I didn’t realize that the end of May was my last post. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything fun or exciting, I just haven’t found the time to sit at the computer for any length of time and write. It’s now July, it’sTexas, and it’s hot out, so it’s a great afternoon to get caught up on life over the last month. We haven’t gone on any special trips, but we certainly have been busy. We’ve been here in Sun City for about 9 months now, and we’re still as active and having fun as we were earlier this year. June flew by with all of the activities, events, parties and game nights. But now we’re into July and as I kept hearing people say, now in the month of July and August things are getting a little slower.
But to fill in for the game nights, events and parties, I have now started to partake in the wonderful sport of golf! Where do I begin. Golf is truly a love, hate relationship. It’s maddening when you go out and you get bad shots, missed putts, or just do something really stupid, but then it always seems that last hole or that last putt is the best of the day and you want to come back for more. You always think I ‘ll do better on the next shot, or the next hole. It’s amazing how you keep fooling yourself.
This Sun City has 3 beautiful 18 hole courses with driving ranges, chipping and putting greens. They’re very nice courses and for many it is the main reason for moving here. You can always get a tee time, it just might not be exactly when you wanted it, but they do try hard to meet everyone’s request. Of course, like anywhere, someone is always not happy or satisfied. It is so convenient to leave your clubs on your golf cart in the garage. You put on your golf shoes and less than 5 minutes you’re on the 1st tee. You truly can be spoiled very quickly.
If I haven’t said it once, I have probably said it each post, and I still feel this way, living here is like life on a big cruise ship. You have to be careful though and pick and choose carefully what you want to get involved in, because you can easily take on too much and get burned out very fast. I am finding it best to try something for a while, see if you like it, if not move onto the next thing. You can always keep what you like but keep filling in the time with one of those new activities. Your day can fill up very quickly.
So although some game nights have been stopped for the summer, we now have a weekly neighborhood pool party, not only is it a great place to cool off, it’s a really nice place to sit and visit, how refreshing. I have to say for any person or couple thinking of retiring, and you want to stay active and get involved, then please don’t hesitate to check out an Adult community in your area. I have learned since I quit working last August that you can be prepared financially, and be secure in that path, but if you don’t have a hobby or special interest you will be shocked how long a week can be. You can’t eat out every day, you can’t shop every day. Think of all the hours that you have sat in traffic to and from work, and all the hours you have worked, now look at that time and figure out what you’re going to fill it with. You can’t sit on the computer every day, it’s certainly not healthy, so when you are financially planning your retirement, if you don’t have a passion for something or a hobby you want to pursue I strongly suggest you put that on your to do list so when that magical day comes and you leave that office for the last time, you’re not staring at unlimited hours of nothingness, but looking at activities and being social.
So 9 months later I’m still a fan of Sun City. If that ever changes believe me you’ll be the first to know. But for now and the foreseeable future I’m a big fan! Shortly we’ll be taking a driving trip to NM and I hope to be able to provide you some great insights of places to see and things to do. We’re off to Santa Fe and the Taos area, hoping that 8000 – 10000 ft in elevation will provide us a little change from the 100 degree Texas weather. July 4th has come and gone, and the lazy days of July and August are in front of us. Enjoy the summer, and I’m looking forward to our vacation travels, will keep you posted on the roads we travel. Until next time as the song states “Happy Trails”………..