Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016

Who says I don't blog very often?  It's been less than six (6) months since my last entry.  Since January 1st I've returned to Illinois.  Planted half a garden. We're downsizing.  Watched my husband mow the lawn 18 times.  Been to Missouri once and Wisconsin three times.  Gotten a good doctor's report.  Eat less sugar and drink more water.  I'd say it's been a good two months.  And besides that, trips to the hair and nail ladies.  We've seen the kids, two grandsons and two great granddaughters.  They are both cute as can be toddlers.  Wish we got to see them more often.
We're getting some much needed rain today.  It's supposed to be storms but we're hoping then calm down or go south.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

This is the day everyone is saying "where did 2015 go?".  I know as we age time goes faster but this year has been so full I think time might have slowed down  bit.

We started out the year with a new great grand daughter, Madeline Christine, on January 8th.  The first child for grandson, Eric, and his wife, Julie. 

February was spent enjoying our time in the southwest with trips to Tubac Festival and le Fiesta de le Vaqueros.  (Rodeo)

March brought us two new great grandchildren.  Benjamin entered the world on March 2nd to granddaughter, Amber, and her husband, Tim.  Next came McKenna on the 22 to grandson, Daniel, and Sarah.

April brought us back to Illinois and rain.  Ron mowed the lawn twice a week most of the summer.  July mammogram time with a clean results.  And a Metz family reunion/picnic in Milwaukee.  Fun was had by all. 

October brought us back to the great Southwest and old friends returning for the winter.  But the day after Christmas trip to Yuma, AZ was very special.  Our oldest grandchild, Michael, retired from the USMC and relocated to Yuma with his daughter, fiancĂ©e and her son so we made a short drive to Yuma and spent a couple days with them.  Their still settling in but the kids are in school and Michael is working doing the same thing he did in the Marines.  We had seen them on the east coast in October at Benjamin's baptizing.  It was the first time we've been able to visit him in his home in a long time.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chilling Thanksgiving Weekend.

Ron and Dee Great Adventure

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ron's Carport

We've been busy. Ron got a surprise birthday present.  His much anticipated carport was put up and finished for his birthday.  He spends way to much time complaining about the birds and what their natural body functions do to his vehicles.  Now, we're hoping, it won't happen again.
Otherwise life is good here in southern Arizona.  We're looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with Ron's foster brother and family.  We love them all dearly and enjoy spending time with them. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Enjoying Our Winter Home.

We've cut and trimmed roses.  Pulled weeds.  A contractor's bag full and trimmed yuccas.  Now its time to enjoy.
We went to church yesterday and greeted old friends and family.  As you probably already know, yesterday's sports scores weren't what the male in this household wanted and I had an interesting afternoon with sore feet.
Saturday was the first gun show of our stay so we went.   By not leaving till later in the morning we were able to avoid the mongrel hoards and get a front row parking spot.  However it's still a good walk to the exhibit hall.  Then we walked up one side of a row and down the same row.  I took to a picnic table outside to wait for Ron to go back and make his purchases.  Then it was the walk back to the car.  I think I started out my walking for health a little to quickly.  At least I hope that was the reason for the foot pain.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Getting Settled !!!

Sunday was spent putting more stuff away.  Didn't think we brought a lot but finding a place is another matter.  One of the few drawbacks is no storage.  If here wasn't a man cave with homemade cabinets I don't know where we would put things.  Probably end up buying a shed and cabinets anyway. 

When that task was done, time to tackle the list of groceries.  As the season winds down we stop replacing stuff and make a list for the start of next year.  And then there's the stock up things like milk, bread, eggs, lunch meat etc.  We started by going to the furthest store north.  Sam's Club.  Since it was Sunday we were able to cut through downtown Tucson to shorten our trip.  During the week it's better to get on I-10 and drive the few extra miles.  Then south to Costco and on closer to home, Albertson's.  With a final stop at Office Max because my printer that I leave here was out of ink.  (Albertson's is owned by the same corporate that owns Jewel.  They also have Osco Drug in their stores)

Today has been dedicated to yard work.  When they said they had a wet Monsoon Season, they meant lots of rain.  Our front yard is so full of weeds that if the rose bushes hadn't sprang to six feet tall (I'm not kidding) we wouldn't be able to see the roses.  Our bougainvillea even came back from the dead to make me very happy.  I was ready to go buy another one as soon as we got here, now I don't have to and I can sit on my patio and enjoy it and the roses

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Safe and Sound in Tucson, Arizona

We're not standing on that corner in Winslow, Arizona but we are enjoying our second home in Tucson, Arizona.  The last day of the trip was a dream compared to the day before.  Sunny skies and mild breezes carried us down 25 through New Mexico to I-10 and home. 
We did encounter a surprise outside Lordsburg, New Mexico at a Loves Fuel stop.  We were standing at the check out ready to pay for our one big splurge of the trip, chips and pop, when someone came up behind Ron and told him not to move.  Of course he did and there stood his niece and nephew.  Sarah and Nick were enroute to Kansas City, MO for Sarah's new job.  She graduated with a degree in accounting last fall and had been having a hard time finding a job in Tucson area.  We'll miss them but glad they're following their dream.