Friday, March 13, 2015

Parties and a Float Trip down the Colorado

Our time is growing short here in Yuma!  Our last dinner/dance is coming up this weekend.  It is also our neighbors Birthday so I'm going to be baking cupcakes today to add to the celebration on Saturday. 

I've been teaching watercolor classes here at the park and yesterday my students surprised me with a little gift!  A big ole bottle of Patron....HA!  They know me so well!  I'm gonna miss those girls.

Sunday a bunch of us are doing a float trip down the Colorado River.  I've floated down the Tippecanoe back home in Indiana, but the Colorado will be a first for me.  We found a place here that rents out the tubes....including cooler tubes for our beverages!  We park our vehicles 'downstream' and then they will haul us by bus 'upstream' where our adventure will begin.  I think there is about 40 of us going and it is about a 2 to 3 hour float depending on how many 'stops' you make at the little beaches along the way.  I know we will have fun and it is going to be hot.....looking like the 90's on that day!

We also have a big 'farewell' party planned here on our little street.  Our street is lovingly known as "Rowdy Row".....and we plan on living up to that reputation at the farewell party!  Yes....I do believe my bottle of Patron will be making an appearance that day and you know there will be dancing in the street too!

We plan on pulling out of Yuma April 8th.  I thought we might head over to Disneyland, but our budget is a little deflated after putting on the rest of the window awnings and we had to purchase a new tire monitoring system.  So we have decided to spend a little time in Congress AZ at the Escapees park.   Then in early May we will head over to San Diego......meeting up with family.....and checking out the zoo! 

It has been a great winter here in Yuma, but I'm ready to move on.....

LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I will just let the photos do most of the talking.......

My Valentine's Dance Date.....no Billy wouldn't come....he is just not the 'party animal' I am....LOL!
Mardi Gras Bound......YUMA style!
Lots and lots of Jello shots!
Shrimp Boil Feast!
Dancing to the beat!
Going for the Gold.....as in Mardi Gras Gold coin......LOL!  Yeah, Billy stayed home again!

So that's how we 'party' here in Yuma!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Good News all round!

Most of you probably already know this.....but the hand is not broken!  Just a lot of bruising and some soft tissue damage, but it is healing nicely on its own!  I'm even back to playing bumbee ball!  YAY!!

Now for an update on the Cosmo Boy.  We ordered him a set of wheels and y'all should see our boy go.....Here are a couple of photos

He really is doing fabulous!  Still has some use of his back legs, but a doggie physical therapist suggested it was time for the cart.  So happy we made the decision to order one for him.  We have no idea how much time we have left with our sweet boy, but we are determined that he have the best life ever!  We ordered this hot rod cart from a place called Eddie's Wheels.  Very caring and supporting folks....I highly recommend them to anyone in a similar situation.  We are back to taking walks and playing in the doggie park.  Cosmo is one popular pup here at the RV park.....ya just gotta love that face!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Made it through the Holidays!

Very busy during the holiday season this year......lots of parties and dancing....had a blast! 

We have had several days of 'winter' weather here in Yuma, temps dipping into the 30's at night...brrrrrrr.  Of course that is when our furnace and our portable fireplace decided to go belly up!  Yup...both at almost the same time.  The fireplace was a loss, but Billy was able to buy and replace the circuit board in the furnace.  It took a few days....and we were a bit chilly here in the fiver, but we are all toasty warm now.  Things are looking up though and temps are climbing back into the mid to high 70's.

I've had a little mishap....many of you know I love to play a sport here in Yuma called Bumbe Ball....kinda a cross between tennis and volleyball.  We play it on the tennis court with rackets and a larger, softer ball.  There can be up to 5 people a side which makes it a really fun time....until you make a bad decision and go after a ball you should have let go on by.  Then something like this happens......
They can't tell if it is broken as of yet....too much swelling.  I go back for more x-rays on the 13th.  Hoping it is just a bad sprain....I can still move my fingers and thumb, but there is a lot of bruising and swelling...so who knows!  Of course, it is my right hand and I am right handed.

Right before my little mishap...I agreed to teach a watercolor class here in the rv park.  Yup...I'm still gonna teach.  Met with all my students yesterday and everyone is game to continue even though 'teacher' may have to learn to demo with her left hand!

Cosmo update for those of you that follow along....you remember he is our wire fox terrier with the neurological problem.  Sadly he is slowly loosing mobility in his hind legs.  We were very fortunate that one of our friends here in the park has a daughter who practices animal physical therapy.  She came for a visit over the holidays and suggested it might be time for Cosmo to be fitted for a wheel cart to assist him.  So.....we have one ordered and should be here sometime late January.  I'll post some photos...we sure hope he adjust to it because it will make his life and ours so much easier.  She also showed me some exercise to do with him to help keep his joints and muscles a bit stronger.  What a blessing for her to share all this with us!

All righty then....I think I've worn myself out typing on the keyboard for now.....

Have a great day!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Yuma Site....fun and sun!

Here is the first photo with my new camera......
Thought you might enjoying seeing our site here in Yuma.  We happen to be on a corner lot this year which is really nice.  Only a short walk away from the office, pool, and tennis courts.  Perfect!

I think I mentioned last post that Pro Shade was coming out to measure for some new sun shades.  If ya look close...you will see that we added shade awnings to two windows and had shade covers made for the two side windows on the slide as well as a large window just behind the slide out.  We love them so much that we are going to have the back window and the windows on the other side done before we leave in the Spring.

Once again...it has been busy here.  Last Friday was another dinner/dance with a fabulous band...Bill even got up and danced!  Then on Saturday we headed over to a BBQ rib fest at a local high school.  Dang the food was good!  Upcoming we have the annual nighttime Christmas parade here at the park.  This year the line dancers (me included) will be strutting our stuff around the park!  Oh...almost forgot we also went to a   'glow' event.  Basically a bunch of hot air balloons get together and fire up their balloons for charity...then there are fireworks.  Pretty neat!

I've been learning to play a few new games too....one of which is card bingo.  I was the big winner last week....$31 dollars!

And last...but not least...take a look at these beauties......
 Have not had a pair of cowgirl boots for a long time......but I just had to have these!   Once again ....."life is Goode"!



Monday, November 17, 2014

An apology....

Just wanted to drop a quick post and let you know I was forced to turn my comment moderation back on today.  I apologize for that....I hate to do it, but I've got a cyber stalker who has been leaving unpleasant comments here and I just won't allow his poison to be spread on my blog.  So, for the time being....all comments will go to my email (which I check at least once a day) before they are published. 

On a happier note.....went to the dance last Saturday and had a great time.  It was a small crowd as a lot of the snowbirds have not arrived here yet, but we sure did have fun.  The menu was chili, cornbread, and for dessert....apple dumplings.  It all was scrumptious!  The band was fair....not enough rock-n-roll for me....but I still manage to dance the night away.

My new camera has arrived....unfortunately my hubby ordered the wrong memory card so I can't take any photos yet.  It was an easy mistake to make...he assumed this camera would take the same type of card as my old one....but nope!  The new card will be here Thursday.  I've been using the time to become familiar with all the new 'bells and whistles' this camera has to offer.  There are a lot of new features.....which I love....more control over the settings and easier to access during a shoot.  It came with an awesome CD that explains it all.....I hate wading through manuals....the CD makes it so much faster and easier to understand.  I'll be sharing some photos just as soon as I can!!

Yesterday, Sunday, the weather took a turn.  We had high winds all day and barely got into the 70's, but things are much calmer today and I believe the temps will begin to climb back into the high 70's for the week.

The gang here is heading to Mexico on Tuesday, but we will not be crossing.  I'm still waiting on my new passport.  We also made an appointment with Pro Shade to come out and measure our windows.  Several folks here in the rv park have used them and they do a great job at a reasonable price.  I think we are going to have a shade awning made for our kitchen window and then a shade cover for our large back window. 

That's about all my news for now.....y'all take care and party on!!!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yuma!

We arrived in Yuma on November the 8th.  A lot of our friends are already here so there were lots of smiling faces and hugs to greet us!  Awesome!  They even had us over for dinner later that evening...which was delicious!

I've been playing 'bumbee ball' (a game similar to tennis), bike riding, lounging by the pool, and...of course.....happy hours almost every evening.  Temps have been in the mid to high 80's and plenty of sunshine!  Another big perk....we found out we could hook up to DSL via a phone line for around 30 bucks a month.  We will suspend our Verizon wifi for the duration of our stay....a savings of about 70 bucks each month....liking that! 

Ordered my new camera....a Canon 7D with a EFS 18/135 lens....it should arrive Friday.  I also need to replace my telephoto lens, but gonna have to wait a bit on that one.  Unfortunately our Progressive Insurance policy will not be covering our loss....due to the fact that the truck and trailer were not parked on the same property at the time of the theft.  We have been with Progressive since 2004...never made a claim....and this is the thanks we get.  We thought we had good coverage....we certainly were paying enough....so we will be taking a look at what other insurance companies have to offer for full timers. 

On a happier note....I was able to deliver the finished pet portrait of 'Buster' to its owner.  She loved it and has been 'showing it off' to everyone.  As a result, I already have another commission.  I"m hoping to get a few more while we are here so I can afford to replace my telephoto camera lens.

While we were in Tucson...at the Lazy Days....we also took a look at several motor homes.  We both came to the realization on just how difficult it was going to be to please us both.  Bill has a certain engine in mind and that is proving difficult to find.  But..we have not given up and will keep looking.  One thing we did learn was not to sell the house until we buy the motor home.  We will need financing and apparently the banks are much more willing to lend on an RV if you also own a 'stick and brick' house of some kind.  So, we plan to keep looking until we are ready to put the house on the market (in about 2 yrs) at that point we will have to re evaluate our needs and make a final decision.

Now...back to the FUN!  The park is having its first dinner/dance this weekend and I'm so gonna dance the night away!!!