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.

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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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