Once the holidays were over our calendar here at Palm Creek filled up pretty quickly.  There is "open tennis" every day, so when regular league play is not scheduled and we have
no other commitments we are at the courts by 9:30am.  We have enjoyed the Sunday afternoon mixed doubles play as well as the various mens' and ladies' groups.  Tom and his
bridge partner have been "in the money" at Duplicate Bridge nights on several occasions. Mary continues her quest for a perfect game on the golf course. (is there such a thing?)
Activities outside the park are usually a fun time, too, and Mary participated in several this month.  A group of about 35 ladies carpooled to the Herberger Theater in downtown
Phoenix for a matinée performance of "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up."  They enjoyed the comedy about relationships, love and marriage.  Following the play, the group adjourned
to "The Elephant Bar" for a tasty dinner.  Another day the Quilting and Sewing group had scheduled a "FART Trip."  "FART" stands for 'fabric accumulating road trip!  In other words,
they were off to shop!  Again, the park lost about 35 ladies for the day as they headed to Tucson to visit three different quilt shops and descended on a restaurant for a delicious
lunch. A good time was had by all!  
One evening, the busy sewers and quilters held a "Quilt 'till You Wilt" night.  The ladies gathered in the sewing room around 4:00 and got to work making flannel receiving blankets
to donate to the local hospital.  Dinner, made by a committee,  was served around 5:30 and by the time the sewing room closed at 9:00 there were stacks of finished blankets on the
table.  The club members donate "onesies" to go with the blankets which are given to the many needy moms who give birth at the hospital.      The quilting guild has monthly
speakers, and this month a presentation was given by Helen Robinson from the Phoenix area who developed something call the "Quick Curve Ruler."  She awed the Palm Creek
group with her collection of quilts and inspired some new projects.
The quilters "shopped till they dropped"...creating 'big business' for the three
quilt shops they visited in Tucson.
It felt good to take a break and have some lunch on the patio before they
invaded another shop on the tour.
The final tally was over 100 reversible flannel baby blankets made in just one
evening by the quilters and sewers.
The speaker wowed the audience with her stack of homemade quilts.
Early in the month the park held it's "Welcome Home" party.  "Palm Park" in the center of the park was filled with residents who came out for a BBQ lunch, music, dancing, and a
look at all the displays.  Each group, sport, club, hobby, etc. had a display table to let everyone see what opportunities are available in the park every day.   The Tennis Club held
its annual "open house" the following week at the courts so that interested people could give the game a try, meet a few players and get a few pointers from some of our better
players.   Our neighbors spread out in all directions during the day to participate in many different activities, but in the late afternoon and evenings we sometimes get together to
share some fun and "compare notes."  This month Mary had organized a chicken dinner, ordering ready-to-eat food from the local supermarket for the gathering.  About 20 of us
made quick order of the food and then got out our dollar bills to play some games of "Left-Right-Center."  Mary even came out a winner on one of the games...and adding to her
Bingo win this month, made for a profitable effort!
Years ago in January,  Mary used to hope for the early morning phone call announcing a "2-hour delay" (or even a "school closed" day).  It was almost the same on one of the
ladies' golf league days this month.  We seldom get any kind of fog in Arizona, but we did...and they did
not delay the start of golf.  It was a bit of a challenge, but the ladies had a
good time, there were no 'incidents', and by the time their round was over, the air had pretty well cleared and it was a warm and sunny day.    Several days later we once again
enjoyed a meal at the park's weekly patio lunch.  On another day we ventured into downtown Casa Grande for the annual Street Fair and Car Show....pretty humbling when the
'antique' cars are the ones you learned to drive in!
It was a cool day, but the residents enjoyed the picnic in the
park and some live music.
The Tennis Club was just one of the groups inviting residents to
become a part of their activities.
It's just "boys and their toys" for the groups that play with their
radio-controlled airplanes, cars and boats at the Palm Creek Airport, Race
Track, and Lake facilities.
It was a loud, raucous night when the neighbors got together for dinner and
games in one of the park's community rooms.
The flag is out there somewhere!!  It was 'hit' then 'hunt.'
Our tennis buddy, Larry, entertains with his jazz saxophone at many
events in the local community....this day, at our patio lunch.
There were several blocks lined with shiny cars and trucks to check out
at the car show.
Along with the Waste-Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, and the NFL Super-Bowl, on the schedule for the last weekend of the month was the Second Annual Palm
Creek Tennis Club "Super-Bowl of Tennis."  We were both appointed to teams named after the top-ranking NFL teams...Tom to the Seahawks, and Mary to the Cowboys.  We
were scheduled to play on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 with an Awards Banquet being held on Saturday evening.  While the east coast was getting plenty of snow
and a good winter storm the Arizona desert was deluged with two days of never-ending rain.  The golf and the NFL played on...but the over-55 tennis crowd gave in to the
weather....allowing us to watch the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and the Phoenix Open Golf on TV!  But, since the food was purchased and the room reserved in the
clubhouse, we held the awards dinner anyway...minus the awards.  The tournament was planned as one of the 'opening events' of Palm Creek's Cancer Awareness Week, so in
addition to the tournament play, the club also held a silent and live auction at the dinner.
return to our "home
return to "What we've been
The Super-Bowl teams met their captains and planned a little
strategy at a happy-hour gathering a couple days before the
Tennis Club members enjoyed dinner and conversation before the auction.
Nancy Restum served as
auctioneer raising funds for the
Cancer Support Center.
We've had some really nice January weather days and try not to dwell on the few days of sand
and wind we had here and there.  We were all a little stir crazy while finishing out the month
with a couple days of continuous rain, but are looking forward to a bright and warmer