Monday, November 17, 2014

Not Held Hostage in Mexico

Posted from Casa Grande, AZ    (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

I received an email from one of our blog followers the other day asking if we were being held hostage in Mexico after the conclusion of our dental work.  No, we made it out without incident!

As I look back, it's been over a month since our last post.  Two reasons really.  The first is that we've been settling into our wintering over location here in Casa Grande, AZ at Palm Creek Golf and RV. The second reason is that I've just been too lazy to write a blog.

We arrived at Palm Creek on October 15th. I really can't believe that we've already been here for a whole month!  I'm not going to re-hash info. and pics about Palm Creek because we stayed here last winter and you can click HERE if interested in finding out more about the resort.

Mid-October is still early (and a bit warm) for snowbirders returning to the area, but it's uncrowded and gives us a chance to get day-to-day things done before our friends return for the winter. The gate is usually very  "uncrowded" at this time of the year.

Of course, we had to check out the pickleball courts shortly after arrival.  This photo must have been taken in the hotter part of the afternoon as there were few players on the courts.  As I write this blog today, there seem to be many more players already here than at the same time last year. Probably due to the growing popularity of the sport.

Aside from me playing a LOT of pickleball, Karen is also alternating pickleball with water aerobic classes.  Probably a smarter idea than playing so much pickleball, but I'll never admit to that.

This past Saturday the Resort held its' first of two "Welcome Back" events.  Usually the first is held in mid-November and then a second in January.  There is usually a band playing music "geared" toward our age group.  I can't believe I said that!

Of course you can't have a group of snowbirders get together without food. The lines moved a lot faster this year.

The intent of the "Welcome Back" event is to get folks together to socialize and meet up with old friends and to make new ones. The goal is easily accomplished at Palm Creek. Although it was only our second year staying here, we felt like veterans of the Resort.


Each year residents and snowbirders alike head to the "Pots of Petals" area to select pre-made live plant arrangements, or to have arrangements made up on the spot by the maintenance staff.

You can have hanging baskets and pots of various sizes configured.

The staff deliver the arrangements to your site in a day or two, then for snowbirders like us, remove the pots when you leave for the year. It's a nice touch as it adds color up and down the streets of houses and RVs.

For the past week we've had the chance to get our "dog fix" while watching our friends' Paul and Laura's dog Riley while they are away on business. He reminds us so much of our last Golden Retriever Corey.  Riley is 10 YOA and a very easy going dog to take care of.








Well, hopefully, this blog will serve to catch everyone up with our activities since our last post.  The posts over the winter will probably be fewer and less frequent as "exciting" and blog worthy events just don't seem to happen as we're settled in one place for an extended length of time.

    We don't ever get tired or bored by a beautiful sunset, however.



As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!

15 comments:

  1. I considered sending you the same email. Looks like a great place to settle in for the winter. You can always post about your pickleball championships, or great food you've had.

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    1. The pickleball championships might be few and far between for a bit as we're moving up a division this year.

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  2. I knew you weren't held hostage in Mexico, it was possibly being abducted by Aliens that had me a bit worried...I know strange things happen out West! :c)

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    1. .....and we'd love to have you join us in the West.

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  3. Good to hear things are going well, I also was starting to wonder and about to send a message your way LOL!!. Have a great winter!

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  4. Sometimes you wonder if anyone even reads your posts, then you don't write for a week or two and you get your answer, Like you, I don't like to write about our day to day activities but rather the more interesting stuff.
    It is good to see you have settled in for the winter, you have had a busy year!
    Thanks to your posts on your dental work I have an appointment with Sani Dental the first week of January for a couple of crowns. I will let you know how it goes!

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    1. Do keep us updated on how the dental experience works out for you. We're interested to hear other folks opinions on the subject.

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  5. Been keeping up Karen on FB so know you're enjoying your time, thinking AZ maybe where we'll go next winter. We too enjoy dog sitting when asked, miss our furkids but don't want the responsibility of another one yet.

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  6. Nice to hear what's been happening with you two! Love the Update and the pictures! Looking forward to seeing your medals from this years pickleball matches...

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    1. I don't think the medals will come as easily this year Randy.

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  7. Looks like you're settling right back in to life in Arizona. Enjoy your over-wintering grounds ... I think you're going to be a bit warmer than we will be ;-))

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    1. Come on Erin, with your world travels it's always warm somewhere.
      Safe travels on your upcoming trip.

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  8. Oh my gosh, we just missed you AGAIN! We were in Casa Grande last weekend and even drove thru your park! Had I known we would have stopped by to say hello to a fellow Virginian. We are now settled in Tucson for the winter.

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    1. Darn Carol, that is a shame that we missed you.

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