Sunday, November 23, 2014

We have arrived!

We pulled into Happy Days RV park about 1:30pm last Saturday afternoon. Our drive into the valley was gorgeous and hair raising. Mountain drive up and DOWN all the way! I was unable to get pictures due to my fingers being glued to the steering wheel the whole way down. When i was able to glance around my jaw would drop open at the beauty before and around me! Our temperatures have been in the 70s and dropping into 50s at night...absolutely wonderful.

We have spent our week acclimating ourselves to our new area..groceries, laundry, long drives. Jer got a day of golf in with buddy Ken and I got a day of beads in with good friend Mona.

Last Friday went on our first hike in Arizona, Hieroglyphics Trail near Superstition Mtn.  I pooped out about  half way there, so sat on a rock while Jer and Bailey went on a little further ahead. I definately need some more conditioning! Ha!

Yesterday, Saturday,  we went over to the Lane's house for the day. Got some updates and downloads done on their wonderful fast wifi, guys went and hit balls, gals did some beading (Mona taught me a wonderful new pattern!)..dogs did some exploring in their huge big yard, and we shared a yummy meal with an awesome german chocolate dessert. Perfect day!

Today will be laundry and plan for a new week! I have discovered that the days are just melding into one another without having any work schedule! Working 7 days a week for all those years has left us a little bewildered as to what to do with ourselves. So maybe with a little more structured planning we can help ourselves get into more of a routine?? Sounds good anyway right?!? Haha!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tucumcari, NM

We found another KOA in Tucumcari, NM and stopped about 4 yesterday. Was a cloudy, terribly windy, snow flurries and cold day! Starting to sound like a broken record and not in a good way!?!?

The views along I-40 have been beautiful to me. The land is rugged, barren and beautiful shades of browns, tans and greens! ( quilt?)

Was concerned about accumulation when the snow flurries started and pulled into the next KOA we saw...this place is very nice.

(Can you see the snow?)

They even had a small restaurant onsite and delivered to the rig! How sweet is that!?!? I had chicken fried steak and jer had chicken strips! We even shared a piece of carrot cake! 

And now back to our regularly scheduled temperatures! I even checked our compass to make sure we were going the right way when i noticed temperature dropped to 18....I hope today is warmer?!?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oklahoma....still freezing

We are in El Reno, Oklahoma at a KOA right off exit 108. The temperature is 19 and winds are in the 30mph range! Ugh! This KOA is really nice, quiet and super clean. 

We left lakeside Recreation Park, Assaria, KS about 9:30am yesterday. Decided to take 81 all the way south to I-40. It was 2 lane most of the way and turned to 4 lane just before interstate. Not a bad road but went from 65 to 25 constantly between all the little towns. We fought strong winds all day! I was amazed at all of the plants, mills, oil fields, refinaries along this highway.

Tonight we are relaxing with our Jack and coke and planning our travels for tomorrow. Our goal is to keep making our way south and get out of these winds and cold weather! No dawdling along on this voyage!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oh my Gawd it is cold!!

I didn't sleep well last night knowing that we would be leaving in the morning!  Listened to the wind roaring all night and the rig rocking! Finally decided to get up and start the coffee pot and look outside to this:

Even bailey was hesitant to go out... Took her all of about a minute to find a place to pee and raced back inside to curl up!

We are patiently waiting for Jer to return from dr appt. i have stowed everything away and double checked, so that we can be on our way to one more (bailey's) appt and then we will hit the road!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Soooo excited!

Tomorrow morning is the day that we finally leave for our first winter in the south! We are packed and ready!

It is freezing cold here, blowing winds (30-40mph) and temp is around 35! It is supposed to get even colder the rest of this week?!?! We are outta here! It seems so weird to be able to say that! Finished up all our last minute packing, even decided at the last minute to bring my sewing machine and all that that  entails: desk, material, feet, thread, etc., etc.

Yesterday we celebrated Lily's 5th birthday with a wonderful day of  'Frozen' treats and family. Jamie, her new boyfriend, Clint, and kids were able to make it for the afternoon....It was wonderful being all together! Lily had an absolute ball and was such a princess!

I am so going to miss my kids and grandkids, but will be wonderful to facetime and visit with them.

Tomorrow a.m. Jer has a Dr. appt to get prescriptions renewed and Bailey has a post-op soon as those are done we will fuel up and hit I-80 west to York, NE and then turn south through Kansas. Don't know how far we will get, but will just pull off when we get tired, :) Our trip to and from North Carolina was nice, we drove about 5 hours each day and then stopped, no hurry, no schedule, just perfect.

Sometimes its hard getting older.....

We have spent the past week in Des Moines, IA babysitting our 3 grandchildren while their mother was in Philadelphia finishing a certification that she began 2 years ago. We have had fun getting to know our babies. Our Lexi, 12, is becoming such a beautiful young lady.  Kolby, 8, is busy, busy, busy and Austin, 4, is so active. We have had a wonderful week with them. Last night, we had to drop them off in Council Bluffs to spend the weekend with their dad.

We then rushed to a wake for a friend..

Yesterday morning, we received the saddest message from Jer's sister. She told us that a good friend of our's had died and that the wake was Fri. evening. Denise M O'Toole was the wife of Jer's best friend from high school. She died after a short 3 month battle with cancer. She was only 60, 4 months older than me.

I can't express the shock and sorrow that I am feeling right now. Dennis and Denise were such an integral part of our lives when we first met, dated, got married and began to have our families.  There were 3 guys from St. Alberts, Jer, Dennis and Ken. The 3 of them were very close during their years in school and in the years following. 'Us' girls that came on as girlfriends became part of their extended family and the 'six' of us were very close. Dennis and Jer were best men at each other's weddings. As our families grew and kid's activities became varied, we didn't spend as much day to day time together, although we all stayed in the same town. Chance meetings and Christmas activities kept us in the know about each other's lives. Time moved on.... Jer and Ken developed a 'golf' obsession together (that's putting it mildly) and his wife and I have become close friends over the years, traveling and crafting together. Denise and I would meet over the years, infrequently, and 'catch' up on interests, kids and grandchildren :).

I think what I am trying to express is my sadness that life moves on and the finality that is death. My regrets in not keeping in touch better and my thoughts, that are reality, that we are all going to pass. We are both watching our parents getting older and declining in health. Its hard and I understand that everyone experiences this but some things just hit home more than others and this was one of those times for me. I go along, still feeling and thinking I am body ages (and surprises me constantly) but my mind trots right along and then wham, whoa I get a blow of reality like this and am brought up short!

Jer and I started our fulltime journey in September, we leave in a couple of days for the 'next' leg to Arizona for the winter. Denise' death has made our time together, for me, so much more important. I have always been grateful for our relationship but this has made me realize, once again, that anything can happen, anytime, anywhere and I don't want to be caught regretting a moment! I want to experience the beauty that nature has to offer, the closeness that our relationship is, the power of our friendship to each other and our friends and family.....I don't want to miss a moment!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stupid cold!

We woke up this morning to stupid cold weather! 26 degrees! Ugh! Luckily our furnace works great and our artic pac 'seems' to be keeping everything unfrozen!

We began packing for our week in Des Moines around 9am and pulled out to dump and head over to jer's sister's house about 10am. Really sad to see our 'home' all tucked in for a week! I am sure getting used to our Big F!

Had a good visit with Jer's sister and husband, tasted some of the sweets she was making <g> and then headed back to Michele's and Terry's house, where Chef Terry made us the most incredible Chicken Piccata meal..... So yummy and filling on this stupid cold day! 

Our 2 1/2 hour trip over to Des Moines to see daughter, Jamie and her 3 wonderful children was uneventful. We arrived about 5:30pm and promptly settled in to wonderful chaos. Following a meal of  tacos and fun conversation and lots of ipad activities, we all headed off to lala land!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Friday started with hot coffee and cold cold winds! 30 degrees, sunny! Ha, can't wait to get on the road south this year!

Our Bailey had a rough night but is doing great this morning..yay!

Jer decided to try a new 'do', what do you think? <g>

This evening we went to visit mom-in-law at university hospital. She has a severe infection in her left foot that was finally diagnosed after a month of suffering! She  has been on a couple of antibiotics for 24 hours now and is feeling a lot better! It was heartbreaking to see her so miserable!

Our visit also included a stop at my favorite restaurant! BRONCOS! Yay! Anyone who knows me knows that i am a happy camper tonight!!

Tomorrow we put the rig in storage for a week and head to Des Moines to babysit 3 grandchildren while mom heads to Philadelphia for a class!