Tuesday, March 27, 2012

YABBA DABBA DOOOOOOOOOO…OUR HOUSE DEAL CLOSED TODAY & WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY… ARIZONA LAND OWNERS:)))))))))))

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MAKING SOME PROGRESS:))
We received the following email from our Real Estate Agent at 4:20 this afternoon…..
Al and Kelly, Congratulations! We have recorded. I hope you have many nice winters in your new home away from home. We will look forward to hearing from you in the future. Have a safe and pleasant drive home. Thank you for working with me. Sincerely, Randy - Associate Broker - Realty Executives Northern Arizona.
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NICE TO SEE PEOPLE ON HORSEBACK GOING BY OUR HOUSE
I am convinced I live a double life.  Kind of a boring Dude by day who’s life kicks into high gear by night.  I am a climber of great mountains, a swimmer of vast seas.  I can frolic among clouds or journey to the very center of the earth on a whim.  I am talking about dreams of course & I sure have a lot of them every night.  Not that I can vividly recall all the details but am able to remember enough snippets to tell me I have been one very busy guy.  No wonder I sometimes wake up more exhausted than when I went to bed.  Traveling this endless Universe by night does leave me a little bleary eyed some mornings.
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A FEW NEIGHBOR’S HOUSES ON OUR MORNING WALK
Have to admit, most of my day was spent in the kitchen again.  Not to fear, it had nothing to do with cooking.  Managed to get my ‘paint mojo’ working again & had another go at those darn pesky kitchen cabinets.  Scrapped our Taos Blue trim idea & just left the Peach color.  Filled in the center sections with the darker ‘Burnt Orange’ frame color.  I have yet to do the bottom cupboards & drawers & think I may just save that little job for next winter.
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CUPBOARDS APPEAR A BIT MORE ORANGY IN THE PICS 
Kelly spent a lot of time in the kitchen as well cleaning the fridge & stove.  Shelf paper into the kitchen cupboards, etc.  Hung up a couple Southwest knickknacks for color.  Happened to have a roll of southwest flavored wallpaper trim in the rig so we up & slapped that on the wall as well.  Tried our luck at hanging a cheap curtain rod.  I don’t have a lot of patience for hanging curtains!!  Too mechanical for me.
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THAT FRIDGE WAS QUITE A CHALLENGE
We had to slip into Congress & fax another paper first thing this morning that we had initialed in the wrong place.  This fax was sent from the Weaver Mining District office.  Next stop was the Post Office to get ourselves an official mail box.  We sure are beginning to feel like local Arizonians. 
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If you blink going through Congress Arizona you are going to miss it.  And, we like that.  We have a small local grocery store, a Pizza shop, Post Office, Nichols West restaurant, a fire station, about 4 Churches of course, a Dollar Store & a new combination gas & convenience store.  A Library, Community Hall & a small Medical Center.  I have missed some places but that gives you an idea.  There ‘s no real down town & things are kind of spread out a bit.  All of the above mentioned places are less than a mile from us & it seems most residents drive ATV’s or Motor bikes into town to get their mail etc.  There is also a mining & old west kinda shoot em up history here & I hope to read up on all that next winter.  In fact, we live on Ghost Town Road which was the main road between the town of Congress years ago & the booming Congress Gold Mine.  Still a couple prospector fellers out there at the mine site working the tailings.
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LOTS OF CACTUS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD  
Jim from JIMBO'S JOURNEYS has been boondocked in one of our favorite places this last little while.  The Clark Dry Lake Bed just outside of Borrego Springs has brought us many pleasant memories these past 5 years.  Check out Jimbo’s  upcoming summer camp host position in the Ochoco National Forest located in central Oregon.  He found this opportunity on WORKAMPER NEWS.
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<<< OUR DESERT TROTTER
Fellow Northerner, CHIAOWL from Michigan State joins us today as our latest Blog Follower.  Nice to have you along and welcome to our travels:))
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MORNING WALK ON GHOST TOWN ROAD
In words I totally understand, THE GOOD LUCK DUCK has this to say….." It's wild out here! It's the frontier, or something! Nothing much to happen to us back East, except that we get snowed on or die of old age”.
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LOVE THE SOUND OF MOURNING DOVES IN OUR YARD...A READER HAS SINCE CORRECTED ME SAYING THIS IS A EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE 
GROANER’S CORNER:((  Martin arrived at Sunday school late. Miss Walter, his teacher, knew that Martin was usually very punctual so she asked him if anything was wrong.
Martin replied no, that he had been going fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church.
Miss Walter was very impressed and asked the lad if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing?
Martin replied, 'Yes he did. Dad said he didn't have enough bait for both of us.'
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- Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.
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42 comments:

  1. Oh my. Such beautiful colors in your new place. And...horses going by out front. I am jealous.

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  2. Congrats and love the cupboard colors. You guys done did good all around, very exciting!!

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  3. I have to say it looks quite snazzy! Great color combos.

    Emjay
    P.S. Welcome to the West (again)

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  4. It's going to be a very long summer!

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  5. Glad everything went well on your closing of the property. Now all the work begins... starting to look pretty good!

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  6. Congratulations again, I can't wait to see the outside paint color and I guess that starts today, as it is after midnight here in Central time.....

    The place will look much newer and nicer before you go home, let alone all the work you'll do on it next winter.

    Rod

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  7. Congrats on being official Arizona home owners. Wow, complete with a Congress PO Box.

    Love the way the kitchen turned out. That paper really makes things pop.

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

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  8. We LOVE your colors!!! Can hardly wait to see what the outside colors will be when it is all dry.

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  9. Congratulations on becoming official Arizona home owners. Kitchen's looking great.

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  10. we can 'finally' all say congrats on being Arizona land barons!!..nice work on the kitchen you have achieved the southwest decor very well!!...looking mighty fine!!!

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  11. Love the kitchen colors!
    That dove looks more like the invasive Eurasian Collared Dove than the smaller Mourning Dove--similar songs, too.

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  12. Congratulations! The cupboards look good, and I like the wallpaper border. You will be dreaming about your Arizona home.

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  13. Awesome news!

    Congratulations!

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  14. CONGRATULATIONS!!! It's really starting to look and get the feel of a Arizona home, very western. I like it.

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  15. Everything you've done so far is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Love the kitchen! We are so happy for you guys!

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  16. Congratulations on finally closing the deal.

    The kitchen is looking good.

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  17. Congratulations to you!!! We are very happy for you guys. I soooo love that kitchen. Angela

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  18. Congratulations, Kelly & Al!
    Love the kitchen cabinets and trim!
    I know you'll have fun planning for the new home this summer!

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  19. I like the cabinet paint job, very much! Congratulations, guys!

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  20. Love your backsplash and your accents in the kitchen. Little Motor is right back in step and Pheebs..... her smile says it all. Looks like a very nice neighborhood. Enjoy!

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  21. Ha Ha! A second bird nerd to keep you in line avianarily (?) :)

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  22. Thanks for the sneak peek! Again--safe travels. I see a wonderful experience for you next winter and your friends will keep your spirits up this summer!

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  23. Congratulations! The kitchen is looking great - very Southwest. I can imagine how your dreams this summer will be of all the fixing up you'll do in the fall.

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  24. Congratulations you guys. I am really excited for you and I love the colors. We have one of those Wilson antenna things and it doesn't help any at all with this stupid internet connection.

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  25. I love it, but I don't know how you can bear to leave it so soon. I almost feel that way about my upcoming trip, and that will only be 3 months max, and I've been in my house 6 months now. So much to do, so little time!

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  26. Just think - you have all summer to make a list of things you want to do in the fall haha. The kitchen is looking good. Anxious to see the outside once it's painted. So happy for you and Kelly.

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  27. Now you're officially residents of Ghost Town Road...how exciting! Does this mean you're now members of Congress? Love the photo of Pheebs!
    You're doing a good job running that paint brush, Al. Try to keep Kelly out of the refrigerator, will you??

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  28. And several hundred of your followers realize they can exhale, and ... CONGRATULATIONS, really and officially. I'm pretty vicariously excited for you guys!

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  29. Love the bright and cheerful colors of your kitchen. The border adds another layer of color. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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  30. You two definitely have the decorator's touch. Love those colors. The kitchen looks fabulous. Amazing that you "happened" to have that strip of border which looks perfect. Life looks mighty fine as I look at your world.

    Sherry
    www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

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  31. I gotta ask:

    How's the water?

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  32. Congratulations Kelly and Al !!!!

    That is one beautiful home you have there. I love all the painting you have done. Very nice colors.

    I went through Congress when I spent a night at the SKP campgrounds there and thought at the time that this would be a perfect place to eventually settle down in. How ironic that you also had the same feeling.

    I bet it will be hard to leave your new winter home and go back to your beautiful summer home. But hopefully that will make the summer go by faster in anticipation of getting back out here.

    Also, thanks for the link on today's post. This is the 2nd year that I have been out to the Clark Dry Lake bed. I just love it out there.

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  33. Congratulations!!! I love what you are doing with the kitchen. The cabinet doors are terrific; I think you've found "the look" for them. How exciting for The Bunch!

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  34. butterbean carpenterWednesday, March 28, 2012

    Howdy K&A,
    Congratulations on the home-owners bit and welcome to the USA.. As a Texas Aggie I'll have to disagree with that burnt-orange color!! I liked the desert sand color myself..
    The blue on the drawers looks good..
    Just keep those pesky peccaries outta the yard!!! Some hardware cloth
    will stop the snattlerakes.. I like your neighborhood's transportation system!! The doves will keep you company, early in the mornings, with your coffee!!

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  35. Cupboards look great...think you were right to scrap the blue. Nice long countertop. With the price of gas no wonder the locals ride horses,scooters and bikes, wish I had that option. Motor looks quite perky trotting along w/ Kelly

    Big CONGRATS on being a US landownder.

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  36. Kitchen looks beautiful, Kelly too! Many Many congrats on the house deal in Congress. We are jealous. Have a safe, easy drive home.

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  37. LOVE,LOVE ,LOVE the kitchen..Very cheerful and colorful, just like you and Kelly ( and the furry kids)..I envy you owning some Arizona land..Our friend sums it up by this saying.."You know, there's one thing about owning land, they aren't making it anymore..a good investment"...Hugs to all of you...Keep in touch!

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  38. Congratulations Al and Kelly. I very much enjoy following your adventures. My Al and I hope to meet up with you some winter..we'll have to make sure Congress AZ is on the way! best of luck.

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  39. Welcome to the neigbourhood.

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  40. The kitchen looks really nice I like the colors, you have completed alot in a few short days!

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