It’s been awhile since I last posted, and as I look back over last month, January, I wonder where the time has gone. We moved to our home in November, we are now in our 3rd month and I can say that there hasn’t been one day that I have sat here and said I have nothing to do. I had expectations before we moved here, just like when you start anything new. Whether it’s a new job, starting a new excercise program, taking a class, you go into your project expecting something from it. Sometimes you are disappointed and other times surprised because the outcome surpassed what you thought would happen. Before we moved here I remember telling friends that if only half of my expectations are met, I will be happy. I can honestly say that this is a time in my life that my expectations have been met 100%.
I have been retired since September, and I can say living in our previous home, if it wasn’t for the packing and preparing to move out of our home, I was on the road to boredom. I found myself very aware of the time of day, and found I had more down time then I really was happy with. Since moving to Sun City, it has been the opposite and we haven’t even scratched the surface of all the things we want to do. We certainly did jump right in, but because of that we feel very much like we belong, and not an outsider looking in. We are involved in multiple neighborhood game nights and asked to sub on more. We have attended dances and have started taking yoga classes. I really do enjoy the Line Dancing Club and look forward to our monthly ladies luncheons. Our neighbors have included us with open arms, they couldn’t be nicer. This has helped achieve my expectations.
We have a big Open House planned in February, and am looking forward to it. People I didn’t think would come are coming, so definitely more than expected, so I guess some will just have to stand, or we’ll take turns sitting. Either way I’m sure we’ll have fun. We have parties planned out to June, that’s one thing I can say is that you certainly do get enough notice about attending a party. Now put all these activities together and consider we just moved into a house that we are painting, putting knobs and handles on all the cabinets, shopping for some furniture and general house fixing up, every day is active and we’re busy. What’s nice to know is that the house activity, such as the painting, etc… is coming to a close so we’re going to have more free time. I am not worried about this extra time, but actually glad it finally has arrived as we are looking forward to even more activities to get involved in.
We are going to join the Country Dance club, learn how to play Pickle Ball, play a little Shuffleboard, and even get back into the swing of things by pulling our golf clubs out of storage and seeing if we can still hit that little white ball. We will be joining the ranks of other Sun Citiers and will have our Golf Car very soon. There will be days now that I won’t even have to pull the car out of the garage, we’ll be able to attend all of our activities using the golf car. The day has arrived! The next level will be joining these additional clubs, but then we need to go further and consider some day trips, and outside activities, that will be the final stage to total involvement.
I consider us lucky. Our neighbors have been welcoming, they have given us direction and helped us become absorbed in this lifestyle very quickly. I know all don’t experience this type of immersion. Sometimes it might take a while, but if you’re willing to put in the effort it’s there for the taking. What I’m looking forward to is the opportunity to continually meet new people. We enjoy our neighborhood and all the activities it brings, but what also we’re looking forward to, is having a chance to meet the 5000 other people who live here. Of course that’s silly, we’ll never meet them all, but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot.
We’re off on a new month, the weather is getting better, the sun is shining bright and I’m looking forward to each new adventure that is around each and every corner. Keep your travels safe, we’ll be traveling close to home for a while, but whether near or far, it’s not the destination, but the time it takes you to get there. Enjoy your travels………..