Wii Bowling

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m excited to go on my next cruise.  Since Spring has finally arrived, there is a considerable amount of outside cleanup I need to get done.  I’ve been working pretty hard to get a little ahead of it, so when I come back I won’t have so much to do.

This time of the year is all about rejuvenation — both physically and mentally.  It’s getting warm enough to go to the beach without bundling up.  The pool is open and that means hanging with friends and pool parties.

Unfortunately, it’s also the end of our Wii bowling season.  We will start up again in the fall.  I’m going to miss it.  We have two sessions each week.  One session is at 2:00 and is referred to as The Temperance League, jokingly, of course.  The other session is at 5:00 and is much larger and is made up of those who drink and those who don’t.  This is the one I go to.

Now, for those of you who have never done Wii bowling — here’s what it’s about.  You have it up on the TV screen and you use a remote controller as your bowling ball.  It’s much easier on your arm and thumb than a bowling ball.    My shoulder gets tired when I throw a ball and I always have a hard time finding a ball that my thumb fits into nicely.  The hole is either too large or too small.  No problem with using a remote!  It weighs ounces and you only really use your index finger!

Now, what really makes it fun is the people.  Unfortunately, a few of our bowlers have had some health issues preventing them from being able to attend.  And I can tell you … they are sorely missed.  For their wisecracks … not their bowling!   There are a lot of comments like, “good job”, “way to go”, “nice pick up”, but there are also, “I’ll give you a dollar if you get that” and “what kind of strike was that?”  When someone actually gets it and the others have to pay up, there’s a lot of chatter then!  And a lot of kudos, not to mention cheers.

Some take the game more seriously than others, but in good fun.  We have two bowlers, Tammy and Jim, who occasionally bowl a 300 game.  I think there is a competition between them — maybe more so from Jim than Tammy.  The rest of us are just trying not to embarrass ourselves too much.  But we do, more than we’d like, I think!

I understand there is an Internet competition that some of us have thought would be nice to get into.  But, we’ve never really checked it out for details.  I think that might be a consideration during the summer if they have the competition then.  We could do it during the afternoon when we need a break from the sun.

All I know is I’m going to miss it.  Most of us don’t like anything to interfere with our Wii bowling night.  The last time I felt this way was when I was hooked on “24” and nothing would cause me to miss it.  Next week is our last night and I’m already missing it.

Irene

 

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Excitement is Building

I’ll be leaving on a cruise this day next week.  I went on my first cruise last October.  I always thought of myself as someone who wouldn’t enjoy cruising.  I thought I’d feel confined. We (my boyfriend and I –can you call someone a boyfriend when they are in their 70’s?) went with 3 other couples and had a great time.

Then, I went on my second cruise in November!  Guess I didn’t feel confined after all. This time it was just the two of us. And I enjoyed myself again.  This time we went to the Bahamas and spent our day there at Atlantis.  We had so much fun doing the river rapids. Actually, that’s all we did — time after time!  Others on the cruise went shopping or stayed on the ship.  But we had a fantastic time. We decided that it might be a great idea to put it out there for others in our park to go on cruise.  We figured there were probably people who didn’t want to do something like this by themselves.  So we have 12 going on this next cruise.  It should be a lot of fun.  It’s been a long winter and the spring has been really sluggish in arriving, so we’re ready!

We’ll go to Nassau again, which is all right.  What I have found with cruisers is, it’s not necessarily the destination as it is the going.  Now — if you don’t drink — it can be a very reasonable way to get away, but you need to add in your tip per day, at a rate of about $11/day per person.  So, generally for $75 a day a person, it’s all included.  Now — if you drink alcohol or shop, it becomes a little more costly.

The cruise we’re leaving on this next week is a cruise out of Charleston, SC on Carnival Cruises.  In my limited experience, I found Carnival to be the most fun.  It’s not so formal and dressy, unless you want it to be.  You don’t have to have an extravagant wardrobe.  This I find very appealing.  In my younger years, my husband and I did a lot of formal events — balls and such.  I don’t like getting really dressed up anymore.  So, I happy with dressier casual.  Plus, it’s easier on the pre-cruise budget.  If you don’t already own fancy gowns, etc., you aren’t laying out big money for clothes to take on the cruise.  But, there are plenty of people who find that part of the attraction — getting all dressed up.  I do enjoy seeing the ladies and men who go all out, though.

Right now, I’m trying to get all my spring chores done before we leave.  With spring arriving so late, it’s crunch time. Regardless of what gets done and what doesn’t, the ship sails next Thursday.  I’ll take some pictures to share with you.

 

Setting Goals

I started my blog with the intent that I would post regularly.  I seem to be having difficulty following through with that intention.  As a result, I have decided to publicly state some goals.  As I learned when I was a Weight Watcher lecturer for those 10 years, setting goals is necessary to achieve real success.  Since I’m retired and have no reason to anything much at any given time, I’ve gotten lazy.  My new motto seems to have become, “Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?”

With that being said, I am setting these small goals with the hope that I will create bigger, more loftier, ones as I achieve these stated goals.  So here they are:

1. Post one new article every week.

2. Focus more on those activities that make retirement fun.

3. Increase my readership by 20% by the end of summer.

Okay — I’ve stated them.  Now I expect you to help me.  If you don’t see a new post by me each week, or I’m veering off track, let me know.  I’m going to need help with this.

Life’s a beach……….

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Ahhh … winter is finally on the way out!  I spent the last two days exchanging out my winter clothes for my summer clothes.  I’m optimistically thinking I won’t need heavier clothing anymore.  Spring is my favorite time of the year.  Many people like fall the best because of the beautiful colors, but I’ve never cared for fall.  To me, fall means winter is coming and cold weather, bare trees and early darkness.  Spring is definitely my time of year.

Being here at the beach — Murrells Inlet, that is — means the influx of tourists.  Traffic is getting heavier, the wait times at restaurants are getting longer and the beach will get crowded soon.  On one hand, I can get annoyed with all that.  But, I have to admit, tourists and summer brings an excitement you don’t get around here in the winter.

Our pool officially opens May 1st.  Now instead of having our parties in the clubhouse, we’ll be dancing around the pool.  Unofficially, one of our New Year’s Eve revelers jumped into the pool just after the stroke of midnight, fully clothed at that; now he’ll be able to use the pool while in his bathing attire.

I thought you were all coming in too!

I thought you were all coming in too!

One area of Murrells Inlet that never seems to lack for attention is restaurant row at the Marsh Walk.  Any day of the week, whether it’s lunch or dinner time, the parking lots are jammed.  I had lunch at the Dead Dog Saloon with my sister-in-law last Sunday while the guys went to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game.  Then we did a little shopping at The Lazy Gator, one of the local places.  I used to like shopping while on vacation, but once the malls all started to look alike with the same stores and all, it got boring.  What’s the sense of buying something you can get back home?  So shopping at local places like the The Gator, as well as at the Hammock Shops is so much more fun.

I’ll write more about some of the favorite places around here the next time.  I need to finish my planting.