I just realized that it has been a long time since I wrote my last blog. When I started writing in August last year, it seems like I had time every day to sit down and write. Actually I was looking to fill my time so writing here was helpful to fill that time. It also was helpful in transitioning to this new life. Today is Saturday, you can certainly ask me what the date is, but I sure don’t know. I’m still OK with knowing if it’s a Monday or a Tuesday, etc…, but that’s only because of all the game nights and different things we do that the days of the week are not forgotten, but the date, that requires a calendar. But if you ask me what we’re doing on the first Monday of the month, or the third Wednesday of the month, or the fourth Thursday evening, I can tell you. I’ve learned to use that function on my Outlook calendar very well.
The end of May will be nine months since I worked full-time and almost 7 months that we have lived in Sun City Georgetown. If there are any people who read this and are thinking of retiring in the near future or are already retired and looking for something new, I will suggest go on-line and look for Adult communities. They are all over the U.S. and not just Sun Cities. Lennar has some 55+ communities, and Pulte of course has Del Webb and you don’t have to move South or away from your kids because I wouldn’t be surprised if there is not one near you. If you are a social person, like group activities, like to golf or play tennis, into crafts, pickelball, game nights, socials, and live music events, this is the place to be. Our previous neighborhoods were multi-generational and very seldom did you get together with your neighbors. Everyone was too busy running here or there, working, shopping, cleaning, etc…..So even when they were home they didn’t have time to visit except occasionally.
If anyone ever watched Desperate Housewives with all the drama going on, I will say that Drama does exist. I can happily say that is all that is similar to Wisteria Lane. No murders, no crime, but when you have many older people with time on their hands, I will be honest and say there is drama. Is it so horrible that it negates the good stuff, absolutely not. But I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the negative. There are the ones that want to be the leaders, there are the ones that form their little groups, there will always be someone who doesn’t get along with someone, that’s just the way of the world. But although some of this exists, it is so mild and does not affect the overall mood and fun of the neighborhood. What it does do is bring up some funny stuff and if you can laugh about it and move on, then that’s OK. You know we have lesser years now than we did before on this earth, so the petty stuff, who cares.
I know living on this street that I could call anyone, anytime and ask for help and they would be there. It’s nice knowing that if you had to your neighbors would be here for you. In today’s world that is a really great thing. There are no screaming kids, no toys left in the yards, no swing sets and no 4 or 5 cars sitting out. Are there rules here, of course there are rules, but those are what makes the neighborhoods look as nice as they do and for us one of the reasons we moved here. We don’t mind rules, as long as they are practical and for everyone. I know for some the rules thing is offensive, but overall I believe in rules and believe if not over done can be good for everyone.
It’s now summer in Texas. Going to be in the mid-90’s all week. Some people have already left for the summer and others will be leaving over the next month. We hear that June – September is rather slow here as many people go on long vacations or to their home up North, so we’ll have to see what happens over the next few months. I can tell you thru the end of May it has not slowed down. I am not one to sit and watch TV, or read a book for a long period of time so being here and being active is right up my alley.
I am going to say one last thing about aging. I know I’m one of the younger ones here in Sun City, being in my 50’s. I have a new outlook of what I want to be when I’m 65 or 70. I have heard the saying that “the 60’s are the new 40’s” and I truly, absolutely and completely believe that. I have a new goal in life to be as fit and in shape as many of the 70 year olds. Many run circles around me and are in much better shape. I have never seen so many ladies that I would never have guessed they are as old as they are, and no they have not had surgery. I have a few years to get working on this, and I sure am. So for today this is it, I’m motivated and going to work out. The road I’m traveling today is the work out road………