Thursday, February 13, 2014

Getting Warmer and a Couple of Pics

Tuesday 2/4

Nice hike this morning, then Nancy spent most of the day studying her Spanish. 

I spent the morning noodling around on the computer, putting up a new blog post, etc., then went over to the pool hall where I can get on-line without using the WiFi and checked the status of the bank accounts and credit cards. Since the hoo-hah about data breaches I have been checking about twice a week instead of only a couple times a month. We did have one CC company call about fraudulent charges and issue a new card, oddly enough one we had not used since out trip to Europe last summer.

After lunch I spent some time cleaning one side of the trailer with Dri Wash n’ Guard. Makes the trailer easier to clean and it brightened up decals that had suffered from the Red Max 3 application.

Dinner at home and watched TV.

Wednesday 2/5

A little warmer this morning, 42, yesterday it was 34. flipped on the furnace as usual and after a couple of minutes it quit! What the? The propane light was on, which indicates an empty tank, but it should switch over to the other tank automatically. Went out and checked - oops, last time I filled a tank I neglected to open the valve after I hooked it up. OK, problem solved.

Nancy had her Spanish class this morning, I went and had the empty propane tank filled, gave the car a quick cleaning and did a quick shot with the vacuum in the trailer.

After Nancy’s class we drove down to Green Valley to the farmers market, then the Fry’s in Sahuarita - first Wednesday equals 10% discount for seniors (that’s us).

Of course we then had to stop at BK Tacos for lunch. It was mid-afternoon by the time we got home. While Nancy put the groceries away I went over to the pool hall to place an on-line order. There was fellow there playing pool by himself, so I asked if he wanted a game so we played for a while, been a long time since I had a cue in my hand. Didn’t do too badly though, we played three pretty close games.

There was another food truck here this evening so we got a hamburger and carmello from them, pretty good and the price was a lot better than some of the others.

Hawks game tonight and they beat the Ducks 2-0!! Finally got Crawford his shut-out, he had been scored on late in the third two or three times this season. What was expected to be a seriously difficult road trip looks pretty good, with a tie at San Jose and wins in LA and Anaheim. Friday night on Phoenix and then it is off to the Olympics for 10 of the guys and rest for the others.

Thursday 2/6

Good class at Tucson Yoga this morning, home to change clothes and finish the hockey game we recorded last night, then off to Beyond Bread for lunch. Then stops at Camping World and Costco, that pretty much filled up the day.

Friday 2/7

Skipped the walk this morning as I have a cold and Nancy wanted to do some laundry before we headed out. We went to a lecture about Valley Fever at the Tucson Medical Center. A very interesting two hour lecture. It started at 1 PM so we had to leave before noon. Skipped lunch and then stopped at Beyond Bread (yeah I know, two days in a row) for a late lunch/early dinner.

Then home and relaxed. Hawks last game before the Olympic break tonight. They lost to Phoenix, they seem to do better against the tough teams!

Saturday 2/8

Cold worse today so I did nothing. Nancy did some Spanish homework. Weather is warming up considerably.

Gary and Karen had tickets to a show at one of the casinos, so we took care of Margo in the afternoon.

Sunday 2/9

Same story as yesterday. Nancy did get in a hike this afternoon.

Monday 2/10

I skipped the Monday meeting, but Nancy went. The  biking group headed for the Aviation Parkway bike path so Nancy decided to go. I was not still up to it, so she grabbed a ride with Stan and went along for the ride and lunch at Nimbus Brewery. She said it was a nice ride but kind of hot, it was 75 at 4 PM and there is not a lot of shade on the bike paths around here.

Tuesday 2/11

Finally able to get out for a morning walk in the desert. Nancy did some Spanish homework this  morning and then we went to BK for lunch and stopped to do some shopping. Mid 70’s today, they are taking about 88 on Saturday!

Nancy went to a Spanish study group when we got home. 

Back on January 26 I mentioned that we had found a small saguaro, here is a picture of the little guy next to one of our water bottles:

I marked it's location on my GPS so we can keep an eye on him and see how he grows.

Speaking of pictures, in January 2012 we came across this saguaro which had just recently fallen. Although the picture does not show it, it was still pretty green:

This is what it looks like today, just two years later: 

Very little rain to make things deteriorate, but the sun seems to do the job just as well!

Dinner at home and a quiet evening. Olympic hockey starts late tonight, I’ve got the DVR set to record them all.

Wednesday 2/12

Nancy had her Spanish class this morning. I did some work around the trailer. I have been talking about figuring out some way to make a rain gutter over our back window. Any rain, or even a heavy dew, makes streaks down the back window when dirt washes off the roof. When we were at Camping world last week Nancy found a vinyl rain gutter made for motor home front windshields. We bought a roll and today I put it on. It needed temps above 70 and we got to 77 today. In the morning when it was cooler and I had some shade in the back I did the cleaning and prep work, measured where I wanted to put it. Then in the afternoon we applied it. Came out pretty good, we will see how well it works next time we get some rain.

Nancy took care of Margo this afternoon, we spent some time just sitting outside and enjoying the great weather.

Thursday 2/13

Warm nights the last few days, we have had the vents open and the exhaust fan running on low most of the night both days.

Class at Tucson Yoga this morning, our regular instructor (Johanna) was ill so we had a substitute. Oddly enough there was hardly anyone we recognized in the class. Our theory is that a lot of people are staying home to avoid the congestion from the Gem Show. It took us longer than usual to get into town this morning. There are show locations all over the city and the increased traffic is very noticeable.

On the way home we came across a bad accident at Donald and Bopp Roads. Bopp was closed in both directions and a medi-vac helicopter was landing on Donald South of Bopp. We were allowed to to turn right on Bopp from Donald. It looked like they were still working on extrication on one car. Bopp is kind of scary as there are a lot of blind driveways and side streets and some people drive way to fast for the sight lines.

Warm day today, Nancy did some laundry and we took care of Margo for the afternoon and evening. Gary & Karen are trying to get one of their fifth wheels sold since the deal they thought they had has fallen through.

We spent a lot of the afternoon sitting outside in the shade!

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