Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Coming Down, Mansion Tour, Johnny on the Spot, Burger Night

Pilot Knob RV Resort, Winterhaven, CA
I woke up on Friday Feb. 21st and Bill was already up again. I guess I’m sleeping really well as I didn’t hear him get out of bed. Mind you, he doesn’t have to maneuver around the bed like I do so doesn’t spend quite as much time in the room as I do either. Bless his heart for not waking me though. It was just after 6:30 when I joined him downstairs and he informed me that he’d been up for over half hour.

We went for our walk after reading blog posts and it was another beautiful 64F morning with less wind than yesterday. When we returned home, I had my tea and then we drove back to the blm area to get a tour of the Mansion and say goodbye to our good friends. The Kays are leaving the area this morning, heading further east slowly before really hitting the highways towards Tennessee.

A different kind of sky was offered this morning
Still very pretty
They are loving their new Sundance rv a lot and Bill was able to shed a little light on a couple of things that Ken was not aware of. We hugged goodbye, snapped a picture of each other and drove home. I had a date with the ladies at the clubhouse for Poker pool. Just two more games before we leave so I really didn’t want to miss it. Barb, who usually leads it, was absent. She and Gordon left early for his appointment in Phoenix (we think) for a pacemaker. We all pray that goes well.

Lord and Lady Kay, Mansion owners
And what a beautiful mansion it is!
Thank you for the tour!
I had even more successes today at pool, actually aiming AND hitting more balls in the pockets. I still was no where near winning but I’m getting better each week! 😊 Just in time to leave the game for a number of months. LOL. When I walked in to the clubhouse, I saw a FedEx truck pulling away and there was our new toilet! I texted Bill and he was up right away to pick it up. That is great service, we ordered it on the 17th. Yay!

The new toilet was installed by the time I returned
Before I started playing though, a bit of unfortunate news about Mom set me off. It isn’t serious at this stage but the centre where she is living has to inform us (Donna) of any changes. She is deteriorating, without going into details. If you are looking for someone to pray for, we’re hoping she holds on until her children can all get home. I keep saying she is 94 but she won’t be until April. I hope she can celebrate one more birthday, at least. Mom has surprised us before with her strength. 

So, we drove into Yuma for supper
Back home, after the games, I checked out the new shiny white loo and then made us omelette sandwiches. Mine was in a tortilla flat and Bill’s on a toasted bun. I could only eat half. The other half is for tomorrow. With my appetite, sometimes I think I should be dropping weight. Hahahaha.  We took care of dishes and Bill stretched out in his chair. I changed into my bathing suit. Do I feel like the pool today? Not sure. Maybe I’ll just stretch out in my lounge chair here at home. That is exactly what I did.

I sat outside and finished my book before coming in for a few minutes with Bill. Once again, I’m sure I dozed out there and the clouds had pretty much covered the sky by the time I moved indoors. At 2:30 we put our cooler of drinks together (sounds like an ordeal but we really only take 1 alcoholic drink at most and then a pop or water) and carried the chairs to the Wilson’s. Keith and Doug joined us. No puppies today for Happy Hour.

Sorry for the blur
Look at those happy kids
At 5, we went our respective ways and since Bill and Doug each have an item that won’t be used, they swapped out. We got a surge protector for 30 amp out of the deal and Doug got a 50 to 30-amp power cord. We’re all happy! I got washed up first while Bill walked over to the White Lion and when he returned, he did the same. Trying to get a little spiffed up even though we’re just going to a burger joint for supper. We don’t eat out a lot so when we do, it is nice to spruce it up a bit.

After supper, walking to the truck
Lucky for you, no food picture (I forgot)
Another pretty sky
At 5:45 we drove to pick Kim, Ken and Keith up. Usually we partake in burgers at the clubhouse on Friday night but since they aren’t serving food here for the remainder of the season, we’ll find them elsewhere. Five Guys is a popular fast food place here so we’ll check it out. It will be far from a $5 meal but a treat all the same. 
We placed our orders, surprised to see no combo deals offered and Bill and I ordered way too many fries. Next time we’ll order a medium to split. It was all very good though.

Bill took the scenic route home, which you usually say when you get lost, but in this case, we hit the closed road and had to take a detour to get back on the hwy. Meanwhile, the western sky was keeping me entertained. We were home by 7:30 after dropping everyone off and picking up our deceased ‘john’. Bill put it onto the back of the truck and we drove it up to the dumpster. Luckily, there was room inside one of the bins as most were full to the brim.

Back home, we relaxed for the evening. I finished my post and then sat with Bill. He was working hard at finishing Cross Country, the J.P. book he’s been reading. I finished The Blind Assassin today so can now move on to another one from the cupboard. J.A. Jance’s Trial by Fire is one written about this area so it should be a good read. Tomorrow morning, Kim and I are popping over to see and get a tour of the White Lion. We heard at Happy Hour that Doug and Yuma are moving on in the morning.

Disposing of the john
Good night y'all!

This was a good day. Some busy-ness, some relaxing and some good food with friends. I hope you enjoyed yours too.

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Busy Thursday, The Gang is Together Again

Pilot Knob RV Resort, Winterhaven, CA
Thursday, Feb. 20th we weren’t in too big of a rush getting up. It was close to 7 when we did. I thought Bill would be walking with me so I waited but after 7:30, he indicated that he didn't feel like it. No problem, off I went. It was a mild 64F/18C this morning already and the winds were between 7 – 15 mph. I didn’t need to layer up this morning but perhaps a ball cap would have kept my hair in place.

Jim, on the corner, makes these yard displays

It wasn't until after I took this picture that I noticed the flag
Don't shoot the photographer
 I did a mile and a half today and had thought if Oreo was out, that I would ask Keith if I could take her for a walk through the gate and into the desert. She wasn’t out so that thought was abandoned. Back home, I had my tea and Bill was getting washed up for the day. His car model is coming along nicely and every so often, he adds something else to it. While I drank my tea, he did a bit more. At 9:15, I asked him about bocce ball and yes, he was going to play.

The wind had the clubhouse flags blowing straight to the south
We wanted to take a drive back to Pilot Knob’s blm behind and west of us so only played until 10:45. I did well today, my first two games were winners. I had good partners and we had a lot of help from members not on our team! There were only enough players for one court today with about 4 spare players. Gordon does well, making sure everyone plays at least every other game and sometimes, twice in a row.

It's an interesting sky today, this is looking east towards the LTVA area behind Pilot Knob

The Kay Mansion was alone, we'll have to come back for our tour
Bill and I walked back and hopped in Black Beauty. We took a chance, drove back to the free area and saw the Mansion but no Ken and Shirley. They didn’t know we were coming and the unexpected tour/visit didn’t pan out. Maybe early tomorrow before they leave it will work out. We returned home and each had a bowl of oatmeal. I had some crushed walnuts and cottage cheese with mine so it would sustain me for longer. Then, I texted Kim that we were ready.

A busy parking lot at the market
 They invited us along to the Arizona Market. Bill needs some t-shirts so we’ll have a look and see what we can find. He likes the plain ones, preferably with a pocket and naturally, a good deal. I’m not looking for anything in particular – at least until we return to Hobby Lobby. That’s what I’m saving my $$ for. We were picked up at 12 noon and Ken headed to the market. ‘To market, to market, to buy a fat pig’ – well, I got a similar reaction when I sang it to the other 3 too.

Bill and Ken leading the way inside
We’ve never gone in the afternoon so shouldn't have been surprised that the parking lot was very full and there were many people in every booth and walkway. It didn’t interfere with our shopping. 

Nice t-shirt colours for Bill
Bill and I first found him some t-shirts at a great price and then Kim and I went on the hunt for some new tops for her wardrobe. I tried a few on too but I wasn’t really needing tops. 

$5 each and the red pair are lined for those cooler nights/days
I did, however, pick up 2 pair of leggings at $5 each. 😊

Happy Hour pictures at our place

Bill took the time to get pictures from all angles
so I didn't want to leave one out
He got everyone at a head on view in one of these
 We headed back home and arrived in the park around 2:30. We had invited the winter 'gang’ for Happy Hour today at our site so I swept the leaves off the patio mat and moved our chairs and tables into the shaded area here. Dave and Cheryl arrived first, then Kim and Ken. Ken and Shirley pulled up followed by Doug and Yuma, then Keith rode up on his bike. We were all here together again. Last time was at Quartzsite, so it was due time!

Everyone but himself, so I did that one
Look at these beautiful clouds
Conversations flowed, in groups of two, threes, fours and between all 9 of us. We parted ways with hugs for those whom we don’t expect to see again and all our guests left by 5:30. What a beautiful night this is and even though the clouds moved over the sky, those clouds were going to put on a lovely display after sunset. Bill had picked up a New York steak for his supper one night so I prepared a potato to bake as well. He lit the Weber Q.

Bill's steak and baked potato

My shrimp and salad
I only ate half the shrimp and saved half for another night
My supper was the last of the popcorn shrimp which I did in Rosy, the air fryer, with Caesar salad and we both enjoyed our meals. You could say we had surf and turf but other than Bill cutting me off a small portion of his steak, it never went beyond that. 

We cleared the dishes and watched more pre-recorded programs during the evening. I worked on my blog at the same time. First, NCIS, The Good Doctor and then FBI. We’ve had a great day, and a full day.

No words can do it justice either
other than
'Good night'

Thank you for stopping by to see what we did.