I set out to make some new friends, and went over to the local visitor’s center, St. Joseph Today. Karen, one of the employees there, has been chatting with me on Facebook, and she also delivered my Welcome Packet after I bought my new home. I was dying to meet her, so I went downtown to the old bank building that St. Joe Today calls home. It was a lovely old building, and, even though Karen was disappointed that I didn’t bring Ashok along, we had a nice visit. She told me about the Luminary Festival and a cool train ride that I might take this fall to enjoy what the area has to offer.

I love the bank vault in the background!

I drove north to South Haven – another cool little town on the lake – to my first Meetup Group. The “Friends Over 50” group was small but really nice, and I met several locals and a few newly relocated Chicagoans. We stayed longer than our time allowed since we were having so much fun at Cafe Julia which is a lovely coffee shop with a delicious turkey cranberry sandwich. Before we left, the organizer of the group made us all co-organizers of the Meetup Group so we could add events as we saw fit. Everybody is trying to meet people and get to know the area, so I hope we can grow our little circle into something nice.

Now I’m curled up with Ashok and starting to prepare for tomorrow. All of our travelers should be at the Inn at Harbor Shores or en route at this moment, and I need to tie up a few loose ends before I hit the sack. I feel rested and connected, and I’m ready to get ‘er done. This time next week I’ll have my floors done, and I can relax at home! I can’t wait.

Y’all have a good week. 


2 Comments on “Sunday Night Check-In: A New Normal

  1. Sharon, have a great training program this week — I know it will go well. You are such a pro at this!

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