Friday, March 30, 2012

Arizona in 100 Seconds

The Los Angeles Times put this video out in honor of Arizona's Centennial. It's pretty cool!

I've actually been to some of those places in the video!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday's Things in a Row

All of these Things in a Row I found yesterday during or after the Music in the Courtyard. Our friends, David and Doug, a.k.a. "Plan B", entertained the crowed yesterday afternoon. It was a full house; the crowd was in a party mood, and the band sounded great!

I spotted these umbrellas in a row....and also the red tile on the roof.

The line dances did a good job staying in line....

These colorful chili peppers hang above the cafe.

Many people ride their bike to the courtyard. See how neatly they are lined up?

And finally, I saw these adorable birds...speak, see and hear no evil, on my way home from the courtyard.

Look around....what did you find in YOUR surroundings this week?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Signs - Arrgh! Pirates Only!

A sign posted at our "Pirate Dance" at our park. Photos of the dance to follow!

For more signs, please visit Lesley here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pontooning on Canyon Lake

I am sorry that I have not been posting as regularly as I'd like. Things here in the park have gotten extremely busy.....people are getting ready to leave, so that means a LOT of going away parties! It seems like we have a party a day, sometimes two! I keep telling Jim that we have to leave here to rest up! I have many photos to post of all the different activities, but not much time to blog.

Here are photos from when over 50 of us from the park went on 6 pontoon boats on Canyon Lake in Arizona.

Jim is either begging to be let onto the boat, or he's waiting to untie the boat and hop on!

Our boat is ready to go! Jim is standing to the left in the gray sweatshirt. I am sitting in the bottom left-hand corner with the black coat on.

It was a chilly morning......about 40 degrees when we got to the lake. We all wore an extra layer of clothing....all except Margaret. She dressed like it was winter outside!

This is the first thing we saw as we pulled out from the docks. What beautiful scenery!

 As soon as we were out on the lake, the breeze picked up and it got even colder. That's when Margaret got out her "Snuggie". Did I mention "overkill"?

Last year when we went out on the lake it had been in the 80's. People had brought water guns. It was a welcome relief from the heat. This year was a different story. Nobody wanted to get squirted because it was just TOO cold out! Look at this boat as we passed them - their hoods are up, not only for the cold, but also to protect them from any water guns! Judy is wearing the bucket on her head.

Here's a better one of Judy. I don't know if she was doing the scene from "Titanic" here or what! (I'm the King of the World!)

Being able to go the bathroom was a big issue for all of us women. There were bathrooms by the docks.

There was a pit stop 2 1/2 miles down the lake.

That's it.

We would be on the water for about 4 - 4 1/2 hours.


At least if it was hot out we could either dive into the water and "go", or hang off the ladder and "go".

But it was too cold to do either and no one wore their bathing suits.

Do you see our dilemma?

One of my friends, Thelma, thought she had the solution. She had purchased one of these:

What is it? Why it's a portable toilet for women! So, how many women would it take to help a woman use this device? I suggested FOUR!

2 - to stand and hold towels around the "urinator"
1 - to hold the woman's bathing suit aside (by the crotch)
1 - to hold the funnel in place (I suppose the "pee-er" could do this!)

Anyway, it turned out that Thelma ended up cancelling out on the boat trip soooo, no portable toilet! (I don't think we would have used it anyway!)

Two other friends, Don and Rachel, presented my friend Pat with her own personal female toilet. They cut the handle and neck off of a milk jug and tied a ribbon to it. Here is Pat demonstrating how to use it!

One of the pontoons was filled with pirates and "babes". They came right up to our ship and demanded our "booze" and our "women"!

The captain is wearing a Parrot hat!

The scenery was just breathtaking!

Barely a cloud in the sky!

But just enough to reflect in the water...

Good friends! l-r: Judy, Bob, Kathy, Mike, Doug, Lenore,  Ellen, David.

Once everyone rode up and down the lake, we all met in the middle and tied all the pontoons together.

Let the partying begin! Or should I say, "Continue"!! Whip out the guitars and the singing begins!

New York has "The Naked Cowboy". We here in Arizona have "The Sexy Singing Senior"! Or how about "The Bare-chested Baritone"!

Who knew that you could do line dancing on a pontoon boat?

Happy Times!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday's Things in a Row

These photos come from our pontoon ride on Canyon Lake in Arizona. There were six boats, carrying about 50 passengers, that left early Tuesday morning for a 4 1/2 ride on the lake. It was a little on the chilly side in the morning (about 40 degrees!), but it soon warmed up to about 65 degrees. I will share the photos from the ride in an upcoming post. Here is what I saw in a row:

Three little ducks floating by,

boats in their slip, waiting to glide

Spindles on a railing lined up in a row
where we all stopped so we could go.....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Signs - Arizona Centennial

This year is the 100th anniversary of Arizona's Statehood. Here is a photo of the new state sign at all the borders welcoming everyone to the state of Arizona. Also the centennial sign is posted throughout the state.

(photo courtesy of the internet)

To see more signs, please visit Lesley here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Parade

We had a big St. Patrick's Day celebration here at the park. It started off with a wonderful parade.

This is our beautiful Emcee, E.J.

Decorated golf carts and even a BOAT!

The Fiesta Kitchen Band

Here is the back of that golf cart - the guy is doing the "Irish jig" and is belted in so he doesn't fall off the cart!

The Val Vista Charity Quilters - (a future post is planned on these fine ladies!)

Some of our "Red Hatters"

Always a crowd favorite......The Lawn Chair Brigade!

Jim is the second from the left. "Attention!"

"Right Shoulder Chair"

"Straighten 'em up!"

"Hand on chair"

"Hike 'em up" (the pants)

"Flip chair"

"Sit down!"

"Left! Left! Left, right, left!"

The Drillettes (lady marchers)

Even our dogs are Irish!

Some more "Red Hatters". Or should I say "Mad Hatters"? That's what it would be if I joined!

Another decorated cart

Let's peek inside that cart....two Irish princesses!

An oldie but a goodie, and I'm not talking about the people inside!

I don't know if this is a good idea in a senior park, with SENIORS driving no less, but they covered the front shield of their golf cart so they had to peek around it to see. Maybe they were hoping on the "Luck of the Irish" that they wouldn't hit anyone? Ha ha!

An Irishman on a recumbent three-wheeler!

This group is another crowd favorite. Every year they come up with a comical idea, and this year they didn't disappoint us!

These were the "pole" dancers, who each grabbed a piece of fabric and danced around the pole.

Just love their names!

There was jousting in the street!

Sir Lust-a-Lot

The Knights of the Tempted

Sheriff of Nottieham (naughtyham)

This wench was eyeing one of the parade watchers, who happened to be my friend's husband, Bob!

"Going Green" golf cart

This year's parade featured a lot of people's pets. It was pretty cute!

And this, my friend, says it all....

There was a hamburger fry after the parade. For six bucks you get a hamburger with all the trimmings including lettuce, tomato, cheese, and grilled onions, bag of chips, beans, and some ice cream. It also include a pop or one green beer. I didn't take a photo of the cooks, but this is the line for condiments and such.

You could either choose to sit inside the ballroom, or outside and listen to the band playing in the courtyard.

There was a crowd in both places. Here is the courtyard.

Did YOU see a leprechaun yesterday? I did!

I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!