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Tallgrass Creek exceeds expectations

Amenities and amiable neighbors fulfill this couple’s wish list

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May 21st, 2013

Several years ago, Doris and Lloyd Mitterling retired in Florida so Lloyd, an avid fisherman, could be near the water to pursue his hobby. Eventually though, the couple decided they wanted to be closer to their family. Doris says they have a daughter and son-in-law plus three granddaughters and their families in the Kansas City area. So, the Mitterlings packed up and headed north. They lived for a year in a Kansas City area retirement community that they ultimately decided didn t suit their lifestyle. Fortunately, it didn t take the Mitterlings long to discover Tallgrass Creek, the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. Last October, Doris and Lloyd moved to Tallgrass Creek. They have found a happy new home where they enjoy maintenance-free living, and they each have ample opportunities to pursue their respective hobbies.

Former fisherman discovers the joys of woodworking

Since he stopped fishing, Lloyd has taken up woodworking. He was delighted to learn that Tallgrass Creek has an on-site woodshop stocked with state-of-the-art equipment and plenty of space for hobbyists to work on their projects. Doris says the first Kansas retirement community they lived at didn t have a woodshop, so the fact that Tallgrass Creek does have one was a big selling point for the couple. He doesn t like to sit still, and it s been good for him to be able to work in the woodshop, Doris says of her husband. Lloyd s pet project is to turn wood on a lathe, making them into intricate pens. He sells some of his pens and keeps others to use and display around their home. Since moving to Tallgrass Creek, he s been able to source some of his wood from a beaver dam that sits on the community s spacious grounds. He gets the prettiest pens out of there, Doris says. He always manages to find a piece of wood that has some character to it.

Spare bedroom perfect for knitting

For her part, Doris spends her leisure time knitting. She is far from a casual knitter. In fact, she s transformed the second bedroom of her Tallgrass Creek apartment home into her hobby room, complete with a computerized knitting machine and an embroidery machine. Doris has been knitting for many years. She creates a wide range of items, from baby blankets to hats to dresses. One time, she even knit a three-piece suit. I do lots of odds and ends all the time on my machines, Doris says. Knitting sure takes care of my free time. In addition to working on her own projects, Doris has lent her talents to Tallgrass Creek s quilting club. The dedicated group of women works hard all year long to create several handmade Quilts of Valor, which they present each year to several deserving veterans at a celebration around Memorial Day. Since I ve been here, I ve helped the ladies with the Quilts of Valor, Doris says. They are a very hard-working group.

Things to do and people to meet

When Doris and Lloyd moved to Tallgrass Creek, they knew they were joining an active community with plenty of leisure activities. What they didn t know was that they would find so many friendly and like-minded people with whom they would connect. Doris says she said in jest to Sales Counselor Judy Baxter: You never told me the people here were so nice. Getting acquainted with their new neighbors is easy, Doris says. Most residents have dinner each night at Tallgrass Creek s on-site restaurant. People can request to sit with friends, or they can ask the hostess to simply seat them at a table with open spots. That system makes it easy for new residents to meet their neighbors in a low-pressure environment. It s the best hour of our day, Doris says of dinnertime at Tallgrass Creek. You meet somebody different most all of the time, and they just really have a good group of people here.

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