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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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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Day


Riverton, Utah          High 88 Low 62

Today was cloudy all day and thunder showers are predicted for tonight and tomorrow and then it is supposed to be unusually hot.

We got to watch the partial eclipse yesterday. Salt Lake had about 92% eclipse. What we noticed was although it was a clear day; it got darker like a cloudy day. During the eclipse we were only getting about half the solar production on our home compared to the day before at the same time.

Another thing I noticed was fuzzy shadows. The first on I noticed was the extra shadow from the truck then the tree leaf shadows looked different.

I tried to take a picture of the eclipse with my phone but it didn’t look any different than the sun with the exception of a small crescent below the main picture that was what we were seeing.
 The small image below the sun is what we were seeing.

Nancy
’s pictures of the eclipse, the suns crescent went from left over the top then to the right. What we saw went from left to the bottom and then to the right. She was north of the total while we are south. It was kind of neat to see. 

Thanks, Nancy for the picture.
Before the eclipse started, I put leaf guards in our rain gutter to stop the ice that came off the solar panels from plugging the gutter. Before we left on our summer travels we notice water running down the side of the house from the ice, so I felt like I had to do something to stop the water. Hopefully the leaf guards let the ice go off the roof instead of into the gutters.



What I'm holding is the perforated leaf guard that stops leaves while letting water through.
We have got most of the things taken care of before we can go to Yuma. The main thing we are waiting for now is cooler weather there. 111 degrees is way too hot for us.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Update On Cindy's Mom

Riverton, Utah         High 92 Low 64

It was a nice day today. According to the weather guessers there may or may not be clouds for the partial eclipse tomorrow. We are supposed to get about 92% which is plenty for me. We didn't feel like going to Idaho with all the other millions that will be there tomorrow. All the reports say lots of traffic going north.

We went to see Cindy's Mom last Sunday and she looked better than she did our whole trip. I helped her with a puzzle for a while.

She got to go home Friday and we talked to her for a little while.

Cindy and I have been busy doing things around home and I have been busy quilting, both for Cindy and two ladies in our neighborhood. It's good that I don't have a quilting machine in Yuma or that is probably all I would be doing.

We are down to less than 6 weeks until we head south to Yuma. I still have lots of little things to do before we leave in between quilting for Cindy.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Meeting New Friends

Riverton, Utah    High 83 Low 63

It was a little cooler today and we got a few rain drops. The air looks polluted and I guess from a fire somewhere.

We drove into Salt Lake City for lunch with fellow bloggers, Mike and Sandy Mills of Phannie and Mae. We found them to be a friendly and easy to like couple. We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory and we all seemed to like our lunch. After lunch we stayed and talked for a while. We have found most bloggers that we  meet are just friends we haven't yet met.


We talked about some of our travels and compared notes.

Mike said they plan on being in Arizona this winter and we hope to be able to get together there.

I had read some of their problems while they we in Indiana and Mike reiterated some of them.

We were there at the same time they were but were so busy with Cindy's Mom that I didn't contact them to get together.

We went to Orem to see her Sunday and she seemed to be doing OK. Linda told us that she will be going home from the Rehab facility in a week and a half so I guess the doctors think she is OK also.

We had ADT out yesterday to get our alarm system going and what they thought would be a 4 hour job ended up taking him 9 hours. At least he was persistent. The major problem seemed to be the original wiring to the key pads. It took him a long time to figure it out. Now we are protected again and I got the new app for my phone.

Cindy has been busy working on making quilts and I have been busy doing quilting.

I hope every one out there is doing alright.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Staying Busy

Riverton, Utah       High 91 Low 67

It was a little cooler today (it was up to 101). 91 feels a lot better than 101.

We have been really busy since we got home. Cindy has been very busy digging weeds. I have finished one quilt and nearly a second one. She is also working on more quilts for me to do.

All this and lots of other things have kept us busy. I still need to get the truck worked on and the Pontiac is due for emissions and inspection so we can get the new registration for the coming year.

Our home owners insurance ran out in May and I wasn't notified so I had to get the insurance re-instated. They offered a big discount if we had a security monitor. We used to have one working but our home got hit by lightning 10 years ago and it ruined the security system along with a lot of other electrical devices and we never got the system going or monitored again.

Anyway we had ADT come out and looked things over and they are coming out next Monday to get the system going again. And I get a new app for my phone (just what I need, one more app). The discount was worth it though.

Linda called tonight and said their Mom was retaining fluid again and has gained water weight again. We will see how that goes.

Heather and the kids went to a family reunion and will be gone until sometime Sunday. It is kind of quiet without my little shadow.

Penny is getting very shaggy and the earliest we could get her a hair cut was next Thursday.

I guess we will stay busy for the time being.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

We Made It Home

Riverton, Utah           High 92 Low 66

We made it home yesterday after driving from Rawlins but I was too tired to post last night.

We had another uneventful drive and everyone arrived safe and sound.

Cindy's Mom got check in to the rehab in Orem and Linda told me she was happy to be there. Linda didn't know how long she would be there.

We started to unload last night and pretty much finished today. It is hot here but the humidity isn't near as bad and the mid-west. the phone showed 21% humidity instead of the 85% we were getting in Indiana.

The kids seem to be happy that we are home and Taylor is my shadow again. He wants to help me when he is really too little but I let him try.

We have a lot to do so we both will stay busy.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Red Desert Rose Campground

Red Desert Rose Campground
Rawlins, Wyoming         High 82 Low 54

Yes, we are back in the desert: warm in the daytime and cool at night. The elevation here in Rawlins is a little over 6800 feet. This is quite a raise in elevation from the 800 feet we were at for the last month.

We are at the Red Desert Rose Campground. It is a basic RV Park with 50 amp electric and full hook-ups but the sites are a bit close but are adequate for one night. They even have a courtesy vehicle if you need to go into town. All sites and roads are gravel with no grass and few trees but what do I expect in a desert?

Cindy’s Mom was doing OK after her episode yesterday. To answer Ricks question on comments yesterday, yes she has been checked for sleep apnea. Linda told me that when she was checked she was having up to 60 episodes an hour and that is the reason she has a CPAP machine. I think what the EMTs did was put oxygen with her CPAP and it only took a few minutes to see a remarkable change.

We had a lot of wind through Nebraska but it settled down once we got to Wyoming.  We got to what is known as the Lincoln Rest Stop before Laramie and got a few pictures. The elevation there was 8800 feet which seemed like a lot for Cindy’s Mom but Linda said she seemed OK.

I'm guessing the height at 30+ feet for the monument.





When I went over this afternoon to help her with her puzzle, I found that she was nearly finished with it and seemed to be OK. We all will be glad to get back to Utah. It is a little over 300 miles to home from here. We should be home by mid-afternoon.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In Nebraska

Sidney, Nebraska             High 80 Low 60

Yesterday we drove from Des Moines, Iowa to Grand Island. The day was hot! It got up to 95 degrees and with the humidity it felt like 112 (this came from TV). The Interstate in Iowa was one of the roughest I have driven on. Whoever built it sure failed smooth highway building 101. After we got to Nebraska the highway improved but still was a bit rough.

We drove to Grand Island and stayed at the Hall County RV Park. It is $20.00 for an electric only site but it sure is a nice Park. There are only 19 sites but all are concrete with lots of space between sites. We got to see some wild turkeys as we drove in and Cindy managed to get a picture of them later. Sorry the picture didn't turn out too good because she was shooting into the sun and the turkeys were going into the woods.

Here I am setting up.

Old church we cold see from the RV Park.
Today we drove to Sidney and are staying at Cabela's RV Park. This Park has 27 Pull through sites and 4 back in sites with full hook-ups including cable. They also have some electric only sites. The Wi-Fi even works in our RV. The normal charge is $30.00 but if you apply for a Cabela's VISA they give you a free night. The only thing if you plan on staying here, get here early in the day. They don't take reservations And right now it is 6:00 PM and the Park is almost full.

We had a scare this afternoon after we got set up. Linda came over and told us the their Mom had really low blood oxygen. I suggested she try the oxygen bottle instead of the machine but that didn't seem to help. So she called 911 and they sent out the para-medics and they checked things out. At first nothing seemed to help so they put her on a CPAP machine and the oxygen number returned to normal. The technician called The ER and they suggested bring her in and checking her over so that's what they did. Linda called from the Hospital and told us they weren't going to keep her because she seemed to be OK. So right now the plan is to continue toward home.

We will be in Wyoming tomorrow.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

We Are Back in Iowa

Grimes, Iowa         High 83 Low 67

We drove to Grimes, Iowa to Cutty's Des Moines Camping Club, the same Park we were in in early June. We are here with Coast to Coast again.

We had an uneventful drive with cool weather most of the way but this afternoon it warmed up and got hot with all the humidity.

My Mother-in-law isn't doing the best so we are only staying here for one night. We will drive into Nebraska tomorrow. From now till home we plan on doing over-night stops. It will still be Friday before we are back to Utah if we don't have any more glitches. We are trying to stay at about 275 to 300 miles per day.

Last night I was able to get some pictures of the two fawns. I don't know how old they are but they are covered with spots. They visited the large lawn area behind us every evening. They seemed kind of skittish and ran off as soon as they saw me.


Their mother was already into the trees by the time I got this picture.
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