we started the month of October we often felt quite alone here at Palm
Creek. It was rare that a vehicle drove down our street, and almost
as rare for us to see others as we walked or road around the park on our
bikes. But, if we knew when and where to go, we did find people to
talk with. A few tennis players gathered at 7 am at the courts and
there was usually a steady stream of golfers ready to tee off at about
the same time. The front-nine was closed down for re-seeding, but
the back-nine continued to offer its challenges to us. As the days heated
up, we retreated into the air-conditioning. A new month also
offered us a new sport. We didn't actually get involved, but we enjoyed
the antics as we watched others play "badwater."
some diversion, we ventured outside the park. Something we'd been
meaning to do for several seasons was to tour the Queen Creek Olive Mill
which is about 25 miles from us in Queen Creek, AZ. It is a small
operation with its own olive tree groves and pressing mill. The owner
gave us a guided tour as we learned about the different types of olives
and the oils they produce. A tasting station and a small cafe on
the property allowed us to taste the many varieties of olives grown and
oils produced at the Olive Mill...quite yummy!
Another stop was at a Health Fair held at the Del Web Sun City development.
We toured their gorgeous community center and participated in fitness testing,
blood screening, blood pressure tests and gathered information about services
in the area. While at Sun City, we stopped by the homes of some of
our former neighbors here at Palm Creek. They are all getting settled
in their new homes there, and we're quite impressed with the whole project.
We didn't win any money, but we had fun and a free lunch on a trip to Harrah's
Ak-Chin Casino to play their version of "Let's Make a Deal." Maybe
another time! Tom has participated in some on-line seminars for his
coming Head Start Review projects and Mary has been training to volunteer
a few hours a week in the park Activities Office and at the Welcome Station...so
our days will be getting busier soon.
towards the end of the month, more of our neighbors began to arrive.
It has been great to catch up on what everybody did over the summer and
to make some plans for the coming season. The days got a little cooler
- into the 90's instead of the 100's - and we managed
to get motivated enough to get outside and, a little at a time, get the
coach washed and waxed. We're looking bright and shiny for a while,
at least. And, we put out the salad bar for the local bunnies...it
was cool enough to plant some flowers on the patio. We'll see how
long they last!
We're looking forward to the arrival of more and more friends each day, and getting into our seasonal routine as the next month begins.