Monday, December 9, 2019

Coming Up Roses, Heart Pang, Yuma Exploration, POOL!


Yuma, Arizona
It was around 6 am on Monday, Dec. 9th when I woke up. The same for Bill as he was already up out of bed. I joined him by 6:30 and yet still had to wait until 7:15 before it was light enough out to go for my walk. It was 57F/14C and there was a slight wind, around 6 or 8 mph. I took a nice walk around the park for a total of 1 ½ miles. On that walk, I saw a lady up ahead walking her small dog.

Lots of empty spaces in the new section of the park

Mini golf if you choose
From a distance, my heart pinged, then it panged. That pooch looked like a mini Clemson. I think you can see the resemblance. Of all the dogs we’ve seen and met so far, this one was the first with the same colouring, identical colouring. 

Meet Dolly
Her name was Dolly and she was a 7 yr. old friendly little poodle/yorkie mix. Clemson had more fur around his nose but the rest was unbelievable!Her owner and I chatted for a bit and I moved on to capture more sunrise photos. 

In case you forgot what our little guy looked like
Here is a reminder
Back home, I showed Bill the picture and he just said “oh my goodness”.

And our neighbour has this little cutie
Across the lane,Bill pointed out another small poodle/yorkie. This is just too weird. Are we having messages sent to us from a little bum up in Doggie Heaven? These little ones are so cute and it sure makes us miss him all the more. 


And the sun played a bit before making an appearance

Pop! It made it
I had my tea back home and after Bill got cleaned up and had a bowl of cereal, he walked over to chat with our friends. We wanted to go to Sam’s Club and invited them along to show them both the Yuma Palms mall so they could navigate it on their own whenever they wanted.


The 1500 pc. puzzle

This one will take weeks! I'll leave it to someone else
We also stopped at Southwest Exchange on 32nd Street and they found some neat ‘gotta have’ things plus made an appointment for a haircut for Higgins. We drove down to the ‘kitchen’ store that Rob and Pat took us to last winter but sadly, it was only open Wednesday to Saturday. Another time I hope they stop as it is a neat store with lots of gadgets. I’d like to go back myself one day. It was after 12 noon so we drove home.

The fields are getting watered regularly
even though  early this morning we had a
lovely rainfall
I made us a nice loaded omelette and Bob showed up at the door with a couple of warmed Olive Garden garlic breadsticks from their supper the other night. That topped it off nicely. 

On the way home, I asked Bill to stop so we could take a picture
of this colourful field of lettuces
Omelette and breadstick
for lunch
Bill did his own thing while I changed into my bathing suit and prepped for the pool. I texted Jo-Anne where I would be in case she wanted to join me. Only one couple was there when I arrived.  This surprised me on such a gorgeous day but then again it was only 1:30.

Jo-Anne and I enjoyed the pool this afternoon 
I wasted no time as I spread my towel out on a chair and stepped into the pool. Oh, my goodness! It was so warm. I later learned from the ‘pool boy’, Tim, that it was 86F! Beautiful! I floated around on a complimentary pool noodle and then tiptoed quickly over to the hot tub which was 104F. The wind had died some but it was still cool when you were soaking wet. As I was getting out of the tub, Jo-Anne showed up and set herself up on the chair beside me. Yay, it was nice to have company!

Sitting at Happy Hour, the sun disappeared
behind the trees
She loves the sun as much as I do so she sat for a while. Once we got really hot, we went in the pool and it didn’t feel quite as war to me this time. Naturally, our bodies were steaming. Ha ha. We floated around for a bit and chatted with the few others that arrived. 6 out of 7 were from B.C./Canada. The hot tub was where Jo-Anne really smiled and then we sat and dried off as much as possible until 4 o’clock.

Higgins humoured us by playing with a rock
We walked back to our sites where we changed and got together for Happy Hour. The boys had a good afternoon as well.  At 5, we went our separate ways and Bill grilled a pork chop for himself while inside I prepared Caesar salad and fried myself a nice piece of liver with onions. Supper was good and to top it off, we had a dish of Tillamook Oregon Strawberry ice cream. I had some walnuts on mine and it was creamy and delicious.

The sun set beautifully
While I worked on this post, Bill turned The Voice on and we watched that together. They are into the semi finales so many of the performances are really well done. I’m not a fan of today’s music so it is hard for me to judge the young singers on some of their songs. The day was a great one and I finally got in the pool, first time since we left home. We must be in Yuma! I hope you’ve had a good day too. Probably tomorrow will be a stay at home day for Bill and I.

The new washroom and laundry right beside us

The laundry room is nice

And so is the Ladies washroom

Supper was very good
Jo-Anne noticed the almost 'full' moon
A special Happy Birthday wish goes out to my girlfriend, Brenda, 

It's a great day to dance, girl!
back home and a big kiss sent up to my Dad in heaven on what would have been his 96th birthday. He was far too young when he left us at 71. 

I'm sure he's playing his own birthday song

Good night from Yuma Lakes RV Park

I miss you, Daddy.

Thank you for your visit!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Travel Day, Yuma Lakes RV Resort


Yuma, Arizona
Bill and I were up and mobile by 6:45 on Sunday, Dec. 8th.  We each had our showers and Bill made his coffee while I went for my walk. We hadn’t planned to leave until 9 so there was time to take it slow. When I was walking, I met a couple of dog owners with pooches that wanted to say hello so of course I got a couple of doggy fixes. Then I met Jo-Anne and Higgins so I got greeted by the little love bug too.
Just some pictures in the park


There was some wind
Back at home, I had my tea and Bill suggested I make lunch for the road. It would be 300 miles today so that was a wise idea. I made him a couple of sandwiches and myself a meat & cheese wrap and then we each had a bowl of cereal. Bill washed the dishes and we noticed our friends were already closed up at 8:15. Hmm, maybe they misunderstood our departure time.

Both chihuahuas - the little black one is a long haired
and he looked like a little woolly mammoth
Both were very friendly to me
So, without rushing, because they wouldn’t have wanted that, we just put a bit of a push on to get packed up. It was 8:45 when we were ready to go and drove around the loop to say goodbye to Kim and Ken on the way. They are also pulling out today, and we’ll see them next Sunday, if not sooner. It isn’t a very nice-looking day, with heavy rain clouds hovering and the winds up to 16 mph. Good thing it was a warm 54F though.

Heading down Hwy 82 towards the mountain
Leaving the park at 9, we got on Hwy 82 to Sonoita and then after turning onto 83, we went through the Border Checkpoint. 

I love this sign and take a picture each time we're here
Bill stopped and chatted with the very nice young guard, asking about passports etc. before we moved on. From there we caught I-10W and it was a smooth drive. We took the exit to I-8W after Tucson and drove for a couple of hours or so before pulling into a parking area for a break. Bathroom and leg break.

The clouds were really spooky and strange this morning

A nice old water tower



We all decided since it was 11:30 that we could just eat our lunch as we drove without having to stop again. We would be good for fuel so unless Bob needed it, we won’t have to pull off for that either. The temperature has been up and down just as the elevation has. We left Quail Ridge at 4,500’ and were soon skimming along at 450’. Over the next couple of hours, we were bouncing from 270' to 725' at the pass just before entering Yuma. Such beautiful views along here. Yuma elevation is 141' so we should experience warm weather this week.

Yup, we'll be there soon

These two pictures are for our friend, Keith

Just on the edge of Yuma - the dunes are waiting for you!
As it turned out, by 1:30 we got a message from Jo-Anne that they needed fuel so pulled off at a Chevron near Tiacoma. The prices aren’t very good for fuel here so we can only hope they improve in Yuma. $2.97/gal for regular gas and $3.12 for diesel. That’s ridiculous and that isn’t even the most expensive. 

And we've entered the land of agriculture
Within 40 minutes of stopping, we took the exit off I-8 onto Fortuna Rd. to the north and then west on Hwy 95. Turning right onto Laguna we soon came to Yuma Lakes RV Resort where we arrived at 2:45.  This is a Coast to Coast membership park so $10/night, full hookups. It was now a mild, still cloudy 64F.

Turning towards the park, and our friends are right behind us
After getting set up, side by side, Bill got the satellite dish out to see how well we could find a signal. As it turned out, we only got one yellow bar, reading 77 again but it was enough to get the channels we needed. Jo-Anne brought our movie binder back over and they are hoping to use their antenna. I slipped on a light sweater and took a walk around the park before it got dark. It was spring of 2018 when we were here last so I’m happy to be here for another short time.

This is a nice park and we were welcomed by a great host

Our sites back in the new area
I told Bill that I needed to do my ‘ritual’ walk, something I like to do every time we enter a park. New park or not, I like to refresh my memory of what is here, where things are and familiarize myself with things we may need. First, I found the hot tub and pool, I’ll need that for sure! 


I walked into the clubhouse where the puzzles (there was a new 2000 pc. puzzle spread out on one table and a 1500 pc. puzzle ¾ done on another) and the books were. This is where free internet access would be also.


One room of the clubhouse
The puzzle/book room had occupants so I didn't get a picture yet
Shuffleboard
We are quite a way back from all of this stuff but you know that I don’t mind the walk. Back home, Bill was having a rum and Coke so I poured myself an iced coffee made with Rum Chiata and real cream. Oh my, good thing I added ice to it or I would be flat out! I drank it slowly and at 6 got Madame IP out to warm up the meatloaf. We had mixed vegetables as a side and required no dessert. There is ice cream if we chose later for a nibble.


And overhead, I spotted this
After dishes, I finished downloading my blog post and we sat and watched some television together. I might have opened my book a couple of times too before I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. This was a nice move day and we did hear that our friends’, Kim and Ken, have arrived safely at their new destination too. That is their story to tell. We are settled here for a week and that will give me time to experience the pool and some activities.

And even after a cloudy day
there was a pretty sunset

And clouds can make for a lovely sky
Good night from Yuma, AZ
One of our favourite places to be

I hope you have also enjoyed your day. Thank you for stopping by.