Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Spirit at Mesa Spirit

Wintering at Mesa Spirit in Mesa, AZ, Mom and Dad find numerous activities that keep them busy and active. Last week was Western Week and Mom and her friend Joann got their photo taken with "Almost Willie" after his music concert one evening.
Mom and Dad play on a bocce ball league together, the Hawkeyes of course, along with friends Jim and Joann from Sioux Center, IA. Dad's been walking, hitting the exercise room and going to therapy for his shoulder and they've both been swimming when their schedule allows. Mom belongs to Song Birds a singing group, Bookworms, teaches Swedish weaving at a craft time, sings in the church choir and and is the treasurer of their church at the park. Wednesday morning there is the Larchwood breakfast where friends with connections to Larchwood meet for breakfast and chatter at a restaurant where they know them all by name. There are street coffees, Iowa picnics and of course Friday mornings they go to the Country Store where there is delicious soup, hot dogs, ice cream cones and sundaes and a mini flea market set up at the main community room. Saturday night is bingo night where they play for cash prizes and so far this winter Mom and Dad both have gotten their chance to yell "BINGO", Dad got his last night!
They have a grapefruit and orange tree off their patio and so far this winter have had fun giving away over 175 grapefruit, many in a box they have labeled "help yourself", by their front door. They have friends and neighbors from Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Canada and many other states. This year there is even another couple (Marv & Sharon Lape) from Larchwood at the park!
A golf cart adds to their vehicle count, as some days they find themselves coming and going. They get to escape the ice, snow and cold of Iowa and stay active with new and old activities. There's much more going on among these retired folks, what'd I miss Mom?

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