How Many Activities in the RV Park are Too Many?
How many activities in the RV Park are too many? I’m supposed to be old and retired and taking it easy, so what is with the 15 page schedule of things to do. This winter we are living in the Greenfield Village RV Resort in Mesa Arizona. It’s our second season here and we love this park. There are about 800 park model residences and RV’s here. Laughingly enough, it is considered a mid sized park with snowbirds. Greenfield has great neighbors from US and Canada, is really well maintained and has a whole board full of Daily Activities. Here is a “potential” schedule for a retired person: (try to keep up please)
- 5:00 am, Get up or 5:10 am if you’re late (I don’t get up that early, but a bunch of my friends do that every day), and hit the gym for an hour or so workout (now it gets really complicated from here)
- 6:30 am, sunrise, choice of line dancing, auqasize, hiking club off into the desert or maybe breakfast
- 8:00 am, NOW WE REALLY GET MOVING water aerobics, tennis (couple hundred people), shuffleboard (bout the same amount as tennis), pickleball (brand new here and growing fast – up to about 150 people in our second season), ceramics, wood shop, jewelry club, bicycle club, paper crafting , yoga classes, ballroom dance lessons, computer club, cancer support group, wood carving, ukulele group, village singers, metal shop, mahJong, Tai Chi, billiards club …..
- PLUS the Main Office opens for meetings and and actual business
- 9:00 am, Post office opens, library opens, Quilting and sewing club gets moving making Arizona Blankets 4 Kids, some days the Pancake Breakfast finishes up, single ladies group, POOL and HOTTUBS are open, Golfers drive away on their carts for any number of local courses, Softball team heads out, Veterans Club meets (US and Canada) thank you for protecting our freedoms.
- 12:00 Noon, Village Players Plays and Lunch – Arts and Crafts Fair – Snowbird CAFE (best $5.00 Hamburgers and Chips in Phoenix)
- OK – I’m missing a WHOLE bunch of activities but you see what I mean (plus I’m old and forgetful) Mostly you hear fun and laughter throughout the Resort
- REAL LIFE STUFF too – we have to go shopping, sit in the sunshine in our lawn chairs (and sometimes fall asleep) and check our HappyHour786 Blog and Facebook, FaceTime the kids and grandkids, occasionally clean the Park Model or RV, wash a few clothes (mostly just shorts, t-shirts and underwear for us), practice my piano (yes I am taking long distance FaceTime iPad piano lessons too), Taco Tuesdays, wow, and we thought the kids were over scheduled.
AFTERNOON – SWIMMING POOL or water aerobics or just lounging poolside getting our tans. Also Blood Donation, CPR classes, Heart and Blood Pressure Screening and I apologize, but I’m very sure I forgot several groups and activities. AND we’re still playing pickleball or tennis or golf or shuffleboard.
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Happy HOUR, the Most Important Part of the Day
- HAPPY HOUR ***** Now the most important part of the day **** It’s a simple concept. First you bump into to one of your neighbors and/or friends or someone you’ve never seen before at one of the above mentioned activities in the rv park or just while standing out in the street visiting and you say “what are you doing later?” and the answer is “I don’t know” and the next answer is “wanna come over for HAPPY HOUR?” and the next answer is “sure, who else should we text?” So you finish up being overly busy, grab some snacks and favorite beverage of choice (Adult beverages since it is a 55 and over Resort), hop on the bicycle or golf cart or (heaven forbid) we walk to the neighbors or come over to our Space 786. THAT’S WHERE WE GOT THE HAPPYHOUR786 NAME FOR OUR BLOG. Grab a lawn chair, pop the top, few snacks (always way too much food) and discuss how we enjoy the relaxing retired life where we barely have time to keep up. Plus we ALWAYS talk about our kids and grandkids plus our ongoing ailments and aches and pains this week and make plans for the weekend. NO ONE EVER TALKS ABOUT WORK OR A JOB, isn’t retirement great? Like I said, “old and retired and taking it easy.” Some happy hours keep going and end up in card parties, board games or other late evening events.
If this isn’t enough, a couple evenings a week the whole Resort has evening HAPPY HOUR near the pool or around the fire pit under the moon and stars, sponsored by one of the above clubs with more food, BYOB and live music for dancing.
What About Weekends?
What about weekends in the resort? I’m glad you asked that important question because weekends are even busier than normal days. Although sometimes NoniKay and I just hang out together and have some alone time. Community Church and Breakfast on Sunday, of course. Almost every weekend there is a dance or two at Main Ballroom.
February 14th was special with the First Annual Greenfield 2017 Valentines Day Senior Prom. Old clothes (funny suits or tuxes and beautiful prom dresses), old music played by old rockers, snacks, great decorations, corsages, a disco ball and a really nice old 63 T-Bird for photos. And many OLDer people having more fun dancing and being with friends than we ever did when we were actually in High School. The stroll, swing, the gator, the twist, limbo (yes, even limbo) and of course the best of all in my mind was slow dancing with my honey. I even saw a flask or two appear from the inside pocket of a suit coat. Wonderful evening for all.
Do we go out to eat somewhere, practice pickleball, sew on our quilt, visit some friends who live in Mesa but not in Greenfield, go hiking the Superstition Mountains or to Spring Training (Go Seattle Mariners) or the Barrett-Jackson world famous auto auction or see the Phoenix Open or NASCAR. Take the mountain bikes out or grab the kayaks, jump on the Harley? Do we travel around Southern Arizona and be tourists.
Old and Retired and Taking it Easy
Do you get my point? What am I to do? An old silver haired grandpa like me. I’m supposed to be old and retired and taking it easy. What is your most fun activity in your RV park?
Today’s Gratitude List
And here is Today’s Gratitude list. As promised, I’ll feature a gratitude list at the end of each post through the remainder of February and all of March. We would love to have you share your gratitudes with us in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
- NoniKay is my greatest blessing. I had no idea she would be in my life which just goes to show we receive blessings that we didn’t even know we needed. God is wonderful.
- Our kids and grandkids. Wonderful, smart, giving people that are contributing to this world.
- Greenfield, of course, for reasons stated above. Plus we have made some close lifelong friends in this community.
- Retirement is so nice. For many years NoniKay and I worked multiple jobs and overtime. Time, not working, to spend with her and our family and friends is great.
- I am grateful that this blog is helping others. RV and Travel Tips, Lifestyle and Family, great topics that NoniKay shares with others.
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