Thursday, January 29, 2009

Boomer Notes - version 2.0

Each year several couples step forward to host Boomerville. This year’s very talented and organized crew includes John and Julie Black, Sue and Ken Pace, Bryan and Susan Lavender and Ken and Maryann Watson. Great job guys - Thank you!

So what did we do this week? Let’s start with the delicious food opportunities; a hot dog roast, Sunday morning brunch, chili lunch and pizza from the earth oven. We missed the wine tasting this year but got to sample goodies from the dutch oven cooking demo. We went for several long hikes and attended discussion groups on Healthy Food, Mexican travel and Internet Technology. A highlight this year was Karaoke night with Marshall and Ulli. It was a great night of singing and dancing around the campfire; some off key, some fabulous voices but a boisterous time was had by all.

Chuck and Dean S. headed up the road east about 3 miles to an abandoned quartz dig with an interesting variety of rock formations. The dig was approximately 4’ wide x 6’ high x 16’ horizontally. It was a good hike with great views of Boomerville and the Quartzsite valley below.

Early Monday morning Chuck headed down to Yuma to be with his mom for the day. She had out-patient carpel tunnel surgery. Everything went very well and she is on the road to being pain free.

Karen B. and I went into Q on a beading supply run with a tasty stop at the Bakery for coffee, tea and ‘bear claws’. Wow! I had no idea there were that many shapes, sizes, styles, textures, etc. of beads! The picture is of Karen and I outside of our rig. (notice my braided t-shirt?) Tuesday night the Lavenders invited us over to join their group for Bryan’s wonderful Jambalaya. It was a really fun night; great food, great people, hilarious stories and much laughter.

We’ve been hanging out with our pals, the Sheeleys, quite a bit. Whether it’s sharing suppers, a camp fire or visiting , it’s just been a joy to spend time together. Last night they began teaching us to play Hand and Foot. It’s sure a fun game and we’re looking forward to our second lesson tonight!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Boomer Notes

(Jan) It’s just great being here at Boomerville. There’s so many great new people to meet and some favorite old friends to spend time with. With me at Happy Hour are a few of the girls; JoAnn, Susan, me, Ulli, Sue and Laura. Each day’s announcements take nearly half an hour as there’s so many activities planned for the following day.

Tuesday started off with the Doyle’s hosting an Inauguration Party complete with 2 televisions and a Potluck Brunch. We got to see Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President and listen to his speech. It was wonderful to share that historic moment with these fellow travelers. In the afternoon we had game day followed by a potluck! We joined Charlie and Gloria for a game of Golf. It was a sunny, windy day - note the rocks on each card to keep them from blowing away! The guys were in a close battle with Charlie coming out the winner. The potluck was one of the best we’ve been to. Wonderful variety and fabulous dishes.

Women’s group this week featured funny RVing stories. Our laughter could be hear all across the compound! Also, went to a very informative discussion on International travel. This group certainly has some savvy world travelers! Another fun activity was led by Jackie and had about a dozen girls cutting a row of slits in our tee-shirts and ‘braiding’ them. They turned out great! One evening we had a fun new couple over for a visit. Bruce and Dee hail from British Columbia and are just neat people.

Our friend Judy arrived back in the states from Peru and joined us here this week. It’s been interesting hearing about her adventures and travels. Other neighbors, who arrived yesterday, are Laurie and Odel King/Brown, membership coordinators for the Boomers. Pretty neat neighborhood we live in!

We went into Q yesterday to shop and to have lunch with friends. We went to the Mountain Quail Restaurant with Gary & Nancy and Sue & Dave. The food was very good and we had a fun time.

Look what we saw parked on Kuehn Street near the intersection with Hwy 95. It’s a $2 million 55+ foot boat that couldn’t make it under the I-10 Interstate overpass.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Boomerville 2009

(Jan) Driving into Boomerville at Quartzsite is a little like arriving at a family reunion. We stopped and were immediately greeted with hugs from Hosts John and Julie, Bryan and Susan and Ken and Sue. Next our friend Dean Sheeley arrived; who we hadn’t gotten to see since last March…..It’s good to be home!

We found a great place on the far south side and set up our house. Lots of sunshine for the solar, Dish network comes in perfectly, lawns rolled out; most of you know the routine! We’re parked over by Sheeleys, across the wash from the Dopps.

Next order of business was going over to check the ‘white board’ for the activities listed for the day and for the 2 weeks ahead that we will be here. Always plenty to do; walks each morning @ 9:00, beading & crafts each day & Happy Hour @ 4:00 each afternoon. Chuck has been to discussion groups on Solar and Boondocking. I’ve been to women’s group and Karen Bennett is teaching me to bead at crafts. She is an excellent teacher and my first project is a bracelet done with peyote stitch. (Did I say that right, Karen?) Gretchen and Bob are cooking pancakes several mornings for anyone who wants to join them and the Richard and Marlene are baking pizzas in their earth oven several evenings. Of course, there’s also a Potluck, chili get together, weenie roast and brunch at various times. Our friends Chris and Dean have said that it takes about 45 minutes to walk from their rig to the white board…..that’s because you have to stop and visit often along the way.

We’ve enjoyed fun evenings played Pegs and Jokers with the Paces and Websters who we were with at Mittry for Thanksgiving and having the Dengates over, whom we spent part of the summer with in Colorado. They’re all wonderful people to know.

A little bit more about the earth oven; Richard and Marlene built it last year when they were here. This year they added another layer of clay laced with straw and it has been kept busy baking everything from muffins to beans to bread to pizza. Thanks for sharing the experience with us!

And one last note…this afternoon we attended a group discussion of Metaphysics moderated by former Dean Dean Caldwell. It was a very open and honest discussion about life’s experiences and believes. Fascinating people; fascinating life experiences.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

On to Quartzsite

After spending 9 days parked at Dan and Jenny's place on 47th Street we are headed to Boomerville at Quartzsite! We're very excited about being on our way tomorrow. We've been e-mailing back and forth with some of the 'usual suspects' and we can't wait to join the line up of our fellow Escapee Boomers.

The weather here in Yuma has been 'another day of severe clear' as our friend Dan says! Highs in the upper 70's and that's the weather forecast for the next 5 days. Amazing.

We've been out walking, a little shopping and playing lots of Pegs and Jokers, Mexican train and Golf.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Back in the AZ sunshine

We arrived back in Arizona on Jan 2, Friday evening and were very happy to be back in our Rig. It’s been busy since then visiting family and friends. We spent the first several nights on Stan and Jackie’s lot where we had stored or 5th wheel in December before moving over to Dan and Jenny’s place on Wednesday.

We had an additional solar panel installed on our rig at Starlight Solar in Yuma. The owners, Larry and Debbie Crutcher are fellow Boomers. The panel is a Kyocera 130 watt and we now have three. We had gotten 4 new golf cart batteries – T105 Trojans – this summer so we should be in great shape for boondocking.

Last Monday night we went to Round Table Pizza for a Boomer get together. It was awesome seeing old friends that we hadn’t seen since last season and getting to meet new ones. There were about 30 of us there and it made for a very lively, fun time.

Yesterday we went across to Algodones, Mexico with Dan and Jenny. Did a little shopping and then stopped to have Shrimp Tacos! Delicious! The only bad part is the wait getting back across the international border. We stood in line for an hour and a half waiting our turn, with Passport in hand to be processes and checked back into the U.S.

Quartzsite starts next Thursday. Can’t wait! It’s going to be so much fun seeing everyone again and spending 2 weeks living with the Boomers! Happy Times!

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Bosque

(Chuck) January 1, 2009. It seemed appropriate to start the New Year off right with some great Boomer friends. In this lifestyle it seems easy to meet like minded people. One couple that we consider good friends is Jerry and Nancy Hurley. They are volunteering at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The Refuge is on our way to Yuma and we scheduled our trip so we could stop and see them. It was only a one day visit, but it was a good “one day”. We follow each others blogs and that keeps us aware of each others activities. You can find their blog at Nancy is a very good writer and it is fun to follow their travels. She currently has a great story posted about a gal that brought her pet duck to swim with its wild cousins. I am sure you will enjoy it.

At 2:00 in the afternoon we went to a potluck dinner with the other volunteers who work at the refuge. There was a wonderful abundance of food. It was delicious and I am sure that we consumed our fair share.

The Bosque is 57,191 acres located along the Rio Grande River near Socorro, New Mexico. It features a system of canals which supply water to many divisions called units. These units are for both food production and shelter areas for the wildlife.

After the meal we drove the wildlife loop. There are many viewing areas and platforms which birders can observe the activities. At daylight the birds rise to travel to their feeding areas. Each evening before dusk the birds come down the valley in huge flocks to assemble in the ponds for the night. It was a great sight and a birders dream to watch the action that evening. Snow geese and Sand Hill Cranes are in the mix with other assorted geese and ducks. We were treated to a great show and I think we would like to come back when we can have a longer visit. Jerry and Nancy were gracious hosts and found a place for us to stay the evening. Thank you Hurleys, we will see you again down the road.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Iowa Winters

(Chuck): We are in New Mexico, and on the way to Arizona. At this time I think it is appropriate to post a little thing that came from a good friend in Iowa. It has always made me smile and I hope you like it also.

Dear Diary: Iowa Winters:

Aug. 12 - Moved into our new home in Iowa. It is so beautiful here. The hills and river valleys are so picturesque. I have a beautiful old oak tree in my front yard. Can hardly wait to see the change in the seasons. This is truly God's Country.

Oct. 14 - Iowa is such a gorgeous place to live, one of the real special places on Earth. The leaves are turning a multitude of different colors. I love all of the shades of reds, oranges and yellows, they are so bright. I want to walk through all of the beautiful hills and spot some white tail deer. They are so graceful; certainly they must be the most peaceful creatures on Earth. This must be paradise.

Nov. 11 - Deer season opens this week. I can't imagine why anyone would want to shoot these elegant animals. They are the very symbol of peace and tranquility here in Iowa. I hope it snows soon. I love it here!

Dec. 2 - It snowed last night. I woke to the usual wonderful sight: everything covered in a beautiful blanket of white. The oak tree is magnificent. It looks like a postcard. We went out and swept the snow from the steps and driveway. The air is so crisp, clean and refreshing. We had a snowball fight. I won, and the snowplow came down the street. He must have gotten too close to the driveway because we had to go out and shovel the end of the driveway again. What a beautiful place. Nature in harmony. I love it here!

Dec. 12 - More snow last night. I love it! The plow did his cute little trick again. What a rascal. A winter wonderland. I love it here!

Dec. 19 - More snow - couldn't get out of the driveway to get to work in time. I'm exhausted from all of the shoveling. And that snowplow!

Dec. 21 - More of that white **** coming down. I've got blisters on my hands and a kink in my back. I think that the snowplow driver waits around the corner until I'm done shoveling the driveway. Asshole.

Dec. 25 - White Christmas? More **mm snow. If I ever get my hands on the sonofa***** who drives that snowplow, I swear I'll castrate him. And why don't they use more salt on these roads to melt this crap??

Dec. 28 - It hasn't stopped snowing since Christmas. I have been inside since then, except of course when that SOB "Snowplow Harry" comes by. Can't go anywhere, cars are buried up to the windows. Weather man says to expect another 10 inches. Do you have any idea how many shovelfuls 10 inches is??

Jan. 1 - Happy New Year? The way it's coming down it won't melt until the 4th of July! The snowplow got stuck down the road and the sh** head actually had the balls to come and ask to borrow a shovel! I told him I'd broken 6 already this season.

Jan. 4 - Finally got out of the house. We went to the store to get some food and a ****** deer ran out in front of my car and I hit the *******. It did $3,000 in damage to the car. Those beasts ought to be killed. The hunters should have a longer season if you ask me.

Jan. 27 - Warmed up a little and rained today. The rain turned the snow into ice and the weight of it broke the main limb of the oak tree in the front yard and it went through the roof. I should have cut that old piece of **** into fireplace wood when I had the chance.

May 23 - Took my car to the local garage. Would you believe the whole underside of the car is rusted away from all of that da** salt they dump on the road? Car looks like a bashed up, heap of rusted cow ****.

May 10 - Sold the car, the house, and moved to Georgia. I can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would ever want to live in the God forsaken State of Iowa

Just remember that old adage -- “The reason Iowan’s are so hearty is because the weather kills off the weak ones!”

Happy Trails.... Chuck

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Fun

(Jan) December 27-28 were the dates for the C&J Moore family to gather at our son Brent’s house in Ames. We were delighted to get a great shot of all of us before sitting down to a wonderful dinner and having much fun opening Christmas presents. Pictured above are; front row- Cheri, Sparkle, Alison, Chuck, Jan, Katie and Jessica and back row – Josh, Isaac, Sarah, Stephen, Ryan, Michael, Anne, Brent, Libby, Donna w/Madeleine and Eric. That evening we had our traditional oyster stew plus a cheesy vegetable soup and we celebrated our 40th Anniversary. We continued celebrating the next day with going to church together and more food! It was terrific having everyone together laughing and visiting.
On Christmas day we and my parents were invited to my brother’s house for dinner with his family. Another wonderful meal topped off by Mary Ann’s incredible coconut cream pie! We played Sequence for much of the afternoon and had a great time.

Other holiday gatherings included; supper at our Iowa camping friend’s Jim and Jeri’s house with their family and friends Lynn and Mary, supper and Mexican train at friends Ron and Edna’s and lunches for Jan with good friend Nancy and former fellow work mate, Bev. Each was special and we were very glad we got to see everyone.

Tuesday morning we headed down to visit my sister, Linda and husband Richard. We had more good food and visiting plus getting to see two of my nieces and families and then topped off the evening with several fun games of rummy cube.

It’s been a fun, action packed holiday season and now we are ready for Arizona!
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