Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all - I hope each and every one of you had a very joyous Christmas.  Our Christmas this year was celebrated in Arizona.  While we did enjoy not having to cope with the cold weather, it just isn't the same without the kids so maybe...............
 
A street several blocks away  decorate with the Night Before Christmas.  Some of the places were absolutely wonderfully decorated.  This year, because of the nice pleasant weather, we walked up and down the block and were able to truly enjoy the sights


The past week was busy with the usual pre-Christmas preparations - shopping, cooking, decorating.   Oh but on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we had an absolute feast.  

Christmas Eve
 The weather was terrific with warm days, little or no wind, and almost perfect temperatures but that sure left.  Today was cold (only 15C) and a strong, nasty, north  wind. That meant an inside day which is perfect when trying to clean up the leftovers.


Once again, with a week that was spent mostly in the kitchen - some cooking but mostly eating,  the news is pretty slim.  I hope the weather up home soon moderates and everyone is back to some balmy temps.  

Have a great week and I'll be back next year!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Another Week Late

This has been becoming a bad habit - being late with my weekly story.  Mostly it's because I have been waiting for something exciting to tell you.  But while it's been a fun week, nothing terribly exciting has happened.

We did celebrate a couple of birthdays this past week.  Both Gerry and his cousin Myrna turned another year older.  Much as they try to make time stand still, it just isn't happening.  No big party for them but a fun get together (actually much the same as we have every night).j


Every year there is a light parade in the area where we are staying which was this past Friday evening.  What an outing - an early supper, walk to the corner for the parade, and home all tucked in nice and warm before eight p.m.   Gosh, what an exciting life!!  The evening, as most evenings, was pretty cool so we used various means to keep warm.

We had several pretty cool evenings this past week - a low of +3C for a few nights - Jack Frost was creeping pretty close I must say.

Since I haven't been able to walk, I have been doing a bit of cycling.  Here is a view of what I see as I cycle in this area.

This next week will be the usual flurry of last minute shopping, and Christmas preparations as we prepare for the end of this week.  We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas as you enjoy the holiday season.

Today is the shortest day so from now on, we will see a little more sunshine.  May that sun shine upon you!!




 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Long Week....

Yup, it's been a long week - nine days long in fact.  It's amazing how every day is a weekend and before you know it, it's a couple of days past my "blog" day which is Sunday.  One can so easily get confused on the days of the week.

This past week was one of work - at least for Gerry.  He spent the week honing his autobody skills as he tried to repair the spot where the mailbox attacked him.  And I must say that he did one heck of a job.  The paint match is not exact but one would expect some fading.  Also, the clear coat seems to have quite a sparkle to it but hopefully, with some polish, and time it will tone down.  Having said all that, it is not easy to find the exact spot if you don't know exactly where to look.  So take that mailbox!!!!

Another project was to have the windshield problem rectified.  Well that got partially done but it goes in again this week and hopefully that will be another problem solved.  Slowly the issues are being dealt with and soon all will be good again.

After having some marvelous weather, we have had a couple of days of wind and a real downturn in the weather.  In fact there is concern of frost which will wreak havoc with all the garden crops out in the field.  Last night it dropped to below +5C and they are predicting pretty cold temperatures again tonight.  And while the sky was clear and sunny today, there was a chill in the air as it was only a high of14 or so.  So you put on a sweater and all is great.

This week there is no rambling as we stuck close to home and just relaxed.  Perhaps more will be happening for my next blog which hopefully will be on Sunday.

Have a great week!!

 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Into Yuma Foothills

This past week we moved onto a lot in the Foothills - a Yuma subdivision of sorts.  Here we have all the amenities of water, electricity, and sewer.  That is particularly nice on cold winter nights (and days too).  Having said that we do have those same amenities when out in the desert (well, except for the sewer - that we have to go somewhere to dump).  We are on a lot across the street from friends so that makes visiting much easier, quicker, and more spontaneous.
 When we were out at Mitry Lake, you could often see the birds swimming by - often you would see some coots.  Coots were everywhere - old ones were on the shore watching the birds swim by.  At night you could often hear the coyotes howl - and they often sounded like they were right next door.


Once in town, we did a little shopping.  The highlight of the week is going to Del Taco Thursday evening when they have a special on chicken tacos - $0.75/e for seniors (another perk!) - what a dining treat.  After eating, we went to an outdoor holiday jazz concert.  To be able to sit outside in December and enjoy some music is absolutely great.

Since we are near friends - we have three couples and we take turns making supper.  That is great fun because you always enjoy the camaraderie of great folks, you only cook every third day, and every day is a dining treat.  The downturn is that it causes closet shrinkage but that is why we make New Years resolutions I'm sure.

Gerry spent the latter part of the week fixing the side of the motorhome where the mailbox attacked him.  It is looking mighty fine - we just need a calm day so we can spray it.

May you have a great week!