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We Are In This Together

One thing a visitor or a new resident notices in our active adult community, is that everyone waves to each other. Another thing is that people are friendly. Walking into or out of our activities clubhouse, you are likely to be met with a smile and greeting. Attend any of the events in our grand ballroom like concerts, luncheons, cards or whatever and people will exchange introductions and engage in friendly conversations.

You would think we all know each other. With 1140 homes in our community and maybe over 2,000 people living here, we don’t know everybody. But we act like we do.

With people living here coming from all over the country and different parts of the world, why do we get along so well. Why is there such a different attitude from our working lives and our lives in cities and suburbs where we used to live during our working lives.

The difference is that once you enter our gates you are home and the people living here are our neighbors that you know and have the feeling that “we are all in this together”.  Besides being neighbors physically we are on a journey together, living our retired life. Knowing we have all made the journey thus far to get there, at this stage in our lives, to enjoy life.

We are in this together!

We know we all arrived for some of the same reasons. We are looking for and sharing quality of life in a beautiful community where we are enjoying life, even more so than we were a few years ago.

We want to stay physically active and you can see that at the softball games, bocce, pickleball, tennis matches, cardio classes, gym regulars and the many morning walkers along Deaton Creek Parkway.

We want to stay mentally active and you can see that in the conversations with folks who keep themselves informed across the board. We participate in mental activity games, forums, trivia, having experts come to talk with us. We share a passion for life long learning.

We want to travel and see the world so we take cruises, bus tours, regional overnight trips and day trips. We take trips together sometimes. We like new experiences.

We experience health issues commonly experienced at this stage of life, death of a spouse, we come together to support each other in time of need.

We share concerns about our finances, getting a safe return so our money doesn’t run out, sharing tips about social security and veterans benefits, keeping an eye on our HOA budget and attending our investment club.

We live in the present. Although coming here with interesting life long experiences, we want life now to be all it can be and committed to getting everything out of it, while we can.

We socialize together going out to see a play, take turns having the neighbors over for dinner, going to lunch regularly with our neighbors, we make new friends, we host card games at our homes.

We have fun together attending the many activities, the concerts, and many other events. We like to just talk with each other and you can do that as easy as walking out your front door and soon you will be talking with someone.

All of this is quite different from the neighborhoods we moved from, with the busy moms busing the kids around, the neighbors who were not that friendly, everyone rushing off to work.

It’s nice to live a community with people that we relate to and share so much with! No wonder we have the feeling “we are in this together”.

Robert Fowler

 

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Landscaping Included? 55+ Active Adult Communities

One of the many benefits of moving to a Del Webb Community or any active adult community is that you don’t have to cut your grass or clip your shrubs anymore.

In fact it is mostly presented that “Landscaping is included”.   But is that true?

Having now lived in a Del Webb Community now for the last nine months, I can give you my perspective on that question.

Yes, cutting grass is something that is done on a regular schedule. In the Summer it is done weekly and in other seasons, done when needed.  The landscaping company hired by the homeowners association does cut, edge and blow and mostly does a good job.  You will not need a lawn mover to cut your grass, unless you want to.  Some people do, believe it or not.

Some people have a fenced back yard and they like to cut their own grass in the fenced area.  If not, the homeowner association charges an extra fee to cut, because of access issues.

Now the pruning of the shrubs in the front is included but some people want it done more frequently and either do it themselves or pay a company or person to prune.  Also if you add plants yourself, you will need to maintain them.  Any dead plants, the homeowner will need to replace at their own expense.

Fertilization and weed control is provided but I can tell you not to the extent it would be done if you hire a private company.  My neighbor and I have contracted with a lawn company and our yards look a little better than average.

You know when I moved here, I gave away or got rid of almost all my landscaping tools and equipment.  It is true I don’t need a mower or edger but I wish I had kept a shovel, an axe, a hard rake and other tools.  I really don’t have room for a wheel barrow but could use one. I did buy two water hoses and two sprinklers, for front and back.

Some maintenance that I did is to some replace some patches of Bermuda grass in bald spots, planted some flowers and did some aeration. In the Fall I need to spray for a fungus making spots in my Bermuda lawn. Also even though I have a pest control company, I am going to spay insecticide around the perimeter of my home.  Oh, I did have my Crepe Myrtles trimmed back in February.

They did put down pine straw in early Spring but that faded pretty fast.  I just put down mulch around my front tree and bought two bales of pine straw to freshen up my island and beds.

I have been watering myself in this hot weather but both my neighbors say they have an irrigation system and I should get one.  They may be right. I also heard the water bill for a sprinkler system can be quite expensive.

I am retired and in pretty good shape so this first year I have enjoyed doing a little around the house.  But I could see for many people this would be less than enjoyable and something they didn’t count on doing or having done.

Since this was posted originally, I have started to use a local landscaper more and more for small things I used to do. There are too many fun activities that I can be doing to get into landscaping like I used to.

So is landscaping included?  Well yes, but if you solely reply on the homeowner association supplied company, your yard will be lacking and probably below average for your 55+ community.