I know, I know I haven’t been doing a very good job keeping up our trip journal this winter. All I can say in my defense is that we have been just too darn busy.
I will try to recap a few of the fun things we have been doing…..of course one of the best parts of the winter here in Alabama is reconnecting with all the friends we have made here the last four years and making more new ones. Another benefit of wintering in Alabama is all the great places to eat…..even after four years we still haven’t been to all of them. This area of Alabama and the western portion of Florida, on the coast of Gulf of Mexico are noted for the fresh seafood brought in daily. Then on top of eating out a few times each week with old friends and large groups we have been to a great number of pot luck dinners at the clubhouse, including Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. In the middle of December we went to the Greedy Santa party at the clubhouse and as usual we had a really fun time. Of course the New Years Eve party was also a lot of fun.
A lot of the “snow birds” don’t arrive here until after New Years so that is when all the activities really get going. Bob has been hosting the Jam Sessions that are held in conjunction with Ice Cream Socials every other Friday night. Since Wayne and Debbie left at the end of November we haven’t had other musicians in the park so we invite musicians from other parks and some local residents to join in, there has been several musicians playing each time, even as many as eleven. Each one does whatever they do best and somehow it always sounds great. Many of the activities at the campground, including the Ice Cream Social, Bake Sales and the annual auction are fund raisers, the proceeds from these are use to purchase beads and throws for the Mardi Gras parades. In addition to the Jam Sessions at the campground Bob has been playing with a bunch of folks in Spanish Cove, a residential community in Lillian, AL and at church dinners also in Lillian. This means that sometimes 3 times a week I get to be a roadie and a groupie but I’m not complaining.
Each weekday morning there is exercise class at the clubhouse and this year a new friend, Norma has been kind enough to share her Line Dancing skills with us each Monday. I have to admit that although some of us are better at it than others; we are getting better and have even tried out a few of our dances at the Jam Sessions. I think the only thing keeping me from getting good at it, except my lack of rhythm is that I am laughing too much.
We, along with Judy and Russ and many of our friends from the campground have gone on a couple bus trips to casinos in Biloxi, MS and even though we didn’t come back rich we did have fun and as always good buffets.
With Judy’s encouragement and assistance I have completed one quilt and I am almost done with the second, I have a feeling quilting could become addicting. I also made some purses and wallets to sell at the craft show we had here at the park. Getting together and sharing stories with the other women while learning new crafts is another benefit of the campground life style.
It is so hard to believe that we have already been here for four months; the time goes so quickly. We have had a very mild winter with not nearly as many cold nights as the last couple of years; the days are almost always warm and sunny and that makes us very, very happy.