Several readers have expressed an interest in knowing how things operate here, and how I’m adjusting to this location change over my normal Nat’l Wildlife Refuge volunteering. This coming Wednesday, I will have been here a month and I have to say that life has slowed down, but I have really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. I haven’t had to set my alarm in a month. This Escapees Co-Op Park is successful because it is really based on all members volunteering to keep this place as nice as it is.
I’ve volunteered for two committees, but I want to take my time before becoming more involved. I have lived alone for many years, and often been quite isolated at my NWR locations, so sometimes all of the social aspects of this park are a little overwhelming for me. That doesn’t mean I’m unhappy with my decision to come here, it just means I need to slowly adjust and find what’s right for me.
Besides the pool and hot tub, there are two other things I’ve found very nice. First are the dog parks. Since I can’t walk very far, the parks have been a God send for exercising Emma. She’s certainly not a retriever, but after socializing and watching the other dogs she will run after a thrown ball. She doesn’t catch it or bring it back, but she runs and runs after it. That’s a good thing. I’m thinking I better get one of those throwing sticks that a tennis ball fits into. Anyone else have one of those? I just can’t seem to throw a ball the way I used to. When I take her out first thing in the morning at my site, she won’t take care of business. She just gives me the stink eye until we get into the golf cart and go to the park. What a stinker! I get that same look about 3:00 in the afternoon.
The second thing I like is the extensive DVD library here. With it dark by 5:00 right now that makes for a long evening. There’s a fifty cent donation to take out a DVD for three nights, and the money goes toward buying more movies. If I watched one show a night, it would probably take me a couple of years to go through everything available. Lots more convenient than Netflix.
Lots of sandbags are being filled here by members because of the El Nino threat. There’s only been one day with some rain since I’ve been here, but it was enough for me to order this driving cover for the golf cart. The seats are not all vinyl, so I ended up with a really wet deck after taking Emma to the dog park.
Yesterday I tried to install it by myself. We’re experiencing some high Santa Ana winds, so it was really a comical situation. It’s all one piece, and the directions said to just drape it over the cart. Ha! I did get it on the roof, but as I tried to move around the wind just blew it off the top. Time for plan B… call Craig and Merikay! It was definitely more than a one short person job. With their help, we were done in about fifteen minutes. They’ll be heading out tomorrow, so I got their help just in the nick of time. Even without rain, it should help with chilly early morning drives.
Seems like my routine has been to drive into Temecula on Fridays to do my shopping. While at the grocery store, I found some pepino melons. I’d never heard of them. They’re about the size of a very large egg. I bought one as I thought it would be about one portion and I do like melons.
When I got home, I Googled it and found out it is supposed to be sweet and taste like a cross between a pear and a melon and a cucumber. I also watched a You Tube video done by a woman that records eating things she’s never tried before. Probably shouldn’t have done that as her opinion was that it tasted like puke! Well, it was juicy… not terribly sweet… but I don’t think I’ll ever buy one again. It wasn’t as disgusting as the woman reported, but once was enough for me. Ever had one?
Well I’d better stop blabbing. Maybe next time I’ll talk about the Dakota bread I found…
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy