Saturday, February 11, 2017

Where Are Your RVing Parents?

Yuma, Arizona      High 72 Low 58

The weather yesterday was a bit warm. Today it was ideal. Another hard day in paradise.

My mother in law has mostly been working on puzzles since she has been here. Below is an example of one she finished. She has been going for rides on her scooter but she feels cold fairly quick so the puzzles are her entertainment.
Cindy's Mom

Cindy's Mom and sister, Linda.
Cindy had one of the ladies in the sewing group show her Swedish weaving. She has been trying it out and seems to like doing it. Just what she needs, one more hobby.
We have been enjoying the Park and all the activities. We both are way more active than if we were home in Utah.

Yesterday was the full moon. We found out from one of the campers in our Park about what they call Howling at the Moon. Whenever weather permits and the full moon rises in the evening, a large group of people in Yuma get together east of the Foot Hills and have a big party. There is entertainment and dancing. The singers were very good.

The party started out small when they  first started doing it, and it has gotten bigger for the last few years. The man that told us about it said that at first only 30 or 40 people came out and when he last went there were about 1500. They announced last night that this time was the most people they have had and they estimated about 3000 people were there.

It was about 1/4 mile from where we parked to the party.

There was a little boy dressed in a ware-wolf costume.

The main singer.
There are also some food wagons selling Pizza at one and sandwiches and hot dogs and drinks at the other.

There was a very long Conga line that had so many people in it that they could hardly move along. They also had a lot of people do the Hocky Pocky. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Some of the other singers.

The only minor problem was it was too cloudy to see the moon rise. But that still didn't stop anyone from howling at the moon. At the time the moon was coming over the mountain, people howled at where the moon was supposed to be. Then everyone went home. We were home by 7:00. The party starts at about 3:00 in the afternoon.

So to answer the question of where are your parents........They are in Yuma, Arizona howling at the moon and having a good time.  

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Yuma, Arizona        High 82 Low 60

It was a really nice day today. Yesterday we had wind but today was still. Cindy swept up all the leave yesterday morning just before the wind started and an hour later we couldn't tell she had even been there so today she got to do it all over again. I was planning on cleaning up the leaves when I got through with shuffle board but she beat me to it.

Our company made it here on Sunday. My sister in law got the lift put on her motor home so my mother in law could get into it easier. It was installed in Tempe and the spent about a week with Cindy’s son Scot in Phoenix. They plan on staying here about a week then go back to Utah for Doctors appointments.

Cindy’s Mom spends a lot of time working on jig saw puzzles. Linda says it helps keep her mind active. She doesn’t get around too well without her little scooter. Linda has been checking out possible places to go this spring and summer. We have agreed to go with them in our fifth wheel. There are a few places we would like to see, but nothing has been set in stone yet. A lot depends on their mother and her health.

Yesterday we all went to Lin’s Buffet where we met Jim and Sandi one more time while they are in the area. We all ate too much and visited for a while. It is a good Buffet and I guess if you leave hungry it’s your own fault. It is mainly an oriental buffet, but they have a large variety of different food items. We all had lots of shrimp to eat. They even have pizza, but none of us tried it.

Other than that we are still doing the same things most days. Life is good. 

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Friends

Yuma, Arizona        High 78 Low 54

The wind finally quit for a while. It also finally got warmer. It sure feels good.

We had invited Jim and Sandi Dixon to stay in our driveway here in Yuma while they were here. I got a call from Sandi a few days ago and she said she would have to decline our offer. It seems that the new dog they got wants to bark way too much and she was afraid our neighbors would complain. So they went out to the BLM parking by Pilot Knob. They have dental work to take care of in Algodones.

So we decided to go to dinner with them. Sandi let me pick and I had heard good things about Chicken On The Run, so we went there. The restaurant has always looked busy in spite of looking like a Mom and Pop place. When we got there, the parking lot was almost full and we were told we had about a 10 minute wait for a table. The ten minute wait turned into maybe 3 minutes. So we were seated almost immediately. Sandi and  I had fried chicken, Cindy had a pork chop, and Jim had cat fish. Everyone said the food was very good and the prices were very reasonable.

We hope to see them again while they are in the area.

Cindy and I have been staying busy here in this Park. Cindy's quilt group has got a lot bigger and I have been going with her to take her machine in and to help her cut material.

One day when I took Penny to the small dog park, there were 22 dogs, which is a lot more than usual.

The Park is a lot fuller than it has been. I've been told a lot of people came from Quartzsite.

We are going to have visitors, but I will wait until they get her to say any more about it.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Windy in Yuma

Yuma, Arizona       High 65 Low 45

While it is windy and rainy in Yuma it sure beats a high of 35 and low of 24 in Salt Lake City. Not to mention 4 days of the awful 4 letter word (snow) predicted there.

We went to the Arizona Market the other day to get guess what. Yep, more fabric (you can never have too much fabric). While we were there we saw Nancy Kissick and Patty Chance in the quilt store. It is nice to meet fellow bloggers. Nancy told us she would come to see us in the afternoon and when she showed up, Cindy got a chance to show off some of her new quilts, both finished and unfinished.We hope to see them again. Next time, maybe with her dog. Penny likes everybody and spent some time with Nancy.

I have been going on bike rides around the Park with a group of bikers. we try to ride all the way around the Park 3 times, which is about 3 miles. It is usually held 3 nights a week unless the weather is too bad.
Penny has gone with me some of the time. She seems very content in her dog bag.

I also have been playing shuffle board 3 or 4 times per week. Cindy has been going to a card making/ scrapbook thing on Tuesdays. Her quilt group on Wednesday has been growing with more ladies coming. She stays really busy while we are here.

I also take penny to the small dog park most afternoons. Today there were at least 17 small dogs (with all the running around it is hard to count accurately. We all call it Yappy Hour for all the dogs.

Today we went to a genealogy seminar. There was a lot of information given on how to find out about your ancestors. It took all of the morning and part of the afternoon. We left Penny home and one of our neighbors came in to take care of her. I guess he took her over to his place for some of the time. She keeps wanting to go play with their dog anyway, so she stayed out of trouble.

Cindy's sister, Linda, told us she was going to get a lift put on her motor home so their mother will be able to get in and out easier and to travel again and we have agreed to go with her on some travels this coming summer. She will take her motor home and we will take our 5th wheel. She would like us along in case she needs help with their mother. We haven't decided where we are going for sure, but we would like to make it to Canada while the exchange rate is still favorable.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Enjoying Yuma

Yuma, Arizona      High 69 Low 49

The weather here has been nice, but rain (which didn't happen) was predicted for 2 days this past week. It has been quite cloudy though. At least we are not home in Utah. The high today was 30 With a low of 19 and snow (the awful 4 letter word) predicted for 5 of the next 7 days.

I got back from California after going to Ken's wake. There wasn't a service but rather a lot of his old baseball friends talked some and then toasted him. There was a large turnout.

I did get some pictures of my kids and grand-kids, but first one picture I got on the way back to Yuma. The traffic was awful and it sprinkled a little. While I was stopped, I got a picture of this double rainbow.
The next picture is of my grand-daughter Vivian. She is Nick and Susie's little girl. She is 10 months old and starting to walk. She seemed like a happy baby.
Then I got a picture of my kids. They were all there to support Sabrina. From what I can tell, she is having a hard time with Ken's death. She did talk to an attorney and he said he thought she had a very good case against the hospital and was willing to take the case.
The last picture is of my oldest daughter, Andrea and 4 of her 5 kids.
It was good to have them all together but I wish it had been
for a better reason.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Some Sad News

Yuma, Arizona        High 69 Low 59

Yesterday we drove to Phoenix to see Cindy's son Scott. We had a good visit and then went to Mulqueen's fabric store to get some thread for my quilting machine and some embroidery thread for Cindy. It was a long but uneventiful day.

I was sorry to hear about Rod Ivers Passing. He and his wife Loyce were nice people and we considered him to be one of our friends. I know that he missed Loyce, but now they are together again.

I stayed in Los Angeles until last Friday and after visiting with my daughter Sabrina and stopping in to see Ken, I decided to come home to Yuma. When I was there it didn't look good for Ken.

On Monday they had another Doctor look at him and Sabrina was told there was about a million to one chance of any change. There had been three different tests done that showed no brain activity. So today the decision was made to unhook him from the machines tonight. A little while ago I got a text saying that he had passed quietly. I know my daughter is probably heart-broken from talking to her.

Ken Higdon was the manager for the Angel's baseball team for a long time. He and Sabrina both worked for them for a while and that is how they met. I got to meet a lot of his old baseball buddies while I was at the hospital.

I was told that the funeral will be either Saturday or Sunday and I plan on driving back to California.

I hope you and your's are doing well.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hard Times

Arcadia, California         High 76 Low 54

Why am I in California? My son-in-law Ken, that lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, came to have back surgery in California. The surgery he had a year ago didn't go quite far enough and he has been in pain ever since. This time they went in and fused some bones.

After surgery he seemed to be doing OK, but about 4 hours later he quit breathing and his heart stopped. No one knows for sure how long it was, but could have been up to 15 minutes before they got him going again.

He was unresponsive except for his breathing and heart. From what my daughter-in-law told me, he was having some kind of seizure and the decision was made to induce coma and put him into hypothermia. Susie told me that there is a larger chance for recovery if this is done.

They lowered his body temperature for about 24 hours and then slowly raise it back up. He should have been back to normal temperature at about 3:00 this morning.
then then take hime off the medications which takes a while before they know anything.

Once he comes out of the coma they will do testing to see if his brain is OK. It may not be until tomorrow until they really know anything.

I felt like I should be here for support for my daughter, Sabrina.

Hopefully there is a good outcome from all this. Right now everyone is just waiting.

It is nice to have a son and daughter-in-law that are both doctors so we get a little more information. (Nick and Susie) I did get to meet my grand daughter, Vivian. She is quite the cutie.

I plan on staying until maybe Saturday to see if there's anything I do for Sabrina.

Getting here, I was reaffirmed of why I hate driving in California. My GPS had my arrival time at approximately the time it told me at first until I got about 30 miles from here. Then all the traffic got so bad that I lost 25 minutes going the last 30 miles. And all this was at 1:00 in the afternoon. I wonder what it would have been like during "rush hour" and I'm only on the outskirts of LA.

Anyway, I hope you are having a better time than I.

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