Thursday, September 26, 2019

We Made It !

Yuma, Arizona           High 89 Low 71

It is a little to warm for us and will take getting use to.

Actually we made it yesterday, but we were so busy that I didn't get to write until today. We were going to stop in Fort Mohave but we would have stopped at noon and to keep going only took until 3:30 so we decided to just keep going. It did make a little long day but we were glad the trip was over.

We had the poor fifth wheel full of stuff and it took a while to unload and get everything put away. And then there were the forever leaves and seed from the trees to clean up.

I had a bathroom faucet leak and as I turned the handle, the leak from the spout got worse, not better. Yesterday I turned off the hot water to the sink so I could fix it today. Cindy's sink wouldn't drain and I ended up cleaning 10 years of hair out of the drain, but it works now. My faucet was another story. I tried to get a new cartridge for the hot side but no one had one. It could be ordered by special order and it would have cost nearly as much as buying a new faucet.

So I finally gave up and bought the new faucet and got it installed and my sink, at least, is as good as new. One of my problems was finding someone with a faucet that wasn't too much different than the other one.

Another to do is to trim the trees in back and the palm trees, but they have to wait until in the morning when its a little cooler.

Penny went next door to see if her friend was here but no such luck, they won't be here until the middle of next month.

There aren't too many people here yet. The girl in the office told me that they expect to be full by the first of the year.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On Our way to Yuma

Mesquite, Nevada           High 97 Low 67

The other day we were in Costco, and what we thought was rain, was coming down so hard that it was hard to hear each other. When we got outside the rain was coming down so hard that we had to make a mad dash for the car. and when we got to the car we found the following (on the Picture).

What we were hearing was hale. The day was very cool.
We decided that maybe it was time to leave for a little warmer area but when we got to Mesquite it was a lot warmer and made us wonder about our decision to leave Riverton. I had already looked at the weather app for Mesquite and knew we wouldn't be able to boondock, so we are staying one night at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino. It is one of the few Hotels in town that allow (for a fee) pets.

We are taking our fifth wheel to Yuma this time in preparation for our trip to the Everglades and Key West next spring.

Tomorrow we have a short day and are stopping at an RV Park in Fort Mohave with Coast to Coast. While we did decide to go south, we are taking our time getting there.

On the way through St George we decided to stop at Superior Threads to see about getting some quilting thread. I decided that they were too high but we did get a free quilt show. The first thing you see as you enter is a display with spools of thread laid out to look like an American flag.

Sorry about the distortion from the florescent lights.

From looking at the quilts hanging, someone is very talented with a quilting machine. There were some impressive patterns.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Baby and Another Quilt

Riverton, Utah            High 75 Low 48

The wind blew a lot yesterday and we got some rain this morning along with some cooler temperatures.

We got woke up early this morning telling us that Teesa had her baby. She was scheduled for a cesarean this morning at about 9:30, but JJ decided that he was ready at about 3 this morning. The official time was 4:11 am. He weighed in at a little over 7 pounds. JJ is our 8th great grand child. Teesa is Cindy's oldest grand daughter.

Teesa says he looks just like Ryler but with more hair than when Ryler was born.

We drove to Provo where she and JJ are to see them. Cindy acted the happy great grand mother. Teesa acted tired but was glad it was over.

I got another quilt finished. This one took me 8 full days to quilt because Cindy wanted different colors on each of the different colored borders with tight white meander on the embroidered squares. This quilt was one of her first quilts but she told me that she didn't want me to quilt it until I got good with the machine. We both think it turned out pretty well.

We have decided to try to leave for Yuma next Tuesday if the weather looks like it is cooperating. We won't leave if it is windy like yesterday.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday The Thirteenth

Riverton, Utah              High 80 Low 54

The weather lately has been wonderful. Just right for sleeping and not too hot during the day.

Friday the thirteenth is supposed to be bad luck, but for us it was great! We went to an estate sale put on by a company. The owner has always treated us very well. Today was no exception.

On his listing he said the magic words: fabric and sewing notions. The only problem, which wasn't really a problem, was that the sale started Thursday and I didn't see the ad until Thursday night. We thought that all the fabric would be gone but were we ever wrong.

There was lots of fabric left, most of it name brand good stuff. We didn't see any notions and we kept filling boxes with fabric, which the sales people started helping carry upstairs. we were in a fabulous sewing room in the basement.

Cindy kept asking Patrick (the owner) how much we were into him and all he told her was don't worry. We still aren't sure how he priced the fabric for us, but all I can figure is he was charging us $1.00 per piece. It didn't seem to matter whether it was a fat quarter or or in one case, 5 1/2 yards of nice batick, and some of the pieces were bundles of 12 inch squares. There were several partial bolts of fabric.

There was enough to cover my pool table.

After we filled 8 boxes, we thought we had enough and then Cindy found all the pattern books. She got 8 Missouri Star Quilt Company patterns books and one other book. The car's back seat and trunk were full of fabric.

We are going back tomorrow to see if anything is left and it is 50 per cent off tomorrow.

On other news, Cindy broke a tooth today and we are going to get ready to head to Yuma because neither one of us has dental insurance. We have a good dentist in Algodones that we will go to.

Our grand daughter is going to have her baby cesarean next Tuesday and we will probably leave the following Monday.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Another Funeral

Riverton, Utah           High 83 Low 62

My first cousin, Grant Warner, died Monday night after a fairly long illness. he was almost 8 months older than I am.

When we were growing up they lived about 3 miles from where we lived and I remember riding my bike to see and play with him a lot. We were so close to the same age that we were good friends.

After we left school, we kind of drifted apart, but we ran into each other once in a while. I remember working on his furnace once. Mostly we saw each other at his parents funerals and then my parents.

I also worked on his daughters furnace one time.

Grant had a large family and a lot of brothers and sister. He was the oldest of 9 children so our parents must have believed in large families. I didn't even know most of my younger cousins.

Grant had a good turn out for his funeral yesterday. There were a lot of family and his friends there.

Again, all of these funerals remind me of how old I'm getting. This makes five family funerals in the last nine months.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

The Simple Pleasures of Life

Riverton, Utah               High 81 Low 61

The temperature is more normal for this time of year, but still a little too warm in Yuma to head that way.

Wednesday we went to see Cindy's daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Pat, at their new home near Monticello, Utah (but not too near). They are far enough away from any grocery stores, that it has to be planned ahead of time when to go to the store.

One the way home we stopped at the small town of La Sal, Utah which is truly in the middle of nowhere. I don't know the population, but there is a post office, a small general store, which is owned and ran by a nice older lady, which has one gas pump with your choice of diesel or one grade of gas.

After you get to La Sal, which I reiterate is the middle of nowhere, you then drive another 45 minutes (a lot of it driving 80 MPH) to get to Pat and Stephanie's.

I took the following pictures at the rest stop after Moab, just before we turned off the main highway.

I listened to Mabel, my GPS, and she really got us lost. She had us finally go on a one lane road that was supposed to be our destination, but one side of the road went straight up and the other side straight down with nowhere to turn around. When we got turned around, Cindy was so upset  that she wasn't sure she wanted to ride in the car and was in tears. We finally got back down to the main dirt road, after going through on washed out place that Cindy was sure we would get stuck in, it was 20 miles back to the turn we should have taken. Even then, after I finally got phone service, I had to call Pat to find out how to get there. With no phone service we could have been in trouble. Cindy was afraid we were getting too low on fuel ( we really had plenty).

We finally got to their home about an hour longer than it should have taken.

They have a wonderful log home with views that seem to go on forever.

Pat and Stephanie

Now for the simple things that we enjoy: when we were there, the day was cloudy which meant, no solar power which meant limited electrical power. By morning the batteries didn't have enough power to operate their water pump, so no hot showers in the morning. Their water has to be hauled in and they are limited to 500 gallons per week. When we tried to brush our teeth, the water barley dripped.  No power also meant no TV, so our entertainment for the evening was to watch the humming birds feed at the feeders.

They have limited phone service and no internet. Oh for the simple joys of life. Oh, to be young. I couldn't live like that. Also, about two weeks ago. I had asked Pat about rattle snakes and he told me he hadn't seen any, but about 2 days later he had to kill one. Cindy is very afraid of snakes, so that wouldn't work out for her.

We were going to stay longer, but I had a cousin die on Monday night and wanted to get back to his funeral, so we left Thursday morning the get back to Riverton.

On the way home we stopped at a fruit stand in Green River and bought some different types of melons. The ones we have tried are sure good as was the samples of the other type we haven't tried yet.

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