Wordless Pic of the Week: Tribute Bands and Acoustic Ear Plugs

Slippery When Wet, the Bon Jovi Tribute Band performed at our clubhouse last Friday.  Tribute bands are very popular at 55+ communities. In the past year, we have seen tribute bands for Journey, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis and others.

Most of these tribute bands have been very good and we enjoyed the shows. But these concerts are too loud for many.

My friend Leon, who worked as stage manager on Broadway, told me to get some acoustic ear plugs to solve this noise problem, so I went shopping for a pair on Amazon. I was amazed to learn about these and see the selections. Live and learn still applies.

I got to use my new Acoustic Ear Plugs for the Bon Jovi Tribute concert and they saved the day for me. They are good for concerts and loud restaurants. Acoustic Ear Plugs replicates the natural response of the ear, so sound quality is the same as the original, only quieter. Music and speech are clear, not muffled. So you still get to hear, just at a softer level.

Hearing Protection Earplugs
Hearing Protection Earplugs

Etymotic Research ER20 ETYPlug Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Clear Stem with Blue Tip (Clear) Costs $13.00 on Amazon

Background noise at busy restaurants, especially the ones with cement floors and walls, really is irritating to me.  I can’t wait to try my new acoustic ear plugs at Rico’s World Kitchen at high noon with an energetic lunch crowd.

If you have a problem like I do with loud concert noise or irritating background noise when in a crowd of people, you may want to look into Acoustic Ear Plugs.

Thanks for the tip, Leon.

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Progression of a Retirement Dream

Retirement dreams change throughout life and what you end up doing in retirement is most often entirely different than your earlier retirement dreams.

For example, we remember these retirement dreams from our earlier days:

Retirement Dreams

beach retirementBeach Retirement Dream: In our 30’s Mary Ann and I loved going to the beach and thought that moving to Florida and living near the beach would be just great. Not having to go to work and just going to the beach when we wanted and of course eating plenty of seafood, would be the life!

 

farm retirementOur Farm Dream: In our 40’s we bought a 2 acre lot near the lake. We started thinking that in retirement, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get some land, maybe 20 to 50 acres with a farm house. A garden or small fishing lake would be nice. I could split firewood and work the land to stay in shape.

 

retirement travelRV Travel Dream: In our 50’s we were enjoying traveling and thought wouldn’t it be nice to buy a RV and just travel the country. Going where we wanted, when we wanted. We wouldn’t need much space, we would be going and doing and seeing the country.

Retirement Dream Come True

So now in our 60’s when the time came for us to really retire, we evaluated our retirement dreams.

The Beach Retirement Dream was no longer something we wanted to do. We don’t like being out in the sun that much, the beach is sandy and hot. Well that’s doesn’t sound great to us after all.

The Farm Dream was no longer appealing to us anymore either. All the chores and things that would need to do done to keep up a farm was going in the wrong direction for us; we wanted to simplify. The isolated life on a farm was not appealing to us.

We were not up to the the RV Travel Dream after all. Think of all the things that could go wrong on the road.  Would safety be a concern? You really need to have a lot of energy to drive one of those big RVs, find places to set up, set up and taking it down, etc. Nope, not for us.

Our Retirement Life

After trying the weekend stays at several Del Webb Communities, we decided this is where we would start our retirement life.

We loved taking cruises and it was said that the large Del Webb Communities are like a cruise ships and we have found that to be true. There is always something to do and entertain us and you can socialize  with friends on your street, the club house or at any of the numerous activities.

We can still vacation at the beach or travel wherever we want but it is nice having so much available right in our community.

Now that we have living here for one year, we still like our new community. Things we like are: new friends and neighbors, our house, the clubhouse, bocce league play, pickleball with friends, card games, having friends over for dinner and going to their homes for dinner, plenty of places to walk, trying new restaurants in the area, less traffic and our community’s website and newsletter, forums and special interest clubs and taking our cardio class.  I could keep going but you get the idea. I think we like that it gives us a variety of things to do.

A great retirement is having things you like to do, with people you like to do them with. We found that at a Del Webb Community. -Robert and Mary Ann

 

 

 

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Wordless Pics of the Week: Men’s Softball Game

End of Summer means men’s softball, a popular activity at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community.

batter at softball takes a swing
Slugging for the fence!
Softball pitcher
Softball pitcher
Waiting for the right pitch
Waiting for the right pitch
Next batter up!
Next batter up!

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Puttering Around Is Good For You


During my first year living in an Active Adult Community, I have been focusing on enjoying the wonderful activities being offered, taking in as much as I can. I have found the answer to the question many people have a problem with “What is there to do in retirement?”.

Besides enjoying the activities, I was recently reminded that puttering around is part of retirement that people really like.

Definition of “Puttering Around”. to do little things of little consequence. to do small tasks in a random sequence in a casual manner at your will. Aimless behavior.

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Yesterday I asked a new friend at our active adult community, what activities do you do? I am used to hearing at least two or three activities mentioned when I ask that question, but my new friend had a different reply.

He said I get up when I feel like it, maybe check the news, eat some breakfast, check on the stock market, that sort of thing. Pretty soon it is lunch time.  In afternoon I “putter around” the house and like to do some things in the yard to get outside. About 3:30pm each afternoon I put 3 beers in the fridge and about 4pm I start on the first one. By 6pm I am finished for the day.

You know I am always spotlighting the benefits and ways activities can help you, but I can’t fault a guy for doing what he wants in retirement. People at work are not saying “Yeah!”

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Why Puttering Around Is So Rewarding

We never got to “putter around” too much at work did we.  We had to remind ourselves to quit puttering around to get stuff done or the boss would notice or our jobs wouldn’t get completed.

Puttering around can be rewarding, pleasurable and even Zen like. You live in the moment and lose your thinking mind for a while, enjoying your observations and activities. Kind of nice for a change!

No Rushing Our Morning Routine

After having to go to work at 8am every day, rain or shine, whether you felt like it or not, we retirees like to take our time, taking on the day. There is nothing like getting up without an alarm clock, having a cup of coffee, checking the TV news or Internet, having some breakfast, going to the bathroom, checking your calendar, and finally think about getting ready.

Speaking of getting ready, the bathroom routine is reportedly taking longer for both women and now men, who now take their time to groom,  put on lotion and are just taking longer in the bathroom getting ready.

The key to all the above is not being rushed. Retirees don’t particularly like to be anywhere before, say, 10:30am. We want to take our time getting ready and the last thing we want to do is get stuck in traffic!

Other Ways to Puttering Around

morning sky
morning sky

Puttering around the patio. In the mornings, I like to go out on my patio, sometimes with a cup  of coffee, and admire the morning sky, see the clouds and what the weather is like. Then see how my flowers are doing and give them a drink of water. Herb gardens are a great way to putter around with too.

Car maintenance, DIY projects around the house, shopping trips, flea markets and yard maintenance are more examples. Puttering around Main Street of nearby small towns, visiting some stores and maybe having lunch is fun thing to do.

Surfacing the Internet or TV Channels is not puttering around because you are not moving. A key difference.

Puttering Around Good For Your Health

There is an article that actually says there are health benefits to puttering around.  The study quoted found that independent of “formal” exercise, such as gym-based workouts, people who had an active daily life — including such non-exercise physical activities as gardening, car maintenance, blackberry picking or DIY projects — had a 30 percent lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke than people who were sedentary.

When you get up and do something, anything, you are moving which is the key. Add in some walking around our beautiful community and there’s a plan.

Puttering around and some walking is much better than sitting in front of the TV or Internet all day.

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So now in retirement, you may allow yourself the luxury of just puttering around once in a while. You are the captain of your ship now.

There are too many great things to do at our Active 55+ Community to spend all our time puttering around, but some puttering around is good for you.

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Will I Fit In?

One of the concerns or questions that people think about when considering a move to a Active Adult Community is will I fit it? Will I be accepted? Will I make friends?

Once person says I am not religious and not too political, so will I fit in with the people at a 55+ community who are generally conservative?

Others wonder about the age differences between themselves and the others in a particular community and would that be a problem?

Others may be coming from a completely different region of the county and wonder if regional differences may keep them from fitting it.

Still some others may have an unrealistic view of life in a 55+ community and think that only old sedate people on walkers who just live out their life in a quite setting live there. These people think they are not ready for this yet and don’t want to be viewed as old.

Wow, that is a lot of concerns to address in one post, but having lived in a Del Community for one year now, here is my take.

In general, just about everyone living in our community seems to be very interesting, engaging and active. Having different backgrounds and experiences makes this a much more interesting place to live than your run of the mill suburban subdivision. People just want to have fun and there is an understanding that we are all in this together.  Just about everybody wants to make new friends and get along.

Culinary Club

People want to get along and there is no where that is more likely to happen, than right here in an Active Adult Community.

Let me take the age concern first. In our community, there is a wide range of ages, all the way from 55 to 95. That’s 40 years. I think we have friends from every one of those decades.

There’s going to be people your own age. But here is the thing: it doesn’t make any difference. People are people and you will learn not to prejudge someone just because they are older (or younger) than you. Some of the most interesting people I have met are in their 80s. Even on the bocce and pickleball courts, several competitors in their 80’s can beat me at my baby age of 68 🙂 (I learned that lesson at the Senior Games too!).

As far as religion and politics, most of the time that is not discussed. In the present election season, just like in society at large, there is more voicing of opinions, but I don’t think you can escape that until after the elections. There are both Democratic and Republican clubs.

I have heard that us older people can be very opinionated, by this time in life, we know what we believe. I think most people just want to have fun and not be hassled. There is always one or two people you will run into that are to be avoided, but that is the exception.

There is going to be differences of opinions. Just let it go. It’s just their truth, not yours. No harm is being done to you and hopefully by this time in life, you don’t have to convert everyone over to your way of thinking.

Tip: If differences in opinion are an insult to you, please stay off Facebook, where people post things they never (thankfully) say in public.

Some of the people who moved from other regions seem to enjoying living here the most. They love to explore surrounding towns and attend local events. It’s like they are on vacation all the time, as everything is new to them.

The people with the unrealistic view of life at an Active Adult Community will probably just have to miss out on improving their lives. They aren’t likely to take your advise about what life in an Active Adult Community is like. Their minds are made up.

They don’t see the whole purpose is to stay younger by being active, socializing, making new friends, having fun things to do.

The bottom line is that you won’t have any trouble fitting it. This is not high school. There are close to 100 clubs plus many more events for socialization if you want. People are probably going to be more interesting and diverse while being more friendly than where you moved from.

Line DancingAnother thing is that people are past the stage of trying to impress you with how much money they have or the size of their house or their personal belongings. Unless they mention it, you have no idea what they did for a living. If you live here, it matters not if it’s in a Villa or the largest home with basement. That is kind of freeing all in itself.

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Retirement Living Blog Posts

Not everyone living in a 55+ retirement community is retired, but just about everyone is living the retirement lifestyle.

I started sliding into the retirement lifestyle about 10 years ago at which time I started blogging about my journey, even back then. I have blogged on three blogs before starting this one. Going through some of my prior posts, I selected some to share with you.

A fun post to write was “10 Reasons Food Tours Are A Good Idea“.  We have taken several and love them. Next time you are in a new city for a day or so, see if they have a Food Tour and you will be glad you did.

A long time ago I wrote this one about “Age 55 Perks and Benefits” that has been popular. At least we get something for getting old, huh.

You know how hard it is to find a good movie these days. My post “Movies for Baby Boomers and Seniors” is a real workhorse with up to date movies you will like. There are some of my all time favorite movies, current picks from AARP Movies for Grown Ups. Check it out.

One of my favorite posts to write is “Cruise Travel Tips“. Yes sir, had to do a lot of research for that one. On some of the 25 cruises Mary Ann and I have taken, I asked people why they like to cruise.

BlogBoomerPlaces_LogoThe above four posts are on my blog Boomer Places which I still post to. It is a fun blog and being 68 puts me at the leading edge of the baby boomer generation, so I just do posts things as I live it.

STR-logoMy first blog going all the way back to 2006 is Small Town Retirement and my most recent blog post there is “Observations About Moving To A Small Town“.  See if you agree.  I started this blog when I was looking for small towns to retire to. We were up at Big Canoe in the North Georgia Mountains in 2006 when the idea came to me to start a blog. I like to blog about what is happening in my life, so this one is kind of loosing out to this, my active adult living blog.

On another blog at Retirement Media, I did a hard to write post titled “A Retirement Move Can Be Hard“.

But my current blog seems to be the easiest to write as I am excited about living here at Village at Deaton Creek so stay tuned. I am going to try to churn out a blog post every week, to be published on Sunday AM. During the week, I may post some of my “Wordless Pics“, from around the community.

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Are Houses Too Close?

One of the negatives people considering active adult communities bring up is “houses are too close together”.  At first glance, that’s an understandable concern since the houses are closer together than in many communities, even though smaller lots have been the trend for some time. That’s why many older homes have larger lots.

Having lived in a Del Webb community for almost a year, here is my take on this.

The developer has done a wonderful job positioning the homes for maximum privacy using different lot elevations, varying house set backs, curving streets, berms, green belts  and woods.

Terraced lots
Terraced lots. Taken from the back corner of my lot.

I have only heard this “too close” concern voiced by people who do not live in an active adult community, not by those of us who do live in one. Here is why.

On a personal level, I know my house being close to the neighbors house on the side yards is not a problem.  In fact, I like my yard better than the one-half acre suburban lot I moved from. Getting a good lot for me was just luck because I didn’t even conscientiously consider that.

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right side of my back yard
  • I have a better view that my last house. I can see the sun rise every morning from my back door. From my patio I see a larger view of the sky and at night I can see the stars.

    sunrise from my patio
    sunrise from my patio
  • I have never ever heard the neighbors while inside our house. The hardie plank siding plus extra insulation helps, but hey we don’t sit around playing ZZ Top and ACDC at full volume either. Remember most noise is made by kids, so that is not a problem.
  • Because lots are terraced, at least here at Village at Deaton Creek, I have a very private back yard.
  • Smaller yard is easier to take care of.  Even though the HOA cuts lawns and provides other services, I do water and flower planting. Much easier with a small yard.
  • Our smaller back yard is more usable. We rarely ventured off our deck over looking our larger yard at the last house. Here we are not lacking in yard to use. In fact we can make the surrounding area to our large patio more tailored to our likes. Smaller can be better. We added a railing along the edges of our patio ( with HOA approval of course!), put out some planters, put out Mary Ann mother’s Irises along the sunroom foundation and some calico river stones. I am thinking of my next project right now.

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    patio
  • Because the community has plenty of green space and is located in a forest, there is all kinds of wild life. There are deer, foxes, coyotes, turtles, plenty of birds. There are also 8 miles of walking trails and a pretty large creek. So the allocation is really smaller lots to more undeveloped green space, not a bad trade off.

    Does this look too close!
    Does this look too close! Taken from my patio.

Pay Attention To Your Lot

Lots and homes vary quite a bit. I am sure some have more privacy than others. If this is a concern to you, then pay attention to the lot and position of the home, not just the inside of the home. Consider the back yard, the front yard, front door and window views.

Don’t let your first observations that “houses are too close” throw you off in your home search. Just be observant and mindful that your lot is important too.

View from my front door
View from my front door

Kind of nice not looking directly into a house across the street.  That’s just a little 8 house cul de sac street with not much traffic.  I don’t know that I would like the same set up with a street with heavy traffic.

 

Front looking left
Front looking left

One good thing for privacy is that the driveways are not right next to each other.

 

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