February 2019
Winter arrived at Palm Creek....but certainly not the same as in other parts of the US.  We had many days with rain, wind and below average temperatures.  Long pants,
sweaters, jackets and closed toe shoes were required to keep us warm...along with a well operating furnace.  We had to cover our flowers and plants many, many nights to
keep them from freezing.  I guess we've acclimated to the Arizona climate and when its below 70* we're COLD!  We did not have to go shopping for a shovel, but there was
plenty of snow not that far away from us.  In fact, one evening we had gone out to dinner and when we returned we noticed that the greens on the golf course were looking
white...while eating, we had missed a fast and furious hail storm followed by snowfall that lasted but a few minutes and melted just as fast.
Otherwise we enjoyed the month of February.  We started off with the park's Cancer Awareness Week.  There were many events held to celebrate and honor survivors an
to bring awareness to the cause.  The tennis club held a dinner auction following their tournament.  As always our tennis friends had an evening of laughter and fun while
raising $3660 from just 100 or so attendees....the largest contribution from any group within the park.  The park residents also enjoyed the annual "balloon glow" evening
party in Palm Park with live music, cookies and hot chocolate and a silent auction.
 
We did see a rainbow late on one rainy day.
A friend built this tiny snowman the
day we had a bit of snow.
Waiting for our dinner at the auction evening.
The annual balloon glow is always a fun night.
Our tennis club representatives presented
the results of the auction.
Mary's sewing group is always busy.  The several hundred members have many projects going at the same time...always sharing and inspiring each other with what they
know and have learned. Once a month (if not more often) they organize "shop hops" and make the rounds of several quilt stores in one day heading to Tucson, Phoenix or
other towns in the south and central part of Arizona.  Once in a while they even charter a bus to take them....don't have to drive home after a long day and plenty of space
in the luggage bin for the bags of great buys.
A bus took the sewers to the big Craft
and Sewing Festival at the State
Fairgrounds
Some of the ladies had "Shopped till they dropped" by late
afternoon at the huge vendor show.
The annual Palm Creek Quilt Show rolls around every February.  Like every year in the past, this year's effort was even better than the past. There were 193 different
entries this year, plus lots of other items that were added merely for decoration and atmosphere.  Its not a "judged" show, but there was a great variety and some very
talented entries.  The members also donated close to 200 smaller items for a raffle/auction.  One large quilt and an 18" doll with a complete wardrobe are also raffle items.  
It was a busy day as the public checked out everything the ladies have been working on during the past year.
Ann (our friend from Sweden) made many of the doll clothes and Cheri
pieced, quilted and donated the quilt for the major raffles at the quilt
show.
Elta Mae, Suze, and Sally were Mary's partners manning the small item
raffle tables during the quilt show.
Mary's quilt for our king-size bed was one of the 193 quilts on display.
There were a few warmer and sunny days scattered here and there during February.  Tom managed to get out on the golf course just two times and Mary's tennis league
had to cancel several of their days on the courts.  So our activities were mainly several different card game get-togethers and the weekly coffee and donut hours (which
were held inside rather than on the big patio).  Every once in a while we would awaken in the morning to the "whoosh" of the resident hot air balloon pilot taking
someone for a ride...bet it was cold up there as it wasn't more than about 45* on the ground!  We're looking forward to more heat and sunshine in March!
Did someone say "free donuts"?  Hot coffee or tea is good early in the
morning and it brings out a crowd to also hear weekly announcements from
the activities office.
The sun was shining, but it was cold
outside as the balloon took off.
Come back next month to see if we warmed up!
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