Sunday, February 17, 2013

DID US A LITTLE SUNSEEKERING TODAY

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JUST ANOTHER MIGHTY FINE MORNING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

With our night time & early morning temps a little more civilized this week, Aunt Jean & I were outside this morning about 6 a.m. doing a little stargazing.  I was able to point out the large Scorpion in the southern sky, a large flying Swan in the northeast, an Eagle in the east, & a large question mark in the west.  I like when I am able to point things out in the night sky, things that have always been there, but things few may have ever noticed.

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PRETTY HARD TO KEEP AUNT JEAN OFF THE DESERT TRAILS

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TRY AS WE MAY, WE COULD NOT GET JEAN TO GO DOWN THAT SLIDE

Our morning walk took us through a playground area a block from us called, Tenderfoot Park.  Pheebs got to meet a few of her Pals along the way.  Pebbles, Nash, the 2.8 Gang, & a couple others whom we don’t know on a first name basis yet.  No sign of Tippy, Molly, or Gizmo.

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PHEEBS MEETS A COUPLE PALS ALONG THE WAY…… PACO & NASH

We were running a bit low on groceries so figured Sunday morning would be a fine time to slip into Wickenburg’s Safeway store.  Wanted to take Jean for a ride in the new Sunseeker anyway so it was a good excuse to go for a cruise in the rig.  Besides, taking the Sunseeker meant Pheebs could come & we wouldn’t all be jammed up like sardines in a Jeep Wrangler buried under a ton of groceries coming back.

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JEAN CLIMBS ABOARD THE SUNSEEKER & PHEEBS WAS JUST SECONDS BEHIND HER

The Sunseeker drives like a dream & would be no problem whatsoever for either Kelly or Jean to drive.  To me, it handles like a sports car with lots of spunk. 

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ENJOYING A SMOOTH RIDE IN THE NEW RIG

Alco was our first stop for a few household items & from there, across Vulture Peak Mine Road to Safeway.  Kelly & Jean kinda poked around with the shopping cart while I made half a dozen lightning fast raids in the peanut butter, yogurt, & cereal aisles just to mention a few.  No standing around with a product in my hand checking the price, seeing if it’s a sale item, how many grams of this or liters of that, is their an expiry date, what’s all in it or where is it made.  As long as I know it’s gonna fit in my tummy, I’ve got it & I’m gone.  I like buzzing up & down the aisles, grabbing my stuff & getting the heck out of the store.

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KELLY TRIES OUT THE BED WHILE RETURNING FROM WICKENBURG…GROCERIES PILED ON KITCHEN COUNTER

We were back in Congress shortly after 12 & had the little Sunseeker plugged back into electricity & water.  About 5,000 bags of groceries to carry in & that was just about it for everybody’s day here.  Jean caught a few warm rays between snoozes, I wrote a couple paragraphs for tonight’s post, & Kelly worked on some Deer Park Lodge stuff.  And Pheebs??  Lazy afternoon doggy snoozes intermittent with some playtime, snuggles, & about a dozen & a half whirly-gig doggy smooches…….:))

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DESPITE OUR WARMER WEATHER, NOT ALL OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SNOWMEN HAVE MELTED

I’m generally always complaining about Starbucks strong tasting coffee, referring to it as Charbucks.  Well, for good reason, & my complaint still stands.  But, little did I know I have been drinking Starbucks coffee every morning now for the past 3 weeks.  Kelly picked up a few bags of Starbuck’s on sale last month.  She was wise not to tell me what I was drinking or that probably would have got me to grumbling again.  So, what do I think now that I know what I have been drinking for the past 3 weeks……well, have to admit it……. the coffee tastes just fine:))

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A COUPLE MORE NEWBORN BABY SHEEP AT THE NEIGHBOR’S THIS WEEK

Aunt Jean reads my blog every morning & particularly enjoys the comments at the end of each post.  She has asked me to extend her gratitude & sincere thanks to everyone for their kind comments regarding her stay with us here in Congress Arizona:))

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DOIN A LITTLE SNOOZIN IN THE GOOD OLD ARIZONA SUNSHINE THIS AFTERNOON

Having both our RV’s sitting outside right now I can’t help but think once again of the whole renovation topic.  Of course there is more than one school of thought on renovations whether they be in a stick & bricks or an RV. If you have an uncomfortable chair in your house, you have two options. Either keep it & endure the uncomfortability over the years or replace it with a comfortable chair. That is basically what we did with our Damon Motorhome 6 years ago. Mid to lower end RV’s are notorious for their cheaper uncomfortable dinettes, couches, pull out beds, & tub chairs. It’s known as 20 minute furniture. After 20 minutes sitting on it you are going to want to get up & walk around a bit.

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We replaced our rigs cheap-o furniture with comfortable Ikea furniture. No regrets & we had 6 great years of welcome comfort. The dinette, couch & tub chair we took out of the Damon, we sold to ‘The Gambler’ in Quartzite at the time. We got more for that uncomfortable furniture than what we paid to replace it with our better Ikea stuff. Of course we are having a harder time selling the rig without furniture now, but would we have rather spent our last 6 years having to sit on & endure crappy cheap-o furniture…….not a chance!!

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EARLY MORNING SHADOWS

It seems when many people are looking at RV’s their priority is ‘looks’. When they enter an RV it is the ‘the matching colors’ & overall decor that seems to take precedence over actual comfort. It’s called the ‘WOW’ factor & I know from experience about this Wow factor:(( Never having owned a higher end RV, I have to just assume the furniture in those rigs are of higher quality & far more comfortable. But, it’s only an assumption on my part.  Newbie RVer’s are not likely to buy a rig without the fancy looking d├ęcor co-ordinated furniture, but many experienced RVer’s know better & some may well prefer an RV with it’s cheap furniture removed so they can set it up the way they want it, with the type of furnishings they know to be of quality & comfort.  Yep, we were Newbies once too……..

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  My next-door neighbor and I frequently borrow things from each other. Not long ago, when I requested his ladder, he told me he had lent it to his son.  Recalling a saying my grandmother used to repeat, I recited, "You should never lend anything to your kids, because you will never get it back."  With that, he responded, "Well, it's not even my ladder. It's my dad's."

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- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.

12 comments:

  1. Well, now you guys can have your own RV convoy if you want and circle the wagons. Hope the Damon sells soon. And I hope I age half as well as your aunt has.

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  2. good to see Aunt Jean enjoying her visit and trip in the RV....the Damon will sell..the right person will come along and love it like you did...

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  3. just think of the Damon as a blank canvas..the right person will come along and see the potential!

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  4. First thing we did with our rig was take out the barrel chairs. Someone will appreciate that you have already done the hard work and they can do their own decorating.

    Wish I was Aunt Jean, dozing there in the sunshine! Just a little bit of heaven.

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  5. The difference in the coffee might be the way Starbucks brews it. Maybe Kelly doesn't make it as strong. I don't like Starbucks coffee either, but it might not be as bad if I used my own coffee measure and coffee maker.

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  6. Just an idea, but perhaps you could take some of the dinette out and store it back up in Bayfield... To keep it for when you want to sell again.... We kept everything very carefully from our coach even though we don't use the stuff... And will put it back like show room when we get rid of it....

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  7. The chair in our Alfa is not really comfortable. We might replace it when we are full timing. We slept in the bed one night before we went shopping for a new matress. Cost a bundle, but if you can't sleep well, nothing is fun. Right now the biggest waste of storage is the two dinning room chairs in the bay. We did use them when the grandsons were aboard, but I wonder about hauling them around the country. If we need the room, they are sure to go!

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  8. Hang in there. It will sell. Remember, people in AZ travel in the summer, so they may start shopping soon.

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  9. Isn't it funny how the tallness of an RV makes the house seem small?
    Good luck with selling the Damon - surely someone will want/need it.

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  10. We got lucky with our coach, I have my Lazy Boy Recliner and Suzie a comfortable couch all to herself, all in great shape especially for a 14 year old coach.

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  11. Enjoy the warm sunshine while you can! I hear an Alaska storm is heading our way with rain Tuesday and Wednesday! I'm zipping up to check on the horses today and make sure they have plenty of pellets.
    ~Cheryl Ann~

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  12. So far our rocker recliners have done us fine...and we never sit on our couch...The only thing we replaced was the bed spread and pillow shams with a down comforter and duvet..We did keep that spread and shams in case we sell it...:-))

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