Saturday - December 15, 2007

Today was a quiet day, we had no plans and decided to just take it easy. My PD has been giving me some trouble and is not keeping a charge like it should so I am afraid it will just pack it in one day. I have been looking at them on the web but there have been no deals, then today when I was surfing I decided to check them again and lo and behold Staples had them for $100 off but they were out of stock. I then checked Best Buy and they had it at the same price, but on back order so I decided to order it and wait for them to come in. As usual I ran into a problem with the visa card and Canadian address so called the 800 number and after much waiting I finally got through and the woman said no problem she would process it for me – great. I said I would pick it up here at the store and she said it would be 3 – 4 weeks. I got a confirmation number so I could track it and then when we were finished I got an e-mail confirming the order.

About 5 minutes later I got another e-mail saying that it was in the store and ready for delivery – what is this!! I checked it through the web tracking and it said the same thing, in the store ready for pick up. I wanted to do a load of laundry so went over and did it then off we went to Best Buy, with John fully convinced it was all a mistake, but when we got there they handed it to me. It turns out they carry them in the store but I had never found them as they had them buried in office supplies (not exactly where I would look) and there was at least one in stock.

When we got home I put it on charge and now it is fully operational and I am one happy camper!!

John ordered something from Apple and we fully expected it to be delivered today but he kept checking and it was still on the truck. Finally about 7 he got the message that the address was undeliverable – what? He called Fed Ex and somehow the site number here didn’t get put on the shipping slip so that caused them to say undeliverable. Anyways, he got it straightened out and now it will be Tuesday before it is delivered – he isn’t happy and I was glad that I had said I would pick up the PD at the store rather than having it delivered.

The weather here was cool today but it sure beats home where they are expecting a very severe storm, one of the papers said the biggest storm in 10 years. I said to my daughter Kel today that maybe this is one of those that they predict but it doesn’t happen and she said that this year so far they have been pretty accurate so she isn’t going to hold her breath hoping they’re wrong. Our son-in-laws are happy to see the snow as one wants to snowmobile and the other wants the cold to stay for when ice fishing season opens. Our son is also a snowmobiler so he also won’t be complaining. All I can say is that we are glad we are here and not there!

Jim & Sonia with John in the Background

Friday - December 14, 2007

Boy, what an early start to the day we had today, we met Jim and Sonia at the golf course at 7:40 a.m. The temperature was only in the high 30’s (F) and there was FROST on the grass for the first couple of holes – holy cow! I started out wearing a sweatshirt, vest and jacket but after about the 2nd hole the jacket came off, then a bit later the vest came off. I was sort of wishing I had worn a short sleeved top but at least the sweatshirt was fairly light so I wasn’t uncomfortable. They were all laughing at me with my golf sandals on but my feet weren’t cold and they have thick enough soles that they didn’t get wet from the frost either.

The deal was dine and nine so after our game we went in for breakfast and they had a buffet with muffins, bagels, biscuits etc. fresh fruit, juice, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee etc. We enjoyed the breakfast and sat and gabbed for a long time, then got to the truck and talked again for a long time so it was almost 2 when we got home.

My back was killing me so I layed down for ½ hour then had my shower and we went out to get propane. We ended up at the golf store and John bought me a new golf bag for Christmas so by the time we got to the propane place they were closed. Hopefully they will be open tomorrow but if not we can wait until Monday. When we got back we got my clubs and stuff moved to the new bag and got it set up on my cart, now I’m good to go and looking forward to trying it out on Sunday. Oh yes, tomorrow I will have to clean my clubs so they look good with the new bag!!

Somehow I think that after being up so early this morning tonight will be an early night!

Thursday - December 13, 2007

Today was an unexciting day, very quiet. This morning I reserved a tee time for Sunday afternoon after which we will go to Red Lobster for dinner. I also reserved four seats on a bus tour to the San Diego Zoo on January 30th, we thought this might be a fun day. When I called Janet & Dave to tell them Sunday’s tee time and that I had got the zoo tour booked, I said we must be crazy, John and I will be picked up at the Sears mall at 6:30 a.m., I don’t know where they will be picked up as there is probably something closer to their park than Sears. The bus doesn’t get back until between 10-11 p.m. so it will be a long day. The SD zoo is supposed to be one of the best in the world so it should be interesting.

This afternoon we went to the Arizona Market and John got some blue rope lights to put around our patio and I got a nice stoned washed sweatshirt and another top so should be good for a while. One of the sweatshirts I bought last year is looking pretty ratty as I have worn it a lot so I decided to splurge on a new one. I also picked up a couple of books (they are all $2 at the market and they have a swap so I can take them back and get more) so that will keep me busy for a couple of days.

At the market a lady came up and asked me about my pressure sleeve, she said she had had a stroke and her arm and the whole side of her body is swollen. I said mine was from surgery for breast cancer and she said she had had that a year before her stroke but never thought of that causing her swelling. I told her that this is a well known side effect and she wanted to know where she could look into getting a sleeve so I suggested that when she gets home she contact her cancer centre and see if they can point her in the right direction to getting one. When I was doing laundry I looked in the phone book and there are three places in Yuma which advertise lymph drain massages so I will call them and see if I can get one or two as my arm has been a bit more swollen than usual since we got here, the altitude at Albuquerque and Williams did it and I can’t seem to get it back down so hopefully a couple of massages will help.

When we came back I went and did laundry and John put the rope lights around the patio and reversed the Santa Claus and Candy Cane lights on the front of the trailer as he had the good side facing in. Now we are as decorated as we are going to get for Christmas.

I started one of my new books while waiting for the laundry so guess I will be reading tonight.

Wednesday - December 12, 2007

Today was bright and sunny but COOL, at 9:30 when it was time to go to water aerobics it was only 48F (9C) so needless to say I didn’t go – I like the exercise but I’m not crazy!

We had a quiet day, did some cleaning and just odds and ends. Janet and Dave arrived about 5 so we had a great visit and a good dinner, it’s always amazing the topics we can cover in a visit and there is always a few good laughs. We are hoping to golf and then go out for dinner again on Sunday so I will call first thing tomorrow morning for a tee time, their daughter arrives late Sunday night for a visit so this will be our last Sunday golf with them for a couple of weeks.

I want to get this done and posted so it is going to be short for today.
This morning it was quite overcast and cold and when we headed out for golf at 10:30 it was still pretty well overcast and the temperature was 50F (10C), but being the optimists that we are we wore shore sleeve shirts and our vests.

I don’t know how we manage to do this but it is fairly common, I drew an Ace so was in the first foursome off and John drew a 7 so was in the last group, makes for lots of waiting. By the time I hit the third fairway I had my vest off and was enjoying the sun so I was really glad I hadn’t worn a sweatshirt. My partner and I played pretty good, we were tied with another pair for second and third place so I told Jim he could do the putt off and he lost so we got third prize - $3.50 each!! They always have a hole where the closest to the hole wins a prize - $1.00 and I almost won. I had the money in my pocket when a woman on the last team (the one John was on) said she had been closest to the hole so I gave her the $1.00, they hadn’t marked it on their scorecard so Jim had thought I had won. Oh well, I didn’t know how I was going to spend the $1 so that saved me a real problem (hah, hah!).

On the way home we stopped at Fry’s for groceries, then Lowe’s and Wal Mart looking for Christmas decorations and blue rope lights. We got a lighted holly for the window but the rope lights are being elusive, we saw some at the market last week so will go back there on Thursday and check them out.

John is washing the truck, it has been driving him crazy to look at it since it rained and got it all dirty, so he will be happy to have that done. I thought I would get this done and posted so it is off my mind and tonight I can just relax with a book or watch TV if there is anything worthwhile on.

Monday -December 10, 2007

Wow, we are into another cold snap, this morning when it was time to go to pool aerobics the temperature was below 50F (10C) so I decided that I would pass, my cold is pretty well cleared up but I am still a bit stuffy so there is no point in taking a chance and getting miserable again.

The park has free internet and the signal strength is good but it is getting slower as the park gets busier so we decided to get the internet through Time Warner, the cable people. A couple here have it and Dave and Janet just got it this week and they say it is great and really fast and right now TW have a special on so it seemed like a good time to go for it. Off we went this afternoon and when we left Time Warner we were completely dumbfounded, we went in and told the gal what park we were at and our site number and without hesitation she signed us up, gave us a modem and all the cable and said the first invoice would be out within a week – we walked out of there with all the hardware and without paying a cent or leaving a credit card number!! Somehow I don’t think this would ever happen at home! Even better, there is no setup fee and no tax on the monthly rental.

On the way home we stopped at Home Depot and got an outside timer for our lights and then went to the Post Office and got some stamps – real exciting.

When we got back John got the new internet set up on my computer, now we need a router so that we can both use it, but right now I am using the new one and John is using the park internet on his computer. The park doesn’t want us to use wireless routers (we have one) so we are trying to find a cheap one that isn’t wireless. We had trouble setting up the e-mail account so a phone call later to the help line and it is set up (the girl who signed us up didn’t give us the e-mail address and password when we were there) on my apple mail so that I don’t have to go to the web mail now to send e-mail. Sound confusing? Not really but e-mail will now be much easier to send.

By the time this was all done it was dinner time so we are now in relaxing mode, a bit of TV or reading before calling it a day.

Sunday - December 9, 2007

This morning we woke up to a lot of cloud and quite cool, it got up to about 55F (13C) by mid afternoon which is not really warm. It rained early this afternoon so we tried calling Janet & Dave to see if they still wanted to golf but there was no answer so we headed for the golf course. They pulled in right after us and said what’s a bit of rain, we golf in the rain at home all the time so off we went. We had the course to ourselves, everyone else had cancelled, and as it turned out it only sprinkled for a minute and the sun came out about half way through, so we ended up having a good afternoon and a good game.

We came back here for a drink then went to Dave’s Bar-B-Que for dinner. We ended up ordering the Feast for 4 and it was really good – chicken, ribs, sausage, fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob and corn muffins. There was lots of food so Dave & Janet took home the leftovers and we said we would take them next time. On the way home we stopped at Wal Mart to see if we could get a timer for the outdoor lights but they didn’t have any so tomorrow we will try Lowe’s.

It’s now time to wind down and watch a bit of TV before going to bed, and so goes another day in this wonderful retirement life.