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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Who you calling a snow bird?

We are staying at Val Vista Village, which is a 55 and older community. That means I'll be legal next year. (giggle). The rules are - as long as one of you is 55 or older, you are welcome in the park. So, I'm holding on to Jim's coat tails. I TOLD you I was a trophy wife!

Now don't go filling up your pretty little heads about (yawn) this being a retirement community and all, filled with doddering old people pushing around walkers, or riding around in scooters. It's true, we might have a couple of them around, but the majority of people here are very active. In fact, my one sister kidded me that they are probably in better shape than me!

I hate to call this a campground - it's more of a resort. There are a total of 1500 sites - most are for park models that stay here year round; then there are the RVers, and there are even small apartments you can rent.

There are five pools here, one indoor, four outdoor.







Four hot tubs, tennis courts, bocci ball, shuffle board,



pickle ball, stained glass shop, woodworking, just to name a few. There are card tournaments, dance lessons, and can we talk about the dances? Usually every weekend there is a dance. On Tuesdays they have a "Watering Hole" which consists of either a band or DJ. They provide the popcorn and you bring the booze. It's true that it starts early - 4-6 pm! AND it's true that many people might be ready for bed afterward. Not me and my group. We usually party afterward.

They also have Music in the Courtyard a few times a week for free. We just sit and listen to the music. We can order food from the outdoor cafe right on sight if we prefer.

We have met a lot of friendly people down here, and our group has gotten quite large. The majority of our friends are from Canada, with maybe 25% of the group from the US. Our ages range from 54-67. It's a lively group. Nobody acts their age. Course I don't see them all first thing in the morning! LOL!

I usually go to water aerobics in the morning. I remember my neighbor inviting me to join her. I thought, "Why would I want to go and do that?" The two very most things I hate: 1)bathing suits and 2) water. You may remember that I'm afraid of it.

Anyway when I told her my fears, she said, "Oh, c'mon Pat. There are 80-year-old women in the pool doing this. If they can do it, so can you."

Well, geez, when you put it THAT way. And so, that is how I got shamed into doing water aerobics.

The first day I went, and stumbled along, trying to follow the teacher. We exercised for about 30 minutes then stopped. I let out a big, "Whoo-hoo! I made it!" and the lady next to me said dryly, "Get real, Pat. That's only the first half. We're just taking a break."

Oh. I knew that.

When I told my sister about the water aerobics, she made some snarky remark about the movie Cocoon and how the old people were in the pool trying to get young again.

I know the first day I came home from class I need a nap!

This is a very active park, and you can do as much, or as little, as you want to do. They have golf leagues, softball leagues, and even bowling leagues. The oldest woman on the bowling league turned 95 this year and is still going strong!

One day Jim and I had just returned from buying me a new bike. I was standing outside next to the bike, when an older gentleman, who was our neighbor down the street, sauntered over.

"It must be your birthday," he said.

"No, why?" I asked.

"Well, I see you got a new bike."

"Yeah, well I needed it."

"It's a pretty fancy bike," he said.

"Nah."

He went on, "It's got a lot of bells and whistles on it!"

I said, "It was under $100, and we just bought it at Target!" He just made me laugh. Later, I called up my twin sister and said,

"You know, men used to lust after your TWIN, now they're just lusting after my SCHWIN."



It's unusual for us to be down here in Mesa this early in the season, and it's not very crowded yet in the park. Our friends are drifting down couple by couple. Most arrive by the first week of January.

I've felt a little discombobulated since we've been here, but now I'm feeling better. We went to the library today. YEAH! This is the only place where we are considered upstanding citizens and are awarded a library card. Since we don't have a home, we cannot get one anywhere else. I love the library, and it felt so good just to walk into one, read the titles of the new books, search the computer for books on shelf, run my hands over the books, read the first couple of pages, and grab a handful of books to check out. We have arrived.

13 comments:

Meeko Fabulous said...

Happy Reading! I'm reading My Sister's Keeper right now. What are you reading?

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I love that...They used to lust after my TWIN now they lust after my SCHWINN!! LOL!! Sounds like fun!!

plainolebob said...

Pat, sounds like you have it all there.
Lee and I must think a like, I loved that line too.lol
Some one sent me here to give you an award.
It's awarded at the "Hot Dawg" Friday, thing we have over at plainolebob2.blogspot site, on Fridays of course.
Congrats and
BIG HUGS

Rae said...

I want to be there with you. I am terribly jealous. I can hear those pools calling my name. Don't forget to stop over at plainolebob's place tomorrow like he said. Last week he dedicated his blog award to me. I think you should check his place out.

A New England Life said...

What a coincidence, my hair dresser and I were just talking about this very thing, retirement communities. Her mom lives in one and is on the go constantly! I wouldn't mind living in one as long as I had my own golf cart ; )

You'll be like Flipper before you know it!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Sounds like you are having a great time in a great place! Keep the funny stories coming. I think the old guy was flirting with you . . .

WhisperingWriter said...

Shuffle board is so much fun!!

plainolebob said...

Congrats

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I am so longing to be there! Five more years....five more years. That being said, if someone offered me the right amount today..... I could be out in 30 days!

Valerie said...

It looks and sounds pretty good where you are Pat. Happy reading, amongst other things.

Nancy said...

Wow, I love this idea. We are looking for a trailer now. I want a small one because we want to be able to get into National Park sites that are usually smaller. We had one with a pop-out that I loved. We sold it because we never used it. We bought a second home, at the time, and spent any time my husband had away from work at the second place. NOW - we live in the second home and have plenty of time (maybe too much?) and the travel bug has bitten. But since I am neurotic about sleeping in my own bed, a trailer or fifth-wheel makes sense. Plus we can take Lucy. So I follow your life with interest, and more than a little envy! Those five pools are looking good to me right now!

SquirrelQueen said...

That place is awesome, not like any of the RV parks where we've stayed. It really is more of a resort, I love the pools.

Have fun and watch out for your Schwinn!

Judy

prashant said...

They used to lust after my TWIN now they lust after my SCHWINN!! LOL!! Sounds like fun! Work From Home