Friday - January 25, 2008

Today was another nice sunny warm day, perfect weather as far as I’m concerned because as I have said before I do not like it really hot and I hate humidity so the weather here is perfect for me.

We didn’t do a lot this morning and then we met Dave and Janet at the golf course this afternoon, this was an 18 hole par 3 course and it costs $1/hole to play. It was okay, the fairways were very dry and mainly dirt with very little grass but the greens were okay, John and I both agreed that we prefer Foothills to this one as the fairways are all grass and the greens are really nice, but it is always nice to try a different course. There is a 9 hole course John and I want to try, we will just have to find time in our busy schedule to go – tee hee!

After golf we went to the Cracker Barrel for dinner, nothing fancy but it is always good food. It is now time to finish this then relax, I have a good book on the go and it is calling to me. Dave bought an external hard drive and asked John to format it for him so that will be John’s job for tonight.

And so ends another great day in our life of retirement and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Thursday - January 24, 2008

Today was a very quiet day and a day of leftovers!

When we got up this morning it was overcast and had even rained a few drops but it quickly cleared off and turned into another wonderful day.

This morning I did some cleaning and general puttzing around and then for lunch we had left over pizza. After lunch and dishes I went for a nice long walk, then came back and sat in the sun with my book. I was just dozing off when Tom came along and woke me up so we had a bit of a chat with him, then I went for another walk and John, who had spent most of the afternoon polishing the new aluminum propane tank, went for another bike ride. By the time we got back it was time to heat up the left over pot roast and veggies for dinner.

Another great but quiet day in our life of retirement and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Wednesday - January 23, 2008

Today was another nice sunny day but a bit on the cool side, it was perfect weather for doing Quartzsite.

We picked Jim and Sonia up at 10:30 and headed north, about 1-1/2 miles south of Quartzsite the traffic slowed down to a crawl, Jim and Sonia have never been there during the show or busy time so were completely amazed by the traffic, tents of goods and people. We managed to find a parking spot in front of Beaudry RV so started wandering around and looking at their RV’s – boy are there ever some beautiful motor homes out there. Beaudry’s had their huge tent with free lunch so we went and got something to eat, today it was refried beans, rice and chilli, very good. After fortifying ourselves we toured a few more motor homes then headed over to the huge RV show tent. Wow, the number of vendors there is mind boggling but the prices are ridiculous. The cell phone holder I bought here at the market for about $5 was $13 at one place and $14 at another, the popcorn tops which are very popular down here are $8 at the market and were $12 for the same thing today and ladies tops that are $10 here at the market were $24 in Quartzsite, sure is a huge difference in prices so we wondered how much they actually sell. It pays to know the prices before heading up there as in the RV show tent there didn’t appear to be very many deals.

Sonia and I stopped and tasted a soup which one vendor was selling, you just add water and simmer for 15 minutes but we both felt $6.50 for a box of dried soup was too pricey, then a bit later we tasted some popcorn – they had different flavours so we tried a carmel and a cheese (one piece only if you please!) – price was $5 for a small bag. We figure they probably get a lot more people tasting than buying!!

On the way back to the truck Sonia and I stopped at a stall that Janet and I had been in a couple of weeks ago and I bought a lovely dressy zip up jacket with a short sleeved top to match, it was a really good price and too pretty to pass up. Sonia wanted to buy the same set but they didn’t have any matching jackets and tops in her size so she didn’t get one and was very disappointed as she really like them too.

It was about 7 when we got back so we went to Da Boyz Pizza and Pasta for dinner, Jim and Sonia treated us to pizza which was really yummy.

All in all it was another great day in our life of retirement and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Tuesday -January 22, 2008

Today was another sunny, beautiful warm day, I wore my skort golfing and was worried when we first got there that I might be too cool, but it turned out to be quite warm , just a perfect day.

The golf game was fun and as usual I had some good and some bad shots but on the whole my game was not bad – I played with 3 fellows today and held my own with them so I was happy. John won closest to the hole today – he got a whole dollar for it but was really pleased with himself and I was happy for him. It was the water hole that was the closest to the tee today so it was even more challenging than the other holes and he was only a couple of feet from the cup, close to a hole in one! There were 42 golfers today, the best turnout yet. Before we started today Jim announced that John Stewart, from Canada, had had heart problems and was being flown home, John is from Waterdown and I had been in his foursome one of the first times out and last Tuesday he and I sat and chatted for a long time while waiting for the others to come in, hopefully everyone keeps him in their prayers and he is okay.

I have been having a terrible time with my hips this winter so today I wore my running shoes to see if they made a difference and voila, my hips and legs were fine, guess I will have to resort to running shoes which I hate wearing, but on the other hand if the pain is gone it is worth it. On the way home we stopped and I bought a new pair of running shoes so hope they are as good as my old ones which are looking pretty well derelict.

When we got back I walked down to check the mail and noticed Johnny and Tom, who we met in Alabama last spring and who are from Barrie, have arrived so I stopped to say hello and had a chat with them. They left home January 8th and hit a tornado in Memphis, they said it was pretty scary but they were fine so that is the main thing. While I was off visiting John was home working on polishing the new (to us) aluminum propane tank, it is coming up beautiful and will be blinding in the sun!

I put a roast and veggies in the slow cooker this morning so dinner was very easy to get on the table tonight, the roast was quite large so I did enough veggies for a couple of meals, now we will have another easy dinner another night this week.

And so ends another wonderful day of retirement, we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Monday -January 21, 2008

Today was another gorgeous day, sunny and warm although it was cool enough this morning that I didn’t go to pool aerobics.

John washed the truck and trailer today and then started polishing the aluminum propane tank he bought the other day and wow, is the part he’s done ever shiny – I needed my sun glasses to look at it!! I puttered around the trailer this morning then went for a nice walk this afternoon. I needed to pick up a few groceries so John said if I could wait until about 3 he would go with me, so that was fine by me. It was about 3:30 when we got away and we went to Fry’s and Wal Mart and got home about 5:30, my wallet was lighter but our larder was restocked!

When I was out for my walk I stopped and talked to Vivian and Gord for a few minutes, they are from Saskatchewan and were at the same park as us last year and are now here for 3 months. They were late heading out this year so have only been here a couple of weeks, this is the first time I have seen them although John talked to Gord last week. Tonight we talked to Margie and Mike, with the time difference we are having a hard time connecting so it was good to chat with them again.

John has my sleepy time tea ready so I will enjoy it with a piece of blueberry pie. And so ends another wonderful day of retirement, we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Sunday - January 20, 2008

Today was another gorgeous sunny day with the temperature hitting the high 60’s – perfect weather.

We went to the market for a bit this afternoon, made a quick stop at Wal Mart and then met Janet and Dave at the golf course just after 3. They were running slow today so it was about 3:45 before we teed off and it was about 5:30 when we finished. We had a good time but my game was so so, I had a few good holes and a few not so good holes, why oh why can’t I be consistent!! We all had the same kind of game so at least I wasn’t alone.

After golf we went to Olive Garden for dinner – thanks Nan and Carl, we used one of our Christmas gift certificates. John and I were going to go to the show after but we would have had to wait about 45 minutes to see Charlie Wilson’s War or over an hour to see the Bucket List so we decided to pass on the show and just come home, maybe some day this week we will make it to a movie. Janet and Dave had to get home for the dog so we didn’t even bother mentioning the show to them.

And so ends another wonderful day of retirement and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.