Friday, December 26, 2008

Golfing with A.J. and Irene





Today, even though it is cool and windy we (tried) played golf with AJ and Irene. They are excellent golfers, whereas Hank and I are not so HOT. We had a great time chasing after that little white ball. Now, what is the point of this game again?

Christmas dinner at Valarie's


Dinner was fabulous! Mike had prime rib on the grille, Lillie brought corn casserole, Valarie had potatoe and all sorts of desserts.
Dinner wouldn't be complete without playing games. Anne, Steve, Irene, A.J.,Donna, Mike, Valarie, Gerry, Hank and myself played Charades and Bollerdash.
Great friends!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve Party





Christmas Eve was spent across the street at Zella and Harriet's RV. There were probably 50 people who all brought food. Valarie led the girls in singing Christmas carols. Hank and the boys stood by the fire talking politics.
375 illuminate lights were lit up and down the street. You can see our RV on the corner (barely). The show for the evening was the sunset!! It was gorgeous! God always amazes us by creating the most spectacular event of the evening.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND HAPPY NEW YEARS.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Who's crazy??



Hank and I actually slept late this morning, 7:00am. I think that is the latest we have ever slept. Yes, Lillie actually played watervolley ball today. The die hards showed up!! The wind was blowing like crazy, which made hitting the ball really funny! We played for over 2 hours. Hank played golf. We went out to dinner, then did a little shopping.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Chili night at the Corbitt's on a rainy night



The day started off pretty nice and we played pickleball. As the day went on, it got overcast and cooler so I thought we would make some chili. I made so much, we decided at the last minute to ask over neighbors, Irene & AJ, Steve and Anne.
Very Yummy! After dinner, the girls went to Bingo! Anne won about $15.
Great time with friends.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Southern Party at Eddy and Perry's


Ya'll know these are good people from the south! The navy beans and country ham was cooking, cornbread was made, meatloaf and mashed potatoes and punkin pie for desert.
Wow!!! Everyone just finished playing their sports and dropped by for great food and company. We represented Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tenneesee, Alabama and North Carolina. Had a great time until the sunset and we all started freezing!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Family Feud






Last night Hank and I both went out of our comfort zone!! We were asked to be contestants by our "so called" friends, to be on the game show Family Feud.
We were on opposite teams. The girls were called "Babes in Playland" and the boys were "Hillbilly Heartaches". But believe me when I say, the boys only gave us Heartburn instead of Heartaches. There was much laughter by the audience, and the answers were very funny!! The first contestants before us were dressed normal and very serious.
The girls won the big prize, $25. each! We beat all the teams. Lillie was in the final lightning round, she and Anne did great! We had cute names for our team too!
Rene, Margarette, Tiger Lily, Lorretta and Dominque. The boys were, Bubba, Bubba #2, Bubba #3, Bubba #4(hank), and Bubba #5 and Blue (Doggie they pulled around on a rope).

We finished the evening by alot of fun dancing and laughter. Merry Christmas Everyone.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Avis


Last night we went to Olive Garden with our friends, Avis and Larry, Perry and Edie.
We had great food! After dinner, we went to Avis house for cake and ice cream. We also played alot of card games such as "chase the Ace", and 99. What new games I am learning. Very windy this morning...gotta run Bible study this morning.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Merry Christmas Hank



Hank got his Christmas present a little early and is giving it a try today. This is a little smoker-grille that will fit in the basement of the RV. He is so excited and is cooking a pork loin today!! He has been watching the food chanel learning all about cooking. OH BOY!! Maybe that means I will be cooking less and less and him more and more!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Sing along

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Hank and I really enjoyed singing Christmas Carols, drinking hot chocolat and eating Christmas cookies. We always have fun doing this and I thought you might enjoy a little bit of our fun.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Potluck Dinner




Last night we went to Bob and Marlene's for a potluck dinner. Peggy and Jim are departing Monday for Mexico. We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed great friends.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bye Bye Katherine


The weekend went by so fast!! Where did the time go? We drove them to the airport, but stopped off in Chandler (where Johnnie and Jason lived) had lunch at a brewery.
Very nice! Then we said our good bye's. Thanks for coming to visit, sharing your BD and just having a wonderful time with family over the holidays...love you.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Katherine's visit continues




After Katherine and Brian arrived, we went to a Mexican Restaurant for her BD dinner.
We taught them pickleball and played several games. We played peg and jokers, sequence and lots of Wii because it actually rained and cooled off Sunday.
Katherine and I did some shopping and Brian and Hank played golf.

This morning Katherine made a bowl in the pottery. We are now heading to Chandler for lunch then drop them off at the airport in Phoenix. I loved my visit so much.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

December 6th Katherine comes to visit






Katherine and Brian came to visit me this weekend. It is Katherine's BD!!!
We did a little shopping and volunteered to wrap some presents for kids. While the boys went to play golf, Katherine and I went to the pool. Katherine read her book and caught some rays....I played volleyball. Later, they all watched me play!! Yea right, they all took naps.
We are going out to dinner tonight, Mexican!! Later!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, Dec. 4th.

This is a tough day for me, John passed away 4 years ago today. Thank God he sent me Hank. He is such a kind and understanding Husband. I want to Thank you all- all my friends and family for your support and love. I love you all!
The morning started early as usual. Today, after 2 weeks of not playing pickleball...I am going to try. Hank and I entered into a round robin. I lost 1, and won 6. YEAA!! Maybe I just needed to rest to improve my game. (haha) I also played water volleyball, then we drove down to Phoenix to watch the Coyotes play ice hockey. About 40 Palm Creek people road a cool bus. What a game!! 6-3. Returned around 10:30! Long day and finally it is over....good night
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Day


We had a very busy Thanksgiving Day! We started the day by playing pickleball at
8am. Then we went to the Santan Room for Thanksgiving lunch. It was pretty darn good.
After lunch, we watch Len Roberts perform for 2 hours. He impersonated Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Red Buttons, played instruments and sang. He was really awesome.
We finished up the evening going to Bob and Marlene's for desert. We played Pegs & Jokers, came home and went to bed.

Couples Pickleball round robin

For the last couple of Sundays, I haven't been feeling very well. So, I enlisted a friend of ours, Edie to play pickleball with Hank on Sundays. They have been having a great time playing.
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Spanky enjoying Sunbeams

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Visit with Great Friends



Today we met up with our friends, Debbie and Doug. They were heading home to Florida for the winter months. We enjoyed our lunch at Chili's and talking over Rv travels.
We hope to meet up with them again next year either in Florida or at the Drag Races.
Anyway, we had a great time! Have safe travels!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Welcome Home Party



You know, I believe retirees use any excuse to have a party. Yesterday, the "welcome Home" party was just a get together of people in the park. There was a band and a place to dance. All food, beer, coolers, hot dogs etc..were $1. You got to meet department heads and learn about the new activities in the park.
I volunteered to blow up balloons that morning and there is a picture of 1/2 of them.
That was fun and got to meet some new people.
We had a nice time.
Later, Hank and Edie played partners in the couples pickleball round robin. They did great!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hummingbirds



It is shocking to see Hummingbirds in November but I really have been enjoying them.
Yesterday, we looked outside to see a Finch drinking the sugar water. It was cute!
I guess it is so dry, they need water too!

55+ Community



I guess you guys wonder what Hank and I do all day that I don't post very often anymore. Our days start really early!!
6:00am Breakfast
7:30am Pickleball (fun)
10:00am Pickleball round robins (boys or girls) we alternate days
12:00pm Lunch
run errands
2-4:00 Water volley ball
5:00pm cocktail hour somewhere
6-9pm card games or board games
Now just for the fun of it..Hank volunteers on Tuesday to be a Ranger, he parks the Rv's that come into the park. Golf is worked in as a sub, when we can.
He also volunteers to be a captain of men's "B" pickleball to run round robin on Mondays.
Lillie is volunteering to help with party on Sunday to welcome back all residents here at the park for the winter. It is non stop from the time we get up until we go to sleep.
Last night "Pickleball Patti" that green puppet was introduced as mascot for Palm Creek!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pegs and Jokers



Last night we played Pegs and Joker, this was a learning night for Peggy and Jim.
Tonight we will get serious!! Rod and Jean just arrived in their RV Friday. Bob and Marlene are the only ones parking their RV and camped out in a new home until spring.
Alot of fun! See everyone Sunday!

I thought this was funny



Three weeks ago, we went to Home depot. They were selling tomato plants in October. I bought this little guy to put in with my flowers. Look how it has grown and has 5 tomato already showing. It is so weird. Here it is November 9th.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Volleyball social hour


While Hank is away, I attended social hour for all the Volleyball players and spouses. It is funny how different people look dressed up after only seeing them with their bathing suits.

Had a great time but forgot to take more pictures...sorry.

Hank heading for Tennessee


Sunday at 3:30am, I drove Hank to the airport. Lucky him! He gets to go home and I am stuck here with 90 degree weather, swimming, games, pickleball etc... what will he do at home??

He will return on Friday, I miss him already!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wine and Cheese Party



Yesterday, Hank and Bob Rea played golf. When they returned, Hank had a new vocabulary in Golf. What is Bob doing to my Hank? The stories sounded like "fish stories."
Later in the evening, we went to a wine and cheese party around the pool. When we finished enjoying all the food, we went into the ballroom and heard 3 different comedians. We had a great time with Barb and Bob, and Jerry and Sue (which we celebrating their 44th anniversary).

Home Made Ice Cream


Hank and I have been so busy since we returned to Palm Creek, I haven't had the time to post anything. We play pickle ball at 7, golf, volleyball and then at night different games.
This past week, my volleyball team got together and had home made ice cream. The picture is of some of the guys I play with, believe me these old guys can slam the ball with the best of them!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Home at Palm Creek



We got home around 1pm, started unloading and some friends rode by on their bikes saying, "Lillie it is Volleyball time." So, I turned over the work to Hank and went and played for a couple of hours. It then has become busy busy busy. We had about 10 washes to do to catch up the 2 wks gone. But Hank and I have played pickleball every morning for 2 hours, volleyball, golf (yes golf)we chase each others balls around the course and look alot in creeks. (I now have a ball retriever). More picketball at night...then we crashed.

I got an exciting package from Ansley and Gabe...see the Plate they made for me sitting in the window. THANK YOU. You are the best grandchildren ever!! Grammie loves you.

The other picture is our winter home. Everything is all set up! I don't have to move again until we come home. Can you see the cute balloon flag on front I got at the balloon rally??

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday night-Monday morning



Driving through Apache Sitgreaves National Forest was gorgeous and we felt Fall in the air. The colors were fabulous! We stopped for the night at Hon Dah Casino. We ate at the buffet, which was horrible. We then played penny slots and I won $1.50. Later we play Pegs and Jokers with Bob and Marlene. I think the men's ego has gotten way out of hand winning. The temperatures dropped to 19 degrees. WOW. Driving the switchbacks through the mountains were slow...can you see Bob driving down the mountain?
We are back home at Palm Creek.

Sunday-travels home El Malpais National Monument




High winds cancelled our last day at the Balloon Rally, so we headed home following Marlene and Bob. We stopped in El Malpais. Lava rocks are everywhere and hardened lava flows covered the ground. We hiked a trail leading to atleast 8 lava falls, which is a whole in the ground like where Hank is standing. We then checked out the La Ventana Natural Arch.