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Sat. Jan. 26 to Fri. Feb. 2- Quartzsite, Tollison, Sun City AZ

Saturday– The last day of the Rally. We started the day with a breakfast of muffins and fruit. We took our coffee with us and met up with everyone at the firepit. There is usually a campfire going most of the day. This is a nice social time.

We returned to the rig and worked on our summer trip. We have decided to go the Maritimes. That area is the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. I would also like to do a bit of Labrador while we are there, just because we can and so that we can say we have been to all the Provence’s.

We are going to Fredericksburg TX for the Alfa Rally, then to Holland MI for the Tulip Festival. From there we will travel a bit around MI, then to the Detroit area. From there across Ontario to Quebec. Then stopping in Maine before heading into the Maritimes.

We did the best we could with planning, as I have a couple of Canada books from the Library. The internet in Quartzsite is pretty slow, so working on travel plans is difficult.

We ate lunch, then ran to Quartzsite to the book store. It is run by a nudist, or at least we think so, as he was not there, and we wonder if he still owns the store. The place looks different. It is not as nice! They had a book about Maine, and one about the Canada Atlantic Provinces. Both were  wrapped in plastic, to protect them from the dust. I could not tell the copywrite, so I passed on both. We went looking at various vendors for a wooden Roadrunner, that one of the rigs here has, but we could not find the vendor. This is what it looked like…

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We returned and read a bit before the Sheriff’s Dinner. The theme was Hawaiian, so I had made a Hawaiian Bread, which I had baked prior to leaving Paradise, and had frozen. We had taken it out to defrost early this morning, so I cut it and put it on plates.

The dinner was fun, with lots of great food. Most with pineapple.  I had some of the bread left over, so I will take it over for breakfast in the morning.

Rudy, who is a character, was the Sheriff. Rudy and his wife Beth, are German Citizens, who live and travel in the US. They have lived here for years, as Rudy was in the German Air Force and stationed in the US. They did not collect money this year, which was odd. Usually, you have some infraction of the rules and have to pay a fine. They collect the money and it is given to charity.

The final count of Alfa rigs here was 42! That is a big rally for sitting out in the desert. There is lots of room here and several of the count were SOB’s ( some other brand). There was also the Alfa 5th wheel, which is known as a SOS ( some other style).

We returned after dark, when the temp had dropped.

Sunday- We wandered over to the firepit to visit with the folks who were leaving, taking the leftover bread with us. It gone in just a few minutes!

We are staying one more night. We said our good-byes to about half of the folks. We did our usual budgeting and checking accounts. We filled our medicine trays, but cannot do laundry until we get to Tollison. We are going tomorrow to the Freightliner repair facility for our yearly check up.

We ate lunch and took a short nap. We walked the dogs and had a nice afternoon. We ate dinner in the rig, and went to the campfire this evening. We said our good-byes and returned to the rig and went to bed.

Monday- As usual we were awake early. We turned on the generator at 6:30 to warm up the rig. We packed up and left around 9:15. We stopped at the Ranger station to pay the $40 for the 10 days. Since the government had re-opened, we had to pay. The gal thanked us for being honest, as there were a lot of people sneaking out without paying.

We stopped at the Chevron for diesel, $ 2.67 gal. We turned east on I-10 and drove to the second rest area. Stopping to walk the dogs. We continued on to Tollison, to the Freightliner. We had made our reservation way back in September.  Tollison is at the junction of I-10 and I-101. We checked in and Bob backed into a site. They have full hook ups, 50 amp, and even a dog park!

While Bob set up the rig, I ran to the Honey Baked Ham for ham salad sandwiches, one of our favorites. I returned and assisted Bob with putting out the big slide. We only do this with one person watching and one putting the slide out. It was a good thing he waited, as we would have hit a post. We had to move the rig about a foot forward.

Bob had set up the sewer, water and electric. I took a nice, long, hot shower! Then Bob took his shower.  I immediately started washing clothes. I washed up to 10 pm, when we went to bed. I had a Doctor appointment, so I took off to the appointment.

Tuesday- We were ready when they came to get the coach at 7 AM. We went to McDonalds for egg McMuffins for breakfast. Then we went to Lowes, Home Depot and Petco.

We took the dogs into the Lowes, putting them in a cart. People kept stopping us to pet the dogs. It was a real conversation starter.

We stopped to pick up lunch at Jimmy John’s then returned to the Freightliner. We went to the RV waiting room, watched TV, read, and took naps, with the dogs on our laps. At 4:30, Kurt, the RV Manager called Bob to let him know that the rig was done.

Yesterday, when we were closing up the rig, Bob had found that there was a clear liquid leaking near the transmission. He knew it was not transmission fluid. It was still leaking this morning! So Bob had pointed it out to the technician.

They had discovered that the fuel transfer pump was cracked and we needed a new one. The cost was about $1000. So Bob reminded Kurt to check with our extended warranty company. We have a $500 deductible. So they paid half.

When we went to pay, it was $1067, with taxes. HUH? what about the rest of the items they were supposed to do. Bob had given them a list. They only changed the oil, and did a 30 point inspection. They also cleaned the radiator, which we knew was very, very dirty. We knew,  before we went to Quartzsite, it was dirty. After all the dust in Quartzsite, we knew it was going to be even worse. It was! That was the plan, to get them to clean it after we went into the dusty desert!

We left and arrived back at Paradise at about 5:10. The guards escort the rigs to the sites and assist with backing in. The guy almost backed Bob into the car and had the back passenger side wheel on the concrete. Fortunately, it did not break the concrete.

Bob made the adjustments, and we settled in. We left at 6 and went to Streets of NY for a quick dinner. Both of us were exhausted. It is very tiring when you just hang out all day…

Wednesday-  Nice long showers! I went to Maj this morning. I did not win once, as I was so tired from yesterday.

I returned at 12,we ate lunch. Bob called his cousin Jacque, and we set up lunch with them in a week, in Scottsdale. They are staying on the other side of the valley. Then we stopped at the Minders to let them know that there is an Alfa Social tomorrow at 4.

We ran to the Post Office for me to mail cards to family, as one of my cousins had passed, on Sunday, in Rhode Island.

We went to Lowes to return the items that Bob had purchased, as they did not fit. We stopped at the Library and dropped off a book and picked up a book.

Then we stopped at Walgreens for my prescription. We returned to the rig and Bob took a nap. Allen dropped by to check on our time at Freightliner. We had dinner at home and a quiet evening. It is soooo good to have the internet back on and working well. We watched shows on Amazon Prime.

Thursday- I was off to Maj this morning. Bob worked on a few more set up tasks around the motor home. I returned at 12, and we went to In ‘n Out Burger for lunch. We stopped at Fry’s on the way back to pick up a couple of cans of dog food. Karlie is not eating again. We try everything we can think of, but she sticks her nose up at it. We have tried the “ she will eat when she is hungry” approach and that did not work either.

We also picked up a log of Summer Sausage for the social hour this afternoon. We have left over crackers from Quartzsite to use up.

At 4 we went to the social which lasted until 7. The weather was nice, as it was 74. It was 68 when we returned home. Everyone but the Minders were there.

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With her back to us is Linda, moving left is John, Bob, Allen, MaryAnne, Dave has on the black hat, Judy is standing, Gloria is next, then Ray is getting food, then Mike, Fred, Donna, my empty seat, and Karen. So we had 14 Alfa owners!

We solved all the problems of the world (not) and had a wonderful time.

Friday- I was off to card making this morning. I worked on using the new quilt dye cut.

When I returned, we ate lunch, then we were off to grocery shop. Our first stop ended up being dropping off one of the freezers at an RV repair facility. It is not holding the temperature. So we dropped it off to see if we can get it repaired.

Then we were off to Costco. We had purchased gas yesterday, $2.27 a gal, so we went straight to a parking place. We purchased a few items, then were off to Walmart for groceries.

We returned home and both fell asleep in the recliners. We ate dinner at home and at a little before 7, Bob went to Square Dancing. They had been begging for Angels to assist with the dance. I stayed home due to my ankle.

Sat. Jan 19 to Fri. Jan. 25- Quartzsite AZ

Saturday- We had a group breakfast of Oatmeal and fruit. It was very good! We sat out talking, walked the dogs, then went to the Big Tent to look at “everything we never knew we needed! “  We could not find free parking, so we ended up parking in a $5 lot. We did not purchase anything, we just looked today. We stopped at McDonalds for the 2 for $5 lunch. We returned to our parking area.

We had a quiet afternoon, taking a nice nap. Then we had social hour at 5 PM with lots of goodies. We returned and watched some TV in the evening. We run the generator in the morning for 2 hours and the evening for 2 hours.

Sunday- We had doughnuts and fruit for breakfast this morning. We sat out at the campfire and drank our coffee. The ladies met to discuss what we are going to be doing. There are two crafts scheduled, but they use our hands a lot and my left thumb has been bothering me. I have just gotten it to the point it is not throbbing, so I don’t want to aggravate it.  We returned and did our usual Sunday tasks. The internet is slow and iffy here, so I did not post the blog and we did not do a lot today.

Here is the craft that they did. It is making a little wire tree.

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Several couples left and went to the Desert Bar for dancing. After lunch, I went over to Donna’s and played Maj with her and Linda Venable. We had a nice time. Bob did some tasks around the rig.  Then we cooked some items in the Instapot, some tri-tip, hardboiled eggs, and glazed carrots to go with the potato bake.

We went over, ate dinner, and returned to retrieve the dogs. All the dogs are running loose here and having a great time. The rule is, if you have a dog, you must pick up any poop that you find. Even if it is not your dogs poop. Makes sense, as the dogs may be out of sight and do their business. You may not know it, but it will be removed. So far, it is working. Plus the dogs are all really happy, playing and hanging out.

Tonight was the Blood Red Wolf moon. Unfortunately, here in the ‘no light pollution’ desert, it was cloudy. So we were unable to see the moon.

Monday- Shower day. We have to conserve water, so showers every 3 days. We had the pancake breakfast today, with bacon and fruit. There were three types of pancakes. Gluten free, Beer Batter, and Blueberry. I had the blueberry as I can’t do the beer batter and did not want the gluten free. Bob had the beer batter pancakes.

At 9:15, Bob went back to the campfire to meet up with John Kurz who was driving his 4 wheel drive jeep on the back country trip to Dripping Springs. There are 5 Jeeps going on the the trip and everyone of them are full. I chose not to go.

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A Petroglyph

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This is the actual springs, there is not much water to see…

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I worked on the blog, and ran in to town to go to an area at the end of Main Street. I arrived to find no vendors there anymore. Odd, as there had been a lot of them in the past. I returned to the rig. There was a lot of traffic today at it is the MLK holiday.

At 5, we had social hour with lots of goodies. We returned to the rig and watched TV.

Tuesday- This morning was Danish and fruit for breakfast.  We decided to go to the Big Tent to make the purchases that we had decided upon. We left around 10:30 to to go and there was no traffic. We easily found a parking place (free) and went into the tent. We purchased, from Leisure Coach Works ( the Alfa go to) 5 LED light bulbs. They are so bright that when Bob installed them, he only put one bulb in each light, except for the one light in the kitchen, where he put two of them.

Anyway, we stopped at another vendor and purchased a new water filter for under the kitchen sink. We stopped at the tire monitor table and purchased one new tire monitor for one of the tires, as that one did not seem to be working correctly. We have found that the battery is not working well in the actual monitor, but we can keep that plugged in, so it is not an issue. We cannot change the battery in it as it is welded in…

We went outside to the area around the tent, on the same side of the road,. We knew which vendor we were looking for, and went immediately to them. We were looking for hooks to put on the main awning so that we can put a shade hanging from it. We have wanted a shade, but were told that we could not have one by the manufacturer.

Some of our Roadrunner friends have found some “light clips” that we can put thru a tunnel in the electric awning. The reason that the company says that you cannot use a shade, is that the awning has no leg supports. So we can add them when we use the shade, which is what they have done. So we purchased the clips, as they are hard to find. Then we will start looking for a shade.

We stopped at the discount grocery store, then returned to the car with our purchases. We went to lunch at Sweet Darlene’s. Our kind of place, as a nice little hometown restaurant. We left and checked out the Chevron to see how the diesel set up was, as it is 10 cents cheaper per gallon, than everywhere else. When you purchase 100 gallons, that makes a big difference!

We returned in time to cook our Tequila Lime wings to take to the heavy hor’d’oeuvres this evening. I heated them up in the Breville and we kept them warm in the crock pot. The wind has been howling, so everyone was standing up eating and staying close to the rig where the food was located. The rig slightly blocked the wind.  Then we all scattered back to our rigs and out of the horrible winds.

Wednesday-The winds have calmed down but it remains cold, with temps in the low 40’s, and a breeze. At least in the rig it was in the 50’s until we turned on the generator and we had the heat going. We even put the dogs in their sweaters!

The breakfast this morning was biscuits and gravy. I was tasked with cooking biscuits so I started the Breville at 6:45 and started cooking them. I put them in the warm crock pot. We took them over at 7:45. They plugged in the crock pot to keep them warm. I had kept back two biscuits for me, and ate them with butter. Bob went over for the biscuits and gravy. There was a lot left over, as I think most of the women did not eat the biscuits and gravy.

The gal from SkyMed came to give a talk about their program. We have heard it before so we skipped it. We went back over around 10. She was till talking. Once that was over, we found that everyone disappeared, so no women’s group or tech talk. Three cars had left for a day trip, which was going to be about 300 miles, so we did not go…

We left and went to Tyson Wells. It is across the road from the Big Tent. We had a lot of trouble getting a parking place. Right when we gave up, we found one. We wandered through the vendors, but only stopped at the Two Crazy Ladies booth to purchase name tags for Square Dancing. The ladies were not there. They had, years ago, had the business up for sale. I asked the gal there if she had purchased the business. She said no, she was just covering. She said one of the ladies was in heaven and the other was in the hospital. We have to return tomorrow to pick up the name tags.

We went to Burger King for lunch. The place was mobbed. There seemed to be a bit more traffic today. We returned to the rig and took a nap. At 4:30 I whipped up some guacamole and we went over just before 5. There were not a lot of people there, as the traveling group had not returned yet. Paula and Charlie both have the flu and are staying in their rig. Diane Johnston also has the flu, and she stayed inside.

We ate the snacks for dinner, returned to the rig and watched TV.

Thursday-  Shower day. Breakfast was Danish and fruit. We ate our breakfast and then a guy from FMCA ( Family Motor Coach Assoc.) came to speak with us. We had let our membership drop years ago, but we listened to see what was new. Since we dropped our membership, they had started allowing trailers to belong. They had been really “snooty” about non-motor homes. They have tire plans, various insurances, and internet/cell discounts.

The ladies then had a show and tell. We discussed various issues. Linda Venable, who sells NuWex, gave a presentation. I left and returned to the rig. A little later, Dale Prichard knocked on the door and said the dogs were lost and wanted to come home. Karlie had gone to him and let him know she had an issue. So he walked her to the rig and she came inside. I went out, closed the door and went to find Roxie. I called to her and she came running, as fast as she could! She was so glad to see me!

Bob had seen both of them over near me, and had gone for a walk in the desert, thinking I knew to watch the dogs. I did not realize he had left. So I had returned without them. They have been off leash and inspecting the campfire area. The poor girls were pitiful!

At about 11, Bob and I left to go and pick up our name tags, then we went to the Laundromat with our sheets, towels, and clothes. The place was mobbed. We managed to find 7 washers and started washing. 30 minutes, then 4 dryers to dry the stuff. We had to add money to two of them.

Connected to the Laundromat was a Restaurant, so I went in and ordered a club sandwich for the two of us. It only took a few minutes to make, and I walked back in. Bob and I shared the sandwich.

We hung up some clothes, then took them on hangers to the car, then we folded more and more. We packed up and returned to the rig. We unloaded and hung up the wet stuff to dry and put away the rest.

When Bob took the dogs out, off leash, they were not obeying him, so they have now lost their off leash privileges!

I fell asleep in the recliner with the dogs on my lap. Bob started playing with the new “toy”( a Blue Fire) which connects to the rig with Blue Tooth. He has it plugged into the rig and is checking to see if we have any issues. Allen had found this nifty tech item and negotiated a group discount. The original price was $189. The group purchased 10 of them, and it cost us each $134. 

We had to quickly make the Chili for the Chili cookoff.  I always make chili for these events, as that way we know there is one that Bob can eat. I also cooked cornbread, as there were a number of us who had volunteered to cook the cornbread. It came out perfect from the Breville. When we arrived I saw others which looked really white. I think the convection oven made a difference.

At 5, we had to be dressed in our red shirts and over at the Alfa sign for a group picture. The Alfa sign had been totally destroyed since last year, so the group re-built it just before we arrived. We took the dogs with us, as I had left the cornbread on top of the Breville so that it would stay warm, and I did not want little nibblers!

It was a good thing we took the dogs, as those of us with dogs were asked to sit together in the front row. Numerous treats went up and down the line, so the dogs were very happy! We are in the center of the front row!

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We returned and finished cooking the chili, then took the crockpot and cornbread over to the campfire area. They judged the chili’s and we won the award for the best white chili. Of course, we were the only ones in the category, so it was a given. Here is the ribbon…

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We ate dinner and Jon from Leisure Coach Works spoke and had a drawing for free services. We did not win. There were 5 winners!.

We ate dinner and returned to the rig. We cleaned up then watched some TV. Bob left at 9 to go over to Dave Volker’s rig for star watching. He stayed until about 9:45. It was a clear night with temps in the low 40’s. The wind seems to be temporarily gone…

Friday- We went to breakfast, which was Spangles this morning. That is bagels with ham and cheese. They were good. We talked with various people. Today was a busy day!

We were asked to go check on new members, Jim and Judy,  as the Judy had  something fall from one of the storage places above her head. She had a scalp wound. She had put a cover on it. I looked at it and it had no signs of infection. While we were at their rig, which they had just purchased, we went over it with them. We taught them how to get out of the rig’s bedroom in a fire, and checked to make sure that the emergency exit worked.

We walked around the rig and showed them their awnings and their blisters. They thought they did not have them, but they had a few small ones. We returned to our rig at about 12:45.

There was  ice cream and cake at 1,(birthday celebrations) right after there was supposed to be  a Veteran/DOD meeting with members and spouses. Bob went over and no one showed up.  Then at 3 we had the Coach Walk, where we can visit other coaches to see what people have done. We are not having our coach open this year.

Judy and Jim followed me back to our rig and I went over the changes that we have made. Then we went to Karen and John’s rig, and they went over their changes. From there we went to the coaches that the owners had open to view. We found that Lea and John had redone their pantry, and I took pictures.

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Then we went to Sharon and Dwight’s rig. Brian Hood calls it the Tahj Mahal! It really is gorgeous. Dwight had re-done all of the cabinet doors with Hickory wood and a bright finish. He is a wood sculpture, and his work is beautiful.

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Sharon had placed these on her mirror over the bed. I liked the look and am thinking about doing the same thing…

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At that point, I took Bob back to Lea and John’s rig to look at the pantry. This is something we are going to work on when we return to Sun City.

They have also put lights on the ceiling and covered the carpeting with vinyl. It is very different. They also put in a bowl sink in their bath area. They have a different floor plan than we have, so their sink is not in the bathroom.

I texted Bob to come to their rig because I really liked that they had painted their dash area. It really brightened the area. I don’t know that we will do it, but we are considering it. They also added carpet to the dash which looked really nice.

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We continued on to the various rigs. Rudy had removed the bottom of the kitchen cabinet to be able to get to the light and switch’s below, so Bob checked that. Evidently he and Rudy had been working on how to do that. Rudy and Beth also had this map that they had covered and put on their table to chart their trips…

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I toured the first Alfa off the assembly line. It is different from ours and was built in 2002. Then I toured one with a fireplace. This looked so interesting! They have a 50 inch TV behind the fireplace, which goes up and down via a switch.

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At first glance, the wood actually looks real!

We also toured an Alfa 5th wheel. Alfa is known for their great floor plans. I liked some of the 5th wheel, but not other parts of it. You have to have the bedroom slide out to be able to use the bed. I did not like that. It also had a king size bed, and they had added a California King sleep number mattress to it, so it hung over the end of the bed.

We had nothing this evening, so we cooked a real dinner and ate at home. There were some folks out at the campfire, but it was chilly, so we stayed in…

Sat. Jan. 12 to Fri. Jan. 13- Sun City to Quartzsite AZ

Saturday-  I had a hair appointment at 10. Bob took the sheets and towels over to the laundry at 9:30, he returned and I took off for the hair appointment. Bob rode his bike over and moved the items from the washer to the dryer. When I returned, we went to the Shoppers Paradise, the vendor fair in the park. I purchased some lotion,as the guy was there. Then we retrieved the sheets and towels and returned. We made the bed and ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon.

After dinner, we met up with Donna and Allen and played Pegs and Jokers. Since we were going over there, I took my Maj set with me, and the table covers, and put them into the new cabinet in the room. I have a key for the cabinet.

Sunday-  I woke up at 3:30 and could not go back to sleep. I went back to bed at 6, and slept until 8:30. We ate breakfast and had a quiet morning. We did our usual checking accounts and went to lunch at In N Out Burger. We stopped at Dollar Tree and stopped at Costco for gas.

We stopped at Fry’s for some bananas. We need some ripe bananas as I am going to make a Hawaiian bread for the Sherriff’s Dinner Pot luck in Quartzsite. The dinner has a Hawaiian theme. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Monday-  I had lunch at Sweet Tomatoes with MaryAnne and Donna. We had a great time. When I returned home, Bob and I went to the Chiropractors and then on to Target. We purchased more of the Tequila Lime Chicken wings, some low fat cheese and toilet paper.We have to make sure that we have everything we need before we go to Quartzsite, as there are no grocery stores there. Well, there is one, but it is useless, it is so small. Mostly the people there drive to Parker to shop at  Safeway or Walmart. Its about 30 miles away.

We dropped off a book at the Library, then returned home. We had a quiet evening. It started to rain, right after Bob took the dogs out.

Tuesday-  It rained last evening, but stopped during the night. It is supposed to start up again this afternoon. We have one more storm, then hopefully, we will have nice weather for Quartzsite!

I went to get something out from under the kitchen sink, and I found water under there. So we took everything out and Bob realized that the area around the faucet was leaking. He thought we needed a new faucet. That would be a big job, so he called Allen to assist. Meanwhile, I cleaned the rubber mat that I have under everything (in the bathroom sink) and cleaned off all the bottoms of the bottles.

Allen dropped off Donna at Maj, and Bob went to drop me off and we passed Allen. We let him know Bob would be right back. Bob dropped me off and he and Allen went to work on it the problem. It turned out that all they needed was an 84 cent O-ring, which he purchased at Ace Hardware. So an easy, cheap repair. Wahoo!

We played Maj and I won 3 games. The most that I have won this year. We have a gal, Jill, who has a heart/ chest vest, which she has used for years. Last year she had a massive stroke. She attended. She plays poorly, but what can you say, at least she is still here and able to play. The problem was that she started bleeding from her gums. So we had to call her husband to come and get her. Bob picked me up and went to Café Zupas for lunch.

Bob went to make the reservations to take Rusty and Marilyn to dinner at Rosie’s, and they had no reservations available. It is the season…

We worked on our plans for this summer. We decided that we are going to go to the Maritimes. ( Canada eastern islands/provinces)

Rusty picked us up, and we ended up going to the Streets of NY. We like their pizza, but this time we all had pasta. It was excellent and inexpensive. We paid for their meal, since Rusty had helped Bob to put up the shed.

We came back home via flooding on Union Hills Dr. It floods from 107th to 99th. They fixed the flooding on our part of the road. Hopefully they will fix it further to the east.

Wednesday- The storm has cleared out, but we still had dew on the car. Unusual for AZ! We left at 8:15 for the Alfa Monthly Breakfast at Tivoli Gardens. It was excellent as usual, although the waitress got all the checks wrong. She had to fix those… There were 7 of us there. Linda, Mike, John, and Karen are already gone to Quartzsite. We leave on Friday.

We returned and Bob went to the office to turn in a form that the park had left in our mailbox. We had to designate a person in the park who will watch our site over the summer. We had asked Rusty and Marilyn, as they are right behind us.  Bob decided to walk back to the rig. I went to Maj. I won 4 games today. It’s  just the way that the tiles fall…

Jill was there today, playing, but no bleeding gums. She said that they got her Coumadin back under control.

I returned, we ate lunch, then left for grocery shopping. We started at Costco, then went to the Library to pick up some books on Canada. We continued on to Walmart and Fry’s. We ended up purchasing our 3 bundles of firewood at Fry’s, for $5.99 a big bundle. It’s on the list of items we need to take with us to Quartzsite.

We returned home and I started to bake two “Hawaiian Breads” . They turned out okay. We have a Hawaiian Pot Luck next Saturday night, so I baked the bread and put it in the freezer. We had also purchased a roaster chicken at Costco, which Bob took apart and we froze the chicken for the chili dinner. We have a chili cookoff, so we are making a white chili.

We ate leftovers for dinner and watched TV.

Thursday- I woke up realizing that I had a doctor appt., but that I had not received a phone call from the office reminding me of the appt. Hmmm,before I called, I went into the portal and found no appointments listed. Then I went in to Bob’s portal and found that his 2/15 appt. was not in his portal either. So I called at 9 AM and was 4th in the cue.

At about 9:15 I was able to speak with someone. She said I did not have any appointments scheduled. So now I have an appointment on Feb. 8. Then I worked on Bob’s appointment. She said that they had to cancel his appointment on the 15th, and had notified him yesterday. Well, that did not happen! He never received any message. So I made him another appointment also. We think that their system crashed and they did not let everyone know.

We ate lunch, and at 2 I went to my nail appointment. I arrived to find that they thought I still had an appointment at 9 :15 and had been a no show. Hmmm, not my day for appointments. At my last appointment I had made the next appointment for 9:15 today. When I arrived home, I realized I had the Doc appointment at 10 AM, so I had called right back and changed the appointment to 2 pm. Fortunately, the pedi gal remembered that yes, I had called and made the appointment, as the gal who answered the phone had told her the lady who had just left had called right back to change the appointment. Unfortunately, she did not make the change in the book! Oh well,,,,,

I arrived back just in time for the 4 PM Resident Council meeting. It lasted until 5. We returned, ate dinner and continued to prepare to leave in the morning.

Friday-  We got ready and left at about 9:45. Bob was unable to get Arizona Propane to deliver before we leave, so we left so we went to Orangewood RV to purchase propane. We filled the tank, then had to exit, turning right and go around the block.

We turned  west onto Bell Road, and traveled about a mile to turn right onto El Mirage Rd. Right at the corner, there is a very wide place in the road, so we pulled in and hooked up the car. We continued north to Loop 303, and headed south on the 303 to I-10. We turned west on I-10. We stopped at the rest area and ate lunch. We continued on to Quartzsite. We pulled into La Posa North and stopped to disconnect. Normally, we have to stop and pay $40 for the 14 day pass on the BLM land. The building was closed and locked-up. I did not see any sign, but evidently there was a small one attached to another sign. Due to the furloughs, they are not collecting the money. There are 38 rigs in our group, 38x 40= $1520 that the government has lost for this stupid shut down! AND that is only our group! There are thousands of RV’s here! So anyone can enter the paid area to dump and take on water for free….the town is still picking up the trash.

We arrived and were greeted by our Alfa Roadrunner Family! We picked a spot and parked. We have no hook-ups for 10 days. We can do this though, we did 14 days in 2016.

We had a social time and a welcome dinner of Sloppy Joes with coleslaw, chips and cookies. We sat around the campfire for awhile in the evening.

Sat. Jan. 5 to Fri. Jan 11- Sun City AZ

Saturday- The weather has warmed up to low 40’s at night and high 50’s low 60’s during the day. It was cloudy today, but not too bad. Bob continued to work on putting the shed together. Rusty came over and helped. They got the whole thing completed today, which is good since it is going to rain tonight and tomorrow.

We had a quiet afternoon, going to the Library to pick up Season 7 of Game of Thrones, then to Costco for gas, $2.45.  We ate dinner at home and finished up Season 6 of Game of Thrones.

Sunday- It started raining last night and rained all night and much of the day. We did our usual laundry and checking our accounts. We ate lunch and settled in to watch Season 7 of Game of Thrones. The rain stopped in the late afternoon, and the sky started to clear up a bit. We ate dinner at home and watched some regular TV.

Monday- I had a Doctor appt. for my ankle. The Doctor ordered PT. He was gently able to move my heel, and commented, that’s very loose.  Bullseye RV Repair came to fix the Hydrohot. Bob did all that he could, as it may have to come out and he cannot get it out himself. They arrived at 10:30. they were scheduled for after 12. Good thing we were here! They re-did the electrical connection.

We had a quiet afternoon, with Bob going to the Library to pick up some books and to drop off Game of Thrones Season 6. I stayed home and worked on some tasks. We had lunch and dinner at home. We watched Season 7, of Game of Thrones, which was one 2 hour session. Then we watched the animated DVD on the history of the 7 families of Game of Thrones.

Tuesday-  I had my Retired Nurses Breakfast. I returned to the park and went to the office to pick up the sign in sheet for the Stamp ‘n Up card class tomorrow. From there I went to Maj. They were short one person, so I stepped right in. I did not win any games today, but that’s okay!

I returned home in time for lunch. We ate lunch, dropped Season 7 of Game of Thrones off at the Library,  then started moving the stuff from the storage unit to the shed. It took 3 trips. We managed to get everything into the shed moving from a 5×10 to a 5×8. It was tricky! Bob even checked to make sure we can get the bikes in there when we leave them here in AZ.

We ate leftovers for dinner and watched TV.

Wednesday- Bob dropped me off at the Activity Center and I made cards with Leslie Foley, the Stamp n Up demonstrator. There were only 4 of us. The fifth gal did not show up. Karen was at the table with me and we chatted the whole time. Karen also gave me a ride back to the rig.

Meanwhile, Bob had been off running errands around the area, including going to the self storage office to close out the storage unit.  Once I returned, we ate lunch, and did some tasks around the rig, including, me trimming Bob’s hair.

Bob put hold down straps across the top of the shed. He had to drill into the earth and place anchors, deep into the ground. During monsoon season there are very strong winds. Actually, here, out west, much of the time, there are a lot more winds than in the east. We have seen the straps on other sheds, so we think they will hold.

At a little before 4, Yvonne, who lives across the street, dropped off two beautiful lemons from her daughters lemon tree. At a little before 4, we left to go to the Ballroom for the Welcome Back party. The room was packed. Fortunately, Donna and Allen had arrived earlier and had held seats for us. It was literally, standing room only. The lines for food where very long! We think there were about 500 people there. They served cheese, crackers, fruit and veggies. Bob bought a beer and glass of White Zin for me. We stayed the entire time. We returned around 6,  ate dinner and watched TV.

Thursday- I was off to Maj in the morning. Bob went and ran some errands. I returned in time for lunch. Then Bob took a nap while I finished the book I was reading and went to JoAnne’s. I needed some supplies and I had two 50% off coupons on regularly priced items. I also purchased a pack of new blades for my trimmer, which were already 50% off. So I saved quite a bit.

I returned, we ate dinner, and watched TV.

Friday- I was off to the card making class. We had a card we were making and Patty, the gal running the session, was teaching how to use some of the punches. She was using my table and a few of my supplies. It was fun. We all ended up so involved, that we went almost to 11:30! The class is scheduled to end at 11.

When I returned, we ate lunch, then went to Total Beverage and Wine to stock up on some beers. I also purchased a cider and a Smirnoff drink. We went to Costco for gas which was $2.45/gal. We stopped in at Costco for a few items, then we cruised thru the Library, dropping off a book at the book drop. We went to Walmart for groceries and a few other items.

Then we stopped at Fry’s to pick up a few items. We returned home and put everything away. We ate dinner, then went to Square Dancing class. Nina ( who plays Maj with me) and her husband wanted to take the classes, so we went to Angel. I did not dance a lot, because my heel is definitely not where it is supposed to be…

Sat. Dec 29 to Fri. Jan. 4, 2019- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We were under a freeze warning last night, so Bob had disconnected the water and covered the spigot. The park had sent an automated phone call reminding us we needed to do that. Luckily, we have water in the tank

It was 43 when we woke up this morning. Many other areas were below 32, but we stayed warmer. This cold spell is going to last through next week. Highs are in the low 50’s and nights are supposed to be in the low 30’s.

Since is was supposed to have been below 32, we had turned on the Hydrohot on electric. Bob noticed in the morning that the water was not as hot as it should have been. It turned out that the Hydrohot is not working on electric. It does work on diesel, so we can turn it on if we have too… the reason we would turn it on is to keep the glass tubes inside from freezing and breaking.

While Bob was doing a check of all of the Hydrohot systems, I went to Kohl’s, I need some more long sleeve shirts and they were having a sale. What junk! I could see through all of the shirts there!

So I went to Macy’s. I purchased the only one that they still had in my size, for less than the “on sale” junk at Kohl’s! I started to feel bad, so I returned home, drank some of the Propel and had a quiet rest of the day. Bob seems to be back to normal.

I found a really good show on Netflix called Bodyguard. It is a British show and I binge watched all the episodes. Bob got caught up in it also!  The show had more ups and downs, and twists and turns, than a roller coaster! It is a 2018 show, so no second season, yet!

Sunday- We woke up to 45 degrees, even though Bob had taken in the water filer and disconnected the tubing’s. We did not need to run the Hydrohot last night. We were glad for that, as it is noisy and smelly when run on diesel.

We did our usual Sunday tasks, we watched the Redskin game in the afternoon, and had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Monday- We started out with a busy day! We ran to Lowes for the paving blocks to put under the shed. We bought 1/2 of them, loaded them in the car and returned home. The weather report for today was for it to be 51degrees for the high and for rain in the evening. It started raining while we were at Lowes! We had taken the stuff that sits in the back of the car out, and left it sitting on the patio. Ugh, it was wet! So we bought the stuff into the rig to dry and Bob unloaded the back of the car. When the stuff dried, we put it back into the car.

We picked up MaryAnne and went to Baskin Robbins for the “31st” special. We returned and had a quiet evening. It had rained most of the day and the high temp was 43.

Tuesday- Happy New Year! We had a quiet day at home, watching some TV and the Rose Parade. We went to Café Zupas for salads for dinner. We watched Bird Box on Netflix. It was very good.

Wednesday- I went to Maj in the morning. Bob has been working on getting the spot ready for the shed when it arrives on Friday. I returned and we ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon. In the evening, Bob went to the Astronomy Club meeting. It had been changed from yesterday due to the holiday.

Thursday- I went to Maj and Bob continued working on the spot for the shed. He has been placing the pavers. He had to go purchase the second half of what we needed. He finished this afternoon getting the site all ready. We watched Game of Thrones season 6 this week.

Friday- I went to the card class. Bob waited for the shed to be delivered. They were supposed to call 1/2 hour prior to arrival. They did not, they arrived just after 9 AM. They were to be here between 9 and 12. They came with a hand truck to deliver the two large boxes, from an 18 wheeler, on a pallet. Bob opened the boxes and got started putting the shed together.

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We ate lunch, then I went grocery shopping. I returned and picked up MaryAnne to take her to the Toyota dealership so that she could pick up her 4 Runner.It was in for routine repair, but they found that the rabbits had been eating the wires in the truck. $300 worth of damage. They are going to talk to their neighbors about their fruit trees, as they are leaving the fruit on the ground and rabbits are collecting in their area.

We ate dinner at home and watched more of season 6 of Game of Thrones.

Sat. Dec. 22 to Fri. Dec. 28- Sun City

Saturday- Bob is still sick, so he stayed home most of the day.At about 8:45, I left to go to JoAnne’s. I arrived a little before 9. They had opened at 8. There was no one there! No traffic, no problem parking, no line! So I grabbed what I wanted and using my coupons saved a lot of money. I stopped at Staples and picked up some colored pencils for coloring. Then I went to Fry’s for more Gatorade for Bob. This was where it turned out, everyone was!

I returned home and Bob started his second bottle of Gatorade. By the afternoon he was feeling much better. He had taken a nap and was doing pretty well. So we went to dinner at Village Inn. There was hardly anyone there.

Sunday- Bob started up again with the diarrhea. Ugh! So I ran to Goodcents for subs for lunch and stopped in at Albertsons for Bob’s 3rd bottle of Gatorade. We had a quiet afternoon with me coloring and watching another couple of Hallmark movies.  Bob napped.

We had some bland chicken for dinner and watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Monday Christmas Eve– Bob continued being up frequently all night so he had soup for breakfast. I left and went for a mani-pedi. I stopped at CVS for some Imodium. We had not wanted to do the ‘nuclear’ option as my issue had only lasted for a few hours.

I returned home and gave Bob two tablets. He continued with the Gatorade, while I ran to pick up our order of rolls at Kneaders. I picked up some chicken noodle soup for Bob, a sandwich for me, a sandwich for MaryAnne, and raspberry croissants for us for Christmas breakfast. They did not have any chocolate ones left!

I stopped at Safeway, after 5 trips around the parking lot looking for parking! I picked up more soup and Gatorade. I returned home, dropping off half of the dozen rolls at MaryAnne and Rays along with MaryAnne’s sandwich.

We had a quiet rest of the day, with Bob having soup for dinner and I had leftovers.

Tuesday, Christmas Day– Bob seems to be over the virus. He was able to eat this morning and has not had to take any more of the Imodium. He looks so much better! We had a nice breakfast of omelets and the 1/2 the croissants.

We cooked a nice Christmas meal which we had for lunch. At 3, we went over to help set up for the pot luck dinner. There were 3 of us to help the coordinator, Birdy. About half way thru, a couple who were walking by came in to help. So now there were 5 of us to set up 8 round tables. We first had to take down the rectangular tables which included moving all the chairs out of the way.

We were all set up by about 3:40. We returned home to start cooking the carrots in the Instapot. I did a Glazed Honey Cinnamon Carrot recipe off Pinterest. It was a great recipe and all of it was gone at the end of the pot luck.

We had over 50 people for the pot luck with the park providing the ham and turkey. There was plenty of food this time and we were able to take home some leftovers.

We had a quiet evening finishing the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Wednesday- I was off to Maj at 10. When I returned home, we had lunch and took Bob to the Urgent care. The diarrhea had restarted, again. He has been drinking the Gatorade, so he was not terribly dehydrated. We only had to wait about 1/2 an hour. Bob saw the PA. The PA decided that it was a virus which was not clearing Bob’s system, as it had with mine. He also ordered a stool sample test. So we went to Labcorp to pick up the items for the test. Bob had taken 2 more Imodium, so he was not having the diarrhea, but the PA said that his belly was very active.

We returned home, after stopping at the Library to pick up Season 5 of Game of Thrones and stopping at the grocery store for more chicken noodle soup.

We watched Game of Thrones in the evening.

Thursday-  Happy 15th birthday Karlie! The vet had only given her 15 months, 13 months ago, so we did not anticipate that she would be with us this year. Schnoodles average life span is 15 years, so she made it! She is doing pretty well. The Mitral Valve Prolapse has stabilized with the medication. She is a little shaky at times( from the medication) but at other times she plays like a 5 year old pup!

Bob is still having the belching and gas. No diarrhea. He stayed home while I went to Maj. I returned, we had lunch, and then went to Bath and Body Works. They are having their annual sale, and  we needed more of the Kitchen Lemon and soap for the bathroom sink,( $3.00 instead of $6.50). While I stood in line, the older lady (80’ish) behind me, dropped one of her fragrances which broke and spilled all over my shoes. They are cloth, so they absorbed the fragrance. It’s a good thing I like the Japanese Cherry Blossom smell! It was nice in the enclosed car!

We stopped at Petsmart for some treats for Karlie. She, of course, stuck her nose up to them, even though they are peanut butter flavored (her favorite). We finally convinced her to eat some. ( She thinks everything is a pill, as we stuff two of her pills into pill pockets).

We had a quiet evening at home, eating dinner and watching Game of Thrones.

Friday- I was off to the card making session. We only had 5 of us there, which was nice because we could spread out. I returned around 11, and we went to In’N Out burger for lunch. Then off to Bed Bath and Beyond. Our second small spatula had broken, so we needed new ones. We found a package of three and purchased them with the 20%  off coupon.

We went to Dick’s Sporting Goods for another pair of inserts for my shoes. They were $54. The gal who checked us out said they are more expensive because they are the ones that all the Orthopedic Doctors recommend ( which was why I was buying them). They were still a lot less expensive than the custom ones and they work just as well.

We went to the Library to drop off a book, then on to Walmart, Fry’s, and Sprouts for groceries. We returned home and had a quiet rest of the day. Dinner was at home and we watched the end of Season 5 of Game of Thrones… I have ordered Season 6.

Sat. Dec. 15 to Fri. Dec. 21- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We  stopped at In N’ Out burger for a couple of burgers for lunch. Then we stopped at the Library to pick up a book. Then we went to Target for some of the Tyson Tequila Lime Chicken wings. We returned home and had a quiet afternoon watching some of the Hallmark movies, I did some coloring, and Bob read his book.

We had dinner at home and watched Bosch, season 4, on Amazon Prime.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. We had a quiet day at home. We ate lunch at home. It was Ray’s birthday, so we had a pot luck dinner at the MPR ( Multi-purpose Room). He had requested ice cream and brownies that Linda made. We had the wings which I baked and threw into the crock pot to keep them warm.

At 4:30 we went to the MPR, with Ray, MaryAnne, Linda, Mike,Donna and Allen. We had a great time. There is a piano in the room, so Donna played Happy Birthday while we all sang to Ray. MaryAnne lasted about 1.5 hours, which was good! That was the reason for the pot luck rather than going to a restaurant. MaryAnne could leave at any time if she wore out. We watched the rest of Bosch, season 4 on Amazon Prime.

Monday-  We had a quiet morning with Bob working on measuring and moving rocks for our shed. I worked on an article. We ate lunch at home, and went to play Spades  from 1-3. We ate dinner at home and watched Game of Thrones on DVD.

Tuesday- I worked on the article and went to play Maj from 10-12. We ate lunch, then had a quiet afternoon, up until my cell phone rang around 3 PM. It was Medicare calling. I had sent a letter, letting them know that I had stopped my Medicare Part B. I had asked for a refund of Jan and Feb. He said that I could not get a refund as I still had Medicare Part B. I explained that on Nov. 19, we had mailed the form to Social Security canceling out Medicare B.  He said it was not cancelled and  Bob’s was not cancelled either. So I called Social Security. I was on hold for 1 hour and 15 minutes. I spoke to the women and she said to re-send the form. We asked if we could walk it in locally, and she said yes. Grrrrr, now we have to go to the SS office!

We purchased the Shed online from Amazon. It will be delivered on Jan. 4th, between 9 and 12. What is really cool, is that we could make 5 payments, without any extra charge!

Wednesday-  We left at 8:15 to go to the Alfa monthly breakfast at Tivoli Gardens. We met up with Linda, Mike, Karen and John. We had a nice breakfast, unfortunately the gal got my order wrong, but that meant I had a free breakfast…

We left at 9:30 and drove to the SS office. We parked and went inside. Security made Bob take his small knife on his key ring back to the car, while I got in line. Bob arrived back before I reached the counter to sign in. Then the gal said they would take both of us at the same time,so we now had to wait until our name was called.

While we were sitting there, I reached into my purse for my lip balm, and found my pocket knife and a small pair of scissors, that the guard had missed when he checked my purse!

Anyway, we sat for an hour, reading our books. Mathew, the worker said that he was not surprised that the letter “never arrived”. He kind of rolled his eyes, meaning that it had been pitched. So he accepted the forms, stamped them, and made copies so that we have documentation. The loss of Part B will not come until Feb 1, so I will only get one month of a refund. He told Bob not to pay for January Part B, as it would not make a difference.( We cancelled Part B as Bob is retired Federal employee and we can use the government insurance for Part B. This is a lot less expensive! So unless you can do this, DO NOT CANCEL YOUR PART B!!!). 

We left and went to Best Buy. We were checking on Bob’s phone. We want to cancel his repair/replace service. We think we might switch him over to ATT, when he can, in March. I would stay with Verizon and he would go with ATT. We have found that where there is no Verizon, there is ATT, and vice-versa! Plus we have Direct TV and he will have free streaming.

We continued on to the Pet Health Pharmacy. When Bob went to refill Karlie’s heart pill, he could not find it anywhere. He called our Vet office and they searched around for the medication. It either is backlogged or they are not making it anymore! So they found Pet Health Pharmacy, which is a compounding pharmacy. They made up a liquid for us. The Vet office said that 90 days would cost $90. When Bob called them to order the med, it would be $150 for 90 days. He ordered 60 days of the liquid, $100.  Obviously, they charge the Vet office less for them to re-sell to us. We will keep working on this!

From there, we went across the parking lot to a little local restaurant for lunch. There are a lot of these little places in the area. The food was mediocre. While sitting there, I started getting a sharp pain in my right calf. It came and went. It kept up, so as we were driving past Banner Boswell Hospital, we pulled into the parking lot to check my calf. We got out of the car, I pulled up my pant leg and both of us looked. We wanted to rule out a DVT.  If I had one ,we would walk into the ER. I just had the pain, no swelling, no redness, no hot area! So Bob timed it. You would think I was having labor pains! The pain was every 20 seconds.

We continued to home. I walked into the rig and grabbed a bottle of Propel. I drank about 4 ounces and headed for the bathroom. I had diarrhea. The diarrhea lasted about 5 hours, then turned to just gas and belching. After the 4 oz. of the Propel, the muscle cramp was gone, but now I knew that my body had pulled the electrolytes out of my muscles and into the colon.  I drank 2 large bottles of Propel, as I had gotten shaky.

By dinner time I was down to just a lot of gas. Never any nausea or vomiting. So I asked Bob to pick up some Chinese food, as it has so much sodium in it. We knew by this time it was not food poisoning so it had to be a virus. We continued watching Game of thrones.

Thursday- I was fine this morning. So I went to Maj. There were 6 of us, so Nina and I played with the two of us. We each won two games and we had one wall game.

I returned and we had a quiet afternoon and evening, with left over Chinese for dinner.

Friday- I went to card making while Bob raked the rocks out of the way for the shed. We went to Costco for gas, $2.45 gal. We ran into Costco for some pills. Then we went to lunch at Café Zupas. We stopped at Walmart for groceries and returned home.

In the afternoon, Bob started getting sick. The same thing that I had. He ate dinner and we continued watching Game of Thrones.