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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fabulous February 2018

February has come and gone and life in the desert has been good.

Some things that we have done during the month is a weekly Taco Tuesday with some of our friends here in the park.
There are weeks we will have from 10 to 16 people, and then some weeks we have 4.

It doesn’t matter how many show up as we have a blast with whoever participates.

Our waitress Charli, which actually works at the park along with her husband, has a second job at LB’s Cantina and has become our "go to" waitress have decided to quit their job at the park and move on, so we will miss our Charli on our Tuesday taco runs.

We have purchased glass and replaced the lava rock in our fire pit.
Thanks for the great info Carol.
I love the way the fire dances in the reflections of the glass.

Back in Oklahoma, our son and grand daughter went to the Daddy Daughter Dance.
As I look back at the previous years of pics, our sweet Cooper is sure growing up.
Such a beautiful child..

We have had a couple of very windy days.
The wind gust have been to 45mph during one of the storms.
A much needed rain helped to give the desert an over due sip of water.
The weather center showed we got .72" after all was said and done.
It was the dirtiest rain I had ever seen.
Everything was covered with dirt!
We will take what we can get as it has really been a dry season.

We had another day that the winds got up to 25mph.
It came from a different direction than the earlier event, and the dust was really whipping up around us.
We did actually get a small amount of rain (.27") and it was clean this time, so it kinda washed the trailer a little.
By the way, we are enjoying the new Weather station that Chuck set up.

I bought a couple Easter Cactus while at Walmart.
They look so much like Christmas Cactus but they bloom in the Spring, hence Easter Cactus.
Love the red’s a nice addition to the interior.
Here is a link if you are interested to learn more.
Easter Cactus info

You know those adds that are always on Facebook....
Well, one got my eye and I purchased an area rug for the living area.
The reasoning behind it is to catch some of the dust that we track in on our shoes...
I know we could remove our shoes and help the situation a whole lot more, but we just aren’t those type people.
I love the added bit of color in the living area.

The latest change was having Chuck to remove the vent hood that is over the stove.
Gosh, I had no idea how that could open up a space.
It was just too close to work under.
We have a MaxxAir Fan in the kitchen that can pull out the heat and smells if needed when I cook.
I am not using the propane stove top or even the oven.
We generally cook outside or I use the induction cook top to fix our meals.
Between those choices and the crock pot, I can fix about anything.  :)

The guys have been busy with their Disc Golf.
Jerry has set up a Disc Golf Course in the park for any interested parties to play.

Behind our rig is a nice wide open area they are calling the "driving range".....LOL
Works out well until one of them gets their disc to fly correctly and it hits one of the neighbors trailers....oops!
Thank goodness we have some really nice neighbors that are very understanding!

The 4 guys, Jerry, Chuck, Ryyan, and Steve have been playing it quite a bit.
They have also gone to another course and played in the Mesa area.
I think they are hooked!

It’s been a bit cooler in February and has kept us inside after the sun goes down, so we are looking forward to warmer days and nights in March.
Amazing that in a little over a month we will packing up and head back to Oklahoma.

during the clean up

Jerrry & Konni went out Jeepin one morning and brought me back a great piece of Saguaro.
I cleaned it up and we have placed it in our "yard"....have even stuck a light down in it for a nice look in the evening.
You just don't understand this until you live and stay in the desert....LOL
Its an acquired taste of style.

Sunsets have been their usual beauties and we have even gotten a few rainbows along the way.

I close this February 28th with a pain in my back, but this to shall unusual for me to be down but it happens sometimes.
I think it is because I have been lifting the pot of snapdragons in and out of the shed to keep them from freezing during the cooler than usual nights.

The month of March is upon us and the weather is supposed to be’s to March...bring it on. :)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Quartzsite, Yuma and Los Algodones Here We Come

The subject of Quartzsite AZ has come up within a group of friends.
Jerry and Konni said they were going and they had family members that were going to save us some spots so we can boondock.

Our friends Diana & Chris are even coming to Arizona to meet up and make this trip.
We go to The Riverbottom the night before departure for dinner.
Little did we know that everyone in the world was going there tonight as well.
It was very busy and it took forever to get our food.

Diana & Chris spend the night at Desert Gardens and get ready for a fun adventure.

January 20th
We head out on Saturday morning 6 trailers, 11 people, 3 dogs and 2 cats strong.
Jerry and Konni are leading the group, and Chuck and I are taking the sweep position.
The day was a bit more cloudy, cool, and windier than we had wished for, but we are on the move and all is good in the world.

Our first stop is Gila Bend AZ for a lunch break.
One of the 6 trailers pulled by Konni's brother Steve, continues on to Quartzsite so we are now 5 strong.

Lunch is quick, and we are back on the road in record time.
Before you know it we are seeing the town of Quartzsite.
Jerry had given us all maps of the location that we would be boondocking just in case we got separated, but this group did very well.
I don't even think we ran any very yellow lights today!!!

We are going to camp on State Land for the next couple of days.
Guy and Suzanne show us the way to their rig, and we all circle around and begin to settle into our home away from home.
As far as you can see there are people out on the flat land staking their little bit of sand.
Solar panels are all over the place.
Chuck gets ours all set up and we are officially boondocking at Quartzsite.
The evening was spent sitting around and just enjoying the social time with everyone.

January 21st.
We have heard about the Big Tent that we need to go shop at, so Ida & Steve lead us in and we find parking spaces.
It is busy and those parking spaces were far and few between.
The Big Tent was very busy with people.
Reminds me of the fair in Oklahoma.
Interesting part of this tent is that we basically came out empty handed.
Chuck and I thought there would be more large vendors with stuff for the trailers, like steps and accessories.
Guess the big guys have decided to not participate in the event this year.
We proceed to shop the outside vendors and go up and down the many isles of stuff.
The rock and gem show is going on as well, so it was fun to see all the beautiful rocks from all over the world.

Later in the afternoon I get a text from Carol and Ryaan.
They are joining us today as well, to boondock but they didn't bring their trailer, they are going to tent camp.
Man, and I thought we were roughing it...LOL
These two are really cool people and we are so glad they are our neighbors at Desert Gardens.
They have been on very many wonderful adventures and love the outdoors.
Upon getting back to the rigs, sure enough, Ryaan and Carol have their tent all set up.
The winds are pretty high today, and they have secured it to a mesquite tree.

The weather has been very breezy today and it has only been in the 60's so the gas firepits are coming in quite handy as we sit around them and enjoy the Fireball Jello Shots that I had made earlier.

Everyone had their own ideas for dinner tonight, and we went with Jerry, Konni, Guy, Suzanne, Steve, Carol and Ryaan to eat at Silly Al's.
We order their Goliath Pizza and shared it amongst 6 people.
The pizza was delicious and we ended up having several pieces left over.
Suzanne had driven Carol, Ryaan and I to and from the restaurant, and we followed Jerry, Konni and Chuck back to the rigs.
This day has been fun, so no telling what tomorrow will bring.

January 22nd.
Today we wake to Ida and Steve having heat issues with their rig.
It was fairly cold last night and their propane isn't heating the rig during the night.
The day before Ida and Steve had the same issue and had hoped they had fixed it.
Bev and Ken had heating issues with their propane as well.
Jerry has a low tire, so he is taking it to the tire store and have them look at it tomorrow.
We hang around and watch the guys work on Ida and Steves new awning.
They were supposed to be getting two today, but it seems the company ordered the wrong size for one of them, so they will only get the one replaced today.
They are finished fairly quickly and the new awning looks really nice....too bad they didn't get them both!
The Discount Solar Store was a place the guys wanted to check out.
Doing some price comparison on batteries for the solar on the rigs.
Looks like the prices are a bit higher than what we can get at other places, so again no money was spent.
We went to a few of the other vendors that are scattered all over the area.
Found some beautiful Saguaro skeletons but just wasn't in the mood to buy one.
I am sure we may regret not getting one, but for now we are good!

Its time for lunch and Jerry suggested The Yacht Club.
We got there before the rush, and from the time we sat down Chuck told the waitress he wanted a piece of Mud Pie that was on their menu.
Actually 3 pieces of Mud Pie were requested.
She said she would see if they had gotten some in, and let them know.
Our food comes and we eat.
The place is getting busy, and as the waitress comes by and refreshes our drinks, we again ask about the Mud Pie.
She says she is really busy but will check.
We sit there another 30 seems like anyway, and she never comes back to bring our pie.
Long story short, we finally just get up and hunt her down and request our tab so we can pay up.
She acts a bit put out and says our pie was coming out.
I think we have given her every chance to get the stupid pie, and we are finished!
Unhappily she takes our money and we leave.

The evening was spent grilling some food and sitting around the camp fire.
It is still fairly cool and the fires were great.
We hope that Ida & Steve's heat works tonight as Ida has said she can't spend another night like last night.

January 23rd.
Well, the lack of heat issue is still with Ida and Steve.
I look out the window and see our faithful campers Carol & Ryaan sitting outside making coffee.
I suggested they come in the trailer and warm up but they assure us they are good!
Ida came over and warmed up though.
Steve is out working on propane tanks and running to get more propane.

Jerry and the guys have removed his low tire and he will take it to the tire store this morning.

We girls got around and went to a store that Konni had bought a few cute yard items from.
I am happy to say that we all came back with some goodies!
Back at the trailer Carol and Ryaan pack up and head back to Florence.
We are giving them "The Tough Peoples Award"......impressed with their tenting on the other hand....well, let's just say "no way"!!!!

Dinner tonight is at the Mountain Quail Restaurant.
We have a 40 minute wait so Chuck takes advantage of the wait and orders a piece of pie to go.
Today is "National Pie Day" why not eat your desert first.  :)
They had Chicken Fried Steak on the menu and 5 out of the 8 ordered it.
The waitress got a kick out of how easy we were to please.
Konni ordered a steak sandwich, medium rare.
The funny thing about this is the waitress asked her to initial the order for the medium rare steak.
Never have heard of anyone doing this, but Konni obliged her.
The food was really good, and I am happy to say Konni's steak was cooked to her liking.
Strange sandwich though, as they didn't even toast the bread....
In observance of "National Pie Day" several of us had a piece of pie.
Chuck even ate a little bit of my coconut cream.
Enjoyed spending the evening with all these fine people.

Oh by the way, something I learned today from Guy...he uses crutches from the Goodwill to hold his solar panels up....Jerry was the one that suggested it and by golly it works....LOL

Packing up tomorrow to head to Yuma.
Goodnight world.

January 24th.
I am happy to report that Ida and Steve had heat last night in their rig and they will be going on to Yuma with us.
Bev and Ken got up early and pulled out for California.
They left about 7:30am.
We are packed up and pull out at 9:30am.
We are now down to 4 trailers 8 people, 3 dogs and 1 cat.
Jerry is leading the pack to the Quechan Casino Resort in California where we will attempt to find spots to boondock another night or two.

Coming through Yuma I was amazed at all the produce that is grown here.
There are laborers out in the fields gathering the veggies.
Beautiful dark soil and lots of irrigation make for a bounty of produce.

We cross into California and not a couple of miles down the road we take the exit that says Mexico....sure hope Jerry knows where he is going...LOL
We pull into The Q and survey the area for a spot for the 4 rigs to park together.
The parking is a bit of a free for all and there really is no right or wrong way to park.
Jerry finds a place that we can all park and stay together.
We begin making our little area set up.
Strangest thing is we are on California time part of the time and then other times we are on Arizona time.
When we walked into the casino to grab some lunch with Ida & Steve my watch and phone changed back to Arizona time but Chucks stayed the same.
Chris decided to take his truck to Yuma and have the Dodge dealer look at his brake issue.
Diana had their shuttle take her to the Sams store in Yuma, and we all piled into Big Bertha and made our way back to the trailer.
Jerry & Konni ran over to Mexico to make a dentist appointment for tomorrow.
Chuck and I are planning on looking for some glasses while we are there.

Dinner tonight is spent in our rigs.
We have to get our rest so we can make our way over to Mexico in the morning.

January 25th

Jerry and Konni are driving over the border and we will be parking in the large parking lot.

Konni has a 10am dental appointment so we leave the trailers at 9am.
Big Bertha has all 6 of us again today.

I truly had no idea we were so close.
You could see the lights of Mexico last night, but I really didn't realize we were so close.
The border is only about 1-1/2 to 2 miles from where we have parked the rigs.

It was amazing to me that we didn't have any check in area or anything like that for passport violations on the US side.
The streets are narrow and full of people.
Los Algodones is known for their dental and optical services.
No more do we get into the business area and we are overwhelmed with people shoving business circulars and flyers at us for dental and optical services.
We walk the direction that Jerry told us to and we no more get a block and there he is.
He has left Konni at the dentist and found us.
Love it when a plan comes together!
We make our way back a couple of blocks to where Konni is at.
Chuck has already found him a pair of sunglasses that he wants to have his RX put in.
Seventy five dollars and two hours later he has his new glasses.
Me on the other hand, I am looking for just that special pair of glasses.

Konni has finished at the dentist and she suggest we find some food.
There is a little restaurant she suggest so we head there.
As we made our way to the restaurant I saw an optical store that looked like they might have the glasses that I am looking for.
I will check them out after we eat.

Lunch was great.
Only thing I didn't like was it was cold in there....LOL
The weather is a bit cool this morning, but with the sunshine it will warm up quickly.
Most of the wait staff had on sweat shirts.  :)

After we finish, I go down to the optical store and sure enough, I found the pair of glasses I was looking for.
Since I have requested the less heavy lenses and the broader spectrum of vision field on my glasses they are going to cost more, and take a little longer to make.
They tell me to come back at 2:40 to pick them up.
Looks like we are going to have to waste some time and shop....Oh no!!!

And shop we did.
Jerry and Konni had already found the location of the vendor that had the stain glass windows for the trailers.
We make our way there and Chuck and I find two for our trailer.
The little shop has a lot of cool stuff and we are all busy trying to make the best deal for what we are wanting.
The shopping was a blast.
Bargaining with the proprietor was a lot of fun.
Konni told us to be sure and bargain with them, so we did.
It proved to be a good thing and we got our stuff cheaper.

We even stopped and relaxed at a little outdoor restaurant and had a margarita.
It was a lot of fun.
So many places to shop and bargain with.
I think all of us were loaded with our purchases.
Thank goodness Jerry offered his vehicle for us to put our newly purchased items in.
You see, it gives us more room to shop for even more....

Jerry has offered to take everything back over the border that we have placed in his VW.
This was great.
There was a bit of time to waste before my glasses are ready and Chuck, Ida and Steve went back to Big Bertha, leaving Diana, Chris and I in Mexico.
I told Diana that Chris looked like our body guard....LOL

We make our way back to the optical store and it was 2:40 when we walked into their shop.
She tells me that my glasses had just come in.
Perfect timing!!!
The glasses fit well, and I am pleased with my purchase.
Now to get used to the new prescription!

Now it is time to get back to America, so we make our way to the border crossing.
Diana is in contact with Chuck and we meet up on the US side of the border just like clock work.
Chuck is making a u-turn as we come through the gated area.

Back at the trailer we fix some dinner.
After dinner I text and see if Diana and Chris want to go to the casino.
Chuck and I had an ice cream sundae, but Diana and Chris were nice and didn't.
Since we were in the casino I just had to try my luck.
I went to the machine that I had tried to win on yesterday and put some money in.
In no time I was up $90.
It was time to cash I wasn't going to sit and lose it.
This has been a fun day and the win just finished it off perfectly.
Thanks Quechan Casino.

January 26th.
Ida and Steve are packed up and ready to head back to Desert Gardens.
Their rig was a bit hemmed in and a exit route had to be figured out.
Chuck tells Steve to just drive forward and he would put some of our leveling blocks over the curb and get him out the easy way.
Love the mind of my guy.
He can come up with some of the best solutions.  :)

Diana and Chris truck is still in the shop so we want to stay with them and take them to it if and when it is ready.
The dealership calls around 10am and tells Chris it is ready to pick up.
They can't find anything wrong with it.
Diana and I had convinced ourselves that we may have missed something over in Mexico and decide to go back over there.
The guys drive us to the border and let us off.
They are going to pick up Chris's truck.
Diana & I spent about an hour and a half walking around and bargaining for more stuff.
It was just as much fun as yesterday.

With our arms full, we head back through customs.
The line this morning was nothing compared to yesterday.
It was a breeze walking back over.
Chris and Diana are in contact and he comes and picks us up just like Chuck did the day before.

Back at the trailer we start talking about going ahead and starting back home.
Diana & Chris have a sick worker and they are concerned that he won't be able to work Monday, so the extra windshield time today would  be beneficial to them.

We say our goodbyes to Konni and Jerry.
Can't say enough great things about these two folks.
They have shown us all the ropes about navagating thru Los Algodonas.
It is 2pm when we pull out from The Q.
We should be back at Desert Gardens by 6pm.
Diana & Chris are still having trailer brake issues and make a couple of stops to see if he can make the constant dinging stop in the truck cab.

Chuck finds a rest area to pull off and we say our goodbye's to our friends.
Sure wish they could stay longer.
We have so many things to show them here in Arizona.
Totally understand how it has to be though.
They end up driving until 9pm, and make their way to Flagstaff.

We pull in at 6pm...and hustle around to get the rig parked with what little bit of daylight that was left.
Stain glass purchase
Chuck pulls the Taj-Mah-Hauler in like a pro.
Electric is hooked up and we finally dump our tanks.
It has been a week of boondocking and have to say Taj did really good.

What a fun trip....
What great people....
Can't say it enough....
Epic week of making memories.
Other stain glass
Thanks to all who participated.  :)

Monday, January 1, 2018

December 2017

December finds us in Oklahoma and enjoying time with our family and friends for the holidays.

We are missing our friends in Arizona.
We actually got a surprise call from our friends Ida and Steve.
Steve was telling us that they were hearing some strange beeping from our trailer.
Not good!!!!
Long story short, we find that Chuck failed to flip the switch from solar back to land service.
The solar panels are packed away so you can see we are in a world of hurt here.
Looks like the refrigerator stayed on as long as it could and you guessed it......smelled like a dead body in there.
Man, I am thinking we are going to owe some people some big thank yous for taking care of our mess.
Just an example of being distracted and not going through our check list thoroughly.
So glad it wasn't any worse....but I think we have learned a lesson from this little snag.

The birthday's have been celebrated, and I am so excited to get something I had been wanting for quite a while.
Mother got me a Cricut for my birthday/Christmas gift.  
I am so excited to learn how to use the darn thing.
It is a bit intimidating, but I finally decided to get it out of the box and set it up.

Diana got herself one as well, so we can be lost together!  
I was able to make a few simple projects for Christmas and I have to admit I was kinda proud of my accomplishments.

The grandkids are singing at their church a couple of times this year, so we make sure we are there to enjoy their performances.  
Cooper had some speaking parts for their childrens service and she really did well.
Cash sang his heart out and was so cute up there with all the other kids.  

I got brave and made some Rae Dunn look alike ornaments for our daughter in law.
They really turned out cute, and would have loved to work on more, but time is flying way to quickly.

Cash and Cooper have a sleep over with us and Cooper had to try out her creativity with the Cricut.  
I think we are hooked on it!

The grands helped me deliver presents to my friend Darla.
Their dog (Katy) loved the attention they gave her. 

Our final Friday Night Dinner Ride for us was December 22nd.  
Lynn surprised us by bringing some of the best Fireball Jello Shots!!
They were so festive.....and I know what I am going to make when we get back to Arizona!!

December 24th is a busy day for us.  
Church, and again the kiddos got to sing with the children's choir.  
We have our traditional Christmas Eve present opening.
The kids were so really makes this time of year very special.
Looking through their eyes and seeing all the anticipation of Santa was just too much fun.

Christmas Day mother and Louie spend with us.
It is fairly quite until the kids come by later in the afternoon and we get to hear all about what Santa has brought them.

Cash got an I-pod, and he really thinks he is pretty cool!  
First thing this morning, he text me to wish me Merry Christmas.  

I say this all the time, but I am so very thankful for our little family.
We are so blessed with health and love abound.  

December 26th we spend packing the Jeep so we can head back to warmer weather.  
The temp is starting to really drop and some of the coldest days that Oklahoma has had in quite a while is coming this way.
Sorry, but we really don't want to hang around for it!

So nice to be back in the desert and warmer weather.
I really have to admit that I love our little oasis that we have created out here in Arizona.
What a great group of friends we have made.

December 31st and we are having a get together to welcome the New Year that is upon us!

It was a bit cool that evening but we all had our fire pits out and it made for an interesting evening.

The evening was a lot of fun....the jello shots weren't that bad either!
The moon put on quite a show for us.
It wasn't quite full, but sure did look it!

All in all the New Year came in without a hitch.
We are glad to welcome 2018 and ready for a great year with all our great friends.

Time to close and get this blog ready to print!!!
I so look forward to this every year.

More adventures await us and can't wait to be blogging about them.

Happy New Year everyone.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017

The desert has been warm and dry, and it doesn't sound like it is going to get any relief from the dryness for some time.
The heat has calmed down some, and the evenings cool down quickly, and I for one am enjoying it.
We actually have a tan going....well, Chuck more than me, but we definitely have some tan.

The last week in October and the first week in November the park has swelled with an influx of Snowbirds.
Everyone is accounted for in our "E" group.
Now the decision becomes who's place are we going to have cocktail hour at and on what day. LOL
I know we sound like a bunch of lushes but really we aren't....heck, most of the time I am drinking lemonade  :)

Chuck and I have been working around our lot getting things straighten up.
Our neighbors, Ida and Steve, helped us get rid of the old RV furniture we had stored in the shed last season.
We kept thinking we would see Miguel our landscape guy, but we haven' when Ida suggested we throw the stuff on their little trailer and take it somewhere, we did just that.
Ida and I went by a little resale shop and asked if she would like to have them....she said to bring it on, and so the guys did just that.

November 3rd
With the shed cleaned out, I can now paint the floor like I had planned on doing last season.
It didn't take long to get that little chore off my list.
I know as soon as we walk on it the paint will no longer look new, but that is fine...the goal was to seal the wood, and now it is done.

November 7th
We have eaten at the local Mexican restaurant a few times lately.
Ida & Steve joined us one Friday night for dinner.
They had live music and it was a lot of fun.

November 8th
Speaking of live music....Mark of Martha and Mark told us of a happening at the Gallopin Goose and we knew we had to go.
One of the guys that had tried out on The Voice, Blind Joe, was performing there with his friend Rowdy.
Sounds like a thing we need to check out.

After all was said and done we met about 20 of our closest friends (E-phers) at the Gallopin Goose and had dinner and was entertained by Rowdy and Blind Joe.
Mark got most of us up on the dance floor and I think I can say for everyone that we had a blast that evening.
What a wonderful group of friends to party with.

November 10th
Ryann has invited us to ride with them today.
We end up with 6 bikes going on this ride.
As we gathered to leave, it was 76 degrees it is going to be another warm why not be on the bike riding.  :)
The trip today was a nice loop around through Superior.

We head towards Oricle, and make our first stop at the Biosphere 2.
I think we are going to have to come back and check this out because I was reading about it as we drove away, and it is quite interesting.
An experiment that just didn't all!
I hope there was some lessons learned from all the failures.

The weather was perfect and Ryaan did a good job of not getting any sheriffs chasing us down today!
We had lunch at the Mexican restaurant in Superior.
It was as good as the last time we were there.
Great day for riding with some really nice people.
Thanks again Ryaan for inviting us.

November 11th
Cindy and Terry come to visit us today.
So excited to see our Tucson friends.
We had to go to LB's for lunch....its just a tradition.
The True Value is also a "have to go" to place.
Cindy was out of "Anti Monkey Butt" so Terry says, and of course you know True Value has everything.
We enjoyed our visit with Cindy and Terry, and have plans to get to the cavern we failed to make happen last season.
Its on the list of things to do....this season!

November 12th
I get a text from our daughter in law with a picture attached that our grandson has lost his first tooth.
This is a very important day for sure.
I asked how it came out, and they tell me that Cooper, our granddaughter, pulled it for him....LOL
I would have loved to have seen that  :)
About an hour and a half later I get a text from our son to inform us that Cooper has lost a tooth this afternoon as well.....boy that Tooth Fairy is going to be busy at their home tonight.

Jerry our friend had brought over a book for me to read, and I am about finished with it.
I really enjoyed Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
It was an interesting and eye opening story about the Osage Indians in Oklahoma.
If you like to read, I truly think it is good material to check out.

November 13th
I had planned a little get together for this evening.
I called it E-pher-giving.....since Chuck and I wont be here for Thanksgiving, I wanted to get everyone together before we head back to Oklahoma.

We have coined the name "E-phers...since we live in the "E" section of the see there are "F-phers, and D-phers" in Desert Gardens....or so we say!

My goodness, I think we need to add on to the patio area....we had 31 people there.
The food was great as I suggested everyone bring "heavy" hors d'oeuvre.....

We made sure that they were "heavy" so we didn't have to worry about cooking after this E-pher-giving.
Smart planning on our part...we girls know what we are doing.
There was plenty of different foods, and everyone enjoyed all of it.
Thanks to all who participated.

November 14th
We have another park cook-out to go to this evening.
The "piece de re'sistance for this evening is that they had a 50/50 drawing, and one of our very own E-phers won.
John was the winner!!!!!!

November 19th
We have packed up and are heading back to Oklahoma today.
We have Thanksgiving and 3 birthdays and then Christmas to celebrate in the coming weeks.
Miguel came by as we were doing all our final things to the trailer, and got a deposit for some work to be done on the yard.
Our hopes are that it will be done by the time we get back the end of December...I can't wait to have gravel over the dirt so we don't track quite as much into the trailer.

The ride home was smooth and nothing to report.
I will have to say Bronco sure did help her dad drive quite a bit this time.
She was excited to get back to her yard so she can bark at the squirrels and cows.

November 23rd
The turkey has been cooked and the house smells wonderful.
We have a wonderful time with our little tribe today.

Our kids have a Mini Golden Doodle named Olive, and she got to come to Pops and our home.
It was a first for her, and she loved being about to run and bark.
Bronco in her usual unfriendly way, was actually quite funny with see Olive doesn't have a care in the world, so when Bronco would bark or snarl at her, she would just look at her as if to say...."you want to run and play".
Your couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.
Pops and Cash played a little football, and Olive decided to be the tackler...she would try to get Cash as soon as he would start running.
It was a fun day for sure.
The grands had an overnight with us, and they went to bed without a peep....they were tired from all the playing.

November 29th and 30th
Yes, today is the day I get a little older....tomorrow my mom gets another year older as well.
I am thankful to be so healthy and even more thankful that my mom is going to celebrate being 89 years young.
A person doesn't even have to ask her how old she is....she wants the world to know.
I was with her at Walmart, and she was telling everyone that she even remotely made eye contact with that she was turning 89 years old on November 30th.

November is officially over with the passing of our on to Christmas.