Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wow, the end of January all ready, where on earth does the time go! Today was another gorgeous day with a high in the mid 70’s and no wind – perfect.

This morning we didn’t do a lot, spent some time on the computer, talked to my sister and then sat out and read for a while.

This afternoon we went golfing for the first time, I rented a cart so that I wouldn’t overdo it the first time but my hip was fine, no problem so I will walk from now on. We had not bad games considering it is the first time I’ve played since last March and John only played twice last summer. We were teamed up with a really nice couple from Colorado who don’t play a lot so we all played about the same and enjoyed each others company. We finished our game about 5:30 and it was still about 70F, so very pleasant.

John and I went to Applebee’s for dinner and then made a quick run into Fry’s. We are now watching TV and I am hoping to finish my book tonight. Today was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Today was another gorgeous day with a high of about 75F but it was still breezy – maybe tomorrow we will have no wind.

I did some cleaning this morning and then this afternoon we went back to the market for a bit, I had noticed some nice Capri sets yesterday and wanted to go back and check them out. I found one I really liked but it was sleeveless and with my arm that isn’t good but the lady said she is ordering more so hopefully she will get one with sleeves. I left my name & phone number and she will call me and set one aside if she gets it in.

After the market we went to Sew Masters to check out a sunscreen to put on our awning, John thinks he has figured out how to put one on so we wanted to check them out. We talked to the lady and she said they could take out the thingie most people use to put them on their awning and they could put in some grommets instead so we wanted to come home and do the measurements before buying one. While there we got talking to a couple from Port Hope, real nice people and we enjoyed chatting with them, hopefully we can get together for a drink some time. After Sew Masters we went to Staples to do some photocopying, Steve had lent John an article on solar systems so John wanted to copy it and figured it was easier to go there and do it than to drag out the printer and get it set up.

Just after we got home Steve & Brenda stopped by for a drink, Steve had worked today so had just got home, he was driving cars for one of the local dealerships down to San Luis for a show and is hoping they will need him to drive them back on Monday. He has his name in with a local agency so is picking up odd jobs here and there, tomorrow he is helping set up and tear down for a chocolate show.

Tonight will be the usual, TV or reading. Today was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today was another nice sunny day with a high of 73F but it was still windy.

This afternoon we decided to go to the market as there were a couple of things we wanted to get – Margie, I finally got your wipes for you. I also picked up some Avon night cream and some foot cream as I don’t have enough to last me until we get home. From there we went to Fry’s and picked up a few groceries (no Wal Mart today, Kel), then back home.

After I got the groceries put away I went outside to read but we ended up visiting with John and Irma instead, so by the time we finished chatting with them it was time to come in – too cool to sit outside.

Tonight is TV and reading – the news on TV and the big payouts to Wall Street executives is too depressing to watch, my book doesn’t p----- me off so much!

It was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today was another nice sunny day, but there was still a cool wind which made it too cool to sit outside and read.

This morning I did some cleaning and just fussed around and this afternoon I read, not a real exciting day but pleasant. There was nothing we needed to go out for so it was a quiet, stay at home day. It was another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today was a repeat of yesterday weather wise – it was sunny but there was a cool north wind and the high again today was 62F. Oh well, it is still better than at home and a warming trend is starting tomorrow so life is good.

Today we decided to try the Brown Bag Hamburger for lunch, we had heard it was good so decided to give it a try – it was excellent but oh so filling! They have 7, 10, 14 and 20 oz. burgers – can you imagine eating a 20 oz. burger? You can split any of the 10 to 20 oz. burgers so we split a 10 oz. and it was huge, can’t imagine trying to eat one on my own. It came with French fries and a drink and for the 2 of us it cost $13, not bad for what we got.

After hanging up the feedbag we headed for Welton which is a town about 30 miles east of here, we thought we would check out the RV Parks there after talking to our ex neighbours at Wal Mart yesterday. We decided to head over through Castle Dome Valley as we have never been through there. We took Hwy. 95, the road to Quartzsite, north and our first stop was at the McPhaul “Swinging Bridge to Nowhere”.

This is the description from the Yuma Points of Interest Web Page: “Once bridging the great Gila River, this oddity now spans only shifting sands of the desert. An engineering feat, completed in 1929. The Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay follows this style. Given the name Dome Bridge, it was later renamed honoring an old timer, Harry McPhaul, who came to Arizona in 1897. He was a guard at the Yuma Territorial Prison, later a city police officer, then went into mining. It was because of his mining properties in the vicinity, the bridge bears his name.”

From there we headed north for about 5 miles then picked up the road east through Castle Dome Valley, what an interesting drive - it was miles and miles of veggie crops which we had no idea were out there; we also passed a large feed lot and a flock of grazing sheep and all of this was surrounded by mountains so it was a nice drive.

A picture of Castle Dome Rock from the Valley

The town of Welton is a pretty depressing looking place located on the north side of Interstate 8, we couldn’t find too many redeeming features about the town but there are a lot of RV parks there, most of which are pretty old and crowded looking. The one the people we met yesterday are in is the nicest park in Welton, with large spots, but location it does not have as it is located between the interstate and the railroad tracks, which are very busy! Also, the lots have a cement patio but the rest of the lot is dirt so it would be a very dusty place to stay, especially if it was windy. There was another RV park on the same road and it was totally depressing but beside it was this beautiful area of flowers which helped to brighten up an otherwise totally drab place.

On the south side of the interstate is a fairly new golf course, Coyote Wash, with a large housing development around it, and there is a small shopping mall and a large hotel, much nicer than the Welton side.

We took the interstate back to the Foothills and stopped at Desert Paradise RV Park so John could buy another airplane. This is the third one we have bought, we keep giving them away, so hopefully this one we will keep; they are made from beer cans and this one is a type of beer we have never heard of and the fellow said he had only made a couple of these so it is a bit different.

After a quick stop at Wal Mart, which was a zoo, we came home. I had put chilli in the slow cooker this morning so dinner was easy to get on the table. We are now enjoying a quiet evening of TV.

And so ends another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Well, we are getting the cold front coming through here but it sure isn’t anywhere near as bad as at home, the high I saw today was 61F, which is still pleasant but the wind was out of the north and quite cool.

This afternoon we went out looking for new running shoes, John managed to find two pairs and I didn’t get any so I will just have to keep on looking. We made a quick stop at Wal Mart on the way home and that was our excitement for today. At Wal Mart we ran into the couple who were behind us last winter, this winter they are staying in Welton which is about 30 miles east of here and they seem to be enjoying it there but the RV Park is right on the Interstate so I imagine it would be quite noisy.

Tonight we talked to our son Mike and then to our friends Mike & Margie who just got back from 4 weeks in Florida. They had good weather the first two weeks, so so the third week and they said the last week was downright cold – what a shame but at least on the whole it was fairly nice.

We are watching the news, they are doing a piece on the Ottawa transit strike and it looks darn cold, sure am glad we are here and not there!

And so ends another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today was another nice day and for us it was a totally do nothing day!

I was on the computer for a while but spent most of the day sitting out reading and enjoying the nice weather. John actually relaxed and didn’t do a lot today either, not a bad way to spend the day.

And so ends another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Today was a beautiful, warm, sunny day – just perfect. I don’t know where the day went but it did go by quickly and we didn’t do a lot.

This morning I wanted to do a good cleaning while John was outside working around, I wanted to wash the floors and need him outside to do that, well, it was 2:00 this afternoon before I got around to the cleaning – we had people drop by to chat, chatted with the neighbours, etc. but I finally did get the cleaning done. Brenda & Steve stopped by and brought John a bottle opener, we were looking for one at Quartzisite but couldn’t find just a plain bottle opener, they were all bottle and can openers or bottle and corkscrews etc. so they brought us one as they have a couple of them. In return we gave them our 2 gallon water jug as with the R. O. system we don’t have to buy water any more.

Around 4:15 I went over to do laundry and picked a good time – it was busy but not a zoo like last week.

With that all done it was time to think about dinner. Tonight is a quiet evening of TV and reading, and so ends another great gift of a day in the sunny south and we look forward to another good day tomorrow.