Friday, September 21, 2018

Why Are We Here?

Yuma, Arizona         High 101  Low 79

We left Riverton Wednesday and drove straight through to Yuma. It was an 11 1/2 hour drive. I'm afraid I am old enough that I don't think I would enjoy that long a drive by myself, but of coarse I'm not 18 any longer. Cindy drives about half the way. We only take our car to Yuma, not the truck and fiver.

When we got here our yard was in as bad of shape as it has been since we first came here. The neighbors told us that they had high winds at the end of summer which blew lots of sand around. A lot of it ended up in our back yard.

We have spent the last two days cleaning up sand and leaves and still aren't finished. It really is too hot in the middle of the day to be working outside so it is going to take us a while to finish up.

We came here two weeks earlier than before and probably will wait until the first of October before heading south another time.

To answer the question above: We are here because we can be, but are going to be a little later next time.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, September 14, 2018

More Utah Fires

Riverton, Utah               High 90 Low 59

When we woke up this morning the air was extremely smokey. It was so bad that we both could smell it and Cindy even had coughing spells.

We found out later that there were new fires south of us. About 70,000 acres were on fire in the new fire. The smoke is so bad that air support for putting out the fire is not possible.

This afternoon the wind must be coming from a different direction because the air is relatively clear.

We have been watching the weather forecasts for Yuma and by next Wednesday it is supposed to be 102 with under 100 for a few days after that. So we have decided to leave here next Wednesday and head south for the winter.

We will have to come back to Utah just after Christmas for a few days for Cindy's Moms 90th birthday. Linda want to put on a big birthday party for her and we want to be there.

No new news, we have been busy quilting and Cindy has stayed busy taking care of the yard.

We are both looking forward to spending time in Yuma even though the season doesn't officially start until Halloween.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Went To See Cindy's Mom

Riverton, Utah      High 88 Low 57

The weather here has been so warm and they are having 105+ weather in Yuma, so we have decided to hold off a little longer before we leave for Yuma. Did I mention all the smoke here? Last week another fire started by Ogden and that has not helped the air quality at all.

We both have been working on quilts and got  some finished to take with us to Yuma.

Today we went to see Cindy's Mom and she seems to be doing a lot better. I spent some time helping her work on one of her jig saw puzzles.

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Holiday. The interstate seemed to have a lot of campers, boats and ATVs heading home.

Sorry about no pictures today.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Skyler’s Birthday and Penny got a Hair Cut

Skyler’s Birthday and Penny got a Hair Cut
Riverton, Utah           High 87 Low 59

The smoke cleared out for one day and then was back as bad as ever.  It sure is getting tiresome. It has cooled off a little bit.

Yesterday was Skyler’s thirteenth birthday. He is now officially a dreaded teenager. He went into eighth grade this year. They sure grow up fast. We went out to a buffet to celebrate his birthday last evening.

Penny got a haircut yesterday and now looks a lot cuter. She is ready to go to Yuma where she will be very warm for a while. We found a new groomer that we like and think she did a very good job on her hair cut.

We plan on leaving about a week after Labor Day (two weeks). It will be very warm for us as well, but we are ready to leave.

I still have some quilts to do but they will have to wait for spring.

Cindy’s Mom seems to be doing better. When we went to see her she was moving around and talked to us for a while. Her birthday is right after Christmas and she will be 90. We hope to get back for a few days for her birthday party.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Better Air Yesterday and More Quilts

Riverton, Utah       High 89 Low 61

It has been a little cooler and yesterday the air was a lot clearer. Today is another story, as it is very smoky again. We can’t see the mountains to the east at all today.

We were out early yesterday and the sun was peaking over the Wasatch Mountains and looked very red. Unfortunately, when I took a picture of it, it looked more like the moon than the red sun it was.

After we took this picture and the sun got higher in the sky it turned into a nice clear day.

I have been working on some more quilts. The Christmas quilt is one Cindy said we bought the kit for about two years ago. She has had it finished waiting for me to quilt for a while. It took a little longer than usual to quilt, but I finally finished it.

The other quilt is one that we bought the pattern for while we were in Shipshewana last year. The sun burst took a while to set up and quilt, but I think it turned out nice.

We have decided to leave here for Yuma as soon after Labor Day as possible. If something happens with Cindy’s Mom we will only be one driving day away. We could take a plane, but with having to get to the airport early and the long layover in Phoenix, it only saves about 3 hours to fly.

We went to see Cindy’s Mom last week and she seems to be doing a lot better. At least she was able to move around a bit and was a lot more alert than she was. She is now working on one of her puzzles. It seemed to be a fairly hard one with lots of different shades of blue.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Wedding Reception, Quilts, And Penny Needs a Haircut

Riverton, Utah       High 95 Low 65

The weather today was just a little cooler and a lot of the smoke seems to be gone but it is still a little hazy.

Yesterday we went to my oldest grandsons wedding reception.  Noah and Emma were married in Philadelphia and had a reception last week there for the relatives in that part of the country. The second was held not far from us at a fancy house that rents out their property for weddings and receptions. All of the Utah relatives got to meet the bride and her parents along with Noah’s brothers and sisters. I haven’t seen some of my grand kids for a while. My daughter Andrea’s Mother-in-law did the meal for all the people. She makes the best cookies ever. We couldn’t tell them from the ones we would buy at any bakery except they were better.

Us one the way in.

The water mill was turning and there is a pond with waterlilies and coy below it.

The happy couple.
They exchanged rings for the benefit of the audience.

I have still been quilting and Cindy took some pictures of some of them. The green baby quilt is one she is still working on the binding.

This is the back on the one above. Cindy made extra blocks, so we incorporated them into the back.

The applique took some time to go around and not quilt over.

 I am now working on a fancy Christmas quilt that will take a while to finish. I promise to put pictures on the blog when it is finished.

Another one of my to does is to get Penny a haircut. She is getting very shaggy.

I got the fifth wheel winterized but still need to get the truck lubed and oil changed along with filling it up with diesel. I guess a little at a time.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018


Riverton, Utah          High 87 Low 60

The weather today was a lot nicer but still warmer than the Oregon Coast.

Today Cindy took some pictures of some of the quilts I have been working on. She told me she is trying to get rid of her scraps which I don’t think is possible. Anything 1 1/2 inch square or larger she keeps. Some of the ladies in Yuma also gave her their scraps.

Yesterday we went to an estate put on by a man that always treats us well. There was a curio cabinet with a $300 sticker on it and when he saw Cindy looking at it he whispered to her that if she wanted it, she could have it for $200 dollars. She thought about it for a little while (maybe 2 minutes) and then told him she wanted it. She plans on filling it with finished quilts and got a start after we got it home.

I looked at one of the local furniture stores to see how much they wanted, and anything even close to the cabinet we bought was over $1000. Cindy is sure we got a good deal.

She also got a picture of me under the fifth wheel taking the level up cylinder off. I’ve got it ready to put back, but so far haven’t taken the time to do so.

Busy, busy, busy.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Staying Busy

Riverton, Utah        High 87 Low 67

It was a little bit cooler and threatened to rain this morning, I got hit with maybe 10 drops and then it quit.

I quilted 2 of Cindy's quilts the last 2 days and she has 2 more ready for me to do. She doesn't like me to get caught up as if I could when I'm about 20 behind.

I also worked on a leaking Level-up cylinder on the fifth wheel. I took it off and took it apart. At that point I didn't know how to put in a new seal so I took it to a Hydraulic repair shop. When I talked to them on the phone I was told I would have to leave it, but when I got there one of the mechanics took it and started to look at it. He found a blemish about half way on the ram that he said could cause the leak. He told me he would sand it if I wanted but he didn't think it would hold up because he took some of the hard coating off the aluminum ram. So he sanded the ram, put a new seal in, and put the cylinder together. He told me I better be prepared to replace the cylinder.

When I went to pay, he asked his boss, the owner, and told him what we found. The Owner told me "no charge this time". How nice is that. When I get ready for a new cylinder I will be sure to ask them if they can supply it.

The air quality is a lot better today. I don't know if it is because they are getting ahead of the fires or the small storm blew the smoke another direction.

We both have been doing a lot of yard work since we have been home. Cindy is getting a little ahead of the weeds.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Special Post

Riverton, Utah        High 97 Low 70

Warmer still! It is almost too hot to go outside.

According to Blogger this my 1000th Post.

We started blogging just before Cindy retired at the end of 2012. We had decided to keep tabs on our retirement trip to Alaska during the summer in our fifth wheel. We took the month of May getting to Alaska then 3 months in Alaska. Unfortunately Cindy hurt her back while we were in Homer and as a result she was laid up for the month of July which we spent in Soldotna.

Fortunately the salmon were running all month and I like to tease Cindy by telling people that she made me go fishing every day while she stayed in bed.

After our time in Alaska we spent about 2 months getting back to Utah.

The next year (2014) we went east across the top of the US then down the east coast to Florida. We missed Rhode Island where we still haven’t been with the trailer. While we were in Pennsylvania we bought Penny and she has traveled with us since. From Florida we went across the Gulf Coast ending in Texas. When we got to San Antonio it was so cold that we decided to head back to Utah.

The next year (2015) we went to visit the center part of the country to visit most of the rest of the states. Right now we have had our trailer in 48 of the states. We would have a hard time driving to Hawaii and still haven’t visited Rhode Island.

The highlights of 2016 were the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and that we bought our 2nd home in Yuma where we now spend the winter. We had previously spent the summer with Cindy’s Mom and sister going to the wood carving in Canada.

Summer of 2017 we went with Linda and Cindy’s Mom getting as far as Ohio before heading home. And of course we spent the winter in Yuma.

So far this year we made the trip to the Washing and Oregon coasts with our fiver.

Today my youngest son, Nick’s wife Susie had their 2nd child, a son, and they named him Henry. He makes grandchild number 20.

We hope to be able to keep traveling in the summer for a while.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Went to see Cindy's Mom

Riverton, Utah          High 94 Low 66

Today we went to see Cindy's Mom. She is at home and seemed to be doing OK, Linda told us she had a bad night last night. She was able to spend some time talking to us even though she acted quite weak. She told us she spends a lot of time sleeping. She also told us her insurance wouldn't let her go into the hospital for a while. She said she has used up all her benefits. She did act a lot better than the last time we saw her.

I forgot to mention it but we had smoke from all the forest fires all the way home from the middle of Oregon. The air in Salt Lake is very bad. There are several fires burning in Utah. The biggest was near Strawberry Reservoir and burned several homes and forced evacuation of up to 1000 homes. Presently two fires located at the northwest corner of Utah have combined and have now burned 100,000 acres. It is in ranching country and no evacuations have been ordered. I got a picture looking at the mountains east of us to give an idea of how bad the air is.

Very faint view of the mountains.
Usually we get a clear view of the mountains but we can barely see where they are.

Whenever we are outside we can smell the smoke. The heat has not helped fire fighting efforts. Some of the fires were caused by lightning but the one near Strawberry Reservoir was man caused.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Back to Utah

Riverton, Utah              High 93 Low 63

Last night we happen to see a swallow feeding her babies in a mud nest. At first I thought there were two but soon we could see three little heads. It took a while to get even a passable picture of the mother. She was very skittish.

Two little beaks.

Then there were three.

We left Murtaugh Lake this morning and headed for Utah. We stopped partway to dump our holding tanks at a city dump station and found out a lot of other people had the same idea and so we had a bit of a wait, but now our holding tanks are empty.

We did find out that when traveling through Ogden and Salt Lake City Sunday is probably the best day. There was still a lot of traffic, but we had no slowdowns like we would have had week days. There probably was half the traffic we usually have.

We got home to what to us is hot weather. We are glad for the air conditioning in the house. We found that we have lots of yard work to do and I have some things that I need to repair on the fifth wheel.

Tomorrow we plan on going to see Cindy’s Mom and see how she is doing.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

One Day From Home

Murtaugh, Idaho           High 90 Low 63

Yesterday afternoon we drove to the local Quilt Store in Ontario. They were participating in the Row by Row and Cindy got the pattern. Hey guess what? Cindy didn’t buy a single piece of material!

They had some interesting quilts hanging on their walls and we got a few pictures.

Last years Row by Row.

This years.

I liked the way this one was quilted.

This morning we left Ontario and drove to Murtaugh Lake Park Campground. It is a county Park with only 26 RV sites and lots of tent camping. I called last Monday and reserved a site or we wouldn’t have been in the Park. The camp host told me that we were the last site and as we drove in there was a sign that said campground full. The Park sits on a peninsula on the lake.

I was expecting 30 amp power, but we got 50 amp with water hookups. There are no sewer connections and not even a dump station. We are only here for one night and will probably worry about dumping when we get home.

The RV sites are $15.00 which didn’t seem too bad. The sites are nice and wide, but a little short, so we had to park the Trailer at an angle. The camp hosts are very accommodating and overall it is a nice park with lots of open grassy areas.

Tomorrow we will be home in Riverton (with their 100 degree weather). Oh, Well.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

We Made it to Ontario

Ontario, Oregon                High100 Low 65

We made it to Ontario……..Oregon that is. I shouldn’t have asked for quite so much heat.

I decided to drive down to Corvalis instead of through Salem. It was a little longer, but way more scenic. We stopped on the way to have lunch at a very nice place in the canyon on Highway 20. It did take longer than if I had listened to the GPS but we got a lot nicer drive. It was so curvy that I don’t think I would drive that way again and would use Highway 22 through Salem another time.

Yesterday we stopped at the Sundance Meadows RV Park near Bend, Oregon. The phone service was so poor that I could hardly get any internet and I didn’t want to go to their office to use theirs. It was only (?) 95 degrees there. We were there with Coast to Coast and as a result we only had water and 30 amp power with no sewer. They only have a few sites that non-members can use and a lot of them had signs on them that said the power wasn’t working. We only found a couple of sites that were long enough for us and the one I picked had the person before us run over the water valve box. As a result water was running out. Cindy walked up to the office and they soon had someone to look at the broken pipe. It turned out to be a broken piece of PVC pipe and he had to turn the water off.

He told us that a Winnebago had left just before we drove in and guessed he ran over the valve. He was very nice and went and got a long hose and hooked up water from one of the no power sites so we could have water.

It was still hot with only one AC running but we got by. The lady in the office told me that they were going to drop Coast to Coast because they don’t them pay enough.

Today we spent 5 ½ hours driving to Ontario. We are staying at the County Fairground with Passport America. All the sites are on grass and one review said if they’ve had rain to not come in here. We have 50 amp power and water and there is a dump station we can use on the way out tomorrow.

There are supposed to be 24 sites here but if all were large, it would really be tight, so if you decided to stop here I would suggest getting here early. As it is it may be tight to get out in the morning.

We are headed back to Utah because of Cindy’s Mom. While she seems to have made some progress, we decided that we had better head home. When it is 100 outside, I miss the cool weather of the Coast. We have both ACs going and it is fairly comfortable. From the phone it looks like Salt Lake is just as hot.

Thanks for visiting.