The days are filled with numerous events, activities, and happenings in Snowbird Land.
There are important questions to consider in planning one’s day. When does the exercise class start? Water volleyball? Line dancing? What time is tee time? When does the hiking club hit the trail?
Consider the other events that occupy the weekly calendar. Pickleball tournament? Good exercise and competition. Book club? A wise choice. Quilting club? An honorable hobby. Card groups that meet regularly and offer company and social networking opportunities? Certainly.
There are snowbirds who take it a step further and volunteer at various organizations—hospitals, rescue shelters, and churches.
And there are festivals and other annual events, digital photos to organize, social media to communicate with family and friends back home, and with spring on the horizon, planning and preparing for travel back home.
February and March is prime season for local festivals, parades, and annual events celebrating history and culture.
The major celebrations, festivals, and fairs include:
Mardi Gras celebrations and parades in New Orleans, Mobile, and in communities from Galveston, Texas, to Pensacola, Florida, January 31-February 17
Florida State Fair, Tampa, February 5-16
Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace, Apache Junction, weekends February 7-March 29
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, Tucson, Arizona, February 12-15
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California, February 13-22
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson Rodeo), Tucson, Arizona, February 21-March 1
Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, February 26-March 8
Charro Days Fiesta, Brownsville, Texas, February 26-March 8
Fulton Oysterfest, Fulton, Texas, March 5-8
Chandler Ostrich Festival, Chandler, Arizona, March 13-15
You have taken numerous photos with your digital camera and have downloaded them to your computer. But, have you sorted and organized them? If you shoot just 40 photos a week, you’ll end with more than one thousand digital files in six months—that’s a lot of photos to keep track of without some help!
The first step in organizing those photos is to select a photo management program. There are a number of excellent programs that organize, categorize, and keyword your photos so that you can store and locate your digital files without losing track of them.
One of the most important factors in selecting a photo organization program is ease-of-use. Your choices include the program that came with your computer, the software that came with your digital camera, free software such as Picasa or you may purchase your own software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Adobe Photoshop CC, or Apple Aperture.
Using Social Media
Staying in touch with family and friends has changed over time. With recent technological advances more snowbirds are staying in touch through emails, texting, Skype, and social media.
An increasing number use facebook to stay in touch with friends and happenings in their snowbird community until they return the following season. Granted, some things that are posted by some of your friends you’d rather not see, but that too is a process of setting up the amount of information you wish to view.
Planning the Trip Home
With spring on the horizon most snowbirds are preparing to return home. From late February to early March many snowbirds begin planning for their pilgrimage back to their northern residences. Others delay their departure until the snowy mess up North is nothing but a distant memory. Still others break up their journey into segments taking several weeks to a month or more to reach their northern home.
Life is short, live your dreams now!