Sunday, March 30, 2014

Some Parts Of My World

Blog has been silent for awhile.  But that doesn't mean that life has stood still.  Far from it.  I like it when it is busy but I do have to admit that I savor the moments I get to spend at home.  Especially when I can use the time to just veg out.  Doesn't happen too often.  Maybe that's why I treasure it. 

Not even sure where to start.  I am just going to go through pictures and post them.  So there will be no rhyme or reason to it.

Here's hoping this goes well.  You know this darn blog does not want to behave sometimes. 

 Mary Jean and Sharon at the Soup Contest.  This is the winning soup that Mary Jean made!!  Oh!  How fun that was!!  It was a big deal.  There were 14 different soups that entered.  It was held in the auditorium and people had to vote.  About 300 people voted.  It was a big party atmosphere.  Karoke was going on.  An auction and door prizes, entertainment, lots of visiting was going on for 4 hours. We were very busy ladling out soup.  I decorated the table.  Can't see it here but it was cute.  Lots of pink (because that is our signature color)  Swags of pink net with little lights intertwined was on the front.  And my tap dancing, pink bear sat in one corner.  A very neat plaque that I got at our Christmas party with a touching saying about dance in the other corner.  Anyway, we won a very coveted trophy.  It is a big spoon and they had our name put on as the champions - 2014.  We also got bragging rights.  It was some work but so very worth it.  This was a fund raiser for the Pickle Ball but it served other purposes as well.
 Last March (almost exactly a year ago) we went to Palm Springs, California to spend some time with Bryan and his family.  They were there for spring break.  LOVE Palm Springs!!  This is our beautiful and very sweet granddaughters--Abby and Anna.  I have to do a double take to figure out which one is which.  They really do look very much alike.  And I am not the only one who thinks so.  Any time you are with your kids and grand kids makes it great. 
 My great nephew, Matt.  This was on Christmas Eve, 2013.  Love getting together with all of these kids.  Makes me miss my mom so very much when I see them.  She would have loved these Christmas Eves that Jeff now hosts.  I know I sure do.  Cry every time when I first walk in and see all of my family.  Do not get to see them much.  Maybe once during the summer if I am lucky and then once at Christmas. 
 Pudge & I went to Laughlin, Nevada last month in February.  Ate in this dining room overlooking the river.  The view was great and so was the food.  We also saw the Oakridge Boys.  They knocked my socks off.  Really, really good.
 Cousin John Addleman and his wife Ellie spent a week with us this March.  It was a great visit and so very glad they came.  We went to Eloy which is known for their skydiving.  This is the flight simulator.  They are looking at the guys that were way up at the top of this tube.  It is fascinating. 
 One of our Sunsationals is also the drama teacher here at SVE.  And she is very good at it.  Her drama group did a series of 3 one act plays.  It was so funny.  Some of us went there to see it.  We sat together and after had a group picture taken.  I love these women.  We had so much fun. 
 While in Laughlin, Nevada we took a trip to the Hoover Dam.  I had been there before but many years ago.  This is so amazing!  Hard to even get your head wrapped around it.  I cannot believe that people's minds can even think about this and then make it happen.  Pictures and words really cannot capture this.  You really need to see it to get the impact. Awesome!!!  I am standing on the dam.  Bridge in back is the Pat  ?  That is a feat in itself.  Blows my mind just thinking about this and how it got done. 
This is a day I will never forget.  We went to Luke Air Force Base.  There was an air show as well as lots of planes that you could tour.  I really, really liked this.  The Thunderbirds were incredible.  I had goosebumps practically this whole day even though the sun was hot.  This is our three guys--John, Pudge and Jim.  The four of us went around to check out all the planes while Gloria and Sharon held down our chairs.  I could go on and on about this.  The fighter jets--oh my!!!  The war simulation had me sitting on the edge of my chair.  Gosh!!  I so admire our military. 

Getting tired.  I could have put on many, many more pictures.  Maybe I will do this again.  But I know I will never get my readers caught up with all the goings on around here. 

People are starting to pack up and go to their summer residences.  Every day one or two condos are locked up and we wave goodbye to our neighbors/friends in their very loaded cars or vans and start heading north.  First of April there will be many more and end of April it will be a mass exodus.  I think out of our 128 condos there are only about 20 that stay here in summer.  Our friends John and Sharon started packing up today.  They rented just about 4 condos from us the last 2 months.  It was great!  Sharon is flying to MN April 2.  She is terrified to ride in a car.  John is not going to leave until the 5th.  He doesn't want to leave quite as early.  As a matter of fact, he would like to stay for the month of April.  They do have to get out of their rental unit so are coming here to stay. 

OK.  Lots more to tell but I am just going to post this.  I hope I can be a little more consistent with posting but I am not going to promise anything.