Last week Vix had a post on one of her local walking tours and it made me think about all the places, small towns, old factory towns with oodles of old buildings, and communities that really need more good people, singles, professionals, artists, families etc. to rejuvenate them. With so many people working from home, and doing as good and thorough a job as ever, if not more so, will there be a change in how people live and work, and some exodus from the old living hotspots as people leave for more affordable places with more character? Vix commented that what people look for now will likely change-grocery stores in walking distance, good neighbors as two examples. I'm happy to say I have both, though there are still some pills around (those leaving disposable masks and fountain pop cups in the park!)!
For us, we are thinking where should we live when we retire. My daughter is thinking where can she find a home that works for her life now, but also for a future family. In our town there is a massive old factory that is slowly being renovated into a multi-purpose use building-apartments, a hotel, an event center, shops, and restaurants are all supposed to be part of it. I'm sure all will be expensive, at this sits right on the river, close to the ever improving downtown area, walking distance to parks and the marina, bars, restaurants, but will be a pittance compared to what is going in St Paul and renovations in the last 20 years in Minneapolis. The way life has changed, forced to change, in a years time is startling. Things we were told were a no go in the work, education and commerce world were thrust upon society at breakneck speed. What will be kept when the world is healthy again? What will people value most? It's got me thinking, and I'm putting that out there while I think about how to maximize my use of time, resources, and money.
- We enjoyed our daughters concert on Sunday.
- I took long walks with the pup on both Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday, did little or nothing productive but rested, read, and relaxed.
- Tired new bread recipes for no knead French bread and cider bread. French bread a win, cider bread not.
- Made a big lasagna-DH has been wanting lasagna for a while and was very happy to have it.
- I got both DH and myself signed up for the MN Vaccine connector and sent the link, and offered to help anyone that needed. This does not register a person for the vaccine, but helps alert when the person come sup on the roll out/priority list, plus, an opportunity to opt into short notice vaccine opportunities if there are late cancellations and a surplus on a day in our area. As both of us could get to the health clinic or pharmacy distribution within 10 minutes in town, and 20 the next town over, we both said "yes" we could be contacted on short notice.
- DD1 joined us for dinner last night. We only saw her briefly a week ago Tuesday as she has been gone the last two weekends and it was nice to catch-up with her.
- We had a family group chat, started by DD2, about a new Netflix documentary that one of her professors is part of. I like that we can connect as a family on little things, even though we are far and wide apart.
- Used up an old hard cider in a beer bread on Saturday I also baked at the same time as a hotdish to be efficient with the oven. As said above, sadly, was not a hit, but tried.
- Used two separate bottles of cleaning products that were tucked in the back of the bathroom cabinet to clean on Saturday, using up remains. I saved one of the spray bottles to refill with concentrate of the same Spic and Span product.
- This could fall under all three categories when I saved a car trip by getting this weeks minimum grocery items when I went to the library for curbside pick-up on Tuesday. I may have spent more than if I drove to Aldi, but I was already on the west end of town near two large stores and to drive to Aldi would have been a 30 mile extra round trip.
- Used the library for books, including book club book, and did curb side pick-up
- Bought only the groceries we needed last Thursday
- I bought only what was on our list when I popped into the store on Tuesday night after the library pick-up. ( I have $4.31 to spare towards my $350 budget challenge)
- Did a benefits review in preparation for next years' benefit enrollment through work, when the rotation to revisit short and long term disability next come sup. We can only add or change when the benefit opens. It's always good to reevaluate what coverage you have and need in case of the worse.