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 …

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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 …

In The Lane Snow Is Glistening …

A beautiful sight we had tonight … okay I’ll stop because everyone at home is cursing me right now for all the snow Kelowna has received 🙂

Yesterday we bid adios to the very cold temperatures in Edmonton, -35C, -31F not including the wind chill factor, and flew to Kelowna, British Columbia for Christmas number 2 with our daughter and her family.

When I booked our flight to Edmonton, Alberta early last spring I was able to get a direct flight from Phoenix both ways but I noticed a return flight that had a six-hour lay over in Kelowna and it was cheaper than the direct flight. Hmm I thought, this would work out very well, we could spend Christmas with our sons and their families and then have a quick visit with our daughter and family and my sister and family before we continue onto Phoenix. About three months later WestJet advised they were shortening the layover in Kelowna, which wouldn’t allow us enough time for a visit. Hubby got on the phone and managed to convince WestJet that they should let us fly into Kelowna the night before and then connect onto Phoenix the next day for no extra charge. We were so happy with how well everything worked out and excited to get to see all our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren for Christmas.

Last night we arrived in Kelowna under heavy snow but much warmer temperatures than Edmonton, it was only -5C, 23F … it felt like summer. 😀 We spent a very enjoyable evening opening presents and playing board games.

Now I had made the comment to a few people that I wouldn’t be too upset if our flight back to Phoenix was delayed by a day and given all the snow coming down last night I thought that could happen. Well we woke up this morning to a beautiful blue sky and no snow falling, but I had received an email around 3:00 a.m. saying that our 10:25 a.m. flight was delayed to 2:45 p.m. … that was great news, more time to visit.

Shortly after noon we headed to the airport, cleared security, and got a table in a restaurant for lunch. Just after we ordered I received another email saying our flight was delayed until 3:15 p.m., that’s okay we thought, we would enjoy a drink with lunch and kill some time. As we were finishing up our lunch another email arrived saying the flight was delayed until 4:15 p.m. and we could hear announcements that all flights arriving and departing to Calgary, Alberta had been cancelled due to bad weather in Calgary. We both looked at each other and somehow knew that the delays with our flight had to be tied into the weather in Calgary … sure enough a few minutes later our flight was also cancelled. 😥

I’m sure you can all picture the chaos at the airport with that many flights cancelled! Anyway after a long wait and another hour waiting on the phone we are finally rebooked on a flight to Phoenix … but not until next Tuesday. All of the flights out of Kelowna to anywhere are fully booked, so we had to wait until Tuesday to get a flight to Vancouver and then onto Phoenix.

When I called my sister she said I really needed to leave because they are very tired of all this snow I asked for. She said they would love to come and visit but they are still digging out their driveway so they can get the car out. 🙂

Gee I ask for snow and I get it, I ask for our plane to be delayed and it happens, I ask for a winning lottery ticket and nothing!

Anyway there is no point in being upset, the airlines can’t help the weather, and this is the busiest time of the year for them, so hubby and I will just enjoy some extra visiting here in Kelowna and look forward to getting back to the warm sunny weather in Yuma.

Until next time …

Merry Christmas

Hubby liked the quote from my last year Christmas blog so much that he asked me to post it again, so here it is …

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

I also love that quote because Christmas is so much more than presents and I think you feel that more and more as you get older. We no longer need physical things but we love family time. Yes I do get excited about decorations and Christmas baking but that is because they all bring back memories for me of when our children were young and how much fun Christmas was. Now that they are out on their own they are forming new traditions with their husbands, wives, and little ones and it is so neat to watch that. However the traditions that tug at my heart are the ones that they grew up with and still continue 🙂

I am spending the early hours of Christmas morning snuggling with my five month old granddaughter who is teething and not sleeping well … and I am one happy grandma.

From hubby and I we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Until next time …