Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 3 - 9, 2017, AZ

UTuesday, April 4, 2017.  Happy Birthday to my brother, Ray, who would have turned 58 yesterday. I'm so sorry that his life ended so brutally and hope that he is at peace.

Randy and Julie arrived late yesterday afternoon and I got some much needed hugs and we had a great time catching up and visiting.  This morning, Julie headed to her Aunt Jean's as she wasn't feeling good and was going to the doctor. Randy and I headed off for an impromptu visit to his old classmate, Diane, was worked just around the corner from me.  Well, she changed jobs last summer and wasn't there.  We did hear from her later on and she and her husband, John met up with us at the "What The Hell" bar and grill for a burger and a visit.

We also got new windshield wipers for my car, more packing tape at Home Depot, and a car wash.

Saturday, April 8.  What a week!  Randy, Julie and I took Aunt Jean to Organ Stop Pizza for dinner on Wednesday night - she loved it and just couldn't believe that she had never been there before.  Now she said she's going to take her friends and family there.

I picked up the UBOX and 24 packing blankets on Thursday morning and we proceeded to load it up.  Randy already had all of the boxes stacked out on the patio so we could sort things and distribute the weight.  Tom helped and we all worked for about 2.5 hours and got 90% of it done that day.  Then it sat in front of the house until we could box up the rest of the kitchen, bathroom, and wash bedding and towels to pack the last of the items.  That was done on Saturday and I returned it to U-haul where it will be loaded on a semi and hauled to Minneapolis.  Whew! And then it has be done again in a few weeks.

On Friday morning, we took a drive through the National Forest in hopes of seeing some wild horses, but no such luck on this trip.  We did see cardinals along the river and got a little hike in.

I had a follow-up appointment with my cardiologist and got nothing but good news there - my arteries are clean and the mess that I take for high blood pressure and keeping that under control.  All of this is to keep my heart from overworking because of the damage caused at some time in my past - who knows when or how that happened.

Tonight was the Mexican Fiesta dinner and dance at the clubhouse (the last event until November when the snowbirds return) and we all had a fun time goofing off and dancing. I love the parties here and it's even better when there is family around.

Me, Randy, Loretta, Tom, Connie, and Julie

Sunday, April 9.  Well, the week with Randy and Julie has come to an end. They left at about 11 this morning. I sure appreciate all that they have done for me - what a job that would have been without them and Tom.

I had nice conversations with both sons today and got to see the grandkids on video.

Connie stopped by this evening and while we were sitting here talking and having ice cream, she caught Tom leaving something tucked under the windshield wiper on her car.  She caught him at it, gave him some crap, and found that it was a "joke" summons for parking illegally and blocking my driveway.  What a nut.