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What I’ve come to love about living in New River is that once you find your “crew“, it’s wonderful.

It did take me a while to find friends who could understand that I can’t always do physically what I want to do-because neither could they!  And then I found friends who can enjoy my need to walk in the air with my dogs, go to water aerobics and commiserate over a good strong cup (or more) of coffee.

There’s also the adjustment that some of them are not here all the time.  Snow birds abound, some of them about ready to leave for their other homes in “cooler” temps during the Spring and Summer.

It’s funny, this has been a very atypical year for us here in Arizona-lots of rain and wind during this winter, cooler temps than normal too and then WHAM!  The heat arrived-two days before the unheard of March start date for water aerobics!

Our coach said she usually waits for the first week of April, but so many of us were requesting to start (even though the temps were very cool) back up that she took a chance.  Well, we were all there Tuesday morning, right on time and it was a beautiful 85 at 10 a.m..

It felt wonderful to get into the water, see all the other devotees and enjoy the morning.   

I had planned on going to the other two left in the month, but thankfully my spine doctor pushed through an emergency epidural so this Tuesday I will be in a surgical suite with Adam and the younger grands waiting at a nearby Starbucks (having a special, special while I’m being stuck with some nice large needles) and coming back to get me home later.

The kindly doctor also shot my hips full of steroids so I could start feeling less gimpy and more able to enjoy our upcoming cruise for our 36th anniversary!

This morning though, it was all about enjoying some time with my two friends, drinking coffee, discussing our aches and pains and what we’ll be doing in the coming month.  One friend is leaving to care for her grands in another state for the month, the other just had hand surgery and is expecting her 4th grandchild in a couple of weeks and I am just looking forward to enjoying some alone time with my husband.

It will be a busy time, but I’m really hoping that we will be able to walk as much as we want without my paying for it later on.   

When we return, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to meet up with my various groups and be able to participate in the swimming, the walking, the talking and most importantly-the friendships.


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