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Sat. Mar. 23 to Fri. Mar. 29- Sun City AZ

Saturday- What a busy day! We started with walking the dogs. From there, we took our bikes and rode around the park, as it was the patio sales. Bob bought a pair of shorts $2, I bought a top 50 cents, we picked up a cloth for when I shave Bob’s hair and a free church key, as Bob had lost the last one.

We stopped in at the Craft Fair. I was really limping at this time, but I wanted to see everything. We walked around the Activity Center, visiting the Quilt room, the Ceramics room, the Woodworking shop,  the lapidary, and the music room. All were open and people were promoting their sales and the various areas.

We returned to the rig, and Bob washed the rig. He had done one side yesterday, and the other side today. I started with packing some stuff into the shed and taking the cushions off the chairs at the table. They were hard to get off, as it had rained and dried several times and so they were really tied very tight.

Bob loaded the bikes onto the back of the rig, locked them, and put the cover over them. We are taking them with us this year, as we anticipate using them this summer.

Koda’s paperwork had arrived yesterday, and we had dropped it off at the vets. Forgot to put that into last week’s blog.

We left and went south to Metro Center, stopping at In N Out Burger for lunch. We went to the Dillard’s Clearance Center. I can see why the stuff was on clearance. Most of it was made of poor quality, was ugly, or odd sizes. I tried on a few items, but did not purchase anything.

Bob found a Caribbean theme shirt, which we had been looking for, as we have Hawaiian themed events. So he purchased that for $18.

We returned, stopping to wash the car, pick up items at Fry’s and Target. We returned home, packed, did a few more tasks, and took the dogs to the dog park. Koda is doing better, she ran on her own. Roxie ran a bit, and Karlie just wandered around sniffing.

Koda is getting less tense in the car, and there was hardly any panting today. She really enjoyed some kids who were there and running with the other dogs.

We decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I texted Linda and we all went. They drove. We had a nice dinner. We had ordered the dog food for the other lady who has been giving Linda food to feed Karlie. So we had given them that, as well as some to feed Karlie and other dogs. I had ordered 2 bags of the food, along with some canned food for Koda. Our order arrived from Chewy in about 24 hours. They are very prompt!

Sunday- We did our usual tasks, including this week washing all of the bedding since we have nice large washers and dryers in the park. It was a busy day, getting ready to leave. Bob had to put away our flag, the sign, and other items. We sat outside with the dogs on the patio in the afternoon. Finally, around 5:15, we moved the dogs inside, to their dismay, and packed up the fence. Bob wrapped strapping around sets of 6 panels. We took three of them, so we have 18 panels for Michigan. We left 4 panels in the  shed. Our AZ lounge chairs and one old folding chair went into the shed. Finally, on top of everything, we placed the table chair cushions. We could have still put more in the shed, but that was all we had! LOL.

We ate dinner at home and I did some tasks around the rig on the inside. I had been working on laundry all day, so that the hamper would only have the clothes we are wearing.

Monday- On the road again!!  We drove out of Paradise at about 9:30. We took Union Hills east to the 101. Then I-101 south to east bound I-10. We had to exit at 59th street, instead, of 51st street, due to construction. We turned left on Van Dorn, and went east to 51st street. We turned south and traveled thru the Gila Indian Reservation out to I-10. Using this route, means we miss a lot of I-10 in Phoenix and the dangerous “Durango Curve” .

Unfortunately, the road was pretty bumpy, for awhile. This is Koda’s first trip in the rig, but she did really well. We always seat belt our dogs. We had put Karlie and Roxie in my recliner and Koda in Bob’s. After the road became smoother, she settled down. At one point, she made a lot of noise, so Bob checked on her and found that she had tangled her hook-up. Once he untangled her she settled right down. No panting!

We stopped at the rest area and walked the dogs. We switched drivers and continued to the Pilot in Tucson. We unhooked the car and backed into a site between the trucks. We walked the dogs, then took off in the car to our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Charro, in downtown Tucson. It was after 1 at this point, so we easily found a parking place at a meter across the street from the restaurant. We were immediately taken to our table.

Bob ordered his tamale and I ordered the Chile Relleno.  We were served quickly. We had put 40 minutes on the meter, and only used 25 When we left the restaurant, we saw that the parking enforcement was busy ticketing cars. We were glad we had leftover time!

We returned east on I-10 to the rig, walked the dogs again, and drove on to Benson. Bob drove the rig and I drove the car, since it was only 34 more miles. We had put the dogs in the car with me.

As we were driving along, Koda panted a bit, then stopped. I noticed that Karlie was in the sun, so I radioed Bob and told him I was going to pull over and put the screen up, blocking the sun on Karlie.

I pulled off at one of the exits, put the screen up, and continued east. Koda started panting again. So I started singing along with Nancy Sinatra, Those Boots are made for walking…. It must have relaxed Koda, as she settled down.

The speed limit was 75, and Bob was going 63, so I caught up with him. We drove into Benson, and into Butterfield RV Park and Observatory. We had a reservation, and had paid half. So I went in and paid the second half. I asked the gal about the observatory and she said that the tours were full for tonight and tomorrow night. I started begging, explaining that was the reason we were here and we only needed one person to join the tour. The gal said she would check on it and let us know.

We pulled into site 75, and set up. We walked the dogs. This was a beautiful park. We paid $37.93 a night, which included a 15% Passport America discount. That also included a free tour of the observatory.

After about an hour, the gal called and said they had a cancellation for this evening and Bob could join the tour. She said that she would have the maintenance guy drop off the information. After about another hour, he showed up with the form.

The form instructed Bob to arrive at 7:30 and to dress warmly, because when the roof opens, it will get cold in the room. Also, no late arrivals are admitted, since that means that there would be  light in the room.

I stayed home and watched a recorded Hallmark movie. We have excellent WIFI here which is nice. Bob said there were only 15 people in the tour. The usual tour is 18 folks.


Tuesday- Because my heel is really sore, post steroid injection, and I am afraid that I am going to not be able to walk the tour of Carlsbad Caverns. So we decided to re-route. We decided to stop in Demining NM at the Escapees Dream Catcher RV Park. So I called and made a reservation for 2 nights. From there, we will continue on to El Paso TX, then Ft. Stockton TX, before our final stop in Fredericksburg TX for the rally.

I also made the reservation at Mission RV Park in El Paso. Their Passport America rates do not start until April 1, so I went through RPI, which was $2 more per night. Oh well…

We left a little bit after 10, taking the dogs with us, to visit with Bob’s cousin Ronda, in Sierra Vista. We arrived and introduced all the dogs to Whisky and Bud Light, their two very large Labs. They all got along well.

Brian came home, and we decided to go to the German Restaurant for lunch. So we left all the dogs in the back yard. They had water and shade, so they were okay. They all stood at the door looking pitiful when we left.

We rode with Ronda to the restaurant . Brian took his truck, as he was working and had a lot to do. He owns his own business, a salvage yard, but is working on selling the metal scrap.

We had an excellent lunch, and thank you to Ronda and Brian, for paying for our lunch. We returned to house with Ronda to find that the dogs were all fine. We let them into the house and they all drank a lot of water. When we had arrived, they were all laying in the shade.

We sat talking most of the afternoon. At one point, Whisky decided to hump each of the girls. They all told him in no uncertain terms that they were not interested. He was a gentleman and took the “no’s" in stride and they all napped. Ours on the couch, on our laps and the boys on the floor.

We wanted to get a picture of them all together, so Ronda took some treats and they all lined up!


We left around 4 and returned to the rig. We had leftovers for dinner. We were really glad that Bob had the chance last night to visit the observatory, as tonight it was cloudy and the tour would have been cancelled.

Wednesday- We worked on more reservations. We are only traveling 170 miles, so we were not in a hurry. We packed up and left the resort at 10:40( check out was 11). We drove east on I-10. The road was really bumpy. Come on Congress and Arizona, fix the roads!! We had hoped that New Mexico would be better, but if anything, it was worse.

Koda did great, she laid down in the chair. She may have even slept a bit.

We stopped for lunch at a rest area, then continued on to Deming. We are staying at the Escapees Dream Catcher RV park. We pulled into the park, which is right off the interstate. We had changed time zones, so we arrived around 2:30.

Bob disconnected the car while I went in and registered and paid. I had to show our Escapees membership card. We paid $25 per night for FHU 50 amp. There is not much here. It is a gravel lot. No picnic table or any amenities, except for the club house. They do have a laundry and a nice large dog run.

There was a social at 4 PM, so we took Bob’s beer and my Mike’s Light Hard Lemonade and went over to the Activity Center. We stayed from 4 to 5. I also checked the Library for any books to trade( none either of us wanted). This evening they also have a Jam Session. at 6:30.

We returned and ate dinner. Then we went to Walmart for a few items. We returned and settled in to watch some TV. We were both tired.

Thursday-  We were slow getting moving this morning, so I ended up taking all 3 dogs out, as Bob was still getting ready and they wanted to go out, at 8:30. We ate breakfast  then we walked the dogs down to the dog park.  I worked on the blog . When we had put down the jacks to level us yesterday, one of them made a funny noise, so Bob put the rig up and checked it. He could not find anything wrong with it.

We left and went to a restaurant called The Patio for lunch. I had a nice salad and Bob had a Rubin Burger.

We went to St. Clair Winery, on the recommendation of the people at the social last evening.  One of the gals said she only liked sweet wines and that they had sweet wines.

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The gal there was awesome. I told her I liked sweet wines. ( They have dry, semi-sweet and sweet.) On the park map, there was a coupon for a free flight of 6, We gave her the coupon and she pointed out all the sweet wines. She also had me taste them in the correct order. I ended up purchasing two, the St. Claire White and the Pumo Loco. I gave her a very nice tip since was so great with us.

We drove downtown to take a look at the mural in the Post Office. Not much to look at and not worth the trip. We returned to the rig and took a short nap.

At 4 we went to the social. At 6 we went to the Pot Luck. I had baked some brownies, as there was no dessert on the sign up list.

We sat with a single guy and another couple, Jill and Ed. They were from Michigan, and I we walked about the state. As we were standing in line for the food, Jill said, you know there is an Escapees Chapter 9 rally in Frankenmuth. I said yes, I know, Bob’s cousin Jacqui belongs. Jill said “Brotherton” I said yes! She knew Jacqui and Paul very well. They had assisted her with a rally. So we told Bob and he texted Jacqui, who responded! Its a small world… ( now that song is in your brain isn’t it? )

The wind was howling this afternoon and we decided we needed to leave early in the morning to get to our next stop before the winds pick up.

Friday- We left at about 9 AM. So far, so good, with light winds. We traveled east on I-10 about 170 miles to El Paso. We stopped at a rest area in Las Cruces. It over looked the city and it was a beautiful view, but it was so cold, we just did a quick dog walk and continued on our way. 

We passed thru an ICE roadblock. I guess they take one look at us, and the Border Agent just waved us on. There was a separate lane for trucks.

We stopped at the Flying J for diesel, then continued on to a shopping center were there was a Walmart and a Cabela’s . We parked the rig near the Cabela’s where there was a construction area. We disconnected the car and ran to a McDonald’s for lunch, because the bread was green!

We ate a quick lunch, then I drove the car and Bob drove the rig, on I-10 across the city. There was a lot of traffic and lots of construction.

At around 1, we drove into Mission RV Park, where we have stayed before. We had an RPI reservation which meant that we paid $22 for a FHU 50 amp pull thru site.

We set up, and we left, driving to Best Buy. Our dash radio/CD player kept over heating while listening to our books on CD. It also only holds 1 CD, where as the old one held 5. When Bob purchased this replacement radio, about 4 years ago, they no longer sold radios with 5-6 CD’s.

Since this has been an ongoing problem with the CD’s overheating, Bob had installed a small fan behind the radio. That is not working well. So I finally suggested that we go to Best Buy and purchase a CD player, with a USB cord, as the radio has a USB port.

The Best Buy was about 4 miles away, and not near any of the I-10 construction, thank goodness! I asked the sales guy for a CD player with a USB port. He showed us some with Blue Ray etc. We explained that it was for the motorhome and not for with a TV. So he suggested a boom box. Okay, that would work, but was not ideal.

As we followed him to the boom box, I spotted a little round CD player. What we wanted. It did not have a USB port, but it had a headset, and a headset connector . Bob said that would work as we had that kind of port, under the USB port on our radio. So we bought it, plus a longer cord, paying about 24 dollars. Of course, it only plays one CD at a time, but we can deal with that.

We returned to the RV park. They have a small dog off leash area, but it was not really big enough for much running, so Koda will just have to cope…

We settled in, ate dinner, and watched TV. The wind was howling all afternoon and evening.

Sat. March 16 to Fri March 22- Sun City AZ

Saturday- The wind has calmed down a bit this morning. It is also warmer. It’s going to be in the high 70’s today! Finally, the weather is improving.

We were invited to a park pot luck. The Activities Director , Gina,, who is no longer here, unilaterally decided that we were not having a St. Patrick’s Day parade. People were upset, so they decided to have a pot luck luck, in the green space between 12th and 13th streets. This is an open area due to gas pipes running through the area. People pay extra fees to back up this green space.

About 100 people showed up. It was a lot of fun. They had three separate tables of food. Of course, there was a lot of food!


Near us, there were some guys playing…

20190316_111730It was scheduled from 11 to 1, we left around 12:30 to go walk the dogs. We sat out with them for awhile. We left a little before 4 to go meet up with Jim and Diane at a Richter Aleworks. The food was mediocre but the beer was acceptable. There are better places.

The food did not hold us, so we went to Mighty Moos’ for some ice cream. This is Diane and Jim’s favorite place. The ice cream was very good and it was located right near the compounding pharmacy where we get Karlie’s heart medication.

Sunday- Happy St. Patrick’s Day, We did some of our usual tasks. Bob dropped off the laundry. I rode my bike over so that I could find which machines the laundry was in…Bob continued on to Costco for gas and then to Home Depot to pick up a power washer. He returned and started to power wash the patio. It really needed it, as he had spilled some paint on it when he was painting the pantry drawers.  He rented it for 4 hours, so he had to move quickly. I rode my bike over to move the laundry from the washers to the dryers, then took the car to pick up the laundry. Bob finished and returned the power washer to Home Depot.

We had a quiet afternoon, up until 4, when we rode our bikes over to Allen and Donna’s site for our Alfa social. They served corn beef and cabbage, MaryAnne brought potatoes and we brought the appetizer. Linda brought ‘Uncle Ralph’s” cake. It is a very moist chocolate cake. We stayed until 7. We returned, walked and fed the dogs.

Monday-  We had a quiet morning. Karlie had her Vet appointment at 2:30. We took only her to the Vets, hoping that it would work leaving Roxie with Koda. It seemed to go well.

They drew Karlie’s blood for a Renal Panel. They also checked her urine. She is slowing down in the afternoons, as she walks really slowly. She is not eating or drinking enough. She had lost 1/4 lb. since last month. We try everything we can think of to get her to eat and drink. She flat out refuses to eat the expensive kidney food! Silly dog, she will eat for Linda and Mike, so every evening after dinner, and after they are fed, we walk over to Linda and Mike’s rig and they feed her dog food from their neighbor. We have Linda finding out what the food is so that we can give the gal a bag for her dog…

When we returned to the park, I dropped Bob off at Linda and Mike’s rig to assist with installing the Magna Shades. We have had these for years, but they just purchased them. Bob says that they have made a lot of changes to them since we bought ours in 2008.

We sat outside with the dogs until dinner. The water had been turned off all day in the park for repairs. They finally turned it back on around 4 pm. We watched Ozark on Netflix, as I am cancelling the Netflix on the 20th. Our billing cycle starts the 23rd.

Tuesday- I went over and played Maj. I was able to play with just the other Denise. We had a great time. There were two other tables of 4.  Bob washed the Magna Shades. He went at 1 PM to have his crown placed. I sat with the dogs out on the patio. Surprisingly, Karlie and Roxie started to play. Poor Koda does not understand how to play,so she jumped up and down. It was a hoot!

We ate dinner, walked the dogs, and returned for a quiet evening until 10. After their last walk, they started a “Schoodle 500”. Koda participated. Karlie only ran one time. We had gotten out of the way, and Karlie joined us. Koda and Roxie did about 5 runs from the front to the bed and back. So Koda is learning, slowly, to play!

Wednesday- I went to Maj in the morning. While I was gone, Bob went to Costco to return three Izod shirts we had purchased. I was so excited to get them. Bob will only wear Polo’s with pockets. Costco had them and they fit well. Unfortunately, when washed, they wrinkled. I tried everything. Just hanging them to dry or to dry them in the dryer. I refuse to iron the shirts, so he returned them.

I returned, we ate lunch, then I went to have my hair cut. When I returned, we took the dogs to the dog park. We were the only ones there. The dogs ran, well at least Roxie and Koda did!

We stopped at Dairy Queen on the way back for the free small vanilla cone, as it was free cone day.

At 5, we went to the free pizza dinner. The band was very good. They did pizza shifts. Ours was 5 pm, there was a 3, and a 4. We joined Linda and her friend Cheryl, Donna and Allen. MaryAnne and Ray where visiting with her brother and his family who were in town.

We returned, walked the dogs, and had a quiet evening.

Thursday– We were out the door early for my appointment with the Podiatrist. Do I need surgery? That was my question, as it has been really hurting. Previously, he had said that it was PT or surgery. I did the PT, and was cut off early by the insurance. It still hurts in various places, which change every day, or even every hour.

He said he was not ready to do surgery yet. He checked the heel and felt that it was stable, so he decided to treat it as Planar Fasciitis. Okay, well that is better than surgery! So he did a steroid injection. He used a small needle and did the injection slowly. It still hurt, but was okay. It was numb for hours 

Bob dropped me off at Maj. I played from there until 12. I returned and we ate lunch. We are working on getting ready to leave on Monday, so we are very busy.

At 4 Bob went to the Resident’s meeting. Scott announced that the city of Peoria ( where we are actually located) left him a message that they will be starting the work on an entrance lane into the park next February. He immediately called them back and said no, you can’t do it in February! That is one of our busiest times! DUH! Anyway, after he explained that to them, they changed the start date to the summer of 2020. Whew, that is a lot better. So nice to have a manager with some common sense.

We never knew who the previous manager was. We never saw him. The city, when they were going to fix the drainage system on Union Hills,  held a meeting with the residents. He did not attend, and the residents told the city people that they could not do it until at least May, when the park is cleared out. That manager was walked out in handcuffs, arrested for embezzlement.

Anyway, I went to a Doctor’s appointment. We ate dinner at home and had a quiet evening.

Friday- I had my nail appointment, which lasted 2 hours. I think I am going to switch over to the pedicure gal for my mani’s, as the gal I have been using, keeps me waiting too long.

I returned and we went to Café Zupas for lunch, then to Costco and Walmart for groceries. By this time my heel was throbbing. I iced it and wore my sandals, it they did not hurt as badly.

We went to dinner with MaryAnne and Ray at the Streets of New York. They treated us to dinner for cooking for them when MaryAnne was so sick. She is finally getting better, although she has set backs. The surgeon does not want her to leave until at least May. She says they are leaving in May, no matter what, to get out of the heat.

Mar. 9 to Mar. 15- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Roxie let me know she wanted to go out while Bob was in the shower. So I took her out. She did not really want to go… Anyway, then Koda had a accident. My fault, I should have taken Koda with me. Oh well….

Everyone was fed and we went for a walk around the block for their after eating walk. We did a few tasks, then took all the dogs to the dog park to get some of Koda’s energy out. She does not know how to chase a ball. We had hoped that a dog in the big dog area would run up and down the fence with her, but no one did. At least she got some exercise.

She panted on the way over and the way back in the car, so she is still stressed about being moved again. We returned at 10:20 and put Koda in the crate before we left. Bob moved it into the hallway so she could see the  rest of the rig.

We left and drove to Scottsdale to meet up with Jacqui, Paul, Connie and Lavern  at Two Brothers Pub and Brewery.  Bob and Lavern traded beer info. We had a great time visiting.

We returned home and let Koda out of her crate. She greeted us with the other two dogs. We walked them again. Bob is walking Koda and working on walking etiquette. In RV parks you do not cut through anyone’s site, so we don’t want her going into a site, or walking back and forth across the street. We do  not have a lot of traffic here, but  elsewhere it could be!

We settled in on the patio for about 1/2 hour. We ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob took the car for gas again at Costco, and drove right in again. The cost was $2.35/gal. After lunch we took the dogs to the dog park again. Again, Koda panted all the way there and all the way back.

There were no dogs in the small dog area when we first arrived. It is a large park. The small dog area is about 1.5 acres. Bob stood at one end and I stood on the other, we called Koda to come. She ran full out, back and forth. She did it perfectly and we decided that she had been taught ‘come"’.

Right as we ran out of treats, a lady arrived with 4 small dogs, who were all rescues. We talked with her and the dogs ran a bit together. She goes there all the time and said that sometimes the large dogs will run on the fence with the small dogs. That is what we are hoping for, to get out some of Koda’s energy.

We ran to Petsmart and purchased a collar tag for Koda. She enjoyed the pack outing…

When we returned home, we put Koda in the crate again, and left to go to Dick’s sporting goods. Bob needs some waterproof shoes for doing the general maintenance this summer. His old ones died a few years ago. Mine are still okay… we also purchased two collapsible ‘rocking’ chairs. We had seen that a lot of people had them in Quartzsite.

Then we went to Best Buy. We are checking on phones for Bob. We talked to the customer service guy about ATT and Verizon. We have Verizon, but since we have Direct TV, we get a lot of offers. We think if Bob goes with ATT, we can get unlimited streaming. We are looking at pricing.

Then we went to look at Android tablets. Bob’s tablet is dying. He has to do Android, as the new computer program that monitors the rig, is on Android. We ended up ordering it, as they did not have one in stock, as they were on sale. So it is to arrive on Wednesday.

By this time it was after 4. We stopped at Fry’s to pick up a few items. They had been on our list for Friday, but somehow they disappeared off the list. Anyway, they had a lot of digital coupons for the items, so I quickly downloaded the app, as I already have an account with them. Then clicked on the items we wanted. We saved about $5, which was good!

We returned home and started defrosting Tri Tip for dinner. We took the dogs out onto the patio. We ate dinner and watched some TV. 

Monday- We both had our Dental appointments today. I got a little delayed, as the Hygienist used some sort of equipment that pushes water under the gum. It was leaking and she had to get a replacement. So Bob was finished before I was.

The Dentist found that I have a cracked tooth and I need a crown. He said that the bad news is that “ your husband also needs one”. I made our fall appointments and then we worked on getting appointments for the crowns. Whew! That is a lot of money at one time! Unfortunately, we do not have the time to go to Mexico to have it done.

Good thing we are not traveling a lot this summer, so that we can refill the savings accounts!

Tuesday- I had the Retired Nurses Breakfast this morning. We had to walk the dogs quickly this morning. Then I had to drop off the cabinet key for Maj so that they could get the sets.

We had a really great speaker, Diane Burke Fessler. She studied journalism, but never was a reporter. About 20 years ago, her aunt was dying and the aunt gave her a box of letters that a friend, who was a WWII nurse, had sent the aunt weekly, while she was serving during the war.

She read them and found them so interesting, that she decided to write a book. It’s called “No Time for Fear- Voices of American Nurses In World War II’. She attended the Nurse’s reunion, and interviewed them. She even interviewed 15 nurses, here in the Valley of the Sun. One of the nurses used to belong to our retired nurses group. She is now 102 and living in Assisted Living; she no longer attends.

So the book tells the story of these Nurses through their interviews. The information was fascinating about these unsung heroes. 

I stopped at Walgreens on the way home and picked up some Mucinex for Bob, then stopped at the office to pick up tickets for the pizza party on the 20th. The park gives us free pizza!  They were still giving tickets for the 4:00 serving, so I texted everyone and we are returning tomorrow for the 5 PM tickets. I did purchase our tickets for the St. Paddy’s day lunch.

I returned and ordered the book on Amazon. The book is now required reading in some Nursing programs. We walked the dogs, then I went to Café Zupas for lunch with friend Annette. We had a great time. Meanwhile, the RV park in Benson had called to let us know that their swimming pool is still closed. We don’t care, we are interested in their Observatory.

The gal at CORE, the PT office, called. They are having a problem getting the authorization for my PT. They had cancelled on Monday and now she was cancelling Thursday, and all PT until further notice.  This is an issue, as we leave in less than 2 weeks.

I returned home and called the approval company, Ortho Net.

We had a quiet evening at home.  We have decided to keep Koda, and so I texted Kim. She was happy with that. We will send her a check and she will send us the paperwork. Koda is chipped and has had all of her shots. She just needs the heart worm medication. We already have an appointment for her to have her heart worm check and to get the medication. When we went to bed I flipped on the light in the hallway and it did not work.

Wednesday- During the night the front came through and the wind is blowing. At least the rain that we have had for the last 2 days is gone and the sun is shining. It is still cold( for AZ) outside.

We walked the dogs, then Bob started working on fixing the light. I went to my Dental appt. to have the crown put on. Because we are leaving in less than 2 weeks, we both chose to have the crown made in house. They have a machine that does that, he then checked to make sure it fit, then the Hygenist “cooked” it. He popped it on and I was on my way. Less than an 1.5 hours.

We walked the dogs when I returned. Bob said he just could not figure out what was wrong with the light.He had checked the switch, the electric, the fuses etc… So he called Allen. Allen came over. He thought about it and said what position is the switch, in the front on? Huh?? What switch? It turns out there is a switch next to the drivers seat and Bob had accidently hit it when he did something up there yesterday! We have owned the rig for 12 years and did not realize there was this light switch in the front! Bob showed it to me what I returned home…

At 3:45, we went to the 4 PM Town Hall. Scott has learned that he gets a great turn out if he serves ice cream. We arrived to find a long line for the ice cream. We each were given an Eskimo Pie. It’s been a long time since we each have had one! We almost did not find a seat as there was a great attendance!

After the meeting, we returned to the rig, ate dinner and watched TV.

Thursday-  My PT is still cancelled. Hopefully, I will get back in at least one time. I am starting to have pain again…

Bob took the car for the 9AM appointment at United Care Care. They found that is was the Rear Crankshaft Mail Bearing Seal, here the oil was leaking. It was going to be $1300. The owner and the mechanic told Bob that he did not have to have it fixed right away. They said that he can just check the oil frequently and we should be okay. We might have it done in MI as it is an all day job.

They also told Bob that they have worked on a lot of Ford Edge’s and have never seen one with this many problems. They recommended that we get rid of the car…sigh!

It is not just the cost of the car, it is also the cost of having the Blue OX tow bar installed. We will start thinking about what we will purchase to replace the car and do it in the fall when we return, waiting for the big end of the year sales.

Bob returned and we went to Costco. He was almost out of pill pockets to give Karlie her pills. So we did our usual trip today.

We stopped at Joannes and at In n Out Burger for lunch. Bob left and went to his Primary Doc for his appointment. All of our blood work is great, including our Cholesterols. He returned and at 4:30 we took Koda to her Vet appointment. She still panted in the car, going and returning. We don’t blame her as she went alone with us, leaving the other girls at home.

Right after we arrived and were already in the room, an emergency arrived. The poor dog had been in a dog fight and she had to do immediate care, then surgery. They explained this to us and told us that she would see us as soon as the dog was stabilized, prior to surgery. We waited about 20 minutes. The tech came in and she started the appointment. Then the Vet showed up. Because we had to wait, they deducted the $55 assessment from the bill. We still had to pay for the Bravecto (flea), Heart Gard ( heart worm prevention) and Zymox.  We told the Vet that she has been scratching her ears. We had checked them and did not see anything. She checked her ears and said yes, she has a mild infection. So we are to give her a dot of Zymox once daily in each ear. Easy peasy!

They drew blood to check for the heart worms, and she was negative. She had already had all her other vaccinations, but she had not been on heart worm prevention, as she was living out in the desert. They don’t have mosquitos out there….

This all works well, as the dogs all get their  monthly and quarterly medications tomorrow.

We ate dinner and watched some TV.

Friday- I went to card class this morning. We learned a neat fold. I returned at 10:30, instead of 11. We walked the dogs quickly, then rode our bikes over to the St. Patrick’s Day lunch. Corned beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and roll. They had some great Irish music from 11-12, then lunch from 12-1.

We returned, walked the dogs, then went grocery shopping. We returned and took the dogs to the dog park, to get some of Koda’s energy out. After, we sat our on the patio for awhile, walked them again, ate dinner, and Bob went to the Square Dancing classes to Angel. My ankle is still not good enough to dance.

Sat. 3/2 to Fri. 3/8- Sun City AZ

Saturday- I woke up with a cold. Ugh! I stayed in all day. Bob just did some tasks around the rig. I took a long afternoon nap. We ate lunch and dinner at home.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob dropped the sheets and towels off at the laundry, and ran to Costco for gas. On Sunday morning, he is able to run right through with no line. Since I was still sick, we had another quiet day at home.

Monday- I had PT scheduled at 9 AM. I wore a mask. I also, since last Thursday, had a rash on my face. It kept getting worse. Bob tried to get me an appointment with the Dermatologist, but they did not have any available. He was able to make an appointment for me at the Primary’s office with one of the PA’s.

We unfortunately, had to cancel lunch with Bob’s cousin Jacqui and husband Paul. I was really afraid that the rash was shingles again, so we had to cancel. Since it was heading for my eye, I was really worried. The PA said she was 100% sure it was not shingles. She thought it was a dermatitis, although I cannot figure out what I would be allergic too…Nothing has changed. She gave me an order for a steroid cream, which I am to mix with Aquagel and put on 2x a day.

Anyway, between the cold and the itching rash, I was pretty miserable! We returned home and I napped.

TuesdayExcel came to clean our rugs. We were up early to get ready. The were done in about 45 minutes. While they were here, we cleaned more stuff out of the storage shed. I went to Maj, which I should not have done, but I had felt a little better.

Bob had an eye doctor appointment this afternoon. I, of course, went with him as we thought he was going to be dilated. Nope, the Doc had written last fall, no dilation. So he checked Bob’s eyes and everything is good. He has a narrowing of the opening for the optic nerve, so he remains on Glaucoma watch.

We ate dinner and Bob went to the Astronomy Club meeting.  All week I have been looking for dogs online at all the shelters around. We even submitted an request for a Schnoodle puppy.

Wednesday- We left at about 6:50 to go to the Primary Doctor’s office for our fasting blood draws. We arrived and waited a bit. Finally they took us in. Then we went to breakfast at Denny’s.

We returned home and I went to Maj. I should not have gone, as I still really did not feel well. I returned and had a quiet afternoon, taking a nap.

Bob took the car to Complete Car Care, as he had noticed we were leaking oil again. Grrrr!  It is going to be a $1400 repair…. next week.

Bob walked the dogs, as I still do not feel well. I received an email that Koda was available, as the family decided that they did not have the time needed to train the dog. We were really excited. Kim is bringing her for a “meet and greet “on Friday evening….

We talked to Kim on the phone and had our questions answered. Koda is 2 years old and was an emotional support dog. She lived with a woman who died of cancer and was a surrender, not a stray. She was trained to get the newspaper and the mail…. Kim is picking her up on Thursday evening….

After the phone call, I ordered a crate, a harness, and a pad for the crate. We also need another leash. She is used to a crate, but we will not use one for long.

Thursday- I had PT at 8:30. When I returned, I went over to Maj and opened the cabinet. I gave Carol the key and asked her to return it when they were done. I returned and relaxed. I even fell asleep in the recliner while watching a Hallmark movie.

I went for a Mani at 1. I returned and we settled in for a quiet afternoon and evening.

Friday- I was going to card class, but since Bob had an appointment at 1 with the Audiologist, I stayed home. We went to Petsmart for a retractable leash and a regular leash which cost the same thing! Then we went to Walmart and finally Costco. We stopped at Goodwill along the way, dropping off some items we had taken out of the shed on Tuesday.

We returned, ate lunch, and Bob took off for the Audiologist. They decided that this is his last appointment, as he is doing so well. Amazon delivered the harness.

He returned and we went to the office to fill out paperwork for Charlie and Paula to use our site in April. Then we were off to Walgreens for one of Bob’s prescriptions. 

Kim arrived around 5. She wanted to arrive earlier,  but the traffic was pretty bad, with accidents. She had to re-route several times.

We met her outside and introduced ourselves to her and to Koda. Then we went in and hooked up our dogs to their leashes and took them out to meet Koda. No barking, no issues. They all sniffed each other and we proceeded to walk around the block.

We stopped at Linda and Mikes, and Linda gave them all treats. We continued back to the rig. We let all three dogs loose on our patio in the fenced area and we stood talking to Kim. We spent about 1/2 an hour while they sniffed, then we went into the rig.

We do not think Kim had ever been in an RV before. She is a nurse, so we bonded. The crate pad arrived from Chewy while we were talking. Finally, I asked where we go from here. She said that if we wanted her she would leave her for a 2 week trial.  We said we did and so Kim left.

We fed all of them and they started “jockeying”for position. We walked twice more. The crate arrived around 7, from Chewy.

We put Koda into the crate to sleep, but she looked so pitiful, and Karlie and Roxie objected. So we let her sleep on the bed with us. It took awhile for her to settle down.

Sat. 2/23 to Fri. 3/1- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  It was still cold, but at least today was sunny. We had a big box of yarn in the shed that we wanted to get out of the way, so I sat out for the Patio Sale to sell the yarn. With the problem with my torn left rotator cuff and my dislocated left thumb, I think my crochet days are over.

I became frustrated as lots of people came by, but they said that they could no longer  knit or crochet, either. One lady wanted to know if it was wool, nope, all acrylic. Finally, my hands were too cold so I came inside. Right after, a lady arrived. I went out and she bought the whole box! Yea, mission accomplished! We put the chair and table away.

We ate lunch, then I took Bob over to the Unitarian Church, the meeting place for the West Valley Astronomy Club. They had a field trip to the The Arizona State University Meteorite Museum and Laboratory.  They even had a private tour of the Meteorite Room where the scientists examine the meteorites.

I worked on a card and somehow lost a magnet which keeps the paper in place. While looking for it, I must have moved my head the wrong way, as I became dizzy and nauseated. I sat without moving for quite a awhile, getting my equilibrium back.

Bob called to say that the GPS said that they would arrive at the church at 5, so at 4:50 I carefully drove over to pick him up. He did the driving home. We ate dinner and watched some TV.

Sunday- The vertigo is gone….still cold but sunny. We did out usual Sunday tasks.  When Bob took the sheets and towels to the laundry he continued on to Costco and purchased gas. Its been so busy at Costco, we have not been able to get into the gas station. He also stopped to pick up the newspaper, and found that the cost had increased from $2 to $3 an issue. We might not purchase it any more….

Bob was able to put the first coat of paint on the drawers. While he was doing that, I went online to look for another dog. We are really concerned about Roxie, when we lose Karlie. I found a Schnoodle in Tonopah,  about 55 miles away. I had Bob look at the info and we submitted an application. We heard back from the shelter that the dog has an interview on Thursday, and if they do not adopt the dog we are next in line for her.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday- Bob worked on the drawers for the pantry. I did some tasks around the rig. We ate lunch and went to our Endocrinology appointments. 

The office took us both in at the same time. Bob’s appointment was at 1:45, mine was scheduled for 2:30. So it worked out well. The Doc was happy with us both. Bob needs to have a neck ultrasound. We both have lab work to do.

We returned home, ate dinner, and settled in for a quiet evening.

Tuesday- I had PT at 7:30. While I was gone, Bob had started to install the drawers in the pantry. It was frustrating, as the corners are not square in the pantry. The drawers were fine. He used some shims and finally got it right.

He finally had them all in. We went from 3 large, deep drawers, to 5 smaller ones, with  much better, locking slides. We had lots of boxes and stuff shoved on top of other items. Now we have more room, which unfortunately, we will fill! LOL


We had a quiet evening at home as Bob was really tired.

Wednesday- Bob left and went to Quest for a blood draw. This was for the insurance company. If we do a health survey, and complete some steps, we receive a nice gift card.  Then Bob went to the Audiologist for more calibration. I was off to Maj again this morning.

We both returned for lunch, and I had an appointment with the ankle Doc. I am doing well in PT, so he decided to continue the PT. He had been questioning whether I should have surgery or continue PT. So he will see me in the fall. I will continue to work hard, as I really do not want ankle surgery!

We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- I was off to PT again at 7:30. I returned and went to Maj. Bob worked on changing the water filter. He also cleaned the patio.

This evening we hosted an Alfa Pot Luck social. There were 18 people in attendance. We had a great time. It was crowded, but who cared! I was busy, so I forgot to take a picture.

We did this today as it is Judy and Fred’s last day here. They could only stay a month because they had cancelled their reservation, then decided they could come, so they had to try to get another reservation. They were only able to reserve one month!

Friday- Bob was off to Radiology for a neck Ultrasound that the Endocrinologist wanted. I had a card class to teach. I taught how to make a nice quilt card. Here it are some…


I returned and we did our usual Friday shopping. We were off to Costco, then Walmart, then Fry’s. We also heard from Desert Dog Rescue that the dog went to the other folks. The good thing, for us, is that the gal, Kim was really unsure how this adoption was going to work. They are doing a 2 week trial…keeping our fingers crossed!

We were pretty bummed out, but will keep trying to find a dog. We did tell Kim we were still interested in Koda.

She is a Schnoodle, just like Karlie and Roxie. Fingers remain crossed!

Sat. 2/16-Fri- 2/22- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  Bob ran to Costco at 8 AM to purchase gas. At 10, we dropped the dogs off to be groomed. We ran to Target to pick up a few items. We returned home, stopping to  check the mail and Bob went to the woodshop to get a few pieces of sandpaper. We returned to the rig and Bob sanded the drawers. He had put them together yesterday. Bob had run into Allen and he said that he would not have the work done on their electrical issue, so he would not need Bob’s assistance yet.

MaryAnne needed a ride to pick up her SUV at the Toyota dealer, so we picked her up and dropped her off on the way to pick up the dogs. We returned with happy dogs ( they hate being groomed, but know that they get treats when they arrive home!).

We watched some shows on Netflix, we ate lunch and dinner at home.

Sunday- We did all of our usual Sunday morning tasks. We also made the decision, with Karlie’s terminal condition, to not go to Canada. We decided to just sit somewhere over the summer. So we are working on finding a Work Camper position in Michigan. We already have some reservations made on the way there and at the Holland Tulip Festival.

We found one resort we think might work, and sent an email to the owner of the resort. We heard back from her, and sent her our resumes. I could not find my resume, so I made up a quick one.

We cleaned and vacuumed out the bedroom closet. We watched some Amazon prime, eating lunch and dinner at home.

Monday- I sent out the Roadrunner Newsletter.  I was off to the salon for a mani/pedi. The gal who does the pedi was there promptly and we chatted through the procedure. My appointment was at 9. The gal who does my nails did not arrived until 10:15. Grrr! Then she was on her phone and she continued on her phone through most of the mani. I thought that was pretty rude! She did apologize afterwards.

I returned and found that I  had a message from Brian the Roadrunner Treasurer, who asked me to send out an email correcting an error, he made, with the dues payment email address. I really thought he should have sent it out, but I was nice and I sent it out. 

We ate lunch; by the time I finished lunch, I had several emails from people who said they had paid their dues and why was I sending them an email. That was not what the email said. Later I had 30 emails. I sent out an email for them to check with Brian about their dues, and that I had nothing to do with the dues.

I went to JoAnn’s. Wow, I had to get into the right lane to get past the Costco, as the traffic was backed up. Then turning into the parking lot at JoAnn’s, the parking lot was backed up. I finally was able to find a parking place. I walked in, immediately found what I wanted, and took my place in the long line. There were four gals checking folks out, but they really needed at least six!

Later, I was still receiving emails from people, who did not fully read, either of the emails. All in all, I had 35 emails! rIt was pretty annoying!

We settled in to watch some shows on Prime. The weather was damp and very windy. It has been this way all winter. More rain than usual and more wind. We ate dinner at home and relaxed.

Tuesday- I had a 7:30 PT appointment. At 7 I went outside and checked the windshield. It was wet, not icy. I went to leave at about 7:10, and I ran the windshield wiper, to clean the water off. EEK, it wiped the thin water layer across the windshield and now I had a thin layer of ice.

So I ran the defroster, locked the car, and came back inside. The temp was in the 30’s. It only took about 3 minutes to get the windshield clear enough for me to drive. I had to get going.

The PT added some items to the routine and I completed them, iced, and left. My ankle really hurt on the left side, which I told the PT.

I returned home, finished my coffee, and worked on the blog. At 10, I was off to Maj…

I returned home for lunch and we had a quiet afternoon and evening. It remains cold and windy.

Wednesday- This morning we had the monthly Alfa breakfast. We arrived to find that we did not have our usual room. They put us in the dining room, with seating for 8. There were 10 of us. The gal was kind of rude about it. She said to Linda that we only had 7 people last month and only 4 the month before and no one called to tell her how many people there would be. Linda told her we do not know how many folks will show. They need to be a little nicer, as we bring a lot of business their way…

Bob dropped me off for Maj. We ate lunch at home, and finished up our taxes. I had two 1099-R’s, so I had to call our Financial Advisor, to check with him. Wahoo, our taxes are e-filed and we are getting a nice little refund. Much better than a lot of people who are having to pay this year!

Then we started on the file cabinet. We are thinning out our files and getting rid of paper. We started shredding so much we broke the shredder. So Bob went to Costco to purchase a new one. The old one was well used, and did not owe us anything!

At Costco, the one they had was too big and too heavy. So he went to Walmart and purchased one like the one we had. He also found the same one as they had at Costco, for $20 less at Walmart. Interesting….

While he was gone, I kept going in the file drawer and pulled out more stuff to be shredded. We finally decided that we had not done this last year, as we found lots of old paperwork, even some items dating back to 2010.

The new shredder says to only shred for 4 minutes at a time, so that slowed us down a bit. We had three, 30 gallon bags of shredded paper!

By that time, it was almost time for dinner. We had a quiet evening at home

Thursday- My PT appointment was at 8 today. It was pouring rain and cold.

I told the PT how my ankle was hurting, in a different place, so she massaged the ankle and my calf. Whew, the calf massage was painful. She asked me if I could stand it. I said I had two knee replacements, so yeah.. She laughed and said “yes, that is more painful than childbirth!”. I bet it is…By the time I was finished, my ankle felt better. She also taped it.

I returned home and went to Maj at 10. This was my lucky day. I won a lot of games. I just kept drawing jokers!

I returned during a break in the rain. Bob had quickly walked the dogs, since it has been raining hard. The sky was really dark and ugly looking. It started raining again, then we had hail.  We are not use to this weather in Sun City. It is usually sunny and in the 80’s at this time of year, not raining and in the 40’s.

We had a phone interview with the gal who owns an RV park in Cadillac Michigan. The job sounds good. She is going to send us contracts.

We had a quiet rest of the afternoon and evening at home.

Friday- I was off to card making. I am working on samples, as next week I teach a class. I returned at 11, and we ate lunch. We left and went to Costco. It is so busy there, we skipped getting gas, and went in the back way. We found parking and ran through the store. Fortunately, the lines moved quickly. Next we went to Walmart, then onto Fry’s for groceries. We returned home and relaxed. We had picked up a chicken at Costco, so we had that for dinner. Bob left and went to square dancing to be an Angel.

Sat. Feb. 9 to Fri. 15- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We both woke up pretty miserable over Karlie. We had a quiet morning. We ate lunch at home, and Bob went to Walmart to return the Nudges that we had purchased, as Karlie is not allowed to eat them. He went to Fry’s then Petsmart.

He returned home and while he walked the dogs, the order from Chewy arrived. Wow, less than 24 hours! Karlie ate some of the dry food, leaving the wet food.

We watched the new season of Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

Sunday- Bob took everything over to be washed, including this week, the lap blankets. . We had a quiet day, doing our usual Sunday tasks. We started our taxes but we are missing the 1099 from my Annuity, so we had to stop. At this point, it does not appear that we are going to have to pay any taxes.

We watched Grace and Frankie again on Netflix.

Monday- We left around 10:45 to go to Scottsdale to meet up, at BJ’s Brewery, with Bob’s cousin Jacqui and her husband Paul. They brought friends, Connie and Lavern.  All of them are also RV’ers. Laverne has a new Cochlear implant in his right ear. He and Bob talked a lot, especially about beer, as Lavern is also a craft beer lover.  Below, from left to right, Jacqui, Connie, Lavern, Bob, Me and Paul.

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We left and stopped at Albertsons as I needed some Propel.We returned, ate dinner and watched some TV.

Tuesday- I had my PT initial assessment for my left ankle at 8:30. Actually, the appointment was at 9, but they required me to be there to review paperwork. A waste of time, as I had been to the Doc, in the same office, a few weeks ago…

Ray, the PT, did the assessment and gave me some exercises to do 2x a day. When I arrived, Bob was, again arguing with Caremark about one of his prescriptions. He is really frustrated!  I returned home and we ate lunch,. Then we went to Lowe’s. One of the projects we want to do to the rig is to improve the drawers in the panty. So Bob had measured several  times, then he ordered some drawers. We went to Lowe’s to purchase the rails, screws and paint. While we are doing this, we are going to clean and re-paint the pantry.

We returned home and I did my exercises again, we had leftovers for dinner, and we watched TV.

Wednesday- I went to Maj in the morning. I returned, we ate a quick lunch, I helped Bob with removing items from the pantry, and I left for my hair appointment. Bob painted the inside of the pantry. He let the paint dry and then we returned all the current drawers to the pantry. We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- Happy Valentines Day! We were up really early. Bob is going to Algadonas Mexico for medications. Bob has been fighting for months with Caremark about one of his medications. Then we spoke to them about going to Canada. We just don’t trust them, so we are both getting some extra of our medications so that we do not run out of any of them.

I drove Bob to the bus at 6:40. The bus was scheduled to leave at 7. It is a 3 hour trip one way, so they were using a big bus. Bob said that there were 19 people who went. I had a PT appointment at 8:30. Ray was not there, I had Zack today. Evidently Ray;s wife had gone into labor and he was at the hospital with her.

I returned in time for Maj. We played, teaching one new gal at our table. There was another new gal at the other table. I returned for lunch and walked the dogs when the rain let up. It had been mostly cloudy with drizzle during the morning, but raining hard in the afternoon.

FedEx delivered the two boxes of the drawers for the pantry around 4 pm. I had the guy take them to the shed and I placed them into the shed.

The bus stopped, on the return trip,  at a McDonalds in Gila Bend, and Bob had dinner there. He called me from the bus when it was at Bell and Grand. That was supposed to give me 10 minutes. At 5 minutes, I drove over to where the bus would stop and was just parking when the bus arrived. The dogs were very happy to see Bob!

Friday- I was off to card making at 8:30. I returned at 11. We ate lunch and started our usual Friday shopping. We could not even get close to Costco due to the traffic. It is the snowbird season and baseball spring training, so traffic in that area was unbelievable. We will try to get gas another day and time.

We went to Walmart for some items. While there, Donna texted me asking if Bob could come and help Allen move their refrigerator out. They have a switch, above the stove, next to the refrigerator which was getting hot. Luckily, we do not have that switch.  Allen is going to re-wire the switch to prevent a fire.

We arrived back at the resort and went straight to their rig. Bob helped Allen move the refrigerator out into the center of the room. He will help tomorrow to move it back in.

We had a quiet rest of the afternoon. We ate dinner and Bob left early to go to Square Dancing classes to Angel. They needed Angels for the Plus workshop in addition to the beginner class. It is a long 3 hours!