Wednesday, March 28, 2012

HOUSE IS ALL PAINTED & VISITORS FROM BUCKEYE

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Bear with me folks, in another few days we will be on the road again & that will be the end of all the Arizona house photos until next October.

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MOTORMOUSE KEEPS AN EYE ON THE PAINTERS

Can’t tell you enough just how grrrrreat it is having a full size shower with an endless supply of piping hot water again.  It is the number one thing I miss most when we leave Ontario every Fall.  We have both a tub shower & a walk in shower here at the Arizona house.  Haven’t tried the walk in one yet…maybe in the morning:))

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Dobie & the Boys were here early this morning with paint cans & brushes in hand & again didn’t waste any time getting on with the task at hand.  With long handled paint rollers they soon began transforming the house’s Battleship Gray to a Colorado Trail Brown.  Groovy:))

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DOBIE TAPES UP THE WINDOWS WHILE THE ELECTRIC GUY CHECKS OUR METER

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PAINTING IS WELL UNDER WAY

Spent a bit more time in the kitchen doing small touch-ups here & there & we put the last piece of colorful wallpaper trim up.  By 10 a.m. it was getting pretty darn warm out so we piled into the Jeep & headed off to run some errands in Wickenburg.

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Stewart’s Hardware seems to be our most frequent stop these days & today was no exception.  Cleaners, curtain rods, etc.  From there it was up the road to the Vets.  Kelly wanted to pick up little Motormouse’s medical records from last week.  Good thing to have back in Canada in case Motor has a relapse.

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Next stop was just up the road to the newly opened Wickenburg used Home & Appliance Store.  Found us a recliner, a cabinet, a stool & an old cushy loveseat.  It’s going to be delivered Thursday around noon.  For now we’ll just have to take turns in the recliner.  And no, having matching furniture is not important to us at all.  From there it was over to the Arco store for some more ‘stuff’.   Safeway was next & then a final stop at the Bank of America to make sure our $1.49 was still in there.  It was:))

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I think we were well over 80F today & you could tell it was hot by the haze in the air.  I was kinda wishing for some A/C in the Jeep on the way back to Congress.  Don’t think I would do to well in the hot summer months here.

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Last time we saw Joe & Nancy from RVING BEACH BUMS was at Sandy’s Restaurant & RV Park in Cochise County’s Sunizona.  We were just east of the Cochise Stronghold.  My blog from that day is HERE.  Joe has been following my blog for a long time now & they were in the area camped near Buckeye.  Upon returning from Wickenburg J & N were at the Arizona house waiting for us.  Great folks & it was nice to see them again.  Had us a walkabout & a catch-up.  Joe & Pheebs even had some smooches going on:))  Joe’s a very handy guy specializing in electrical engineering & said he would be glad to come back for a couple days & help out with any projects we had going on next winter.  And yep, we’ll sure have us some projects going on alright.  Joe & Nancy headed on back to Buckeye around 3 while Kelly & I talked to Dobie a bit about next getting our roof repaired.

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I THINK JOE MAY VERY WELL BE MY LONGEST TIME READER & HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT ME THAN I DO……

We have two leaks in the old roof with the worst one being being in a corner between the dining room & kitchen.  The other one being in the blue room.  Dobie & the boys are going to scrub down the oxidized metal roof & patch all the seams & any holes they find with roofing tar.  They will then coat the entire roof with white elastomeric paint.  Hopefully this will stop the leaks, but if not, we’ll have to go to option B in the Fall.  Don’t ask me what option B is because I do not have a clue.

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WITH THE WINDOWS STILL TAPED UP

The house is looking great with it’s new ‘Colorado Trail’ paint job.  About 3 hours in the morning will finish up the second coat.  The guys even painted the foundation.  In the Fall I will paint the fascia board & front porch.  Haven’t decided on a color for that yet.  Lime green came to mind but quickly left again:))

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RV SUE has left the Congress Arizona area & moved on up the road.  Saw her first Joshua Tree & came across her first desert snake, of which she has a picture.  Also a new RV Park that she was very impressed with & one which we will stop by sometime when we are up that way north of Wickenburg & south of Kingman.   HIDDEN OASIS RV PARK 

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FINISHED PUTTING THE LAST STRIP OF WALLPAPER BORDER ON THIS MORNING & NO, THE CUPBOARDS ARE NOT THAT ORANGE   

A few days ago we had new Blog Followers JERRY & LU LARSON join our Followers list but I couldn’t get their blog site up & running at the time.  Working now:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Joe and Frank were in the office, and noticed that someone had put up a suggestion box with some 3 x 5 cards next to it. Both decided that this was a great idea, and each took a card to fill out.
Joe wrote: "The office workers should all be given raises!"
When he looked at Frank's card, it said: "Can we all have raises, and keys to the executive washroom, and personal secretaries, and new company cars, and new coffee cups, and longer lunch breaks, and an extra three weeks vacation each year, and a holiday on St. Patrick's Day, and Columbus Day and Martin Luther King's Birthday?"
Joe said, "Frank, that isn't the right way of getting things changed around here. You shouldn't put all of your begs in one ask-it."

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27 comments:

  1. Never, ever tire of pictures u take, no matter the subject :) !! That looks like a completely different house. for the definite better. Everything just looks so good & u sound so relaxed, like u are really having a good time. Love seeing planning to fruition

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  2. the house is looking just wonderful!..it will be sad to leave and head north, for you all!

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  3. The colors are beautiful! You are going to have to go home to rest. We have really enjoyed your posts and hope you continue them when you get back "home" It was also good to see Motor Mouse outside enjoying the good weather.
    Safe Journeys

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  4. The house and Mouse both look great.
    Congrats on being a home owner in AZ.
    It will soon be time for us to head up North also. I was happy to hear you feel the same as I do about RV showers.

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  5. I like that Colorado Trail Brown. House doesn't even look like the same place.

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  6. Looks like you got the old place looking shipshape. Now you can return to Bayfield knowing that it will be looking good when you return this fall. It will sure make a great base of operations for the Bayfield Bunch Arizona Detachment.Be safe out there.Sam & Donna.

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  7. LOVE the shot of Motormouse doing the supervising-

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  8. Very impressive how nice the house is looking and in such a short time too!!
    Elizabeth in NC

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  9. Love the color of the house! Good to see Motormouse looking good in the photos!

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  10. I also love the Colorado Trail color! Looks great... not sure on the lime accents but maybe a pretty turquoise would compliment the brown! The house looks amazing! You have managed to do an awful lot of work in a very few days! I also love the kitchen colors and the wallpaper accent just sets it all off perfectly! Hugs to you and Kelly and slobbery smooches to The Mouse and Pheebs~!

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  11. Your Arizona house is really looking great!! I love the colors you selected.

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  12. WOW, what a great job y'all have done with the AZ home. Looks like a brand new home was built where the old one was, I guess in a way, it was.

    Stay Safe

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  13. The house is lookin good, already for you get back to work next fall.

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  14. The house is really looking like a home now. It looks so much happier with the cheerful colors. It will be a long summer waiting to see what you have planned for the yard and other interior rooms.

    Thanks again for sharing this fun time with us.

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  15. unbelieveable how much you have accomplished in such a short time.
    Love the look on motor's face, had to chuckle....his expression seems to say, "Ok guys you better do a good job...see how fierce I am"

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  16. Hey Al and Kelly, youse guys interested in selling that house?? Sure looks nice. :)

    I think a Taos blue for the porch. (I have Taos blue on the brain, I think.)

    And keep the house pictures coming, it's a lot of fun to see how much you guys are accomplishing in such a short time - anad with panache!

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  17. Virginia says:

    House looks fabulous, love the color. You really gave it curb appeal. That Doby and crew are great workers. Throw them a party!

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  18. You work waaaay faster than McGyver..He spends too much time pondering and planning..and painting is MY job...The house looks great...As a fellow member of Kidney Stones Unlimited, I will be thinking of you on April 10th...(if memory serves, I think that's your Dr. appt.)

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  19. It is truly amazing just how much you have completed since all this started. Your little desert home looks wonderful!!! I love that big saguaro in the front. Perfect.

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  20. What a transformation! You are putting a lot of love in that old house, and it will be a happy place to live.

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  21. You surely have given that house new life. It looks fantastic. The colors are just perfect!

    Nice job of setting yourself up for the best of all worlds. Cool Bayfield in the summer and warm desert in the winter. AND a house a house on wheels for in between!! You two are smart cookies!!

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  22. Al and Kelly, the house looks great!! I know what you mean about how nice it is to have the shower--it's the only thing I missed when I was on my trip and any time I camped.

    I can't believe how fast you got everything done--from buying to fixing. I think it will be wonderful for you to return to next winter.

    Have a safe and happy trip home. What a life!
    Pats to Motormouse and Pheebs. Wonder what Pheebs will think of here home up north!

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  23. Hi Al and Kelly,
    I have been reading your blog for several years now. I enjoy the heck out of it! Not an RVer, but I do love to travel, so that's what attracts me to RV Blogs. I read a whole bunch. You're my favorite, along with Tioga George and rvsue and crew, among them.
    Anyway, just LOVE your house purchase and its GORGEOUS the work you have done to it. Paint colors are so beautiful. I was thinking about the packrat situation if you left your motorhome parked in AZ. Have you considered erecting a sheetmetal pole 'garage' with cement floor, to park it inside? That would be the perfect solution if you could afford one. My husband bought one from Oregon, had it shipped on longbed truck to us, and with another guy, put it up; and had a cement floor poured. It had a large rollup door and 1 man door. It was his 'shop' and he loved it. Just a thought to pass along should you want to consider it for your Motorhome. Bet you could spend some hours on the internet this summer musing thru the different companies and costs...

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  24. We like it! Kitchen looks fun. We scare our friends with our color choices, but it makes us happy. Your choices are a little tame, but good.

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  25. Wow only a few weeks and the house looks so great!
    I can't wait to see what you do to her next fall when you return.
    I love the color choices!!!
    (works well with the area for sure).

    Glad to see Motormouse up and running around again, was sure a scare there.

    Cheers!

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  26. Wow only a few weeks and the house looks so great!
    I can't wait to see what you do to her next fall when you return.
    I love the color choices!!!
    (works well with the area for sure).

    Glad to see Motormouse up and running around again, was sure a scare there.

    Cheers!

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