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Sat. Jan. 8 to Fri. Jan. 14- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We went to Estate Sales today. We found a few items to purchase. We returned home, ate lunch, and had a quiet afternoon. Bob worked on a project on his computer, setting up a sign to make at the Wood Shop. We had our Zoom with my high school friends.

Sunday- We did our usual dash to Walmart in the morning. Early Sunday morning is a great time to go to Walmart as no one else was there, although, they make it difficult to check out. They had the self-checkout open on one end, and two check-outs open, next to each other on the other end of the store.

We returned home to find that Koda had worked on trying to open the trash cabinet door. She managed to get out pieces of the trash bag. We did not greet her, we told Roxie what a good dog she was, and told Koda we were so disappointed in her. We showed her the door and told her it is a no-no. She seem to understand as she looked unhappy.

We discussed several options, and decided that Bob would put a heavy magnet on the door. We will see how that works.

The rest of the day was quiet with Bob still working on his sign and I was reading.

Monday- I had orientation at the Posse Grand Avenue satellite office from 9-12. I arrived just before 9 and opened up the office. The other gal, Barbara, arrived at 9:05. She does this every day so that she does not have to open the office. Seriously? All you have to do to open the office is call into Base to let them know that the office is open, open the door to the back office, move the flags outside the entry door, start the air purifier and check the mail box. You also start the sheet for the day where you write down who visited and why.

The other gal she usually with, usually opens up the office. I quickly learned that Barbara did not know how to work the phone. Guess that is why she doesn’t want to open the office! I had to teach her how to use the Android. She did not even know the pin code. Geez! She did know the password for the computer, although she was afraid to unplug the computer to untangle the cords. She still had a problem with the phone when she tried to call in to let them know we were leaving at 12. Now I know why she does not want to be at Grand alone. We had eleven visitors. According to Barbara that is a lot of visitors. 

Bob continued to work on his computer to build items he wants to make on the computerized equipment at the Wood Shop. I ran home, ate lunch and left for my Zentangle Art workshop. I arrived early so that I could sharpen my color pencils since I will need them on Wednesday morning for my card class.

I finished my third Zentangle Art piece. Here they are. I don’t know what I will do with the 2022 one, but the other two, I can reduce, color, and put on cards. Hmmm, I think I will color it, put it in plastic, and put it on the back gate!

I arrived home and read for the rest of the day. We ate leftovers for dinner and caught up on some recorded TV.

Tuesday- I had my next NG treatment this morning. It went well and I felt good when I left. The hyperbaric oxygen was also going at the same time. When the man got out of the machine, he said that he was doing the oxygen therapy because he had a huge scar on his bald head from cancer removal. When I saw him, he had a little bitty scab. Wow, it must have really worked for his scar!

I returned home and worked on cards. Bob read, then took Koda to her first Manners 3 class. It would have been nice if the instructor taught the Manners 3. When it was over, Bob was talking to Mary about the plans for Koda. Mary said to him, then you should be in Manners 3. Bob said to her, you called my wife and had me switch to this class as Manners 3. She looked startled and realized that she had taught the wrong class! They had not had enough people for the Monday class, so they moved Bob and Koda to Tuesday. Oops!

He returned and I went to my manicure. I returned and Bob went to Walgreens to pick up his prescription. The rest of the evening was quiet. We had leftovers for dinner and watched some recorded TV.

Wednesday- Bob dropped me off at April’s card making class. She is so creative! There were 8 of us, which is the max for a class. Here is a picture of Carolyn and me. Carolyn and I are helping April with some of the gals who are just getting started with card making. Bob went to the wood shop to cut some wood.

I went home for lunch, then I was off to Card Embroidery. I have been busy with embroidering cards while watching TV in the evening. I copied a bunch of patterns.

We went to the social hour on the green. Most of the usual people showed up which was nice. We had a quiet evening.

Thursday- Whew, what a busy day I had! I had my NG treatment scheduled for 8:30, but they had called yesterday and I missed the call, that Jose had been exposed to Covid. I really need to check my phone more often! They were still on Covid restrictions at the office.

I had planned to go to the Calligraphy room to do some work, after NG. So I went early. Yesterday, our neighbor Sally gave me a bag full of cards to make “Love Cards”. These are cards we give to the Nursing Homes and Assisted Living residents for various holidays and birthdays.

I used the paper cutter and cut up the cards. Then I chose some cards and started making some Love Cards. I was able to make 6 of them. I took them home to do the calligraphy in them.

Love cards

At 11, I needed to be at the Bell Craft Club for the monthly meeting. The meeting lasted 25 minutes. Then I went to the club room, opened it back up, and monitored for the afternoon, until 3. I had taken my lunch with me.

I returned home. Bob had worked on the table on the patio. Because we have a cover over part of the patio that has a large weave for the rain. When we sit at the table, we get a lot of sun. We are not ready to change the cover yet, so we needed a solution, without having to remove the cover. We can’t put anything over the cover as it is straight, not slanted. So when we do get to this project, we will need to do a major change, as the new one will need to be slanted, to drain water.

We brainstormed for a while and finally came up with taking the patio umbrella we already have and shortening it so that it fits under the cover. So Bob worked on that project. He said it was not easy to saw the bottom off the heavy pole.

Bob went to Total Wine and More for a beer run. I went to the Tortoise and Hare for new black shoes for the Posse.

We had a quiet evening.

Friday- Posse morning. We had 10 Vacation Watches. We had two medical calls. We had finished all of our Vacation Watches. We were cruising a shopping center when we saw a fire truck heading by with lights flashing. So we followed it. We were almost to the home, when the Posse call came in. Obviously, we took the call. It took ½ hour for the Medic unit to arrive. Maggie, the dispatcher contacted us to make sure we were okay, as it took so long.

Sunrise from one of the golf courses

We returned home. My Handicap Placard had arrived. I really thought it would take longer to get here! We took it to the UPS store to have it laminated. It’s sort of curved, so I have it under books to get it to flatten out.

We had a quiet evening at home, BBQ’d chicken for dinner. So far since Sunday, Koda has not gotten into the trash!

Sat. Jan. 1 to Fri. Jan. 7- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Happy New Year! We had a Pot Luck brunch at 10 AM at Deanna’s, across the alley. She has the perfect party condo, as she has one of the large condos, like we have, and she has it set up for parties. There were 12 of us with lots of great food. I made chocolate croissants, with crescent rolls. They are always a hit! Deann had Kirkland Irish Cream. We both had a glass (or 2). It is as good as Bailey’s Irish Cream! We tasted that there also, and they tasted exactly the same!

Bill, Todd, Lee and Bonnie @ brunch
Deann had this sign on a table!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday- We went shopping at Walmart. They did not have the distilled water again, so we stopped at Bash’s on the way home. They did not have any water either. We will check back tomorrow or Tuesday to see is they have restocked the shelves.

We arrived home at about 9:15 after grocery shopping. We walked into the kitchen to find that Koda had gotten into the trash. The trash is behind a cabinet door and on wheels. She had gotten ahold of the top of the trash bag and pulled it out of the trash can. The floor was covered with trash. We let her know that we were very unhappy with her. We have been crate training her since the last incident, so now she is going to have to go into the crate.

We cleaned up the mess which included a lot of items including coffee grounds. Bob started doing tasks on his computer and I went into the living room and started reading my book. I noticed that Koda was wandering around the living room sniffing. She left and then Roxie started doing the same thing. I realized that we had a chicken from Costco for dinner the last couple of days and the bones might have been in the trash can. I went to Bob and asked if he had taken out the trash with the bones. He was not sure so he went out and checked the outside trash can. No bones. Uh oh!

Chicken bones can cause gastric problems for dogs, which means that they can break up in their GI system and can do damage, or they can get stuck in the intestines.

Obviously both dogs participated in the crime! So I called the Vet office. They could not fit us in, but they gave us the names of several other vet offices. So I called them. No appointments available. So we called the Emergency Vet office. They took our information and emailed us forms to complete. We packed up the dogs and their Vet information and drove to the Emergency Vet office. They had to be dropped off, and they would be seen in 6 hours.

We arrived at the site, called into the office, and waited. There were other cars with people and pets in them waiting. After about 15 minutes, they came out and gave us more paperwork, and of course asking for credit card data.

They took the dogs in, but we were still to wait. They checked their vital signs, and then brought them back to us. The Vet had checked them and said that they would pass the bones. We were told to watch for blood in stools and trouble passing the bones. They did not charge us! Whew, our last visit at an emergency vet, back in Maryland, cost of $1000, and that was at least 28 to 30 years ago. We had visions of thousands of dollars, for their bill.

We returned home, picking up lunch from Good Cents on the way, arriving home at 12:30.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening with me finishing up the laundry. Bob has been on the computer reviewing information for the machine at the wood shop.

Monday- I worked on cards and Bob did his first of the month tasks around the condo. At 1, I went to Tangle Art. Bob dropped me off as he has some tasks he wanted to do.

Bob picked me up at 3, and at 4 we went to the Condo Social in the parking lot behind the courtyard. It was chilly, so we all moved into the sun.

We returned, ate dinner, put Koda in the crate, and picked up Maryann to go to the Next Gen meeting at 6:30. We arrived and sat at a table, just the 3 of us. Melinda and Paul came in and we invited them to join us. It was a really good thing we did. After the meeting, we played “Name That Tune”. We had to name the song name, the artist name and the year. Thank goodness, they knew most of the answers.

Melinda wrote our answers on a piece of paper, we had been given. Bob ran them up to the guy who was running the game. At the end, we had the most points, but they gave extra points to the losers, so one table by-passed us and actually won! STOP THE STEAL!  LOL

We have a camera that we can see what Koda is doing, the app is on Bob’s phone; she slept and just laid there. Roxie kept her company, most of the time.  She raced around the condo when we let her out of the crate.

Tuesday- We had to wear our uniforms to the Posse Meeting this morning. We were finally taking the oath, which was given by the MCSO Constable. He was very good at it. They swore in the Commander, the Board, the Lieutenants, Master Sergeants, and finally new members. Since it was for new members from 2020 and 2021, there were 20 of us.

Posse swearing in…

I have volunteered to assist at the Grand Avenue office, so I met with Cindy, the new Lieutenant for Support Services.

We returned home, as we cannot wear our uniforms anywhere when not on duty. We let Koda out of the crate. She went bonkers and raced around the condo.

We waited until Barbara arrived. She was cleaning the condo. We left to go buy baby locks for the cabinets. We started at Walmart, nope, we did not like those. They now had the distilled water for $1.19 gal.

We returned home. Barbara had left. We found that Koda had gotten the trash door open again, but she did not get anything out. She just shredded the trash bag trying to get to the trash.  Barbara called me later and told me she told her twice to stay out of the trash. Before Bob put the locks on, he caught Koda twice trying to get the door open.  So the baby locks went on the doors!

We went to JoAnn’s as I needed some glue. They did not have any. We stopped at Walmart. Target and bought the baby locks there.  I have been making embroidery cards while I am watching TV, so I bought a better lamp so that I could see well when sewing. We stopped at Michaels and I picked up the glue I needed. We stopped at Bashs and they had the distilled water for $0.99. I guess they are a loss leader for them.

I had a 3 pm NG appointment. That went well. Here is what it looks like. Bob had the Astronomy Club in the evening. He attended on Zoom. I watched a silly, but cute movie, Patrick, on Netflix about a Pug that a gal inherited.

Wednesday- Bob was monitoring at the Wood Shop this morning. So I dropped him off at 8, and went to drop off a Posse uniform shirt I had purchased. I need my name put on. The alteration place we had been using closed, due to the pandemic. So this was a new gal. I dropped the shirt off at her house.

At 8:30 I had April’s card class. We made 3×3 cards and envelopes. I had a 10:00 appointment to be measured for orthotics for my shoes. I was done by 10:30. It will take a long time to get them, due to the pandemic. They have the usual employee shortage, and naturally their immediate focus is on prosthetics for amputees.

I returned and let Koda out of the crate. Bob could see the image of me opening the door and her running between my legs. She raced around the condo. Then I redressed her and took her outside. She immediately headed for the grass, urinated and had diarrhea. I brought her back in and went back and cleaned up the grass out front.

I picked Bob up at 12. He dropped me off at at 1, I went to card embroidery. We did not attend the social on the green, as it is chilly! During the day it’s been in the 50’s.

Thursday-Koda woke Bob up at around 3 to go out. She had gas the 1st time. At 3:30, he took her out again, as she was having diarrhea. Roxie had no problems. Koda must have gotten into something!

I had to meet up with Linda at the Calligraphy room before 10:30. I took four cards I want to sell with me, but they were all rejected due to the glue that I had used. I should be using two sided tape, inside, instead. April did compliment my calligraphy. She said I was doing really well. So I brought the cards back home to change the insides. Learning was why I had taken them, as I wanted the feedback. These are the cards.

I went from Sundial to the NG treatment. I arrived to find them checking temperatures outside. The staff were all wearing NK95 masks, shields, and disposable gowns. I asked the gal who took my temperature outside, what had happened? She said that they were suddenly inundated with Covid. The treatment went well. I was feeling really good when I left the office.

This is what the ttreatment looks like. There are sponges inside the suction cups. The session lasts 26 minutes. It feels like a TENS unit.

I returned home and had lunch, then I went to Sun City West to the Neurologist. He increased my Gabapentin to 3x a day. Then he gave me a form to go to the MVA to get a handicap placard, since it is so hard for me to walk distances.

I stopped at the MVA to pick up the placard. I had to stand in a line for 25 minutes and I was in severe pain when I left. The lady behind me had the same issue. They did not have a handicap line. They did have chairs, which we could not use and be in the line. You had to take a number, but they never called them. Typical MVA idiocy!

When I finally arrived at the employee station, the gal gave me a sheet of paper, that I can use until the actual placard arrives. I guess, another bureaucratic idiocy. The placard is supposed to arrive within 2 weeks. Hah, with the postal service still in delay mode! We will see….

I returned home and put Voltaren on my feet and put them up to rest. Bob stayed home all day with Koda to make sure that she could go out when she needed too…

We ate dinner and attended the Democratic Club meeting on Zoom. The session was about the Build Back Better bill. There is a lot that we do not agree with and are really sorry that the Medicare Dental and Hearing are not in the bill. There are two really good things in the bill. First is a cap on Insulin at $35 a month. Second, there would be caps on how high the pharmaceutical companies can raise the cost of medications each year.  We also took a survey based on the bill, so we were able to give our input to the items we did not like.

Friday- We had Posse this morning. We had NO vacation watches assigned to us today. We have moved to Division 3 for the month. The member next to us, who had been assigned to Division 2, this month, had 20 to do. So the DO took five and we took three of his to lighten his load. He thanked us profusely. I told him it was just payback for the folks who had helped us when we had Division 2. He is the new Patrol Lieutenant, so it’s a good idea to get on his good side anyway!

It was a very quiet shift. There were several calls in Division 1 and 2, but we only had 2 medical calls. One of which was at the same time we were on a call, so the instructor took the student to that one as a learning call.

While it was still dark, we went to cruise through the shopping centers. We arrived at the closest shopping center to our condo and we found all the lights off in the parking lot. So we called into the Posse, and the dispatcher called APS, the electric company. The DO also came to check it out.

Our last call of the day was to a house where the lady had passed away. The family had called the Posse, from out of town, to have us check to make sure that the house was secured. We went and found the gates on both sides wide open. The doors and windows were locked. We closed the gates. Bob found that flowers had been delivered to the house. So we were told to take them to the Posse and place them on the front desk, per the family request. So that was what we did. Our DO was laughing when we came in with the flowers! The gal covering the front desk was thrilled to have the flowers to look at. She put a card on the flowers so everyone would know who donated them.

After duty, we returned home and had a quiet day. We had not put Koda in the crate as she is still having very loose stools. Yea! She had gone out the doggy door and had the stools on the new artificial turf! That is what it is there for, so we were thrilled. The baby locks worked also! So unless she has any other episodes of ‘dumpster diving’ we will not be putting her into the crate.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening at home at home.

Sat. Dec. 25 to Fri. Dec. 31- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Merry Christmas. We had a very quiet day. We took our Covid tests, and both of us were negative.

We hung up my Diamond Painting pictures. We are really happy with how they look. Bob did a great job of hanging them.

I baked a Black Forest Dump Cake for dessert. I also cooked parsley potatoes.  Bob cooked the sour dough bread loaf we have from Costco. These are really good and they are shelf good for months. These expire in June.

MaryAnne and Ray arrived at 5:30, bringing the ham and carrots. We had a great time and talked until after 9. It was so nice to see them and be able to actually see their faces!

Sunday- We ran to Fry’s this morning. We returned and I ran to JoAnne’s when they opened at 9. I needed a few card making items and I was able to use my 50% off one full price item. I was able to do a BOGO on paper, buy 2 and get three on thread, and $5 off my total purchase.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening, with me finishing the laundry. We watched Stranger on Netflix. It is based on a Harlan Cobin book and kept our attention.

Monday- Ramon, who is doing the artificial turf for our patio arrived a little after 8:30. He and another guy are getting the dirt out of our yard. While I was working on the blog, Jose, called. He set me up for an appointment doing the Neuragenex, for my neuropathy. I am so excited! The insurance approved the treatment, but as usual, we start the January deductible, next week. I will run through that really quickly.

The guys worked on the patio until 3. They removed the excess dirt and then tamped down the dirt to flatten it. They are picking up our artificial turf in the morning then returning to finish the job.

Before the work
Dirt to be removed
Dirt tamped down

We had a quiet evening. I watched a little more of Virgin River. The guy from the Wood Shop had called Bob and gave him the info he needed to read and understand. Bob worked on completing what he needed to read and review.

Tuesday- Ramon arrived around 9, after picking up the artificial turf. They finished the job before is started to rain. We are happy with how it turned out.

I had my first Neuragenex treatment at 1 PM. Jose was being trained by a gal from the company. She had the treatment herself and said it worked great for her. It feels a lot like a Tens unit. It is similar, but has a higher dosage and impact. They took some wet sponges, put them in suction cups, and put them on my legs and feet. The treatment took 20 minutes.

We finished watching the Stranger on Netflix.

Wednesday- I had a mani/pedi today at 9. At 12, I dropped Bob off at the Wood Shop. He was doing his monitoring this afternoon. I went to the card embroidery class. Because it was the 5th Wednesday of the month, we made Valentine’s Day cards for the troops. These are for 2023. The club gave us all the supplies and we made a bunch of cards. We will do this again in the spring and the fall. They are turned into the local Buick Dealership, who then sends them to the Services for the active duty people to send to their loved ones at home.

We went to the grocery store for a few items. We picked up some items for Maryann also.

Thursday- We had the Posse at 6 AM. It was chilly out, with temps in the 40’s. We completed 11 Vacation Watches and had 5 medical calls. We would have had 6, but we were already on one when the other one came in, and the Duty Officer took that call. This week they were all on the western side of the division. They were a mixture of different calls, none specifically for Covid. One house we had been to a few weeks ago. One was just a fall and they picked the person up off the floor and did not transport them to the hospital.

We were tired when we arrived home. I had my hair appointment at 1 PM. Then I was supposed to have my NG appt. at 2:30. I arrived to find that they had forgotten to call and cancel me. Oh well…I am glad it is close to the condo! I returned and took a short nap. Bob had already taken one!

We watched some recorded TV in the evening.

Friday- I went for breakfast at Tivoli Gardens with Melody, my friend from Del Webb Hospital. We spent 2 hours catching up. We had not seen each other for a long time with the pandemic.

I returned and we put the flower pots on the patio, putting the spinner in one of them. They are not where I want them, but we are trying them there. Bob wants the artificial turf to settle before we move them closer to the walls.

Completed project. The spinner is flying due to the wind today.

Maryann came by to pick up her groceries. We had all been at the Posse yesterday and she was there today, as there was the Executive Board meeting, where they decide what roles the officers serve. She took notes at the meeting, as she has been tapped to be the assistant to Vickie, the Administrative Assisstant.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening. We were in bed at 9 pm, so we missed all the New Year’s celebrations.

Here is Bob’s completed work bench.

Sat. Dec. 18 to Fri. Dec. 24- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We were out of milk bones for the dogs, so we went to Walmart this morning instead of tomorrow and we did our shopping. Walmart was out of distilled water again, so we stopped at Bashes on the way home. They had gallons of distilled water for $0.99, which is less expensive than Walmart at $1.29.

I had a massage scheduled for this morning. I arrived and Julie was not there. I waited, and unfortunately, she never showed up. I called her and sent her a text. After I returned home, she texted and called me. She was sick and she thought that she had let everyone know that she had to cancel. She sounded awful on the phone, so I believed her. I am going to give her another chance, as this is the second time there has been an issue.

I returned home and we had a quiet day up until 4:30 when we had the Zoom with Mary and Jackie. Bob did not have time to stay on, as he had to feed the dogs and walk them. I had to leave a little early, as I had to get ready for the Posse party.

We arrived at the Posse Christmas party at the Fairway Center. We took up the entire 3 rooms, with the barriers open. The dinner was catered and pretty good. Unfortunately, Bob could not eat the chicken as it was covered in bell peppers, but he happily ate the beef.

The Ukulele club played at the dinner. Trudy, the leader, is also the outgoing President of the Calligraphy club; she sent a kazoo over to me. Bob got pictures of me playing the kazoo with the others who were called up to the front.

We did not win any of the door prizes. There was a lot of donated canned food brought by members for the food bank. There was a lot of catered food left over, so we took a container and brought dinner for tomorrow night.

Sunday-We had a quiet day. I had done a lot of laundry yesterday; I did the rest today. After lunch, we fell asleep on the recliners. I worked on an embroidered card. We watched TV and read our books.

Monday- Bob dropped me off at the Diamond Painting workshop. Darlene, the instructor was back from Ohio, where she went to visit her fiancé from 56 years ago. She came back acting like a teenager. She is returning and staying with him until March. It was nice to see someone so happy!

Unfortunately, that leaves the Diamond Painting without an instructor. I have the feeling this group is going to fall apart.

Because Darlene was gone, we had our cookie party today. Because I brought a big plate, when I was not looking, people put their leftover cookies on my plate. I came home with more cookies than I took there! That was okay, I had two more places to get rid of them.

I returned home for lunch, then I went to the Tangle Art workshop. The number is growing. We went from 4 to 5 people. It is a form of doodling which is fun and restful.

I had talked to Lisa, who was sitting next to me at the Diamond Painting about Calligraphy, and she showed up in the afternoon and joined the club and signed up for April’s next class. We need 50 in the club, so I am trying my best to recruit new members. We are now at 41 members!

I returned home, we ate dinner, and we went to the Next Gen club meeting. Only 20 people showed up. We had the meeting then played a game where we had to find, sort of like bingo, answers to Christmas questions. It was fun. I have no idea who won, but it was a way to meet folks and learn about them.

As we were leaving to go to the meeting, we noticed a car in front of our next door neighbor’s condo in the alley. It was unusual. This is the lady with dementia. When we returned home, Mary Ann texted me that she had fallen again. She called her friend to come and get her up off the floor. The friend declined, as the neighbor is a heavy woman. She called 911, against the neighbor’s wishes. Of course, the lady could not get into the house, as the neighbor did not have the key put in the emergency box, and no one has a key, so the emergency folks had to break into the house again. They got her up, and evidently there was quite a scene as she was adamant about not going to the hospital and she was upset that they had to break in again, even though it was her fault. It is extremely frustrating that there is nothing we can do to assist her, and this is going to continue to happen over and over…

Tuesday- We went to the Operations Meeting at the Posse. We ran to Costco to get gas, $3.29 gal, before we went to the Posse. Before Costco opens is the best time to get gas, as there are no lines.

We had a 50 minute meeting. We left and went to Petsmart for Roxie’s food. From there we went to the Bell Maricopa Library for a Covid test kit. They did not have any, but they said that Fairway had a few. We arrived and they brought the kit out to us. There are two tests in the box. We are planning to take the test before we see MaryAnne for Christmas, as she has an autoimmune disease and cannot, under Doctors orders, get the vaccine.

It was lunch time, so we stopped at Mercers Restaurant for lunch. When the waitress brought us the check, she asked us if we wanted the free ice cream. Huh, free ice cream? Yup, on Tuesdays they give our free ice cream. So of course, we said yes. She brought us each an 8 oz. glass of very good chocolate ice cream. It was even at the right temperature. We brought home enough left overs for lunch tomorrow.

While we were eating lunch, the gal Bob had ordered fresh, home-made tamales from, called and gave Bob the location to meet up with her at 12:15. We were fairly close, to the Walmart in El Mirage, where we were to meet her.

We arrived and gave her the $17 for a dozen, still hot chicken tamales, with green sauce.

We returned home. Bob had also gotten a call from the Wood Shop, that before he takes the machine class he has signed up for, he needs to download and read a lot of material. So he returned the guys call. He went over to the wood shop, but the guy had already left, even though he told Bob to call his back after 2. On the way back, he stopped at Walgreens to pick up his medication.

I finished my Diamond Painting project. There are four season trees in the series I completed, so I am going to have to get some frames and frame the series to hang on the wall.

When Bob returned home, he checked his phone and found notice on FB, that at the Best Friends club meeting last Tuesday, we had been exposed to someone who had tested positive. It is 7 days from our exposure. I immediately called Mary Ann, and told her. She was exposed at the meeting and also at the classes on Tues, Wed, and Thur. Bob was not exposed on Fri, as that class was not on the list. I guess it was the other instructor. ( It turned our no one tested positive or was ill.)

We had the RV Club pot luck dinner tonight, but we decided to stay home. We had tamales for dinner with the glazed carrots we were planning to take to the pot luck. We are past the quarantine time for our exposure, without any symptoms. Hopefully, we are not carriers.

Wednesday- I went out on the patio to take a picture of new epoxy. I heard Todd calling my name.

The fire department and ambulance were on the way for my neighbor next door. She had fallen sometime last evening and stayed on the floor all night. Someone came to deliver food to her, and she could not open the door, so the gal called 911. Bonnie and Todd were there, and she likes Bonnie, as she has not been around as much as Todd or Mary Ann. She doesn’t know who Bonnie is or who we are.

So the emergency crews arrived. I spoke with the ambulance driver and told her it was their second time here this week. Bonnie was able to convince her to go to the hospital. She also flirted with the young fire department guys. She did not remember anything and could not give dates, times, or where she was!

She was transported to the hospital. Everyone was out there. I told them unless she has a medical need, she will be right back. Sure enough, she was! Carol had found a person, who it turned out had the Medical POA and is executor on her will. So she called that gal. The gal had brought her home from the hospital, but could not get her out of the car. So they called 911 again. When the fire truck arrived, they said just take her back to the hospital. This time they kept her. For how long, we do not know. But the POA’s mother is in an Assisted Living, and she is going to try to get our neighbor sent to one. Whew, we were all glad of that. Of course, the house is a total wreck with strong odors.

We did some tasks around the condo. At 12, I went to my card embroidery class. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Thursday- It was Posse day, so we were off early in the morning to do our patrol. Neither of us slept well, so we were very tired. We had 22 Vacation Watches, but Tina took 5, as she was training someone. It was very busy with emergency calls. Of course, they would call us to go to the opposite side of our division, just as soon as we finished one call, we had to go back across Sun City.

We got all but one of our drive-by’s done. We missed it as we had to stop for gas. We finally called in for a break at 10:45. We get off at around 11 to 11:15, and we both needed a potty break!

We turned in all of our paperwork and headed home. Mary Ann had asked me to give Carol the information on the neighbor that I had typed up, so I added the falls and 911 calls, printed it out, and took it over to Carol.

Bob and I both took a long nap. At 4, there was a girls social at Deanna’s. A lot of folks attended. That was my dinner. Bob ate a brat for dinner and left overs.

Friday- IT’s RAINING! A real, nice, soaking rain! Not a monsoon type rain. That is awesome, as we need the water so badly. It is going to rain all day. Of course, people in Arizona do not know how to drive in the rain. They fly down the road and skid. Others treat it like snow, they stay home, because it is raining!

We ran out early and did a couple of errands, then returned home. We were back by 7:30. We found out that the neighbor was transferred from the hosptial to an Assisted Living, exactly where she belongs. We also heard that she is very angry at everyone.

Sat. Dec. 4 to Fri. Dec. 10- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We went to the Posse at 10 AM to assist with decorating the building. Bob and I, worked with Dick our Thursday morning DO to put up the tree in the auditorium. We took a picture of it, as we know someone is going to make changes to the tree! Each of us broke at least one ornament. Some of the ornaments need to be replaced because they are getting so old and losing their luster.

We had lunch at the Posse, as a group activity. It was very nice.

We returned home and Bob went to Lowes for some other items. He is still working on his work bench. I have also asked him to put up some holders on the walls to put items off the floor to give us more room.

I have also been helping Bob with Koda’s training, as one person has to sit, and Koda has to stay with me until Bob calls her. She is doing really well with her training.

It was a quiet afternoon. At 4:30 we had our Zoom with Mary, Jackie and Dr. Bob. It is so nice to see them again!

We ordered some Chinese food for dinner and watched some TV in the evening.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday shopping. We were later today, so there was more traffic and people in the stores. We tried to do our budget, but for some reason Quicken was down. We had joined Ibota a few weeks ago. So far we are at $36.00 to be refunded. Wow, and we also are getting some free items!

We met up with Linda and Mike at Brusters for ice cream at 3 pm. We had a great time chatting.

Monday- I had my Diamond Painting workshop. The instructor is out of town, so someone else was leading the workshop. I sat at my usual table and no one else showed up. The other tables are really “clickish”. I texted Bob, and he was just leaving the Wood Shop, so I asked him to pick me up. I can sit at home and work on my project.

Bob dropped me at home and went to Walmart. He returned a small trash can that we had purchased. It was missing the inside, which we had not realized until we got home. We put it right outside the door on the patio, for the dog poop bags.

He returned and we ate lunch. I went to my afternoon advanced card class. We made some really messy cards, but the backgrounds are nice. I came home and scrubbed my hands to get off the dye.

At 4, we had the Condo Social Hour in the parking lot. We chatted a lot with lots of neighbors. It ended at 5.

We returned home, ate dinner, and went to the Next Gen Dirty Santa party. There were 110 people signed up for the party! We sat with 4 people we did not know and made some new friends. The Dirty Santa was giving gifts that, while under $10, are funny. We had a good time. The gal who was running the program moved us right along. She would stop and we would all sing a Christmas song. Bob won a big mug and I won a Christmas hat that lights up and some stupid game, which is going back next year. One guy won a pregnancy test. That got a lot of laughs!

Tuesday- We had the Posse voting this morning so we left early for the General Meeting. All voting ended at 9 AM. We arrived about 8:20, voted, and then talked to folks. All 5 of the folks that we both voted for won!

I had been working with Anthony, the Plummer, to install some hot water circulating pumps, here in our condos to save water. Last night I had sent the list, addresses, and phone numbers. So we stopped in at the first condo on our way back. He got them all installed really rapidly. Each cost $325, which is dirt cheap! I am hoping that more of our HOA members will get them to save our water bills.

Barbara arrived to clean our condo. I had a Mahjongg Christmas Party, so Jan and Diane picked me up and off we went. We had a great time. The gal provided an awesome lunch, then we played Maj at one table. We stopped and had cookies for desert, then moved to another table.

At the second table, Marleen who I had just met, talked about that her husband was named for an ancestor who arrived at Plymouth MA. The ancestors name was Robert Lucas. I asked her, is your husband a member of the Posse? Yup, Bob Lucas. When I said we were Posse, he had told her that there was a new couple that worked a Friday with him.

I returned home. Bob is still working on his work bench. It is an interesting project! I will post pictures when he is done.

The doctor had doubled my Neuropathy medication and it is causing some fatigue, so Bob cooked dinner and I read while trying to stay awake. Bob left for the Astronomy club, where he was a winner 3x in raffles. He stopped on the way home to purchase lottery tickets, unfortunately he had used up his luck! I watched a lousy movie on Netflix staring Brooke Shields called something castle. I kept falling asleep.

Bob arrived home and woke me up to go to bed.

Wednesday- We had our monthly Alfa breakfast, at Tivoli Gardens restaurant. At 11, we dropped the dogs off at the groomers. At 12, I had my embroidery card class. We had the social hour on the green at 5, but no one had told us they had moved it to 4, so we arrived just before it ended. That’s okay, it was getting dark anyway.

Thursday- We had our usual Posse patrol today. We had 17 vacation watches and 3 had returned home. As soon as we arrived back at the Posse office, I ran and changed clothes in the ladies room. Our paperwork was complete, so we were able to leave by 11:30. I dropped Bob off at the condo, and raced to Tivoli Gardens Restaurant for the Bell Center Craft Club Christmas holiday party.

The party was a lot of fun. We sang carols and the ukulele club was the entertainment, so they gave some ladies bells to ring, some kazoos, and I was given a bubble maker. We did our parts during the corresponding songs. There was a lot of laughter.

We were given choices of 6 different meals. We paid $15 for the lunch, but the club paid $10 for each attendee, also. The lunch menue was a salad, entrée and dessert. I won a $25 gift card to Abuelo’s Restaurant, an expensive Mexican Restaurant. We never go there as they only have one sauce that Bob can eat.

Friday- We had the HOA association meeting. I rode with Mary Ann to the meeting. The meeting was very verbally combative. Unfortunately, no one will run for the board, so we are stuck with the same President. Oh well….lots of people left in frustration during the meeting.

At 10:30 Bob took Koda to her next training class. The instructor was not there, they had a different gal who ran the class. Koda is still doing really well. Bob thinks she really loves the training as she has Bob all to herself and she gets lots of treats. She starts getting excited in the car as they get closer to the Fairway Recreation Center where the classes are held.

I went to lunch with Mary Ann, Todd and Bonny at Mercers Restaurant. That was a lot of fun and the food was really great and very inexpensive.

When I arrived home, I finished making deviled eggs for tonight. Diane and Jim picked us up at 5:10 for the pot luck at a Next Gen home on the lake. We were going to the boat parade.  The house where the party was located was gorgeous! Right on the lake, huge rooms, a huge patio, and a pool. Linda, the owner said that she walked in the door, and said this was her house! They immediately bought the house.

She is an avid quilter and she had lots of quilts stored and on the walls. She also had an antique small sewing machine collection. As with all pot lucks, there was a ton of food. Linda has started playing mahjongg, so we invited her to join us at the Thursday Maj games. She said she is joining us in January.

After stuffing ourselves with delicious food, we sat outside watching the sunset and the lake. Across the lake is the Lakeview Rec Center, and there was a party going on which we could hear across the lake. There were a number of parties at other homes on the lake. Here are some pictures.

Did you know that the term “Swan Song” comes from the fact that swans do no make any noise until the die, then they make a noise! I did not know that…. That is Bob, Diane and Jim in the one picture. There were between 50 and 60 folks at this party!

Sat. Nov.27 to Fri. Dec. 3- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We had a busy day. We met up with the other Posse members at the Sundial Recreation Center, for the yearly Craft Fair. In the past, during the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, between 6,000 and 10,000 people go through this fair. It covers 2 large buildings and the walkway between the two buildings. It was not held last year, of course. We wore our masks the entire time. We were on walking patrol from 8 to 11:30.

At 11, we were asked to keep people from walking in front of the video cameras. The video department was recording the Ukulele concert. That was a fun concert! We knew several people in the band. There are a lot of stupid people who really wanted to walk in front of the cameras! There are 150 members of the band, not all were here today.

The players
Santa and Mrs. Clause dancing to the music

We ate lunch there from the food trucks. We were given $10 coupons, which paid for each of our lunches.

 At 4:30, we had a Zoom with Mary, Jackie, and Dr. Bob. This was the first time in months!

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday morning tasks. Fry’s was less busy this morning as was Walmart. I continued with laundry and Bob worked on building his work bench.

Monday- I attended my morning Diamond Painting workshop.  We had Parker and Son electric company come to give us an estimate on how much it cost to install our new light over our dining room table.

In the afternoon, I attended my advanced card making class. I was not interested in making the project, so I just finished up some cards that I have been making.

We had a quiet evening. We are currently on Season 7 of The Good Witch. It is the last season of the show.

Tuesday- A worker from Mr. Electric came and gave us an estimate on the light. It was $100 less expensive and he could do it right then, so we had him install the light.

The new light and Christmas decorations

I worked on some cards. Bob is still working on his workbench.

I had my hair appointment at 10. Then I had a “simplified calligraphy class” at 1 pm. It was so much easier!

At 3:45 I had an appointment with the Doctor. He changed my medication and I am on the list for the Neurogenics treatment, but they are waiting for a chair to arrive. Its possibly floating around the ocean off of Los Angeles harbor, sigh. I now have the neuropathy in both feet. I had always thought I would have arthritis in both feet, not the neuropathy!

At 6, we had the first meeting of the Sun City RV Club. There were about 50 people attending( we wore our masks). It was interesting. They introduced all the new members, us included. It ended around 7.

Wednesday-It was bug spray day. I stayed home waiting for the bug guy.  Bob went to Lowes to pick up wood and other supplies. Desert Rose Epoxy Company arrived, just as Bob returned home. They gave us our second Epoxy estimate. It was over $100 more than the other company.

At 12:10 I had my Card Embroidery class Christmas party. We had a great time. One gal brought wine. There was a lot of laughing and teasing.

At 3, I had my nail appointment. We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- Our Posse morning. We only had 12 vacation watches. Only one couple were home. We had a quiet morning.

At 1, I played Ponytail Canasta. My partner, Debbie, and I lost by 100 points. We had been 2,000 points behind, so we almost caught up.  Bob is still working on his work bench. He painted the wall where it is going.

We finished Season 7 of The Good Witch and finished the last season of Goliath on Amazon Prime.

Friday- Bob ran some errands, then he took Koda to her training class. There are 2 more sessions, then she should move to Manners 3. Once she passes Manners 3, she can go into training to be an emotional support dog, at hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living.

I was supposed to have my last HBO session at 1, but Jose called. He is home sick; he thinks he may have Covid, so he was cancelling my session. Hopefully he will test negative and I can have my next treatment next week.  I did not have a treatment last week, so I should not be infected.

At 3, Barbara and I went to IR to submit a Petition for them to do something about our next door neighbor. That was a run around. They are really not interested, but I insisted on submitting the petition. They asked if she has a gun and had threatened herself or us. No, she just set a fire! Sigh…I am sure the petition will be denied. I tried calling at the 3 hours they told me to call, but I could only leave a message.

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

Saturday- Bob continues to do really well since his surgery. He says it hurts less than before surgery. At 11, we met up with Mike, Linda, Allen, Donna, MaryAnne and Ray at the Lakeside Grill, sitting outside on the patio.

We had a great time catching up with our friends after such a long time! The food was good. The only downside was that it was sunny on the patio.

We stopped at Sprouts for brats and lamb chops on the way home. I worked on cards to day. Bob did some work around the condo. We both fell asleep on the recliners. We watched Goliath on Netflix. It’s the final season.

Sunday- We left really early to arrive at 7:40 at Frys. It was still super busy! We bought our few items and raced to Walmart, which actually was not as busy as Fry’s. We picked up the rest of the items we needed and returned home.

We moved the turkey from the freezer to the refrigerator to get it to defrost before we cook it on Thursday.  We had a quiet rest of the day, both falling asleep on the recliners again.

Monday- I had my diamond painting workshop. The teacher did a class last week, and unfortunately I missed it. I ran home afterwards, ate lunch and returned. Good thing I went early, as everyone else was ready to leave, but the monitor cannot be left alone in the craft rooms. It’s a Sun City rule, that there cannot be only one person in a shop.

Only 5 people showed up for the afternoon class. I guess it is the holiday week. I had to leave early as I had my next HBO treatment at 3. I was taken right in and was home by 4:15.

We are watching season 5 of the Good Witch on Netflix.

Tuesday- We had Posse this morning. We had 35 vacation watches, but there was a training session for a new person, so they took 8 of them. We found several folks had returned home and not let the Posse know, and several that we think are home, that we called to let them know we need to know if they are back in Sun City. We immediately had a medical call, but someone else took it for us. Good thing, as it might have taken quite a while. The person did not wake up this morning…..so the Posse person had to wait until the Sheriff’s office arrived and released the Posse members. The Sheriff always has to check at a death to make sure there wasn’t any issues with the death.

I took the car and went to my last Calligraphy class. Since I had paid for this class, I wanted to get everything out of it I could.

Bob was picked up by Uber, paid for by La Mesa RV, as they wanted our rig off the lot. We could not find a time that we could both be available. They had not called until after 11, that the rig was ready. So off Bob went.

Bob said that the Uber driver was doing 80 mph on I-101, and he was being passed like he was standing still. They arrived 10 minutes early. Whew, I was not happy to hear about the excess speed!  

My class ran later than usual, as we had missed last week’s class, because the teacher’s husband was in the hospital and not doing well. He was discharged this week and we were able to meet.

I met Bob outside the RV storage and gave him his ID card to get into the storage. We returned home, ate dinner, read and watched more of the Good Witch.

Wednesday- Whew a busy day for us. I monitored the Bell Craft room. This is my 4th time for the year, so I meet that criteria. I worked on diamond painting while I was monitoring.  I still need to monitor the Calligraphy room.

Bob did a lot of running around. He went to Costco, then to Kneaders to pick up rolls for tomorrow. His final stop was to pick up the pies for tomorrow. He returned home and ate lunch. I did not return home between monitoring and my 12:20 class. I finally finished the hard embroidery card that I have been doing.  It doesn’t look as hard as it was to do… it took me three weeks in class to get it finished.

Thursday- Happy Thanksgiving! We put the turkey into the oven at 12:10 for the four hours it was supposed to cook. It was ready in 2.5 hours. Oh well, we kept it warm.

MaryAnne, Ray, Linda and Mike all arrived just before 4. We had a great time eating dinner. This was the first time we used the dining room table. It was only the second time we used the oven in the stove. We usually use the Breville.  

Friday- We had Posse again today. We did Division 2. We had 22 vacation watches and we had 3 medical calls.

We went to Total Beverage for Bob to purchase some beers that he wanted. The beers had just arrived. He dropped me off at Macy’s for the sale. The line was pretty long, but the prices were good.

We returned home to find that Koda had used Bob’s chair to get up on the kitchen counter. She ate the ½ of the pecan pie that was left. She started on the Dutch Apple, but she doesn’t like fruit. We know that she is going to be sick overnight!

Sat. Nov. 13 to Fri. Nov.19- Sun City

Saturday- We dropped off the RV at La Mesa RV, at 9AM, for the painting repair. We stopped in at the Sundial Rec. Center to check on some of the classes. Then I dropped Bob off at home. I went to one of the instructors houses for a card making supply sale. A woman from way out I-10, in Tonopah which is where Koda came from,  wanted to sell some of her supplies. She must have been a sales person for one of the craft companies, as she had a lot of sets of items. I purchased some dye cuts, cards, and envelopes. Her other items were very expensive.

I returned home and we had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday- We did our usual shopping and Sunday tasks. We had a quiet day.

Monday- We had Posse this morning. We had 18 Vacation Watches. Other than that it was very quiet until right as our shift was ending. We received a call to go to the Fairway Center for a person who fell. By the time we arrived, the Medic unit was there, as was the Fire Engine/Paramedic unit.

The next shift was sent to relieve us, but the call was over before they arrived.

We returned home, arriving just before 12. I ate a quick lunch and took off for my Greeting Card class. The actual teacher, who lives in Canada, had arrived back and we made two different cards. The room was much more busy than usually for this class.

At 3, I had my HBO treatment. I arrived back at 4:15, and we went to the Condo Happy Hour.

We ate a quick dinner, then we picked up Mary Ann and went to the Next Gen meeting. Note to self, skip this meeting every year! It was voting and a review of the Rules and Regulations. BORING! It ended at 7:30.

We returned home and went to bed.

Tuesday– We had the Posse Operations Meeting at 9. We returned home and I dropped off Bob. I had a gel manicure at 10:30, as my thin nails are peelling. My Calligraphy class was cancelled, as the instructor’s husband is in the hospital.

We went to the Best Friends Dog Club meeting. Again, it was elections. It went really quickly. Mary Ann ran for Vice President and she won.

At 2:55 Mary Ann picked us up and we went to a Next Gen social time at State 48 Brewery. There were 56 people signed up. We met up in the parking lot with Diane and Jim. We sat at a picnic table. Paul and Melinda joined us. We did not know them and it was nice meeting new people. They were glad to meet us also. We had a wonderful time. I had two Malibu Sunsets, my go-to drink when they do not have a wine I like. Bob had a flight of beer. So did Diane and Jim. Mary Ann had a rum and Pepsi. We all had dinner there. We arrived back at home to hysterical dogs, at 6:15. They thought we had forgotten them and they had not been fed.

Wednesday- I went to my HBO treatment at 9. When I returned, I shaved Bob’s hair. We both did tasks around the condo. We ate lunch and I left to go to my Card Embroidery class. I am doing a very hard card. Its turning out nicely, but I still need a lot of teaching to complete it.

I returned and the APS Investigator walked past the front window. She went around to the back to talk to our next door neighbor. I went over to Mary Ann’s patio to hear what was happening. It did not go well, just as we expected it would. So, I chased the gal down to her car. I spoke with her and asked for her business card.

In AZ, APS is not allowed to enter the home if not invited. Bob and Mary Ann showed up. Lorena Lewis, the APS Investigator stated that she cannot do anything, if the person refuses help. Their role seems to be the same as the Area Aging Agency, just to provide services.

She gave us the name and phone number of the company, which in Arizona, can do something about this type of situation. It is Recovery Innovation. So our next step in this process is to call them. We go to them and sign a form, giving the documentation that we have. The form will then be notarized. They then take the information to the court. The court will then decide what action to take, which can be nothing, or sending the RI folks to the home with the Sheriff. Lorena was pleased that our neighbor had caring people who are willing to follow through with this case.

Bob and I then left to go to Panera to meet up with the Volunteer Coordinator for Mission For Arizona. Then we returned home, got the dogs, and went to the Happy Hour on the Green. There were only 4 of us there. It was cool, so we left and returned home to eat dinner.

Thursday- This is Bob’s surgery day, so he cannot eat or drink until after surgery. I have to drop him off at noon. His surgery is at 1.

I have my Calligraphy Club meeting at 9. Bob dropped me off and went to Costco during the senior hours. I had to text him to pick me up a little bit later, as they did an orientation for the 3 of us new folks who were there.

He picked me up at 10:30 and we went to April’s house to check out her pies. I had ordered 2 pies, apple crumb and pecan. They are 9” deep dish pies for $8. April is the teacher for the simplified Calligraphy which is the next class I am taking on Nov. 30.

We returned home and I ate lunch. I dropped Bob off at 12:00 for his surgery. They would not let me stay. So I went to my 1 PM Ponytail Canasta, apologizing in advance to them as I may have to leave early. We played 1 game and by then I had received a text that Bob was in recovery, so the gals at the table started to play with 3 people. I was called and told the post-op directions for Bob. I picked him up at 2.

The surgeon found several small fatty tumors, in addition to the golf ball size one which was causing Bob all the pain. She said she took them all out. They gave him no pain medication. He has a dressing that he can removed in 24 hours and then can shower. There are steri strips over the incision line. They stay on until they fall off.

Bob was doing really well all evening. I picked up dinner from Chompie’s, as he wanted mac and cheese for dinner.

Friday- I had my HBO treatment scheduled for 8 AM. At 7:30 they called to cancel, as Jose, the tech, had called in sick. So we re-scheduled. I also made a follow up appointment with the Doc. I am going to switch to him, as I am very unhappy with my Nurse Practitioner. She had sent an order to decrease my thyroid medication. She never told me that she was sending it. She sent a 30 day supply to Caremark. We only do 90 day prescriptions through Caremark, as I would pay the same for 90 days. Thyroid is a very slow acting medication. If you make changes to the medication, it takes 60 to 90 days before you draw blood again. So giving me 30 days does not make sense. Also, I do not make changes to my Synthroid without talking to my Endocrinologist, as I had thyroid cancer, with surgery, so I do not have a thyroid. I found out about the decrease in the medication, from Caremark. I have still not seen my lab values. This is not the only issue I have had with her, so I am going to change doctors.

Bob is doing very well. He took Koda for her training class at 10:30. The trainer has suggested that once Koda finishes this class, she go into the class to be a hospital visiting dog, as she is so well behaved and so friendly. I had thought about this before, as she was an emotional support dog for her previous owner. She is a bit of a wild child, but she is very well behaved when out in public.

Bob took a nap in the afternoon.

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

Saturday- I went for a massage at 9 AM. There was a mix up, and I only had a ½ hour massage. Oh well, it definitely helped my neck and back. We had a quiet day at home with me doing laundry and Bob doing tasks around the condo.

Sunday- We did our usual shopping in the morning, then our usual Sunday morning tasks. At 2, Bob did traffic for the Veterans Concert at the Sun Bowl with the Posse. They gave him pizza for dinner. I ate at home, after spending the afternoon watching Virgin River on Netflix. 

Monday- I had the Nurses Breakfast, which was very interesting. Since they lost their Tuesday morning spot at the restaurant, they lost a lot of members. But the added a lot of new faces.

The speakers were from the Nurses Honor Guard, who attend viewings and funerals for Nurses who pass away. One was a young male nurse, who had a Covid patient cough into his face. He died of the Covid. The staff at Banner Estrella Hospital were devastated, so the Nurse Honor Guard was called in to do a memorial service for the young nurse.

The Honor Guard uses a Florence Nightingale lamp during the service, and they give a lamp to the family. In this case, the lamp went to the hospital floor where the nurse had worked.

After I left, I stopped by the Diamond Painting class just to say hello. After lunch, I went to the Calligraphy center and one of the teachers gave a demonstration. She also bakes pies, so I have ordered two pies from her for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday- Barbara came to clean the condo. Mary Ann came over and Barbara, Bob, and I met to discuss what we could do about our next door neighbor who accidently set a fire on October 31. Barbara had pictures of the inside of her house. Mary Ann had been keeping a list of problems, and we started a list to send to Adult Protective Services. We are meeting again in the morning.

I went to Calligraphy at 1. At 6, Bob and I both attended a Zoom for data entry for Mission for Arizona which supports Democrats running for office.

Wednesday- Barbara and Mary Ann came over at 8:30. We finalize a document and I submitted the referral to Adult Protective Services. All three of us are listed. We are waiting for them to follow-up with us. The neighbor is not taking care of herself, she is a danger to herself and to the rest of us. She lives between Mary Ann and us.

Bob had monitoring to do at the Wood Shop. I had card embroidery class. At 5, we had the happy hour on the green. 

Thursday- Veterans Day– thank you to all of our Veterans! We had Posse this morning. We only had 11 Vacation Watches. We ended up taking medical calls for the poor guy doing Vacation Watches on Division 2, as he had 44 of them. The folks in Division 3 did some of his calls and the Duty Officer helped him also.

Bob dropped me off at Mahjongg in the afternoon and we played until 4. I caught at ride home with Jan and Diane.

Friday- We had our Delmaris HOA Meeting at the Posse building at 9:30. I rode with Mary Ann, as Bob was taking Koda to her class at 10:30.

Our Condo fee is going up $10 a month, which was not un-expected as everything is going up. No one complained, as we think many people thought it would be going up more. All of the discussion was about the landscaping. We have a new temporary landscaping chair person, as the last one resigned. Dave will be elected to the Board, at the January meeting.

I presented and am organizing, to have water recycling pumps placed on people’s water heaters. Our master bathrooms are all the way across the condo, and it takes at least 5 minutes of running our water to get hot water to the master bath. We had put in a pump after we fist moved in. Our water bill is joint and included in our HOA fee. But with the price of water going up, and Sun City lost a lawsuit against placing us with all the new homes, saving water is in our best interest, with the severe water shortage in our area.

The cost is $325, and I needed at least 5 condos to sign up. I had 10!

Mary Ann dropped me off, and in the afternoon I had labs drawn. As you can tell, we had a busy week!

Sat. Oct. 30 to Fri. Nov. 5- Sun City AZ

Saturday- I did the laundry. Bob worked on the patio scraping up glue. I went over and sat talking to Todd for about an hour. She had removed the old paint on 3 of the items we had gotten at Estate Sales, a long time ago. They had been just sitting in the dirt. She repainted. One she could not get very well. Here they are…

We picked up lunch from Good Cents and we fell asleep on the couch. We read our books in the afternoon. We fed and walked the dogs early, then we went to the Wood Shop Halloween Party. There were only 1 or 2 people who dressed for Halloween. The dinner was pizza from Pizza Hut. I has been a long time since we have had Pizza Hut pizza. The one back in Maryland was awful, so we had stopped ordering from then, as they either never delivered or they put so little on the pizza. These pizzas were really good, with lots of toppings! I had a slice of ham and pineapple and a slice of Supreme. Bob had a meat piece and a cheese piece. They had chocolate cupcakes for dessert.

Then we played Miniature Golf. You signed up for the golf rounds; they gave you a number, and that was the hole that you went to. Just as we arrived, they ran out of numbers, and had to get some more. I picked hole 5 and Bob picked hole 14. You then go and get in line to pick up your club and a ball. There were 5 in my group. All the women had colored balls, yellow, orange and mine was pink. The two men in our group both had white and brought their own putters. This was a great way to meet new people!

The course is in really good shape and was very difficult. One of the guys in our group had a hole in 1. He got some sort of prize for that. François and Bonnie also got a hole in 1. I think some people cheated and just went to holes with their friends, as there were some groups with 6 to 8 people, instead of the 5. That really did hold up the lines. Other than that, it was really fun! We did not keep score, so I don’t know who won. Bob’s group also did not keep score.

Sunday- We did our usual trips to Fry’s and Walmart. We also stopped at Target to see if we could get a small, rolling cooler for the concerts. Tonight is the last concert, except for the Veterans’ Day concert next week, which we are not attending. Bob will be working the concert with the Posse.

We were able to get a rolling cooler at Walmart, on sale!

We went to the Posse picnic. There were less people there than I would have expected. We sat with Mary Ann, Rocky and Meg (who is running for the RSCS Board). Guess I am voting for her.

They served hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw and cookies. They had various games on the table. They also did throwing darts at balloons. Bob won the three times he played. He won three gift cards, $5 to McDonalds, $5 to Popeye’s which we will give away (Bob’s bell pepper allergy), and $5 to Safeway.

We returned home, relaxed reading for a while. Then we were off to the concert. We met up with our Next Gen friends. MaryAnne and Ray joined us. There was a mix up with the original band, who is very popular, and they were not there. There was a fill in band, The Summer of Love. They sang songs from the summer of 1967. We were not impressed. It was hard to dance to them. That was the last official concert of the summer. Next Sunday at 4, they have the Veterans Day concert, which is not a dance band. It is the military band and singers.

We had a very busy weekend!

Monday- Bob dropped me off at the Bell Center for my Diamond Painting class. Then he went and picked up the RV, leaving the car in the storage area, and driving to La Mesa RV in the western side of Phoenix.

We had noted on the driver’s side of the rig, that the paint was gone on some of the areas. We had taken the rig down to La Mesa last spring, but the gal who waited on us, was no longer there. She had never completed the paperwork to get the work done under warranty. The guy at La Mesa said this is an issue that is not covered under warranty. The repair is going to be $1300. They are going to replace the areas that have the issue with clear coat. We will drop off the RV on the 13th for the repair. They charged us $95 for the estimate. I think that is a rip off!

I worked on 3 cards that I still needed to complete. Bob was back and he picked me up at 11:20. I skipped my afternoon class and set up to start a large picture Diamond Painting. Bob worked on the patio.

At 4, we had the Condo, bi-weekly happy hour out in the parking lot. This one was the first one of the season. Some of the Canadians are back. These were the ones who flew in, who leave cars in their garages here. Of course, after 2 years, the cars would not run, they had leaking seals on their washing machines and dishwashers, and other issues. So they had a tough time getting started.

Tuesday- at 8 AM we dropped off the rig at the Mercedes dealer, about ½ a mile from the condo, but several miles from the storage area. This is for a recall.

At 9, we had the General Meeting for the Posse. We went directly from the Posse to my doctor’s appointment, which was very quick. We returned home and ate lunch.

At 1, I had my first Calligraphy class with Debbie. There were 4 people in the class. They were very glad that all of us joined the Calligraphy Club, as they have to have 50 members to keep the Calligraphy room. It was very hard, and we have homework! What I did find is that I was improving as I moved along with the letters. We had a quiet rest of the day.

Wednesday- the rug/tile/furniture cleaners arrived at 7. We are still using Jeff for our carpet cleaning, he is the guy who used to clean the Alfa at Paradise RV Park.

I left at 7:40 to go to my HBO treatment. I returned and since they were putting something on the tiles, we went across to Todd’s to hang out, taking the dogs with us. We chatted with Todd, Bonnie, Carol and Steve.

Todd and Steve were leaving for the metal shop, so we sat in our garage with the dogs. When I had returned from the HBO treatment, I just parked the car in the back parking lot. I read my book on my phone and Bob was on his phone. The dogs were of course in our laps.

I stuck my head in the door from the garage and looked at the stuff they put on the tile. I should have taken a picture. This is the first time it has been done. I could see the dirt coming up. Wow! We had no idea the tile was so dirty, even with being mopped!

They put something on the tiles, which should keep them clean. We had to be careful not to get any water on it for an hour or two. The tile looks brand new and is at least 3 shades whiter!

I had embroidery class with Linda in the afternoon. At 3, MaryAnne, Ray, Paula and Charlie arrived for a social time on our patio. That lasted until a little after 6.

Thursday- Posse day. We had 26 Vacation Watches. The DO was asked on the radio to call Base. Evidently, a daughter of a woman who was talking on the phone with her daughter, who is out of state. The daughter called the Posse. Dick, the DO, went to the home. He could not get an answer at the door, so he called 911. They arrived, and the Fire Department got the key out of the key box.

Most homes in Sun City have a key box that only the Fire Department can open. They install them (we had one on our condo when we moved in) and put the key into the box. As soon as we changed the keys, we had the fire department come and put the new key into the box. This is a free service.

Evidently this lady had never changed her key. They had to break in the front door, which they did so that it could be re-closed and locked, but would still need repair.

The woman was unconscious on the floor. She was transported to the hospital. Posse does not enter the homes. If we do, we do it with another person, and that is the DO, as we did a couple of weeks ago for the open garage door.

We completed our duty, returned home and changed out of our uniforms. I had Next Gen Ponytail Canasta with the ladies from 1-3. When I was leaving, I noted that Todd had a big box at her door, so I texted Bob to get it, as I thought that she was at the Metal Room. I stopped in there, as it is near the card room, but she was not there this afternoon. She was not home. Bob texted her and let her know it was in our garage.

I returned and picked up Bob. We went to the Mercedes dealer to pick up the rig. They actually did two recalls! Bob did not know about the second recall. All free, but we need new front tires, which we are obviously not going to purchase from the Mercedes dealer. We have a tire place that we use that does trucks.

Diane and Jim picked me up to go to the Democratic Club Meeting. Bob’s Astronomy Club meeting was moved from Tuesday to tonight, due to the elections on Tuesday. We did not have to vote, as they were for the schools, and we have not schools in Sun City, which means we do not pay taxes on schools!

Bob enjoyed his meeting on Zoom. It was something about light, and as an Engineer, he understood what they were talking about.

The speaker at the Democratic Club was very good. She spoke about Re-Districting. She explained about the committee who are making the changes, how the committee was formed and about the LBJ Voting Rights Act which the committee is supposed to follow.

Friday- We were off to the Vet with Roxie for her 9:30 appointment. She is doing great. Vet was happy with her weight and teeth. They drew her senior blood panel and gave her shots. We were out of there by 10. Bob dropped Roxie and me off at the condo and took Koda to her first training class at the Fairway Rec. Center. They have a covered area on one end of the building, with grass for the dog training. Bob said she was one of the better behaved dogs in the class. I complimented her on how good she was when she arrived home! Bob practiced “lay down” with her in the evening. She looked at him like he was crazy! She would just not lay down! Obviously she needs more training.

We left at a little past 5 to go to the Oakmont Rec. Center for the Next Gen Welcome Back Snowbirds party. They served hot dogs, buns, salad, potato salad, chips and cookies. The event was free. We had a great time sitting with Diane, Jim, Chuck, Jan and two new people whose names I cannot remember. They were Jan and Chuck’s guests and ended up joining the club. The party was held outdoors.

Chuck and Bob had the astronomy app going on their phones. They went out on the grass and watched the space station pass over. The guy who has been hesitant to join the Astronomy club (he’s an introvert), was there and joined them. Bob had seen him on Zoom last night. The guy said he might actually attend the meeting next month. I forgot my phone, so I did not get pictures.