Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hello from Arizona

Sure was a nicer morning this morning than yesterday. Glad not to see any clouds. Got up about 6:00 had coffee, checked e-mail and finished loading the RV. Also checked list more than once to make sure we have loaded everything and done everything around the house that needed to be done. Left home about 7:30.
 We've been down this way so many times there isn't anything left to take pictures of. Did catch the lottery sign though. Lots of people from Nevada come here to Arizona to buy the tickets. In fact the place that sells them keeps expanding every year. 
 We stopped in Kingman at the Flying J to gas up at $2.15 a gallon - cheaper than Vegas for sure. Also had breakfast there - spent about an hour before hitting the I-40 again. They are finally starting to do much needed repairs on the highway. Much, much needed. Shades of Mexico lots of switching back and forth between east and west bound lanes. But no complaints we could already feel the improvements - a lot less shaking than even six months ago. 
 Beautiful blue sky with white puffy clouds. Lots of puddles in the fields and don't think I've seen the area this green in a long time. 
 Heading south on the 17 these guys passed up. Wonder what brand they are. All wrapped up in their quilts. 
Got to our destination around 2:30 -  301 miles - a long day for us. We are at the 1000 Trails Verde Valley RV Park. We have reservations for two weeks. But we'll see. It is not any cooler here, just different scenery.  Our Direct TV works good and I'm using our new Verizon JetPack. Seems to be working okay but a little slowdown here in the valley. Cell service kind of flits over the valley. 
Every thing on the RV seems to be working fine. Did learn something today though. Can't put the jacks down until the car is unhooked. The rear jacks really lifted the RV AND the car while Bill was trying to unhook. Oops. 
No plans for the rest of the day except to veg out. 
Ended up having to go to WalMart - discovered our white hoses were no longer white inside!!! ISH!!! Had to buy a couple new ones. Also got rotisserie chicken for dinner. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

And the Rain came down

The best laid plans...We brought the RV to the house last night so we could get an early start this morning loading up. Just before I went to bed last night I thought - do I hear rain? No there was only a 10% chance of rain...Hum, opened the door. Sure enough rain, but not much and not for long. Good. 
Yesterday afternoon I'd finished putting the black patina on my window. And during the evening I put the polish on it. When the polish dried I buffed it all off. This is the back side of the window. Will finish the front - just have to polish it when we get home. It really looks pretty when up to the light. 
Guess I didn't understand the weather forecast for today. This is what we woke up to this morning. Lightening and thunder and lots of black clouds and rain. 
No matter what direction we looked. Between showers we did manage to get most everything into the RV. Not taking much this time as we are planning a two week trip. You can see the rain coming down. 
One lightening flash was followed immediately - no time between it and the thunder. Didn't smell any smoke or hear any sirens.
We did have to go out to run a couple of errands. Had to mail the quilt I just finished for great grandson, had to go to JoAnn's to get some plastic material for the table and then to WalMart to get a new white hose and a few groceries. It was about 9:30 when I took this picture. No hope of seeing any of the eclipse here today. 
Skies cleared about mid afternoon so we finished up what we had to do in/to RV. I even managed to clean the whole house and do all the laundry. Just have the last of the food and the electronics to put in RV. Ready to go to sleep all ready, hope I can keep my eyes open till time to go to bed. 
We're going to be staying just south east of Sedona, AZ just outside of Cottonwood. There is a 1000 Trails campground there that we like. Not much cooler there but it will give us something to do for a few days. It's about 300 miles there but most of it is freeway - if you can call the I-40 freeway. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Our last meal

The last meal of the ones we had delivered, NOT our last meal. This one was chicken breast with Italian seasoning, zucchini and tomato baked with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese and panko crumbs. And Orzo with lemon juice and parsley. Again all very good. From the time I took them out of the bag until we sat down to eat - around 40 minutes. 
 Getting things prepared. Used three pans for whole meal. 
 On the table.
 I have cancelled our subscription to Hello Fresh because we will be on the road for a couple weeks. No problem with cancelling.
Yesterday, Saturday, the maintenance workers put the new skirting on our house. One of their trucks. And Bill was teaching the park manager how to fly a drone. The park is thinking that the four sided inspections would be easier to do using a drone. 
One of the maintenance men. Everyone was here early in the a.m. Park manager was here at 5:45 to get his drone lessons. Wanted to have plenty of time before it got too hot out. 
The new skirting - the discoloring is lint on my camera. Sure looks better than before. 
Because I got up at 5:00 too I managed to finish the soldering on my window. Both front and back are soldered. Now I just have to do some touch up on the soldering, then clean it really good and then put the black patina on it. Then it can go up. But it will not get done right away. 
We've made plans to go on an RV trip for a couple of weeks. Leaving first of week. So the RV is out in front of the house for today and tomorrow. Bill wants to do some work in it. And then we'll load it up. More on that later. 
I spent a lot of time Wednesday and Friday watching NASCAR on TV. My favorite driver won the race Wednesday night and Friday night. And last nights race too. Sweep the whole weekend at Bristol. Only driver ever to win all three NASCAR touring series [Trucks, Xfinity and Cup] races in one weekend. The first two races this week he has had to come from the back to win. 
Yesterday we went to the ice cream social here in the park. Ice Cream infused with alcohol. Also cupcakes and cookies. They had a pretty good turnout. 
Finished my window this morning. It is all cleaned up and has the patina on it. Just have to polish both sides and it will be ready to put up. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A productive day and another meal from the box.

Yesterday morning while it was still cool out Bill pulled up the plants that were dead from our actual front yard. Where the front door is - but we never go that way.  We took them back to the nursery and got a refund then spent it all plus 17 cents more on new plants. Mostly we got yellow, orange and red lantanas. They seem to grow good here with out much care. The ones we planted in the spring are beautiful and big. The only bush we bought was this one. Another desert plant that doesn't need much care. It will have big orange and red flowers on it and it gets about six feet tall. Will block our view of the drainage ditch and block wall. All of these plants are on automatic drip sprinklers. 
 Gardner planting more lantanas along the neighbors picket fence. He also installed drip sprinklers. 
 More along the back wall. 
 Bill talking to the gardeners. These guys are the maintenance workers for the community. They are glad to work for residents after their regular hours, for pay of course. 
Well we got caught up in the last four-sided house inspection. They want us to replace some of the skirting on our manufactured home. We've been talking about doing it but never got it done. So guess it will get done now. Most of it is okay, just this one piece, that can be seen from the road, that is ugly. 
 I've been diligently working on my projects. Bill turned the window over for me so now I've started to solder the backside of it. No pictures. Only worked a little on it this morning. Shaking too much. Got the solder all over the glass instead of on the copper foil. 
Working on quilt too. I have the top row - the one on the bottom of the picture - put together. Also the third and fourth rows are sewn in strips. The only place to spread it out is on the floor of the small room, so going from living room to back rooms we now have to go through kitchen or walk on it. I do roll it up every day after I finish working on it. 
We had our second meal from the box tonight. Buttered-Up-Steak. This is how it looked when I took it out of its bag. Green beans, garlic cloves, gold Yukon potatoes, Dijon mustard and sirloin steak. All I had to add while cooking it was a couple drizzles of olive oil and butter for the herb butter. From here until we sat down was about 40 minutes. 
 The recipe, explains every step.
 Finished meal. It was very, very good. Potatoes and green beans very flavorful and steak tender and tasty. Plenty enough to feed two. 
The thing I like about it is - we've gotten into a rut eating - the same few things all the time. At least we are eating something different now. And I've forgotten how many things there are to eat. And how easy it is to fix something different. I might order another three meals for next week - if we decide not to go anywhere. 
Tomorrow we'll have our third meal. That's got to be a record, me cooking three nights in a row!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our meals in a box

Enjoying reading my nook. Bill took this cause he thinks it is funny the way I scrunch up to read. Also that I cover my feet with my blanket. With the AC and the ceiling fan running my feet got cold and started to cramp. Hate that. So I have to cover them up. 
 Spent part of the morning working on the t-shirt quilt. Have it mostly laid out now, the middle row is almost done.  Took that row over to the RV to make sure it would fit cross ways. Perfect, just enough room left to put on a border. It will take me a while to make cause I'm having to use my brain to figure out how to piece it. You can see the middle row has a lot of piecing in it. The block on the left is four pieces. The one next to it four pieces plus sashing. The middle one is just one big piece, the one next to it has sashing around all edges. And so forth. 
 Today our meals in a box arrived from Hello Fresh. Got here about 2:30 - delivered by FedEx. I was surprised by how heavy the box was. It came in a good sturdy cardboard box. 
 Opening up the box. Lots of insulating foil around everything.
 Looking down into the box. The recipes are on top, then a piece of insulation. 
 Took out recopies and raised insulation. The white bag on the right is an ice pack. Still frozen solid. The meals are in the brown bags. 
 Billl being excited that he will be getting a meal tonight. 
Just a piece of the packaging.
 The three meals. The chicken and steak came separately. Two chicken meals one steak meal. The vegetables and other ingredients are in the bags. 
Recipe cards included.
 Chicken Orzo Dinner - includes zucchini, tomato, Italian seasoning, orzo pasta, chicken breasts, fresh mozzarella, lemon, parsley, panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. 
 This is Buttered Up Steak - contains sirloin steak, yukon gold potatoes, garlic, parsley, green beans, dijon mustard 
 And we are having this tonight. Honey mustard chicken: chicken breasts, red onion, zucchini, sweet potatoes, garlic, honey, whole grain mustard, white wine vinegar, and parsley.
 The still frozen ice packets from the box. 
 The recipe, gives you info on what utensils you'll need i.e., baking sheet, medium, bowl medium pan, olive oil [only ingredient not included] Then step by step directions. Even suggests a wine. 
 And nutritional info - if you care. 
We got these three meals for two people for the introductory offer of $30. Mainly I was curious - and we get the benefit of me having to cook at least three nights - a real meal.  
All ready to be cooked. The only thing that didn't come with it is the salt, pepper and a little olive oil to coat vegetables and to add to marinade. Red onion, zucchini and sweet potato - cooked in oven. Chicken in honey, mustard, garlic and olive oil. Seared in pan then put in oven. 
 All done about 40 minutes later. One scale of 1 to 10 - a 10, even Bill had second helpings. And there are enough leftovers for my lunch tomorrow.  On serving platter. I didn't need to use all the parsley I guess. 
Tomorrow night we have the steak and potatoes. With the price we paid - about $5 for one person. I'd never cook this on my own - never thought about sweet potatoes with zucchini and onions!  So far so good. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I missed this sunrise!

All kinds of different weather lately. But the good thing is it is cooler. Very low 100's. The rain the other day. We got about 10 drops, but parts of the valley were deluged. This storm is over the west valley. 
 I saw this sunrise - Saturday morning. The one nice thing about monsoon weather the clouds in the sky. 
 Trying to figure out how to place all the t-shirt pieces. Some time today I'm going to go over to the RV and get exact measurements for the quilt size. Then maybe I'll be able to figure out some pattern. 
The square on the lower right corner will be my center piece. It is the biggest piece at 18 x 18". Will probably build the quilt around it. I wonder if I should try to make all the blocks 18 x 18? To do that will take some interesting piecing. 
 Bill got up this morning in time to witness this beautiful sunrise.

 It was actually cool enough in the garage this morning for me to work on my window. I got the red flower all soldered and a little work done on a few leaves. But after a short while my hands started shaking too bad to continue - and it was getting HOT. 
Soccer games and race today - none were any good. I was playing with my quilt during much of race. Got one block done and might end up ripping it out. Not sure if I like it or not.