Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween 2009

The night is almost over, the ghost & goblins have retired for the night, so as I sit here & update my blog, I hope everyone had a Happy, Safe Halloween.

From My Pumpkin to Yours
There was a Halloween Dance here at the park tonight. Bill & I went down to check out the costumes & try & take some pictures. The lighting is not very conducive to taking pictures, so I'm sorry some are blurry.

This was the 1st place couple.

Neighbors, Stu & Carol
Danny & ?
3rd place in front & 1st place behind
2nd place on left & pirates are Brian & Cathy (exercise leader)
More of the parade
So you can see, no matter the age, there is a little bit of kid in all of us.

On our way home I had to go to Gene & Faye's door to scare them. They told me to take Bill on a walk down the street to see this little guy. Gene was walking this morning before daylight & the little guy almost scared the pee right out of him. So he said I was the 2nd one to scare him today.

So back to our little abode, to play catch up. Bill is sleeping in the recliner, old movie is playing.

I went to pool today (it was beautiful today!) & Bill played poker. On my way to the pool I noticed Dave & Carol were here. They arrived from Iowa last evening. Carol came to the pool & we spent time catching up.

Last night we went out for supper with Jim & Ruby, across the street, who arrived Thursday from Washington. The neighborhood is slowly filtering in.

Tomorrow we will go to church & catch up with friends that we haven't seen yet.

Tomorrow a new week begins, a new month and hope all of you on Daylight Savings Time remembered to turn your clocks back before you went to bed. Now we will only be 2 hrs. behind you.

So, until next time..................The Traveling Cardinal's

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We Haven't Blown Off The Map - Yet

Well, as I said, the 2nd day of exercise was a challenge! Today, I'm sore. Not as bad as I thought, but that hour yesterday was WORK! That 5# ball kept getting heavier & heavier by the time the hour was up. Good thing we get Wed. & Thurs. off before going back on Friday!

Today I washed clothes. It was so great to hang those sheets out. The wind is blowing today, but not as bad as yesterday. Below you can see the before (taken last evening before supper) and the after - today, of Superstition Mountain. It just plain disappeared in all the dust. Bill washed the truck yesterday & today I dusted it! The wind was so strong last night it tipped our little table over with the Cast Iron Grill on it right upside down. I tried the grill this morning & couldn't get it to work. Bill messed with it this afternoon, maybe it will work now. If not I guess we'll have to go shopping again.
No Mountain.................
Now it's back.....
Just a touch of home. As you can see it's all gravel, stone, dirt. There is no planting here & no weeding either!
I got this email from my special friend, Judy, today & I thought I'd share it in my post for the day. It was cute & says a lot! Well Judy, I played with this & cut & pasted & changed font sizes & it still does what it wants. So if there is something in large print, don't be offended, this crazy site sometimes does whatever it wants to.
H A P P Y A U T U M N!!!
The 7 Ups!

1. Wake Up !!

Decide to have a good day.
'This is the day the Lord hath made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.'
Psalms 118:24

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2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
'The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.'
I Samuel 16:7


3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen.
God gave us two ears and one mouth,
so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.

'He who guards his lips guards his soul.'
Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!
. . . for what you believe in.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
'Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good...'
Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !!
. . to the Lord.
'I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me'.
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !!
. . for something higher.
'Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.'
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !!
. . your Prayers.
'Do not worry about anything; instead
Philippians 4:6





If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring, and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.
He could live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.
What about the Christmas gift He sent you in Bethlehem ;
not to mention that Friday at Calvary .

Face it, He's crazy about you.


I thought this was mighty special, just like YOU.
remember . ...
God answers Knee-Mail!
Wishing you a Blessed Day!!

We are just trying to keep warm on this sunny, cool day. Bill just went back down to check on the pool players & I'm drinking a Cherry Chocolate Latte. It's only 59 deg. outside, but suppose to be back up in the 80's in a couple of days. I can stand that. Did have to wear jeans & a sweatshirt today though. No sun bathing today.

Tomorrow I probably won't post anything so I just want to say "Happy Birthday Bob". We miss you & being Thursday, we could have played cards. Hope you have cake & company! Also, Happy Birthday to Bev.

So, until next time.............The Traveling Cardinal's

Monday, October 26, 2009

First Day Back to Excercise Class

Oh, my, I forgot I had those muscles & I think my legs weigh 50 lbs. each! I decided I had to do some serious "getting in shape" so may as well get out of bed & exercise at 8 AM 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday & Friday). If it doesn't do any good in the next 6 months, I'll retire from that too!

Seriously, we have a great time & our leader, Cathy, is fun & focused. I need her! She tells you when to breath in, breath out & counts at the same time! A real leader. Tomorrow we use the 5# weight ball. Now tomorrow or Wed. I might say something different!

Chris, Noreen & Cindy in the office were excited to see me this morning. They all had to come out of the office & give me a hug. That makes you feel good to get such a "welcome back" from them. Of course, they know I stop & visit & pick on them all year. I think they miss us all.

It was a beautiful day today. We got our rent & cable paid for the next 3 months & ready to have fun & enjoy. Bill went to play cards this afternoon & I went to the pool. They were all kidding me about just getting here & laying around the pool already. I said if Bill could play, so could I. But they must remember, I don't leave my home closed up for 6 months at a time so I keep mine pretty much cleaned up all year. Although it does need a good housecleaning (walls, ceilings) & outside. But that will come in a day or two. Suppose to cool down a couple days.

While I was at the pool, Phoenix's local TV Channel 3 came to do a shoot about the park. They were using the angle about the economy & how it effects Apache Junction businesses & if it will be better this year than last. The cameraman came out to the pool & told everyone he was going to take some shots of them in the pool. Our neighbor down the street, Stu & his wife Carol were in there along with our exercise leader, Cathy & her husband Brian. Well he took pictures & then interviewed Stu (whose birthday was today - Happy Birthday Stu!) He asked him if he spent money here in town & where. Stu said, restaurants, Walmart, restaurants, Walmart. Then they interviewed Cathy. After he left, Carol said they should have sent him to talk to me about our ordeals & I said, Oh no, we've had enough problems parking that rig for 2 days, that's enough publicity for me. Well, these clips were on the 5 & 6 o'clock news tonight. He showed guys playing pool, those in the pool, a lady sitting by the pool & then oh, my gosh!!! There I was laying in all my glory in a bathing suit reading, on TV!!! I never knew he was taking those pictures. At least I wasn't looking at the camera!!

Tonight I went to buy some flowers to put in pots in front of the trailer along with my pumpkin we got yesterday. Doesn't seem possible Halloween is here already.

Well, nothing special to write about except the above & to let everyone know we are all doing well & it is gorgeous weather.

I received this this past week & I really love it. It makes me look at myself, like myself & smile at myself:

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less grey hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself.. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging..

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.
But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken.. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or a pet is lost.

But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning grey, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

So, until next time............The Traveling Cardinal's

Sunday, October 25, 2009

We are Finally AZ Home!

Before Bill & I went out for supper with Don & LaVon on Friday night, they took us to introduce us to our neighbors. They were a couple they are friends with that were staying a week & then heading to the Phoenix area to work on a mission project. They are called Sowers. This is their "big rig truck"! Wow! You will notice it is called The Clydesdale. He said he used to pull his trailer with a smaller truck he called "The Mule". But it couldn't quite do the job so he had to buy a bigger truck & he calls this one The Clydesdale. What a hoot!
This is the emblem on their truck. Sowers means Servants on Wheels Every Ready. If you click on the picture you can see the Bible verse Gal. 6:7 & the seeds being sown spell Jesus. I love this emblem! May we all be Sowers in one way or another in our lives with whomever we meet & wherever we are. "Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Gal. 6:7
The big truck - with the scooter for running "small errands". Can you imagine going shopping & having to park this???
Saturday morning before we knocked on Don & LaVon's door to say goodbye, we took a walk in the Cactus Garden. It covers approx. 5 acres. It is so beautiful & peaceful & it wasn't even in bloom!
Each person on the outside row of the park takes care of that section of the garden behind their trailer. There are some really unique things there. I loved this little old car & trailer. Click on the picture & see the design in the dead tree stump with the barbed wire hanging on it. Beautiful.
Even without the flowers, the cactus have their own special colors, shapes & characteristics.
Now these aren't flowers, it is just the left over pods after the flowers. Can you imagine how beautiful it was when it was in full bloom?
This is the welcome sign on the front of Don & LaVon's 5th wheel. They are such a sweet couple. Fun to be with!
LaVon's bougainvillea bush.
We got to their trailer just as LaVon was getting up (Gosh I wished I would have had that camera ready, LOL). Don had been up since 6 but let his lovely wife sleep in. Isn't he the best? Well, I know another one that's good too. Bill let's me sleep in all the time.

Anyway, we said our goodbyes & then pulled out. We were heading to Camping World in Mesa to have a new awning put on our trailer. Our appointment was for 11am. We got there a little after 10 & were there until almost 5pm. A long day sitting around, but I took a book to read, my Sudoku puzzle book & kept busy going between sitting in the sun outside & sitting in the AC cold customer lounge.

Everything went fine & we left there and arrived at our Arizona Home, Superstition Sunrise RV Park a little after 5. After giving Faye & Gene hugs, it was time to take the bike off the back, cover the neighbors orange tree so it wouldn't scratch the trailer again & then back that monster in. Gene had laid out wood strips so we could use that as a guide. We told Gene he could go ahead & back it in. He did pretty good, but couldn't get the front lined up with the back. We have to be as close to the cement slab as we can (but wanted to leave room for our flag pole holder David made us). Well, Gene worked at it. Then I got in & worked at it. Got it a little straighter, then finally Bill got in & finished it. What a job. But by then it was dark & the truck was jackknifed & we couldn't move it without getting out of line again. So Gene said just leave it. He went to get some cones to mark off where the truck stuck out into the street & we got up this morning, unhooked, lined the truck up straight with the trailer, re-hooked & made the necessary adjustments to be where we needed to be. What a job. With a 8' bed, a crew cab & a 40' trailer, it makes for a trying job. We just don't have enough room to jog it around. But we are here & here we re going to stay until April 24th!

After everything was done this morning, I took off for a bike ride while Bill showered. Got to see who was here & who hasn't arrived yet. Stopped & talked to Shirley, then Audrey & Don. Finally I ended up back at Faye & Gene's where Bill already was. We talked then played a game of Hand & Foot until it was time for the Cardinal's game to start. They wanted to watch the game. Oh, by the way, the guys beat us, but not by much. It was a very close game!

It was Gene & Faye's 5th anniversary last Thursday. He bought her 2 doz. beautiful roses & a new ring he got while they were on their cruise a few weeks ago. He is so sweet & good to her. They make a wonderful couple. There isn't a thing they wouldn't do for anyone. Gene is busy building a ramp at the trailer that Phyllis & Tom rent. They talked about it last year & now it will be done when they get here the middle of Dec.

This is the hibiscus that Faye has on her patio. It's has beautiful huge flowers.
You can see the size of the flower by looking at the pot that it's in! A pretty color too.
Well, that about wraps up our last couple of days. I need to finish up so Bill can read the newspaper.

So until next time...............The Traveling Cardinal's

Friday, October 23, 2009

Aha! Gottcha! A New Post on Time!

We arrived in Casa Grande, AZ at Sunscape RV Resort around 11:30am today. It was a beautiful, pretty day. We had called my friend LaVon to see if they had anything open in their park & she checked & found us a spot right down the street from them. The park emailed me last night & then called this morning & said the spot was available.

So here we are. We thought we would be staying longer, but it will be just for one night so we will have to talk fast & furious. (Not that that's a problem with us!)

This is our spot in this very nice park. The spaces are nice & wide & more road room for maneuverability.
The spot next to us looks neatly re-stoned & waiting for some snowbirds to return.
Don & LaVon popped down to welcome us & then left us to finish setting up. It was so good to see them again. She said to come down for a cold drink of ice water while we waited for our trailer to cool down. We ate a quick lunch & then went down to spend the afternoon visiting. Now how can 4 people who have only gotten together twice before (not the guys though, they only met once), have so much to talk about & never run out of things to say! Oh ya, Bill says I have the gift of gab & Don's a preacher & LaVon is just plain sweet & lovable. So you see, all that gab comes naturally!

We made plans to go out for supper on a "double date" as Friday night is LaVon & Don's date night. Then we left to come back to the trailer & everyone could take a quick nap.
Here Don is already looking pretty relaxed. They have a beautiful home (5th wheel).
Now we moved outside so she could take a picture of us. I thought I'd better take one outside in case the one inside didn't turn out. She put the squeeze on Don for the 2nd picture!
We went to the Creative Cafe in Casa Grande for supper. We had lots of food & fellowship. Thanks Don for being our chauffeur! It's too bad our time here is so short, but we know we both will be staying in the area until the end of April, so we will have time to get together again. Hopefully they can bring Snookie & Bob up to Apache Junction so we can all get together for a days outing or evening.

We will make it an early night so we can get going in the morning to Mesa to Camping World to get the awning installed. We think it will only take us about an hour to get there, so we hope to leave by 9am. We didn't unhook, so we are pretty much set. The park is set up so efficiently we won't have trouble getting water & electric unhooked in the morning & be on our way.

So, until next time...............The Traveling Cardinal's

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Where Did This Past Week Go???

On Sat., Oct. 17, we went back to Historic Fort Stockton Sesquicentennial. Ft. Stockton was garrisoned by companies of the 9th Cavalry, known as "Buffalo Soldiers". It was a beautiful day, but windy & cool. Well, I should say, cold. We arrived in time for the opening ceremony & the morning colors. Here are a couple on horseback, waiting for it all to begin. Fort Bliss band is in the background.
We had time to chat with the laundress before the parade. She was trying to interest the kids in washing clothes on the washboard with lye soap. I never realized they used potatoes in making starch.
Getting organized.
One of 2 bagpipers.
A variety of period style clothing.
Ft. Bliss, TX band. The young man on the far right that is standing (sorry I cut him off), is from Utah. But in talking with him his wife was originally from Warren, PA! She moved to Utah when she was 13.
Readying for formation.The raising of the colors. Look at that beautiful sky! What a background!
Old Glory in all her splendor.
Let the parade begin.
Reenactors from Fort Lancaster to Fort Stockton. Camels were brought to the US to function as pack animals. They were never meant to replace horses as mounts for soldiers. They were a supplement to pack horses & mules. Camels could be loaded with as much as 1200 lbs. of cargo more than double that of the stoutest mule. As successful as the camels were in West Texas & the Southwest, the experiment ended in failure. First, the camels were the brainchild of US Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. When Davis went off to start his own country, that pretty much tainted the camel experiment in Union eyes. After the Civil War a few camels were used for freight. With the coming of the railroad, the camels days were numbered in North America & many were released into the wild.
A typical couple of reenacators.
Number 2 of the bagpipers.
This gentleman had a huge collection of guns, knives, and ammunition. We spoke with him on Fri. when he was just beginning to set up in one of the officers quarters.
The period of time would not be completed without the "ladies of the night" & the saloon. Although the only thing sold was soft drinks & water.
A rather risque picture!
This lady, Vicki McKissack, was fantastic! I don't think she took a break the whole time we were there. She was playing at the Six Shooter Saloon.
Close up of the camel
Close up with the camel. He was so soft.
This was one of the rooms at the Rollins-Sibley House. Jeez, does that bassinet look familiar?? I think about 3 generations of our family used one exactly like it!
This was a community quilt project for the sesquicentennial. Beautiful.
This is the Hovey one room schoolhouse.
The teachers quarters.
This bugle was found during the restoration of Officers Quarter's #7. Pretty dented, but still works.
There were several games for the kids to play. Here a little girl is rolling a barrel stave with a wooden stick.
Before leaving for the afternoon, we toured the Officer Quarter's #5. This home is actually occupied by a family. It was gorgeous & the antiques were amazing! The couple was on the tour with us.
This was the dining room. There were too many pictures to post.
Sunday morning we were ready to head farther west. We made it to Deming, NM & spent the night there. Just in time at that campground to enjoy Burger Night. Couldn't beat it for $3.00.

Monday we finally are going "home". Home as in Arizona! We still have a couple weeks to wait for our awning to come in before we make our permanent stop, so we are continuing to visit friends along the way. This was taken at the rest stop near Benson, AZ, so you can see the mountains in the background. This means we are getting closer!
Now we are headed south. Our friends, Pete & Jean, from N. Warren who celebrated their 50th anniversary while we were home, have a son Jim & his wife LaRae, who live in Sierra Vista, AZ. We made plans to come visit them on our way to Apache Junction. So this is going down US 90 to Sierra Vista on Monday.
Monday night Jim came over to visit with us. LaRae teaches certification classes for Foster Parents as part of her job & she had a class on Mon. night so she couldn't be with us. We had a really nice visit with Jim. They both co-teach children's worship on Sunday & Tuesday night they were having kids over so we said we would take a trip to Tombstone on Tues. & meet up with them for supper on Wed. night.

This was on our way to Tombstone. Now all you paperback book readers who read those westerns.......Bob, can now put a picture with the words!
This was the front of the court house which is closed to visitors on Tuesday (you might know). But it looks like they were going to be busy with a wedding anyway.
Since you can't drive down through town, you park & then walk. You can take a trolley tour of the town or a stage coach tour. We opted for the trolley. We did get a couple of downpours but it came while we were eating our lunch.
This is looking down Allen Street which is the center of town. Notice the wooden sidewalk. It was quite a step down from there to the street too. Those cowboys must have had long legs!
This is Big Nose Kate's Saloon. She was Doc Holliday's girlfriend.
Inside the saloon.
This is Wells Fargo Express Office/Tombstone Traders.
This is the bar inside Crystal Palace.
Next we took a tour of the Ghosts & Legends. Short, but interesting.
Doc Holliday (inside the stage) was the ghost story/legend teller.
This is the original Wells Fargo & Co. Overland Stage.
Our next stop was the O.K. Corral. Here is an account of what happened at this famous gunfight. The inevitable showdown was over control of Tombstone climaxed months of threats, romantic rivalries, stage robberies, pistol whippings & arrests. (Click on the picture to enlarge & read).
Clockwise from left: Tom McLaury, Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury, Doc Holliday, Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, & center, Ike Clanton. Some of the figures are hid behind others.
The reenactment.
The lawmen, Doc Holliday, Morgan, Wyatt & Virgil Earp
The 30 second, 30 shots fight.
The dead cowboys.
Longhorn Restaurant on the corner.
I seemed to be on the wrong side of the trolley for pictures. This was Wyatt Earp's house.
This building was all tin on the outside. It is called The Rose Tree Museum. It has the world's largest rose tree. We didn't go through it though. You know, $5 here, $4 there, it doesn't take long when you are sight seeing.

This is at the entrance to Boothill Graveyard. The sign tells all the names of who is buried there - three of the four cowboys from the O.K. Corral famous gunfight, plus others.
Graveyard. Because we were on the last trolley tour of the day, we couldn't get off & get picked up by the next one, so I had to take pictures out of the window. Sorry Renee.
The Bird Cage Theater. The most famous Honky-Tonk in America between 1881 & 1889. The wildest, wickedest night spot. For 9 years this was open 24 hrs. a day. Before it's operation ended in 1889, it would be the sight of 16 gunfights, 140 bullet holes riddle the walls & ceilings. There are 14 Bird Cage Crib Compartments that are self-suspended from the ceiling overlooking the gambling casino & dance hall. These were the compartments used by the ladies of the night. Nightly CanCan dancers performed here for the male gender.

When disaster struck Tombstone by the flooding of the silver mines, the Bird Cage was sealed & boarded up with all its fixtures & furnishings intact. For almost 50 years it stood closed, its contents touched only by the passing of time. It became a Historic Landmark of the American West in 1934. It is Tombstone's only historic landmark in its original state, preserved from its beginning in 1881, including the lighting fixtures, chandeliers, drapes, & gambling tables. The grand piano is still in the orchestra pit.
Bird Cage Crib Compartments

Below the stage was the wine cellar, the dressing rooms & the poker room. Today this poker table still stands as it was left, with its chairs on the dirt floor. It is here where the longest poker game in western history was played. It was a house game & players had to buy a min. of $1,000 in chips for a seat. The game ran continually for 8 years, 5 months & 3 days.
Since neither those guys at the table probably made any money, & we were getting tired, it was time to head back to the trailer. There were several places we didn't have time to see & it was getting closing time for a lot of the buildings. We got to go into the Silver Nugget, but the Ice Cream Soda shoppe next door had just closed. Because we just missed it, she said if we wanted something simple she would get it for us. I had a Root Beer Float & Bill had a Sorbet cone. It was really refreshing & she was sweet to wait on us after she began to close!

One of our most recent problems has been fighting with Suzy, our GPS! I updated the new 2010 maps & once we got into New Mexico, she just wouldn't give me any information I asked for. Well, I contacted Garmin, & because Suzy is a little on the "older" side, she doesn't have enough memory anymore. (Just like the rest of us!) So we had to stop at Walmart so I could pick up a standard SD card to insert into her & come home & upload all that information again. Well, since we didn't have her help, it was dark, & we couldn't find our way back to the campground! We turned the wrong way on the street it was on. I forgot about looking for the Circle K. If I would have been watching for that I would have know which way to go. Oh well, we got a look at some of the side streets - in the dark! It's amazing how much we depend on those little things to get us home in a strange town!

Yesterday we did some grocery shopping, I got my hair cut & nails done so we look like humans again. I talked to LaVon about staying at their resort. She sent me directions.

Last evening Jim & LaRae came & picked us up & we went to a nice Italian Restaurant. We started out for the Big Fat Greek restaurant that just opened, but it was an hour wait. Afterward they brought us home, we picked up our truck & laundry, then went to their house & did 2 loads of laundry. They have a beautiful home, a friendly dog & a playful, talkative kitty. We were sorry we kept them up so late though; it seemed forever getting those 2 loads done. I guess I'm used to doing them both at the same time at the laundry mat & I forget how long it takes the other way. We appreciate Jim & LaRae's hospitality! We hope to get to visit again before the winter is over.

Today, Thursday, we pretty much laid low. Went back to the mall to Sears so I could try & find some jeans that fit right. I think it's called get off the computer, quit reading so much & WALK! I have my work cut out for me again. I have lost a little, but not enough. Either they don't make jeans to fit me right or its the underwear! LOL Anyhow, I did find a couple pairs, & yes, they were on sale!

While we were at the mall I talked to a lady who was giving information about clinics giving flu shots. Well, since Bill HAS to have one, & I always get one, she said we had better go to Fry's today as they have already run out in 2 counties. So we proceeded to go & get our shots. Done deal. Fast & painless. I expected to stand in line, but wasn't to be. The line I thought was for the shots was for the pharmacy!

Today was my granddaughter's birthday. I called her & left a message so I hope she got it & had a great day. Happy Birthday, Samantha! We love you!

Yesterday, my great-niece, Traci, called me from Virginia Beach. She had good news too. She got engaged last week in Las Vegas. She was so excited. I'm so happy for her & Dan. He is so very good to her. They make a sweet couple. Then a week or so ago, another great-niece, Rochelle, from back home in New York, got engaged. Wow, I hope they don't get married all at the same time. Our family is growing again.

Tomorrow we will be leaving for Casa Grande, AZ to stay at Sunscape RV Resort for one night. We thought we might be there longer, but Good News! Our awning is in at Camping World & we have an 11AM appointment on Sat. to get it installed. Cross your fingers & pray that this one works! So after that stop we will be heading to our "home for the winter" at Superstition Sunrise RV Resort. I talked to Cindy in the office today & they are waiting for us. She said a lot of people are coming back early because it has been so cold & nasty in their own states. That sounds familiar!

So, until next time.............The Traveling Cardinal's