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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Living in the Sonoran Desert October 2016

Have you ever wanted to live somewhere totally different?
I think we all dream that dream sometime in our life.
Whether it is on a lake, by the ocean, someplace cold, or someplace warm, the thought has surly crossed your mind.
I thought Chuck had lost his mind when he talked about going to Arizona.
You all know how that turned out, now don't you?
I truly am enjoying the thought of being nice and warm when it is splitting snow and ice in Oklahoma.
I look forward to the beautiful sunsets that the desert brings.
What an adventure this season is going to be!
As I posted in the last entry we are getting our shed next week.
This is fairly exciting as it will allow us an area to put our "stuff".
You know what that's something that all Americans collect and think we can't live without. LOL.

I put a hummingbird feeder out last week and am happy to report that we have 3 regulars.
There is one little guy that really would rather not share the feeder but he seems to be calming down a bit and sharing with the other two.
They just sit on the branches and don't seem to be bothered by us humans.

Snakes have been spotted in the park.
We saw one that had been killed by a resident and it (rattler) was about 2' long.
A large rattler was killed over in another section on Saturday night.
At the same time the people were killing it, the guys were closing up the pool maintenance area and he walked in and saw a giant snake there as well.
Chuck is deathly afraid of snakes and I have to say they aren't my favorite either.
Hopefully the same wranglers can rid the park of these pest!!!!
All the talk about snakes has everyone watching. 
We came back to our rig and as soon as I got inside I realized I forgot my phone in our golf cart.
As I walk out and almost get to the cart our air bags in the truck make their usual noise and scared the crap out of me.
Chuck sure got a good laugh when I came back in and told him what had happened.  :)

We wentplant shopping on Saturday and brought home a few.
We found some golden barrel cacti and also bought a few hummingbird yuccas.
Got another plant called a Good Luck Plant.
With a name like that of course we had to have one.
It resembles the an ocotillo in a way.
I am wanting an ocotillo as well, but until we get the shed built I think we will hold off on purchasing anymore.

Paint colors for shed

The guy that is building the shed came by today to make final arrangements.
He will be here Thursday to install. 
Our colors are Medallion for the shed, with trim of Persian Carpet...sure hope it looks ok!!!

We had several "firsts" this last week.
Our activity directors, Joe and Kathy, have already been busy planning all kinds of things for us old people to do.
This is their first year as activity directors and we have taken a liking to them as they enjoy laughter about as much as we do!  (Our kind of people)
They have already earned nicknames from Chuck and I.
One of their emails they sent out was telling everyone of times of events, and the AM and PM in a few of the times were incorrect.
OK, so most people know that if they are telling you about a breakfast event, if you see PM, you can use logic and realize they meant AM.
Well,it seems some people had to make a bigger deal out of it and notified the higher ups that it was incorrect.
Anyway, we all just laughed it off and before the evening was over we had dubbed them AM and PM....
Inside joke, but so funny.

OK back to the things we did this week.
We had a "FIdo Friday" and yes it involved our dogs.
The town of Florence has a dog park, so we went to the park with the dogs and let them run and play.
Bronco is not that social with other dogs, but by the time the evening was over, she was getting the hang of it.
She met Chimmy, which is Joe and Kathy's little part chihuahua and min-pin, I think.
Murphy was there as well, he is a soft coated Wheaton Terror.
A few other dogs joined the group and it was so much fun watching them get acquainted.
There were a lot of laughs as we watched Chimmy bounce across the green grass chasing anything that moves.
Murphy was like a referee.
If he thought anything  or anyone was getting out hand he would come and break it up.
There will be more dog get togethers and we are planning on joining again as it was a lot of fun.
Hope Bronco enjoyed it too.
We had our first "Ice Cream Social" this afternoon.
We enjoyed meeting some new people and of course spending time with the ones we know.
We start another week of desert living and can't wait to see what is in store for long as there are NO snakes!!!!!