Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Sweater Pic

Here is a picture of my new Blackhawks sweater, my Christmas present from Nancy:

Wednesday 12/31

Cold and rainy today, finished up the house cleaning and straightened up - how the heck could I mess the place up so much in one day?!

Karen and Gary knew Nancy would not be home until late this evening, so they invited me over for dinner. Karen put on a great spread with enough snacks laid out for six people instead of three - although we did manage to eat most of it! Then a really nice steak dinner with all the trimmings. We had a nice evening and visit.

When I left Karen & Gary’s house it was snowing! Fairly heavy snow until I got East of the Tucson Mountains, then just rain. Nancy's flight was slightly delayed due to snow squalls. Drove through some more snow on the way home from the airport. No accumulation but the next morning there was still ice on the front of the car..

Thursday 1/1/15

Cold this morning! 30 degrees when we got up. Quiet morning and then we watched the Winter Classic, Blackhawks lost.

Pretty much took it easy the rest of the day and evening. 

Friday 1/2

Another cold morning, high 20s last night. Disconnected our water and ran off our fresh tank last night. Had to run into town for some groceries so we stopped at Beyond Bread for lunch and then stopped at Royal Car Wash at Campbell and Ft. Lowell as the car was pretty dirty from the snow and rain over the last week.

Stopped at Trader Joe’s and Albertsons, then the Desert Museum to renew our membership. Back home and relaxed - with the furnace running! High around 40 today, supposed to warm up over the weekend.

Saturday 1/3

Early start to head over to first Saturday at H F Coors which is when they sell seconds and surplus stuff. Ran into Karen and Gary there. Nancy found a number of sale items and bought a few gifts in the regular store. Stopped at the grocery store and then home. Otherwise an uneventful day, weather still cool.

Sunday 1/4

After a leisurely breakfast we headed towards Saguaro National Park East for a ranger talk on the medicinal value of desert plants. On the way we made a stop at Costco and then a late lunch at Culvers. Then we stopped and took a look at the Kino Environmental Restoration Project. I saw an article about bird watching there and thought it looked like a good spot for bike riding. Looked nice, with a paved path around a man made lake. Not sure if it is long enough for the Monday bike group, but we plan on bring our bikes over and checking it out later in the week.

The ranger talk was very interesting, although we promptly forgot 75% of what he told us about. Kind of like the geology talk we have gone to over and over before it starts to sink in!

Good Blackhawks game tonight - the won in overtime, their first lead of the game!

Monday 1/5 

Picked up our Arizona Daily Star this morning - which we get delivered to our space here in the park - and the lead story contained this sentence: “Since his November election, he’s been vague about how he’ll manage the budget shortfall and has hesitated to fill in the banks left in the talking points of his election stump speech.” Gee, did I get transported back to Illinois? Nope, this is the new Republican governor of AZ they are talking about! Just like home! People in Arizona buy the Republican BS just as much as the folks in Illinois.

Nancy went to the Monday AM meeting while I loaded the bikes on the car, forgot to do it yesterday afternoon. Our new hitch on the smart is working out great for carrying the bikes around, a lot better than loading them on the truck every time.

Bike group went to Marana and rode along the Santa Cruz bike trail and then on bike paths through a nearby neighborhood. We cut the ride a little short, along with Karen, Gary, and Jerry and headed for the restaurant ahead of the group. Nancy said she was tired of being the last in the group to be served. Ate at the Sky Rider Cafe at the Marana airport. Been there before and they have pretty good food.

Back home Nancy went over to Angel’s for her first massage of the season while I went and had a propane tank filled. Been running through some with the cold nights since we got back after Christmas.

The maintenance guys from the park were talking to our next door neighbor this afternoon about needing to dig up a broken water line, seems there is a leak right under their rig! Fortunately they will be able to just back up into the mountain bike training area behind us while the area is dug up. Bad news was they had to pick up all their Christmas decorations, carpet, chairs, etc. before they could move. Roy did not have a long electrical cord, but I have a couple of extras that he can use.

Tuesday 1/6

Well that was embarrassing!! Out for our regular morning walk this AM, when we left Roy next door was moving his trailer back so the park guys could dig up and fix the water leak. When we can back George and his assistant were scraping back the gravel and when we stopped he pointed out that the water leak was actually coming from our hose that I use to flush the black tank!! It is attached to a Y fitting with shut-off at the water spigot and has a shut-off on the end - and both of them were leaking!! That was causing the water to soak into the ground under Roy’s trailer. Bummer!

Gary stopped by with Margo this morning for a visit while Karen was doing her quilting class, which she is going to continue even though she is no longer a park resident. Then we went into the city for lunch at Beyond Bread so we could buy a gift card for Roy and Sharon Lee next door as an apology for the all work they had to do caused by our water leak.

Back home in the afternoon Nancy went off to her Spanish study group and I did some much needed cleaning on the outside of the trailer.

Blackhawks play tonight. And they were shut-out by the Avalanche! Phoned it in and paid for sleepwalking through the first five minutes.

Wednesday 1/7

Nancy had her Spanish class this AM and I did the weekly house cleaning. Stopped at BK for lunch on the way down to Fry’s in Saruhita for our monthly shopping trip to “geezer” day at Fry’s - 10% off for anyone over 65 on the first Wednesday of the month. 20+ MPH wind out of the SE made the trip down I-19 (where the speed limit is 75) a bit of a thrill ride in the smart! Bounces around in the wind like old VWs used to do.

Then a stop at Walmart to pick up my prescriptions. I changed from the AARP/United Healthcare Rx to Humana/Walmart Rx this year as it was $6 a month cheaper, lowest price plan available. Turns out the cost for 90 days of my blood pressure medicine dropped from $20 to $6! What a deal. 

Back home and relaxed.

Thursday 1/8

Warm night, 57 when we arose, but temps dropped through the day with a steady rain all day. We have had two of the rainiest days we have experienced in Arizona this winter, which actually is closer to normal than we have seen in the past and good for the environment.

Off to Tucson Yoga this morning, first class since before Christmas! Back home Nancy studied Spanish and we hibernated all day.

Nancy decided to use her new Crock Pot to cook the pork loin she bought yesterday. The pulled pork recipe called for more barbecue sauce than we had on hand so she also made a batch of homemade barbecue sauce. Both came out fantastic! Enough pulled pork for several more meals as well.

Blackhawks play tonight, hope they get their act back together! and they won in spite of themselves. The Wild out-played them most of the game, especially in the 2nd period, but they hung on to win 4-2.

Friday 1/9

Out for a nice walk this AM, warm - about 60 degrees - and light clouds. After breakfast we went up to the Desert Museum and took a nice walk around. Back home Nancy studied and I did some minor maintenance. 

Blackhawks put in a pretty good game tonight and lost. So I guess it evens out, out-played last night and won, played better tonight and lost. 

Saturday 1/10

Very windy this AM and Nancy has trouble with the dust so we skipped the walk. Nanc did laundry and then we headed in to town to the Verizon store. Nancy finally broke down and decided it is time for a new phone. Went to the Verizon store at Speedway & Campbell, where we have had really good service before, and she ended up with an iPhone 6, so she is now the cutting edge in the immediate family.

Lunch at Beyond Bread, how could we not since we were right down the street. Stops at a couple fo grocery stores and back home early afternoon. Then we had to back-up Nancy’s old phone on the laptop and then reload the apps and such into the new phone. Then I had to link her new phone to my laptop so I could reload her ringtones. Some time ago I came across a way to make ringtones from any music in iTunes, so we both have unique ringtones.

Quiet evening as usual.

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