Saturday, December 29, 2007

Water volleyball on Dec. 29,2007

Hank and I just finished playing a round robin in pickleball, then the DIE-HARD volleyball players showed up to play a couple of games. People still haven't returned from Christmas Vacation but should be home this weekend. Anyway, Hank came up with hidden camera and took some candid shots. Can you see me return that volley?
Such a pro!!! Yea right!! The weather is becoming warm again, next week in high 60's.

Friday, December 28, 2007

A Stroll down Palm Creek Lane

I think if you double the picture you will see it clearer. Hank and I watched these guys shimmy up those tall palm trees with spikes on their shoes and string lights. There are a couple of hundred of those trees with lights. The park is really pretty during the Holidays. This is just one little area near the golf course with a little stream flowing with gold fish in the bottom of the pond at the end. They have staff that cover all the pansies throughout the park every night while it is freezing! It drops to about 30-32 at night, then warms up during the day.

Thank you family and friends for all the cards and gifts for Christmas. Hank and I just loving hearing from you...we miss you all.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Today Hank and I played pickleball. For those of you whom don't know what that is, it is a West Coast Thingy! To me it is a little tennis, ping-pong and racketball-all in one!
That is my partner, hitting the ball...but if you look in the background you will see Hank playing!

It is a very fun Becky and Jerry..plan on playing this sport when I see you guys in a couple of weeks.

Christmas Night

Christmas night we headed up to the Adobe Room to play some Hand & Foot! Hank and I played on the same team this time with Marilyn. We Won! We played for a couple of hours and had a really good time. It was like what family did at home, played games before or after Christmas meal!
Hank and I are doing fine but we are getting a little homesick-we will be home before you know it.
My entire family call me-and our Sunday School class called too! We miss you all!

Christmas 2007

At 3:00 p.m. we headed up to the Ballroom and we sat with 3 other couple, none of us knew each other. There were about 300 people seated for dinner. We had a great time! Dinner consisted of Ham, carrots, salad, jello-fruit salad, scalloped pototes, rolls, and cheese cake for desert. We sang Christmas carols, opened presents...We ended up having a good Christmas.
The night before we went to Church for service, with singing, The Lord's supper and a candle light ceremony...not like Ridgedale Baptist, but very close to home.
Yesterday wasn't like any Christmas I've ever had in the past. I woke up really early like always on Christmas morning but didn't hear any pitter-patter of little feet. No yelling, no kids laughing or screaming and I started to cry. I missed my family so much! Christmas hasn't been the same since John died 3 years ago-Christmas. Anyway, I got up to fix the coffee and guess what? Santa came to visit me. There was a brand new stocking filled with goodies. A beautiful Christmas card and a box, I-pod nano! I was so excited! Hank got nothing! (Maybe Hank wasn't as good as I was) ho ho !!(I felt horrible) My pottery wasn't done on Monday like they said, it will be done today....oh well!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Today Hank and I decided to venture out of the resort and visit the nearby ruins. The ruins are over 1,000 years old and the oldest findings of a village in the U.S. This was the Nation's first archeological reserve found in 1892. We had a good time walking around looking at the clay walls and watching the video of this Hohokam Indian Tribe. There were alot of their clay pots, jewelry and different types of tools used for farming and irrigations. It was declared as a National Monument in 1918. So, this was pretty cool.....just like the weather!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007

Finally, after Hospital visit, follow up Doctor visit, and massage, I am improving. I had to have some test run and should get the results by tomorrow. Hank has been a wonderful husband, spoiling me rotten. We went to the jacuzzi yesterday afternoon and followed it up with dinner and Bingo.
I had some exciting news, my sister Becky and her husband, Jerry are coming to visit us Jan.13. That should be fun! Now my big sister can show off...and be one of those "active" (retired person) like this whole community. She and Jerry want to do some hiking, so Hank is excited.
I am going to the pottery this morning to finish my projects. They have been sitting for a week.
Katherine just got home from Coasta Rico last night. She and Brian had a wonderful week...that was her BD present from her husband.
Rebecca and kids are heading home to Atlanta today. She will get to be with my family for Christmas...I miss you all and enjoy my grandbabies.
Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Fibromyalgia-Bad Day

Well, the last week hasn't been much fun. My fibromyalgia flared up and knocked me down. Apparently, I thought it only affected the muscles, well it affects the joints too. Anyway, it has been downhill from there! I had to go to the clinic for some immediate relief, and have a follow up with a Rhuematologist next month. I hope by then I will back in remission. Please keep me in your prayers! Thank you, much love,Lillie

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Trimming on the wheel-plus pickleball

Today I learned how to trim my bowl on the wheel. I am learning all sorts of new things.

Yesterday, Hank and I took lessons and learned how to play pickleball. Today we put those lessons to test. There was a novice round-robin. Hank and I won the first 2 sets, but lost the last one. We enjoyed it very much and will be playing again after we recover from PHYSICAL exercise. It is like tennis (on a smaller court) and rackets are like racketball (sorta). This is a West Coast thingy!

Craft Fair

The second Tuesday of every month they have a craft fair in the ballroom, outside around the pool and in the parking lot. I have picked up a few cool things! It was a great day for a fair was raining, so it was nice to have an indoors place to go to!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Poker Night

These are some friends of ours, Steve and Anne! Hank and I played them in Hand and foot. Very fun evening!

These are the serious poker players! You pay a limit when you come in, these are the 2 final tables of players soon to be down to one person.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Neighborhood Jive!

I am sure in your neighborhood, you've had some kind of prank go around...this one was a good one. I have gone out of the coach twice this week being hit with Neighborhood Jive...a bag filled with goodies. You then fill the goodie bag, put your site number on it (so you don't get it twice) and send it on.
This was last nights goodie-cute huh? (the Santa Claus, candle)

Where do we go when it is COLD?

It was raining, overcast and just down right dreary Hank and I decided to go to the hot tub and relax. We met some nice people who decided to do the same thing. During this visit, we were talked into taking Pickleball lessons on Monday afternoon. We will let you know how that goes!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Sing-a-long

Tonight we had a Christmas sing-a-long, we had Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate. It was really a lot of fun...they had the Palm Creek chorus (with the antlers and elf ears.) Santa Claus was there too!
The tables were decorated really nice and everyone was in the spirit.
We also received nice christmas present, a CD and candy.

So, Hank and I are really getting into the Christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas!!

Bad Wind Storm Today

Today we had an awful wind storm and the RV was rocking back and forth. I looked under the kitchen table and there were all the animals cuddled together in fear.
The wind sounded awful hitting the awnings outside, and the children did not like the noise....aren't they cute??

Hand and Foot

I am sorry I haven't written much! I am staying so busy and I don't leave the resort. I did 2 new things yesterday. I used the wheel, turned clay and made a bowl.
Second thing I did last night was to learn how to play hand and foot. It is very simular to Canasta, so it didn't take to long to learn.Had a great time and will do this again next week.

We are suppose to have a big wind and rain storm later