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Sat. Dec. 19 to Fri. Dec. 25- Sun City

Saturday-. We  read our books, watched TV and had generally a quiet day.

Sunday- We went grocery shopping very early at Walmart and Target. We returned home and had a quiet rest of the day. We have been binge watching The Handmaids Tale on Hulu and Stargate on Netflix.

Monday- Bob has his Posse make up day with Mike this morning. I dropped him off at the building at a little before 6 AM. This is his last morning session and he has two more evening shifts,  and he will be done with training. We start our “confidence runs”, 6 or more of them, right after the 1st of the year. We are already on the schedule. On Tuesday the 2nd, we are sworn in and receive our certificates. They will take pictures and we will be in the newspaper.

I ran to Costco and bought gas and made some purchases. I saw an air fryer, 6 qt., for $49.99. I took a picture to show Bob. We had seen a smaller one at Target for $59.99.

I picked up Bob at 12, and we ate lunch. Bob checked the air fryer ratings, and we went to Costco and purchased one. We had some really good coconut shrimp for dinner, that we cooked in the new air fryer!

We had a star party out in the back parking lot. With our binoculars, we could see both Jupiter and Mars, but we could not see the rings around Venus. Wow, the 800 year Christmas star!

Star Party

Tuesday-  We had the Operation Meeting at the Posse. They are starting an extra shift, on evenings, because of construction in Surprise, the next town over. They think that the homeless, who live under a bridge going into Surprise, are going to move into Sun City.

This is to stop them camping on private property, to point them to sanctuary churches, and to provide water bottles for them. Some of the churches have showers and allow the homeless to sleep on their property. It is not illegal to be homeless, and many are Vets, so we have sympathy, but we need to moderate behavior. This shift will continue through March. No one will be alone on the shift and everyone’s safety is priority. We will not be on this shift.

We returned home and had a quiet day and evening.

Wednesday-  It had occurred to me, that maybe we could put a tankless water heater, under the sink in the master bath. The master bath is so far from the hot water heater, in the garage, that we waste a lot of water, when taking a shower or using the sink. This is primarily in the mornings. Arizona, and the entire west, are having a severe drought, so wasting water is shameful!

Bob thought it was a good idea, so he started investigating, last week. One of the plumbing companies called us back, and they had good ratings on Angie’s List. So they sent a guy over to do the estimate.

We were impressed, they send an email with his name and picture, so we knew who was coming into the condo. When he arrived, he suggested that instead of the tankless water heater, which was very expensive, that he install a pump at the hot water tank, with a timer, and we would have hot water through out both bathrooms. It was a lot less expensive! We can turn it off overnight.

He had a pump in his truck, but he did not have the timer, so he ran back to his shop and got one. He was back in little over half an hour. He installed it, checked it, and it works great!

Water heater pic

Bob left to do his next evening Posse shift at 3:20. I had a quiet evening watching Christmas movies on Hallmark!

Thursday- Bob was in the shower, and his cell phone rang. I answered. It was Dave, the Posse Commander.  Bob was just drying off, so I gave him the phone. The guy that Bob had ridden with on Monday morning had tested positive, on Tuesday for Covid. At this point, it was over 48 hours, since Bob’s exposure, so it was too late for Bob to quarantine from me.   I immediately made appointments at CVS for testing on Saturday. That was the last day, on their schedule, that I could book. It was not a rapid test, as they had no appointments available for rapid testing.

Bob looked and found that Walgreens, a little farther away, had rapid testing appointments available for Sunday. He made those appointments and I cancelled the ones at CVS.

We talked to Linda about taking the dogs if we were hospitalized, but they are getting a new dog on Tuesday, a 10 year old, who is grieving, and they are going to Quartzsite for a week with friends next week. So she declined. That is okay, we understand.

We do have Tammy, the pet sitter, if needed. I had contacted MaryAnne, and she went to Walgreens for us to pick up Vitamin C and Zicam. Vitamin C and zinc are both recommended for Covid. So we are taking both. We are already taking some of the Vitamin D3. She also picked up some chocolate therapy! LOL

So far I have no symptoms. Bob had a headache and a cough. It seems more like post nasal drip. We are of course, guaranteeing from everyone.

I cleared off the table in the Arizona room, and started a puzzle. 

Friday- Merry Christmas! We had a quiet day at home, of course. Bob is still not feeling very well, but not really sick either. He still has the post nasal drip and a headache. We both worked on the puzzle. Here is is…

Christmas puzzle

Sat. Dec. 12 to Fri. Dec. 18- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We had a quiet morning. I worked on getting the Christmas cards that I am sending, ready to mail. I wanted to do some cards for the condo neighbors, and I ran out of black paper, so we went to  Joanne’s for the paper after lunch. I used coupons again, so I was pretty happy with the prices. We ran by the Post Office to mail the cards, as at the Condo mtg. on Friday, they said that people are stealing any cards you leave out, attached to the mail opening. They assume that grandparents are sending money to the grandkids for Christmas, and are stealing the cards. They are also putting their hands into the mail slot and stealing mail. Our basket underneath, inside the garage is pretty low, so they would need a very long arm to do that. Most of what we get is junk mail anyway. They are also stealing packages, so everyone is looking out for each other!

We returned and I played Maj with MaryAnne, online, until 3. We had our usual Zoom at 4:30. We ate dinner, and watched some shows we had recorded.

Sunday-  We ran shopping. We had decided to purchase a Ninja Foodie Digital Air Fry Oven for the motor home. It flips up and is very short. Target had it on sale, for a great price. We arrived to find that they were already sold out. So we got a rain check. It is good until the end of January.

We did all our grocery shopping and returned home to have lunch and a quiet afternoon. We watched recorded TV shows.

Monday- I did a little cleaning, as the bathrooms needed to be done. Bob did the dusting. At 9 I had a virtual Doctors appointment.  We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday-  It was another quiet day for us up until 3, when Bob had his first evening training session. He left and I was home with the dogs. I watched my favorite Christmas show, White Christmas, on Netflix.

Bob had 3 of the real medical calls. Bob had to set up cones for practice . Basically, it was quiet.

Wednesday-  I had morning Posse training. I had to be there at 6 AM. Since it is still dark, we did some drive-by’s at apartment buildings, until daylight. After our first one, we were sent on a medical call. It was so close, I thought it was one of the training runs until we arrived.  We did several different training runs and several real medical runs.  Tina did the vacation watches, as there is a lot of walking when circling the houses, and with my boot, I am staying in the car. This gives me a chance to work with the codes and the radio.

After my training session, I returned home for lunch. We both fell asleep in the recliners, reading our books.

Thursday- It was my second morning training session. It was still hard to get up a 4:45! We did more training sessions and several real medical calls. We arrived at one of the banks that we do a drive-by at, and the drive-thru window was closed. That was odd! So we parked, and Tina went in to check on it. She said, that if she thought there was a problem, she would tap her radio once, and I should call 911. It turned out that the window was broken. So there was no issue, but at least the bank ( who contributes a lot of money to the Posse) knew we really do check on them!

At 10 AM, Bob did Posse Mall Walking. This is to show a presence at the shopping malls, to prevent theft or other problems. He and Dave were both reported for not wearing their masks outside. Outside is not required, so they did not get in trouble. Besides, Dave is one of the Duty Officers.

Bob had dropped me off in the morning and I picked him up when his shift was completed at 2. I was going to do mall walking, but with the boot…I took my name off the list.

We had another quiet evening at home.

Friday-  Whew, my final day of getting up, this week, at 4:45. It was actually easier to get up early this morning!

It was a very busy shift. We did several medical calls, including one for a dead body. We did not see the person, but I said a little prayer for whoever it was…MCOS( the sheriffs office) comes and checks first to make sure there is no foul play involved. So the Deputy, released the fire department and we could leave also.

I arrived home, we ate lunch, and went to Kohl’s, as I had a discount. Bob needed a black long sleeve undershirt, as he was getting cold standing outside. They did not have his size, so we went to Target, where we purchased the shirt.

We had another quiet evening at home, watching TV and reading.

Sat. Dec. 5 to Fri. Dec. 11- Sun City

Saturday- We were off to the Posse office to help decorate for Christmas. Bob helped outside, decorating the building. I helped inside, with moving toys to the front of the room. Then we had a brunch. Most of the folks went into the training room, across from the lunch room. We went to the main meeting room, where there were only 6 of us in the entire room. We were able to socially distance while eating!  Of course the food was delicious!

Below is the lobby. The Santa is huge, and moves.

Posse Christmas 2

This is working with moving the toys from the hallway AND the conference room to the meeting room.

Posse christmas 1

Finally, these are all the toys. I am not sure how many there are, as we did not count them, but we think there are 125 kids, so the kids will get more than one toy. The school picks them up and does the sorting and delivery.

Posse Christmas 3

On the left there are 25 African American dolls, someone, from Sun City, donated.

We stopped at the library and returned the Stuart Woods book, earlier than the 7 day limit. We went to Michaels for a frame, then to Walmart for groceries. Since by this time it was almost 3, we went to Bruster’s for ice cream.  I had my regular Double Fudge Browne, but Bob was adventurous, and had the Peppermint Oreo. He liked it, but said it would have been better with brownies!

We returned home and there was a package for me. Surprise, it was from my Editor. They had sent me a Harry and David gift basket. ( They have never done this before!). We ate a bit from it, note that, we put it up on top of the cabinet, so we would not eat it all….it contains some excellent fattening items!

Harry and David box

We had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom. We ate dinner and watched more of The Handmaidens Tale on Hulu.

Sunday- We completed our usual Sunday tasks. We had received the bill for the RV storage for 2021, so, Bob ran to the rig and brought back the insurance and registration. We had to put a copy in with the check.

We went to Joanne’s looking at frames for the diamond painting. None of the 12×12 will work, because you have to fold over the edges, and we can’t with  frames they have. Sigh, I think I am going to need to do a custom frame.

We stopped at Target and bought a gift card, as they are the 10% off. We will use they for the low fat cheddar we purchase, because that is the only place we can find low fat cheddar.

We returned home and had a quiet rest of the evening. Okay, putting the box up on the top shelf did not work. It kept calling to us! LOL

Monday- Today was Bob’s first Patrol training. So he had to get up at 4:45. Ugh, of course this meant all of us had to get up! Here is he is…

Bob uniform

He took the car and I worked  on Christmas cards. He arrive home at 12:15, which was late. The Posse was very busy this morning and he had done more than his training exercises. He had gone on medical calls. He only was directing traffic, and had no exposure. He passed all of his tests also. He also had an excellent report for noticing a woman dressing funny and standing outside in the cold. They made a U-turn and returned to check on her, but she must have just been getting her newspaper. There are a lot of calls in Sun City for missing persons.

We went out and walked with Mary Ann in the condos, doing a Community Service project of going door to door to up date the condo and Posse emergency information and to make sure that folks have the correct key in the Fire Department key box. It does not do a lot of good to have an old key in the box, if the Fire Department needs to get into your condo. That was an hour.

We returned home and I fell asleep on the recliner. Bob started watching the Washington/ Steelers game and that woke me up. Washington won!! They beat the unbeaten Steelers….

We ate dinner and watched more of The Handmaidens Tale on Hulu. Oh, and Starz wants us back for $25 for 6 months. Not yet. Don;t need them again until the next Outlander premiers.

Tuesday-  It was warmer today, so I was able to ride my bike. I played Maj with MaryAnne, online, and Bob went to return the insurance card and the registration to the RV. He dropped off our check for the $150 for the entire year of storage! Hopefully, we will get to use the RV this summer, if we can get the Covid vaccine and hit the road.

Bob returned with two 6 packs of beer. He took picture of all of them and sent the pictures to his beer bro, Lavern. After lunch, I worked on more Christmas cards. We read our books and had a quiet afternoon. After dinner, we watched some recorded TV.

Wednesday- I rode my bike again this morning, a little later, when it was warmer. Bob ran some errands. After lunch I tried to take a nap, but failed. I went to the evening shift at the Posse for my second evening patrol training. It was a busy evening with us doing the training and taking two medical calls. All we did at both of them was stand outside, guarding the fire truck and the ambulance. The first one was at a house, and the person declined to go to the hospital. The second one was at a life care facility and the patient went to the hospital. I passed all my tests.

We were also doing some “drive byes” when we smelled smoke. We drove around looking for a fire. We finally decided it was in one of the courts; so we got out and walked through, finding a covered smoking fire pit. It was an unattended fire, but it did not appear to be a hazard, as there were no trees or grass around. The condo folks must have had a social, earlier, as this was around 8:30 and dark.

Arlene asked how comfortable I was feeling and I feel comfortable with everything but knowing all the codes. There is a learning curve with that task.

Thursday- Bob had his second morning shift, so we were up at 4:45 again. Ugh! I drove Bob to the Posse and returned home. I had my pants in the washing machine and got them into the dryer and hung up. I also worked on an article I needed to update.

I left and went to Sun City West to see the Orthopedic doctor. About 3.5 to 4 weeks ago, I had developed sudden, sharp pain in my left foot. This is the same foot I had the surgery on in January. I thought that I might have torn the mesh that the Doc had put in to re-build my ankle. The pain has improved, but was still there.

He ordered X-rays to look for a stress fracture. None showed up on the x-ray, but he said that can occur. So he placed me in a boot for 3 weeks. Since I had donated the high boot from January, he ordered me a low boot this time. It was pouring rain, so I did not wear the boot home in the car. This is the first rain in 110 days! We really needed this rain, and a lot more!  The Native American tribes use well water and springs and are starting to run dry….

I was pretty depressed when I arrived home, since this is my third time in a boot, for this same foot, and I thought it was going to interfere with my Posse training. I immediately called Tina and told her what was happening. She said that she would speak with Arlene and see if it was okay if I did not do any walking. I told her it was my left foot, so I could drive. She said that she could do my morning training, as she would do the vacation walks, and I could stay in the car and watch.

Bob called and I went to pick him up. He had a busy morning. He did not go to any medical issues, but did four vacation watches. He realized that the exterior water knob was turned on, at one home,  so he guessed that the folks had returned home. He rang the door bell, and they answered. There was a lag between when the folks called to let the Posse know they were home and when the information was given to the Posse morning shift. Bob passed all of his tests and is exceeding expectations.

Arlene agreed with Tina, so I went for my evening training. We had a quiet evening. I passed all my tests again. I feel confident about talking on the radio, but I still am cautious about what I am saying. I practice what I am saying before I speak.  I also need some more work with the local map. Sun City is built so crazy, that I need more work on quickly finding homes. It is not your typical map!  I am also listed as exceeding expectations.  

Friday- We had the Condo Association meeting, which we attended this time.  There were a total of 18 people there, in the big room at the Posse. We were the last people to enter and the first to leave. Nothing special about the meeting. No raise in the condo fees. Lots of money in the bank for the big items, like the roofs.

We returned home for lunch. we were tired from getting up so early yesterday, and me from working last evening, so we took a nice nap.

We had a quiet evening watching Mandalorian on Disney + .

Sat. Nov. 28 to Fri. Dec. 4- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I worked on Diamond Painting and some other projects. Meanwhile, Bob went over to the RV and ran the generator. He found that the engine battery was dead, so he jump started it, and ran the engine at the same time. He thinks he is going to need to drive the rig around to get the battery really charged up….

I did an online order at Café Zupas and  Bob stopped by and picked up our salads for lunch. We worked on projects at home in the afternoon. We had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom.  We, of course, had leftovers for dinner.

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks. I did a bit of cleaning and we put more of the Christmas decorations around. I worked on the Diamond Painting. We both read our books. We had carryout  lobster rolls from a local restaurant for lunch and leftovers for dinner. We watched 60 minutes, then a movie on Netflix.

Monday- After exercise, we did tasks at home. Then we went to Walgreens, which was supposed to have some toys on sale. They did not have anything we thought appropriate, so we went to Walmart.  We purchased 2 soccer balls for 12 year old boys and 2 Candyland games for  7 year old girls. These are for the Posse’s donations to one of the local schools, where the kids are very poor. We were instructed not to provide educational toys, but to give them a regular toy, as it will be the only item that they will receive for Christmas. How sad…

Bob went for an MRI and I stayed home and worked on the Diamond Painting. I am 3/4 of the way through, and am excited to complete the picture. I will post it when I am done!

I am back on my diet and Bob continues to watch what he eats. We had signed up for the Hulu special rate of $23 for a year, so we started watching The Handmaidens Tale. Our Stars special rate expires this month, so we will stop that subscription. We still have the free Disney until January.

Tuesday-  We had the Posse General Meeting. The first meeting of the month has visitors, so we were told to dress business casual. Again, the meetings were separated into two groups. We had signed up for the 10 AM meeting, which had less people present.

The meeting only lasted 15 minutes. After that, we worked with Tina to set up our training. The gal who was supposed to do my morning training was not available, so Tina is going to train me. We each signed up for our three days. Bob found the guy he needed to train with and and is waiting for him to call Bob.

We went to In Home for wreath storage container. We purchased 2 for $12.99 each. We also found this clock and sign.

New clock     1

Kitchen signWe stopped at the tailor and picked up our completed uniforms. Then we stopped at the library to return books. WAHOO! The new Stuart Woods book was on the 7 day loan shelf. I grabbed it and checked it out.  I had been on the request list, at 46 out of 110 requests. The Library software immediately removes you from the request list when you check out one of your requests.

When I returned home I started reading the book. We ate lunch,  I worked on the diamond painting. I rode my bike this afternoon, as I had not been able to ride this morning. Whew,  a driver of a car, cut me off at a corner. Usually, most people drive on the other side of the lane, when there is a biker on the side. This idiot, pulled right up to me( I could have touched the car), made a right turn in front of me, almost hitting my bike! The driver did not stop at the stop sign OR have the turn signal on. It happened so fast, I had not time to even not what type of car or who was driving. I suspect it was not a senior. The car sped away in the 25 mph zone. I had stopped and jumped off the bike so fast, I pulled a side muscle. I bothered me for a couple of hours and then went away.

Bob hung the clock and the sign. We ate dinner and watched some TV.

Wednesday-  It was so cold and windy, so no bike ride today. The temps are going to drop into the 30’s this week or next, so Bob decided it was time to do the winter prep of the new rig. I had a 9 AM haircut, so I dropped him off on the way. He also wanted to drive the rig to charge the battery. Since he was going to take awhile, after my haircut I went to Costco for gas. I also picked up a few items, since I was there. I arrived at the door, right at 10 AM. Darn, I missed the the 9-10 senior hour, so I had to go to the back of the line.

The young gal in front of me, asked the employee “Why are all these people leaving? “ The employee said to her, 60 +…

I moved quickly through Costco, and returned to pick up Bob. Right when I arrived, a text came from him that he needed an extension cord. So I left, returned home, dropped off the Costco items, picked up a heavy electrical cord, and returned to the storage unit.

By this time, Kent at the gate was laughing at my in and out. When I arrived at the rig, Bob had decided he needed a few other items, so he closed up the rig and returned home with me. We ate lunch, and Bob returned to the rig.

I started on making a few Christmas cards, that I send to my elderly cousins who are not on the internet. I quickly realized I was out of tape. So when Bob returned, I ran to JoAnne’s for the tape refills for my tape runner. Surprise, the tape was not on sale. Yippy, this is a rare event at JoAnne’s, so I used a 50% off coupon, good only on a regular prices item.

I returned home and worked on the diamond painting picture. I was almost finished, but it was time for our Roadrunner Zoom at 4. So I stopped and went on the Zoom. We had 18 people. We voted to have a Zoom on Christmas, so that people do not feel lonely on the holiday, if they are alone or just a couple like us.

When the Zoom was over, I went back to the diamond picture and had it completed by 5:30. Its a Lotus.

diamond painting 1 We ate dinner and watched some recorded TV.

Thursday- It was cold and very windy, so I exercised with my video. Bob came back shivering, from walking the dogs. I worked on the blog, then when taking the pictures, I texted Bonnie, asking what kind of spray I should put on the diamond painting She said come over to Todd’s patio. So I went over. Bonnie, Mary Ann and Todd were all there. Todd took the picture and sprayed it in a box out in the alley. She let it dry, then sprayed it again. Now I just need a 12×12 frame.

I cleaned up the desk and put all the leftover “diamonds” into bags. I also had placed the painting in the garage so that the smell from the spray did not come into the house. After being in the box in the driveway, it had wrinkled at bit, so I put books on top to flatten it again.

We ate lunch, we read a bit and at 3 I had to leave for my first patrol training run.

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It was 7 hours. I passed all the tests. The dispatcher would radio an issue and we would go to do whatever it was. Since it was training, it was fake issues. One was that there was a road hazard at the corner of two streets. Arlene, who was my trainer, had me tell the tale of a man losing his  Christmas tree, and we helped him to put it back on top of his car. Needless to say, we got razzed for that at dinner. We picked up food at Subway, and went to “base” to eat dinner at 7. There were only 5 of us on, plus the dispatcher. The hard part of this is learning all the codes.

We were fortunate that the wind had died down, and it was not as cold as it was in the morning. We checked doors at Churches and drove through one of the apartment complexes. We also drove around the Posse building, in the south, which was not open.

Friday- We ran to a couple of Estate and Garage sales. There was even a driveway craft fair. I purchased several of the die cuts and the embossing cuts for my new Big Sizzix machine, dirt cheap! . 

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sat. Nov. 21 to Fri. Nov. 27- Sun City AZ- Thanksgiving

Saturday-  We ran to JoAnne’s for a Christmas Wreath, then stopped at some garage sales. We picked up a few items.  The new cartridge arrived for the toilet, and Bob put it in…..

Toilet cartridge

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday-  We cleaned the condo and did our usual Sunday tasks. We read and I worked on the Diamond Painting. We went to Walmart for groceries.

Monday-  Bob took out the Christmas items that we have so that I could see what we needed. We went to Michaels and purchased a 7 ft. “pencil”  pre-lit Christmas tree. It is very thin. I pulled out a table cover and found that at some point there had been a water leak on it. I tried washing it out, but nope, that did not work. I trashed it…. I have some ironing to do on other items.

We need a few items for the tree, but we had picked up some ornaments at some estate sales. I do still have the tree skirt that I had made years ago, and the ceramic Nativity scene my mother made. Plus some little items and two quilt hangings that friend, Nikki Huffstutler, gave us.

I gave up on the puzzle that I was doing. The pieces were too flimsy, and they were hard to put together. I actually don’t like the puzzles from the Library. They are not as nice as the ones from Paradise. So at some estate sales, we have been picking up some of the brands that I like.

I work a few lines every day on the Diamond Painting. In the continuing saga of our second toilet, it was still leaking with the new cartridge, so Bob called the company again. They decided that it is a faulty insert, so they are shipping us the entire insides, free of charge. About time!

Tuesday- I had labs scheduled at 7:15. I arrived at 7 and was the only person there. It turned out, that my Doc office had not forwarded the lab slip to Sonora Quest, after my September appointment. It took this long for me to get a fasting appointment. So I called the Doc office. The gal who answered was more interested in getting my insurance information ( which they already have) than in getting me to the Doc’s assistant or PA. After 20 minutes on hold, I hung up and returned home to eat breakfast.

I sent an email to my Doc telling them that since it takes so long to get a fasting appointment, that I will wait until after my April appointment. I received an apology email and see ya in April!

We had a quiet rest of the day. I played Maj with MaryAnne, online. We set up the Christmas tree and decorated.

. Christmas tree 2020

Wednesday-  We ran to Joanne’s for the sale and purchased a number of items. Then We stopped at Dollar Tree for a few items. We went to Kneaders to pick up a dozen rolls for Thanksgiving.  Our next stop was at Fry’s to pick up their delicious Cranberry sauce. We had discovered it in Breckenridge, at the Market there, years ago.I also found my second favorite wine, the Tropical Mango Moscato. It is very hard to find, so we purchased 3 bottles. That was a surprise! We stopped at Walgreens to pick up one of Bob’s prescriptions. Our last stop was at MaryAnne and Ray’s Alfa at Paradise to drop off half of the rolls and collect her half of the cost of the rolls.

We returned home and ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon and evening. Bob tested to make sure that our oven actually worked, as we have never used it!  We use our Breville.

Thursday- Happy Thanksgiving! We started cooking our 7 lb. turkey in the oven. I made up the sides and we started reading our books.  I had called the Butterball hotline last week, to see how long it would take to defrost the 7 lb. turkey. The gal said 4 to 5 days, in the refrigerator. So we had taken it out of the freezer on Saturday. It was nicely defrosted. We always cook our bird in one of the oven bags. The bag said 2.5 hours. It was done in 1.45 hours. So we were off on our timing. We took the stuffing, yam bake, and green bean casserole and started them cooking, at their various times.

We ate our yummy Thanksgiving dinner at about 12:15. Then of course we took a nice nap, on the recliners, waking up in time to watch Washington beat the Cowboys! Yea team! Each of the two teams were in second place, in the Eastern Division, with horrible records of 3/7. So our win put us ahead of Dallas in the rankings. I really don’t think they will make the Super Bowl, LOL!  If we even have one….

We ate supper, of leftovers, at 6, then watched The Christmas Chronicles 2, on Netflix.  We enjoyed Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn as the Clauses. We had seen the first movie in 2018.

When that was over, we watched half of a Bruce Willis movie on Netflix.

Friday- Today was our CPR/First Aid class with the Posse. This is our last class. It was interesting. The instructor is a retired PA and teaches the Red Cross version. When the Posse was still a part of MCSO( Maricopa County Sheriffs Office), they did the usual class with the MCSO. Since they broke off with them, they do an abbreviated version, with their own manikins and supplies. They do have instructional AED machines. It was a really easy course for both Bob and I, since both of us had been through classes in the past although, there were a  lot of changes since our last certifications. All of them simplifications.

Then we were kept behind, as the other three students left. They are not in the Patrol division. We set up times for our driving sessions. My instructor is the PA gal, Arlene, and Bob is going with one of the male Duty Officers. I was able to set up the 3 evenings with Arlene and Bob set up 3 mornings with his trainer. We both are waiting for phone calls from the other two trainers. We have 3 morning sessions and 3 evening sessions, each. So we are going to try to fit those times in ASAP so we can start out on patrol. We can’t do this until we retrieve our uniforms from the tailor shop. They are due to be finished by Dec. 1.

We were impressed that someone in the Posse had been exposed to a neighbor with Covid. He reported it immediately, and was tested. He was negative and is in quarantine for 2 weeks. We are really glad that the Posse members do take the virus seriously!

We stopped at the Habit for burgers for lunch, just picking them up and bringing them home to eat. We had a quiet afternoon. I worked on the Diamond Painting and Bob read his book.

After leftover turkey for dinner, we watched the rest of the Bruce Willis movie, then started watching a mini-series on Netflix.

Sat. Nov. 14 to Fri. 20- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We had the garage sale from 8 to 12. We sold a few small items, but not enough of what we wanted to sell. Oh well! Our rule is nothing goes back into the condo, so we loaded the car and took everything to Good Will. At Good Will, we had to wait in the Starbucks line, before we could pull into the parking space. Fortunately, after the GW workers unloaded the back of the car, the next people in line had left room for us to back up.

We returned home and had a quiet rest of the day.

Sunday- I rode my bike this morning and it was beautiful out. Bright blue skies and warmer temperatures.  I cleaned a bit. At 11, I went over to Bonnies condo, and she showed me the tips and tricks of the Diamond Painting. I returned and worked on it a bit, after eating lunch. I played Maj with MaryAnne for about an hour.

Bob continued to work on the toilet. He cannot get it to stop leaking. He turned off the water to it and is going to call the company, again.

I went grocery shopping, as Bob still does not feel well. He found the results of his Chest X-Ray, and he has walking pneumonia. So he is taking it easy as much as he can. The Codeine makes him sleep. I have no symptoms.  Bob has no Covid-19  symptoms.

We watched TV in the evening.

Monday-  The antibiotic seems to have kicked in for Bob, as he is feeling better, but still trying to take it easy. He continued to work on the toilet. He called the company. It turns out the” toilet pressure assist tank vessel” is a knock off and will never stop leaking. The only part on it that can be replaced is the cartridge, and he replaced that. In fact, he tightened it so tight I could not flush the toilet and it still leaked!  Obviously, this is not the toilet  “innards” that I had ever seen before!  Bob ordered a new one from the company; it should arrive later this week.

Toilet 1

I worked on the Diamond Painting. I am also still working on a puzzle. Anything to combat the boredom of staying home.

At 1, I played Maj with MaryAnne, Donna, and Allen. We did a conference call at the same time and it was much more fun that way. More like being in the same room. When we finished playing, we talked for about a 1/2 hour with them. They are still in Ohio and both have been having some health issues. We are hoping that they fly back soon.

Bob napped for awhile. At 4, we went to the Condo social. It is outside with everyone social distancing and wearing masks. There were 14 people there, including us, and 3 dogs. We did not take our dogs. It lasted until 5 pm. It is a way for us to meet some new people.

We ate dinner and started watching The Crown , season 4, on Netflix.

Tuesday- I rode my bike, Bob walked the dogs. We had the Posse Operations Meeting at 9:30. We were in a large room, socially distanced, with everyone in masks. They went over the long range plans. It was interesting to see that they used to have 110 volunteers, now they have 55. Their goal is to get back to 110 by 2024.

We returned home, ate lunch and Bob had a Doctors appt. at 2. He asked me to go with him, so of course I did. We stopped at Brusters for ice cream after the appointment.

We returned home, ate dinner and continued watching The Crown on Netflix.

Wednesday- Our usual mornings. I am having an issue with a medical bill. So I called the insurance company. Then called the Urgent Care billing. Then the insurance company again. Then the Urgent Care billing. Obviously, I am stuck in the middle. I finally did an appeal to the Insurance Company and called to let the Urgent Care billing know that I had appealed the decision.

By that time I was very frustrated. I sat outside reading my book. Bob got on the Roadrunner Zoom. He found out two more of our friends had the virus.

At 5 we had the Condo social, with our small group. We socially distance and all face forward. The dogs attended this one.

We watched some regular TV that we had recorded.

Thursday- We had our Posse class at 8 am. It was Vacation Watch and Map Reading.  Sun City is a little crazy. Streets are not in order and there are a lot of lanes, streets, roads etc. Plus the house numbers are the same.

We also went outside to one of the cars, and looked at the check list that we have to complete each time we leave.

We stopped at the Library and returned home for lunch. We had a quiet afternoon, taking a nap.

We continued to watch The Crown on Netflix.

Friday- We had our 3rd class. Since we had done the outside in the car yesterday, Bob had asked if we could start a little later. So we started at 9. Today was Communications and Vehicle Services.

Now I really have to learn the darn codes! There is a cheat sheet in each vehicle, but I really need to know therm. Bob knows them, since he was on the Indian Head Vol. Fire Dept. for almost 15 years.

We finished The Crown on Netflix this evening…

Sat. Nov. 7 to Fri. Nov. 13- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I was able to ride my bike this morning. A front moved in and the wind picked up and the temp dropped. We started with the windows open, but soon had to close up,  as it became too cold.

We did tasks around the condo, then went grocery shopping at Fry’s and Walmart. We started at Fry’s and it was pretty open. Then went on to Walmart, where it was busier. We returned back home, on the way, I saw on my phone that the Presidential race had been called. We were happy with the results! Whew we arrived everyone was out in the alley behind the condos. Some happy and some not so happy. It is what it is… We spent the rest of the day doing laundry, reading, working on our puzzle.

At 5, we had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom with our Virginia and Georgia friends. We are changing it to earlier, as it interferes with our cooking dinner, due to the time change last Sunday.

After dinner, we watched President-elect Biden’s speech. We then continued watching Agatha Christies ABC murders on Amazon Prime.

I had noticed that the second bathroom’s toilet was adding water to the bowl. Not the usual fix, as it was only in one spot. I called Bob and he came in and took a look at it. Problem to fix tomorrow.

Sunday-  We did out usual Sunday morning tasks.  I cleaned the master bath while Bob was working on the toilet. It needed a new cartridge/valve. None of the hardware stores have the part, so Bob ordered it online. Nice to have two bathrooms! The hardware stores wanted to sell us the whole apparatus, for $150! He paid $19.99 plus tax! We expect it to arrive by Wednesday.

We worked on a puzzle and read. It was cold for  AZ, with temps in the high 50’s low 60’s with a fierce wind.

After dinner, we watched some TV.

Monday– Bob felt worse today for some reason. He still walked the dogs and I rode my bike. I ran to Walmart to pick up some distilled water and a new basket for our Instapot.

I stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond for a new pillow. I have a displaced disk in my neck, and if I sleep wrong, the nerve makes one arm or both arms go to sleep. The pins/needles wakes me up. It happened five times last night, so I decided that I needed a better pillow. I found this out from the Chiropractor, when I went to him because my right hand was going numb when I was riding my bike. He told me not to look down when I ride my bike. That stopped it! So that is why I think it is the pillow.

I found a nice new pillow, with the assistance of one of the workers. Not even the most expensive one; and not from the pillow guy! LOL

When I returned home, I worked on the puzzle and Bob has been napping. His sinuses are still clogged.

At 1 I played Maj with MaryAnne, until 3. We swear that the computer cheats! We play against 2 computers. MaryAnne won one time and should have won a second time, but the computer would not let her put up a tile, which would have given her Maj. It took her awhile to get over that! We also decided to talk to the phone while playing. We miss the socialization we have when we play in person.

Bob continued to nap; then he made a spaghetti squash casserole for dinner. We finished the Agatha Christie  ABC Murders and watched The Pilots Wife, both on Amazon Prime.

Tuesday- Bob is feeling better, which is good, as we have our 2 hours with Dispatch, at the Posse. We arrived at 8 AM. We chose Tuesday morning, as Mary Ann is the dispatcher. She is excellent, as she can work in chaos. The phones were ringing and the radios were going off. The printer, connected to the fire dept. was printing. Very busy, then quiet. At 9, another gal came in, just to answer the phones. The main problem turned out to be a women, who calls frequently, saw a pile of blankets and coats against a wall. She was afraid that someone, was under them, dead. She called, then she got her neighbor to call. We do not pick up trash, which basically what it was, but Mary Ann, did a reverse address and sent the Patrol commander there. The woman was very impressed and hopefully will stop calling.

The uniform room is open from 9 to 11, Tues, Wed, Thur, so we stopped in and picked up our uniforms. What a pain that was! They only have men’s pants and tops. They do not have women’s sizes, so they pay for alterations. Bob found pants and shirt that fit him perfectly. With my hips and chest, I had to go big! Do I need to tell you that the uniform room is run by men?

We left and returned home for lunch. After lunch, we took all the clothing to the tailor’s shop, who deals with this. The gals there were great. When I requested that she alter the shirt, she said it would be expensive. I asked how much? Just $25, so I had her pin the shoulders. She said to me, that I am going to end up being the envy of the other women at the Posse, as I will have a shirt (and pants) that fit! 

We returned home and I rode my bike my usual route. We ate dinner and watched TV.

Wednesday-  Today was our first class. We arrived at 8. The first part of the class was basically orientation to the Posse. Then we had a break. The second part was more about the services offered. Another break then a tour of the building. The third part was who is who and defensive driving. Our next class is next week.

Tina, the gal teaching, was wearing a polo shirt. I asked about it and she said I could buy one. They have used ones for $10. So during a break, I trotted into the uniform room and bought one. Of course, they guys yesterday never mentioned that! I have to have the usual uniform, but I can wear the polo on days that I am working. When it is cold, I am allowed to wear a black long sleeve shirt underneath. YES!

We were told to sign up for one of the General Meeting times. They have split the times due to the virus. so that there are less people attending the meetings. We were also told to sign up for the Christmas Party. Again, split, so that there are less people attending. It is held at a Golf Club, and is catered by them. Big tables, only a few people. IF  the state is not closed down by then.

Our pictures are on the bulletin board. Great Pic’s! I hope to be able to keep mine!

After class, we returned home for lunch. Bob went to the various hardware stores and I rode my bike and worked on a puzzle. We went to the Condo social. We found out that Rosie had been exposed to Covid-19, and is in self quarantine. She  is waiting for her results. Bonnie, Todd and Mary Ann were talking about Diamond Painting. I asked what it was, as I had never heard of it. It is basically like a counted cross stitch canvas that you glue small pieces to, at the holes, to make a painting. So I returned home and ordered a kit for $12.99. It has all the pieces.

We ate dinner and finished the movie Einstein on Amazon Prime.

Thursday- Bob woke up not feeling well this morning. The temp was 43 degrees, so I did not ride my bike, I did my Cardio workout DVD. We went to Costco, early, and I was first in line at the Optical Center. I have a bit of trouble with distance, watching the TV in the living room, so I was choosing glasses and dropping off the new prescription.

We stopped at the Tailor’s to drop off the polo shirt, as I need the previous owners name covered with an embroidered cover, with my name. The gal said she hopes to have them all done by Dec. 1.

We returned home and Bob settled in. He had called the Doc office, as this has been going on since Nov.1. He had an appt. at 2:30, with a PA. He was sent for a Chest X-ray.

I spent time talking to Rosie and MaryAnne. Rosie tested negative, thank goodness!  A little before 11, I took off for Macy’s. I need a black top to go under the polo shirt. They have re-arranged Macy’s since the last time I was there. I finally found what I was looking for, $14.99. Of course, I had to guess at the size, as all the dressing rooms are closed. I guessed right, as I tried it on, when I returned home.

We ate lunch, and my computer decided to do a Microsoft update. Grrrr! I was scheduled to play Maj at 1. It took until 3:15 to complete the up date! I was not happy! We are going to try to play tomorrow.

Friday- The Condo General Meeting was at 9:30 today. We decided not to attend. It is held at the Posse, and in a big room. but why take the chance. We already are out more than we like.  We were also not sure that everyone would be wearing a mask, although they were supposed to be….

Bob still feels lousy. He is on an antibiotic and the Phenergan with codeine. So he is sleeping a lot.  I worked on the puzzle. My Diamond Painting kit arrived. Now I need to learn how to do the painting. We did prepare for the garage sale tomorrow.

In the morning we priced everything. In the afternoon we worked on the signs. Bob rested in between.

We watched some recorded new shows on TV.

Sat. Oct. 31 to Fri. Nov. 6- Sun City AZ.

Saturday-  We had a quiet day. Nothing special. We did not go anywhere. I did a lot of laundry.  We had our Zoom at 4 pm AZ time.

Sunday-  Another quiet day. More laundry. It was and Redskins bi-week. We read our books, watched some TV, and worked on a puzzle. Basically pretty boring. Time changed everywhere except Arizona. That is always a treat!

Monday-  Our usual mornings with me bike riding and Bob walking the dogs.  We went to meet up with Paula and Charlie, who were down from the TT in Valley Verde for a doctor appointment at 2. We met up with them at Paradise, at MaryAnne and Ray’s site. We each brought our lunches and socially distanced.

We had a great time visiting with our old friends until about 1:45. Charlie had a Doc appt. at 2.

We returned home and at 4, we went to the Condo Social. This is a social for the entire condo association. The other social is for people on our courts.  It was nice to meet some new people. We all socially distanced.

We returned, ate dinner, and watched TV.

Tuesday- Bob woke up not feeling well. He had a low grade fever and his head felt heavy. We ruled out Covid, as his only symptom was his sinuses and his  fever. We decided he had a sinus infection. I kept a close watch on him.

I went to Costco and Walmart. I picked up some Naprosyn (an anti-inflammatory)for Bob’s sinuses.

I played Maj online with our usual group from 1 to 3. Bob basically slept on the sofa. The Tylenol brought down his fever. He felt a little better in the evening.

I finished this puzzle.

Balloons 2

Wednesday- Bob’s fever  was down all day. He still stayed home. I went to the meeting at 2 PM for the Posse. We have four classes to take, then we start our Patrol Car  training. By then it will be early December.

We had the Roadrunner Zoom at 4, although we forgot about the time change. It was really at 4, but others had the same issue. Arizona does not change times. 

Thursday- Bob coughed up something disgusting. He has no fever and his sinuses are no longer bothering him. He feels back to normal; so he is back to his usual routine

I played Maj for an hour with MaryAnne, on line. While walking the dogs, Bob ran into Diane and Jim riding their electric bikes. They stopped and talked for 10 minutes and we were invited to their home at 6 PM for a chat.

At 6 we went to their home and visited, socially distancing. It was nice to catch up with them.

Friday-  Bob cleaned up the patio after I had trimmed his hair. I cleaned the bathroom drawers. Bob worked on his ax, which needed a new handle. We ate lunch, and Bob spotted that the fire truck went thru our alley. We went outside, along with everyone else. Shirley, who lives two condos east of us, on the other side of the alley, had fallen. She was on the phone with her son when she fell. We are not sure who called 911. She did hit her head, and she was bandaged by the EMT’s when they arrived with the ambulance. They packed her up and took her to the hospital. This is her second fall. She does have a Lifeline, but no one was sure that she was wearing it. She tends to forget to wear it.Each condo has a lock box, which is only able to be opened by the fire department, and the key to the condo is in it.

Mary Anne lives across from her, and she texted Shirley’s grandson, who lives in Phoenix. The son, who she was on the phone with,  either lives in Michigan or Oregon. as she has two.  The Posse also arrived, but they had nothing to do, as we all stayed away from the area, just being nosey watching the excitement.

We left and went to the Container store and purchased new boxes for the refrigerator.

I worked on a puzzle and read my book. Bob had his Posse ride-along today.

Sat. Oct. 24 to Fri. Oct. 30- Sun City

Saturday-  We were slow getting up this morning, as both of us were tired. I did a lot of laundry. I did more Biden/Kelly phone calls. We took a nap in the afternoon. No Zoom this week.

Sunday-  It was another quiet day. I continued doing laundry and cleaned up the condo a bit. The Washington/Dallas game was today, and surprisingly, Washington won! We went to Bruster’s for some ice cream. We ate dinner at home and watched the 60 Minutes , Trump/Biden interviews.

Monday-  The weather was very windy and the temp was in the low 60’s. I had tried to ride my bike, but only made about a mile. sue to the wind. I returned home and did an aerobics video. Bob was cold while walking the dogs.

I quickly finished a puzzle.

Welcome puzzlee

We ran over to the library and picked up books. Then we stopped at the Post Office to drop off a package, then we went to the rig. There were a few items that we had forgotten to remove when unpacking the rig.  

We had a quiet afternoon. We did not go to the condo social, as it was too cold and windy.

Tuesday-  It was still cold and windy, so I did my aerobics video again. We had a quiet morning, ate lunch, and went for our Ophthalmologist appointments. We were both taken into the room and eyes were tested by the techs, then dilation eye drops were put in. We sat for an hour and a half. I was ready to walk out! We were sitting in a waiting room with other people. The chairs were separated, but not 6 ft. We were not happy! We were finally taken in to see the Doc. My eyes become very tired when I read and I have trouble seeing the TV in the living room, due to the distance. He checked my eyes, and I have a film starting on the right eye. I had the left eye lasered for that years ago. This is a post cataract surgery issue, which happens to some folks. It is not a big deal. The Doc gave me a distance prescription. Bob’s eyes are unchanged which is great, as they are watching him for glaucoma! We returned home and ate leftovers for dinner.

Wednesday-  The weather was still cold, 49 degrees this morning. I did my aerobics video again this morning. I had my hair appointment at 9. I stopped at the library on the way home, then I had my 2 hour ride along at 10:45 with the Posse. I checked in with the gal at the desk. Dan came and got me and we went to the morning meeting. There were 4 of us. Dan is the Patrol Commander. He gave them their assignments. We checked in with  communications, then went out to the car for the ride along. We both wore masks the entire time and had the windows open. The car is cleaned before and after each shift. Dan had already cleaned the car.

The first call was for a homeless man sleeping on the side of the road on 107th drive. Dan had me stay in the car. He told the guy to move on. There is nothing that he can really do, as they guy was not on private property. The guy kept asking for a ride. Dan explained that the Posse is not doing rides right now. The guy moved along, but I am sure that they will find him somewhere else asleep on the ground.

It ended up being pretty boring. We just checked various banks, driving thru the parking lots and checking the folks at the drive up windows. They wave that they are okay.

We stopped in at the new satellite office that the Posse has opened on Grand Ave., Hwy. 60, which separates north and south Sun City. Dan asked me if I had ever seen the Ranchettes. No I had not. So he took me thru that area. What a surprise! It is a bump out in the south area. The homes are built on larger plots of land, so that they could have horses. There were a few that still did, but most of the homes are in the million dollar range. Big houses, with big lots. There were a lot of RV’s stored on their property. We had thought that Sun City does not allow RV’s on property, but in this area they are grandfathered in. Then Dan returned me back to the  our car. I stopped at McDonalds for lunch, as it was after 1, I returned home. We finished this puzzle.

Christmas kittly puzzle 

Thursday-  Bob had his cardiologist appointment this morning. This is a new doctor, as his previous doctor left the practice. He liked the new guy. His EKG was perfect, so he returns in a year. Bob has not had any A-fib since the second ablation.

At 11:30 we went to see Bob’s PCP. Bob wanted me to go along, so I did. They let me in with him.  The Doc had asked for an in person visit this time, as we had requested that Bob’s B12 injections be increased, as we noted that he was having symptoms at 3 weeks.  

At 1:45 I had a Zoom mtg. with my PCP. Nothing new for me. Time to schedule Mamogram and Bone Density tests.

We had a quiet evening. We finished up the Worst Witch on Netflix. We had a movie from the library to watch.

Friday- Roxie had her yearly Vet visit. Much to her dismay, she is going to have to stay on the eye medication for the rest of her life. We put it in each evening. She doesn’t run away, because she gets a treat afterwards, but she does let us know that she hates to have it done. I hold her and Bob puts it on her eyelid.

I cooked Devil eggs and decorated them. I wore a mask and gloves while preparing them. That was a pain, but better safe than sorry…

Halloween devil eggs

At 3:30 Bob went over to assist with setting up for the party. It was already done when he arrived. So he returned. We put on our costumes, such as they were. We still have our chicken hats and we put on yellow boas. There were some really good outfits. We socially distanced, but some others did not, but we had a nice time.

Condo Halloween party 1

Condo Halloween party 2

Halloween party 3

We went as chickens…

Halloween party 4

Below is Mary Anne  in the chair, Todd is standing, and Bonnie who was pretending to be pregnant/

Halloween party 5

Below is the other Denise. She is a “cereal killer”.

Halloweend party 6

We went home taking our stuff with us. We returned to help with clean up.

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

Saturday- Since we had the vaccinations yesterday, we decided to have a very quiet day today. Bob still walked the dogs, but I did not do my bike ride. We read our books. At 12, I did phone calls for Biden/Harris/ Kelly. They are just, get out and vote, calls to Democrats. Most people were not home or were not answering their phones. We BBQ’d a steak for dinner and watched some movies on Netflix. We also made signs for a “Ridin with Biden” tomorrow morning.  We had our usual Zoom at 4 PM. Jackie and Bob will be going to the beach next weekend, so no Zoom next week.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks, then left around 9:15 to head to the gathering site for the “Ridin with Biden” parade. There were about 35 cars and golf carts. The “PBS” from Denmark was there, doing a segment on us! How cool was that!  Below is our Highlander.

Ridin for Biden 1

We left at about 10:10 and drove for about 45 minutes around Sun City, honking our horns and waving at people. Many Biden people came out, waving and giving us thumbs up. The Trumper’s gave us thumbs down or frowns. We just waved and smiled at them!

After the parade, we stopped at Dollar Tree, then picked up subs for lunch at Good Cents. They have the best subs with really fresh bread. Bob thought we still had a free 8” sub, so he ordered that for me. Turned out we did not, so I ate half, and saved the rest. We had a quiet afternoon. We ate all the leftovers for dinner.

We finished this puzzle

Water wheel puzzle

Monday-  I had a package to be delivered today, so we waited to leave until tomorrow for short trip. We worked on packing for a the trip to Saguaro National Park tomorrow.  My package was delayed until tomorrow, so I asked Mary Ann to pick it up for me.

We went to the Condo social at 5:30.

Tuesday-  We ran over to the storage unit to pick up the rig. Bob stopped and dumped and took on water on the way out of the storage facility, so I just dropped him off , unloaded a few items, and put them away. Then I returned to the condo to pack up more items.

Bob arrived and we loaded the refrigerator and the clothes. We left at 9:45, heading to I-101, to I-10. We picked up I-202, which is newly completed. This is our first time on the road, heading east. This took us around the “curve”, which is a busy area in downtown Phoenix, and we turned back onto I-10 east, ( which at this point is traveling south towards Tucson).  We stopped for a couple of groceries at a Safeway along the way. We turned off of I-10 north of Tucson, and headed west to Gilbert Ray Campground. The campground is a Pima County facility, located in Tucson Mountain Park, just south of Saguaro West National Park.

We stopped at the Red Hills Visitor Center, in the NP, but it was closed and did not open until Thursday. Hmm, guess they cannot accept payment for the NP if they are not open! Since we have the NP Senior Pass, we don’t pay anyway….We were able to pick up a NP map.

We continued on to Gilbert Ray Campground, turning on the second part of McCain Loop. There was a self-serve check in, so we grabbed the paperwork, and rode around section H, which is the non-reserved area.

Last Saturday, I had checked the registration section, online, and it was mostly empty, so we took a chance on not making a reservation. We arrived to find lots of open spaces in the “H” section which was “1st come-1st serve”.  We picked site 21, which put the shade in the afternoon on the passenger side of the rig, so that we could sit outside.  We parked, set up, completed the paperwork and wrote them a check for $60. It was $20 a night, for 3 nights of 30 amp electric.

We had a quiet afternoon, sitting outside with the dogs. Roxie did not like it there, as there were lots of rocks, and she has “tender tootsies”. She hates walking on rocks! 

We came prepared and had cooked dinner in advance, so all we needed to do was heat it up. We were surprised to find that we had great internet and satellite.

Wednesday-   Bob went to walk the dogs. I was doing the breakfast dishes, and I looked out the window, at a coyote in  our site. I quickly texted Bob to not return with the dogs. Then I went out and “shoo’d” him away. He was very skinny, so he was looking for food.

When we looked at the map, we were disappointed to find that the ‘scenic loops” were open, but not to us! They are dirt roads and have a weight limit of 12,000 lbs.  We are 20,000 lbs. They are not designed to large rigs. We are 25 ft, 10” long. The maximum length is 24 ft .  We had planned on doing the scenic loop in this section of the NP and the one in the East Saguaro NP, which was 33 miles away. Oh well…on the map and directions that we had seen, there was a road, Golden Gate road, that was listed as not drivable in large vehicles. We had not been aware of the loop roads., and had not brought the car with us.

We stopped at the Desert Museum, but there were a lot of kids and adults there. Plus the cost was $23 each, senior rate. It is not part of the NP, it is a private museum. We decided to pass on the museum.  This car was outside the museum.

Desert Museum

So we drove to Tucson. We stopped for diesel, $2.34 gal. It is so nice to be able to go a regular gas station. It gives us options of less expensive fuel.

We stopped at Costco and Walmart. Then we ordered dinner on line, at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Charro. We stopped at In’nOut burger for lunch. Interesting, that it was also the Border Patrol employees favorite restaurant.  The restaurant was crowded with lots of Border Patrol employees and lots of their vehicles. We only do carry out, so I waited for our order.

We ate lunch, then went to El Charro to pick up dinner. We returned to the campground and sat out reading and enjoying the nice weather. It was clear, and in the 90’s.  We ate our El Charro dinner and watched some TV.

Thursday-  We went to the Visitor Center and spoke with the park ranger. He said that the reason that we could not go on the scenic loops, was that they had a lot of dips, and large vehicles get caught on them. He said to do the McCain loop which we did. There was also a nice garden walk at the Visitor Center. So we walked the garden walk. \

Saquaro NP sign

Visitor Center building.

Saguaro VC

This is the view from the Visitor Center entrance.

View from visitor center Saruaro NP

Do not feed the coyotes

That is not a sign that you see everyday!

Not all Saguaro are like you think, some are crooked.

Crocked cactus

This sign was the first in the Garden Walk.

Desert Life sign

The funny looking creature on the right in the picture is a Javelina.  They sort of look like a pig, but are not one. The sign said they are found at 4000 ft, but we have them in Sun City. I have not yet seen one, unfortunately.

Garden walk 1

Saguaro sign

Below is a Prickly Pear cactus. The  locals make lots of items from Prickly Pears. It is one of my favorite Margarita flavors!

Pricly pears

Prickly pear sign

As the Ranger suggested, we drove the McCain Loop, on our way back to the rig.

McCain Loop We stopped to check out the dump station and water at the campground. We also drove around the reserved areas. The park was mostly empty.

We returned, ate lunch, and sat outside reading in the afternoon. We ate dinner and watched the debate. Ugh…

Friday-  We packed up to leave and left our site around 9 AM. We stopped on the way out at the Desert Discover Nature Trail. We walked the trail, with the dogs. We had to keep a look out for coyotes and rattle snakes, but we did not spot any of either. We did see this interesting saguaro…

interesting saguaro

We drove back to the condo, stopping for diesel at a QT market on the way. $2.28 gal.

We unpacked the rig, and took it back to the storage facility. Bob dumped at the facility.  We returned home and I sorted laundry, which I will do tomorrow.

We picked up Coconut Shrimp at Georges for dinner, worked on a puzzle, and went to the Condo social at 5:30. Everyone wanted to know about our trip. Our socials are outside and socially distanced.