HP Valentine Love!

HP Valentine Love!

 

 

( Quoting numerous members who were prolific with their insights and affections)

 

Love…low carrying charges, always low…low…low, year after year.

Love…looking forward to more “Travelology” Travel Club adventures to new vistas and destinations, both near and far.

Love…lautitious (yummy) recipe swapping with my neighbor PS who makes the fabulous soup…what’s in there Mr. P?

Love…luxuriating at the heated pool on long, sunny summer days.

Love…lending time and enthusiastic energy to create a garden sanctuary just outside my door.

Love…lollygagging at Westland mall: conversing, bargain hunting and people watching.

Love…laughing and munching at the many “ pop-up soirees” and lot parties. (Lot 8’s are famous!)

Love…looping around the oval with family and friends on foot, bike, skates or other.

Love…little perks like covered parking, a beautiful clubhouse and Volunteer Thank You dinners.

Love…last minute invitations to share “delish” stuffed peppers with your neighbor on the bend..who always prepares just a little too much ..to share.

Love…letting Maintenance handle drips, drains, shoveling etc., for a worry-free lifestyle.

Love…lugging treasures outside to be offered at the fun and festive Walk-About Yard Sale.

Love…lamenting my constantly out-of-control back-hand shots at our tennis courts.

Love…lingering over delicious, hot coffee at Monday Koffee Klutch, or on my patio..or yours.

Love…linking up with the Westland Bus at the Clubhouse for a journey to our local Farmer’s Market.

Love…limo-like neighbors who cheerfully drive you to or from the airport at 2 a.m., or whenever (reciprocity optional), because you have a need. Thanks H!

Love…launching lofty tee shots and earning low scores (rare) but achieved with fellow Golf Club partners. Left-hander’s like A. do this very well!

Love….logging-on to read fun/informative member written blogs on our web site and comments on Facebook.

Love…languidly grilling savory foods in the picnic area to sounds of the gurgling fountain.

Love…listening to a robin’s or turtle dove’s early morning song in the neighboring nature center.

Love…living well but frugally to have more discretionary income AND savings.

Love…lighting porch lights thoughtfully for all late-to-come-home neighbors, and Community Watch..always lighting the way at night.

Love…locking in the comforting sense of truly belonging to a lively and vibrant community.

At Holliday Park the LOVE comes from enjoying the priceless simple pleasures of the human heart in abundance, while gratefully sharing comfy common spaces with other caring members.

Yes, ( WE DO) Love Livin’ Here!

Who doesn’t like to travel? Residents at Holliday Park have many opportunities to take trips. First of all, Holliday Park has its own very active Travel Club, which was established about 22 years ago. But, in addition to our own Travel Club, we are fortunate to have access to three other Travel Clubs in our own backyard! One club is located at St. Theodore’s, only a few blocks away; one at the Westland Friendship Center, about two miles away; and another at the Dyer Center, also about two miles away.

This past year, my mother and I were fortunate to take an inexpensive vacation through the Dyer  Center, operated from the Wayne Westland Board of Education building. The trip headed towards Quebec, Canada.

After driving one and a half days, getting off a ferry that held several buses and having a “hairy” ride along tight island drives, we entered a resort cabin that would be our “island retreat” for three nights. I felt like I was walking into a movie set. It was my idea of a Cabin in the Catskills. La Roche Pleureuse is truly a hidden garden of pleasures on an island reputed to be magic. It is enchanting. The view in every direction shows magnificent vistas of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the cliffs of the island, and across the river to the mountains of the Charlevoix region of the Province of Quebec, Canada.

The best morning was spent in the beautiful saltwater pool. The meals were delicious, and hearty enough to fuel me for the hike around the trails up and down the cliffs. We visited the sights of the island, including a historic cathedral, a special bakery, and the apple winery. On our way off the island, we stopped to tour the paper mill that makes paper with the traditional methods with cotton fiber base. Paper processed in this manner lasts through time, and made a special gift for my holiday messages.

On the ride home, we stopped to visit the Canadian Notre Dame Cathedral, and picked up our English speaking tour guide in the Capital City of Quebec. We missed the session of Parliament, but were able to view the Provincial Landmarks, and the everyday sights of the local French speaking populace.

Riding back on the motor coach with these interesting travelers was wonderful. We were happily munching on the snacks provided by the Dyer Center Travel Coordinator, winning at the horse racing and bus-ride bingo, collecting Michigan trivia with brain teaser print outs, and drowsing during the screening of videos. We also listened to some of our adventurous fellow travelers who had spent time at the Casino, and won enough money to cover their travel costs.

If you want to have fun and see the rest of the world, while making new friends and companions in your home community, come join us at Holliday Park Towne Houses Cooperative!