Joan’s Journey: Baltimore Bucket List 2 – Appreciate Family and Friends

Joan London with Friends - November 2013Welcome Joan’s Journeyers. Join me in this blog written from high in the night sky, as I journey from San Francisco to Baltimore. What an amazing and productive trip I’ve had visiting my children and grandchildren, as well as two senior living communities — one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.

What does my trip have to do with my Baltimore Bucket List? To be honest: everything. Wrapping up my life in Baltimore and preparing to move to California are inseparable because I carry “me” wherever I go. At least that’s what I’m learning as I move forward with list item 1, ‘Take Care of Myself,’ and list item 2, ‘Appreciate Family and Friends.”

In Baltimore, my second goal is to spend quality time with the people I genuinely love and care about. I intend to actually “do lunch” or get together with family members and friends I speak to occasionally, but rarely see. As an added benefit, many of these folks have California connections, and I will network to learn more about senior living possibilities. In addition, as I await the sale of my condo, my trips to California keep me part of both worlds. Hence, the interrelationship of items 1 and 2.

Life in general and senior living in Southern and Northern California are stories in “contrasts,” except for the sea of vehicles in both cities. In the next Joan’s Journey, I’ll describe and you decide the plusses and minuses of senior living in California. We’ll also explore insights I’ve gained as I muse over Bucket List 2: Appreciate Friends and Family.

Until my next post, SeniorHomes and I welcome comments from seniors and others whose lives and hearts are intertwined in more than one city. Snowbirds, vacation homeowners, time share participants, we invite you to respond in the Comments Box below. Enjoy the journey day-by-day!

Written by Joan London, a freelance medical and social service writer, plans to relocate from Baltimore to senior living close to her children in Southern California. Follow her entire series, Joan’s Journey: The Search for Senior Housing, on

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