First, a disclaimer: the week I am about to describe is not typical for my satisfying retirement. Most weeks have the normal mix of enjoyable and frustrating activities and occurrences. Retirement is still life and stuff still happens.
Two weeks ago Betty and I managed to put together seven days that were stimulating, entertaining, different from the norm, and, well, fun. It was her birthday week. Turning 60 felt like a major milestone to her (and not necessarily a good one!). So, we tried to make the whole week feel like a celebration of the good things in our life.
First was the RV trip to Cottonwood that I wrote about in the post, A Funny Name, A Beautiful Getaway. Just a two night break from routine put smiles on our faces and allowed her to spend her birthday/Valentine's Day free from the normal concern of our life. A full moon one night added to the magic.
Upon our return home we took an afternoon to attend the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Tens of thousands of folks come to town for this annual event held just 15 minutes from our home. Hundreds of horses, worth untold millions of dollars, are groomed and then compete in front of appreciate horse lovers and judges. As a former horse owner Betty loves being around them and watching them perform.
Two days later we took a glass fusing class. Looking for something we had never done before, one of our daughters gave us vouchers for this artistic adventure as a Christmas present. What fun! For a little over an hour, Betty and I put small pieces of colored glass on a mold. We had dozens of colors, shapes, and sizes to choose and no "rules" about how the finished projects should look. Here is a photo of the finished efforts.
Finally, we attended one of our favorite Broadway shows, Spamalot, at a local theater. Being Monty Python fans and seeing the show before in a large venue with a national touring company we weren't sure what to expect. Well, not to worry. The cast of fourteen, on a stage not much bigger than our back porch, captured the humor, absurdness, and slightly raunchy character of the show perfectly. We shouting out "Tim" and "killer rabbit with pointy teeth" at the appropriate times. We laughed at the Black Knight and whistled along with "Always look on the bright side of life." It was a splendid two hours.
To cap off a tremendous seven days we gave a gift of three Kindle Fire HD devices: one to each of our two daughters and one for our three grandkids to share. The smiles and excitement when they opened the packages was priceless. The entertainment and learning opportunities made the money spent worth every penny.
The week that was...fun. Sometimes things just align perfectly and the results are memorable. Those seven days certainly qualified.