Sunday, October 15, 2017

Busy in Yuma

Yuma, Arizona       High 94 Low 67

We both are enjoying all the hot weather here in Yuma except the predicted 100 for Tuesday and Wednesday will probably be a little uncomfortable.

We managed to do a little sight seeing. We had heard how hard it was to get dates and since we had a tree to replace we debated getting a date palm instead of the orange we were replacing. but after driving through some of the date orchards and watching all the workers putting bags on the trees, we decided we better just stay with the dwarf orange we were replacing.

The taller trees required what resembled a lift that power linemen use to put the bags on along with lots of workers. We had no desire for that much labor.

Our grapefruit tree is loaded with lots of green grapefruit. By January we should be able to enjoy fresh grapefruit.

One of the other winter residents of our park, Tom, got here shortly after us and started up the Palms Bike Brigade like we had last year. Three nights a week we get together by the front gate and ride around the Park for about a half hour, or when we get tired, while Tom plays music as we ride along. We get in about 3 miles and I was really out of shape at first, but now both Cindy and I are riding further than at first.
Of course Penny has to go along on all the rides. I'm third from the right and if you look closely you can see Penny's head sticking out of her red bag.

When we bought this house it came completely furnished with the exception of a bed-room set. We did get a really nice mattress and box spring set which we have had on the floor. We finally found an oak set that we really like and ordered it. In about two weeks we will finally have a bed room furniture set. That means no more living out of plastic boxes in our closet and we will finally get drawers to put our clothes in. Getting the tall chest of drawers required raising the TV in our bed room 8 inches to accommodate the taller Chest.

The Park has been reseeding all the grassy areas of the Park and it has been so hot that I haven't taken Penny to the small dog Park, but as soon as more of her friends get here that will become a daily ritual. She seems to enjoy playing with all her doggie friends. The once we did walk to the small dog park, she seemed to know where we were going and walked all the way without me having to carry her. When we first got here, Penny got out a couple of times and she ran next door to see if her dog friend, Alex, was here but they aren't coming until the first of next month.

This Park had a special for first time People to this Park where the gave 2 for 1, buy one week, get two, up to pay for 3 months get 6 months. It ended at the end of September and was only good for the present season. They told us that over 100 new people took advantage of the special and the park will be full for the first 3 months of 2018. The idea was to get new people to see the Park with the hope of maybe selling more lots. We have been told that when this Park was developed, the developers wanted to be out in 5 years, but they are now into it going on 10 years and are making other specials.

We liked the Park well enough to buy into it and maybe others will also. When things really get going after the first of November, you can stay as busy as you want with all the activities. I may have said it before, but some of what we liked about this park is that you actually own the property rather than merely renting. We also like the front guard station. We have had several people that wanted to see us that didn't know our lot number, that had to call and get it before they were allowed in. When we leave for the summer, we have no worries about leaving our winter home unattended.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

We Are in Yuma

Yuma, Arizona           High 98 Low 67

The weather here is certainly warmer than Utah! By 10:00 in the morning it is too warm to work outside.

We got here late Tuesday evening after a 12 hour ride from Riverton. Part of the time was spent waiting for construction on the roller coaster road (Highway 95 from Needles, California to Parker , Arizona). If you've ever driven it, you know why it is called that. There was a stretch of about 5 miles that had one lane with a pilot car. We waited about 25 minutes for the other direction to clear cut and when we finally got going it looked like about a mile of cars and trucks in front of us. Then they went about 10 to 15 miles an hour for part of the 5 miles. We lost almost an hour through there. The good part is the road that was finished seemed a lot better than in the past.

We both have been working hard at unloading and yard clean-up since we've been here. We went out early this morning and cut and piled up the dead palm fronds. We had one palm tree that didn't look too good last year that died over the summer and I will have to cut it down when its not so hot.

Yesterday we went to Fry's grocery store, partly because they give a 10% discount for seniors the first Wednesday of each month. We needed a lot of groceries and they had a lot of good sales going on and with their digital coupons and the 10% we saved a third on the groceries we got.

We have one orange tree that hasn't done well since we have had this house and will probably replace it with another kind of tree.

All the activities don't get going until the end of the month and then we will both be really busy with some of them. Cindy volunteered to teach a quilt block class and instead of a block of the month, it will be a block of the week. That will keep her really busy.

And I plan on shuffle board again and so we both will be busy.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

We Took My Shadow To Gardner Mill

We Took My Shadow To Gardner Mill
Riverton, Utah           High 63 Low 42

The day was kind of rainy but we still went to our yard sales. This time we took the two boys but they weren’t able to find anything.

After we got through we took Taylor (my little shadow) to Gardner Mill, an old historical site that is now shops. They go all out for Halloween with witches everywhere. Skyler decided he didn’t want to go.

There is a scavenger hunt for the kids to find 15 different witches and as a prize they get to buy a very large cookie for 50 cents. We walked around the shops and finally found all the different witches.

The scavenger hunt was to find the statues, not the actors.

There were a group of three Witches entertaining the kids.

 Taylor got to pet an Alpaca.

After we got home we loaded the car getting ready to go to Yuma. Cindy was sure we wouldn’t get everything in, but we finally did. We joke about looking like the Beverly Hillbillies because we are so loaded. I wonder why we seem to take so much stuff down with us?

The only things left for us to do before we leave are Penny’s shot and renew the registration on the truck and fifth wheel which have to wait until October. The registrations aren’t due until December but since we won’t be here, they will let you get the emission and safety inspection done two months early. I called to see if it could be done in September, but technically it must not be longer than 2 months from the due date, which is December 31, so September does not work while October 1 does.

We plan on leaving early Tuesday morning and drive straight to Yuma. Since we are in the car, the 700 mile drive, although long, isn’t too bad when we trade off driving.  This year I don’t have to work on the water heater like I had to last year so we should be ok.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

I'm Ready to Go

Riverton, Utah          High 80 Low 54

The last few days have been very pleasant and a lot cooler than it has been. August and the first part of September were setting records almost daily.

We have been busy with more tomatoes and Cindy wanted more mulch for her flower beds, which we finally got taken care of Saturday.

One of our neighbors had a large crop of tomatoes and cantaloupe of which he told us to take what we wanted. Cindy even tried fried green tomatoes which weren't too bad.

I'm almost through quilting the quilts Cindy wanted to take with her to Yuma. I try to remember to get some pictures of them on a future post.

I need to get our truck and trailer licenses renewed in the first of October and Penny needs to get one shot before we leave.

I would like to leave now, but it is still a little warm in Yuma, so we will wait until the first part of October to head south for the winter.

Jana Clark mentioned freezing you credit with the three reporting agencies so I thought it probably was a good idea so I went on line to take care of it. The first two went pretty smoothly but TransUnion asked a lot of questions trying to make sure I was who I said I was. For instance what year my Chev suburban was. The only problem is I haven't owned a Chev suburban for at least 10 years. And what year my Subaru was. The last time I owned a Subaru was probably in 1989. Anyway to make a long story short they sent me a notification that I would have to call them.

I called this morning expecting to talk to a real person but instead the phone service took over and asked a few very basic questions, zip code, house numbers, and so on. I was finished in less than 5 minutes, while I was on the computer for about 30 minutes and then got turned down. Go figure.

All thing considered, it probably is a good idea to freeze the credit based on Equifax getting hacked.
We really don't have to have it checked very often and it seems to be easy to take the freeze off for a while if needed.

We both have been really busy while we've been home and I'm looking forward to getting to Yuma so I don't have to work quite so hard.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Little Shadow, Quilts, Tomatoes and Bad Air

Riverton, Utah                 High 91 Low 63

The weather has been setting records for September almost every day. In Ogden, which is about 30 miles north of Salt Lake, A fire started yesterday morning which burned at least 6 homes and forced evacuation of several thousand people. Along with all the other fires burning in Utah and Idaho the air quality here has been really bad.

Normally when we look toward the mountains we have a nice clear view. This picture will give some idea of how much smoke is in the air.
You can barely see the mountain and today was even worse.
I have been working of quilts and every time Taylor is home he wants to help. Lots of the time he sits on my lap wanting to cut the thread. He also likes to wind bobbins which does help but I have to tell him how many or her would have too many of whatever color we are using at the time.

Cindy had one of our neighbors give us lots of tomatoes, so she and Heather have been busy bottling them. They probably got close to 40 bottles plus some Cindy froze to take with us to Yuma.
This is only part of them.
This afternoon she had me cut some dead branches from the fruit trees and cut a large limb off the apple tree that was pushing against our back fence. She was afraid that if it got any bigger it would break the vinyl fence.

We are only about 4 weeks till we leave for Yuma. I can't wait so I don't have to work quite so hard.

When we are home we always find lots to do.

We did get a new lawn mower. It has electric start so I won't hurt myself pulling on the starting rope. LOL The old one was over 25 years old and I guess it was time to replace it.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Grandkids and Quilts

Riverton, Utah             High 92 Low 63

We are still having record breaking heat in Salt Lake Valley. In addition the air quality is very poor because of all the fires.

Last Friday was Skyler’s birthday. He turned 12. We had a little party for him and had cake. He got some presents he liked.

We had my grandkids that live in Idaho come and visit us for a little while yesterday. We haven’t seen them for a while and they sure are growing. My son couldn’t make it because he had to stay and do some kind of work.   

Left to right: Mika 13, Sage 15, Me old, my daughter-in-law Bridgett, and my shadow Taylor in front of Me 7. 
Of course, my little shadow, Taylor had to get in one of the pictures. Whenever he is home and I’m doing my quilting, he wants to help. Sometimes he just slows me down but he thinks he’s helping. I can’t say too much to him because I don’t want him to feel bad. He is 7 and will soon be 8.

I finally got in the mood to finish up Cindy’s giant Christmas quilt. She finished sewing it together in 2013 and I worked on it for a while that winter. It is square and is so large that I had to take my machine apart to quilt the outsides. It took almost a whole week to finally get it quilted. Now all that’s left is the binding which is Cindy’s part. I think she started doing the embroidery on it in 2010. It had been a long project.

I got the stitches out of my hand today and the Dr seemed to think everything looked OK. It still hurts when I bump it but it is feeling a lot better than when I cut it open.

We are still staying busy.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I Got in a Fight With the Lawn Mower And Guess Who Won

Riverton, Utah         High 90 Low 64

It has been unusually warm in Salt Lake Valley for some time now. According to the weather guessers we are setting records almost daily. Last time I heard, August was the hottest it has ever been for the month.

We both have been very busy, so much that we are looking forward to going to Yuma. I finally decided to quilt Cindy's very large embroidered Santa quilt. I started it two years ago and finally got in the mood to try to finish it. Cindy has been busy making more quilts so I don't get caught up.

Last Friday I noticed a yard sale that had fabric. It wasn't too far from us so we went to see if they had anything worthwhile. Boy, did they. Full bolts of good batiks for $2.00 a yard. And yes, we gave in and bought some (70 + yards). We think you can never have too much fabric.

We are sorry to hear about all the damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. From the TV, it looks like very severe damage which will take a long time to recover from.

Now to the part of this Post which talks about the title. I was trying to start our lawnmower that we haven't used for a while. There is a bar you have to hold to get ignition while pulling the starter rope. I was pulling and it didn't want to start and I gave it a big pull and it must have backfired. The starter rope pulled out of my right hand with the handle hitting the top of my left hand. It really hurt and I looked down and was bleeding about as bad as any cut I've ever had. It looked bad enough to probably need stitches, so off to the Insta-care we went. While the Doctor was cleaning the cut out it looked like the Grand Canyon in the top of my hand. It actually was only about a half inch deep and the Doctor said I would probably loose the flap of skin and he put 4 stitches in my hand.

So in the fight with the Lawn Mower, who won? Of course the lawn mower won. Maybe it time to invest in a new one.

When they took the old bandage off and looked to make sure there was no infection, they said everything looked good. It will be about 8 more days before the stitches come out. At least it doesn't hurt like it did for the first two days.

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