Thursday, April 19, 2018

Changes...

This is our 7th year of "Full-Timing" on the road...and you know the old adage about the "7-year itch"?  Well, I guess it's true, at least the part about "needing a change"...So, after all these years of constant moving from campground to campground, never stopping for very long, we finally decided to "put down some roots"!  At least for some of the time...

After the first year, our family and friends repeatedly kept asking us "well, have you found a place you want to settle down and stay yet?"  The answer was always, "no, not yet".  We have now camped in every (mainland) state in the US, and discovered that there is no perfect place to live.  There is always some issue at every location, so what we discovered, it that, after coming to the same place for 3 winters, we've found the best place for us.

We first started coming to Happy Trials RV Resort in Surprise AZ 3 years ago because our friends were here.  We stayed a month.  "Nice place" we thought.  Lots of things to do (hundreds of clubs and activities) lots of friendly people, big place (about 2200 lots).  Nice weather most of the year (hot in the summer).  We came back again the following winter and stayed 3 months.  Made more friends and started getting involved in the clubs a little, Jack in the Sawmill (wood shop) I broke my wrist, so that slowed me down... Then this year, we came back again for another 3 months.  Friends we'd met before remembered us and welcomed us back with open arms!  I joined the stained glass classes and fell in love with the theater group and ended up joining them for next year's performance!  We were invited to tons of pot lucks and parties, happiness and smiles surrounded us everyday.  This place is pure sunshine.  We had long talks...time to think about slowing down...why not here?  So, we talked to the realtor.  The only way we would do it, is if we could find a lot with a (real) house on it -"one that could fit my roll-top desk and our art work!"  That was my criteria...;-)

Well...that's what Greg was able to find us!  A cute little home, on a corner lot with a great covered RV pad, a big front porch (that I've grown to love!) that has a perfect spot for my desk and lots of wall space for all (I hope) art work!  It's a lot smaller home than we have owned, but at our age, and all we've gotten rid of, that's fine.  We will still need to get rid of more (I thought I would have more of a yard...don't).  I wish it had a bigger back yard...but we will adjust.  I'm finding that our front area is quite the social spot, as it's on the corner and people love to come by and stop and chat - I love that!  I'm thinking that we will start a weekly "happy hour" over here like one of our neighbors have at the other location where we were renting before.  It works out really well, everyone brings snacks & BYOB and visits for a couple of hours once a week.  It's really fun and a great way to get to know each other.  I just need more chairs!!


We will still travel...can't give up that bug!  It will just be 6-7 months a year instead of 9-11 months.

Life is full of changes..and that's a good thing...


...unpacking in Arizona,  Marie

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Parties, parties, parties...


Our winter stay here at Happy Trails is slowly coming to an end.  Looking back over the last three months, it seems like it’s been “one party after another”!  Here I thought I would have an opportunity to loose a couple of pounds…ha!  With all the potlucks, I’m lucky to still fit in my cloths! 

The friendliness of everyone here is one of the reasons I like this place so much.  It only takes an evening’s chatting with someone to get to know them well enough to get an invite to the next party!  Next thing you know, your headed down the street to another happy hour, or game night and meeting even more people! 

We’ve had Birthday Parties, Holiday Parties, Fish Fries, Mardi Gras, Happy Hours, Game Nights, Jazz Bash Block Parties, Rib Fest and Ice Cream Socials.  All this on top of what the Happy Trails Social Clubs offer…Bingo Nights and the best yet, the Theater Group’s Musical Show! 


Throughout all that, I did manage to get a couple of crafts done, phew!  I joined the Stained Glass Class and made my son a kaleidoscope.  It turned out pretty good, and a whole lot of fun too.  I’ll do another one next year for one of my grandsons.  Jack and I did a dual project of making hand mirrors for all of my granddaughters.  He cut the wood out for me, and I painted them and lacquered them.  My painting wasn’t perfect, but all in all, I’m happy with them.  They will make nice Christmas presents I think.  That was a fun project too, for both of us.  We also managed to read a ton of books…our favorite thing!  ;-) 



One of the big things I did this year…was to commit to the Theater Group for next year!  Yep, I’m going to “go on stage”!  After seeing how much fun they were having, and “lip-singing” all my favorite songs, the ones I sing to all the time anyway, I thought I just had to join them!  So, I did!  What a great group!  When my daughter was growing up, she went to the school of performing arts and we always had a house full of kids singing and dancing.  I loved it and miss that wonderful energy.  “These are my kind of people!”  I’m really looking forward to spending time with them, getting to know them, rehearsing together, and partying together!  They keep reminding me it’s also “hard work”, but, it’s also my kind of work, so, I’m looking forward to it…

I’ve also been looking at a few churches.  I’ve been in Science of Mind for many years, so that’s where I started.  There is one about 40 minutes from here.  We also went to a Unity of Surprise that is only about 15 minutes from here that I really liked.  The minister looked (and her name sounded) very familiar.  She said the same thing to me when we met…but neither of us could place each other…odd, huh?  Anyway, it was nice to “be back in church”, it’s been a long time.  Being on the road full time hasn’t lent itself to making it easy for that.  Nice people, nice place.  They had a wonderful Easter Service that included a 15 piece jazz orchestra that really added to the service too!  That, and a full pot luck buffet afterward, what more can a person want?  ;-) 





The temperatures are still hovering around the mid 80's for the most part, so it's still lovely here, while many states are still suffering cold, rain and snow, so the folks are slow to exit this year.  Many that normally leave by the first of April and now pushing it back to almost May...so, a "few more parties yet"?  We shall see...




...kicking back in Arizona,  Marie