I woke up this morning to find my Weatherbug flashing with a weather alert. I opened it, and this is what I found.

*Temperatures… will climb to the upper 80s to mid 90s at many places today…resulting in the warmest day so far this year. Overnight temperatures will also be mild and will mainly be in the upper 50s to mid 60s. It will be a few degrees hotter at most places on Sunday with highs topping out in the lower to mid 90s at many places. (at 11:51 am it’s still 71 deg.) I think we can cope!

I’m doing my best to get on and stay on a decent diet, but it’s really hard here. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we have continental breakfast in the lounge of the apartments (provided by Franke Tobey Jones). Most of the residents of the apartments gather for a gossip fest and we get to hear about all the doings of everybody, and who’s sick, and who’s back from the hospital, and which staff is nice and which staff is worthless. Al thoroughly enjoys it because he thinks we are all his harem, since there are only three or four men in the building.

Every Friday afternoon, we have Happy Hour, and while I don’t indulge in the wine or liquor that they serve, I do, unfortunately, indulge in the snacks and goodies that everybody bring. There are several ladies who don’t have anybody to cook for who enjoy bringing homemade goodies.

I already told all of you about the trips to Mt Rainier and the cruise to Meet the Fleet, with great lunches provided. I’m also already signed up to go to Mount St. Helen’s in a couple of weeks.

Yesterday, we had the Annual Picnic. It had an Hawaiian theme this year.

They set up a big tent on the lawn and fed all of the residents and many guests a great luau of roast pork, barbecued chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, ambrosia, potato salad, rice and pineapple salad, rolls, and pineapple upside-down cake with ice cream or mango sherbet for dessert.

Big Al looks like he’s enjoying the day.

They served us buffet-style.

and the staff dressed up to help set the mood.

There was more than enough food.

In addition to all the dinner, they had popcorn, snow cones, and fresh-fried donuts (closer to beignets than donuts) with a choice of powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.

There were also Hawaiian dancers for entertainment.

Every Thursday night in August, they have a Concert on the Green that they invite the local residents and neighbors to. We had about 425 people in attendance for the first one with a great Dixieland Jazz Band named Uptown at the Lowdown.

Future concerts include the Tacoma Concert Band (60 pieces), the Voetberg Family (bluegrass, gospel, country and folk music), Hook Me Up (a variety quartet of guitar, accordion, horn, and drum), and A Touch of Class (a 20-piece swing band). I hope the weather is as nice for all of these as it was for the first one.

On Monday we are invited to a 60th Anniversary breakfast, and I have a feeling they are really going to lay on the food there!

We play bridge every Tuesday afternoon in a nice foursome upstairs in the card room/TV room/bar in the building here.

Since my birthday is this month we have been invited to a Birthday Celebration for lunch on the 22nd in the formal dining room in the Tobey Jones building.

2 thoughts on “Retirement

  1. So glad to hear things are going well for you and Big Al. I can believe the high temperatures seem relatively cool, after all the heat you had in Texas. I too am trying to eat less without much success, but will keep trying. I look forward to your blog and pictures about your further adventures. My birthday is this month too (the 29th). Have a wonderful birthday!


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