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Sat. Apr. 24 to Fri. Apr. 30- Sun City, AZ

Saturday- We went to the Container store to pick up containers for the cabinet over the recliner in the rig. I was able to find a perfect size there. I hate buying them there, as they are expensive, but they fit!

Sunday- Woops, this was the week that we did not have the Sunday Zoom. Oh well, got my weeks messed up. That is what happens when I get behind on the blog!  We had a quiet day.

Monday- We had Posse Vacation watches. About 30 of them. That was okay, nothing special.  We finished around 11. The weather is perfect for right now. The temps are low and the sun is shining!

Roxie had her rabies shot at 2:30 today. She was such a good girl. Bob and Koda went along for the ride, and I took Roxie inside. The vet said she is in great shape for an almost 14 year old pup!

We are having a gal from Rover take care of the dogs while we are in Hilton Head, so I had all the paperwork to put on the Rover website and I also sent the gal the copy of the her rabies vaccination, as she already had Koda’s stuff.

The rest of the day was quiet.

Tuesday- We had a 10 AM appointment with Leslie at La Mesa RV in Phoenix for the rig. She took pictures of the problem with have with the paint on the rig. She is sending the pictures to Winnebago, as the paint job is still under warranty. We were also missing some screw covers. So she ordered them in the right size, as she did not have any there in the correct size for us. They should come in before they leave.

We returned home and went to the Container Store, as I needed one more of the containers.

Wednesday-We went to Costco. We returned home and put the items away. We went to Target and purchased a box for our medications. We also purchased 2 boxes for water. We need to put a box of water in each room to keep some humidity in the room.

Bob had called the guy who took us to the airport last August to ask if he would drive the car every two weeks while we are gone. This will keep the tires in shape and the oil running. He is leaving for the summer this year. We need to find someone else.

We stopped at Home Depot, then stopped at Barro Queen for lunch.  It is a new restaurant, with good ratings. We ate outside on the patio. We each had tacos. I had the grilled shrimp and Bob had a chicken and a beef. Neither of us were impressed.

We stopped at Sams Club on the way back to pick up a printer cartridge. ‘Unfortunately, we wanted colors, and it was black, but I did not realize that was what we needed. Bob took it back and then had to go to Costco for one with colors.

Thursday- Bob went to Costco to pick up the dogs prescriptions. I went across the alley to join the gals coffee group. We packed some items for cold weather into a box to go into the rig.  We had a quiet day up until 4, when we went to the Condo social hour. We had a nice time. When we returned home, we had to get stickers off the dogs. Koda had a few, but Roxie had 27! She was not a happy dog with me pulling them out of her fur.

Friday- We went to Ace Hardware, on the corner, as Bob needed some items. Then to True Value, as Ace was out of plastic scrapers. We continued on to the RV, and I made various labels for boxes and Bob put on caulking in various places.

We returned, ate lunch, and then went to the Posse to turn in our volunteer time slips and to sign up for the 10 AM Mtg. on Tuesday.

I was sitting out on the patio, when there was a lot of noise in the alley. I got up to look, just as an ambulance took off out of the driveway. We think they went to the wrong address, as we then we saw them on 99th Ave, followed by a fire engine and the Posse car. We were glad it was not for anyone in our condos.

Our neighbor Lee, across the alley, just returned home from the hospital. Our neighbor Rosie has been in the hospital most of the month. She has an abscess on her spine and now she is being placed on dialysis. Then one of the gals, in another building, had 3 strokes and died. That gal sat next to me when we did the ballot counting for the condo election in January. Time to get out of here!

Real estate in Sun City is going really fast. A condo across the street from us, similar to ours, sold this month for 94K more than what we paid for ours, a little less than 1 year ago! Whew! Glad we bought when we did!

Sat. Apr. 17 to Fri. Apr. 23- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We were busy doing laundry and trying to remember what we forgot to move from the RV to the condo. It was a pretty busy day, and we were tired. We took a nap in the afternoon and watched TV in the evening.

Sunday- We did our usual grocery shopping. We did not have our Zoom this week, as some of our friends were off in their RV. It was basically a quiet day.

Monday- We had Posse vacation watches today, so we arrived at 5:45, AM. Only Tina was there. David came in, but no one showed for the Division 3 morning shift. So Tina ended up splitting up our vacation watches, while she took Division 3 patrol. We had started with 33 vacation watches, but gave David the south section. We did the northern Division one watches and the southern Division 3 watches. Basically,we did the center of Sun City. We ended up with 30 vacation watches.

We found a house where the owner said that the pick up truck would be in the driveway. It was not, so Bob called him. He said it was in the garage, so we noted that on the form so that the next Posse members would know. At another house the car was missing. When Bob called, it turned out that they had to leave for a family emergency, and the car was at the airport. The neightbor had completed the card for them, and did not realize that they had taken the car. The lady was very happy that she knew we were checking the house and she was grateful. At another house, we found a UPS package, so we reported that to the person with the key to the house.

Finally, we were flagged down by two women. They said that there was a strange man going door to door. So we chased him down. He was a homeless guy, with a back pack We offered him bottled water, but he said he did not need it. He was trying to make money painting the address numbers on the curb. He had the tape to mark the curb and the spray paint, so we decided that he was telling the truth. There is nothing we can do about the homeless, but at least, we can move them along if necessary. This guy was at least trying to earn some money. We reported this all back to the two ladies, so they were happy.

We completed all of our shift and returned home to happy dogs. I had my Lymphnode Mapping in Scotsdale at 1:30, so we went to Scotsdale. We stopped at Daily Queen for cones on the way back.

The rest of the afternoon and evening were quiet. We started binging Billions on Amazon Prime.

Tuesday- We had Posse Patrol today. We had 8 vacation watches to do and did our patrol duties. We finished at 11:20, cleaned the car, reported in and went home. We ate lunch and took a nap.

Wednesday- Bob took the Toyota for its scheduled service at 8:30. They did the oil change (free) and did an Toyota authorized replacement of the fuel pump which had been recalled. They also cleaned the air conditioner. The dealership had a Lyft bring Bob home and take him back, all paid for by them!

Meanwhile, I went across the alley and sat outside with the girls. Todd, Mary Ann, Bonnie, and Carol. Todd is so creative! Here is what she has done over the last few weeks.

Aren’t they beautiful. She make each piece in the metal shop and sells them.

After Bob came home, we ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon and evening, reading and watching TV.

Thursday- We went to the grocery store and bought fixings. I made baked beans for the get together this afternoon, outside. The Canadians grilled hot dogs. Bonnie brought chips, Nikki brought brownies, Todd brought cake, and Mary Ann brought the rolls and fixings. There were 13 of us there. The baked beans were a hit! We were outside and properly distanced. Everyone has had their vaccinations. Today was our two weeks, post second shot! Whaoo!

Friday- I had the Posse at Grand Avenue this morning, so I left at about 8:15. I arrived, picked up my radio, and car keys. I went out to car 8. The volunteer who does the maintance on the cars, came to me and said that he needed the car today. If he could not get it done, then every car would be backed up. So he switched me to car 7. Made no difference to me, as they were both just alike. I arrived at Grand at 9 AM. I had a problem with the radio in the car, so I ended up using my portable to check in.

It was quiet there. I left at noon, and returned the car. I ran home, ate lunch. Bob took the car and went to pick up the RV. He had an appointment to have a valve stem changed, as the stem was crooked. They did not have the valve stem we needed, so Bob had to order it and have it sent to wherever we will be at the time. It is out of stock. so they will call us. Hopefully, we can get it sent to Georgia, where we will be for almost 2 weeks.

Bob returned home and we had a quiet evening.

Sat. Apr. 10 to Fri. Apr. 16- Sun City + short RV trip

Saturday-  We went to the RV storage and washed the motor home. Below is a picture of Bob cleaning the roof.

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Yes, I helped. Bob did high, I did low. I also washed all the windows and dried the lower part of the RV, after Bob dried the upper parts.

We really like that we have a covered area to wash, with water available. Plus there is a dump station, an air station, and fresh potable water. So after the wash and dry, we went over to the potable water and filled up. We found that the sprayer, in the water area in the rig, was leaking, so Bob took it off and we stopped at the RV store and picked up a new head for the sprayer.

We took the rig over to the condo, and Bob worked on the electronic set up for the TV. He has installed a way to hold the DVR for the Direct TV. I sat and talked with Mary Ann, who had wandered over with her dog. Koda and her dog played in the garage.

We ate lunch, and returned the RV to the storage area. We had a quiet rest of the day.

Sunday-  We ran to the grocery stores. We returned and went to the RV storage and returned with the rig. Bob found that there was water leaking under the sink, so he fixed that and we cleaned up the water.

We had our regular Sunday Zoom at 11, our time. After lunch, I ran to buy another pair of the really expensive shoes. They did not have the color I wanted, but the gal found a pair, in a different shoe, almost the same, and it was the same price. So I purchased them. Then I stopped at Trader Joe’s and Costco, again. I had found that somehow I had lost my Costco card, so I got a new one and I returned home.

While I was gone, Bob had polished the rig. He changed clothes and we took the rig back to the storage facility. We returned home and I worked on the blog and Bob took a short nap.

We watched TV in the evening.

Monday-  We left at 8 and went to pick up the RV. We loaded up, and left around 10, heading northwest on Hwy. 60 to Wickenburg. We have only been to Wickenburg one time, and that was for an evening concert, so we had not really seen the town. We parked and went into the Visitor Center. When I asked for a map of the Arizona scenic drives, the gal looked at me blankly. There is a set of maps, which I have seen online, but they were so small I could not read them. The website said to ask at the Visitor Centers.

The gal did find a brochure that said, Driving Guide, but the few maps that were in it were useless! There was one big one of Phoenix, and that was about it. I will have to go back to the AZ Transportation Site and order the other maps.

Below is the Santa Fe Depot, 1895. The town purchased the depot from the Santa Fe Railroad in 1994 and restored it, turning it over to the Chamber of Commerce, which opened the Visitor Center.  The train they have on display in Engine No. 761 and the Drover Caboose. The engine worked the rail line which was built in 1890. This rail line, called the Peavine Line, was built from 1893 and went from Phoenix to Prescott. 

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Below is the statue called the Teacher with Luggage. I guess it is to demonstrate that teachers took the train to the local areas.

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While in Wickenburg, we had  parked on the road across from the Visitor Center. The gal who owned the shop came out and asked us to move, as the shop is not doing well, due to the pandemic, and we were blocking the side of her store. She told us to go park in the RV parking. She did not know where that was! So we moved. We decided that we wanted to get going and will return to Wickenburg as a day trip one day. There is a walking tour of the town.

We grabbed lunch at Burger King, and were on our way. The rig is small enough, we were able to park in a parking space at the Burger King.

We continued on Hwy. 60, across the state to Vicksburg, where we turned northwest onto Hwy, 72. In Parker ( we have been there many times), we turned north onto Hwy. 95. We arrived at our destination for the night at Colorado River Adventures Park, Lake Havasu RV Park. We had called RPI this morning, asking for a reservation. I had to leave my phone number in the que, for a return call. 6 hours later, they called back! We had the reservation for $10 per night, plus resort fees. We checked in and totally confused the gal. First, she had not taken the call from RPI, so she had to clarify that. Then she just charged us the $10, as there are no amenities open. We asked to be placed near our friends, Charlie and Paula Gray. That confused her. No not relatives,( well they are part of our Roadrunner family), friends. Anyway, she put us right next to them.

We parked and set up the rig. Then we went over to visit with them. taking the dogs with us. We went back at 6 to cook dinner. I had forgotten to take the chicken out of the freezer, so we used the InstaPot. That worked very well. After dinner ,we went back over to visit until after 8 pm, when it was dark.

We returned, watched some TV and went to bed.

Tuesday- We woke up to ferocious winds; steadier winds at 30 mph with gusts from 40 to 50 mph. The winds were to continue through Wednesday, so Bob walked over to the office and paid for 2 more nights. Paula and Charlie were planning to leave Wednesday, so they also extended to Thursday, also.

Bob had hopped into the shower and had about 20 seconds of hot  water, then it turned cold. So he checked the rig, and he thought that the pressure regulator for the hot water heater had broken. He did not want to deal with that, so he called an RV tech that Charlie had recommended. They of course were booked. So he tried another guy, who would be there at 11. I skipped a shower.

We stayed inside, as the wind was howling. Fortunately, we were facing north, and the wind was from the south, so it was hitting the back of the rig. This meant that we were not rocking. If we were facing east or west, we might have gotten sea sick!

Charlie went to dump his Alfa and found that his tubing had disintegrated. So a trip to Walmart was in order. We asked to go along, and he said sure. So we planned a trip for tomorrow.

The tech called and changed to 1 PM. He arrived at about 12:30. He and Bob checked a lot of different things, and they thought they had the heater fixed. The tech did find a loose wire, which he fixed.

We had a quiet afternoon. At 5, we went to dinner at BlondZees restaurant with Charlie and Paula. It was a nice little local place. We returned to the rig, watched TV and went to bed.

Wednesday-  I went to take a shower this morning, and I had the same problem that Bob did yesterday. So I walked up to the park showers and took one there. Bob called the tech, but he said there was nothing else he could do. So Bob called the water heater company. Evidently, when he un-winterized, he had not turned a knob back to the on position. Problem solved.  As Bob said, operator error! LOL

We went to Walmart with Charlie. He picked up a few items and a new dump hose for the rig. We picked up a few items and returned to the rig. We ate lunch, and had a quiet afternoon, until 4, when we went over and visited. The winds had been really bad during the day, but they calmed down a bit.

We got the rig ready to leave in the morning, which did not take long.

Thursday-  There were to minimal breezes, so we left. Paula and Charlie also left. They were only going half way home. We left around 8:30 and drove north to the town of Oatman.

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On the way, we found the start of the Arizona part of Rt. 66.  Above are just desert scenes.

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The town was originally a gold mining town.  It is also  known for the wild burros which wander the streets. We saw the “remnants” of the burros,( we had to watch where we walked) but I did not get to see any of them. When we arrived, Bob walked the dogs, and he saw a pack of them leaving town.

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Below is some of the tools for the mine.

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I have no idea why Elvis is there….

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The hotel was located, originally, near the mine entrance.

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We could walk a little way into the mine, but the rest is not safe. Of course, being out in the middle of nowhere, with the miners, there was a saloon and a bordello.

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We wandered in and out of all the stores. They all cost the same and had mostly the same items. I want to go back at some time to actually see the burros.

Oatman murals

We continued north on the winding road, to Kingman. We had been warned that the road was very dangerous, with lots of twists and turns. Nope, we have been on worse! It was two lane, but not a problem at all.

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As we drove Rt. 66, we stopped in Cool Springs at the iconic gas station.  It was your typical tourist trap, but it was fun to stop and look! 

Cool springs sign

Coolsprings

We arrived in Kingman and found a place to park. We walked the dogs, then went to lunch at a BBQ place. It was okay, but not that great.

KIngman sign

Our next stop was at the Visitor Center, which is located in the Power House.

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The  museum inside had some exhibits and a movie. The movie was long, so we did not stay to watch it. There of course was the tourist trap gift shop inside.

We drove north on Rt. 66 to Hackberry.

Hackleberry store We looked around in the store, then turned and drove back to Mikes RT. 66 Bar and Saloon. We used our Harvest Host membership, so we paid zero to stay, without any hook-ups.

We were welcomed with open arms. I expected people to yell “Norm” when someone walks in…. We signed in and showed our Harvest Hosts card, then we set up. We hung out until about 5:15, then went in for dinner. We had a nice dinner, plus wine and beer. We are supposed to buy something, which we did!

We were just boondocking for the night. Our only issue was that there were train tracks across Rt. 66 from us. The trains ran at 10 minute intervals up until about 11 pm. Then they went down to about every 1/2 hour. There were no whistles, so they did not bother us too much.

Friday- We left around 8 AM, continuing east on Rt. 66. While driving, we spotted numerous Burma Shave signs. They were hard to catch with the camera. Here is the only one I actually got a picture of….

Burma Shave

We continued on to Ash Fork, where Rt. 66 joins I-40. We turned south on Hwy. 89, which we followed across the Big Black Mesa, into Prescott, then thru the Prescott National Forest.

We eventually turned onto Hwy. 93 into Wickenburg. From Wickenburg, we returned home on Hwy. 60, having made a big circle.

We took the rig to the condo, unloaded and dropped it back off at the storage facility.

Sat. Apr. 3 to Fri. Apr. 9- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We stopped at the PowWow for the $12/70 lbs. vegetables. We had to wait in a long line. They were very disorganized at this location. We received a lot of eggplant again, which we gave to MaryAnne. We also picked up a lot of cucumbers,tomatoes, red jalapenos( a grocery store bag full), wonderful red bell peppers, and one butternut squash. No spaghetti squash, although we saw they had them. Allen and Bonnie had gotten there much earlier. Allen scored a chicken and he and Bonnie both got other perishables.  We took the veggies home. Donna sent over 2 spaghetti squash, as they had gotten 6. 

We ran to Fry’s. We skipped Walmart, as it was so busy at Fry’s, we just rushed thru. We returned home and I cut up some of the red bell peppers, for me to munch on.

We went, for our first actual restaurant lunch, at Wild Horse West. It is a country bar, which was supposed to have the best hamburgers in the Valley. They were just okay…we ate out on the patio. Bob had an orange flavored beer. He was glad he had tried it, but would not buy it.

We returned home and had our weekly Zoom at 4. We had a quiet evening,

Sunday- Happy Easter!  We had a very light breakfast, early in the morning. Then. at 9:30, we had a brunch with condo friends. It was nice to actually sit and talk! There were only 6 of us. It was still quite a spread! We sat talking until noon, when we put away the tables and chairs.

The tables and chairs had been out for Mary Ann and Todds grandkids you hunted for Easter eggs yesterday. Todd is quite the artist, so she had use chalk. Here are some of the pictures of what she did in our alley.

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There were plastic eggs in several of the patios, stuffed with candy. Then they had a nice dinner with the families.

When we returned, Roxie talked to us. She does that sometimes when she is upset! Koda talks more often. I am not talking about barking, dogs try to talk; its so funny when they do!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening, although we did make a lot of spaghetti sauce with the tomatoes. We bagged and froze them.

Monday- My last confidence ride.  I rode with David again. We had 4 medical emergencies and 5 vacation watches. Not super busy.

I returned home and we had a quiet afternoon. While I had been gone, Bob had dug a trench, for if there are monsoons when we leave this summer. We need to keep the “weep” holes( in our patio wall) clear of rock and dirt. He also installed our new Air Spinner from Costco.  Its a little bit low, and is not catching the wind. We will need to do something about that.

We ran to Goodwill and I purchased a pair of black cargo shorts to wear at the Posse. They did not have Bob’s size, so we went to Kohl’s and purchased a pair for him.

The shorts that we had purchased for him at Costco, were too long, so I shortened them. Bob had an ultrasound of his thyroid at 4.

Tuesday- Bob went in for the Posse. Duh, we forgot, that I needed the car, so I should have dropped Bob off. When I realized that, I texted Mary Ann, and she said she would drop me off. We had to wear our uniforms and were given our Posse certificates. The ceremony was at the 9 AM meeting. This is the first time we have attended the 9 AM meeting. It was much busier. Tina is the short gal, in the front, on the right.

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I left and returned home.and Bob went back on Patrol. I attended, via Zoom, the Roadrunner Annual Meeting. We voted on officers. Bob had a busy day. I picked him up at about 11:45, and we returned home for lunch.

I had an EMG scheduled for 3 PM, so I went to the Neurologist office. The Doc came in and said that Dr. Brandstetter must not like me as she had ordered this test. I thought, uh oh, this is going to hurt! Actually, it was no worse than a Tens Unit, on high. He also stuck me with several needles. He told me the problem is not in my back. So far, he found that that I had no sensation on the left outer aspect of my foot. That was no surprise, as that is where I had the surgery in 2020. I am still waiting for the rest of the results, as the pain in on the inner aspect of the left foot.

I returned home and sat outside reading my book. We had a quiet evening. We have started watching Ken Burns Hemingway on PBS.

Wednesday- It is bug spray day. Bob had an inpatient appointment with his PCP at 9:15, so he left. I worked on a puzzle, while waiting for the bug guy. When he arrived, I closed the doors and window. I closed the doggy door to keep them inside. Bob returned and we went and got the RV from storage. He had a few tasks he wanted to complete. He needed something, so he went to an auto supply shop to pick it up. After lunch, we returned the rig to the storage unit.

Thursday- Bob had Grand Ave duty with the Posse, from 9 to 12. I dropped him off, and went to Walmart to return some shorts, as they were too big. I tried to buy a HDMI cord, but the electronic area was still not back to normal. I went to Costco, to pick up some of their frozen blueberries for breakfast. They did not have them last week. We also needed a few other items. 

I stopped at McDonalds to pick up lunch, finding that they are no longer doing breakfast items, at lunch, at that McD’s. I went to the Posse and ate my lunch in the car. Bob had left Grand, a little early. He turned in his paperwork and changed shirts. I drove us for our second Pfizer shot. Bob ate his lunch on the way.

We arrived right on time, as 12:45, for our 1 PM appointments. Since we did not have reactions to the last shot, we only had to sit there for 15 minutes. We stopped at Bruesters, for ice cream on the way home.

My arm started getting really sore. By bedtime, I could not lift it above my waist. Bob’s was a little bit sore. We both had taken Tylenol in the afternoon and before bed. We watched TV in the evening, and went to bed.

Friday- It is our 33rd wedding anniversary! Bob felt a little bit hot when he woke up. His temp was 99.7. Not too high, but higher than his normal. He took Tylenol. His arm had become much more sore overnight. I had a slight headache, but this morning I was able to lift my arm over my head. It hurt, but not as bad as last night.

I had a blood draw scheduled for 7:15, so I drove down to the lab. I returned and I after breakfast, I started copying items to put into the storage  box we had picked up at an Estate Sale. We need to take the dogs information with us, as well as some of our information, when we travel.

The battery in Bob’s phone was dying, so we ran to Best Buy to purchase him a new phone. I asked the guy to fix the camera on my phone, which he did. For some reason, there was an orange covering, which was interfering with my colors. They are already sold out of the S20’s and he got an S21. With the trade in and weekend special, we are not paying anymore each month. Still, cell phones are a rip off!

We picked up lunch at Café Zupas, and returned home to eat lunch. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sat. Mar. 27 to Fri. Apr. 2- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  MCSO was having a car wash with the money going to a charity. So we went over and had the car washed. The wash was really good, except for the windshield. Their clothes were wet.

We went to several estate sales and garage sales. We picked up a few items. We stopped George’s to pick up a club sandwich, which we split. It came with some really good coleslaw. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

I finished my diamond painting. I need to work with the camera on my phone, as the pictures are not showing the colors as well as my last phone camera did…

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Sunday- We ran to Fry’s, then Target ( since the Walmart was mostly closed), then we returned home. At 11, we had our weekly Zoom. We really missed having it for the last 2 weeks.

At 1, we had a dog run in the courtyard. Today, there were 7 dog. Koda ran to retrieve the ball, but Mary Ann’s service dog only ran a few times, she was more interested in sniffing. The rest of the dogs just wandered, sniffed and sunned.

At around 2:30, we went to Total Wine and Beverages, as Bob was out of beer. I grabbed a bottle of my second favorite wine and Bob purchased some beer. We picked up a case of Seagram’s mixed malt beverages for Mary Ann. Bob delivered them to her, as she cannot lift the box.

Monday-  We were up at 4:45, for my Posse shift. This is my 5th confidence ride. I have one more to go. We completed 15 Vacation Watches. As we were driving past a golf course, three golfers were waving at us. I told David to stop. He did and the golfers gave us a a wallet and some other items that they had found on the golf course. It only contained an AARP and Veteran cards. We thanked them for stopping us. They had checked at the house, behind where they found the items. So I called dispatch, and the dispatcher gave me the address and phone number of the woman whose items they were. I called her; she was unaware that the items were missing. I confirmed her address, and we drove over to her home. I checked her ID, and gave her her items. She had to check to make sure that there had not been any credit cards in the wallet. She said there were only a few dollars in the wallet. The items had been stolen from her golf cart, she thought in front of her friends house, that she had been at last evening. Most of her money was in a glasses case, in the golf cart. I asked her to please report the theft to MCSO. She said she would. We had let Tina know what was going on, as she was the Duty Officer ( DO).

We had two medical emergencies and that was about it. Another quiet day.

Bob had cleaned the patio while I was gone. By the evening, it had a lot of leaves back on it. Its an ongoing battle!

Tuesday-  We were up early again today. It was Bob’s last confidence ride. They had 12 Vacation Watches and no medical emergencies. They just rode around. Bob said it was pretty boring.

He returned home and I sat out on the patio, reading my book. It was a really nice day.

Wednesday- Bob was off to the lab for his blood draw. I worked on the blog. When he returned, I went and picked up MaryAnne, at Paradise, and drove her to her MRI. Ray had to wait for the RV repair guy, as they have problem with their heater. MaryAnne has the same claustrophobia that I have in MRI machines. She had to take some medication to be able to do the MRI. She was loopy and could not drive. Of course the GPS took us to the wrong place, so I switched to the GPS on my phone and we found the place. I had to illegally park, and walk MaryAnne into the facility. Then I stopped at Krispy Kreme for a doughnut. I returned and read my book in the parking lot until MaryAnne called me that she was dressing. I went in and walked her out to the car.

We stopped at Starbucks on the way back to pick her up some coffee and a breakfast sandwich. When I arrived, Ray and Allen were with an RV repair guy. Allen’s Alfa has the same issue, so he wanted to see what the guy would do. This guy could not fix it. The RV repair that we use, arrived later and they can fix it, but they are booked for the next 2 months, so Ray is going tot have it fixed in September when they return.

I called to Ray and asked him to walk loopy MaryAnne to the rig and put her to bed!

We had our Endocrinologist appts. at 4 pm. We had to wait outside. They did not want to set up virtual, so there we were. After the appt. we stopped at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant to pick up dinner. We returned home, ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Thursday- I had the Grand Ave Posse office duty today, starting at 8:30. I still do not have my name plate or the disc that should go on my name badge which unlocks the doors to the office. I had to go and find the Proctor for the building. She was not happy. She has been instructed not to open doors for anyone. Since I was in uniform, it was pretty easy to tell that I was with the Posse. So she reluctantly opened the doors. I sat and read my book until the Commander stopped by. I told him that I was still waiting for the two items. So he asked me to call someone at the Posse. He gave me their phone number and I left a message.

I enjoyed the quiet time. I read my book. One lady came in to drop off flags, glasses, books, and cell phones. A couple stopped by to sign up for the Vacation Watch program. I signed them up and delivered the card to the Vacation Watch office.

It was a quiet duty, as I was not with anyone. Next time I am with a very chatty gal. The gal who let me in arrived with her boss just before I left. They questioned me again. I told them that I had left another message for the guy and the Commander was aware. So that satisfied them.

At 2:45 I had a dental appt. Since the last appt., I had developed a cold sore in the right corner of my lip. I also had severe pain in the gum, around and under the new cap. I thought that was a result of the installation of the cap. It turns out it was all connected to the cold sore. So the Dentist ordered an antiviral.

I  stopped at Walgreens on the way home and picked up the prescription. I took 1/2 that evening and then 12 hours later, tomorrow morning the final dose.

At 4, we went to the condo social. We took the bottle of Almond Tequila with us for others to sample. Everyone thought it was yummy! We buy it in Mexico.

Friday- Bob had Grand Ave duty this morning.He had an associate with him, and she opened the door, so he did not have my issue. He was with the chatty gal who was in our orientation class. Darn, I have her the next time I go there. She talks non-stop. I had so enjoyed my quiet time…

I finished this puzzle.

Puzzle 8

This one took a long time. It is 500 pieces.

Sat. Mar. 20 to Fri. Mar. 26- Sun City

Saturday-  We left after my bike ride, and went to several garage sales. We picked up a few items. Then we went to El Mirage, west of us, to pick up some vegetables from POWWOW. That is the vegetable and fruits for $12 for 70 lbs. The top layer of the box was green peppers, but there was only the one row. There were eggplants, cucumbers, squash, some Opo Squash. We did not know what it was. MaryAnne did.  I will have to try it.

Oho Squash

We had lots and lots of tomatoes. So I texted Bonnie and François, and they came over and took some of the items, including all the green peppers! MaryAnne will take the eggplant, as she makes “baba ghanoush”. We do not like eggplant. Any left overs we will take to the Posse.

Bob chopped up the tomatoes and put them into the InstaPot. We made spaghetti sauces with a lot of them, and froze it. Turns out, next time we will cook on the stove. The spices did not have time to cook into the sauce, so for dinner, we threw in some Rao’s and it was really good with whole wheat spaghettis and turkey meatballs!

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday. Off to Fry’s then Walmart. The fire in the Walmart last week, caused them to have only the grocery section open.

Walmart fire

So we were unable to get Milkbones for the dogs, as they are in the pet section. We returned home and had a quiet afternoon.

Monday-  It was Bob’s day to do a Posse confidence ride with David. They had a fairly busy day with the 24 vacation watches and 4 emergency calls. We had a quiet afternoon after he arrived home.  I have been diligently working on my next diamond painting and on a 500 piece puzzle.

Tuesday- It was my third confidence ride; I was with Tina again. It was pretty boring. We had 17 vacation watches. There were no emergencies in our division the entire shift. So we just drove around. There were 4 in the other division.  Just one of those days! We ride around when not on calls to show a presence in the area.

We had another quiet afternoon and evening.

Wednesday- I had a hair appointment at 9. I dropped Bob off at the RV storage, and he drove the RV over to the condo. I ran by the Posse, to drop off the Oho squash and cucumbers, on my way back to the condo. I worked on putting items into the rig. Bob worked on the netting and the drawer where we have placed the Ninja.

We returned the rig to storage, and we had our Roadrunner Zoom at 3. With the time change, it changed over to an hour earlier. We missed it last week.

Thursday- I had a 7:30 virtual Doctor appt. We discussed my foot, which is still painful. She is guessing that it may actually be a back issue, rather than a foot issue. She is not concerned about the Rheumatoid Arthritis value in the blood work. She thinks that may be a false positive, because the other inflammation values are not elevated. That was good news. She is sending me to the Neurologist in the practice for a EMG, which will show if the pain is from my back. The bad news, is that she is changing offices, and is moving to Scottsdale, 5 minutes from her home. We both had tears in our eyes, as this is a Doc I really like! So I am moving to the Doc at the Village Medical 4 blocks from us. He was the Doc who helped us with the Covid.

At 9, I had my dental appt. to put in a cap, as I have a bad filling. Normally, we would go to Mexico for this to be done, but not this time. We don’t want to go to Mexico until the pandemic is under control. Here $989, Mexico $150…big difference for the same dental treatment!

The installation of the cap went well until he went to glue it in. The one in front popped out! So he had to re-glue that one in. He thinks there was a problem with the glue, as he had installed that one also. My jaw was a little bit sore when the numbing shot wore off.

The rest of the day was quiet, other than Bob running to the library to pick up a book. The weather was pretty wild this afternoon, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. So we skipped the social on the green, if they even had it!

Friday-  Wow, I beat my record for time for my bike ride! Now I need to beat that record. We were off to Costco during the senior hours. We stopped at Dollar Tree, to pick up a noodle, to split and put on the wood across the entrance to the front of the RV. Without it we might hit our heads( of course we will !), so we bought a noodle to protect us. We also stopped at Best Buy, to purchase a HDMI cord which will connect to the TV and the cell phone so that we can stream on our cell phones, instead of on the internet. We will see how this works!

We ran to Sams Club for a few items, and returned home. We ate lunch, and I took a short nap. I dressed in uniform and went to the Posse at 3:30, for a 4 pm shift. This was my 4th confidence ride. I went with Larry Holms, who was a hoot. We had a good time. The first 2 emergency calls were taken by the duty officer, as he was closer to the scenes. Our third one was a kitchen fire. We arrived to find the fire department just cleaning up. The guys were getting out of their hazard suits. They must not have checked the attic, if there was one. Suddenly the fire shot up from the roof. I unfortunately, missed the flames in my pictures.

House fire 1

House fire 2

It was hysterical, watching the firefighters trying to quickly get back into their hazard suits. Shoes were flying! My post was to go to the other end of the street to direct traffic. Yeah, people wanted to drive over the hoses! One lady was really upset, as she was not good at turning her car around, and this was the only way she knew where she was going…. After about an hour, we were released, as MCSO, was on the scene. This ended up being a 4 alarm fire. Two SC fire companies, Peoria, and Glendale were all there! Yes, ladies, there were firefighters who could have posed for calendars!

We continued our very busy schedule. On the evening shift, we check a bunch of churches, to make sure all the doors are locked and that the golf courses are closed up. We check on water wells to make sure there is no leaking water and that the gates are closed and locked. Larry drove, as he had a regular route. It was very busy!

We picked up dinner at a Subway and went back to base for dinner. We continued our route. When we drove thru the north golf course, there was a huge party going on, inside, without social distancing and no masks. Governor Dumbass( excuse my language) has opened the state, and lifted all the mask requirements. A lady behind us in Best Buy this morning had tried to walk in without a mask. The employees made her mask up. She told me that the pandemic was over and she thought masks were no longer required. She was surprised when I told her that AZ University had found 2 cased of the British variant, and it was in todays newspaper. She did not know what a variant was or that the CDC is still saying mask up! It was a polite conversation.

Sat. Mar 12 to Fri. Mar. 19- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  The weather forecast for today is cooler, windy, and rain. We are going to be outside assisting with traffic control for the Sun City pop up vaccination clinic. We were originally, going to drive straight to the Sundial Recreation Center, for the clinic, but with the rain coming, we went to the Posse office to pick up raincoats. Our shift started at 8.

We drove our car to the facility. This was day 5 of the clinic. You would think that they would have their act together. They were 45 minutes late starting. You can imagine the build up of cars waiting. It took about 5 minutes per shot.  Dave Powers, the Posse leader for the clinic, had 56 hours to get the Posse volunteers organized. He managed to do it! The hold up was Embry, the medical service whose folks were giving the shots.

Dave brought sweets from the NY Bakery, for us. That was a bad thing, as their baked goods are out of this world! We stay away from them most of the time!

We finished at 12, and stopped at McDonalds drive thru to grab some lunch. We returned home and took a nap! We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday-  We woke up early and ran to Frys and Walmart. We stopped at Costco, but they did not open until 10. We purchased gas for $2.93/gal. We took the rest of the groceries home, and returned to Costco. We went to Chompies which is a NY deli/bakery in the mall. We ordered sandwiches for lunch, and checked on their St, Patrick’s Day dinner. We are going to pick up the corned beef etc, rather than cook our own. We found out we can order via phone, and pick up.

We returned home, put the Costco stuff away, and ate lunch. After lunch, we did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob started working on the plywood for the bunk bed that we are converting to storage.

I started trying to get appts. for our vaccinations. No luck at all, online. So I called a phone number that Mary Ann had given me. I got through, and we are set up for St. Patrick’s Day, for the 1st PFIZER shot. It still a little early, but it was take it or leave it.  How fast are they moving, my number ends in 006, Bob’s number ends in 0061. That was all during the phone call!

Monday- It was my day for a confidence ride with the Posse. I was riding with David Jordan, who Bob rode with last Monday. After Bob’s Monday last week, I was expecting a super busy day. Nope, it was pretty quiet, up until 10:45. We had 7 Vacation Watches and 2 medical calls. The rest of the day, we did “drive byes”. At one house, I found the bubblers running. Bubblers are the sprinkler system. I checked with David and he said that some of the folks leave their sprinkler systems working.  We definitely, will be turning off our water when we leave for the summer!

At 10:45, Tina ( who was the Duty Officer) called us all. There was a missing person, who had dementia, and had wandered off.  The person had on a tracking device, but it was not working. The person had been missing for 2 hours at this point.  The family had been looking for him. So they finally had called the Sheriffs office, who contacted us. We all headed for the house, meeting up with everyone else, including the police. Everyone started looking for the person. Change of shift is at 11:30, so now there were twice as many cars out,  looking for the person. We were asked it we needed to leave or could stay. We chose to continue looking for the person. The person was found a noon. So our shift was released to return to base, and do our end of shift check out.

Bob picked me up, as he had needed the car. He had taken the car over to the storage unit, and picked up the rig. He brought the rig over and installed the plywood in the bunk area. He thinks he is going to need to make some adjustments. He also worked on some other RV tasks.

He returned the rig to the storage unit, and waited for me to contact him to pick me up. When we were released to return to base, I had given Bob a time to pick me up. He and the dogs arrived. We have been taking the dogs for a lot of rides with us, to get them used to traveling about. The dogs think every time we take them in the car, we are either going to the Vet or the groomer. Roxie is okay, but Koda has needed this….. She gave Bob a hard time when he let me off at base at 5:45 am, and drove off.

She was super excited when Bob picked me up. We had a quiet afternoon, up until 4, when we went to the last Condo social of the season. There was a lot of joking and laughing, after we all got the scoop on the EMS people who had been at one of the condos, while I was eating lunch at 12:40.

There is a couple, who live up near Bonnie, in the north section of the condo’s. He had been in the hospital with Covid, since early December. She had too, but had returned home. He had finally gone to rehab, and spend 2 weeks. He was sent home, a week ago last Saturday, and went back to the hospital early Sunday. He is on 100% oxygen and not doing well. Mean time, she had a fall and went to the hospital last week, and then again today, for another fall. The daughter says that neither are coming home again. They are going to have an estate sale and sell the condo, moving the mother closer to the daughters, there are 3 of them. It sounded to me, like the husband had developed Covid related pulmonary fibrosis. He will have to go to a nursing home, if he does not pass, before leaving the hospital. The wife is also on oxygen, and it sounded like she would be remaining on it for the rest of her life. Sigh, it is so sad…

Once that story was told, the group brightened up and there was a lot of discussion on the vaccine appointments and then a lot of teasing and laughing. There was a lot of picking on the Canadian folks, but they have a good sense of humor. Evidently, their refrigerator went out while they were gone, this past summer, and they lost their Baileys Irish Cream and some other alcohol, in addition to the items in their freezer.

We had taken the dogs with us, as they know all the other dogs. Roxie was ready to return home after about 1/2 an hour. Koda was having a good time. Roxie had to wait until we were ready to leave at 5.

We returned, ate leftovers for dinner, and watched some TV.

Tuesday- We were up very early again today. I dropped Bob off at the Posse base, and returned home. We had taken the dogs with us. Today, Koda seemed to understand, and she did not give me any back talk with I dropped Bob off. ( Yes, dogs do talk, this is not barking, it is talking!). I returned home and did some tasks around the condo. At 9:10, I left for the Posse for the Operation Meeting. Bob met up with me there. There were several new people there and one of the gals who had been in the hospital for over 30 days with Covid was there. It was nice to see her back, and feeling well enough to attend.

I stopped by the Library on the way home. I returned, with the dogs, and picked up Bob at 11:30. He had a pretty quiet day, for his confidence ride.

Bob had a Doc appt. in the afternoon, which was in the office. I went along and we went to Brusters for ice cream afterwards. The rest of the day was quiet, although, the Walmart near Costco, had a fire. It was intentionally set, and is closed indefinitely. We don’t use that one very often, as we don’t like that store.

Wednesday- Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We were scheduled for our Pfizer vaccinations at 11:30 this morning. So we left at 10:30, as they are at the college campus in downtown Phoenix. The only hitch, was that we both have medication allergies, and after the shot, they directed us into the 15 minute line, instead of the 30 minute line. We ended up having to back the car up, and go into the other lane, so that we did not block traffic.

We stopped at In ‘n Out burger for lunch, then at Michaels for frames. We returned home. I fell asleep in the recliner for a short nap. We had our dental cleanings at 3, so we were off to the dental office.

On the way home, we took a detour to Chompies to pick up corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, Irish soda bread, and dessert. They brought it out to the car for us.

When we returned home, we had a small happy hour with Todd, Carol, Mary Ann, and Bonnie, all of whom are in our bubble. Bob attended and we had too much Bailey’s Irish Cream!

I only ate a small part of our dinner, and we will have more tomorrow. Both of our arms are sore from the vaccination.

Thursday- Bob did not sleep well and woke up with a mild fever of 100.3. He took some Tylenol, and that took care of it. He felt better during the day. We both took it easy today with no bike riding. We took a nice nap in the afternoon. At 4, we went to the social on the green. There were 15 socially distance folks there. Everyone, including us, has at least had their first vaccination. Several are waiting for the second. There was a lot of laughter. Vi brought peppermint brownies, fresh out of the oven, and still warm! This is a neat recipe. It was, put 1/2 brownie batter put into the pan, then peppermint patties across the brownie batter, then covered with the rest of the batter, and bake. There went the diet, but they were delicious!

We returned and had leftover corned beef and cabbage for dinner. We have enough left for tomorrow night also! Our arms are still sore, but less than last evening. Our Walmart had a fire today, no injuries in either fire. Arson again, but this time they caught the guy. The idiot had locked his keys in his car! We also found out there had been other arsons, at Walmart’s in the area, so hopefully this idiot is going to jail for a long time!

Friday- I rode my bike in the morning. We ran over to the Posse office and I cancelled my tour of duty on April 9, which is the day after our next vaccine shot. We have heard that the second shot is worse than the first, so I was not taking any chances.

We stopped at Macy’s on the way home and I purchased a new top to go with my new skimmers.

We ate lunch, had a quiet afternoon and evening. The weather has been beautiful, with temps in the low 80’s and bright blue skies. So at 3, we took the dogs out into our courtyard to play. Mary Ann and her service dog, Vic( a large black lab) and Carol with her two Chihuahua’s, Mini and Rosie, joined us.  We were out there for an hour and 20 minutes. The dogs had a blast. They chased the ball and chased each other, at least Vic and Koda did! They all napped afterwards.   We finished off the corned beef and cabbage for dinner.. Next time I will try to get more pictures.

Dogs play 1

Sat. Mar. 6 to Fri. Mar. 12- Sun City AZ

Saturday- In the newspaper yesterday there was a notice that the fruits/veggies 70lb for $12, was at the Methodist Church up the road, starting at 8. We were going to pick up veggies. Nope, they were not there! Darn!

We continued up the road to Fry’s and Walmart for groceries. We returned home and did tasks around the condo. Laundry for me and Bob cleaned the patio. It was beautiful out, so I sat out on the patio reading my book.

Bob ran over to the rig. He had an epiphany about  his side of the dual recliner. There are little trays that you can put over your seat. Bob’s side hits the wall on the side. His idea will not work. My side is okay. Even making the tray smaller will not work.

It was a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday- We went to the Litchfield Park Art and Wine Festival. We met up with Jim and Diane there. Everyone was required to wear masks, but it was difficult to 6ft distance, but we did the best that we could. We are not worried, as it was outside. and people were moving along. There was a beer and wine garden, but we passed, as it was very crowded. The art was beautiful. Diane and Jim had a late breakfast, so they left. We grabbed some Gourmet Grilled Cheese sandwiches, which we ate sitting on a couple of chairs, out of the way. They were really good.

We left and stopped at Jim and Diane’s where we were able to distance. We spent another hour with them. Bob had a beer there!

We returned home, walked the dogs, and went to Freddies for some frozen custard.
We went thru the drive-thru.

We returned home, cooked dinner, and watched TV.

Monday- Bob’s first confidence ride with David Jordan, who is a member of the Executive Board. They wore masks the entire time in and outside the car. They were extremely busy the entire time. They had 24 vacation watches and a lot of the medical calls.  They were driving up one street and they saw a what they assumed was a homeless guy sitting on a concrete bench. A woman flagged them down and said that the guy was intoxicated, as he had been weaving when walking. The woman moved on. They talked to the guy, who said he was okay, but, he wanted them to move along so he could rape the lady. They called 911.  The guy figured out that they had called 911, so he took off with them following him. He ran between two houses, one of which was empty, so they sat for a long time, waiting to see if he would come back. The Police never arrived. Glad this guy is on the other side of Sun City.

Bob arrived home and we ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday- My first confidence ride, with Tina. We had a quiet day, with just 3 calls. and 2 Vacation Watches. There was also a missing woman, but she was found before we finished the medical call we were on.

After my shift, I returned home, we ate lunch, then took a nap. Both of us were really tired.Getting up at 4:45 in the morning, we went to bed early and slept in until almost 6 AM on Wed. morning.

At a little after 3, we ran over to Alan and Donna’s. They want our cushions from the rig. We brought them the table and the cushions. Allan is going to work with them, and they are gong to add them to their fold out couch, when their sons come to visit, at Easter.

Wednesday-  After bike rides, we brought the rig over to the condo to continue to work on it. Bob put the bike rack on the rig. It makes us 2ft longer. Hmm, some of the places that we are staying only want rigs that are 25 ft or less. Will have to look at that!

Francoise, who lives nearby, stopped by since she saw the rig in front of our garage. She has really wanted to see it, but had missed it when we have had it over. She, and her husband, had a Class C rig many years ago and she says she really misses it, but does not want to travel alone, since her husband passed.

After lunch, we returned the rig to the storage facility. Bob had been concerned that we would be in trouble with them, since we are 2 ft. longer, but we fit in the site perfectly.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening. The weather has been cooler, so no sitting outside right now.

Thursday- We had a quiet day. After lunch, I ran to the Library and to Fed EX with a package to return. We went to the afternoon social time. Only 9 people present, because it was chilly with a strong wind. It’s always social distancing.

Friday- Another quiet day for us. I finished this puzzle. It is #6 of the 10 Thomas Kincaid puzzles. This is the last of the 300 piece puzzles. Next, we are on to the 500 pieces.

Puzzle #6

Sat. Feb 27 to Fri. Mar.5- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We had a quiet day. I rode my bike early in the morning and Bob rode his bike later. I worked on the puzzle, my diamond painting, and read my book. Bob worked on the wood for the rig.

At 2:30, Donna texted that they had veggies. Did we want any? Yes, so we ran over to Paradise to their rig. We picked up Roma tomatoes and zucchini. We also, sat and talked with them. MaryAnne and Ray showed up and a little bit later Mike and Linda arrived. We all sat outside, over 6 ft distanced, with masks on. It was so nice to sit and chat with our friends. Everyone,except MaryAnne (and us)  has had the vaccine. MaryAnne cannot take it due to her Sjogren’s Syndrome(it is an autoimmune disease which, if she took the vaccination, would put her in bed for months, if not in the hospital. She can’t take the flu vaccine either.)

We returned, ate dinner and had a quiet evening at home.

Sunday- I discovered, the hard way, that the tubing for our hand held shower head had developed a leak. It squirted right into my ear! Bob looked at it, and could not repair it, so our first stop this morning was at Lowe’s for a new shower head.

Then we were off to Fry’s and Walmart. It took us a little longer today for some reason. We arrived home, ate lunch at 11:45 ,and had our 12:00 Zoom.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening. No bike rides today, as we had 30 mph winds in the valley.

Monday-  We did a lot of tasks in the morning. At 12:30, we had our Posse, Grand Avenue training. Tina showed us around the facility. Once we get our tags to be able to unlock the door and our name plates, we will be able to work in the Grand Ave Posse office. There is not much to it.

At 4, we had our condo social. There were 14 people, all social distancing. This social is out in the parking lot, and everyone sits in a huge circle.

We ate dinner and had another quiet evening.

Tuesday- At 10 we had the Posse General mtg. We have never been to a full General Mtg, due to the pandemic. The meeting is divided into two groups. We signed up for the second group at 10. The first one is at 9. Everyone sits, socially distanced, with masks on. I had 2 masks on, Bob only one, because of his hearing aide and the BAHA.

We were welcomed  back by everyone, and Dave Miller, the Commander include us in the meeting. There was a round of applause that we were back. That was nice!

After, we returned home. Bob received a text that one of his medications was ready at Walgreens. I had received an email from Walgreens saying that it was Senior Week. We had a 30%discount on regular priced items. So we purchased a few items, getting a nice discount.

We ordered lunch from Café Zupas, and went to pick it up. We returned home. After lunch, I worked on the diamond painting. At 3:30, Bob left for his last training session, with Tina. I had been very specific with them, that when we returned, we would only go with people who take the virus seriously! Tina is one of them.

Bob said that they were very, very busy. On the training runs, you do not normally attend the actual calls. They were so busy, they were called off of the other duties to do the medical calls. At least Bob got his last training run completed. Next week, we both start the “confidence” runs.

I was at home, ate dinner, and walked the dogs.

Wednesday- It was Air Conditioning day. The Condo does this every year. They have a deal with an air conditioning company, and for $35, we get an inspection of our unit. Works for us! All we had to do is sign up and write a check. Its a really good deal!

The AC guy found that we had a loose connection for our battery in the thermostat. That was our only issue. After they left our condo, we went to Costco. Purchased lots of veggies and fruits. It was a little bit busier, as it was just after the senior hour which ends at 10; we arrived at 10. We also purchased gas, which was $2.99 /gal.

We returned home, put everything away and it was almost lunch time. We ate lunch, and at 1, I was supposed to play Maj with MaryAnne. Her computer went down, so she cancelled. I started to read my book and fell asleep, joining Bob who was already napping.

I finished my diamond painting.

Musical tree

The blue around the edge is just painters tape to keep the area clean.

We had high winds in the afternoon. I was glad that I rode my bike early in the morning. We had our usual 4 PM Roadrunner Zoom.

Thursday- Here is our patio after yesterdays winds. There are no trees with leaves near us!  The patio had been nice and clean!  I also had to ride around a lot of branches on the streets when I was riding my bike this morning. I was back up to my 5 miles, but slower time than I used to do, so I need to still work on that.

leaves

At 11:45, we had a Posse meeting of the “Website Membership Focus Group”. Ann, the leader, and the two of us were the only ones who showed up. Some folks had sent in suggestions. We made suggestions and met a new person, as we had not met Ann before. This gave us 2 more hours.

We returned home and had a quiet afternoon until 4, when we went to the social hour on the green. There was on only 1 person there, besides us, who had not had their vaccination. She is 59, and is getting it next week.

I tried calling Paula. I also called Charlie and he called me back. I left messages for both of them. Charlies said that Paula’s phone battery may have died. She is doing better. She is still in the PACU, but is walking and her kidneys, are coming back. No discharge plans yet. I passed on the info to MaryAnne.

Friday- We brought the rig over to the condo. Bob did some tasks, the we put in the dual recliner into the rig. In the center is a seat, but there is also storage underneath and you can see where we have plugged in the two cords for the charging slots.The center cushion folds down, and there are two cup holders and the phone charging slots.  We did not choose an electric recliner, because we did not feel that we needed it. The electric is just for charging our phones.

RV dual sofa

Bob had to move the seatbelts from the left side to behind the sofa, as we need them to hook up the dogs and to keep the sofa from flying forward during turns. We do have some storage behind the sofa. Right now we have placed the cushions from the drivers/passenger seats, They lift the seats, so it is more comfortable when sitting in the seats to talk to anyone sitting on the sofa. We will see how much we can squeeze back there!

After lunch, we returned the rig to the storage facility. We had a quiet afternoon. Since we were tired, we ordered coconut shrimp form Georges, rather than cooking dinner.

Sat. Feb. 20 to Fri. Feb. 26- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I had a really bad day with the steroids.Only 2 pills today.  I  napped in the morning and the afternoon and all I did was some laundry, watched TV and read.

Bob was busy with making items for the RV and doing tasks around the condo. We basically had a quiet day.

Sunday-  I took the last steroid pill this morning. So glad this is over. I have taken steroids before, and this is the first time I have felt this awful while taking them. Now hoping it does some good! So far, no…

I did feel better today. So I did a little cleaning and laundry. We had our usual noon Zoom.

Monday-  I had my follow-up appointment with the Orthopedic Doc. My lab values were basically normal, except for an elevation in my RA Factor (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Greater than 20 is a positive result, and mine was 29. Soooo, the Doc referred me to a Rheumatologist. I am waiting for the Rheumatologist’s office to call so I can get an appointment. In AZ, the specialists are booked for months, but I really would like an appointment sooner.

The Doc also suggested a local, family owned, shoe store which specializes in neuropathy, which is also what my pain can be. They opened at 10, and we ran over there. The store was very busy. I met with a gal named Cat. The appointments are 40 minutes. Mine was 1 hr, 40 minutes. The store is in the same parking lot as Total Beverage, so you know where Bob headed to wait!

Anyway, Cat and I discussed my issues, she measured my feet, she had me walk across the store and she filmed my gait, on an iPad. We discussed those results, then she put me into a machine that took pictures and showed footprints. It was all very informative. All this was free, also! So then we worked on inserts. I usually wear the Superfeet green, as recommended by the Ortho doctors. We purchase them at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and they never go on sale. They are $49.99. Instead, she moved me to Powerstep Pulse inserts, $46.99, so a little less expensive, but really less than custom inserts!

Then we worked on shoes. Their selection was limited, due to the Midwest weather and some of the shoes are in a ship, stuck in LA harbor. I tried several shoes and widths. I finally found one that did not seem to hurt the arch, the top of my foot, or the burning at the end of my great toe. Cat also tied my laces much differently. I immediately, changed my larger, wider Sketchers( that I recently purchased) to that different lacing. What a difference all of this made!

I also had another foot issue, which my mother had found, when I was a toddler. The tip of my great toe curves up. This causes me to go through cloth shoes rapidly. As a kid, I usually wore sneakers with the rubber tip, until I got older and moved to leather shoes. I do eventually, go through the leather shoes, it just takes longer!

Cat said, no problem; she put Gorilla tape, in the new shoes over the toe area. Evidently, Gorilla tape sticks really well to cloth.  Hmmm, easy fix, we will see how well it works. So $199 later, I returned home with these. 

By this time my problem areas were pretty inflamed. We stopped at The Habit to pick up burgers for lunch, and returned home. While we were picking up lunch to take home, we received a call, scheduling the delivery of the dual recliner, for between 12-4 tomorrow afternoon.

After lunch, we ran over the the Posse and turned in some paperwork. Bob is continuing his drawing and sawing of wood!

Tuesday-  Our friend Paula is having knee replacement surgery today, so I have been on the phone with her and texting a lot with her over the last few days. I worked more on the diamond painting, the puzzle and finished a book. I returned it to the library and picked up 4 more.

Bob had dropped his bike off last week, at a bike store. His tire was leaking air.We picked up his bike, after our trip to Costco, during the senior hours!

I am back to riding my bike each morning, as the Doc said I could start again. Bob has also started riding his bike. With not riding my bike for so long, I can really feel how out of shape I am. Slowly increasing my riding! 

Around 3, the recliner was delivered by UPS Freight. It was one big box. Bob was concerned, as he was afraid it had arrived, all put together. Nope, each part was separately wrapped in plastic.

Bob cut down the side of the box and we moved the parts to the back of the garage, near his work bench. We had parked the car in the back parking lot, so I went and retrieved the car, once everything, including the palate the box arrived on. I posted on Nextdoor, to see if anyone wanted the palate. So far, no one does. Oh well…..

We had a quiet rest of the day. No foot pain with the old shoes, with laces tied differently.

Wednesday- I wore the new shoes today. What a difference they made! No pain!

I had a hair cut scheduled today, so I dropped Bob off at the RV Storage on the way. Kathy cut my hair, and I returned home.Bob was already working on some small projects in the rig. We moved one part of the chair into the rig, and Bob went to work, on deciding how to install everything. We also worked on some other projects in the rig. Bob needs some supplies, so after lunch we took the rig back to the storage unit.

At 1, we attended a virtual memorial service, for our Posse friend, Ruth,, who passed away January 16, of Covid, as the same hospital that Bob had been in when he had Covid. It was interesting( she had an interesting life, developing polio at 5 years old) and moving.

I worked on my diamond painting, the puzzle, and read my book outside. The temps the last two days have been in the low 80’s. Once Bob finished the sawing, he cleaned off the patio. Then Koda went out and dug in the dirt, throwing dirt onto the patio. Little devil! Right now we are putting money into  the rig, not the patio.

Paula was having a lot of pain and her temperature was increasing. She called the doctor. I had told her not to take Tylenol with her Oxycodone. Sure enough, the Doc told her to take Tylenol. (Tylenol is a component of Oxy) and it is very easy to get too much Acetaminophen, and have liver damage. So she told the Doc no, and he had her to take some Advil.

Thursday- Bob had some medical testing today, so I stayed home and worked on some projects. Paula is doing better, her fever and pain are decreasing. We have gotten our Posse scheduled straightened out. Bob still needs to do one training ride and both of us need to do our six  confidence rides. I insisted that we be placed with folks who take the Covid virus seriously. The Posse is now doing daily cleaning of the building and more cleaning of the cars. They were already cleaning the cars after each duty tour.

At 4, we went to the social hour. Double masks and most of the gals there had already had their vaccinations, some of them even both of them. We were also doing the six feet away, actually, it looked like more than that! The dogs really enjoy going. There were a total of 9 dogs there. Lots of greeting, barking and butt sniffing. Then they settled down. Everyone was talking about the increase in the number of coyotes that have been spotted. In AZ it is matting season from January 1 to March 15, so they are out mating and hunting. Their gestation period is a short 2 months, so we will be seeing more of them for awhile, hunting for food for their young. Of course, we also solved the world problems! The weather cooperated, with high 70’s and no wind.

We returned and cooked dinner and watched some TV.

Friday-  Bob’s PCP’s office had called yesterday to have him schedule a follow-up chest X-ray, due to his having Covid pneumonia. So this morning he ran over for an 8 AM appointment. I had my Mammogram at 11 AM. When I arrived in the parking lot, I found a credit card on the ground. So I picked it up, put it in the car, and went to my appointment. On my way home, I dropped it at the drive thru,  at a Wells Fargo banking center.

Bob did his second favorite shopping, at the local hardware store. I purchased our Weathertek floor liners for the rig. Bob tried making sweet potato chips in our air fryer. They were soggy or burnt. Oh well!