Driving Home For Christmas

Do you know that Christmas song? It came on yesterday as we were driving to Phoenix to catch our flight home to Kelowna, British Columbia and I thought it was appropriate because at that point we were Driving Home For Christmas 🙂 However I am very thankful that we only had a three hour drive and the rest of the trip was on a plane!

Very little traffic

See ya later desert landscape, hopefully you are replaced by some snow!

We left Yuma early and arrived at my aunt’s place in Surprise, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, by noon. She made to us a lovely lunch and we enjoyed catching up with her before we headed to the airport to catch our flight.

My aunt has several really nice fruit trees on her site.

We arrived at our daughter’s place to be greeted by some very excited grandchildren … well honestly I’m not sure if they were more excited, or if we were more excited, but lets just say there was enough excitement to go around 🙂

Our daughter and son-in-law where at his Christmas party so his mom was looking after the kids. Once we arrived she was able to go home and after a short visit we were able to get the kids settled into bed. We also managed a visit with our daughter and son-in-law before we headed off to bed. Yes it’s nice to be home!

Until next time …

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New Backsplash

Like most people there are little tweeks we wanted to do to Maxx to make him perfect for our lifestyle and our kitchen backsplash was one of those tweeks.

Maxx came from the factory with a wallpaper backsplash and, while it looked good, over time it was showing it’s age, especially behind the sink where it occasionally gets hit with water.

Ideally we wanted to replace it with tile but that adds weight to an RV and we weren’t sure how it would hold up while Maxx was being hauled down the road. At the end of summer we found a stick on tile made up of thin slices of natural stone that we thought would look good as a backsplash, so we purchased it.

Then came the question of when to put it up. After some thought hubby decided it would be best to install it when Maxx was sitting for a longer period so that the tile had a chance to really adhere to the wall. He started the project last Saturday but had to work around my Christmas baking and dinner prep for our Chili night while watching the Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, which meant he didn’t finish the project until Monday.

We wanted to do the entire wall behind the stove but the spice rack refused to come off, so we compromised.

We are both very happy with how it turned out and even more pleased now that we have put the stone sealer on it, which not only protects the stone but it also brings out the natural colors.

The tile on the bottom is before sealing and above is after sealing … it makes a big difference!

An added bonus was the new tile is a little taste of our old house since it is very similar to the backsplash in our old kitchen.

If you are thinking of adding this tile to your RV, hubby said it was pretty easy to do although he did have to take out the window behind the sink … and like all projects a new tool was required 🙂 Okay I did see the necessity for purchasing a pair of tin snips to cut the tile to fit around the window, of course he does have a perfectly good pair sitting at home, but they were less than twenty dollars and home is a long way away, so what the heck. Oh, and one last thing, we purchased the tiles at Home Depot in Canada and I have not seen them here in the US.

Until next time …

A Busy Day!

We are down to crunch time, as we get ready to head home for Christmas on Saturday. Today was baking day and I was happy to get it all done and hubby assures me it is all very tasty 🙂

Most of the baking will be given away but I will put some in the freezer for hubby 🙂

And following the baking was laundry and I was also happy to get that all done!

Until next time …

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas!

And I love it 🙂 Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I love decorating, baking while listening to Christmas music, wrapping presents, and watching people open their gifts. I love going to Mass on Christmas Eve and seeing all the children in their fancy clothes and all excited for Christmas morning. I just get so much joy from how happy everyone is at this time of year.

This years theme for the Yuma Electric Light Parade was “Celebrating Agriculture” and it was fun to see lot’s of big farm equipment in the parade.

I love it when someone wishes me “Merry Christmas” and I love to wish others “Merry Christmas”, but if you are Jewish, wish me “Happy Hanukkah” I will give you a big smile and wish you “Happy Hanukkah”, or if you wish me “Happy Kwanzaa” I will give you a big smile and wish you “Happy Kwanzaa” … well you get the picture. If you celebrate a different holiday at this time of the year I am happy for you and if you invite me to share it with you I would be honored, I would love to learn about your customs … and I hope, if I invite you to share a Christmas celebration with me, you will not be offended but will take it as me wanting to share my special time of the year with you as well.

This float is always a crowd pleaser!

I loved the meticulous detail used on the lights on this ambulance!

And each side was a different color scheme.

Anyway folks I hope that whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of the year, it is special, filled with love and joy, and is everything you wish it to be 🙂

Cocopah RV and Golf Resort Golf Cart Parade

This is always a fun event, we make up a big batch of chili, have friends over, and sit around the fire to watch the golf cart parade.

Until next time …

Rain!

Wednesday evening it started raining and it continued until this morning, which is very unusual for Yuma, Arizona.

In the six years that we have been coming here we have never seen rain like this. The odd time we have had rain it was a few drops and that was it, if you blinked you would have missed it.

I did think my Poinsettia looked very pretty with raindrops on it’s leaves … yes folks back home it is warm enough to leave our poinsettias outside at Christmas 🙂

So I wasn’t thrilled when I woke up this morning and it was still raining but I donned my raincoat and flip flops and headed out for my walk. Yup I went in my flip flops but it didn’t take long to realize I might have to adjust my route as I was hitting some major puddles!

Hmm I can’t walk through that!

After a half hour, in heavy rain, I finally acknowledged defeat and stopped by home to put on my boots … my wet feet were sliding out of my flip flops 😦 My hour long walk took an hour and fifteen minutes today due to dodging puddles, stopping to put on my boots, and taking pictures, but my very wet self finally arrived back at Maxx … and guess what??? The rain stopped and that was it for the day, I would have preferred it stopped before my walk!

There are new water hazards on the golf coarse.

I checked our weather station when I got home to see how much rain we had but before I tell you I thought I would give you a history lesson on rain in Yuma …

  • In the past thirty years it has rained eight out of thirty times on December 7th.
  • The average rainfall for December 7th is 1mm/.03in.
  • The record rainfall was 8mm/.32in in 1997.
  • The record high was 26C/80F in 2012
  • The record low was 2C/35F in 2011.

And new lakes

Of course I’m not the person that makes the official declaration but from what our little weather station is telling me, we hit a new record today …

  • Since the rain started on Wednesday we have had 21.1mm/.83 in.
  • In the last 24 hours we have had 18.5mm/.73 inches which I think really beats the previous records of 8mm/.32in in 1997!
  • The highest temp we reached so far today is 17C/63F but it will probably go up a few more degrees.
  • The lowest temperature I noticed today was 11C/52F when I went out for my walk just before 6:00 a.m.

It figures that it would stop raining as soon as I get home!

Now the lack of rain and the abundance of sun is the main reason we spend so much time in Yuma, Arizona during the winter. On average Yuma gets a total of 76mm/3in of rain per year. The US average is 990mm/39in … yup that makes Yuma a pretty dry place 🙂

Five hours later the puddles are disappearing quickly!

And to put that in context for those of my readers that live in British Columbia, Vancouver receives an average of 990mm/39in per year … and sis-in-law, Abbotsford tops out at an average of 1538mm/61in! I couldn’t find any rain information for our home town of Kelowna, I guess that means we don’t get that much rain … nope that’s not true, but we don’t get nearly as much as coast of BC does.

Of course all of the above information comes from the internet so who knows if its true or not but it all sounds reasonable to me, but what I can attest to is our personal weather station said we received 21.1mm/.83in, and that’s a lot of rain for Yuma!

And we are back to the beautiful sunny weather we are accustom to 🙂

And who knew you could write a blog this long about rain … thanks for following along 🙂

Until next time …

How Does The Garden Grow

I promised to keep you posted on how the vegetable fields, that I posted pictures of when we first arrived in Yuma, were growing … so here you go 🙂

Photo taken three weeks ago.

Photo taken yesterday.

Photo taken three weeks ago.

Photo taken yesterday.

Photo taken three weeks ago.

Photo taken yesterday.

I will post new pictures when we return to Yuma after Christmas.

Until next time …

Oh, What To Say

I really struggle with writing a blog when we are hanging out in Yuma because I just don’t feel like I have much to say. Yes we are having a great time and every time somebody says, “What did you do today” I am at a loss for words. No we didn’t sit around and do nothing all day, we did lot’s, but honestly nothing I think others are interested in hearing about. I don’t think you care how I made soup, or hubby spent the morning installing our new patio blocks, or he washed the truck, or I washed the windows, or we went for a bike ride or long walk, or we had happy hours with friends, etc. … and then I think … well I read blogs where they tell me all about that and I find it interesting so I should write about it … but no nobody will find my stuff interesting … and there in lies my blogging dilemma 🙂

Sunrise on my morning walk.

Anyway that is what is running through my head so here is what I came up with for today’s blog.

And a few hours later … Eddie the egret catching some shade 🙂

Today was the Welcome Back Party in Los Algodones, Mexico. I have written about Algodones before but to sum it up, Wikipedia describes it as … Los Algodones, Mexico is a popular tourist attraction that, due in part to inexpensive shopping and restaurants as well as inexpensive medical care and prescription medicines, attracts a number of older tourists from across the United States and Canada. Well I’m not sure I like being referred to as “older tourists” but the rest up the Wikipedia description pretty well sums it up!

Dancing at the Welcome Back Party

There is a large seating area under a tent to watch the stage.

A lot of people come to take in the free drinks and meals!

People who visit Algodones (you will notice that those that visit regularly drop the “Los” from the name) generally go down for dental, optical, prescription drugs or in our case the Margaritas. Yup we don’t need any of the other main reason for visiting but you just can’t deny that having a drink in one of the many plaza restaurants, sitting in the sun listening to music and people watching, isn’t a great way to enjoy an afternoon. Although I have found this year that Tequila just isn’t agreeing with me so a Corona has taken the place of the custom Margaritas, but the entertainment factor is still there 🙂

We decided to eat at one of the open air restaurants and the food was really good!

You can turn this sign either way depending on whether or not you want vendors to try and sell you stuff.

I was awake for many hours last night worrying about whether or not it was the right thing to do going across into Mexico given all the issues there have been at the Western US/Mexico Border Crossings lately, but hubby and our friends thought it wasn’t a problem, and I didn’t want to be a sissy, so I went. And since you are reading a blog from me tonight you can probably guess that yes I was being a sissy and there were no problems … well in this case I was happy to be the sissy that is sitting comfortably back in her RV in the US!

Apparently a lot of people agreed with hubby and our friends because there were a lot of people in Algodones for the Welcome Back Party. We had a fun day watching the entertainment, watching other people, and having a great lunch, before heading back across the border.

This young lady was on the stage when we headed back to the border crossing … she was very good!

If you have ever stood at the border crossing line in Algodones you will know how far back we were in line by the view in this picture!

I think it took us almost an hour and a half to cross back into the US, but the time seem to go quickly as we chit chatted with people in line … well hubby chit chatted a lot and I listened and chit chatted with our friends ☺

So folks that was the best I could come up with today, but trust me when I say each of our days are busy and full of things we like to do … even if I don’t think others would find our antics entertaining 🙂

Until next time …