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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Monday, April 6, 2020

Funny Times

Yuma, Arizona             High 81 Low 56

Today we decided to try Fry's and Walmart's pickup service. I tried to get a time Yesterday but couldn't even get a time until this morning. Walmart's pickup time is tomorrow between 2 and 3 PM, The best I could do a Fry's isn't until Saturday. We see how it goes and at least it makes it so we don't have to go in the store.

One of our friends here is the Park is abundantly cautious  about the virus. After shopping, she felt the need to dip everything in a solution of weak Clorox. This was fine for most things but her package of M&M Peanuts must have had a hole in it. When she opened them, they were ruined from the bleach. We all need to be cautious but not with our M&Ms. Buy them in large plastic containers from Sam's Club like we did.

We saw this picture on Facebook and wanted to share it:

We need to maintain a sense of humor about all of this but hopefully maintain caution.

The Casinos are closed, The Churches are closed. It must be really serious, when Heaven and Hell agree. And I wonder how many of the rest of you are getting 3 weeks to a gallon of gas.

We have decided that even though everything in our Park is closed down, we feel a lot safer here than anywhere else we could be.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

One Benefit of The Quarantine

Yuma, Arizona         High 84 Low 57

It still is warm here.

We have one of our close neighbors that has the same fan in her living room that we have in our bedroom. She finally told us that for about 2 years after we moved her, her fan or light would turn on by itself and she couldn't figure out why.

We started using our remote control for the fan and light shortly after we moved in.

She told us she finally figured out that the light or fan came on about the time we went to bed. She told us that she could always tell us what time we went to bed and turned on the fan after she figured out what was causing the incident.

Her fan and ours must have been on the same frequency. Today I got bored and decided to change the switches on our remote so she wouldn't have the problem anymore. Cindy took our remote over and her fan and light stayed off, so problem corrected. There was one benefit to our staying at home.

Because of the latest Arizona Governor's mandate, our Park closed our swimming pool, some of the restrooms and the showers, the shuffleboard courts, the Bacchi Ball and Horse shoe, and the putting greens and anything that resembled people being too close together.

We saw the following on Facebook and wanted to share it:

Just so I NEVER forget.....
April 2, 2020
Gas price at Costco was $1.89
School cancelled - yes cancelled
Self-distancing measures on the rise.
Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (6ft) from each other.
Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.
Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.
Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.
Entire sports seasons cancelled.
Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events - cancelled.
Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings - cancelled.
High school graduations cancelled
No masses, churches are closed.
No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 5 or more.
Don't socialize with anyone outside of your home.
Children's outdoor play parks are closed.
We are to distance from each other.
Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.
Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.
Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer.
Shelves are bare.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.
Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.
Fines are established for breaking the rules.
Stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.
Press conferences daily from the President. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.
Government incentives to stay home.
Barely anyone on the roads.
People wearing masks and gloves outside.
Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.
5.7 Earthquake hit Utah (Magna) March 18th 2020.
This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.
Why, you ask, do I write this status?
One day it will show up in my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted. 
We have so much!
Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone.
We are all one!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cutting Material, Shuffleboard, and Flowers

Yuma, Arizona         High 87 Low 60

It's a lot warmer here. Feels like summer back in Utah.

Some of the ladies in our Park decided to make face masks for the local Hospital. Cindy went to help them and after watching them cut their blocks, she came home to get me to go and help cut them. They were tracing the blocks and cut them with scissors.

When I got there, I thought they would have been a week cutting the blocks and with my tools, I got the job done in an hour. I told them to call me if they needed any more cut.

We have been playing shuffle board and are getting fewer and fewer people every day. The few of us left think Friday will probably be our last time this season. We have been playing every other court and have been careful to try to avoid physical contact.

Cindy took her camera and took several pictures of all the flowers in bloom around the Park. We have some cactus in bloom next door to us and at other neighbors. Some of the pictures will be repeats from my last post.

We wanted to get a few things at the grocery store Monday evening, but when we saw how many cars were at Walmart and Fry's, we decided not to chance going in and came back home. We have been trying to limit our contact with lots of people.

Thanks for visiting.