Let’s try to play catch up shall we?
It almost goes without saying that we have been getting our share of Pickleball play in. I have been playing 6 days per week and spend anywhere from 3 to 6 hours a day at the courts and Diane has been playing 4 or 5 days per week.
To help give back a little to our Pickleball club I have also started mentoring a 2.5 level group every Saturday along with 2 other people at 10:30 teaching a different skill each week. Our club is very big at training at all skill levels and that’s a part of why we enjoy this place so much.
Diane is still trying to get a handle on what she wants to do this year as far as volunteering goes. She normally works the Welcome and Sign Up table but the club has gone in the direction of computers for everything from signing up new members to even signing up for Round Robins and training events and because Diane isn’t really a “computer person” she will probably volunteer doing something else this year. And that’s too bad because she really enjoyed working the welcome table.
Another thing we have tossed into our Pickleball schedule is a Saturday night gathering at 6 where we have about 2 hours of very light hearted social play followed by a Happy Hour.
It doesn’t get much better than a bunch of friends getting some laughs on the courts followed by a Happy Hour. And because we have been having cooler than normal evenings we have now started taking the Happy Hour to the Bistro patio where we can enjoy a nice fire.
And I have been trying to get to the gym at least a couple times a week to spend some time on the elliptical but for some reason I’m not getting there as often as the last couple years. I really need to put forth more effort.
And our good friends Bob & Karen came for a 1 week visit.
We always have a good time with Bob & Karen, let’s see we went out to BeDillon’s Restaurant for a very nice dinner for Bob’s Birthday.
**Side note, BeDillon’s is probably the nicest restaurant in Casa Grande and they have great food and great service. It was the best meal we have had while out on the town in a long long time. Obviously they know they are the best in town because they are certainly not afraid to charge for it LOL!! That one meal cost half of what we budget to eat out for an entire month but it was worth it.”
We also went to Anaya’s for a good old Mexican dinner. There are 2 Mexican restaurants that we normally go to, Anaya’s and Eva’s. Anaya’s is rated much higher on Trip Advisor and certainly has a much more “Mexican vibe” but the food at Eva’s isn’t none too shabby either.
Bob & Karen also wanted to spend as much time as possible on the Pickleball courts which of course was ok with us. They are new to the game but have developed a passion and it was fun to see them take such interest. It was also fun to hear them say how sore they were each morning from the previous days play LOL!!!
The weather didn’t cooperate as well as we would have liked for their visit but we did squeeze in a couple bike rides, a little Hillbilly Golf and some Ping Pong along with the other stuff.
And we spent a Rip Roaring evening playing Bingo. Bob was one of the big winners of the evening and I think won something like $135.
While they were here we also attended one of the many outside events held here at the resort each winter. This theme for this particular one was “Fall Fiesta” and there was a live band and a number of food trucks lined up to choose from as well as a few vendors showing off their services.
We hated to see Bob & Karen go but for some reason they had an urge to drop their motorhome off with some friends in Boulder City and then drive into the freezing weather that was waiting for them at home up in Oregon to spend the holidays.
Diane and a few of the girls went out one Saturday night to the Roller Derby. Yup, the Roller Derby, I remember watching that as a kid on TV.
It sounds like they had a good time and from the looks on their faces I’m thinking they did.
Also every month there is a Craft Fair held here at the park that has everything from A to Z it seems and normally we just go and walk through and walk away with something like a couple jars of hot sauce or salsa but this time we bought a couple new things for our patio.
For the last 7 years we have avoided buying stuff like this because we as a rule don’t set much up other than a couple chairs and a BBQ because we have moved so much but now that we plan to start staying at one spot a little longer we figured what the heck.
Diane has also gone over to the tennis courts a couple times to play Bumbee Ball. It’s sort of a strange game played with tennis rackets and a soft cloth ball about the size of a baseball and there can be as many as 8 players on each side of the court.
You serve the ball like tennis but the ball has to be hit at least 2 times on each side of the net before going back over to the other side and there are a couple other rules that I really don’t know because I have only played once and realized it wasn’t for me LOL!!!
But those that play seem to have a pretty darn good time and a bunch of yelling and laughing is always involved.
And Diane gets together with the girls one day each week for Mexican Train and a different day for Mahjong.
Of course a group of us still get together every Tuesday night about 5:30 and head to Buffalo Wild Wings for the 2 for one wing night special. This is a tradition that started a couple years ago with just 4 or 6 of us going and has grown to now having 12 or more show up.
We also made a trip to Mesa one Sunday morning to hit the Mesa Market where again we normally never buy anything. But this time we had a mission, and that was to buy a new area rug for the living room, something that would add a little color.
Oh, you might notice that we are starting to decorate for Christmas which is odd for us because we have not decorated in the last 7 years on the road. In fact we didn’t decorate for many years when we had a sticks & bricks, we are just not Christmas people. In fact we both will say that Christmas is our least favorite holiday of the year LOL!!
For some reason this year we just had the urge and I think we have decided to even start gathering some sort of decorations for each holiday. We will see how far that thought goes.
And we can’t forget Thanksgiving. We were going to have it outside but there was a threat of rain so Stan and Claire were kind enough to offer their home for all of us to gather.
There was a large enough group that we had to split up into separate areas and everyone had a great time and of course ate to much.
At the time of this update we have been at our winter spot for 5 weeks and it seems like only 2 because we have stayed so busy. It’s crazy how fast time goes by.
And did we mention before that last month (November) marked 7 years that we have been on the road fulltime!!! Talk about time flying by. I guess that means I better get busy on our 7 year update that we do each year.
I guess that’s it for this update, we hope everyone is having a great winter where ever you are spending it.