Friday, February 24, 2017

My Kind of Day, Arizona Market, Surprise Birthday Lunch at Lin’s

Friday, Feb. 24th at Pilot Knob RV Resort, California. Man, I have a great feeling about today. It isn’t because it is Friday, I don’t crave Fridays anymore. It is just a beautiful sunny day with no wind and I feel on top of the world for some reason. Oh yah, being retired and being with my sweetie down here in the southwest might have something to do with it.

We were up at 7 and instead of catching a sunrise, I caught 3 empty washers at the Laundry building. At that time of the morning, we weren’t concerned about using 3 instead of the stipulated “2 washers per person please”. After all, there were two of us. We were overdue for doing laundry so had lots to catch up on.

Great price, $1.25/washer and dryer
When the wash was done around 9 we came back and had bacon and eggs on the Weber Q. We haven’t had them for a couple of days for one reason or another and they tasted great! Today we are meeting our friends, conveniently, at Lin’s at 1 pm to celebrate our friends’ birthdays. The honourees don’t know about it.
One of our birthday gals
Happy Birthday, Pat!
I had a shower after dishes and took Clemson for a walk. Something else overdue, he doesn’t get one every day and I feel bad when I miss a couple of days in a row. Terrible Mom, eh? While we were gone, Bill got his shower and then we were ready to head out at 11. Clemson was put in charge of looking after the house, a job he takes on willingly because he gets his treat.
Our cutie guard dog

I'm sure this is scary to you
So, we drove to the Arizona Market first and it was a busy place. We both like this market, if you are looking for something you have a really good chance of finding it here. Keep in mind that it is a flea market though if you go looking for a birthday card, you won’t find it. J

Just some views from in front of our site
I won’t say what we were looking for but we found it without too much difficulty and only had to make one connection with someone back home. Not too bad! If that sounds convoluted, it is. It was meant to be. Just let it go. We bumped into George, Suzie, Bill and Barb. Bill and Barb were there to pick up a sunshade and we were all putting in time to meet up at Lin’s.

towards the office - a whole row of empty sites
Arriving at Lin’s at 10 to 1 we see Rob’s empty truck so we knew we could venture on in and seat ourselves with the birthday clan. The cat would be out of the bag by now. Hmm, can you say that when going into a Chinese restaurant to eat? LOL The buffet here is awesome. For $9.95 you get all you can eat and if you are over 62 you get 10% off that price. Bingo!

I think I went up 3 times but kept each plate to a minimum and walked out of there feeling very content, not over stuffed. At the same time, Bill and I knew, as did most of the others, that we wouldn’t need anything for supper tonight.

When we left the market restaurant, we stopped for diesel at Baron’s Fuels at a good price and hit a Walmart to buy the card I mentioned. I already had a perfect card for Pat.
Left front: PaT (birthday gal), Rob, George, Suzie
Left back: George, Rose, Bill and Bill
We met back at camp and joined together at Bill and Barb’s for Happy Hour. This was fitting since Bill and Barb are leaving tomorrow. Bill and Barb are from Rochester, NY (I think, sorry if I got that wrong). They met George and Suzie a few years back while camping at Lazy Lakes RV Park.
From left, Rose (birthday gal), my Bill, Barb's Bill, Suzie
The sun was great for a while but once it moved behind the tree, I was shaded and got cool very quickly. Shortly after 4:30 I’m afraid we broke up the gathering when we headed home. Last we heard, Rob, George and Rose were headed up for Texas Hold ’Em at the clubhouse tonight. Good luck!

Back home I settled in my recliner with my book. I’ll be finishing this one tonight! Bill tried reading but his eyes were too heavy and nap time took over. It is difficult starting a new book, especially when you are tired. I knew a catnap would do him good so I took my book to the bedroom and did my reading away from the sleeping sounds.

I didn’t take many pictures today at all but since I missed the sunrise this morning, I had to go down the road to get a snapshot of the sunset. 

 I hope you all had a great day today. It was a good one and I’m winding down quickly. Good food, good sun, reading and exercise and great friends do that to us. Oh and I did get my book finished!

Thank you for reading along, your comments are always welcome.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reflections, Oil Change, Solid Blue Sky Day, Pool Day

It is Thursday, Feb. 23rd in Pilot Knob RV Resort and this week is zipping by already. If we have learned one thing on this journey it is that the days don’t drag. You plan ahead to a point and try to experience as much as you can without cramming the days full. There is no need to do that when the BIG picture is to return every year to this same beautiful place.
I need to get up earlier in order to catch the sun from down the way with no obstructions

Our morning and afternoon frequent flyers with their identifiable cooing
When we left Borrego Springs desert, a place as wide open as the mouth of the Grand Canyon (although we have yet to see that) extending out to the Coyote and Santa Rosa mountains, and come to a ‘civilized, organized’ park like this you can’t help but miss the openness.
This was Borrego Springs, open desert right out to the mountains

We give up some things like privacy and gorgeous views where our Suite is parked for the benefit of having a continual source of water, power and access to sewer, laundry facilities a walk away, a swimming pool and hot tub and friends, 30 feet away.
I do love a pool and hot tub
Because Bill and I have paid into a membership that offers us free or almost free accommodations with these benefits, we want to be sure to take advantage of these parks. Otherwise, with no justification, we have tossed money away. 
On site laundry facilities
Our lives are full of decisions and we, singularly and as a couple, have made some very questionable ones, some not so good ones and some excellent ones. With just one winter down south drawing to a close, so far we feel the membership is a wise decision.

Putting solar panels on our unit was another good one for sure because we wanted to boondock out in the desert and in areas that do not offer services. Sometimes that means a Walmart, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, Flying J and even casino lots as we make our way south and then home again in the spring. These stays justify the solar panel decision as it provides us with power without a cord.

Our solar panels are working hard on a cloudy day in Quartzsite
So, here in the park today, it would be a perfect boondock day because from the minute I opened my eyes, there was nothing but blue sky and bright sun. Our goal while dry camping is to not have to use our Champion generator or at least as little as possible. We like our tv on occasional evenings so sun is important.

Today, Bill was up before 7, had a bite to eat for breakfast and was on the way into Yuma’s Ford dealership for an oil change. His truck told us on Tuesday that it was time. I was up before he left at 7:30 and gave him a small list of a few things to pick up at Albertson’s when he was on his way home. My tea tasted yeuchy this morning without creamer. You do get used to some things.

After he left, I read a couple of blog posts I’d missed last night and then went for my morning walk around the park. When I left, it was calm but when I returned and stopped to talk to George, the wind had picked up. Even more so once I had positioned my chair in our drive at the west end of the Suite to catch the sun’s rays. Now where did that wind come from?
A frequent occurrence at the park
Last night it really got windy and that was surprising after such a nice day. All of our friends have ventured off today and Bill and Barb have scheduled an RV wash company to come in and wash their fifth wheel. Since I knew I wasn’t going anywhere, Barb gave me the money to pay them if it happened before they returned.

Clemson and I sat in the sun for a good hour while I read my book. This time I’m into Lee Child’s TripWire and it is quite good. I need to step up the pace in order to catch up with Bill! I never thought I’d say those words!
Good thing he is a tiny man to fit into these small places
 One of the staff here is puttering around again (I talked to him in December while he trimmed the palms) and is behind our Suite trimming the Oleander bushes. There are white, pink and red ones in the park and some are starting to bloom.

And of note to my daughter, Bridgette, there is a White Oleander at the pool
The small man doing the work reminds me of Daddy, his quiet politeness, his manner, his smile. It is a painstaking job with bending and twisting in amongst brambly twigs. He asked me what time it was at one point, said his tummy was telling him it was coffee time. He’s good, it was 10:01.
He worked steady while I just lazed around
Bill arrived home at 11 ish and there I was sitting over at Rob and Pat’s. There is plenty of sun over there, facing south, and a shelter from the wind. The truck looks really clean and Bill said it was nice that Ford washed it for him, no charge. The oil change price was a nice surprise too and that is always good news!

We grabbed an early lunch, since I hadn’t eaten yet, I was a bit famished. A lettuce, ham, cheese tortilla roll up did the trick with some cottage cheese on the side. And then Bill thought it was snooze time for him and Clemmy so I went outside to read some more.
Learned today that this is an Australian Bottle Tree

And this is a Ficus (not sure of the spelling) I love the broad white trunk
When I came in I was in the mood for a swim so changed into my bathing suit and walked up to the pool with my book. The water was heated so although the outside air was cool I didn’t hesitate to get in. Three or four laps of the pool felt great and then 15 minutes in the hot tub chatting with another lady from Washington.

When I got out, I was nicely warmed and spread out on the cement on my towel to read. The lounge chairs are a nice option but they are old and the tubing on most is pretty uncomfortable, hence the cement proved to be a better option. I buzzed Bill on our walkie talkie when I left and he informed me that we were hosting Happy Hour.

The sun had moved to the western sky and most of us positioned our chairs to gain the most out of its warmth. There were 10 of us and it felt good conversing with everyone. We are all in the same frame of mind, enjoying this lifestyle here in the warm southwest states of Arizona and California. We all have stories to tell and things to laugh about.

Sam’s RV Wash came in today and washed and waxed Bill and Barb’s rv. They couldn’t have been happier with the job that was done. Sam’s was just setting up to start on George and Roseanne’s when we sat down to Happy Hour so we were able to watch them work.
George and Rosie toasting with tequila
By 5:30 we were chilled enough to call it a night and they were almost finished with the wax job on the Itasca coach. I think these boys work hard and do a great job. We wouldn’t hesitate to use their services from what we’ve seen today.

For supper, I had planned on pork ribs but to be honest, after 2 and a half hours sitting in the sun with friends and all of us helping George finish off his half bottle of Tequila, grilled cheese sandwiches sounds like a much better option.
We need to finish the bottle, guys!

The Happy gang at Happy Hour

George, our questionable influence! :) We love him anyway!
The bottle is M T!
Lordy oh Lordy, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t believe in living with regrets at this stage so once in a blue moon, it felt good to join our friends in a toast to this good life. Grilled cheese it is with Tillamook ice cream for dessert.
3 sandwiches on the Weber,

Woops! I ate half of it before taking a picture. They were perfect!
The night draws to a close and another day awaits us tomorrow. With this last picture of the day, our sunset from Pilot Knob, I bid you goodnight. I hope you had as much fun today as we did.

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