Monday, November 30, 2015

Cold In The Desert

We are usually still in Montana this time of year—one year we headed to Mexico right after Thanksgiving but that’s the earliest we’ve ever headed south.  We’ve been told December is the coldest month of the year in Arizona and if the last few days of November were any indication, December could be cold!  It was 32 degrees this morning and we were very thankful for our warm, snug house!  Sunday a bitter, cold north wind blew all day—when walking Emmi I was bundled up as if I were still in Montana!

We are still puttering—I’m getting ready to teach my first yoga class on Tuesday—loading music onto my iPod and for once iTunes cooperated—amazing!  I’ve also been working on sequences for the class—to say I’m a touch nervous would be an understatement!

Michael is making steady progress with the cabinets—each cabinet must be taken apart, cut to fit the space, re-glued and then hung.  It’s very, very time consuming but so worth it when you consider the cost of new cabinets. 

When I graduated from high school, Mom and Dad gave me a beautiful watch—I’ve worn one since then.  When working as a nurse, of course I wore a watch.  So many people these days depend on their phones for telling time but I still prefer my watch and Thanksgiving Day the battery in it died.  I just wasn’t in the mood to travel to Wickenburg until today—who knew there was a little jewelry store in Wickenburg—they fixed me right up!

At Safeway I gathered a few groceries before stopping at Donna and Barry’s to drop off some mail for them.  Back home I opened the latest Walmart box which contained two huge rolls of contact paper—it’s been a long, long time since I used contact paper.  The shelving in these cabinets has seen some wear and I thought contact paper would make the shelves not only look better but make them easier to keep clean.  Well—by the time I had three shelves lined I had wrapped contact paper around my head, said a few choice words and wondered why in the world I thought this was a good idea! Winking smileGeez!

Sunset puts a glow on our mountains.

DSCN1840The lemon tree is loaded, as is the orange tree.  The dwarf grapefruit tree only has 3-5 fruits. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Well, we have gone from decorated for Thanksgiving to decorated for Christmas with a few Christmas things we brought from Montana and my bargain Christmas tree.  The tree is tall and skinny which fits into our space nicely and all the lights worked—pretty good for a $20 yard sale tree!!

DSCN1837The previous owners of this house left two early American style dining tables and six chairs—the tables are in tough shape and need refinishing but are structurally good. 

Friday I puttered inside and Michael puttered outside in the garage.  No black Friday shopping for us—it’s probably been 25 years since I’ve been black Friday shopping and that’s a good thing!

Today we were puttering again when Joe called and suggested an ATV ride.  Friends Sandy and Tom have a new RZR and were anxious to get out for a ride—of course, off we went!

IMG_3855IMG_3856As you can see by our attire, it was a little nippy out there today.  I have to keep reminding myself—it is winter, even in Arizona but at least it isn’t minus 7 as its been in Montana!  In that respect, we are really enjoying our house—as all you RVers know, it can be hard to keep one of our “tin tee pees” warm when the temperatures drop—our heat pump keeps us toasty warm in the house and it is very quiet!

Back home some of the ATV gang joined us for leftover pie and ice cream before heading for their respective homes.  Michael had a burst of energy and decided to hang a set of upper cabinets he had finished earlier—the kitchen is really looking great!!!

I will leave you with some photos of the cutest great-grandbaby!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Michael and I hope all our friends and family had a wonderful day—Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday—it’s the best with family, friends, good food and thankfulness!

We celebrated our holiday with good friends—Tom and Sandy, Barry and Donna, Fred and Nancy, Joe and Kathy plus Larry and Geri.  As usual we had way too much food but it was amazingly good food!!  Turkey and prime rib, stuffing, potatoes—you get the idea!  And the desserts were to die for!!  Leftovers went home with everybody and there still seems to be a lot of food in my refrigerator! 

In our haste to live in the house we have moved out of the motorhome gradually—I bet we each made at least 20 trips over to the motorhome yesterday and today.  Just as I would think we had everything we needed, I would remember one more thing—I guess all that exercise will allow us to finish off the pies????




Michael and I are truly blessed in our lives and we are grateful! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First Night In House

Monday morning early saw us leaving Ms. Emmi with Larry and Geri—we were headed to Prescott on a counter top fact finding mission plus a Costco run.  Rarely do we go six weeks between Costco trips but we left Montana on October 8 and haven’t been near a Costco since!  We both almost fainted when the guy told us our total and that was one full jeep!!

At North Ranch we retrieved Emmi, unloaded the jeep and put our feet up—whew—whether it’s 60 miles or 100 miles for a shopping trip—it’s exhausting!

Today we hit the ground running—our goal was to spend Tuesday night in our house and that’s what we are doing.  Michael arranged some improvised counter tops using the old cabinet doors plus today he temporarily installed the sink (he only turned the air blue once!).  So, we are all set for Thanksgiving—we have a complete kitchen!

DSCN1834There are still more upper cabinets to install plus both the upper and lower cabinets to the left of the stove.  For now we are keeping the refrigerator but I am going to paint it black when things slow down a little. 

We made a quick run to Wickenburg this morning for plumbing supplies and last minute groceries.  I spent the rest of the day cleaning/vacuuming/moving.  The bed is made and we are sleeping in our new house tonight.


Life is good! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Whew—We’ve Been Busy Again

Saturday was the bi-annual North Ranch garage sale—lots of North Ranch people participate and tons of people come in to shop from the surrounding areas. 

IMG_0279Photo is from the garage sale last spring but it gives you an idea of how many people turn out for this event!  I was very pleased with my finds—old Pyrex bowls, Corning Ware bowls with lids and the biggest score—a 7.5 foot pre-lit Christmas tree for $20!!!!!—I’ve been searching the internet for a reasonable priced Christmas tree with no success—the prices range from $200 and up, way up!!   The cowboy purchased some tools, a bar stool, wire and who knows what else!  A successful day!

Saturday afternoon Barry was pressed into service helping Michael mount two sets of the upper cabinets.  I painted—again, but today I finished!!  The living room, kitchen and dining/sun room are all painted and look fabulous!  Tonight Michael and I cleaned up, re-installed the switch plates, duct covers, etc., and moved the furniture into the living room—we loved it!!!  A bit more furniture than we needed but it works—when I get everything cleaned I will take some photos. 

So, we’ve been working hard—but it’s all coming together!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Crested Saguaros And An Arch

Thursday saw the cowboy working on our Arizona ATV trailer—we had a ride scheduled and the trailer needed re-working to carry the side by side versus the 4-wheelers we used last year.  I partially painted the living room ceiling.  In the evening we headed over to Larry and Geri’s for happy hour to discuss the ride logistics.

We turned off the highway at Morristown and drove out to a staging area on the Hassayampa River.  Larry and Geri were our leaders and we were joined by Fred, Nancy, Joe, Kathy, Barry and Donna.  Emmi and Parker came along too.  Emmi has her nose a little out of joint since Parker (a tiny one year old male poodle) joined the group—Emmi’s not the only kid on the block now. Smile

It was an absolutely beautiful day—perfect temps and sunny, blue skies.  Saguaros by the thousands dot the red rock hillsides joined by thousands of those nasty cholla cactus.  The trails were nice—not too challenging—just pleasant riding. IMG_3752IMG_3755

We spotted these two crested saguaros just about 100 yards off the trail—spectacular!!!


The above crested saguaro is one of the largest we’ve ever seen.


IMG_3787IMG_3792This one was strange but cool!


Back on the trail heading toward the staging area we spotted an arch off in the distance then discovered a trail leading right to the arch.



I would say we had quite the spectacular day!


Barry and Donna headed home to see after their elderly pooch, Pacer, leaving the rest of us to ride a little longer then head to the Tasty Freeze in Wickenburg for a little supper and ice cream.

Life is good!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Is The Cowboy Ill

DSCN1829Can you believe the cowboy hired a contractor???  I’m thinking I should take his temperature!!  He didn’t think he wanted to learn stuccoing at his age and hired a contractor recommended by the Bayfield Bunch.  Very personable guy, reasonable and is doing what we think is a good job. 

Michael spent the day reconstructing cabinets—the upper cabinets are requiring a lot more demolition and re-making than did the lower ones.  He’s almost ready to hang an upper section. 

Some times I wonder what in the world I did in a day—today was one of those days.  I seemed to be going in circles all day—I made a pot of chili and a recipe from Facebook that was a dud—Apple Cinnamon Bread.  The coffeecake type bread was kind of blah. 

I did a little touchup painting in the house and prepped another section, the living room—removing switch plates and taping.  Mid-afternoon I went up to the clubhouse to speak with the activities director—we are going to start a yoga group and wonder of wonders—I am going to be the teacher!  I try to make myself practice yoga at home but I need the incentive and encouragement of a group—so I am starting one.

So—I guess I was productive! Smile

Sunrise in Arizona Wednesday morning.