Monday, October 19, 2009

Still summer

Yesterday was over 100 and forcast for today is 99. Snowbirds are returning so we will have lots more of:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Paint Cumulus

As most of you know I started volunteering at the Sanguinetti House Museum last month. The first week they removed a display from one room and started painting it in preparation for a new display. When I went in this week (almost a month later) only part of 2 walls were done. You know me can't stand to see things put Wednesday Don and I went in and finished it in about 2 hrs. Now it is a nice Cumulus blue awaiting the display of the last big flood in 1916.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Labor Day Storm

Saturday of Labor Day Weekend we had a big storm here. I took some pictures from our porch.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Life goes on

I try to enjoy every day to the fullest. This is why we retired, started traveling and settled in sunny Yuma but every once in awhile something hits you up side the head and says "remember to stop and smell the roses, give hugs to everyone you love". This week has been a cruel reminder.
A dear friend from Washington/Yuma left last May to return for the summer to their home in Washington. We just received word last week multiple myeloma has struck. Prognosis is non aggressive treatment 2-3 years, aggressive treatment 5-6 years. He has not made the choice yet but is leaning to aggressive, that means at least 6 months before he will be able to travel so we will tough out the winter season with out him and his wife and hope, pray etc that they will be able to return in 2010-2011 season.
Also a friend who stays full time has been diagnosed with 3rd recurrence of cancer in the neck. She has been doing testing etc for over 4 months. Her original doctor was struck with cancer and had to terminate his practice. About 3 weeks ago they did surgery to insert a stomach feeding tube and pic in anticipation of her not being able to eat when radiation on the neck and chemo was started. She was in much pain and discovered there was an infection in the feeding tube, then after another week or so discovered the tube was not in her stomach. Had surgery again this week to place it correctly. Hopefully she can finally start her chemo and radiation after a follow up in a week.
Then another resident had back surgery a couple years ago. Had much pain after a fall this winter so they removed the metal in her back. Well with in a week or so was still in pain so they did MRI and discovered two additional vertebrates that were bad. Now it is back to Tuscan this next week for surgery and at least 3 months in a brace.
I am so very blessed that I'm just fat and sassy.
I started volunteering this week at the Sanguinetti House Museum here in Yuma. Love Oregon history and was quite knowledgeable so have to start from ground zero on Yuma history (and AZ).

Monday, August 3, 2009

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Don & I went to Paradise Casino Event Center Friday night to see Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Really enjoyed them. Friends Chuck and Patty Sange were sitting in front of us so caught up with their summer activities.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


My wonderful hubby is taking me to Laughlin to celebrate my birthday this week end. He said he has a special place picked out for dinner Friday, but he won't tell me. Bet it has seafood because I love it and he tolerates it. Hope lights are low so I don't see the blood from his rare steak that I tolerate.
Received many cards already from friends and family. Trudy next door bought me a new billfold because I said mine disintegrated. Thanks Trudy.
Maybe I will remember to take some pictures.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Patty's 40th.

Patty and her friends Angie & Mandy who gave her the 40th.

Yuma Weather

Was reminded that I had not update this since May. Only excuse is I have been on Facebook lately and not kept this up.
First of June went to Oregon to surprise daughter Patty on her 40th birthday. Did get to visit some square dance friends and family.
Fourth of July week end Chris and family came over and spent the week end. They now call Yuma "The Frying Pan".
This afternoon we left about 4pm to have dinner about 1 mi from here. To the southwest it looked like a fire with all the smoke. At 4:30pm when we left the restaurant we had the radio on and the dj was doing a remote from a car lot in downtown Yuma. He said we are asking you NOT to come down here. We are having 70mph winds and blowing dust. It started raining on the way home but just poured for about 5 min. By 5pm we were having weather warnings of 5 yes I said FIVE miles per hour on the freeway because of 70 mph winds and blowing dust with visibility 1/2 block. They actually suggested you pull over, keep lights on and foot on brake to have brake lights.
Well we are just going to stay in park and IF it clears and still has lightening watch the show.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Today is going to break the triple digits. Did cool off enough last night so we could keep the windows open so guess "summer" is not here yet.
Had a great visit with daughter Chris and her family last week end. Met her neighbor and friends who she plays Mahjong with each week. Quite a complicated game, but I enjoyed watching.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

50 Questions

50 Questions
1. What color is your toothbrush? Yellow
2. Name one person who made you smile today: Arvin
3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Making cherry cheese cake
4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Taking a walk around the park.
5. What is your favorite candy bar? Payday
6. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes
7. What is the last thing you said aloud? If Darlene needs anything have her check with me before she goes to the store.
8. What is your favorite ice cream? Licorice
9. What was the last thing you had to drink? White Zin wine
10. Do you like your wallet? No but I've bought 2 others and keep going back to it.
11, What was the last thing you ate? Macaroni Salad
12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? No
13, The last sporting event you watched? Darts
14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? None
15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to? I don't text
16. Ever go camping? All the time growing up
17. Do you take vitamins daily? Yes
18. Do you go to church every Sunday? No
19, Do you have a tan? I live in southern AZ YES!!!
20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? Yes but not in Yuma
21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? Not in cans, yes in glass.
22. What did your last text message say? That Autumn was through with proceedure and on way home
23. What are you doing tomorrow? Having 2 couples over for games, homemade soup & rolls.
24. Where is 24?????
25. Look to your left, what do you see? Picture of kids and grandkids.
26. What color is your watch? Gold & white gold
27. What do you think of when you hear Australia? The bush.
29. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? Go in
30. What is your favorite number?11
31. Who's the last person you talked to on the phone? Kathy F.
32. Any plans today? Easter dinner at club house
33. How many states have you lived in? Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Arizona 5
34. Biggest annoyance right now? Life is too short to get really annoyed.
35. Last song listened to? All my exs live in Texas
36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? No
37. Do you have a maid service clean your house? Nope just me
38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Brown Berks
39. Are you jealous of anyone? Not usually
40. Is anyone jealous of you? Doubt it
41. Do you love anyone? Yes Yes Yes
42. Do any of your friends have children? Yes and grands and some have great grands
43. What do you usually do during the day? Every day different....I'm retired
44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? I really dislike some people
45, Do you use the word 'hello' daily? Yes or hi
46, What color is your car? Off white
47. Do you like cats? Not really
48. Are you thinking about someone right now? Yes
49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? No
50. How did you get your worst scar? Hysterectomy

Friday, April 10, 2009

100 thing I might have done...

100 things I might have done....
I got this off my daughters blogs. I've done the things in BOLD print

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you could to a charity – I’ve given but never more
(how can you do more than you could).

7. Been to Disneyland (they should both say yes because we took them!)

8. Climbed a mountain – hopped down after I sprained my ankle near the top

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo


12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea - well from shore but none while I was at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa

20. Traveled by Train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort – Mom’s bread pans make great blocks.

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse (solar)

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset – Great way to start or finish a day.

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language - does pig latin count?????

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied – Money has little to do with being truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung Karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on the beach in the moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain – well I lived 50+ years in Oregon….

53. Played in the mud – see above

54. Number 54 ran off with number 11 but the answer is the same

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business – 3 actually, all ended up non-profit.

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies (just helped daughters)

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason YEAH DON, YOU HAVE DONE THIS MORE THAN ONCE!

64. MISSING But must be the same as 11

65. MISSING see above

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar – and I do not like it.

72. Pieced a quilt – working on another now.

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job – but not till I was 65.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House – but only from outside the fence.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone's life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby (twice)

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in a day – started an 2nd one also

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Don's Birthday

Today is Don's birthday. We are going to lunch with Wes & Harlean to celebrate Don and Wes' birthdays.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Spent from 7:30am to 2:30pm at Chibola Middle School in Yuma. Five women from our park have volunteered to do health checks on all the students. They needed a sub so I am it.
We do weight, height, blood pressure, eyes, hearing and scolioses (sp). They have been there 3 times and think they will need at least 5 more. I will cover again Wednesday and probably more as people leave for the season.
Then at 3pm 14 of us took a two hour class on hand applique 4 of us were from the above group and really tired by the time we were through.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Busy Week End

Jim and Betty McCollum stopped by Thursday afternoon and we played Marbles and Jokers then ordered a pizz and then played Hand and Foot. Had a great visit catching up on people we both know in Oregon.
Friday had updated our cell phones and YEAH WE JOINED THE 20TH off dial up and went to wireless...(well they said something about erthnet...erthlink or etc....any way we are lots faster and hopefully will not be kicked off line as often as we were with the UNNAMED dial up. Don played Texas Holdum and came in second...I played bingo....and visited and bingo..same as I have done since August.
Today we were on the committee to cook breakfast. Served 140 people from 7:30am to 9:00am. Cleaned up then checked out the park garage sale (here and park next door) only thing I bought was an angle food cake pan.
This afternoon we have the toilet races and both a dance here in the park and the Yuma Festival Square Dance. We will go to the Yuma Fest and catch up with more Oregon dancers who have came down to visit.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Drinks with a friend in Hawaii

When we were in Hawaii had a drink at a local eatery.
Was joined by a friend....he had apple jelly
Don and I had Blue Hawaiians.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Don and I in Hawaii Nov 2008

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Well spent an hour this morning and I can not figure out how I got the picture to upload of Chris and Patty. Have lots of nice pictures from Hawaii I will share someday.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Chris and Patty in LV

Spent a nice week end with the girls in Las Vegas. Now spent the last 2 hours trying to upload a picture. Keep your fingers crosse4d.