Saturday - March 15, 2008

Today was another quiet day, we had nothing planned and did nothing. It was warm and sunny this morning but the wind came up this afternoon and it turned very WINDY again, boy am I getting tired of this wind!!

I sat out for a bit this afternoon reading but it was really windy, then started to cool down, so I retreated inside. We were going to barbecue tonight but decided to do an inside dinner with the wind, probably a good move.

We didn’t reach any high, warm temperatures this afternoon and tonight we need the heater on – what a difference from the last week. Oh well, it is supposed to warm up again starting Monday.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Friday - March 14, 2008

Today was another beautiful, hot, sunny day and it was a very quiet day for us. John went out for a while to pick up some more insulation for the windows and I took advantage of his absence to do some cleaning.

No sooner had I finished the cleaning than the wind came up quite strong and guess what – everything feels gritty again – YCK!! I read for a while and was just getting ready to head for the pool when John arrived back home, he wasn’t interested in a swim so I went by myself and got cooled off. When I was ready to head back I checked the laundry room and there was only one lady doing laundry – yahoo, rush home and get the laundry gathered up and over there while it is quiet! It turned out I had the place to myself, I sat outside reading while the laundry was doing and John turned up just as it was done to help with the folding.

I took salmon out of the freezer this morning as it wasn’t windy so John thought it would be easy to barbecue it, but then this afternoon it looked like we would have to cook it inside but fortunately the wind died down enough that he could barbecue if after all, the barbecue only blew out 3 times while he was cooking the salmon.

Now that we have had a good dinner it is time for a quiet evening of TV and reading; and so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Thursday - March 13, 2008

Today started out cloudy but by about 10 it had cleared off and was another beautiful day. I sat out and read for a while this afternoon and it was nice under the awning as there was a lovely breeze.

We left about 2 this afternoon and went to the market, I picked up a few books so I have something to read on the way home and John got some foil to put in the trailer windows this summer when it is sitting in storage.

A couple we had met briefly our first winter here, and have gotten to know on the two trips to Mexico we have gone on, had invited us over for a drink this afternoon. Two years ago they bought a park model trailer in a park near where we were the first two years here, it is an older park and the lots are huge. They have a nice park model with a huge Arizona room and porch and this year Don put in a cement driveway with a roof over it and awnings on the side, and it was a perfect cool place to sit and visit. At the back they have two very large storage sheds and the whole back is done in interlocking brick and they have a really nice area with a large table with a propane heater in the middle and four very comfortable looking chairs, Gail said they spend a lot of evenings out there. While we were there their neighbours arrived, they are from Cold Lake Alberta the same as Gail and Don and just bought the place next door this year, they aren’t retired yet so have flown in for a three week holiday. We have invited the four of them to come over to our place for drinks and a visit on Monday afternoon as Gail flies home on Thursday. Don is retired military and comes down at the end of October till early April, Gail is still working (a nurse) so comes down for a couple of months each winter. She enjoys her job so isn’t ready to retire yet, she says maybe a couple more years.

When we left Gail & Don’s we went to a pizza place in the Foothills Plaza where we know the pizza is good, a yummy dinner.

Tonight is another quiet evening of reading and TV; and so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Wednesday - March 12, 2008

Today was a quiet but nice day in Yuma, the sun was shining and the temperatures were warm, what more could we ask for.

This afternoon Lynn, a gal from Perth, came over to see how we had gone back through Texas last year. We ended up visiting for about 2 hours, although we did show her the route we took last year. They are hading to Alpine as a launching point for visiting Big Bend National Park then heading north from there so I don’t think the route we took will do them any good as we headed east but kept south as much as we could.

After Lynn left we went to Sew Masters to check out an awning for the end of the large front awning on the trailer, it will cost about $45 for what we want but it wouldn’t be ready until we are ready to leave so we decided to wait and look into this next year when we get back here.

From there we did a quick stop at Wal Mart where John bought a California duster for the trailer, it is supposed to be really good for getting the dust off so we will see.

By the time we got home it was too late for a swim so I sat out and read a bit and then it was time to think about dinner. And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Tuesday -March 11, 2008

Today was another beautiful day here in Yuma, sure wish we could send some of this wonderful weather home.

Last night was one of my sleepless nights, I was still awake at 3 a.m. so when it was time to get up this morning I wasn’t exactly springing out of bed. I decided to pass on golf and just loaf and try to wake up so John went golfing and I didn’t do a heck of a lot.

This afternoon I went for a walk and stopped and checked out the library here at the park, I picked up a couple of books but I’m not sure I will really like them. I was just ready to head off to the pool when John arrived home, he had stopped at Fry’s and picked up some groceries so I got them put away and then headed off for my swim. John said he was going to go for a bike ride but when I got home 2 hours later he said he had just woken up, he had had a nice nap! He then went for a bike ride and I sat out and read, all in all a very restful day.

I called my friend Julee this morning and had a good visit with her, it’s always nice to talk to friends at home. I tried to call Margie also but no answer, will have to try again, with this 3 hour time difference it is very difficult to make calls home at a good time for both us and the people we are calling.

Tonight is a quiet evening of reading and TV; and so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Monday -March 10, 2008

Today was another perfect day for weather here in Yuma; sure do love it!

Earlier today Mike next door was out playing a musical instrument so John went over to talk to him. We often hear him sitting out playing and weren’t sure what instrument it was but it turns out he makes flutes and that is what he has been playing. I went over and he showed us a couple he has made, they are absolutely beautiful and it is nice to listen to him play. He is a native Indian and apparently he played in a band for a number of years and still plays in bands a bit, he showed us a picture taken last year when he was playing in Phoenix and he was dressed in a beautiful native costume. He also plays harmonica among other musical instruments – a very talented man. He said he is losing the nerves in his hands from Agent Orange during Vietnam so making the flutes is not only something he likes to do but is therapy for his hands as he does a lot of hand sanding on them.

Last night we realized Dave had left his hat here so we returned it to him as we were going to run out and do a few things today anyways. After we dropped his hat off, and said goodbye again, we went to get fuel – wow, it was $3.609 a gallon at the cheapest place in Yuma but I guess this is still cheaper than Canada and one saving grace is that it has been about a month since we last had to get fuel. After filling up we went to the mall and I wandered around Target for a bit (didn’t spend any money though) then we stopped at Wal Mart and picked up a few items.

When we got back I went for a swim and John went for his bike ride. By then it was time to think about dinner, left overs, and now we are looking forward to a quiet evening; and so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Sunday -March 9, 2008

I hate to be repetitive but today was another gorgeous, sunny day with temperatures in the low 80’s (F) – sure can’t beat that for a nice day. This morning I did some cleaning etc. then got as much ready for dinner as I could, Janet & Dave were coming for dinner and it is so much easier if everything is ready before company arrives, then I can enjoy visiting.

Once I was ready I picked up my book and headed for my lawn chair and enjoyed a couple of hours of reading, I had to keep moving around as it was too hot to sit in the sun so kept searching out the shade.

We had a great visit with Janet & Dave and it was sad to say goodbye as they are heading for home (Qualicum Beach, B.C.) on Wednesday. They aren’t sure if they will be heading east this summer with the price of diesel fuel so they have booked two months back here in Yuma for next winter so hopefully we will see them one place or the other.

Janet said she was talking to her sister this morning and the flowers are coming up at home – sure can’t say that for Ontario!!! My brother and our daughter Nancy sent me pictures of the snow at home and I can’t believe how much there is, hopefully there won’t be a quick melt or the flooding will be tremendous. Our daughter Kelly and her family had problems with their well running dry last summer so on the positive side of this winter they should have lots of water this summer.

It is almost bedtime, we will watch the news then head for bed; and so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

Saturday - March 8, 2008

Today was another beautiful sunny, warm day – sure can’t say the same for Ontario where they again got hammered with snow and wind. I guess some day it will stop snowing there and spring will arrive and I am sure everyone there can hardly wait for that to happen. Tonight daylight saving time starts but Arizona doesn’t do daylight saving time so we will be three hours behind Ontario, what a pain when it comes to calling home.

There is a swap meet here every Thursday to Sunday so we decided to check it out today – what a waste of time that was, it was pretty well all junk and the vendors were pretty well all Hispanic as well as a lot of the people there. They sure don’t present any sort of competition to the market! I bought some asparagus and that was the extent of my spending.

When we got back I picked up my book and sat out enjoying the warmth for the rest of the afternoon. I was going to go for a swim but got so into my book that I never did make it over for a swim!

John did the truck today so we are now all nice and sparkly again, hopefully we won’t get a huge wind to get everything dusty again! And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.