2/17/14 - Playing Catch-Up|
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So many activities going on here at Sunbeam, that we’ve fallen way behind on sharing all that’s been happening here in the southern part of California where the sun comes to live in winter! (We really DO sympathize with the folks whose winter weather has consisted of much snow and ice…)
Our “new” activities chairperson, along with our ever faithful and hard working Judie, has kept us all busy attending the many park activities. It seems that this year, in particular, there is just so much going on, and so many activities from which to choose … even with calendars, we forget more than we planned to attend.
Most everyone in the park celebrated the Super Bowl. Originally there were plans for a “tailgate party” in the parking lot on the day before the game; heavy winds and chilly temps helped the planners move the tail gate party indoors. We elected to enjoy our own neighborhood camp fire party which was well attended and lots of fun. Because we fell in love with the state of Washington, we rooted for the Seahawks (even though Kathleen posted pictures of the Broncos as well as a poster for the Oakland Raiders (for sentimental reasons) and for the Titans (in honor of Kathleen’s sister and brother-in-law). We were impressed with the earlier game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers (rooting for the 49ers and sorry to see them lose - it was a great game.) So the overpowering win by the Seahawks over the Broncos was good news. Many of the Sunbeam residents were rooting for the Seahawks, though our dear friends, Nile and Lynda are avid Bronco fans, and we really wish the Broncos might have played a better game (though still losing to the Seahawks!)
Most recently we saw the annual “fashion show” made possible with the help of our local Macy’s store. Eight women served as models and did a fantastic job. Look at our facebook page for pictures - SunbeamParkFacebook
The food served for “lunch” was outstanding! The “menu” read “luncheon salad” … it was unbelievable; such an assortment of salad fixings was beyond comprehension. And the dessert was a delicious concoction of chocolate and dream whip, topped with shaved chocolate and whipped cream …. unbelievable!
Ok - enough on the food availability here this year …. I am going to blame all that food for my weight gain. We usually take off a few pounds while we are here - I don’t think that’s the case this year.
The annual 10k walk/run/cycle race is fast approaching, and Kathleen is going to take advantage of the kindness of a local resident (Jo Ballard) who has offered to let Kathleen borrow Jo’s 21 gear bike to use for the Run. Injuries to her leg muscle has kept K from the daily aerobic walking exercises this year, and rather than aggravate the leg, K will cycle this year, and is looking forward to participating in the run on March 8th.
There is some construction going on next to Sunbeam, and part of the lake walk is closed for two months, so we’ve found another area in which to walk. Sunbeam actually has two lakes - the one next to the park, and the other (part of Sunbeam Lake, but separated by a narrow road) - so now we walk around both lakes and find it a nice change. Not sure of the length of our daily walks, but it still takes us about an hour and a half…. so figure it’s a little less than the 6 miles we used to walk daily …. maybe we’ll soon add another stroll around the lake to make it a 2 hour walk……
Recently we were entertained one evening by a couple who call their show “”Laughing Bird” … just the husband and wife who are accomplished vocalists, and each plays a number of musical instruments. Very impressive! Laughing Bird
We had a special visit from Judie’s daughter, Susan (a firefighter), who drove down from LA to help celebrate Judie’s birthday. We are always happy to see Susan, even though her visits are too short. She had some surgery to her eye shortly before coming down, and we were naturally concerned for her driving, but Susan is a careful and excellent driver, so she made it down here and back without incident.
One Wednesday Sunbeam residents were afforded a free ride up to and back again from a local Casino (Golden Acorn) about 30 miles up the mountain pass where each of us is given a $20 credit to “play”. Ignorant of how the machines work, Kathleen was able to play BINGO. It was the first time in years she played, but her maternal grandmother loved this game more than anything. No winner for K today, but she enjoyed playing. One more trip to the Casino is planned for early March. Some of the women won “big” and others, a little or in a few cases, a few went home poorer than when they went….. but all have a good time on the bus and enjoy the outing.
One of the couples in our little neighborhood have recently purchased a new park model and have moved in right next door to us! We all have enjoyed watching the workers prepare the spot for the placement of the park model. Everything is up and running, and the only thing remaining is the installation of the “skirt”. Dean and Mary have been generous in inviting all the neighbors inside their new park model to see (and appreciate) their new digs!
We have spent way too many hours viewing the Olympic activities from Sochi - and mourn the losses sustained by so many of our USA athletes, while still enjoying watching the success of the winning athletes.
No pictures to post. Having trouble with my FTP -so hope to post pictures soon.....