Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Why is the RV in front of the house?

The heat continues here in Vegas, except for yesterday and today. Yesterday it was only 95 and today only100. However tomorrow it starts going up again up, up to 110 plus for at least until the end of the month. Thank goodness for the last two days...

So why is the RV in front of the house. Had to have our son come over and put the piece back in the engine so it would start and of course jump it again. And he drove it to the house. That was all early yesterday morning. 

And why am I sitting in the driver's seat looking frozen...Well because I bit the bullet and hired a trainer to come over and teach me how to drive the RV.  Yes, a professional RV teacher. Why, cause I didn't want a divorce or to do bodily harm to my son. Both Bill and Gil offered to teach me. NOPE!  Needed someone with no feelings in the game. 
All ready to go. First he had me drive around in our community to get used to turning right and left without any traffic around. Oly just barely ran over a curb with back wheels once. Then he took me out on the roads more or less around where we live. Busy roads!!! Little by little I got less nervous and felt more confident.  But one time when I changed lanes there was a little  "OOO!OOO" from the instructor. Very nicely he reminded me that I had a lot of long vehicle out on my right side and I needed to be a little further away from vehicle I was going around. Managed to get home in one piece. End of lesson for day. But then Bill and I did have to take Jeep out and buy new battery for RV as once stopped it didn't want to start again. 
Second lesson was today. Got a little more daring. Drove down Boulder Highway a ways, busy street then got on Freeway and drove into Arizona. Crossing over the Colorado River. At end of first half of journey we had to stop and get gas. Yes I pulled it up to the pump and even had to back up a little. Then on home same way. About 113 miles round trip. I do tend to go into the rumble strip a bit more than I should. Need to work on that. I feel that is better than drifting into the left lane where there is traffic. Changed lanes to pass a truck - going uphill. Heart in throat all the time. But did it. 
Home safe and sound. End of lessons.  It took me a lot of time to finally decide to do it. Was really unsure if I could. But I did! Kind of proud of this old broad. So now have to take the RV back to the storage lot and park it between two other RVs. Piece of cake - Can I close my eyes while I do it? Of course I have not driven it while towing the jeep. Will eventually have to try that. Then maybe we can take a short trip somewhere. Emphases on SHORT! and MAYBE
So that is my excitement for a few days. The way I felt (and probably looked) 
getting behind the wheel. 
Tomorrow back to normal events. Starting a new "fall" pillow cover. More on that later.


Monday, June 17, 2024

Heat wave continues for rest of month.

 Still not doing any walking - way to hot even at 7 o'clock. And looks like it isn't going to let up. Except for tomorrow, it is only supposed to be 95 - wow, need to get a sweater out. Humidity is in single digits. Yesterday it was 7%.  I am not looking forward to getting our electricity bill, might have to take a loan out to pay it. 

Needless to say we are not going outside much. Had to go to cartologist office for yearly tests a couple of days ago. Luckily our appointment was at 8 a.m. But still when we got back in car around 9 the steering wheel was too hot to hold on to. We went to breakfast and store on the way home. Our big excursion for the week. 

Yesterday, Father's Day, we went out to breakfast at 8 o'clock and to grocery store then spent rest of day home. Our son came over and spent part of the day with us. So it was a nice day. Heard from our other two sons. They are doing fine.

Have some visiting wildlife in backyard. Lots of bunnies and a strange bird. I'm glad to see the bunnies back, had none for a while after the flood. 

The bunnie and the bird checking each other out. 
Haven't seen this guy before, looks like a pigeon but doesn't hang out with the other regular looking pigeon. So not sure what he is. 
Finished my "fall" rooster pillow. turned out to be more work then I'd planned on. But was fun. Here I have the background done and have cut out most of the material for the rooster and have started to just lay the pieces on the background. 
Have most of it laid out but haven't attached the pieces yet. I have to iron them in place as they have a sticky back to them. Added the tree and fall leaves to ad the "fall" flavor look to it. 
After ironing them down I also then stitch over everything to make sure it all stays attached when using it. 
The finished pillow. Oh, nuts, realized I only stitched down one leg and foot. So had to very carefully move the backing and do the other leg /foot. Also forgot to do the small yellow middle piece of the wing so carefully did that too. Need to pay more attention I guess. 

Already have figured out what I am going to do next, need to keep busy some how. 

And that is all the excitement in our life here in  Sin City. 

Monday, June 10, 2024

SOOOO HOT

93 at 8:03  UGH  A full week of triple digit temps. Up to 111 one day. And another week of the same to come. The wind picks up in the afternoon and it is worse than a blow dryer. No walking as it never gets below 80 even at night.  AC runs most of day. I did walk up to mail box, three blocks away. And not thinking I wore my slippers. Note to self do NOT walk on asphalt streets in slippers when it has been over 110 out all day. Their soles do not keep the heat out. 


Lovely we have another water leak out front of our house - called the office they are sending someone down to check it. Well that was Thursday. Water still leaking and running down the street. Surprised I haven't heard anything from our neighbors yet. The water bill for the whole community is divided up and each home pays the same portion regardless of how much water they use. No real grass allowed, must use desert landscaping. So every one pays for the water leaks running down the street.  So every one gets testy when so much water gets wasted. 

My three summer pillow covers waiting for summer. They all fit 18" pillows. 

I'm starting on a fall themed throw pillow.  More in the thinking stage still, but it will be a rooster with lots of applique on it.The pattern for the rooster. 

Starting to find and cut the fabric - a long way to go.  Should be fun -. will be lots of applicate   work. The the rooster will be put on a background. 
 Also got a new diamond painting - this one of sunset in Monument Valley. Didn't realize it was so dark, looked lighter in the picture. I have done a little bit along the right hand edge. 
Our son sent maids the other day. So glad as I had bits of sewing thread all over the sewing room carpet. I wear socks in the house and they pick up the thread and drag it all around house. ( I did vacuum in there between projects - wow when did I get so old that vacuuming wears me out!)
Had a big Walmart order delivered this morning at 8 o'clock. Realized when putting it away I didn't order the one item I made the order for! Maybe I should start taking prevagen. Stocked up on lots of paper goods we were getting low on and laundry soap etc. We go to regular supermarket for produce, but it is too expensive for staples.
Bill is using his stationary bike, once or twice a day. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Hot time in Sin City for a week or so.

 Since I took this snap shot the weather for Wednesday through Friday has got up. Looking at +110 for a few days. UGH!! Never getting cooler than low 80's at night. So no more walking in Wetlands until a break in the heat. Last week though I got in my 100th  mile in for this year so far.

Continue working on covers for throw pillows with a season theme. The beginning of this "summer" pillow. I had all the material, just had to figure out how to put it together. Did some actual quilting on it.
The finished product. I now have a third one in the making, have the front of it done but need the backing and decide if I'm going to use cording or ruffles around the edges.
Our last walk in the wetlands on Saturday morning at 6:00 - we saw a couple of jack rabbits, first I've see this year. See lots and lots of little bunnies.
Also managed to see a couple of the young owls. There are four young ones and the mother and father, but they are really had to find up in the trees. Mostly have all of their adult feathers now. 
Last month, Bill had more good days than bad days so he made use of them. Cooked a whole bunch of chicken milanesa, just a few of the pieces that will go in the freezer. 
He also made about eight quarts of spaghetti sauce. Also portioned out and in the freezer. 
Our son came over one day and put t he stationery bike together. It would have taken us a whole day, he did it in about a half hour. So far Bill has used it twice. Now he needs to make a habit of it. 
Just finished my third "summer" throw pillow cover. 
Next I'll start working on "fall" theme ones. Don't think I'll so any more with ruffles though. Forgot what a pain it was. 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Memorial Day to July 4th decorations.

Got all my Memorial Day and 4th of July decorations I've had out of storage trunk and up. Even dish towels, that I bought a few years ago. 

Stained glass sun catchers I made years ago. 
The last of the three pillow covers I just finished. 
Also made the place mats years ago. 
Was out front and very surprised to see our ugly cactus blooming. More flowers than it has ever had. Each flower only lasts one day. 
My walking in the Wetlands has paid off. Some of my rewards. The banner/whatever with the beaver is for getting in 50 miles so far this year. The water holder was for last years 100 miles and the cap is for a cumulative 200 miles since I started recording last year till now. I am about three walks from getting something for 100 miles already this year. However it might be a while, as it is just too hot unless I get out before the sun gets up too high.  Like at six o'clock and I don't want to walk over there alone. Going to be up in the hundreds a few days this coming week. 
I've mentioned Bill's big screen for his computer and for watching TV. Well he also just got a new chair and a pad for his desk. His keyboard has yellow keys with black letters so he can see it easier, he also has a light under the desk top that lights the keyboard up. Cozy corner. 
I am still messing with sewing, but am taking a little break to do a puzzle I did a few years ago. Seems to be going faster this time. 
My first summer throw pillow cover. The pin wheels are three-D. 
Closer loke at one of them. Really easy and fun to do. Supposed to look like a wrapped present.  Have an idea for another cover, just starting to work on it. I found some butterfly material I forgot I had. Now to figure out how to use it. 

Bill's stationary bike is still in a zillion pieces waiting to be put together. We just need to get in the mood to do it.  I'm also going through clothes etc to get to Goodwill. Found things I haven't worn in years. But still had to think twice/three times before putting them in bag.

Thought I'd be watching a lot of racing today, but looks like weather is not cooperating in Indy, and maybe not in Charlotte either. Nothing exciting to write about.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Long delayed thoughts on vacation in Mexico

So - I've put this off long enough.  Expenses, pictures and thoughts about our one month vacation in Mazatlan earlier this year. On the trip going at every airport we had reserved a wheel chair for Bill. Mostly due to his eyesight. Well let me tell you, after me RUNNING behind the wheel chair pushes we made sure we both had wheelchairs coming home. We flew American Airlines from Vegas with stopover in Phoenix and then 4 hours to Mazatlan. Using our air milage points from a credit card the flight for both of us was $299. 

We were met at the Mazatlan airport by a driver - who we discovered over charged us. Oh well, live and learn. Got to our hotel with no problems. The Blue Pacific Hotel - owned by the same person who owns the RV park we usually stay in. It is a NO frills hotel but was right on the main street so that made it easy to get around.  We were in the room right behind the hanging banner  2nd floor.

Hotel costs us US$ 1470 for 30 days - with exchange rate of 17 pesos per dollar. Exchange rate was way lower than we were used to. Used to be around 20 pesos per dollar. Our basic room. Bed, table and two chairs. It also had a small kitchenette. And bathroom with shower. The toidy in the bathroom was so low to the ground when sitting on it one's knees were level with ones nose. Try to gracefully get up from that position.  We did have very good WiFi. See the microwave on top of refrigerator and black coffeepot on counter. Our first trip out we bought them. Can't live without either. 
There was also a closet and a balcony. And laundry service for a price, but convenient. 
The first night there we walked to Pancho's restaurant which was right next door. Didn't feel like doing much else. As opposed to when we RV'd we'd go out for RIBS the first night we got to Mazatlan.  Read the apron so funny. 
The next morning bright and early jumped into a pulmonia. There are many modes of transportation in Mazatlan,. We used pulmonias a lot.  Later we got smart and started to use Uber - yes I learned how to use it. All in all we spent total US$530 on getting places. One of our higher expenses. 

It took us to another tradition, Torres restaurant - it is right across the street from the RV park where we usually stay.
From there into a taxi to go to the Mega, a big Walmart like grocery store. Where we bought the coffee pot, microwave and hangers and a couple of soft towels. Costs us about US$ 110. Well spent money.
Leaving the store with our full cart. Yes it is on the 2nd floor. The cart locks onto the moving ramp so it  is easy to use. In total we only spend US$ 300 on groceries. 
That evening we went to Fat Fish for RIBS. They were as good as ever!  I think we walked back and forth from hotel that night.
One day we went to the watchmaker so Bill could get a new battery in one of his watches. We see him every year. He asked Bill why he hadn't seen him driving by in the Jeep. - OH NO - don't bring up Jeep. 
We spent a lot of time going places. Plaza Machado. When the cruise ships are in there is always entertainment there. 
We also went to the optometrist so Bill could find out if distance glasses would improve his quality of life. After an eye test he decided they did help. So got two pairs of glasses. US$150. 
Back to Plaza Machado to Gaia Restaurant for lunch. Our favorite salads, First mine. Yum.
And his.  Other than hotel, eating out was our largest expense. US$1510... Yep we ate out a lot. 

We were there during Carnival so we got to enjoy all the statues along the Malecon. 

Also went to the Plazuela Machado a couple of times at night to listen to our friend Rafael play. and sing. 

We took a few trips to La Noria and El Quelite and La Martina restaurant. One with a professional driver $$$$! Most with friends that were also in Mazatlan with a truck. Thank you so much. 

In total we spent US$ 4560 for everything. Air fare, wheelchair pushers tips, glasses, food, eating out, transportation, hotel and a few souvenirs. About US$150 a day. When we RV we spend around US$75 a day.  That includes RV park, fuel for both vehicles, permits and insurance, eating out, groceries, etc, etc. We gave all the non consumable things we bought to one of our friends who lives there. 

We have decided we don't like flying or living in a hotel or having to eat out so much. Guess we are spoiled by so many years of RVing. 
We are both glad we went but sad that it might be the last time and that we didn't have the RV and Jeep.