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Active Adult Living

Active Adult Sayings

Living in an Active Adult Community for over two years, I have observed some sayings unique to those living in this type community. If you have any sayings to add to the list, please reply in the comments.

Sayings You Hear in an Active Adult Community

We are all in this Together. This is a very common saying in many Active Adult Communities I have visited. This means we arrived at this time and location with the same goals in mind, to have a good time and make the most of every day. We are family.

Do it while you can.  The most common use of this is “travel before it’s too late”.  While you can and before it’s too late are interchangeable. In general,  it means being active while you can. Walk while you can, play while you can, travel while you can. We all have friends who not longer can and no one knows the future.

Let me check my calendar. Believe it or not, activities are so frequent and varied  that they need to be scheduled. Plus the memory is not what it used to be. The answer is to keep a good calendar and check it each morning or the night before.

I will be gone. Even though most of us are retired, you can’t guarantee we will be here.

Where are you traveling to next? The extent of travel of most people here is amazing. It’s always interesting to hear where people are going to next.

See you next Spring.  This means I will be at my Florida home. Of course in Florida, they will say “See you next Winter”.

Young person. Anyone 65 or younger.

Did you hear about… News is spread by word of mouth and Facebook. It is not always correct.

Can you fill in for me? This means the person asking is on a team. Could refer to bocce, hand and foot, or any games with regular teams. The person cannot play that date and wants you to fill in for them. They in turn will fill in for you when needed.

What good Netflix Series are you watching? How else would I find out about Longmire, Foley’s War, The Crown and others. Recommendations are generally very good and I like to ask friends this question.

Let’s do lunch. Very popular pastime. There are street lunches, group lunches and individual lunches. I got an invitation this month from Ned to do a street lunch, from Wylie to do Wylie’s group lunch, and I organized the Larry’s Pickleball Group lunch. Then we did a lunch with Pete and Brenda at a tea house. Mary Ann lunched with a different person every day this week!

Things You Don’t Hear

Things you don’t hear, at least very often include. I think this has to do with living in and enjoying the present.

What did you do?  I was surprised this didn’t come up more often, but glad it doesn’t.  It really doesn’t matter who you used to be. Most are not out to impress anyone. Of course, we all share some of our life experiences from time to time, but it’s not the burning qualifying question of “What did you do?”

Where are you from? – Again sometimes, not very often. We are from all over, even locals.

Gossip about a person.  – Well maybe you do, but not often. Just move on, there are plenty of people here.  People like to keep positive and gossip is negative.

Politics.  During the election, yes. Otherwise not too much.  Again with a divided country, politics is generally considered by most to be negative and who needs that.

So the sayings you hear in an Active Adult Community I fully understand now and am using the same terms. They are no longer foreign to me. They bind us together and reflect who we are and what we are doing.

Robert Fowler
Baby boomer, active adult, senior, retiree and all around nice guy.

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Del Webb Communities Home Ideas

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.