Thursday, December 30, 2010

42 and Counting

Yuma, AZSt. Augustine's Church(Jan)  Chuck & I got married in 1968 during Chuck’s semester break of his sophomore year at the University of Northern Iowa. I had just graduated from The College of Automation, a computer trade school. It was whole different world back then. My mom made my wedding gown & the bridesmaid dresses, Chuck tux was rented for $12; we had the reception at the local VFW Hall and mom & my aunts made the food. Another aunt made our wedding cake and Chuck’s uncle was our photographer. Three sons, three daughter-in-laws, twelve grandchildren, 6 homes and 42 years later, we feel pretty blessed with this married life. 002Yesterday we went for Brunch at the Ocotillo Room in the Q Casino to celebrate. Our fun day was capped off Skyping with our sons & families.

We’re spending this week at Lake Mittry with the Boomers. We’ve been having Happy Hour each Day at 3:00 and there have been many walks and hikes around the area. The weather was quite warm at Christmas and Chuck took the opportunity to wash our rig. The weather has cooled & become windy since but it’s still been a great place to be with this group of friends. The Sheeleys & Richmonds are parked next to us and we got together one evening to grill steaks & play cards. A couple of nights ago we had the Meads & Pollocks over for Pegs & Jokers. Both were very fun evenings. Tomorrow the group is having a Z Circle for New Years Eve; a RV mixer where several couples host & the rest visit different RVs in rotation & get better acquainted with everyone. We’re looking forward to it!

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At left; Bruce & Dee Richmond, Chuck & Jan, Judy & Dean Sheeley

Above; Gisela & Bill Pollock, Chuck & Jan, Ron & Sharon Mead.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Working w/LiveWriter 2011

Mittry LakeTuesday afternoon five brave souls convened at the Moore’s MH w/computers & air cards ready to take on LiveWriter 2011. Some of us had been blogging with the previous version of LiveWriter; for others in was a new adventure in Blogging. 005LiveWriter is a separate program that makes adding pictures, hyperlinks & video to Blogspot easier. It also is a more convenient method for text & picture placement. Sharon Mead, Dee Richmond, Jan, Bill Pollock & Sue Pace all had an enlighting and fun time!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Holidays

IMG_0223(Jan) Gregg and Sally Schindel came to visit us on Wednesday on their way to San Diego. We had not seen them since July and it was great to visit with them again.  We drove up to Mittry Lake to see where the Boomers will be gathering Christmas, visited with our friends the Sheeleys005 and then enjoyed dinner together back in the Foothills. The following morning they headed on to San Diego and we headed to Mittry Lake after a little trouble shooting on a error code on our refrigerator. The error code indicated that the Power Supply Circuit Board needed to be replaced.  Luckily, Al’s RV had the Circuit board and thankfully Chuck was able to replace it and could get our refrigerator up & cooling again! What a guy!001

The boondocking spot along the Main Canal at Mittry Lake is once more our home. We are in our favorite spot by the canal with the palm tree. Along with all of the fun friends here, watching the egrets, 008road runners & blue herons is keeping us entertained. We were able to snap this shot out of the front window of the MH of two egrets; one posing & one flying away.

Christmas Eve was spent with our favorite Foothills gal, Chuck’s mom Joanne. Following a very cute children’s Nativity Play & Church Services, we enjoyed the Moore tradition of having Oyster Stew. And thanks to Skype we were able to view & talk to our sons Brent’s & Eric’s families in Iowa & Illinois and visit as they opened gifts.  We continued with Spype the following day with our son Josh’s family in Seattle. How very precious to see everyone!  Greatgramma Joanne really enjoyed seeing her grandkids & great grandkids, too!

Christmas Day was Boomer Time at Mittry with temps in the high 70’s and full sunshine all day. Dinner at 3:00 was enjoyed by 21 Boomers and fellow travelers Sheryl & Werner Mollenhoff who are boondocking with us. Pictured below are: Mary & Tom Mosher, Sheryl & Werner, Diane Fisher, Gisela & Bill Pollock, Margie Maloney, Judie St. Croix & Mark Thornton, Laurie Brown & Odel King, Chris Christiansen, Jan & Chuck Moore, Dean Sheeley, Ron Mead, Patsy Cook, Andy Overbay, Judy Sheeley, Sharon Mead and Jim Baker. Missing from photo is Tom Maloney.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas 2010

016_thumb[5][1]Merry Christmas from the Moore’s. It’s been an wonderful year of being with family & friends and traveling. We started the year at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California and will end it at Lake Mittry near Yuma, Arizona. In between were travels around Arizona, the drive to Iowa & the midwest where we spend four months with family & Iowa friends, South Dakota & Wyoming, a month in Washington with family and then the trip south through Oregon & Utah. We are now in Arizona near Chuck’s mom & many RV friends.securedownload[1]

2010 has been a year of changes for us! We had to say good-bye to my dad but got to welcome two new granddaughters into our family. Dad passes away peacefully July 25th surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from kidney & heart failure but enjoyed life right up to the end. He is missed! Lexi joined Josh & Sarah’s family in February. She is a charming young lady who is a senior in High School taking mostly college courses. Julianna Kate was born to Josh & Sarah July 23. This dark eyed, dark haired miss is our twelfth grandchild. We have enjoyed visiting each of our three sons & daughter-in-laws & grandkids in Ames, Iowa, Lake in the Hills, Illinois and Lynnwood, Washington.

26August2010_024_thumb[11][1]Madeleine 2, Brent, Michael 9, Stephen 13, C&J, Anne 7, Libby 5, Donna & Katie 11. IMG_0435_thumb[2][1] 064_-_Copy_thumb[5][1]Alison 5, Lexi 18, J&C w/Julianna, Isaac 3, Josh & Sarah above.

Jessica 12, Cheri, Ryan 14, J&C and Eric at left.

018003_thumb[3][1]We knew that when we bought our 5th wheel trailer in 2006 that we would have to look at a better built rig some time in the future. February found us moving into our ‘new to us’  Mountain Aire Motorhome that we purchased in Quartzsite, Arizona. We’re very much at home & very happy in our new space.

036We feel blessed that we have had lots of time to be with our families and friends, old & new this year. Thank you to each & every one of you for your presence in our lives this year. May God bless you in a special way in 2011.  Merry Christmas!  Chuck & Jan

Monday, December 20, 2010

BIKES!!

Dec 2010We got Bicycles!  It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile and the Yuma Foothills with it’s wide, smooth streets is definitely a good place to ride. Chuck found an ad on Craig’s List for his & hers bikes, used twice, for a reasonable price. So we went over to take a look at them at a place a couple of blocks away and came home bike owners! We’ve had them out twice and we’re finding new muscles. We think we’re going to enjoy them!

Our schedule is shaping up for the rest of the year. We’re going to be here on the Foothills lot until Wednesday and then will head up to Mittry Lake to boondock with the Boomers for Christmas and New Years. Christmas Eve will find us with Chuck’s mom, Joanne; Church services, cards & games and the traditional oyster stew. Christmas Day & the final week of the year will be at Mittry.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Happy Hour

December 17, 2010(Jan) We host a Boomer Happy Hour each winter when we’re here in the Foothills. This years event coincided with the Foothills Annual Parade of Lights. The Invite was posted on the Yahoo Group’s BBB – Boomer Bulletin Board and 27 fun, energetic friends arrived at our lot.  As usual, everyone brought chairs, drinks & food to share plus many dressed in holiday hats or clothes ready to celebrate & for viewing the evening’s parade. It was a good mix of familiar faces, best buds, four people we’d only met once & three that were brand new friends. December 17We were very happy that several people that hadn’t seen each other for many years & enjoyed visiting again. Here’s this year’s group; Andy Overby, Gene Thaden, Ron & Sharon Mead, Jenny Sheppard, Judy & Dean Sheeley, Chris Christiansen, Jan & Chuck, Karen & Mickey Bennett, Dee & Bruce Richmond, Trish Masters, Kay Seliskar, Bea & Ken Marler, Tom Seliskar, Margie & Tom Maloney, Dan Sheppard, Kathy Thaden, Bill Pollock, Ernie Thomson, G001isela Pollock & Patsy Cook. As evening was setting in, we all rounded up our chairs and walked or drove over to 54th Street and El Camino Del Diablo to view the parade. It was a wonderful eclectic mix of decorated golf carts, pick-ups, sand rails, quads & a few floats. There were Santa’s & reindeer, the Grinch, snow men & angels, lots of lights, live & recorded music and lots of shouts of Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Our group was properly festive with decorated chairs, Santa Hats, light up necklaces & hand held lights. Many in the group strolled up the fantastically decorated 55th ‘Christmas’ Street following the parade. We sure had a fun time! Pictured above right are; Sharon & Ron Mead, Dean Sheeley, Dee Reed Richmond, Chuck & Jan and Judy Sheeley. Above left is our little Christmas tree that we have hanging in the front window of our Motor Home.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Moore December Adventures

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Jackie & Butch, Joanne, Chuck & Jan

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Joanne, Chuck, Butch & Jackie

It’s been another fun week with the Moore family and the five of us have been keeping busy.

  • Putting up sun shades on the east patio
  • Shopping at the Arizona Marketplace
  • Sharing software & pictures
  • Eating Three Cheese Ziti, Babushkas & Oyster Stew
  • Adding safety bars in the Bathroom
  • Going to church together
  • Enjoying Joanne’s Pumpkin & Lemon Pie (& more Cookies)
  • Playing The Whole Enchilada, Dice, and Rummikub
  • Cleaning out spaces & selling things on Craig’s List
  • Solving Crossword Puzzles & Sudoku
  • Going to Garage Sales
  • Making another trip to the Q Casino Buffet 
  • Replacing the flooring in Joanne’s bathroom
  • Trimming the Palm tree
  • Watching gorgeous AZ sunsets together


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Jackie and Chuck making a pattern for the new flooring

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Chuck & Butch fitting the linoleum

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Chuck & Jan
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Moore Family Time

005(Jan) A delicious Thanksgiving Turkey dinner awaited us when we got back in the Foothills last Sunday. Chuck’s sister Jackie and B-I-L Butch had arrived from Seattle and we’ve been having a wonderful time at his mom’s house. As I wrote on my Face Book page…..eating Joanne’s cookies, playing Rummikub, puzzles, walks, Thanksgiving Dinner, going to garage sales, Joanne’s cookies, Rummicub, playing cards, hiking the Ogilby Hills, Soups, Joanne’s cookies, more garage sales, a trip to the Casino, Tamales and more card playing & Rummikub. Multiply all of that by lots of laughter & shared memories and you’ve got a good picture of our week!

Jackie, Butch & Joanne above.
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Joanne, Chuck & Jackie at right.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Boomer Thanksgiving at Lake Mittry

Food being set up and Turkey being carvedThe Boomer Thanksgiving at Lake Mittry is an annual event. One never knows who or how many will show up but it’s always fun and the food is always good and plentiful. This year 15 rigs showed up and an additional 7 YumanBeings came for the day. We also adopted a a couple who was parked close by and they will be new Boomers soon. It’s been a fun week of reconnecting with friends we hadn’t seen since last season and meeting new ones. Patsy Cook baked 2 turkeys and along with the ham, a tantalizing variety of vegetables and very delicious salads and desserts, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.

2010 Boomerrs-Thanksgiving at Lake Mittry

Pictured above are; Becky Hazen, Lonnie Hodge, Barry & Vanda Monkman, Jim & Gail McManus, Dean Jan & Chuck Moore, Becky Hazen, Ken & Jo Bloedel, Dee Reed, Nancy Elkin, Bruce Richmond, Steve & Pam RitchieCaldwell, Bea & Ken Marler, Dan & Jenny Sheppard, Tom & Margie Maloney, Dave Katsuk, Nancy Elkins, Ken & Jo Bloedel, Dee & Bruce Richmond, Chuck & Jan Moore, Dick & Carol Schneider, Norval & Kay Dahl, John, Julie & Taylor Black, John & Zoe Macon, Ernie Thomson, Chris Christiansen, Don & Glenda Wicks, Patsy Cook, Pam & Steve Richie, Loren & Kathy Webster. The group has kept busy in many ways, walking, shopping, the Q buffet, getting dental work done in Algodones and, the big thrill for many of us, hiking and geocaching. We’ve done two serious 003geocaching treks; one a long walk and one a hike/climb to check fellow Boomer Ken Pace’s cache across the canal and high up in the hills. Pictured above are Jan & Chuck, Becky Hazan, Ken & Jo Bloedel, Dee Reed, Nancy Elkins, Bruce Richmond and Steve & Pam Ritchie.  Today we headed to a cache at the topChuck along the Gila Canal at Mittry the ‘reflector’ hill. It turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny 70 degree day as the six of us followed a 4-wheel track up to the top. Pictured above is our group; Carole Schneider, Jan, Dee Reed, Chuck, Bruce Richmond and Dean Caldwell. We’re going to do a potato bake tonight at the camp fire. Half of the rigs have left for other destinations so will enjoy the camaraderie of those left. We’ve had a lovely spot to park here at Mittry right along the Gila Main Canal.  When we weren’t out enjoying all of our fellow Boomers, we enjoyed sitting in our little spot of heaven watching the egrets near the canal and the hummingbirds at our feeder. Tomorrow we head back in to the Foothills.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Full Week

 Ogilby Hills(Jan) We really do get a kick out of hiking and climbing in the Ogilby Hills!  Last time we went to the top we ascended from west and descended going east. This time we chose to climb up the water course from the east directly below the peak.  It was an exhilarating climb and of course, great views at the top. Going down we traveled southwest, followed a steep water course due south and then walked out south east along the main wash. We’d sure be interested to compare routes & notes with others who have done this hike.

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Google Earth Map of Ogilby Hills in the SE corner of California.
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Half way up!  If you double click on the photo, it will enlarge and you can see our pick-up parked near the wash in the valley below.
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At the top! If you enlarge this photo you can see our MH parked with a white 5th wheel and another MH to the left of Sidewinder Road.
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While at Sidewinder we had a fun afternoon playing Pegs and Jokers with our RV neighbors, made a trip to near-by Algodones, Mexico and ate at the Q Casino on their 2 for 1 Tuesday Buffet where we joined Danny & Jenny Sheppard, Ken & Bea Marley, Mickey & Karen Bennett and Kaaren & Bill Payne. On Wednesday the Q gives $10 free play to their Players Club members so we stopped at the Casino on our way into Yuma to try our luck.  Chuck and I both came out a little ahead playing with their money. Fun!

Sheppards Happy Hour We arrived back on 53rd St. late Wednesday afternoon and are now officially ‘townies’ again until we head to Lake Mittry for Thanksgiving.  Thursday we had a delicious Lasagna dinner with Joanne along with an afternoon of playing cards and catching up on laundry. Yesterday we went over to Sheppards for a Boomer Happy Hour! It’s kind of amazing that there is always a mix of different friends, old and new but it is always a good time! It was great to see many of our friends that we hadn’t seen since last season. Pictured at left are Ken & Sue Pace, Ernie, Chris Christenson, Nancy & Gary Asplund, Patsy Cook, Joel Buchan, Dan Sheppard, me, Gene & Kathy Thaden, Chuck and Jenny Sheppard.

Ref/freezer. Out with the old, in with the newOne things we have been determined to do more of is walk so each morning and evening we get out and do a mile or two. The desert offers such dynamic landscapes but walking in the Foothills is a different kind of beauty; houses, landscaping, different kids of RV’s and casitas to look at along with the surrounding desert mountains. And on Thursday through Sunday there are garage sales!! This morning we came upon just the garage sale we needed. Our basement refrigerator/freezer quit last summer and we found a nearly new Norcold today at a very good price. It didn’t take us long to get back home, grab the pick-up and go back to pick it up. We cleaned it up and Chuck installed it in our lower bay. We’re very happy to have found exactly what we needed.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Life on the desert

  002 - Copy(Jan) Stark beauty. Spacious. Quiet. Music of the trains rolling by. Great hiking in the Ogilby Hills and walking on the desert floor.  Good Cell phone and Internet connections. All reasons that we enjoy living out on Sidewinder Rd. in California west of Yuma, AZ. Add some good RV neighbors and it’s just about perfect. We have a good water source close by at Gray’s Well, Yuma is about 17 miles away and Los Algodones, Mexico is 13 miles away.

Today we met some good friends at the Eat Chinese Super Buffet near the Wal-Mart on Pacific Street in Yuma. Catchy name, eh? The food was very good, the selection was excellent. Got to try several things we hadn’t tried before; octopus and dim sum. They had many kinds of sushi, shrimp and seafood plus the usual chicken, pork and beef entrees. After lunch, Kaaren & Bill, Karen & Mickey and Chuck & I headed over to the new AZ Indoor Marketplace. It was all very nice but not a whole lot of what we were looking for. We did stop at Super Fuels, usually the cheapest spot in town to fill up but on our way home we saw diesel fuel for 3.03 at Chevron on Hwy 95 North, five cents cheaper.  Tonight we’re back home again enjoying the quiet and making plans for next week.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Projects

(Jan) Craig’s List is an excellent recycling resource; something no longer needed by one person is another’s useful treasure. Chuck had been wanting another roll out drawer for our the MH and found one on Craig’s List and the seller was just 3 blocks away. Yesterday he unloaded the bay in the basement and installed the ‘new to us’ Joey Bed sliding tray. What a nice improvement, it will be so much easier to get to things stored in there now.

Joey bed sliding tray Chuck installing rolling tray
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Another great improvement happened on Monday. We had Armando from Supreme Glass tint the front driver’s side and passenger windows. On the driver’s side the upper windows are done in a medium tint, the lower done in a light tint.Armando with Supreme Glass Both are equally UV protective and heat retardant. On the passenger’s side the back window is medium and the window in the door is light. Armando did a excellent, professional job and we are sure happy with the result. We noticed that when we are parked and today when we were driving the MH, there was less heat and glare coming in. Supreme Glass can be found at 11456 So. Foothills Blvd.

 

 

Connie Carno and Art SauerstromBeside repairs and projects done in the MH, we’ve gotten to spend more time at Joanne’s playing cards, getting laundry done and eating pizza!  And back at the lot on 53rd Street we’ve had a very pleasant time with Art and Connie.  Last night we shared dinner and pleasant conversation again. We met them last year at the Coarsegold SKP Park in California and then spent some time together last winter in Yuma. They’re good people!

Sidewinder BLM ground off of Ogilby Road has always been one of our favorites and this afternoon we are once again calling in home. We arrived here to a nice view of the Ogilby Hills and are making plans for a hike tomorrow.

 
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