MADE A CAMPFIRE RING THIS MORNING
Where else could I be outside at 8 a.m. in the morning with pajamas on filling bird feeders & not offend neighbors or attract the attention of the local constabulary. On a quiet peaceful Arizona ranch that’s where.
BACK DOOR – 2 CAR CARPORT – SHEDS
We are in such a quandary here because we love this dusty little ranch sooooo much. Of all the places we have looked at in the southwest this one spoke to us the most lovingly. We sent a couple emails to Glen, owner of the property today to see if we could open up some dialogue on the sale of his ranch.
THIS IS THE BRAND SYMBOL RICHARD WIEGAND USED FOR HIS CATTLE & HORSES HERE AT THE FLYING W
The logistics of us buying the ranch are huge. Not only the financial commitment but the fact I am Canadian really complicates things. Kelly has dual citizenship so that is a plus. What to do about medical coverage is a big one we have always wrestled with & never found a clear cut answer. What to do about our house in Bayfield? Would we live here in Arizona for the winter & return to the Bayfield area in the summer? With all the doom & gloom economy forecasts on the horizon is it better to just give up the Snowbird RV lifestyle & resign ourselves to stay in Canada? Those are but a few of the many, many, questions & decisions we have been agonizing over these past few days. We have been going back & forth, trying to decide on what the right decision is for us. Could we actually afford to buy this ranch? Yes we could…… if we sold our house back in Bayfield, but with the crumbling housing market in Canada it could take a very long time to sell our place. In the meantime I’m sure this Ranch will be long gone. Some days we just have to accept the reality of where we are in life.
MORNING WALK AT THE OTHER PROPERTY LAST WEEK
Someone had commented a few blogs ago wondering if we we were losing our wanderlust & could our travels be winding down if we were to locate here to Arizona. My answer to that is ‘no’ & here’s why. We love the Southwest but can only be here for approximately 5 months of the year. It is a loooooong & expensive drive to get here & back home again. (and I haven’t even mentioned gas prices yet) Because we can’t leave Canada until late October or early November we cannot go to places like Colorado, Utah, northern Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon etc because of the cold weather & snow. If we lived in Arizona we would be better located to see those places. We would no longer have to put in those long trips from the northeast to get here. We would already be here. We really don’t have any interest in living anywhere east of New Mexico & we do not want to ever have to spend another winter in Canada!!!!. It is the southwest where we want to be. We like California but it is just way too expensive for us there. Arizona or New Mexico are our two top choices with Arizona being number one. And this would have been so perfect for us here.
CHECKING ON THE FRONT YARD’S POND PUMP
With gas prices skyrocketing & especially in California, I am wondering why there has not been a backlash from consumers this time. Nothing on the news & I have not read anything in any RV blogs about high gas prices. Gas has gone up 30 cents a gallon in the past week here. California is over $4 a gallon & we know we will be in the $5 dollar range this summer & now we are hearing talk of $8 a gallon. Think it won’t happen? Well, it is already happening!! Most of of us know how expensive it is to fill up a Motor Home. How many peoples travel plans are already crumbling underneath them and they aren’t even aware of it yet. Where will a lot of us be next year at this time. Home I suspect:(( For many of us the RV hay day's may very well be over. I feel bad for the folks who are just on the verge of launching their RV dreams & what this is all going to mean to them. Why is there no backlash about the gas prices…..Am I in the dark about something here!!
HERE I AM TELLING JOKES TO THE DONKEY GANG….CAN YOU TELL BY THE LAST PICTURE THAT I TOLD THEM ONE OF MY BEST GROANERS:))
I must admit that at the time of tonight’s writing I have become very discouraged despite starting the day on a super high note:((
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