This journal got its start back in 2005 when we started full-timing in a motorhome and traveling around the country, visiting with family and friends and seeing the sights of America. The focus has changed through the years as we became more stationary and no longer travel by motorhome. Since October of 2018, it is the story of the journey of Tom and I and me flying solo again. To view entries before June of 2013, go to http://archive.bridgeccs.com
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, AZ
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Tuesday, February 26.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Saturday, February 23, MN, AZ
Friday, February 22, 2019
Friday, February 22, MN
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, MN
And the snow continued throughout the day. We played, ate, fought, read stories, watched kid shows, and played outside. I tried the latter but my endurance was short-lived. It took Ben over an hour to clear off all of the snow when he got off work. I’m glad this is just a visit as I am tired of it already. Spring is right around the corner, right?
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
February 18 - 19, 2019, MN
Monday, February 18, 2019
February 14 - 17, 2019, MN
Sunday, February 17. Way back last Thursday, Tom drove me to the airport and I boarded Delta flight 968 headed for Minneapolis. The security process went well, although the check-in line was pretty long. I grabbed a bowl of soup and waited for my flight. It was on-time and arrived in Minneapolis a few minutes early. Ben and the girls picked me up, although they were stuck in traffic for a while. It sure is good to see them all again. It sure is frigid in this place and the ground is covered with white.
Jill was out of town for her work, so Ben, Charlotte, and I played a game of Doodle Dice and Charlotte demonstrated her Snaptricity skills - a board that creates electronic gadgets when all of the circuits connect as they should. She made a helicopter, had some issues when it didn’t work, and then had to go back and figure out why and then fix it. She had a sleepover with me and we told stories and giggled until sleep time.
Norah and Camille had school on Friday and Ben and Charlotte had the day off. Ben made us a big pot of Tuscan Bean Soup for dinner, Char played with Violet. Pat and Tracey arrived from Stoughton early in the evening and we had a great visit together. Pat has lost so much weight that he hardly looks like the same person, his build is much like his Dad’s was. It was an early night for us, as it has been a long week for everyone, but we did manage a short dance party and Charlotte entertained us with cartwheels and dance moves.
Saturday was another busy day, starting with a yummy bacon and egg breakfast. I went with Jill to gymnastics class with the girls and Ben, Pat, and Tracey went to St. Paul to the Hmong Village Flea Market. We had a nice dinner of Salmon Bowls (rice, salmon, green onions, cubes, and homemade teriyaki sauce) and then we celebrated Ben’s birthday with cupcakes, ice cream, gifts and drinks.
Sunday morning, Pat and Tracey got ready to go home shortly after getting up because there is 4-5 inches of snow predicted for Wisconsin. So we all got up and said our goodbyes so they could get on the road. Five hours later, we got a text saying they made it home in mostly wet conditions until they got near Stoughton.
It was ice skating lesson day for the girls, and it was fun to watch how much they have improved on those skills over the last year. Charlotte is able to zip around the ice with good balance, doing some twirls and able to stop herself. She skated on her own for the entire half-hour wait before her class started. Norah and Camille are steady and quick on their feet - they have gotten more experience this winter because their preschool has a small ice rink in the front yard.
We had dinner at Red Cow tonight and it was yummy, as usual. Charlotte and I shared a fish and chips basket and I had a yummy glass of Fulton Lonely Blonde Ale.
I have had a sweet little girl in my bed for sleepovers the last 4 nights - so they each get 2 turns for story time, back rubs, and cuddling with Grandma Rose while I’m here visiting..
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, AZ
|My loving husband, father of our sons, traveling companion, and friend of 47 years.|
Rest In Peace, Mike.
Heavy snows have hit the midwest and I will get my fill of it, just hope that my travels go smoothly.
After my cleaning job this morning, we went for a nice, long walk through the neighborhood and then had a bit of a nap. We volunteered to help serve the Wednesday evening Before Bingo dinner - sloppy joe sandwich, chips, soda, and cookie for $4. It was a very efficient operation - Mary Lou out the bun on a plate, Bob served the sloppy joe, I collected the money, Tom passed out the sandwiches, and Sandy handed out soda. And then we joined our neighbors to eat, followed by clean-up.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019, AZ
I gave him a haircut and then we gave the trailer a good vacuuming. It was struggling to pick up the dog hair and sure enough, the bag was full. It appeared that there was another whole dog in the trash can, judging by how much hair was there. Like Mike used to say, “In our house, dog hair is a condiment”.
We met up with Jill’s parents, Lois and Dennis and Lois’s sister Kathy and her husband Dave for dinner at Dirtwater Springs in the evening. We ended up in a large booth and they weren’t so busy that we had to hurry away after dinner, so we talked and visited for 2.5 hours. We probably won’t be seeing them again, as I get back from MN on the 24th and they head back home on the 28th. Our next visit will have to be back in MN during the summer.
Today turned out to be a beautiful, sunny, 65 degree day that brought everyone out of the woodwork. After breakfast, we walked to the gas station for a newspaper and that took care of our main exercise for the day, pretty close to 2 miles. I got organized for packing for upcoming trip. Then came Frisco’s grooming - tooth brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and bath. He is such a good sport about it all and knows that lots of treats will come his way as a reward for that good behavior.
I returned a jacket that Patty had loaned me for my trip (I felt like the one that I have would keep me warmer) and she wanted it back if I wasn’t going to use it. That gave me an opportunity to sit and chat with them for a while. I do miss being close to them and seeing them a bit more frequently.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019, AZ
The only thing on my calendar for today was a haircut with Patty’s stylist (I am ready for a good haircut and wish I had gone to her first). It’s a good thing, because I had an awful night, feeling little aches and pains as a result of my fall in the morning. And because of the shot, I have been having side effects and feeling exhausted and completely out of sorts all day. What a waste of a gorgeous day, although we did get a nice walk in this morning and were able to sit out in the sun and read this afternoon.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019, AZ
Last weekend when we were having dinner with Pat and Rog and Jim and Sue, they all said that the would like to see Arlene again. So, I arranged for us to meet for lunch and Red, White and Brew - thinking that if we met up at 1:00, we would miss the business lunches and it might be a bit more quiet - not as much as a challenge for Arlene’s hearing aids. Tom and I picked her up and we had a wonderful lunch - she was so appreciative to get together with a group of friends.
This morning, as I was leaving to take Frisco for a walk, our rug slipped from under me and I came crashing down on the hard concrete, landing on my butt. What the heck? I think there may have been some frost on it, as there sure was on the car windshields. I didn’t feel any effects of the fall.
Our park is divided into 4 quadrants and ours is responsible for the events for February, all pulled off by volunteers. Tom and I helped serve coffee and donuts at the weekly meeting this morning and then cleaned up after. Easy, peasy.
After much calling and searching, I found a source for the 2nd Shingrix shot that I need. The pharmacies out here in AJ have waiting lists of 300+ but I found a Walgreens on Southern and Stanley had it. After the meeting this morning, we headed out and stopped there first so I could get my shot (I got the first one back in August from my doctor).
We then headed to Peoria to an RV show and looked at several floor plans. Most of them had add-ones that we weren’t interested in - outdoor kitchens, bunk beds, insufficient storage, and huge
u-shaped dinettes. On the way home, we stopped at LaMesa to check out the Winnebago Minnie’s. Nice units, but a bit o the heavy side for us.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019, AZ
I finally found an Oreck handheld vacuum at a price that I felt was reasonable (didn’t want to spend too much since I already have one in my storage in Minneapolis). It was in northern Phoenix, so it took a good 45 minutes to get there and it was well worth the drive and $20. I put it to good use when I got back home and Tom was impressed with the suction and efficiency.
We met up with Pat and Roger and Jim and Sue (they arrived at Val Vista Village today) at the Dog Run Saloon and had some good fish fry. Jim even ordered an Old Fashioned and thought it was pretty good. It was great to see them again and we had lots of good laughs and reminiscing.
This morning, our park had patio sales, so I walked around and checked everything out but came back home empty handed. We decided to take a hike through the desert, the first time in several weeks and it was a very nice walk. The nice thing is that we can drive a mile and hop on a trail and get a nice walk in through natural desert terrain. It ended up being about 1.7 miles, just enough to get us back in shape gradually. My butt cheeks were hurting later on.
I went to see Arlene at her new home this afternoon. She, her daughter Sharla and son-in-law bought a home in Las Sendas (Mesa) that would accommodate all of them, as Arlene’s vision continues to worsen and she felt that she couldn’t live by herself any longer. Her home is sold and Tom and Sharla have theirs on the market. The house is very nice and she is feeling happy with her decision.