Time to enjoy some of the wonderful warm weather we are experiencing here.
We have gotten to know our neighbors fairly well, and have been invited to all the get togethers.
We feel like we are part of the "gang" that live around us.
At end of last month we also had a visit from Bev & Ken from Florence.
Seems they have friends from Canada that live just two blocks over from us.
Small, small world....and it was so nice to see them and also meet their friends as well.
Looks like most everyone is in the same boat as far as they are here to get away from the cold, hence the brand "Snowbird" comes to play.
I never in my wildest dreams ever thought we would be able to come to such a great state and get away from all the cold.
I know you are thinking well it is April, and all the cold has left, but this April has been a bit different.
Seems like Mother Nature has no idea what to do.
Snowing still in the upper mountains of Arizona.
I say this as I look at the temp here in Yuma, and we are hitting almost 100 for a few days.
We have been working on the outside a bit and I was on Marketplace searching for outdoor furniture and came across a bar made from the same Equapales that we bought a few months earlier.
I contacted the guy and Chuck and I went over and inspected it and purchased it.
We still have the fifth wheel hitch in the truck, so it was a bit tricky getting the L-shaped bar and bar stools in the truck, but just like Sanford and Son, we did it.
We also made a trip to the brick company and bought enough "chicken" bricks to make up our make shift outdoor fireplace.
We used a washing machine tub and stacked bricks around it.
Our friend Susie had one they had made several years back, and I just loved it.
Simple and not expensive but I think it looks striking on the patio area.
On the 14th of April we had a little get together at our place to season the bar in and say so long to our Canadian next door neighbors, Don & Cathy.
They have to make their way back to Canada due to their time allowed in the USA.
We are sure going to miss them....they are "GREAT" neighbors.
We even had a great sunset and went up on the roof and watched it, and of course I had to take a few candid shots of some of our new friends.
Susie, Doris and I made our way to Mexico.
We dubbed our trip "The Three Frida's"
This is due to my love for some of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diago Rivera's art, and their story isn't too shabby either.
Here is the link for some of her info if you are interested. Frida
This trip was a total blast....even if we did get wet....wet I say...In Yuma and Mexico....this is a rarity.
Of course I didn't even think about bringing an umbrella, but Susie did!!!
We had two umbrellas to share and we did just that.
It was even a bit chilly...to the point that we considered purchasing another article of clothing to keep us warm.
At least I had on tennis shoes, Doris and Susie had on sandals.
We shopped like pros and even found a few good deals, but our best deal of the day was the donkeys we purchased.
Donkeys you say....not real ones...but a ceramic type that you actually put toothpicks on.
I will show you....here is a pic....don't laugh...cause we have already laughed at these little guys so very much.
I know some people are going to think we are crazy, and that's OK.
The whole part of purchasing the said donkeys was a bit funny.
The lady that runs the store we purchased them from is a story in herself....but basically she takes care of the money while the kids sell.
I gave her money and needed change from it....it was like an act of congress to get my change.
The kids had to go down the street to get the change and give it to the money lady, and then she had to count it and make sure it was correct and finally give me my $2 in change.
Guess you had to be there to understand the process, but I have to say it was quite an ordeal.
When Doris paid, we had to go through the same thing over again.
Just very comical to watch the process.
As we were leaving, I found a Frida bag like Susie had so of course I had to stop and buy it as well.
At least I had the correct change and the process was fairly flawless...LOL
We spied a few other things that we might want to but figured we better wait and save some purchases for a later date as we didn't have our guys with us to tote them if they were big purchases....LOL
We make our way back to the line around 5pm, and there was basically "NO" line to wait through.
This border crossing is getting easier every time.
Susie has given us a tip on the time that is best for us to cross without having to wait the 2 hours.
It also helps that the "Snowbirds" start their way back to their summer homes at the first of April so there are a lot less people here.
Back on USA soil with our new donkeys...we are "Three Happy Frida's."
Good Friday and we get to play golf.
Chuck and I didn't bring our clubs with us, and to be truthful they haven't seen a golf course in quite a few years, but our friend John has put together a couple of sets of clubs for us to play with.
Our new neighbors play golf a few times a week, and we are now officially invited to play with them.
We went out and played golf.
Chuck played with John & Len, and I played with Doris and Mary Ellen.
It is so nice to have a group of people to play this frustrating game with.
We went to the 9 hole course and since it is late in the season, we are on the honor system to pay for our games.
This is really interesting to me, as they have a box there and you slip your money for the game into it with your name on a piece of paper.
I know this won't be the way during the winter, but its pretty cool.
As far as the game goes, I was fairly pleased with myself to even be able to hit the ball.
I had tried out a few hybrid clubs on the driving range a few days before this, and I am thinking those are pretty sweet clubs.
May have to look into them when we come back in the Fall.
I really don't ever remember playing golf with ladies...seems like it was always Chuck and I.
It was really fun.
Don't get me wrong Chuck is a great golfer and there lies the problem.
I don't take it quite as serious as he does...LOL
I am just there to enjoy the course and hopefully keep my ball out of the water.
By the time we finished the 9 holes it was beginning to warm up.
We really did enjoy the golf game, and are so appreciative of John for getting us some clubs to play with.
Promise to have our own next season!!!
Susie needed to exchange a couple of chairs that we purchased at Walmart so after golf we loaded them in the truck and headed there.
Susie has a fish planter that is in need of being replaced, and I had seen one that I thought would work so after we finish at Walmart we go over to Lowes.
I just knew I had seen this really cool fish planter at Lowes.....hmmm, nope....guess it was Home Depot.
Poor Chuck, he is driving around two crazy ladies in search of a fish planter.
Bingo....Home Depot was the place, and we scored us two of the cutest fish planters around.
I even found a plant to put in ours.
I will have to add drip irrigation to the pot in hopes that it survives the summer!
Time will tell if it works or not.
Easter.....Susie is having the gang over and we are bringing food to compliment her ham she is providing.
Let me tell you, Susie had the dining table all set with her Talavera dishes and beautiful Mexican stemware.
It looked beautiful...and right in the middle of it is our little "Donkey".... :)
We had a wonderful dinner with so much great food, and the fellowship of this group(even though we are missing a few) is wonderful.
Doris & Johns daughter has come to visit them and we have discussed another trip to Mexico, and over dinner it was decided we will go Tuesday.....twist my arm...of course I will go!
Another day in Mexico and a trip to the Dentist!
The guys have a golf game so looks like it is a Woman's only shopping spree again today.
I leave the Casita in Bronco's hands today.
Susie has been able to get me a dentist appointment with her dentist at 3:30 today.
I am a nervous wreck, so I am thinking the shopping will be a good distraction.
Lane is there cleaning the trailer so she can keep an eye on him. :)
When I walk down to Susie's, she reminds me about my "Frida" shopping bag, so I run back to the house and get it.
As we pull out of Susie's garage she realizes she has forgotten her garage door opener.
She runs back to get it.
We make a stop to pick up Mary Ellen and as she is coming out to meet us, she is smiling big, and I notice she isn't wearing her "flipper" tooth.
(Flipper is a temp. tooth they put in when you are having an implant done so you don't have a hole in the front of your mouth if the tooth happens to be in the front:
There is a joke running around this group about the "flipper", so of course we all got a good belly laugh at Mary Ellen's expense.
She was a great sport and laughed with us.
So we are on our way....Susie, Doris, Patti, Mary Ellen and I are shopping til we drop...or at least for me until 3:30.
According to Susie she has a magic margarita that will take any anxiety away from this dental visit....so we will see.
Mary Ellen got her a donkey like we got last week so we can all kick a little ass together....:)
We shopped like we had never been to Algodones and had a fun time buying more stuff that we probably didn't need.
We ate shrimp tacos at our usual place and shopped until early afternoon.
Then it was time to sit down and have one of the famous margaritas that Susie has told us about.
She reminds all of us to remember to sip them....don't drink them fast.
There is a guy that is supposed to be singing this afternoon and he is busy on his phone, so Susie finally tells our waiter that we would like to hear him sing.
Here we are 5 American gals sitting at a table sipping our very strong margaritas and we are singing along with him.
The vendors are coming by with more things we don't need, but seems they feel we ladies are in the mood to purchase some stuff.
Doris and her daughter Patti seemed to have a really good time as well as the rest of us.
I figured I better eat something before I go to the dreaded dentist appointment so I order something to eat.
Before you know it its time to go to the dentist for me.
The rest of the crew is going to shop and we will meet up after my appointment.
Since today is only an evaluation it shouldn't take too long.
Within a short time I am told I need a root canal on one of the front teeth, and it is scheduled for tomorrow.
Looks like I will be coming back to Mexico again tomorrow.
I have to say that Susie's margaritas made the dental experience a lot more tolerable....not sure about tomorrow, but it has to be done.
I think we all had a great day shopping.
It's one for the memory book for sure.
Not saying much about this other than, it didn't hurt that much, but my anxiety was terrible.
I wish they could just knock me out and then I wouldn't have to hear all that drilling.
I know they can, but I really don't like being a chicken.
Root Canal is done, and I come back tomorrow for the crown.
The crown is in my mouth, and I have one tooth down.
There is much more to do in the dental department, but we need to make our way back to Oklahoma and to be truthful, I am not up for any more for a while....
I am a chicken...and I know it.
I am not sure how it could already almost be May, but I have to say its sure been a fun "winter".
As we get ready to leave our new second home I can truly say it has been a great move for us.
Our neighbors welcomed us and made us feel at home immediately.
We don't have the anxiety that we had at Florence.
We aren't being bugged about where our rig is parked and if we are 27" over in a common area.
We have a beautiful little "casita" that is perfect for us.
All is good as we begin the closing down of this season in our life.
The trip home was flawless other than one thing.
I got sick.
The dreaded "flu" got me and I really don't remember a whole lot about the drive home.
Chuck would just unlock the trailer when we got to our destination for the night and I would go straight to bed.
I really don't care to be that sick ever again.
It was terrible!
April closes with us on the road and our final night in Amarillo.
In true Amarillo style we had a storm come through.
I think we have made it back to our part of the world just in time to get rain and storms.
More to come in May....but we will be in Oklahoma with family and friends.