Thursday, November 17, 2011

Habitat Groupon Golf and Birthdays

Not knowing exactly what to call today's edition, I decided to 'focus' on four items:

Habitat for Humanity -
As you may know, we love working with local affiliates and are glad to be back in the South Hampton Roads area to work with some of the same group who befriended us here last year.  

Our latest assignment is an old house in nearby Portsmith that is being refurbished and redone.  
Our effort has been concentrated on the small back porch and deck.
What I loved about this project was that we got to learn about the whole thing from the beginning.  Joe measured out where the 4x4 foot posts went, we dug the holes, poured in cement, then we worked off that to attach the support runner from the house.   
It took us a couple of days and we are still not done, but we got the deck on and now are working on the steps, support posts and railing.

Pam and I also love to play golf and we have done that a few times while the weather has been good here.  I found a city course deal on Groupon.  $14 covered greens fees and carts so it was a bargain.
Also, we played three city courses in the area we normally would not have played:  Bow Creek,  Kempsville and Red Wing.
They are all on the rebound and the new management company that is managing them for the city is really doing a great job.  Apparently six months ago, they were in bad shape, but the new crew is really getting them in shape.

I loved them all but my favorite was the last one we played at Red Wing.  Pam enjoyed them also.  The thing I noticed is that they are not really long courses and they give the woman a 50-80 yard advantage off the tee box.  Their teeing area is well out in front of the men's but that makes it more fun and competitive for everyone.

We have seen some great deals lately on Groupon - Have you?  Do you use Groupon?

In addition to the Habitat and Golf, we have celebrated birthdays in the last couple of weeks.  

Kelly's friends from church usually get together during the week a couple of times and we joined up for a Sunday afternoon cookout and kickball time at the RV campground.  These 'kids' (late twenties are a great bunch and very welcoming to us.
In addition to Kelly and Pam's birthdays in the last few days, I think there must have been 5 or 6 other peoples as well.
It was a bit windy but we were able to eat and hangout and they even had a rousing game of kickball.  Some really got into it and it was fun.
Afterwards, we chatted some.
It was coolish so that didn't last long before everyone headed out.

We are thoroughly enjoying our time here in Virginia Beach and will be here two more weeks.  I love this time of the year and it is great to be near our kids!  Adam will be joining us next week for Thanksgiving and we are looking forward to it.

I hope you and yours are well and looking forward to the holidays also.  Thanks for joining on this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. would be interested in learning how to hook up with habitat for humanity as I can see myself interested in helping out some day in the future...

  2. Happy Belated Birthday, Pam!!..looks like it was a great celebration!!

  3. Its always fun to go back to a town that you used to live in. Enjoy your family!

  4. Groupon is wonderful. Now that we are traveling – we have signed up for deals from multiple cities in the areas we are planning on traveling to. By using Groupon deals we experienced great things we would not have without the deals. One that really stands out in my mind is the Ghosts and Legends tour ( in San Antonio.

  5. Happy Birthday Pam!! I'll bet you look forward to the family Thanksgiving..We did that before we left, so we will just hang out and give thanks...We have SOOOO much to be thankful for!!

  6. Happy Birthday Pam ~ Looks like it was a great celebration for all... I have never used Groupon, guess I sgould check it out... Thanks
    Have fu n & Travel safe

  7. Hi, did you mean Portsmouth, VA rather than Portsmith? My daughter lived in the VA Beach for a few years and haven't heard of a Portsmith. No big deal, but was curious.

    Keep up the good work with Habitat for Humanity.