Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Kevin and I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happier New Year!!

This has certainly been a trying year for so many, and we pray for a better 2021. Although there were some inconveniences, we were fortunate to have a good year. Our prayers are with all who have or are suffering!

We continue to enjoy sunny weather in Yuma. Golf is still our main activity. With all this practice, our games have been improving a little. Kevin's handicap has dropped a few points. I had my best game ever last week. A group of ladies were playing at Foothills Executive Course. It is a par 34, and I had a score of 40 with four pars and one birdie. I felt like I was in a dream. Of course, the next time I played, reality was back with a vengeance. Ha, ha!

 We had stored some of our Christmas decorations in Eric's basement as we couldn't use them all while we were full time RVing. Eric has his house on the market, so we had to take our stored items with us. It was fun decorating our small house. Kevin used to decorate with tens of thousands of lights at our house in Wisconsin. He resumed this activity on a smaller scale, only now we have a palm tree in front of our house.

For over 30 years before we hit the road full time Kevin bought me a dated Christmas ornament every year. These had been stored away as well. I got a second four foot tree to put on our porch. It is covered with all of those dated ornaments. Most of them were round balls. The little tree looks a little strange with so many big ball ornaments on it, but it is very special to me, and I loved seeing all of these ornaments again.

Our inside tree is also four feet tall, with fake snow on it. I added some of the other ornaments that were in storage, as well as those we had collected during the nine years we were on the road. It looks so pretty.

A few weeks ago our friend Cynthia invited four of our neighborhood ladies to her place to make gingerbread houses from a kit. None of us had ever done this before. The box said it was for ages 3 and up. Hmmm, I don't think so. We had a lot of laughs, and they all turned out beautiful, but it wasn't so easy. The frosting didn't always want to cooperate.

Above is my finished house. The two pictures below are the five of us who enjoyed this activity together and our creations.

You may have noticed in my pictures these last few months that it's the same people. We're keeping our bubble of friends pretty small on purpose. Better to be safe, and we really enjoy the company of these great friends here at our park.

On December 10th, we celebrated Kevin's 65th birthday with cheese cake and some of the same good friends. The best part of turning 65 is Kevin is now Medicare eligible, and has much better health insurance coverage.

Last year we started getting together with a group of neighbors on our street who had all purchased their homes in the last few years. This group became known as The New Kids on the Block (aren't we clever). We get together Friday evenings after golf scramble. Each week a different homeowner hosts the main dish and the rest of us bring a dish to pass. We have a blast! Here we are last Friday. Syd and Carolyn made enchiladas and amazing margaritas.

I have also been doing some quilting. Last summer while we were in the fifth wheel for three months, I did a bunch of applique blocks for a new bedspread for the RV. When we got back, I sewed them all together. I haven't put the sides on yet, because I want to measure it on our bed, but the fifth wheel has been at the dealer for the last three months for warranty service. Apparently, parts are incredibly difficult to get. At least, that's the story they're telling us. We don't need it until June, so hopefully, it'll be done by then :)

The new bedspread is done in a Northwoods theme, as that's how I have the RV decorated.

The other quilt I finished is in Christmas colors. 

That pretty much covers what we've been up to for the past month. We are hopeful the vaccine will help the world get back to normal. 

Stay safe!!


  1. You write so beautifully!!! Always on the edge of my seat waiting to read what exciting shananigans you've been up to! Love your trees! Absolutely LOVE your quilts! Anxious to come back and see everyone! Merry Christmas to you and Kevin!

  2. Wonderful writing, beautiful quilting and life long friends by the sounds of it. Miss you. Wishing you a great Holiday Season.
    Gord & Karen

  3. Beautiful quilts and Christmas trees. You can never have too many trees or lights-speaking from ones who were known as the Griswalds when it came to the Christmas decorations and lights.
    So nice to have a bubble to spend time with, we are almost to our 3 month stay where we'll get into a bubble too.
    Have a wonderful and safe holiday season, Merry Christmas.


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