Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Time Has Come

Well the time has finally arrived to move on for the summer. We stayed longer than usual so I could take a class at Tempe Yarn and Fiber to learn a process called 'Nuno Felting'. The process is long and sometimes tedious but the result is beautiful. I went with the idea that I might make some Christmas gifts.... probably not. I was pleased with the scarf I made but not sure I have the wherewithal to do it again.

When that was over, we were able to slip away to San Diego for a couple of days to see Ethan. He is there overseeing some Mid-Shipmen from the Naval Academy for part of their summer school experience. We didn't get lots of time to visit as he was busy getting people organized but it was fun to watch him work. Mostly for me it's just being there with him and not what we 'do'.

We left the dogs with Grandma Scooter and Herbie in Sun City West. They are now sure they don't want a dog of their own! As for the dogs, they slept all the way back to our side of the valley (an hour at least) and mostly for the next two days!

Dave and Scott went for one last float in the pool. The park management has turned off the heat so it was only warmish. Of course, it's still about 101 degrees outside everyday now.....
So now, we have all of our stuff stuffed back into the motorhome and are mostly ready to take off in the morning. It won't be a long day but it will be good to go north a little where it's not so hot.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Trussed Up Like a HOG

As some may know we are preparing to begin our summer travels. This year we have added a motorcycle lift to the coach and will flat tow the Jeep in lieu of the Tandem Tow Dolly. Hopefully this will simplify access to the Jeep and the motorcycle.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


We seem to be in Arizona for some of the big weather milestones. The first year we were here, it was over 120 days without rain. We thought that was great as it was the middle of the rainy season in Washington. This year they (the weather people on tv) are counting the days of over 100 degree weather (yipes) and also the fact that has been at least 10 degrees hotter than normal for this time of year!
So today it was 108 degrees and a passing shower system went over and rained on us a little bit. It was hard to hear over the air conditioning so we went outside to have a look and sure enough. Dave had washed the car earlier so of course it was his fault... the rain that is. The drops dried nearly as soon as they hit the pavement. Crazy
And yes, it's my fault we are still here! Dave said we could leave after there had been 5 days over 100 degrees in a row. That happened sometime ago. I signed up for a Nuno felting class at Tempe Yarn and Fiber that is this coming weekend, so here we are... once again, fiber related. sigh.
The good news is, since we will be here anyway, we are hopping over to San Diego next week to see Ethan who will be there with a group of mids from the Naval Academy. Cool beans.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Best Job I Ever Had

I never had a plan on what I wanted to be when I grew up. I'm still not sure I have grown up! Beings as today is Mother's Day, it came to me while I was thinking of my kids and the past 30 years, that being their mom was my best effort. I didn't always do things right, but they don't come with owner's manuals, so you kind of have to just feel your way along. With Dave there to guide us (the kids call him 'the voice of raisins') and to keep me from pinching their little heads off, we made it. They are all growed up with jobs and lives of their own. I miss them just about every day and wish we could all live closer together.

Thanks for the new ipod kids (and Dave) I'd say it was more than I deserve but I'd be lyin'. ;~) I love you all, ma