Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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

Friday, May 13, 2022

We're Once Again Living in a Construction Zone!

Work has begun on our new Arizona Room addition. We had a smaller version of a room which used to be part of the screened porch that went down the side of our park model. Before we purchased it, someone had enclosed part of the porch to make it into a room, but it was only 8 feet wide by 19 feet long. A very odd size to place furniture in. It also had the original metal roof from the porch with a drop down ceiling under it. So, it was narrow with a low ceiling. Even with air conditioning to the room, it was always quite a bit warmer in there due to the metal roof above.

Once we had contractors come out and give us bids, we found out that none of it had been done to code. The original room would have to be removed and a new room built onto the side of the park model. We decided to bite the bullet and have it done. This is our home now for most of the year. It will be so much nicer with a bigger room and higher ceiling.

Here is the room partially removed. You can see where the stairs were going out the side door.

Now the entire room has been removed. Our front porch looks strange without something behind it.

The side wall, back landing and floor have been put into place. 

The trusses have been added.

All of this work is now being done to code. There are several footings. The wall and floor joists are metal to prevent termite damage and for earthquake stability. We were told that if there is an earthquake, this will be the safest place to be. Yuma is in an earthquake zone, but rarely has more than a mild tremor.

We continue to play golf in the mornings. The temperatures are now getting into the high 90s in the afternoon, so golf must be played early. Two weeks ago, we went to Mesa Del Sol Golf Course with friends Terry and Gina. They had never played there and wanted to try it out.

Our friends Art and Dawn from Wisconsin came to visit for a few days in their new motorhome. It's a beauty. We played some golf, watched some Wisconsin sports and did a little sightseeing. 

We were able to watch the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game and the Milwaukee Brewers play at the same time on their multiple TVs. Not too shabby!!

Another day we watched the Bucks game on their outside TV while playing bean bag toss.

We visited downtown Yuma including a beverage at the Prison Hill Brewing Company and dinner at Da Boyz Italian Restaurant. We had a great time visiting with Art and Dawn and hope they come back to Yuma again some time.

The cactus bloom in April. This is one of the cactus we have in our backyard. The blooms are so pretty, but they only last a few days. 

Before Cynthia left to go back to Nova Scotia, she hosted a craft session at her place. We made these very cool frames using sea glass, shells, beads, glitter and glass shards. Once we had our design laid out, we poured epoxy over it to make beautiful works of art. They look so pretty hanging in the window. Thanks Cynthia!!

Evelyn, Jody and Carol working on our projects.

My finished work of art.

We leave Yuma on July 5th. We've been assured our construction project will be done before we leave. Time will tell. 

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Wonderful Visit With Family

 Our son Korey and his wife, Cathryn, came for a visit in March. We picked them up at the airport in Phoenix on March 19th. We didn't know there was highway resurfacing happening, and several miles of the interstate were closed. That caused us a 50 minute detour. We're so glad we live in Yuma. Phoenix traffic is a nightmare.

We got back to Yuma in time for a tour of the resort, supper and game night. Sunday morning we golfed here at our park. It was quite windy, but at least it was warm.

After lunch we played some shuffleboard and bocce ball.

Monday we toured the Territorial Prison State Historic site in Yuma. The prison was in existence from 1876 until 1910 when they ran out of room. It was then moved to the Phoenix area where it still exists today. For four years from 1910 to 1914 some of the prison buildings were used to house the Yuma high school students. The school teams became know as "the criminals" and they still use that name today. Their mascot is rather scary looking!

On Tuesday we drove back to Phoenix to attend a Milwaukee Brewers Spring training baseball game. They played the Chicago White Sox. It was a close game, but they lost by one run. We still had a good time.

We went out for dinner and then dropped the kids off at their hotel. They had an early morning flight on Wednesday, so stayed in Phoenix that night. We drove back to Yuma. This was the first time they visited us in Yuma, and I think they liked our new surroundings. Hopefully, they'll be back for another visit soon. It was great to see them and spend some quality time together again.

On March 18th, the resort hosted a going away party in the parking lot of the north hall. There were over 1100 people in attendance. The theme was Mardi Gras, and all the tables were decorated. We were served a complimentary jambalaya dinner with all the fixings and King Cake for dessert. We also received free wine, beer, soda and water for the evening.  A photo booth was available with free pictures. We sure appreciate that our resort gives back to its residents.

In March we drove to Palm Springs for the day to visit with Bob and Marilyn. Kevin and Bob worked together for a number of years at the dealership in West Bend, Wisconsin. Bob and Marilyn have since moved to Minnesota to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They rented a condo in Palm Springs for a month. It was great to spend the day with them.

As we were driving through Palm Springs, the scenery was gorgeous. The San Jacinto Mountains still had snow at the top, but down below were palm trees. So beautiful!!

We wandered around the downtown area for a few hours. Kevin and Bob are admiring the thirty foot Marilyn Monroe statue.

There were several statues of Hollywood icons around. Lucille Ball always made me laugh!

This piece of art was really amazing. It is made of many stainless steel discs. Depending on the angle you look at it, it appears solid and then see through. Very clever!

We had our last New Kids dinner of the season at Cynthia's place. She loves to take pictures.

On March 27th, Kirk and Laura hosted a pancake breakfast for a large group of friends. The food was delicious, and fun was had by all.

We attended a St. Patrick's Day party hosted by Bob and Karen Duffy. They put on quite a spread with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and various salads and desserts brought by the guests. We certainly are never hungry down here :)

It is not uncommon to see roadrunners on the golf course. Once in a while, they venture up closer to the houses. This guy was just on the other side of the fence of our backyard last week.

I finished up some woodcarving pieces I have been working on this season. The three Santas are ornaments. The hummingbird is a trivet or hot plate. I'm happy with the results.

I also made this wall hanging from a wood pallet. I had seen the saying online, and really thought it fit well with our lifestyle. Cathryn's mother Sharon made the Cricut stencil for me, and our friend Brad made the wooden frame from the pallet. I stained and painted the wood, and painted on the stencil. It was not as easy as I thought, but I'm happy with the end result. Thanks so much to Brad and Sharon for their help with this project!!

As you can see, March was another busy, fun-filled month at our resort. The people here are wonderful, and that makes for a great community. Many of them left at the end of March. April 1st was a mass exodus. There are still quite a few people here, though. We continue to golf in the early morning as it is getting too hot to golf later in the day. I'm also finding time to do some quilting again, which makes me happy. 

Next week our Arizona remodel project is supposed to start. It's already been postponed for three weeks. Things around here happen at a much slower pace than we are used to in the Midwest. We'll just have to be patient and see how it goes.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Kevin's Day as a Special Lady

 On February 26th, our resort hosted the 9th annual FDO Golf Tournament. Each year there are more men than women who sign up for this event. Teams are randomly assigned with a man and woman on each team. 

When this tournament first started, some men were chosen to play from the women's tees and were called "special ladies". This has evolved over the years to quite the spectacle. These guys are great sports and dress up as ladies in golf attire during the day and evening wear for the dinner. Dave, who runs the tournament, has been teasing Kevin for the past two years that his turn was coming to be a special lady. Well, this was the year. The Thursday before the tournament, there is a draw party where everyone finds out who their partners are.  Here's Kevin sporting his tiara after he was chosen.

And here are all eight guys who were chosen this year.

The draw is Thursday afternoon. That only gives these guys and their wives until Saturday morning to get their outfits planned. Luckily, this has been going on for several years, so there are lots of wigs, outfits and accessories to be found throughout the park. We spent a few hours on Friday gathering stuff from friends and it all came together. I golfed at 8 am on Saturday, and Kevin was in the 10:30 group. So, our friend Cynthia took over and got him ready.

Here he is before and after she did his hair and makeup. She said he has great skin and plump lips, lol!!

Here are a few photos from his golf group. His partner was Craig. I had just finished my round. At 8 am it was quite cold and windy, so I'm bundled up and wind blown.

The format is a two person scramble, but you go out in teams of four. Here are our two teams.

I took a few pictures of Kevin playing from our patio.

We got him ready for the evening dinner banquet. There was a competition for Miss Fortuna 2022. Todd, in the blue dress, won hands down. All of the guys did a great job. There were door prizes, and I won a bottle of wine. The whole day is about having a good time and meeting new people. The prize for the best score was a sleeve of three golf balls. 

It was a a great day and evening. I laughed so much my cheeks were hurting!!

In other golf news, I won a prize in the ladies club tournament. It is 18 holes played on two consecutive Thursday mornings. A few weeks prior to the tournament, I had taken a fairway woods lesson, and my game was improving. All the stars and planets aligned for me during this tournament. I shot a 96 for the 18 holes with a 36 handicap. As you can tell from my handicap, I played much better than normal. That gave me a net score of 60 which earned me the net champion for the year. My picture will be on display in the clubhouse. Wow!!! Here I am with the winner of the gross score, Gloria. She won it last year, too.

Those of you who have golfed with me know that I have never been a very good golfer. This will probably never happen again. Since we play so much more here than we ever did before, my game has improved. But, not to the point where I ever thought I'd be a champion of anything. As the saying goes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

We continue to enjoy many other activities here at the resort, including our Friday night potluck New Kids on the Block group. Lots of good food, great company, side splitting laughter, wonderful friends and a few adult beverages combine to make these evenings fantastic.

Our resort has almost daily live musical entertainment. On March 4th, we were supposed to have a music on the green concert on the chipping practice area of our golf course. Well, 25 plus mile per hour winds moved that concert into the community hall. As you can see by our smiling faces, we had a great time.

This past Saturday we revived our block party idea of two years ago. Just a few weeks before Covid shut everything down in March of 2020, we had our first block party with the critter racing games and musical entertainment. It was a huge success. Two years later, we were finally able to have the 2nd annual critter race block party. We had about 70 people from our street. Everyone brought a dish to share and lots of quarters to bet on the critters. 

Everett was our leader. He got things started by having everyone sing the American and Canadian National anthems. It seemed very fitting in this time of world crisis. Then the festivities began.

Kevin and Ken were the critter movers. There was a tarp with a grid of 6 lanes. Each lane had a critter. Large dice were thrown to determine which critter moved and how many spaces. The first one to move exactly 13 spaces was the winner. The audience bought playing cards from ace through six for a quarter each. If your number won, you got a payout of $1.50. The number 2 critter, Old Blue, was very lucky and won more than one race. I think everyone had a great time. The party wrapped up just before 4 pm because another concert on the green had been scheduled for Saturday. This time the weather cooperated.

The band played on the back patio of the golf clubhouse. The side patio was the dance floor. People brought their chairs, drinks and snacks to the grass chipping practice area to enjoy the music. 

So, as you can see we continue to be busy and enjoy life here in Yuma. Most snowbirds leave at the end of March, so things are slowly starting to wind down. Our kids Korey and Cathryn are coming to visit on the 19th, so we're very much looking forward to that. This will be their first time visiting us here.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!