Sunday, March 26, 2017

Social to Social to Social

Yuma, Arizona             High 84 Low 60

It got a touch warm this afternoon, but this evening is very pleasant.

We started the week by going to a pot-luck Monday afternoon. There was lots of food.

Tuesday we were going to go to Outback Steakhouse to have one of their triple blooming onions we saw advertised on TV for lunch, The only obstacle was that  the Outback in Yuma had closed down so we ended up going to Lin's Buffet instead. At Lin's if you leave hungry, it's your own fault.

Wednesday evening we had a dinner for the shuffle board players. We had Lasagna with a spinach salad. It was very good.

Thursday we were good and ate normally.

Friday we had a dinner for all the volunteers in the park. The main coarse was prime rib which was about the best I've ever had. It seems that the chief chef for the Park really had a terrible meal for the owners ball and I think they were trying to make up for it. The meal was by far the best we have ever had in this Park.

Saturday we ate moderately again.

But today was another story. Cindy had a ladies final social of the year at three. They we had a pizza social put on by our neighbor at four o'clock. Her son-in-law and daughter own the two la-Boys pizzas in Yuma and we had many different, delicious pizzas to chose from. The was so much pizza, that she had everyone take some home with them.

There were about 50 people at this social.

After the pizza social, I went to the last Sundae Sunday of the season. After all the food this last week, I'm going to have to go on a diet.

Penny got a hair cut and is turning back to her copper color but this picture doesn't show it. I'm sure she is a lot cooler with short hair.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Still Lots Going On

Yuma, Arizona               High 79 Low 59

The weather the last week has been Hot! At least it has cooled off some.

Tonight we have a dinner for the shuffle board plays and their wives. It should be fun. They plan on playing shuffle board after using the court lights for a couple of hours.

We had an American Coach rally here last week, but most of them have left along with a lot of the Canadians whom have headed home for the season.

The Park sent out an email saying that congress was considering allowing Canadians over 55 to stay in the US for 8 months instead of the current 6 months without any IRS consequences. I don't know if it would make any difference to the people that come into Yuma because it get so hot, but it would be a move in the right direction.

One of the residents had a happy hour with a skit about the old west. They told us that the skit went different every time they did it, but it was a lot of fun for the spectators.
This is Lynn, the lady whose home the happy hour was held at.

The man in the white shirt, Mike, is the other half of Mike and Lynn.

By the time the 2 skits were over, all the players ended up getting shot.
Next Friday we have another meal sponsored by the Park for all the volunteers, and another one Sunday put on by our neighbor. Her son-in-law and daughter own two of the larger pizza stores in town and she is guessed it PIZZA.

We are still staying busy. Cindy says she has finished 10 quilts since we've been here and will soon have number 11 completed. I guess I'm 11 more behind with my quilting but I don't think I would like having my machine here. I would be doing nothing but quilting instead of playing.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shuffle Board Tournament

Yuma, Arizona            High 95 Low 65

The weather here has been very, very hot (98) yesterday, which I am told is at least 10 degrees warmer than usual.

We had a shuffle board tournament in our Park this week. Our Park had 30 entrants and there were 130 in all from all the Parks in Yuma.

At first they scheduled 4 games per day, but the number of entrants is down from last year so they cut it back to 3 games per day. The third game was very uncomfortably hot so it was good that we only had three. They think the numbers are down because a lot of people have gone home already and the tournament is two weeks later than other years.

I volunteered to help as one of the score keepers when I wasn't playing.
As score keepers, we get to watch the games.

This game was played on Monday afternoon and the lady in pink played half the game and then forfeited because of the heat.
Each entrant was guaranteed 2 games even if they lost. My first game we were pretty evenly matched until my opponent managed to put me in the -10 spot and I couldn't get caught up. This made my second game on Tuesday.

I won the second game but the third game we were neck and neck the whole game until the final two shots. My opponent made her shot and I failed to hit her out so I am through with the tournament.

It was fun for a few days and I even like to help keep score, but I am taking tomorrow off to just relax a little bit.

Our time here in Yuma is growing short, but we are still trying to stay busy having fun.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

One More Quilt Show

Yuma, Arizona         High 93 Low 63

The weather has been very warm for the last few days. It is supposed to get up to 97 by Tuesday. At least we can't say we are cold.

We went to a quilt show, which is any annual thing at the Park across the road from us. While the show isn't terribly large, there are some very talented quilters there. It is a very large Park.

Cindy asked about the quilt group in their Park and she was told it was very active. When she asked about joining them, she was told absolutely not. You must be a resident of their Park with no outsiders allowed. The quilt show entries must also be from their Park.

With one of the shuffle board leagues I play in, we get to go to other Parks to play and my impression of the same Parks shufflers was that they are too serious about winning and not so much in having fun like in our Park. I would go over to their Park again, but with no great expectations.

With all that said, below are some of the quilts we got to see.

 There were lots of kids quilts.

The different colors are different pieces of material.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Yuma, Arizona       High 86 Low 58

We have talked about going over to Borrego Springs, California to see the metal sculptures in the desert. We decided that today was the day. It is about a two and a half hour drive from Yuma, but we wanted to see them.

As we got near to the small unincorporated town, we started seeing the sculptures. The sculptures were the idea of land owner Dennis Avery with the thought to add free standing art to his property, Galleta Meadows Estates on his property. The work was accomplished by artist/ welder Ricardo Breceda.

There are over 130 metal sculptures scattered around the area. Our first stop was at the visitor’s center to get a map of where the sculptures were located. The next pictures are from a field a short distance from the visitor's center.

Most are accessed from the paved road with only a little driving on the dirt roads, but some on the east side of town require about a mile of driving over very rough, primitive roads to see them properly. We made it in our car, so it can be done.

This serpent begins on one side of the paved road and ends on the other side.

There were a few that we just got to see from a distance, but most we got “up close and personal”.  We could tell that some of the sculptures weren’t as old as some by the amount of rust. The newer ones hardly had any rust, while the older ones were solid rust.
The nun and her dog are not far from the full sized jeep.
 Behind the nun is a developed area with some very large homes. Most of the area looks a lot older with very few services.

Notice the lack of much rust.

This is what most of the area looks like.

Very little rust on this one and the next one.

An added bonus was all the wild flowers that were in bloom in the area and we also noticed that the hill had a tinge of green probably from all the rain the desert has had lately.

At the site of the gold panner, there were a group of people digging up what they told us were an invasive weed that was killing some of the flowers. They were volunteers from the area. In the same area there was a herd of metal big horn sheep.

We made it back to Yuma by 3:30, so it didn’t take quite all day and we enjoyed see the sculptures and we felt like it was worth the trip.

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