Woo Hoo We Bought A Race Horse :-)

And when I phoned our daughter to tell her we were now horse owners her comment was “I feel my inheritance running down the track away from me!”  And my thought was “Oh honey, you think you are still going to get an inheritance!” but I didn’t tell her that. 🙂

But before I get to how we managed to become horse owners I will start with last night’s activities at the horse races.

Once again we enjoyed an evening at the Horse Races held in the ballroom of our RV Park. Are any of you thinking these are real horses? If you are, give your head a shake and laugh at yourself because of course you can’t have real horses in the ballroom 😀

The room is set up with tables that seat about sixteen. If you have a group of sixteen you can sign up for a table, but if you are like us and you enjoy sitting with new people … hmm don’t know sixteen people who want to go to the horse races … you can sign up for a table in the Activity office before the event. We had a great table and met some fun new people.

Each table brings an item for dinner that will feed eight and the food was great, I brought a cheesecake which I haven’t made since we sold our house … hubby was a happy camper! Once everyone has eaten the tables are opened up for grazing. Grazing allows you to check out all the food tables in the ballroom and try out different items. Hubby and I were both full after eating our first plate so we didn’t participate in the grazing, but a lot of people did and there were some appetizing dishes.

After dinner the six horses and their jockey’s were introduced and the betting windows were opened for the first race.

Bronco Denver, Riding Giddy Up Go. We didn’t bet on him, although he had some great odds on the last race … but he didn’t win.

Godiva, riding Chocolot, we also we didn’t bet on her, but she will come into play later!

The minimum bet is $1.00 but you can bet more. Hubby and I bet on Nurse Give Shot riding Bend Over because we knew her.

Ronald Rump riding Twit-Her because how could we not!

And Stewart Rod riding Maggie May, again was there any question!

This year we bet the same horses in all three races.

Once the bets were closed the horses lined up on stage and the race began.

One of the event organizers roles a dice and the horse that corresponds to the number on the dice moves forward one spot. The dice continue to roll until one of the horses reaches the finish line. Part way through the race the odds are announced, and no I don’t have any idea how they come up with the odds.

There are three races and it is very entertaining with everyone cheering on their horses. We didn’t win anything on the first race, but we won $12.00 on the second race and $20.00 on the third race. At that point with our other bets we were up $21.00.

Now here is where the horse ownership comes in … remember Godiva?

Well at the end of the third race the horses are put up for action and the highest bid wins that horse and will race it in the February horse races. We happen to be at the right table at the right time and were asked if we wanted to contribute $20.00 to bid on a horse for the February Owners race … heck yes we did! And our group was lucky enough to purchase Godiva riding Chocolat 🙂 😀

So on February 12th we will don our fanciest hats, because hats are big at horse races and there is a prize for the best one, cheer on Godiva and hopefully win a lot more money!

If you didn’t read the comments on yesterday’s blog you really have to go back and read Janina’s comment. Janina is from Australia and she had a lot of fun with my typo in the title of yesterday’s blog, which as originally published said “Why I Bog, Should I Change?”. I am still laughing at what she said, and so glad I made the typo!

Until next time …

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Why I Blog … Should I Change?

I had a comment on my blog yesterday that I have heard a few times. Part of the comment was “The real reason for a Blog is a way to remember when, where and why you did things. That alone should encourage you to Blog more often. I really do appreciate the comment and the first sentence is the exact reason I blog daily when we are traveling. However when we are sitting still for an extended period I never felt a daily blog was necessary.

Walking around the park is always interesting and I have pretty views as I walk. The best part about the vegetable fields is they are always changing … one crop may be lettuce the next one may be celery!

I read several daily blogs and find them interesting, but honestly those people are not as routine as we are. I wake up at the same time every day, start the day the same way everyday, we do our grocery shopping on the same day every week, eat the same things most of the time and do the same activities every week … are you thinking OCD … not to worry, that is also what most of my family thinks but, fortunately for me, they indulge me 🙂

I don’t need to write a daily blog to remember what we have done. For me blogging has always been about sharing stories and pictures that are different in our daily routine. Tonight we are attending the Horse Races at the ballroom and, as long as I get some good pictures, you can read all about them in tomorrow’s blog … those are the things I like to write about and have a record of.

We enjoy biking the many paths along the irrigation canals throughout Yuma.

However the comment made me think, which is great because I think that is what input should do! Should I be writing a daily blog? Would my readers find it interesting? Would they keep following me? It is food for thought and I will give it some consideration.

As one of my readers what do you think, should I write a daily blog?

It’s always nice to spend time at the pool ☺

And I know I don’t say this enough …. we really want to thank you for following us on our travels, your likes and comments are so much appreciated!

And we can always count on the hummingbirds to keep us entertained!

Until next time …

Not Much To Say :-)

Our days are pretty routine and don’t leave a lot to blog about so I thought I would take a page out of other blogs I have read where they share info about items that are important to them in their RV.

Every Christmas I used to buy an Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for hubby and our boys … I won’t get into the reasons why girls don’t need these essential items 🙂

When we move into Maxx the Bathroom Reader became a thing of the past … until last Christmas when our daughter gave hubby these three minature Bathroom Readers!!

The book underneath is about the size of a regular size Bathroom Reader, and now hubby has three that are the perfect size for an RV!

Until next time …

For The Ladies!

First a little preamble … I wrote this blog on New Years Eve but then I wasn’t sure I was going to post it. I am still on the fence about it but a few people thought it was funny so here goes …

If you are a male reading my blog it’s time to pass the computer over to your wife … yes I mean it! This will be of no interest to you! Yup that means you Rod, give the computer to Sylvia; and Rick pass it over to Kathy; Tom walk away it’s Nancy’s turn; Chauffer I’m not sure if you read this but this blog is for Navigator; and I think our two son’s and our son-in-law read the blog on Facebook so you can also close this blog!

Now ladies … what is the best part of heading somewhere cold for Christmas? Did you figure it out? No? Well of course it’s the fact that you are wearing long pants and don’t have to shave your legs!   Yup I know you are laughing 🙂

We really enjoyed New Years Eve with my sister and brother-in-law, and they served us an awesome dinner followed by fun games and watching the 9:00 p.m. city fireworks out their front window, but the best part of being old and going home early was …. are you ready for this??? I jumped in the bathtub, had a long soak, and shaved my legs in preparation for heading back to warm sunny weather the next day! Honestly there is nothing better, in my mind, than shaving your legs after you haven’t touched them for a week. They are so soft! And it is even better when you can slather up your legs with lotion and crawl into a hotel bed because you don’t have to worry about cleaning the sheets!

Was there a better way to end 2017? Well maybe with hubby and a glass of champagne … and really soft legs … which is how I ended a great year 😀

This is me now that we are back in the sun 🙂

Hopefully you got a laugh out of this blog, hubby thought this was TMI (too much information) but I was having my bath with all this stuff going on in my head and thought it would make a funny blog … hopefully it was 🙂 If it wasn’t please push it out of your head, forget it, and look to my next blog for a better effort 🙂

Until next time …

We Are Home!

Since home is where we park it, and Maxx is parked in Yuma, and now we are in Yuma we must be home.  It was a very fun ten days in Edmonton and Kelowna but it sure was nice to walk out of the airport last night and be greeted by warmth.

The best sunset this year 🙂 Also a great sunset because we watched it from the plane leaving Edmonton, Alberta and we were finally on our way back to Phoenix.

Now I’m off to bed 🙂

Happy New Year, safe travels, and all the best for 2018 …

What A Trip!

First off … Happy New Year … here is what I had planned on saying today 🙂

As 2018 starts we look forward to many more miles, more beautiful sights to see, family and friends to visit, and fellow bloggers to meet.

So to our family, friends, and fellow bloggers thanks for traveling along with us.  We wish you all the best for 2018 and are so happy you are a part of our lives!

So here is the new part …

First off a little background …

As you probably know we are full time RVers who call Kelowna, B.C. home. We have no sticks and bricks home in Kelowna since we live in Maxx. Right now Maxx is chillin in warm, sunny Yuma, Arizona keeping an eye on our shed and our neighbours … okay lets be fair, our neighbours are actually looking after Maxx and our shed but they have told us they are both behaving, so all is good.

Now I am getting to some confusing parts here so hopefully I give you a good synopsis of life the last week.

On December 23rd we flew from Phoenix to Edmonton to spend Christmas with our son’s. As I mention yesterday on December 29th we had a bonus stop over in Kelowna to see our daughter and family and were to fly back to Phoenix on December 30th. This made Kelowna a connection point on our flight … keep the connection part in mind. Due to weather in Calgary we were unable to get from Kelowna to Phoenix on the 30th.

Now airlines will not cover your accommodations, meals, and taxi if your flight is cancelled because of weather. Most of the people our flight from Kelowna to Phoenix were from Kelowna and could go back to their homes, but of course our house is in Yuma right now. So it occurred to me, as we were standing in line at the airport waiting for WestJet to rebook us, that we were actually at a connection point and in that case the airline does have to pay your costs. Now we knew this may not work since we have a Kelowna address but we thought it was worth a try. We also thought that WestJet would work harder to get us on a flight quickly if they were paying for our stay in Kelowna, and we are now tired of the snow and want to go back to the sun 😀

The other thing that came into play was the fact that our daughter has a bad cold and we knew it would be better for her to rest and get well and that wouldn’t happen if we were at their house. Lucky us we were given a hotel voucher, dinner and breakfast vouchers, and taxi vouchers to the hotel and back to the airport. We were also told that it would probably be better if we phoned into WestJet from the comfort of our hotel room and rebook our flights, so that’s what we did. After an hour and a half on the phone Saturday evening I was able to get us a flight to Vancouver and then onto Phoenix on Tuesday.

Now we only had vouchers for Saturday night so Sunday morning we took our free taxi back to the airport to get vouchers for our next two nights in Kelowna. Our hope was to go back to our daughters for New Years Eve if she was feeling better but since we had to be at the airport at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning we figured it would be easier to stay in the hotel Monday night.

Have I lost you yet? Hopefully I’m making sense 🙂

Anyway back to the airport on Sunday morning. Once the WestJet agent realized they were going to have to pay our expenses for two more nights they were all of the sudden able to get us on a flight back to Phoenix on Monday, but here is the kicker … we are going back to Edmonton and then onto Phoenix!

So to sum it up, for the price of a return ticket from Phoenix to Edmonton we were able to spend six days over Christmas with our son’s; four days in Kelowna were we had a great visit with our daughter and family, were able to see my sister and family, and also were able to have lunch with our best friends, all the while being put up at a hotel with meals provided by WestJet; today we will fly back to Edmonton and hopefully spend only two hours in the Edmonton Airport before getting on our return flight to Phoenix. It seems like a really roundabout way to spend Christmas in Edmonton but it really worked out for us … or at least it will if all our flights work out today.

We hope you all had a safe New Years Eve and we wish you nothing but happiness for 2018.

Until next time …

Until next time …

Two States and One Province In One Day!

And still 1,000 km from home but that’s okay because we are in Edmonton, Alberta where we will spend Christmas with our two son’s and their families 🙂

So maybe I was a little excited to head home for Christmas, and maybe I had us on the road a little … okay a lot … earlier than we needed to be 😆 But I think hubby was also excited because he didn’t argue and he was awake long before I was!

With our coffee in travel mugs, we loaded our suitcases in the truck and headed to the airport in Phoenix. The quickest route is to head directly to I-8 and that means a very brief visit to California as we crossed over the Colorado River and exited onto the interstate. Our visit in California lasted all of two minutes before we crossed back over the Colorado River into Arizona. We had a quick stop at the Border Patrol station and then it was clear sailing to the parking garage.

This pic is for my Kelowna grandsons who love watching Border Wars … Border Patrol Checkpoint on I-8 near Yuma. The dog took a little sniff and we were sent on our way.

We were treated to a beautiful sunrise!

Driving down I-8 west of Gila Bend, AZ

Washroom stop at McDonalds in Gila Bend, AZ

It looks like the sky is on fire!

By 8:30 a.m. the truck was tucked into its space at Sundance Airport Parking (only $37.00 for the week) and we were on the shuttle to the airport.

Once our bags were checked we cleared security and enjoyed a nice breakfast before boarding our flight. It was nice to fly out earlier in the day and we really enjoyed the view from the plane.

Leaving Phoenix

The Grand Canyon

Sunny skies above the clouds just before Edmonton

And we broke through the clouds to see snow! Yipee, you really need snow for Christmas ☺

After clearing customs in Edmonton, Alberta we headed outside to meet our son and the rest of the evening has been spent visiting and snuggling with little grandbabies 🙂

Until next time …