Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Living Is Easy

It's been almost 2 months since we moved into our new home at Rio Concho West (RCW), and we are really enjoying ourselves. We do love our house. The floor plan suits us. In the last week or so, we've enjoyed some good rain, and a side benefit of the rain has been cooler temperatures. We've been able to spend a lot of time on our back patio, and we really enjoy our time there. Donna and I agree that moving to RCW is one of the best things we have ever done.

We've been here just under 2 months, but already we've been visited by our daughter and her destruction crew twice. The first time, only our daughter and her 3 boys came. The second time, our son-in-law also came, as the family stopped in for 2 nights on their way to a family vacation in San Antonio. And this past weekend, my brother and his wife spent a couple of nights with us. So, we've been fairly busy entertaining.

We've also been trying to get into the rhythm of living in our community. Quite a lot goes on out here, and we've been trying to immerse ourselves gradually. In the past couple of weeks or so, for example, we've had the chance to do numerous things. The conductor of the San Angelo Symphony spent an hour at our Oak Tree Club recently detailing the upcoming season, including the guest artists who will be performing. He finished his presentation by playing a variety of tunes on the piano. It was a very pleasant way to spend an hour one morning.

Last Thursday night, we attended our monthly dinner, which had a luau theme. Each month, the community sponsors a dinner, normally with entertainment of some sort. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet people. We've attended two of these dinners so far, and each time we sit at a table for six with different folks. We're gradually getting to know our neighbors.

Earlier today, our entertainment director loaded a crew of us on one of our buses and took us to an eatery downtown that recently opened, the Twisted Root. This is a small chain with most locations in Texas. Donna and I enjoyed the food, but the place is a bit loud for me. We enjoyed the bus ride there and back. It's fun riding the bus with neighbors and new friends. These folks like to have a good time.

Next week, we have an afternoon watermelon feast at the Oak Tree Club, and Donna and I will certainly be there for that. There's nothing like a good melon on a hot summer day.

We also have reservations for an upcoming play at our local Angelo Civic Theater. The play, Into the Woods, is based on the James Lapine book and has music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim. It should be good. RCW does take a bus to the theater, but Donna and I decided to go on a different night, so we'll be going by ourselves to this event.

Personally, I've undertaken a reading project. I am working my way through the Hercule Poirot books (Agatha Christie) in a chronological order based upon when they occurred, not when they were written. Donna and I have watched the Masterpiece series over the years (on Netflix) starring David Suchet and absolutely loved it. I have read several of the novels over the years, but now I want to read them in order and study the character development of not only Poirot, but also other major characters, such as Captain Hastings. It should be fun.

And we are planning trips in our travel trailer. We have now made reservations for 2 upcoming trips, starting in September. Up to now, we've declined to travel because we've enjoyed being in our new home and also because it has simply been too hot. But cooler weather is approaching, and we are getting our travel plans in order. So keep reading to see where we go.

Life is good at RCW.

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