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Sat. May 16 to Fri. May 22- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We moved all day. We are still sleeping in the rig. In the afternoons we take the dogs with us, as we are putting items away. We are trying to get them used to the condo.

Sunday- We had a Zoom with Mary, Jackie, and Bob. I tried using my iPad to show them the condo, but I was not very good at it. I rarely use the camera on the iPad. More moving and the dogs came with us.

Monday- As part of our welcome package, AJ had a locksmith come in and re-key the condo. We gave a key to the lady next door, as the HOA wants a copy of a key for each condo. More moving.

Tuesday- I had a hair appointment scheduled for 10 AM. I had told Kathy that I wanted to be there when it was quiet. I wore my N95 from the hospital to the appt., keeping the mask tightly on my face.

At 1 PM, we had an appt. with Best Buy. The microwave door handle was broken and we had received a credit for this, so we purchased a new GE. The problem is, that the old microwave was too close to the stove. So we purchased a counter top. I am losing counter space, which I do not like. We also purchased a 50” TV. It is very nice. We also need a 43” TV, but BB was out of them. So we went to Spenser’s, a local store. They had one, and they loaded it into the car for us. We returned to the condo and unloaded.

Wednesday- Direct TV was scheduled for 8 to 12. They arrived around 9 AM. I had gone to an Estate Sale. The guy installed the satellite in the wrong spot and when I returned I made him change it. We hustled all day, and finally, we moved the bed over. We spent our first night in the condo.

Thursday-  We went to an Estate Sale, and got in line. As soon as we did, Bob rec’d a text that, Bob , the fix-it guy, who AJ had recommended, said he would be there soon. So I drove Bob back to the condo, dropped him off, and I went back to get in line for the Estate Sale. They were only letting in 10 people at a time, so someone had to leave for you to enter.

I picked up 3, containers for under the sinks.

Friday- We attend another Estate Sale. As Bob says, Sun City is God’s waiting room! There are usually a lot of Estate Sales.  We also stopped at an Estate Sale store, where they only take really nice stuff. We found a nice entertainment center. It’s price had been dropped 3x. Another couple was eyeing it, so we purchased it. They deliver it on Tuesday. We have had a busy week!

Sat May 9 to Fri. May 15- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We had another quiet day today. There is nothing going on in the park and of course with social distancing, we are staying home.

Sunday- We completed our Sunday chores. We had the Zoom with Jackie, Mary and Bob.

Monday- We drove over to Jim and Diane’s to visit. We visited on the patio, keeping more than 6 ft. distance from each of them. We borrowed Jim’s hedge clippers for Bob to clean up the back yard at the condo. We found out we are not closing on Wednesday, it will be Thursday, due to the Credit Union running behind.

Tuesday- Another quiet day for us. This quarantine is really boring! We found out we will be closing on Friday, again because the Credit Union is running behind. Here is a puzzle we completed. It was another difficult puzzle!

Horse puzzle

Wednesday- We had a golf cart procession, for a neighbor who passed away, of a heart attack. Her poor husband. They had just lost one of their schnauzers and then a few weeks later, Peggy, dropped dead. The family was there and they filmed the line as we went past. As we do not have a golf cart, we drove the car. Originally, we were going to ride our bikes, but we were really glad that we did not. The line was very long, and we would have been out in the open, behind other folks. There were 15 people on bikes though….

Paradise parade

Parradise parade 2

We had trouble trying to count the number of golf carts, cars, bikes and motorcycles in line. It was a nice thing to do anyway…

Thursday-  Same old, same old. Just waiting for closing…

Friday- Our closing was at 8 AM. AJ, ou agent met us at the title company. Everyone, except the Notary, was in masks. The sellers, signed the paperwork yesterday, so they were not there. It was just the 4 of us. We were done by 8:40. AJ wanted to know if we wanted to go to breakfast, but we had already eaten. We still could not enter the condo. I don’t know if it is a new national issue or an Arizona one, but the title has to be registered, before we get the keys. So we had to wait.

The registration was supposed to occur by 12. At 3 PM, I texted AJ to see if he had heard anything. He was on the phone at the time with the title company. There had been a mix up. They had emailed AJ, but he had not received the email. They had registered by noon, so we met AJ at the condo at 3:30. It was now ours. We took some items over and contacted some of the folks to do repairs we wanted completed.

Sat. May 2 to Fri. May8- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  Another quiet day for us.

Sunday-  We had the Zoom with our friends, Jackie and Bob Hoell and Mary Nachman.

Monday-  Now the news, we are purchasing a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Sun City. We will be selling the motor home, and moving into the condo. We will also be downsizing, to a smaller RV to travel with in the summers.

This had become our plan, but we thought we would do this in the future. We decided that now was a good time to start this plan. The condo is actually what is called a PUD, Public Urban Density. That basically means a condo, only we own the land under our unit, in a long row of single story condos, both the front and back door go to the outside.  There are only two actual condo buildings in Sun City.  This confused our Credit Union, and our realtor had to explain it to them and show them the Arizona PUD information.

We had decided not to say anything until we had the mortgage in place. That happened today.

Here are pictures:

Below is the living /dining room. The furniture now gone, except for the dining room set. The owners wanted $2500 for the furniture. We know we can do better at Estate Sales in this area, so we said no, but it was okay for them to leave anything they did not want.

Condo living room

The living room is larger than it looks…. below is another view of the living room looking at the front door….

Condo living room 2

Below, down the hall is the spare bedroom.

Condo spare bedroom

Hallway bath:

Condo hallway bath

Master Bath

Condo master bath

Below is the master bedroom. It is also bigger than it looks.  They took the bed, but left the 1970’s French Provincial bedside tables(2), dresser, and chest.

Condo Master bedroom

Past the master bedroom is the Arizona Room.  It is a nice size with storage.

Condo Arizona room

The other side of the Arizona Room,

Condo Arizona room 2

The back yard….

Condo back yard


Condo garage

Just realized I don’t have a great picture of the kitchen.

Condo KItchen

I had taken the picture during the Home Inspection. Bob is in the mask, watching everything the inspector is presenting.  This room below is the other part of where the table is located, in the prior picture.

TV room

They left us one of these Lazy-boys. Not both of them… Getting it cleaned when the rug cleaner comes. We are not sure how we are going to use this room.

Tuesday- Wednesday- Thursday- Friday, we spent our time waiting for everything to fall into place. Our usual days with social distancing.

Sat. Apr. 18 to Fri. Apr. 17-Sun City AZ

Saturday- More of the same. We are staying home, doing the puzzle, bike riding, and walking the dogs. I did check my lab work from a couple of weeks ago and it was all perfect!

Sunday-  We jumped out of bed, ate a quick breakfast, and ran to Walmart for groceries. We arrived just before 7 AM. They were open and not all that busy. Not all of the employees are wearing masks and neither were some of the customers. We wore ours. We also laughed at the folks who covered their mouths but not their noses. They shouldn’t even bother!

We returned home, cleaned the items, threw away the bags, washed our hands and took everything into the rig. We put it all away.  Bob took the sheets and towels to the laundry. I started some laundry in the rig. We did out usual budgeting and checked our accounts. The stimulus money came in, so we made a donation to the local food bank.

At 11, we went into my computer on Zoom and had a great conversation with friends Bob and Jackie Hoell in GA and Mary Nachman in VA.

We talked for over an hour. Everyone had a great time, so we decided to do it again next week.

We ate lunch, then worked on the puzzle again. When it became too hot in the rig, we moved outside to read in the shade. We are still eating dinner outside and we had BBQ’d some chicken. We finally finished the puzzle.

Dumbo puzzle

Monday-  Monday was a quiet day for us at home. We did not do a puzzle today, as the last one wore us out. Roxie started vomiting and having diarrhea. I called the Vet office and Dr. Chris answered the phone. He ordered a medication for her nausea. If this continues, we  may have to have an endoscopic done.

We took a nice nap in the afternoon.

Tuesday- Bob had his appointment for his lab work to be done at 7:15. So he was out the door early, and he was back by 7:45. He said that there was only 1 other guy there, when he arrived and 3 when he left. Usually this Quest is packed.

We did another puzzle. Both of us rode our bikes around the park. The temperature has been awesome, in the 80’s. We are spending as much time outside as we possibly can, while the weather is cool enough not to bake!

Both dogs are having diarrhea.Roxie has also vomited, again. We were just getting her situated, with 50/50 dog food. 50% chicken and rice, 50% commercial GI food. Sigh….

I called the Vet again. Since Koda is now having an issue, we decided that it might be a virus in the park. Sure enough, someone posted asking if other dogs had been sick. Dude had it last week. Dogs are off food until Thursday morning.

Wednesday-  We were off to Target, arriving just before 7AM, when they opened. We went to the back of the line. Everyone was standing 6 ft. apart and had masks on. The line moved in quickly and the staff sent us to the sanitized carts. It was very well organized. We followed the crowd, still staying 6 ft. apart, to the toilet paper line. We had to stop and wait, as there was an employee directing us. I went to get some makeup pads, while Bob stayed in line. When I returned, Bob went to get some Rolaids. I turned onto the aisle, and there were dozens of 32 oz. bottles of sanitizer. There was no toilet paper or paper towels. Thank goodness there was the sanitizer, as we were running out. It was one per person, so I grabbed 2 bottles. One for us and one to share. We were there for our low fat cheddar cheese. There was hardly any cheese at all. Bob never did find he Rolaids. They did not have any of those. We went to the vegetables, and were able to find cucumbers ( we could not find them the other day). There was no romaine lettuce, that we usually buy un-bagged. They had a few bags of romaine and spinach, so we bought one of each for our salads. We also bought more tomatoes.

We went to toys and found a puzzle to bring home with us. It is 550 pieces, and we will donate it to the park, once it is completed.

The workers were waiting for us to check out. We did and returned home. Everything went straight to the patio table, we wiped them with sanitizer, then went into the rig, washing our hands, of course. We stated the next puzzle, which only took us about 2 hours.

We ate lunch, then I went to my LAST surgeon appointment. Yea, I am released to do anything. My current issue is now I have planar fasciitis in the right foot, probably from all that hopping on my right foot. So the Doc gave me a sample of the diclofenac sodium. I have had to fight with my insurance company to get the 1%. He gave me a box of samples of the 2%. I came home, did the new exercise he gave me, and put some on. The right heel stopped hurting. Yeah!

By this time, the temp was 91 degrees. It was still pretty nice in the shade, so we took the dogs outside and sat for awhile, ready our books. We fed Koda this evening. We gave Roxie a lot of chicken broth to make sure she remains hydrated.

Thursday-  Roxie started back on food this morning. No issue with Koda having problems anymore. We are to work Roxie back to the 50/50 by Monday. Dr Chris will be back in the office on Sunday. The office is actually open 7 days a week, fortunately.

The temperature is going to start to skyrocket today. Its been in the 80’s and now going to high 90’s then triple digits starting on the weekend. We started the air conditioner when it reached 76 degrees inside, to try to keep ahead of the heat.

I did Bob’s hair (shaved to 1/4 inch) and I had ridden my bike at 7 this morning. Lots of other people out at the same time.

Friday-  Another quiet day for us. I rode my bike at 6:45 and the temp was 68 degrees. I also do my PT exercises every day. We stayed inside most of the day, as the temp reached 99.

Sat Apr. 11 to Fri. Apr. Sun City AZ

Saturday- A quiet day for us at home. We ride our bikes, sit out with the dogs, and do a jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle took us 1.5 hours. Very easy with only 300 pieces.  Not much to report on our staying at home!

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks. We started a 750 piece puzzle.  Another quiet day.

Monday- We just stayed at home. We worked on the puzzle. This is a very hard one. It is a Disney/Thomas Kincaid with lots of colors and small items like hands and feet.

We take breaks and sit outside reading or riding our bikes.

Tuesday- More of the same. Bob decided that we needed to change Roxie over to the GI diet dog food. He spent much of the day trying to find samples of it. He never did. He had called the Vet office and they sent us a prescription for the food.

Wednesday- Bob found an 8 lb. bag of the dog food at Petsmart, so he called them. They said he had to enter the store with the prescription. When he entered the store, they sent him to Banfield, the vet office in Petsmart. He gave them the prescription and they gave him a ticket for the food. Then he had to go pay and bring the food home. Seemed silly to us, but it must be some law about prescription foods. Now the question was would Roxie eat it? Thank goodness that she did. Petsmart was not taking returns right now, and of course this bag cost $42. So Bob started her on the food in small amounts. We are moving her over to the new food over a two week period.

The rest of the day was quiet.

Thursday- Another quiet day for us. We are eating outside on our patio table, since the table inside has the puzzle. We are still working on the same puzzle. We keep swearing that there are pieces missing!

Donna had surgery today. I set her a text to check on her. They did her other leg two weeks ago. This time they did more on her leg, opening other arteries. As a result, she is more swollen and more bruised. She also has pain this time.  I am trying to keep her cheered up.

Friday-  More puzzle, riding out bikes, sitting outside and doing the puzzle. Bob signed up for a virtual beer tasting. So he spent time looking at the various beers and then ran to Total Wine and Beverage to pick some of them up.

Sat Apr. 4 to Fri. Apr. 10- Sun City AZ Sheltered in place

Saturday-  We stayed home as directed. At least the weather has been awesome, with temps in the 80’s. We have been able to sit outside every day. We have had all the windows open and enjoying the fresh air. .

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob said that there was only one other person in the laundry room. He wore his mask and gloves. He also washed his hands as soon as he entered the rig. I worked on making some cards. We sat outside with the dogs in the afternoon.

Monday-  We were at Walmart at 7 am. They were already open and people were leaving with toilet paper and paper towels. LOL. We had to walk down to the other entrance at the pharmacy to enter the Disney type line, to enter thru the grocery entrance. 

More people there than last Sunday. We raced through, wearing our masks, returned to the car, and cleaned hands, etc. We arrived back home and put everything out on the patio table to clean it prior to taking it into the rig. Then we went in, washed hands and took everything in to put the items away. The Arizona peak is scheduled for April 18 to 23, so we purchased enough for at least 2 weeks.

At 9:30  we went to Costco to get in line there. There was no line! They were already open and not many people there. We do not go to the senior hours, on Tues and Thur. Most people, here, are seniors and those hours are the really, and I do mean REALLY, busy hours. Much better not to go then. 

We raced through Costco. You might have seen the picture that Bob posted on FB, showing all the paper towels, stacked in the entrance aisles. I commented to the worker that was a lot of paper towels. She said they would be gone soon! They are limiting how many you can take as well has how many folks can enter on a card.

We ran past the Library and dropped off the books we have been reading. I had finally finished the last one. The Library is not open, but from 9-5, you can use the drive by drop off container.

We returned home, cleaned the Costco items, cleaned the car, again, washed hands and relaxed.

At 2, I had a Doctor’s appointment. I arrived, walked in and let them know that I was there, then returned to the car. The Doc came and got me when he was ready.

I returned home, and stopped at the mail room to pick up Bob’s medications, which should have been delivered. We sat outside and had a quiet evening.

Tuesday-  Bob did some of his tasks around the rig. I made some masks. The first ones did not work out, but I eventually got them right. Another quiet day, sitting outside in the afternoon with temps in the 80’s.

Bob had gone to the mail room to pick up his meds that the email from USPS said had arrived. They were not there. Birdy, who runs the mail room, said that they might be delivered tomorrow. They might have accidently put the meds back on the truck.

When he returned, they were stuffed in the door handle. I did not even notice that they had arrived. Up the street from us, there are other Gray’s. The wife is the daughter of the folks across the street from us. She must have received them. We pass mail back and forth all the time!

Wednesday- The weather started out nice today, but the temp dropped during the day, to the low 70’s,  as the clouds rolled over us. The wind picked up, with gusts to 30 mph, at times. Glad of the winds, as it will clear out the pollution. Being in a valley, ( the Valley of the Sun), the pollution tends to get caught up by the ring of mountains.

So we stayed inside. Bob rode his bike up to the mail room and checked on the table in front of the card room entrance. People are leaving books and puzzles. We are looking for a small puzzle to complete. They only had a 1000 piece puzzle, which would be too big for our table.

We ordered a pizza for dinner from Streets of New York. Bob went and picked it up.

Thursday-  Today is our 32 wedding anniversary. Wow, has the time flown! Off the diets for the day, and we ordered out. We have not been doing this. We really had a nice time. Lunch was Café Zupas and dinner was Texas Roadhouse.

Friday- Another quiet day for us. We have puzzles that we are completing.

Sat. Mar. 28 to Fri. Apr. 4- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We were up early and raced to set up for the park’s patio sale. Everyone was keeping the 6 ft. distance, but still out shopping. We did fairly well with the sale. Once it was done, Bob took most everything that was leftover to Goodwill and dropped it off

I took pictures of the cactus blooming across the street from us.


Cactus bloom 2

We had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Sunday-  We ran to Walmart at 7 AM when they opened. It was more busy than I thought. We did our usual Sunday tasks, including Bob going to the laundry.

Monday-  Another 6 ft. distancing day!  Our TV developed an issue.  It was 2 weeks over the 90 day warranty that Costco gives. We do have an extended warranty on the TV. What had died, was the ability to go on the internet. We could get Netflix for some reason, but not any other of the channels we stream, and for which we pay!

As you can imagine, we tried everything to figure out what was wrong, of course, starting with rebooting everything. Bob spend 2 hours on the phone with TCL, the TV manufacturer. Finally the gal said to return the TV to the factory settings, and Bob did that. Now we could not even get Netflix! So she told him to call Roku, since it is a Roku system TV. He did and they are not doing any phone or online servicing. We tried to call Costco about the extended warranty, but no one answered the phone. Talk about frustrating!!

So we packed the TV up, and took it back to Costco.The employee said it was over the 90 day return warranty, so there was nothing that she could do…. I begged, pointing out that it was 2 weeks outside the warranty,  and the gal took care of us. She refunded the cost of the TV AND the cost of the extended warranty. 

We purchased a Samsung TV, that is not Roku, and another extended warranty.

Tuesday- Another 6 ft. distancing day! Now Bob had to put the TV together. Last night he just leaned it up against the wall mount as we were both tired. So this morning, he went to put it on the wall mount. Last night he had found that he needed longer screws for this TV. So he ran to Ace, then True Value to get them. He returned and discovered that the holes on the wall mount were smaller than the screws needs for the TV. So he called Allen, for the right size drill bit, and he biked over to get the drill bit.

He drilled the holes a little bit bigger and put the TV up. Now he started to work on adding the streaming channels. Everything came on except CBS All Access. We have a subscription so we can watch Picard and The Good Fight. We both tried to work on it, but became so frustrated, we stopped.

Wednesday- WAHOO! Today was the day that I could take off my ankle brace! I have been wearing some shoes that are pretty worn out, but I did not want to stretch out my other shoes, so it was the first day I could wear the other pair of New Balance.

I had my blood drawn this morning. It was my usual blood draw, no virus symptoms. We have to make appointments for our blood draws, at the local facility Sonora Quest, so I had my appointment set up months ago. When I arrived there was no one in the waiting room. One lady left and one came in just as I was being called in for the draw. I wore a mask the whole time.

Another 6 ft. distancing day! I walked around the block with the dogs. I rode my bike for the first time since November. It felt so good!

Thursday- Another 6 ft. distancing day! We were able to sit outside in the nice weather in the afternoon! Roxie has been going bonkers licking her vulva. So I had made an appointment with the Vet for 5 pm. I took her, as Bob had done the last two visits. You call, once you park, and the Vet office sends a tech out to get your information and the dog. She took Roxie in. She has been stopping to lick every time she voids, so we thought she might have a urinary tract infection. So they checked her vulva, and it had no issues. They did a urinalysis, which was negative. So he decided it was allergies, again, so more allergy pills. He says it should take 48 to 72 hours to work. If it doesn’t, then we are to call and they can give her the allergy shot. 

Bob called CBS All Access to find out how we can put it on the new TV.  They said that our model is not compatible with  CBS All Access. So we are just going to watch the shows on the iPad. I walked the dogs around the block again. Bike riding again. I am slowly adding my exercise. I still do my PT exercises every morning, but no longer in the evening, per discharge instructions.

Friday- Another 6 ft. distancing day! We were able to sit outside in the nice weather in the afternoon! Roxie is still licking.  Bike riding again!

Sat. Mar. 21 to Fri. Mar. 27- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  Our floor fan stopped working. I use it when doing my PT exercises. Bob looked online and Lowes had the most fans. So after coffee and my exercises we went to Lowes. The entire time that we were there, they were announcing that they were concerned about us, stay 6 feet apart, yet, they had no wipes for the cart. We forgot to bring some in from the car, so once we were thru shopping ,we wiped everything down, including the car.

The fan is smaller than the previous one, but it seems to put out the same amount of air. We like the smaller, as it fit better where we usually keep it….

At 2, everyone in our group came over to our patio for a social time. Yes, we stayed away from each other. They brought their chairs, drinks and Dude ( the pug) attended. We had a nice time for about 2 hours. Donna arrived late and so did Mike, but that was okay. Allen had gone to the Vegetable truck. He purchased 7 lbs.  of roma tomatoes for $12. So we gave them $2 for some tomatoes. He is going to try to go each week and we will split up from fresh veggies. Each week is different. The truck has what is left over from deliveries. They are not great, but they do taste good and the price is good!


This week is a free Showtime week, so we have recorded a bunch of movies to watch. This may just be a Direct TV special…

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. A quiet day at home, other than Bob going to the park laundry for the sheets and towels.

Monday- I had PT at 9:30. More people there today. All of 8 folks!  I clean my hands between each exercise. Zack asked if I had been out of the country or was sick. I told him I went to China for some Chinese food. He said he hope I enjoyed the bat! They have to ask each time!

I ran back home, we ate lunch and I had a quiet afternoon and evening watching movies we have recorded off Showtime. Bob had a 12:45 doctors appointment.

Tuesday- AT 7:30 we ran to Walmart to grocery shop. We both wore masks. Then we ran to Costco to return the Almond Milk we bought. I had bought the wrong one. It was just 8 AM and all the parking places were gone. I dropped Bob off, he took the case right in, and texted when I he was done. There was not line for the returns.

We stopped at Fry’s to get items we could not get at Walmart. They did not have them either. We returned home. Bob eventually went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription.

More movies at home. The temperature is nice outside, but the wind is blowing so we have been staying inside.

Wednesday-  More wind today. Roxie could start the food being slowly added today. Bob gave her 1 tbsp. in am and one in pm of her regular food. We will do this for a week, then start adding more next week.

Thursday- More wind today. Another quiet day.

Friday-  The carpet cleaners came at 8 AM. I had to hurry to get the dishes done from breakfast before they came in. We sat outside on the patio. After they left, we washed everything down with antiseptic cloths for safety. At that point, Roxie started vomiting on the clean rugs. Geez….

So I called the Vet office.. They only had an appointment at 1:30. My PT was scheduled for 1 PM. So we packed up the dogs, and Bob dropped me off at PT. What a pain!

He then took Roxie over to the Vets. They are not  allowing owners in. A staff member comes out and talks to you, then takes the dog into the office. They gave her fluids and nausea medicine. Poor baby she looked at us with glazed eyes. The Vet decided that it was just a flair of her pancreatitis. So no food until tomorrow and back on just the chicken and rice. Sigh….At PT, there hardly anyone there. They are really trying to keep the equipment clean, so they wipe it down after each persons use. Unfortunately, it is hard to keep people 6 ft. apart.

This was my last PT. I was happy with that. I have some exercises to continue to do at home.

Sat. Mar 13 to Fri. Mar. 20- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We stayed home today. After a few morning tasks, we cleaned more of the rig. We cleaned all of the top cabinets, taking everything out of the cabinets. We had more trash and some more items for the patio sale in 2  weeks. Everyone decided on the FB group that we are still going to have the patio sales. They cancelled the vendor sale for today, but some of the park people still had sales at their sites. At least the rain has stopped!

Neither of us slept well last night. I guess it is the stress of this virus that we all are having. So we took a short nap this afternoon.

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday morning tasks. We had a quiet day at home.

Monday-  I was off to PT at 9;30. There were fewer people there today. I went home, we ate lunch and I had a PCP appt. at 1:45. They took me right into a room. I really like my Doc. She spends time with you!

Bob has been calling Gene’s to check on the compressors. They keep saying that they are going to call us back.

I returned and we sat outside. Our new rugs arrived. These are from Ruggables. They are machine washable and have a backing that does not move. We had limited choices, so this is what we purchased.

rugs 3

Tuesday-  We ran to Walmart this morning. We picked up items we needed. Geez, the shelves were bare! Amazing, people are wiping out the coffee pots. I guess those are the Starbucks folks.

We returned home. Bob called Gene’s again and now we have an appointment on Friday at 9 AM. I called PT and changed my appointment to Thursday. We contacted Linda and she is taking the dogs for us. We will drop them off at 7:30 on Fri. morning.

At 2, we went over to Allen and Donna’s.  Donna had a vascular surgeon appt. at 12:30, and she did not arrive until after we left at 4. She has surgery scheduled for April 1.

We all sat with our chairs apart, but at least we had some social time. We did not have food, brought our own chairs, and our own drinks.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Wednesday- It rains today. Not much fun having to stay home in the rain. At least when it is sunny we can sit outside. We watched some Netflix.

The Mayor of Phoenix closed all the restaurants etc. So Bob called Gene’s to see if we can get in tomorrow. Nope. They were adamant that it had to be Friday.

Thursday-  I went for my PT visit at 10. When I walked in there were only 3 other people there. When I left there were 5 people. Ray said everyone is cancelling. I keep getting texts from them saying that they are remaining open. Cleaned my hands with sanitizer between each exercise!  I stopped at Albertson’s on the way home to pick up salad dressing. It is the only store we can find it at in this area. It rained all day today again. I could only purchase one bottle, as the rest were all out of date, some from last winter, 2019!

Friday- Finally, the rain stopped. I dropped the dogs off at 7:20 with Linda. We drove out of the park at 7:30 and took I-101  to I-202 to Mesa and Gene’s Rv repair. We arrived just before 9. No rush hour traffic this morning. They told Bob that it would be ready by lunchtime.

We went to Costco and arrived at 9. We parked and the guy next to us said they were closed until 10. They had opened early for seniors but closed again.

There was a car wash right there, so we ran the car through the car wash, $12. We could see that the line at Costco was moving, so we parked again, in the same spot, and walked over to the start of the line.

They had everything very organized with shopping carts lined up and taped walkways. You would have thought we were at Disney. They told us that they are going, at that Costco anyway, be opening on Tues and Thurs morns for seniors. Like there are not a few million seniors in Mesa and Sun City!

Cosco line

We were stopped for 15 minutes when they had reached capacity, then they let us in. We cruised thru and out in record time with most everything on our list. We stopped at Albertsons and were able to get some dressing. I had checked yesterday and Amazon is out and they no longer carry it in Arizona at any stores! We were also able to get some Eggbeaters ( in the smaller containers) and some large chili peppers,in small containers.

We went to lunch at Café Zupas, expecting their patio to be open. I had ordered on the app, and the food was waiting, but the patio was closed. So we found a park, cleaned the table, and ate lunch. We returned at 12 to Gene’s and then we waited, and waited. I took a short nap and we read our books. At 4 pm they finished and drove the rig out. Good thing we had an ice pack in the cooler. We took everything out of the cooler and put in in the refrigerator and freezer. We went in and paid, the drove back to Sun City, which is on the other end of the Valley.  Since people are not working, the traffic was much better. It took us about an hour to return. So we arrived at about 5:15. I ran and picked up the dogs, who were very happy to see me.

Bob backed the rig into our site and we set up. We had a casserole left over from last night, so all we had to do was re-heat.  We were exhausted. We mostly set up and then watched TV. We both slept well as we were so tired.

Sat. Mar. 6 to Fri. Mar. 13- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We had a quiet day at home. We cleaned out the bathroom cabinet. It was windy, so we did not sit outside.

Sunday- Today was the 1 year anniversary of our adopting Koda. We are all happy with how things turned out. She is a very loving dog! Unfortunately, Roxie started vomiting. We are not sure what that is about.

We had a quiet day doing laundry and other tasks at home.

Monday-  I was off to PT in the morning. OOPs, I forgot to add to last Friday, that when I arrived for PT, I saw this out front.

car accident tbird

You can see the woman sitting on the curb to the right of the car. How she managed to flip it is a mystery. The speed limit is 30 mph there.  The round building in the back is Banner Boswell Hospital where I had my surgery.  Everyone in PT had to see my picture. This was before the ambulance and fire trucks arrived. Of course, to get around the accident, everyone on the road had to drive thru the PT office parking lot!

Also here is a picture of my brace.


Bob took Roxie to the Vets.  They drew blood and we are waiting to hear the results.

Tuesday-  I went to the Retired Nurses Breakfast this morning. I picked up another gal, named Donna, in the park and took her with me. She loved it and had a great time. She also joined the group and she will be driving next month(if we have the meeting).

After lunch, we ran to Costco, which was a zoo. We need some more of the Antiseptic wipes, but they all the stores are sold out. We tried Sam’s, Target, Walmart, Lowes, and CVS. It was funny to see people with carts full of toilet paper at Lowes.

The Vet called. Roxie has Pancreatitis. He told us it is common in Schnauzers. Guess she got the Schnauzer pancreas instead of the Poodle one!  So we had to not feed for for 24 hours ( she was not happy about that!), and increase her fluids to at least 1 cup per day. Good thing we have low sodium broth frozen in the refrigerator. So we defrosted the small container and mixed it 1/2 and 1/2. Regular broth has too much sodium in it. She drank it really well….

Wednesday-  It is pouring rain today! Unusual for AZ. We went to the last Alfa breakfast of the season. There were only 9 of us there. I went to Maj on the way back. Bob ran to the library and dropped off a book and picked one up.

I returned in time for lunch. We had a quiet afternoon and evening. With the virus, we are staying close to home. We restarted Roxie on food, plain chicken and rice  for 2 weeks, then we start slowly moving her to her regular food over the next two weeks.

Thursday-  I woke up at 5, so around 6 we got up. I showered, ate breakfast, then ran to Fry’s for the antiseptic wipes. I thought that I had more than I actually had.  I was able to get them and some spray. Even at 7 AM, the store was busy, but not too bad.

I went to Maj at 10. We ate lunch, then went to Target and Kohl’s with return items. We returned home and relaxed. It was still raining.

Friday- We woke up to no heat this morningBob changed the thermostat, but it was not that. He messed around outside, looking at the furnace. The light on the mother board was not on, so he called Allen.

I was off to my 9:30 PT appointment. I had a PT aide Tina, as Zach had a few days off. I had a lot of pain while walking in Target yesterday, so Ray looked at my foot. I was able to do most of the exercises. I think my planar fasciitis is back.  So I have been doing exercises for that in addition to my ankle exercises. I have to do exercises 2x a day. I had to guide the gal through my exercises. I guess that was why I was her patient today, as I have been to PT so many times, I know the routine. Ray and Jordan (the regular aide) both kept an eye on me. Tina had to massage 3 knots out of the front of my leg. One was really big. Oh, does that hurt when they massage out those knots!

It was still raining a bit. Allen came over and assisted Bob. There was a broken sail switch. The problem was finding the switch. They looked at a You Tube video, but it was a different model furnace, so it was no help. Finally, they decided where they thought the switch was, and they went to that spot on the furnace. That was where it was located, so they took it and went to the store. When I returned there was no one here. Bob had texted me where he had gone.

When they returned, they popped it right in and we had heat. $10. We had visions of a much higher price!

This afternoon we received an email from the park. All activities have ceased. No more that 10 people in any of the rooms at one time. No Maj, no card playing etc. I assume that means that the pool and hot tub are closed, as well as the exercise room. Sigh, it is going to be very boring around here for the next few weeks! Better safe than sorry.

Roxie is doing really well, but she will only drink the broth. What a character!

We decided that we would purchase a fruit plate for Donna and Allen, since Allen has been so great in helping us so many times. Normally, we would take them out to dinner, but, since none of us are going out…, MaryAnne was went to Safeway and she  found a really nice fruit plate, so she bought that for us, along with more rice for Roxie, as we could not find rice at Fry’s or Walmart. 

After dinner, we ran to her place, picked up the plate and rice and paid her. We dropped the plate off at Donna and Allen’s. It started raining again, right after we arrived home.