Friday, May 22, 2020


Yuma, Arizona             High 96 Low 64

Penny got her haircut Monday and looks like a different dog.

The only problem is that she gets cold at night and wants to be under the covers next to me at night to keep her warm. Usually when she gets cold she will get under the covers next to me for a little while until she warms up and then goes and on top next to Cindy. Now she is by me most of the night. She always has thought she needs to be right next to us while she sleeps and we have to be careful when we roll over.

Last evening some of the people in the park met at the clubhouse with their bikes, carts,and cars to form a small parade for one of the ladies that lives in the Park. She is the recent window of the popular activity director that passed away this spring. Everyone practiced social distancing and some even wore masks in their cars and golf carts, which we thought was a little overkill when everyone tried to keep their distance, but I guess everyone needs their own level of comfort.

Happy Birthday Debbie.

Whatever it takes for a little break from the usual. We had a fairly good turnout.

Today we decided to take the plunge and go to Fry's early to do some grocery shopping. It was a lot different than last time we were there. They seemed to be better stocked on things like toilet paper and paper towels, although they only allow one of each per family. The rest of the store was very well stocked. about 50% of the customers were wearing masks. I noticed it was the younger ones that didn't seem to wear them. They must think their invincible and maybe when I was their age I thought the same thing. I'm afraid as I have got older I have noticed that maybe I'm not so invincible after all.

I took some pictures of a plant we took over when our neighbor left which we added to our water system. It seems to really like what we are doing to it.

We finish another king size quilt using up almost 18 yards of fabric. No wonder we buy so much. Cindy says she is not a fabric hoarder, she just can't sew as fast as she can buy. But to be honest she does get lots of help with the buying.

I read this on a blog: Everything For Summer Is Cancelled, May As Well Just Put Up The Christmas Tree And Call It A Year!!!!

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Short Update

Yuma, Arizona        High 99 Low 69

We had a few cooler days and then it warmed up again. The weather guessers are saying it is going to be cooler next week.

Our Park has started to open things up. The pools, the exercise room, billiard room, Pickle ball courts, and shuffle board courts are now open to use with social distancing.

We have been busy working on more quilts and Cindy has finished some UFOs. Some have been in progress for quite a while.

Penny got where she refused to eat and I had to take her to the vet. They found some abscessed teeth which will have to be removed. While they have her, they told me that they would clean all of her teeth. I have tried to brush them but she refuses to let me, so it probably isn't any wonder she has bad teeth. Her operation isn't until the 2nd of June so we hope to go to Utah soon after that. Next Monday Penny is scheduled for a hair cut.

About the highlight of the last 3 weeks or so was going to Fry's using their pickup service. Yes, I know, we have such an exciting life. Not! The people still in our Park are practicing social distancing so not much is going on. We have been riding our bikes some mornings before it get too hot, but mostly we have been sitting around a lot.

That's it for this time.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Still Quilting

Yuma, Arizona              High 103 Low 71

Too hot out to do anything during the day.

We have been riding our bikes around the park first thing in the morning and once in a while in the afternoon. It is supposed to get up to 107 tomorrow and then cool (?) off to the 90s next week.

We haven't had much contact with anyone here in the Park because most people have left or are keeping to themselves. It really is too hot to go out much.

Cindy has finished up some more quilts, we have lost count on how many this season but it has been a lot.

She finished the Christmas embroidery quilt she has been working on. She made it king size by adding a few more panels and borders. Now it will be my job to quilt it when we get back to Utah.

Cindy doing her happy dance because it's finished because it took all season to finish it.

We are hoping to leave the first of June, but that remains to be seen.

We ran out of M&M peanuts and had to get more from Sam's Club. We tried their pickup service and while it seemed to work alright, it still isn't near as good as Walmart.

I got some more pictures of a quilt I posted about last time but with the borders this time and again we made it king size.

We finished a small quilt Cindy found on line someone called a quarantine quilt, supposedly one house for each day they are in quarantine, but it has gone on a lot longer than 21 days, so Cindy called it good enough.

There will be a couple of borders, which aren't on yet.

I don't have much else to report.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

We Are Both Bored

Yuma, Arizona                High 102 Low 69

It has been extremely warm for us lately. We have gone for bicycle rides around the Park in some of the mornings but it warms up really quick and then is too hot to hardly go outside.

We have been busy working on quilts. Cindy had a pattern we decided to do. It isn't finished yet but this is what it looks like so far:

We have a couple of kits we plan on doing next. They are a lot harder than the one we are nearly finished with. I say we because I do most of the cutting and pinning for Cindy.

We have been exercising social distancing and have stayed away from being too close to other people.

Yesterday we got an email from the people that have the quilt shop at the Arizona Market. They told us that they had got in a lot of new $6.00 a yard fabric and we selling it from their home here in Yuma. Of coarse we had to go see what they had. There were only 4 or 5 people there, so we were still able to maintain distance. We haven't had enough fabric here so we came home with about 60 yards. Hopefully it is enough to keep Cindy busy.

We still don't know how long we will be here and I hope Cindy doesn't get too bored. It would help if we were able to go for walks one in a while.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Still In Quarantine

Yuma, Arizona                High 94 Low 64

It's getting a lot warmer here. The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 98 With 103 Friday and over 100 for the next 7 days.

Paul, who helped with our stairs, wife Lisa left us a painted rock before they left. She left several through the Park.  I guess she got tired of doing nothing and decided to paint some rocks.

I was going stir crazy and decided to add the shelves in our other bed room like I did in Cindy's sewing room. This took me about a week and a half. I think they turned out nice. There was nothing there before except a blank wall.

We got a picture of a beautiful cactus blooms. They probably measure 6 inches across. If you look carefully you can see some bees pollinating the blooms. While we were looking at them a lot of honey bees were flying around.

Today we decided to go to Fry's for the senior hour which is from 6 to 7 AM. Surprise! They had some toilet paper and paper towels. There probably were only 6 or 8 packages of toilet paper and maybe 3 packages of paper towels. They were only allowing 1 package per family. We finally got some!

While we were there getting shower cleaner, a very tall man asked us if we wanted some hand disinfectant towels, which we gladly accepted. He was tall enough that he had hid some on one of the top shelves on his last trip to the store because the store only allowed one of them. He got himself another one this time. Look what we have become during these times of hoarding.

For now we are staying put here in Yuma. Cindy is still finishing quilt tops. I think she's probably nearing 40 for this season. When we get back to Utah, I'm way behind on my quilting.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Happy Easter

Yuma, Arizona     High 80 Low 57

We spent Easter alone without any kids around. Even here in our Park we have been practicing social distancing.

When we got up yesterday morning (Easter) we found that we had a visit from the Easter Bunny.

We have no idea which one of our neighbors made the delivery, but we found out that the Easter Bunny had visited a lot of our neighbors.

Friday Paul and I finished the step by our front entrance. To me, it seems a lot nicer than the old one. The old slab was 3 inches high with a 6 inch step to our entry, which seemed a little awkward besides not being to any code I know of, it did present a trip hazard. The two steps are now exactly the same, 4 1/2 inches each. Much better.

The old step.

And the new.

There is not much else going on and we are still waiting until the virus is under control before we attempt to go back to Utah.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Store in our Park, Full Moon, and Working

Yuma, Arizona             High 71 Low 53

Yesterday we had lots of rain again. It did cool things off which was nice.

We had a big full moon Tuesday evening but we did't get the best pictures.

I managed to get some pictures of a road runner that was trying to get a humming bird by going up the tree where the little bird had a nest. I think I scared it into leaving the Hummer alone by trying to get it's picture.

The cafe in Our Park is closed but they have started to take food orders, mostly they order and then you decide if you want any of the items they bring in. We did buy a few things and are going to buy a few more tomorrow. The pickup area is marked off with masking tape to show everyone how far to stay apart in order to maintain proper distancing.


One of the renters in our Park is a very good carpenter and handy man. He has been bored out of his mind, so I suggested that we build a proper landing and step at our front and back door. He was more than game and so we have been spending most of the last two days working on my project. We finished the back which was a lot more involved today. Tomorrow we will work on the front.

This is what we started out with. This is the front but the back had the same Styrofoam covered with concrete pad which moves very easily. 

This is Paul, our renter neighbor.

I think the back turned out very nice.

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