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Sat. Mar. 31 to Fri. Apr. 6- Sun City AZ to Hemet CA

Saturday- We ran around doing some errands. It was a busy day for us. We stopped at Basking Robbins for ice cream, as it is the 31st and its $1.31 for a scoop. We cooked eggs and made devil eggs for tonight.

We left and went square dancing. It was the “Spring Fling” with the SCW group. There was a special caller, Dan, whose last name I cannot remember. We had a great time. This time we were the only ones who brought devil eggs, so they were gone really fast!

Sunday-Happy Easter! We did our usual tasks. We are working on getting the rig ready for travel this week. I cooked a corn casserole and we ran over to the ballroom at 3 PM to assist with setting up the room for the pot luck. We had to do a lot of work, since the Church people had not done their part.

At 4:30 we ran over to dinner. We had just 6 of us at our table, so we invited some new folks to join us. It was Ray, MaryAnne, Charlie and Paula with us. There was, of course, a ton of food. There were 60 people attending!!! We had set the room up for 64, and they had to add some chairs at the tables, so we might have had 70 people.

Monday- I had my nail appt., at 9, then returned to the MH for lunch. We left and went grocery shopping. We spend more time getting the MH ready for travel.

At 6, we went to dinner with Judy, Fred, MaryAnne, and Ray at Rosie’s Italian Café, one of our favorite restaurants.

Tuesday- Neither of us slept well for some reason. We were up at 5! At 9, we had our yearly call with our financial advisor. We did some re-arranging and will have papers to sign.

At 11:45 I had my hair appointment. Meanwhile, Bob has been putting things away and preparing the MH for travel. I returned home and we went to lunch, then we ran to Costco.

We ate dinner, and Bob went to the Astronomy Club meeting.

Wednesday- We continued to get ready to leave and ran around doing errands. We dropped off mailing labels at the mail room and instructed them that if my missing medications arrived, that they were to send them back to Caremark, return to sender!

At 4, we went over to Jim and Diane’s to catch up and to play Pegs and Jokers. We gals won both games! We ate dinner at their house.

We returned home around 8, fed the dogs and went to bed.

Thursday-We drove out of the park at 8:45 and west. We turned north on El Mirage Blvd, and  took the 303 to I-10 west. We traveled all day. We stopped at exit 1 in Arizona to load up on diesel. The cost was $2.999/gal. Crossing into CA, it jumped to $3.79.

The worst of the travel was through the Palm Springs area. There is a lot of traffic there. Once you are through the traffic, you have to go uphill into the wind turbine fields. The motor home was rocking with the winds. They are always fierce there! There was an earthquake in the area, but we did not feel it, unless some of the rocking we thought was the wind, was the earthquake.

We turned south on Hwy. 89 and dropped down in altitude into the Hemet Valley. We arrived at Golden Village RV Resort at about 3:30. We parked in our site and got settled. At about 5:00 we went to Jim and Becky’s rig, joining Chris / Barb. and Brian /Carol Hood. The dogs love happy hour! They joined up with Jim and Becky’s dog and played.

Friday- We got up and did our walks. I worked on an article and Bob did some tasks around the motor home. We went to lunch at Polly’s Pies, a southern California favorite of ours, for their famous tuna fish sandwich.

We stopped at Sprouts and Walmart. We returned and greeted more arrivals. We went to social hour at 5 PM, with most of the people who are attending the Alfa AOC rally. We returned, ate dinner, watched some TV, and went to bed. 

Sat. Mar. 24 to Fri. Mar 30- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Bob woke up with benign vertigo. We tried the exercises that I use, but it made him more nauseated, so we stopped. He tried other exercises and they helped a bit. We gave him some of Karlie’s Meclizine ( same dosage)  and that seemed to help. He stayed light headed and dizzy all day. Naturally, we had a quiet day at home.

Sunday- Bob was a little bit better with the medication and the exercises, but we still stayed home and watched TV after doing our usual Sunday tasks.

Monday- I had a Doc appt. for this afternoon at 2:45 ,so I called and moved Bob into my appt. and changed my appt. to Sat at 10 AM. So at 2:45  I took Bob to see the Doc. She ordered that he be seen by an audiologist. Fortunately, there is one in the office, and they were able to squeeze him in for Tuesday. She also gave him a prescription for the Meclizine. We had a quiet rest of the day.

Tuesday- Bob had a little bit of the vertigo today, but he was much better. I went to play Maj at 10, then took Bob to the audiologist at 12:15. Of course, all of a sudden he felt better! The audiologist could not replicate the vertigo by using the table to maneuver him. Oh well, at least Bob seems to have recovered. We did not go Square Dancing because we wanted to make sure he recovered.

At 3:45 we had our Dermatologist appts. The Doc is retiring in December, so we will not see him again. Bob had a great check up, with no issues. I had two places  that the Doc sprayed.

We returned home and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- I was off to Mahjongg in the morning. Then we had a happy hour here at our RV with 14 of us. Paula and Charlie were in town, so they were able to join us. It was great seeing them! Karen, John, Barb, Sid, MaryAnne, Ray, Linda, Mike, Judy and Fred attended.

Thursday- I picked up Karen and we went to a water color painting card class. That was fun. We made 5 cards at Leslie’s house in Peoria. I returned, we ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon. We went square dancing in SCW in the evening.

Friday- I went to card making in the morning. We met up with Paula and Charlie at the office at 11. We are letting them move into our site for about 6 weeks. We will be gone and they have doctor’s appointments. So they are going to pay the water and electric for the site.

It only took a few minutes to work through this with the park. So we left and ran to the Endocrinologist office for Bob to pick up his prescriptions. Then we went to Cracker Barrel to meet up with the rest of the group for lunch. There were 10 of us, with Linda, Mike, Charlie, Paula, Judy, MaryAnne, Karen and John.  We had a great time!

We said good-bye to John and Karen, as we will not see them again until the fall. We stopped at Costco for gas, and returned home.

We had a quiet afternoon, ate dinner, and attempted to go square dancing. They were not having it at the usual center, and we could not find them! So we returned home and watched some TV.

Sat. Feb. Mar. 17 to Fri. Mar. 23-Sun City AZ

Saturday- I had to be at the Ballroom for the Craft Fair at 9 AM. I was working the card making table. We sold $167.00 of cards, at $1 and $2 each. A much better deal than going to a drug store and purchasing a Hallmark card for $6.99

At 10, Bob met up with me and we wandered through all of the various booths in the Ballroom and then to the various shops… woodworking, quilting, jewelry, ceramics etc.

We stopped and picked up our mail and returned to the MH. We ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday morning tasks. Then Bob went to Walmart and picked up a Rug Doctor. We spent several hours washing the ceiling and the floor. I really wish Alfa had not put carpeting on the ceiling! We were exhausted by the time we were done;  but it is done until the fall. We only do the ceiling one time a year.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday- We were out the door early to drop the dogs off at the groomers. We went to Kneaders for breakfast, then we went to the car repair place. We had some transmission oil dropping. We arrived and dropped off the car. Bob’s eye appointment was right across the street, so we walked over for his 10 AM appt.

The Doc gave him a thorough exam. No need to change glasses prescription but there has a slight positive on the glaucoma exam. He has to return for a more thorough exam before we leave. They were short of help today and could not do the other test.

We walked back over to the car place. The owner thought that it was just from when they washed off the transmission oil from the repair, so he put a dye in the oil and Bob is going to take the car back next week.

The dogs were ready, so we ran over and picked them up. We ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday- I was off to Maj this morning and Bob made new ramps for the wheels of the MH for when we are not on level ground. He ran to Lowes to pick up wood and started the sawing at the Woodworking shop. We ate dinner and went to the Sun City Square Dancing.

Wednesday- Bob had a 9:15 dental appt. . Bob continued working on the ramps and I went to Maj. At 1:30 we had the end of the year pizza party, sponsored by the park and the Residents Council. We met up with MaryAnne, Ray, Judy and Fred. Linda and Mike had drive to LA to pick up the ‘grand dog” who was flying in from England. Lennie was really happy to see them and to get out of the crate after the long flight. Sid went golfing and Barb doesn’t like pizza.

Once we ate, we had to move outside, as the next group came in at 2:00. So we moved over to the outside patio in front of Fat Freddie’s café, which closed at 2. We sat talking until after 4. Then we returned, walked the dogs and got ready for dinner.

A quiet evening at home.

Thursday- I went to Maj in the morning and Bob finished the last ramp. We ate lunch and I had a 1 PM dental appt. I went to that, stopped at Fry’s and returned home.

We ate dinner and went to Square Dancing in Sun City West.

Friday- I went to card making in the morning, then we went to lunch at In-N-Out burger after going to Bed, Bath and Beyond. I had a 20% off coupon and so did Bob, so we went to purchase two clothes covers for the storage unit. We went to Costco for gas, $2.26, and shopped. We had a big list. Bob dropped his hearing aide off to be cleaned while we were shopping.

I did not sleep last night ,  so we skipped out Square Dance class. We watched some Netflix.

Sat. Mar.10 to Fri. 16- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I had a hair appointment at 10 so I was off to that.Bob worked on some issues that needed to be done.  When I returned, we ate lunch, did some tasks and went grocery shopping. We had a quiet rest of the day as it was rainy. Between rain drops, we ran over to visit with Sid and Barb.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks including laundry, budgeting, bill paying and filling the pill boxes. It was sunny today! So I was able to get out riding my bike and we sat outside reading.

We tried taking Karlie off the Meclizine, but she started having slight issues, so we put her back on. She did eat though! We grilled a steak and she had some of that as well as some food that Barb gave us. We are collecting dog toys, as we had way too many, and they gave us some. We are planning to take them to the local shelter.

Monday-  Bob dropped the car off at the shop and Barb picked him up. I called the Vet office about Karlie not eating. The Vet, a different one, called me back. She orders some Entyce, which is supposed to make Karlie hungry. She also said that maybe the vertigo is caused by her ear infection. Huh? She has an ear infection??? The other Vet had said he saw some debris in her ear, but nothing about an infection. If he thought she had an infection, why didn’t he order an antibiotic right then???? So she ordered an antibiotic and we started Karlie on the med.

Barb had given us some food that she is giving to her dog Mandy. It is a refrigerated food. Karlie ate it. So we went to Walmart and bought some food from their refrigerated dog food. Pricey, but maybe she will eat it.

I continued to work on articles and Bob washed the outside of the motor home. At 11, Bob, Barb, MaryAnne, Judy and I went to get tickets for the farewell party next week. Free pizza! But the times are staggered, so we had to get tickets together for the same time. We are in the 1 PM group.

At around 3:30, the car place called and we walked over to Barb and Sid’s and I drove Barb’s car down to the car place. We picked up the car, and returned, $1748 less in our bank account. At least it is under a 2 year warranty for parts and labor.

We ate dinner and watched some TV.

Tuesday- I was off at 8:30 to the Retired Nurses Breakfast. The speaker was from the Hospice of the Valley and it was pretty interesting. When I worked, I did a lot of referrals to them.

I returned to the MH, we ate lunch, and had an appointment with the breast surgeon. She did not find anything and we are waiting until the fall for the next mammogram. We returned, ate a quick dinner and went to Square Dancing. Since it is St. Patrick’s Day week, we dressed in our green. We had a great time. …

Wednesday- This morning we were off to Tivoli Gardens for the Alfa Breakfast. It was only Barb, Sid, Karen, Bob and I. We had a nice breakfast, then I returned to play Maj at 10. Bob went to the hardware store. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Thursday- I was out the door by 6:30 to have my blood drawn. I had tried weeks ago to get an appointment, but with all the snowbirds in town, I could not get one. I was second in line, but got through the kiosk fast, so I ended up first in the queue.

I ran back home, ate breakfast and went to Maj. Bob decided to check the air in the tires and to check the batteries in the tire pressure monitor valves. Both of the outside dual rear tires had an issue. Some thing is wrong with the valves and we lost air pressure. So we have to call the RV service folks for them to come out and replace the valves.

We had lunch at home and went grocery shopping. We arrived back in time to go to the Residents Association Meeting at 4. Life is never boring! 

Our park has had the roads neglected for a long time! Encore, the owners, have said numerous times that they will repair the roads and it does not happen. Poor Scott, the manager, tries, but he can only do so much. So finally, some one planted pansy’s in one to the pot holes and sent him the picture.

Pothole

Then, some one left a pail, shovel and rocks on his desk with a sign that said pot hole repair kit. He thought it was a joke and popped one of the rocks into his mouth, before he realized it was a real rock! We laughed hysterically as his description! Anyway, he is using these items as ammunition with his boss next week.

We returned home, ate dinner, changed into St. Patrick’s Day green and went Square Dancing in Sun City West. Again, we had a great time!

Friday- No car making group this week. This morning was the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Below is the Honor Guard. 

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Above are the Sun City Poms. They are a group of older women dancers. They have been on GMA and the Today show. They just marched but did not dance. Below is the Activity Dept. staff.  The guy to the left, standing with the microphone, is Mambo. He is a bit of a character. He was the MC.

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Scott on the left and Chad the head of security driving.

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Two of the clowns, but there are more to come…

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The pet section was allowed to march. We did not know about it or we would have walked our dogs, as they love marching in a parade!

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The Quilters.

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The Peoria Fire Department.

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We returned home and walked the dogs. Then we went to lunch in the ballroom for our Corned Beef and Cabbage. They had a Irish band.

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We returned home, with leftovers for dinner, and took a short nap. We ate the leftovers and went to our Square Dance class .

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

Saturday- We ate breakfast, walked the dogs, and took off for the Square Dance Festival. This morning was a workshop, on Plus calls, by Hunter Keller. It was from 10-11:30. We had thought they were serving lunch, but no, it was just junk. So we left and went hunting for lunch. We ended up at Mellow Mushroom. We had liked Mellow Mushroom in Florida, and this was was very good also.

We returned home and took a nap. We ate dinner and left to go back to the Festival to dance from 7 to 10:45. We had a good time, especially since our teacher Dennis, his wife Teresa, Helen & Jeff, Dan & Kathy all came this evening. So we had some folks we knew there. We had a good time, but because there were more folks attending, we had more trouble hearing. We are really glad they are moving the festival for the next two years to Sun City West. We won another door prize, this time, an ugly fish key chain.  Below is after the Grand March into the room on Sat. night  by the local clubs.

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Above is Hunter Keller on the stage and Lee Hailey dancing in front of the stage. As you can see, there was a patriotic theme, so we are wearing our red white and blue!

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A special thank you to Linda who came over on Fri and Sat nights to give Karlie her pills and to walk the dogs!

Sunday- OMG! This was the worst day we have had since my father was so sick and died in 2001.  We woke up and Karlie literally fell over on the bed. It was like she was drunk. She could barely walk. Since she has the mitral valve prolapse, we thought that she might have thrown a clot and had a stroke.  Her rear end was going one direction and the front the other, plus she was making strange movements with her head. She also vomited.  We were terrified! I called the Vet office, fortunately they are open on Sunday, and made a 2 PM appointment, the first they had available.

With our prior dogs, when they made their last visit to the Vet, I did much better, and could keep my act together until the deed was done. This time, I kept crying all day!

The Vet, did a very thorough exam and decided that it was questionable if she had a stroke, or if she had Senior Vestibular Disease. He flipped her over on her back ( much to her dismay) and her eyes were really weird, rolling all over the place. He decided to treat her for the dizziness. So he gave her nausea medication and said to call if she was not better by Tuesday. Whew! We dodged a bullet there!

Bob has been taking both dogs to the grass at the end of the street, then returning to the MH. We put Karlie on my lap and he takes Roxie for a long walk. Karlie is sick enough, she does not mind doing this! Usually, you cannot take one dog without the other one. This continued through the day with her on one of our laps. She did not eat dinner but at least the vomiting stopped.

We spent a quiet afternoon and evening and ate dinner at home. We watched some TV.

Monday- Poor Karlie is still dizzy. She falls down when trying to squat to pee but she is a little bit better when she flaps her ears, she is doing it more gently and is only losing balance and not falling over. She is drinking but not eating.

I worked on some articles and Bull’s Eye RV Repair arrived to clean out the washer/dryer. They pulled the machine out and Bob installed the shelf. He is not sure that this is going to work, but we will see. The guys cleaned out the trap and re-installed the machine.

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We did not play Spades as we were decided to stay with Karlie. We had a quiet afternoon at home. At 4, we took both dogs with us and went to a potluck happy hour at Judy and Fred’s. Susie, their dog, and Mandy, Barb and Syd’s dogs, were there. Karlie sat on one of our laps the entire time. Poor Linda had to be re-assured that it was nothing that she did to cause Karlie’s dizziness. In reading up on this, it is caused by ear damage from ear infections. Since Karlie has floppy ears, she has had a number of infections over her lifespan. Bob did walk her home and she did okay on the walk.

Tuesday- Bob stayed at the MH while I went to Maj. Since Karlie was still dizzy, I called the vet. Then I went to my  Assessment at Banner Physical Therapy for my shoulder.  The PT gave me some exercises to do daily. I return next week.

I returned home and the Vet had still not called. We ate dinner and then Bob left for the Astronomy Club. I checked my phone and the Vet had called at 6:23. My phone had not rung. Somehow the ringer got shut off. So I texted Bob, but he had forgotten his phone. The vet had recommended that we pick up 25 mg of Meclizine for the dizziness. So I asked our friends if someone could take me to CVS to pick it up. Linda arrived and took  me to CVS where I purchased the med. I returned home and gave Karlie her pill. Bob returned home around 9.

Wednesday- Karlie is less dizzy. I am not sure why the Vet did not give her that to begin with! She is doing so much better, so we stopped the nausea pills. But she only took about 8 tablespoons of peanut butter throughout the day. That was the only thing that she would eat!  We tried everything! She is drinking water….

Bob took the car to United Car Care because we have transmission fluid leaking. It is just a small leak, but they discovered that the Power Transfer Unit is not working. AGAIN! This was the problem we had, under warranty, right after we purchased the car, that burned up the rear end. According to the repair facility, this is a common problem in Ford all wheel drive SUV’s. $1786! We are not happy, as this was only 40k miles since the last time this occurred!

I went to the Stampin Up Card Class at 9. Bob returned and was waiting for me when I retuned  home. We decided to do the repair on Monday, so Bob called them back to have them order the parts.  We decided to go to Taco Tuesday at the café here at the park, Fat Freddie’s. 2 for $3.50. Not too bad! We returned and had a quiet after noon and evening.

Thursday- Karlie is almost back to normal, but still not eating.We are offering her everything. She likes peanut butter a lot so she will eat that and she is eating some turkey. Not much of either. 

I went to Maj and Bob continued to work on his projects.

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We had lunch at home, then took a short nap. We ate dinner at home and went to Sun City West to Square Dance.

Friday- We left at 8 to go to catch the park bus to the Verde Canyon Railroad trip. This was a nice day. The cost was $80 pp. The senior rate for the train is $59.99 but we had a group rate which included lunch ($9) worth of food. Plus the round trip transportation.

The Paradise Bus

We took off a little before 9 and drove the 1 hour 45 minutes to the depot. We wandered through the gift shop, museum,  and grabbed lunch. The train boarded at 12:30 and then left at 1:00 for the 4 hour trip. Below is my selfie in front of the engine. This was before we left

The train has these two FP7 locomotives, that are two of the only 10 remaining in North America. We traveled through two National Forests and a designated wilderness area. The train travels through a protected corridor at the river’s edge and the canyon is lined with towering red rock pinnacles. .

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The two engines

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Above is Ray, Bob and MaryAnne waiting to board. While we were eating lunch we had run into Mary and Norm from the Escapees SKP Genies. We had a happy reunion with them. They live in Prescott and were traveling on the same car with their Tiffin Allegro club. Even in the outback of AZ we run into people we know!!

Scenery

Native American Caves

Native American Cave

The above two pictures are of caves ( ancient Indian ruins) where the Native Americans lived for about 4 thousand years. They moved on in the 1400’s. Interesting, in the museum, the miners in the area  had noted that the Chinese cooks could speak the same language as some of the Native American’s. They shared a same dialect!

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As you can tell above, there were 19 cars on the train.We traveled in the Tucson car.

Verde river

The train travels along the Verde river, which was very clean. The railroad was put in in the late 1800’s to move gold and copper, which were mined in the area. We were told that the only way into the canyon is via the train.

Three frogs and a lizard

Rock formations that look like two frogs and a lizard. Below is a turtle.

A turtle

Tunnel

We went through a tunnel (680 ft.) and you could not see either end. It was very dark. The tunnel led out of the canyon and into the Perkinsville valley and ends at the Perkinsville ghost ranch. The ranch is still owned by the Perkins family.

At this point, 20 miles, the train was stopped for 15 minutes, while they moved the engine from the front of the train back to behind the Caboose. Below it is passing by.

Train switch from front to back

Now we started back to the east. During the ride they had a recording going of various sites to observe. Between when the tape pointed out sites, they played music. I think we heard every train related song you can think of and many more that you do not remember! Just as we were starting the ride back, they played the Monkees Last Train to Clarksville, although we were on our way to Clarkdale! They even played Petticoat Junction! Most of the passengers went back inside the car. Bob and I stayed outside, sitting on the opposite side to view more of the scenery.

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Note the rock formations above. The colors are not coming through very well, but you can see how it looks like someone just placed rocks in lines. We also saw an area that we thought was an earthquake fault line, noting that the lines were different. The colors were also very different at each level of rock.

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Note above, the different rock formation from the prior picture. We also saw deer, and eagle flying, and a coyote wandering.

We arrived back at the station, used the facilities, and boarded the bus home.

Karlie has been doing well, so we were not too concerned about her. Barb was going to walk her, but she bailed, as she had to go to Sun City West,  and sent Syd. The dogs did fine. They are so good when others come in and take them for a walk. The person just has to pick up their leashes and they go to the door to have them attached. They go straight to the grass, do their business, and return to the MH. Syd took them out twice. Thank you Syd!!

We arrived home at 7. I dropped Bob off at the MH and went and picked up Chinese take out for dinner, while Bob walked the dogs. First time we have had Chinese in a long, long time!

Sat. Feb. 24 to Fri. March 2- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We went to Costco for gas, $2.19. Then to The Boot Store  for a new shirt for Bob for square dancing. We went to  lunch at Café Zupas and had salads for lunch. We stopped at Target for some items and Famous Footwear. I could not find any shoes for square dancing. We returned home and took a nap.

We had a quiet evening, eating dinner at home and watching Netflix. I ordered a pair of Zumba shoes for square dancing. Zappos said that they ran small so I ended up purchasing a pair one whole size larger, a half size for length and a half size for wide width.

Sunday- Another quiet day at home doing laundry, filling pill containers, checking our accounts, and checking our budget. We did the bill paying and started thinking about our summer travels. We ate lunch and dinner at home, watched Netflix and relaxed.

Monday- I continued to work on articles. The list is getting smaller! Bob worked on the design and planning to put a slide under the washing machine. The machine, when it collects lint, overheats while drying. It does not have the usual lint catcher. So he has to get behind the machine from the outside to clean out the trap. He has tried to do this, but it was still overheating while drying. This has been going on for several weeks. So he built the shelf, but the machine is too heavy for us to lift it out. Bob called Bulls Eye RV Repair, who we have used numerous times, and they are coming out on the 5th to move the machine out and to clean the trap.

We were tired, so we took an afternoon nap. Neither of use having been sleeping well and we really need to catch up on sleep.

Tuesday- I worked on articles and they we went to Sun City West to the CORE Orthopedic office for my podiatrist appointment. They did an X-ray of my right foot, where the Chiropractor had twisted a toe instead of pulling the toe, back in January. It is still bothering me. It was not broken, but the tendons and ligaments are torn. I also asked for a new pair of inserts. Dr. McAllister sent me to Dick’s Sporting Goods for a pair. We went to lunch, then to Dick’s where I purchased a pair of Superfeet lime green inserts, which the Doc had recommended,  and a new pair of New Balance shoes.

We returned home, ate dinner at home, and dressed to go to the Square Dancing. I had not checked my emails, and did not realize that they had cancelled. The building was being used for voting, so they had to cancel at the last minute. We returned home and settled in to watch some TV.

Wednesday- More articles. Bob has been diligent on working on various tasks to prepare to leave. I went to Maj at 10, but there were only 2 of us, so I returned and worked on another article. We had lunch and dinner at home.

Thursday- More articles, more Maj. Another quiet day. My new shoes arrived! They fit really well, even with being a size larger. They are ugly, but I was going for comfort and they have a circle on the bottom for twirling.

Friday- Another article. I went to the card making class. We made Giraffes. That was fun. I forgot to take a picture, but gave the card to MaryAnne as she has just been discharged from the hospital. We took a nice long nap. We ate dinner, and left to go downtown to the Grand Canyon Square Dance Association Square Dance Festival. This was pretty rinky dink, compared to the SD festivals we attended on the east coast.

The guest caller was Hunter Keller. We danced to him at the New Years dance and really liked him. He is 29 years old and a very good caller. He also does great imitations of various celebrities, like Elvis and Bill Clinton.  There were only 2 rooms. The plus room was Hunter, calling in the gym and the other caller was Lee Hailey who calls for the Sun City West group. Lee is a hoot, but he calls weird moves that he makes up as he goes along. He was calling the mainstream calls.

We had a great time and danced pretty well. The problem was that the music and calls echoed in the room. It was a horrible room! They have put wall dampers on the walls to help, but it was still pretty hard to hear. We quickly discovered that if we were in the first square, right in front of Hunter, we could hear fairly well. So we raced to that spot each time. We made it most of the time. Fortunately, they are moving the festival next year.

We won two door prizes that evening. The first was a little TY stuffed animal. There was a little girl selling Girl Scout Cookies. I told her, without showing her what was in the bag, that I would trade the bag for a box of girl scout cookies. She immediately agreed. So we went over to her mother. Bob slipped her a $5 for the box of cookies. The mother just rolled her eyes. Hopefully, she taught the daughter not to be taken by strangers!

The second prize was a pretty necklace from Nordstrom’s! That I kept. It was a 38 minute ride home.

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

Saturday- We had the patio sale today, so we set up a table and sat outside selling a few items. We made a little bit of money, not much. It was pretty busy, as the weather was beautiful and lots of folks rode their bikes around. We took turns riding ours, but we did not purchase anything.

We ate lunch, and read books. We ate dinner and watched some movies.

Sunday- Our usual Sunday, with laundry, filling pill containers, checking the accounts, and checking the budget. We had a quiet day at home. We watched some shows on Netflix.

Monday- I worked on articles. Bob did some tasks around the MH. We played Spades with a new couple in the afternoon. We watched The Ranch on Netflix.

Tuesday- I worked on more articles then I was off to Maj in the morning. Bob has been running back and forth to the hardware store working on a shelf in the front of the MH.  We Square Danced at Sun City in the evening.

Wednesday- I worked on more articles and played Maj in the morning. Bob continues to work on various projects. We went to a Pot Luck at John and Karen’s home in Sun City. It was for all the Alfa folks in the area, but only one extra Alfa couple, who are staying at Happy Trails RV park showed up.

Thursday- More articles. Bob still working on various projects. We square danced at Sun City West.

Friday- I went to the card making class, while Bob went to the hardware store again. At 12, we left for Bob’s appointment with the audiologist. The gal did tests with the various BAHAs and it was easy for both of them to make the decision on which one he will use.  I could tell immediately during the testing which one worked the best.  The bad news, is that he has to wait until the fall for the surgery. The way this all works, he will have the post inserted into his skull. Then, we watch for infection and keep the skin from growing over the post. The post has to heal for 3 months. Then they will put the hearing aid on the post and work on calibration over the next 3 months. We have to be here for all of this for 6 months. We thought about leaving and returning, but the audiologist said no, we have to stay here. We do not want to be here in the 120 degree summers or through the monsoon season. So, we will return late September or early October for the surgery. We have cancelled our volunteer work at the AIBF in October because it will be too close to the surgery, plus so dusty there. 

We returned in time to walk the dogs then to go to Scott’s (the resort manager) Town Hall Meeting. He updated us on what is going on in the park. Bob asked two questions. One is could an area next to some of the dumpsters become a small dog run and could they do anything about the Church folks parking on Sunday in front of the laundry room. Scott said that they are working on a different idea for a dog run and they will look at the parking on Sundays.

We ate a quick dinner of leftovers and went to our Square Dancing class. We stayed to ‘angel’ the new folks.