Nice Days in Yuma

It’s been a few days since I’ve blogged but we have been keeping busy. New Year’s day was spent getting organized and being surprised at what we had left here, just like Christmas!

Wednesday we did more grocery shopping, sure is a pain without the trailer and the food in it as we have to pretty well start from scratch getting in the staples let alone meat, veggies, fruit etc. Not cheap!!

Thursday I did some laundry and puttered around while John went out to get a few things as well as a TV, at least now we will be able to watch Downtown Abbey’s new series starting on Sunday night. Diane & Ben invited us for happy hour so we had a nice visit and Gail and Don and Gail’s friend Fran were also there. Shortly before going over to Diane & Ben’s I was outside and saw Fred, across the street in his shed so he came out to the front and Valerie, his wife, came out, John came over and Sharon & Bob came home and joined us for a good chin wag. We certainly have nice neighbours!

Yesterday we went to the outdoor market, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, Marshall’s, Target and Walmart – sure got shopped out and lots of walking. When we went to the market both John and I took our canes – we looked like a couple of old crocs but we managed to walk around for almost an hour, a record for me.

We were looking for a new toilet for my bathroom as the one in there is leaking a bit around the bottom so we found one we thought would do the trick, and that is higher than the one that was in there, so John went out this morning and bought it and is now in the process of installing it – lucky him.

The weather is still cool, only about 15-17C (60-64F) but the sun shines brightly so we aren’t complaining as it is better than home.

Tomorrow we are planning on going to the indoor market then to the afternoon matinee to see Lincoln, another tough day in paradise!

And so ends more great gifts of days and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Home in Yuma & Happy New Year

We have arrived safely in Yuma, after 4-1/2 days on the road and travelling 4,004km (2,489 miles).

We want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2013.

We had a great drive here, good weather, except for yesterday when we hit a bit of snow and freezing rain between Flagstaff & Phoenix - right, the worst weather in Arizona! We breezed through Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque and Phoenix, travelling over the holidays made for a good trip with very light traffic.

We arrived in Yuma around 12:30 and the first stop was Time Warner to get the Internet as, if we didn't do it today, it would be Wednesday before we could get it. Time Warner was a zoo, full of people and very slow service - grrrr! Next were stops at Fry's and Walmart for groceries so it was almost 3:30 when we finally arrived home.

Diane & Ben were just coming by as we were pulling in the driveway so stopped to give us big hugs and welcome us back. Then Sharon & Bob, who live across the street, and their friends Carolyn & Gary, came over to give us more hugs and invite us for dinner. We got the truck unloaded, the water on etc. before we went over for a delicious turkey and ham dinner, and a great visit with friends.

When we came into the house the first thing we noticed that our friend Gail had come in and cleaned our place and washed the towels and sheets so everything was nice and clean. Then there were flowers on the coffee table with a lovely card from Sharon, Bob, Carolyn, Gary, Ann, David, Fred & Valerie, all our neighbours. What wonderful friends we have here, we are so blessed to have such nice friends both here and at home!

When we came back from dinner John started on hooking up the Internet, 1-1/2 hours later and a lengthy phone call to Time Warner finally got us on line, so that is why I'm so late doing this and won't post it until tomorrow.

Talking about late, me thinks it is time to head for bed, so again happy new year all!

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

December 30/12 - Phoenix AZ

Well, we are now in Phoenix so hopefully we will be in Yuma around noon tomorrow, we probably won't head out until about 9 am so as to miss Phoenix rush hour traffic! At least we are only two miles from 101, that is the ring road around Phoenix, so once we get on that it shouldn't be too bad to get out of town.

This morning the weather channel was calling for a winter storm to hit Flagstaff late this afternoon so we debated heading south at Albuquerque, but when we got to Albuquerque it looked fine to the west so we decided to head for Flagstaff. The weather was great all the way to Flagstaff, but just as we got there we had a bit of a snow shower but we were going to be heading south, as well as downhill all the way to Phoenix, so I figured it would be okay. Well, between Flagstaff and Phoenix we had snow showers and some freezing rain but, fortunately, not enough to make for hazardous driving just nervous hoping it wouldn't get any worse.

We enjoyed reminiscing on the way to Flagstaff about all the places we had visited when we came home that way in 2006. We had never driven from Flagstaff to Phoenix before and today we were thankful we didn't have the trailer as there are a lot of twists and turns as well as lots of steep downhill grades. For sure if we ever come back with the trailer we will take the more southern route!

Love The Scenery

Flagstaff Area with San Francisco Mountains

Today the temperature yo-yoed all over the place, it was -2C (27F) when we left Santa Rosa and we hit a high of 10C (50F) at Holbrook AZ but in between of these high and lows it was all over the place. It was only 8C (46F) when we arrived here, pretty cool for Phoenix!

Tonight we are at a Drury Inn again and still the same great deal as at Joplin, the only difference is that at dinner in Joplin it was pretty well all older people whereas tonight it was mainly families with very noisy young children. The food was good but we didn't linger long with all the noise, wonder if it will be as noisy at breakfast!

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