|Dates:||27 Dec 2017 - 20 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||3 weeks, 3 days|
Trip to Az
We went to Marilyn’s tonight and played three thirteen. Ann won the first game and Don won the second game.
On the way home from Sun City west we saw three coyotes crossing the street in front of our car.
Up early to go to sales we missed yesterday. So far the only thing we have bought was three shirts for Max.
The scenery was very pretty though.
We ate dust from the gravel road and bumped around for many miles. I probably walked about 2500 steps today but my fit bit showed over 15,000 steps. I got a bucket of agate though!
We got up at 6:00 and met the rock hounds at the Bell center where the lapidary is located. We left at 7:30. We left our car at the center and are riding with a man named Chuck Higgins. He is retired military from New York and very right wing! This will be an interesting trip. We went to Wendy’s for a potty break but it is closed. We have been on the road to sheeps bridge road for 3 and 1/2 hours and we are still not to sheeps bridge yet! The road is terrible so we are glad we didn’t bring the minivan. We ended up at the wrong place so we had to go back about a mile to find the sagenite agate jasper. Once we knew what to look for we found some.
Went to Pat’s church for a practice and gig at three. It went surprisingly well for no more practice than we had. The people seemed to enjoy us! They sang along with us on most songs.
We went to the estate sale at the lapidary. Max bought a saw and grinder. We will take it back to Missouri when we go back with our motorhome.
Went to more estate sales today. One of the Best Buy’s we made was a cowboy hat. Max spotted it. He only paid six dollars for it and it is a Resistal. It is like a new one.
We went to Fry’s grocery store and I got some hamburger. I thought a meatloaf for supper sounded good. Now that I have an oven that I can see how to set the temperature I can bake . So it is very nice. The meatloaf was good even if I made it. Max won both games of 3-13. Tomorrow will be estate sale day and we are doing our music gig at Phil and Pat’s church .
Max went to an estate sale by a company called Louise. In the past her sales were really no good bargains. So I didn’t go. He got back about an hour later and said I was wise in not going. Now we took the rig back to the storage lot and are headed to the lapidary. I want Max to slice open the geode that I bought in Quartzsite. I am hoping for some amethyst crystals. There wasn’t even any crystals in it just quartz. One of the slices had what looks like a dog 🐕 in it.
We got back home about in time for Max to watch Lester Holt. Unloaded the motorhome and started the laundry. We played two games of 3-13 and I won the first game and Max won the second one!
We decided to take a selfie of all four of us.
We arrived at Roberts at about 12:00. They look fine . We were going to eat at Dudley’s but it was closed on Mondays besides it was Martin Luther King Day. We ate at another restaurant that was close by their house. We had a very nice visit and I was glad we went to see them.
Most of the cars we see on this road are trailers and motorhomes. There is nothing else except a check point looking for aliens.
Today we are going to Yuma which is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Quartzsite on highway 95. We are going to visit Robert and Betty. Robert is Bill Bacon’s brother so he is Max’s first cousin. The mountains are very jagged on this road.
We played gin rummy tonight after we practiced our music. Max won the first game and I won the second one.
We decided to go see High Jolly and get our picture once more at his gravesite. They have dressed up the cemetery since we were last here.
We walked around our campground all morning. I think I bought one slab of bumble bee agate. Then we ate lunch in the rig. We went to another rock show a little ways down the road. I bought four more slabs. They were just a dollar a slab. I don’t know what kind of rock they are. I’ll try to make some kind of necklace out of them.
We are up and ready to walk around the rock festival booths. It is 10 o’clock and still pretty quiet outside except for barking dogs. A lot of these campers have pets with them.
We ate supper in the rig and then practiced some music and played 3-13. I won both games. It is cool outside so Max is pilling every blanket we have in here on us! We get nothing on our tv so he is resorting to reading Fire and Fury!
Gerald , Deny’s , and Marilyn took us back to our campground. They went back to Sun City. We walked around the rock show but it was getting late and most venders were closed. The one good picture of the rock show was taken before the relatives left. It is one of many pictures we have of Marilyn eating an ice cream cone!
Les and Judy’s friend Sue Harris was still with the group. She never came out where we could talk to her during intermission.
We enjoyed the show. The sound was disappointing as the singers weren’t loud enough. Max found out by standing up the sound was better. ( we were against the wall) in the back . It was still the Christy’s so it wasn’t bad.
We left our house at 9:05. Max drove until the first rest area then we changed drivers. Gerald is following right behind us. Arrived in Quartzsite about 11:00. Then found where the High Jolly tour was held and bought our tickets. Then we went and checked into our campground. It is right in the middle of the rock show. We do have full hookups. Then we went with Gerald and we ate lunch together in a little restaurant that was a laundromat too.Now we are waiting for our 2:00 concert. We walked around the rock show for awhile. We already bought a rock hammer for 12 dollars which is about half price from others we had seen.
Max took the minivan to get the side doors oiled. He had to be there by eight o’clock. So he took his bike and rode it back home so I wouldn’t have to get up so early. The shop that worked on the car wasn’t too far from our house. We then went shopping for some hiking boots for me. We are going on a field trip next Thursday and so I wanted to break them in. Max thought I better be wearing something that a snake couldn’t bite through. Also they come up higher on my ankles. We got some groceries for our trip to Quartzsite. Tonight we played three thirteen with our regular group. Phil and Pat are not going as Pat’s sister’s airplane couldn’t fly out on time due to bad weather. So they have to pick her up tomorrow. We are leaving at 9:00 in the morning. Marilyn, Gerald, and Deny’s are driving over in a separate car so they can go see the Christy Minstrels with us.
After supper we have a meeting at Fairway recreation on Peoria . This is with our new membership in the rock hound club.
Then we went to pick up the motorhome at the storage facility. Max put gas into it as we are getting ready for our trip to Quartzsite on Saturday.
We went to three more estate sales that started today. Max didn’t buy anything. I bought little Knick knacks . One thing I found were some necklace’s made out of polished stones.
We went to Walmart and we got some more steps in. I got some groceries too . When we got back home Max is booking our flight back to Az . We will be with Kay and Tommy on March the 13th flight back to Az.
We took a walk outside in our neighborhood while it was still daylight outside. It was cooler and windy today as it rained last night . We had to wear our jackets 🧥! I still need to get a few more steps. I want to take a picture of the slabs of the cave creek onyx. When we got home last night we put them in the dishwasher like our instructor told us to do as the saws put out mineral oil all the time it is sawing and the rock gets saturated with it. The slabs are now dry and ready to make a cabochon out of.
We geared up our juicing assembly line this afternoon. We both picked tangelos and then washed , sliced and juiced them. We each have a juicer that we bought at estate sales.
Max was up before me and went to two estate sales without me. I don’t like to get up before seven and that was the starting time for the sales. He came back a little after 8:00 and got me. We spent the morning going to several sales. Max didn’t buy anything. I spent four dollars and here is picture of my big buys. A back scratcher for Max and a sandstone arch for my coffee table 🌵 desert scene.
One of our teachers was helping me to identify some of the slabs we have that we can buy in the lab to make cabochons out of.
We decided to workout at the fitness center this morning. Had a banana smoothie for lunch. We met at Marilyn’s again for practice for our gig at Pat’s church. For supper we had a salad and bean burrito. Hopefully we can continue to lose some weight. Tonight we went to the lapidary for a class on how to run the big saws.
After we got home I decided to check some more of my rocks that are in our yard. That black light is weird. The white in the rocks really show up brightly. A light brown mineral on them show up bright pink.
We had a banana smoothie for lunch. We decided to go to Wendy’s for a taco salad. We split that and now we are going to walk some more at Walmart. Greg just called and he had a blow out with the dodge caravan. That’s really tough to change the tire in the car. We walked and now we are home again.
Max got home about 10:15. We decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. I got in over five thousand steps. Our walk was about 40 minutes.
Max was up and gone before I got up. Keep in mind we have only one car out here. The sprinter is parked in the storage lot so I am either on foot or on a bicycle now. I think Max is at the lapidary lab. He just called me and yes he was at the lapidary. He is learning how to use the big saws. He is making slabs out of our mozarkite. He says it is fracturing and not very good for making cabochons. Some small pieces will work.
We took Marilyn home but we went to Walmart first. We bought a black light to look at our rocks under. Some rocks really show up with bright colors of orange and green . It depends on what mineral is in it. None of our rocks are fluorescent at least they didn’t shine brightly in the black light.
Max was up early and went to the Brunks auction. He said if they were giving it all away he wouldn’t take it. I just stayed home and read the Sunday newspaper. We took a six mile bike ride just around our neighborhood not going as far as the bike trail. We went to Marilyn’s to play music 🎶 with Pat and Les and Judy. Pat wants us to do a concert for her church on Wednesday Jan. 18th. So we turned our jam session into a practice for the program . After our practice we went to Cracker Barrel with Phil,Pat, and Marilyn. We had a nice visit.
After a light supper we went to the mall as I needed to get a new calendar for our house out here in Az. We practiced some of our songs as we are going to Marilyn’s tomorrow and Les and Judy are coming too.
After lunch we took Bill back to his house and we went to the Mesa Market Place. It is a big swap meet. Max bought some glue and “bair’s which are things you glue onto your cabochon so you can make a necklace out of it.
We went to pick up Bill Bacon at noon. He is 90 years old and still sharp as can be! We let him pick the place for us to have lunch. He said he would like to go to the Red Lobster. That was good as I had a gift card that needed to be used.
I only spent two dollars . Max spent over twenty. He did get several slabs to make cabochons out of. Also some cases that look like cd boxes to hold the slabs.
Max looked the part of a rock hound.
We were up and on our way to the Mesa Community College mineral and gem show by 8:15. Arrived about an hour later and then we walked up and down among the tents and tables of rocks.
We had a nice card party. Gerald was the big winner and I was the biggest loser.
We went to Barnes and Noble to buy Fire and Fury the book about the First days in the Trump Whitehouse. It was sold out and the waiting list was very long, so we bought it for the nook. We then went to work out at the fitness center. The card group is coming over at 6:00 to play three thirteen. We are all ready.
We went to the lapidary and Max glued the base he made for his pig on to it. It makes a cute addition to my collection. He’s special though cause Max made it for me!
Today is Avery’s 14th birthday! That doesn’t seem possible. Time goes so quickly the older on gets. Max was up earlier than me and went back to two estate sales and a new one. I was hoping a bookcase would still be there that we saw yesterday. It was gone though. Max had bought a six record set of the Kingston trio and one record was missing. The sale didn’t have it though.
We are working on learning a new song . I just have a mental block and am having a hard time with the words. The song is Would they love him down in Shreveport. We are playing three thirteen too. Max pulverized me the first game. 161 to 41. Then I won the second game 59 to 49. We are watching tv and playing cards in the bedroom as that is the tv that we get our satellite stations on.
Our card group is coming to our house tomorrow night. So we kind of picked up and dusted the living room . I had a brownie mix in the pantry so I baked that. A little bit of cake was left in my pan so I said “let’s just throw it out” so I could have the pan and we didn’t need to eat it anyway. Well Max helped clean out the pan. We did throw most of it away though!
One of the sales had a corner lighted cabinet. So, we bought it to put our rock collection in. I think it looks nice in our living room. It only cost 90 dollars.
Max turned on the tv early and woke me up. Today most estate sales start for a three day run. There really aren’t as many as usual. So far I have bought two things. One was a card game named Pigasus.
After our music we played two games of three thirteen. As usual Max won both of them. The last game he was only ahead by one point. I went out and he drew a wild card and could go out too. That is the second time he beat me by one point and the last hand made the difference. I still think he needs to buy a lottery ticket.
After our workshop we went to Walmart and got the van serviced and bought groceries. We ate supper and then played some music. Max is enjoying having CNN and MSNBC. I like having the western channel.
After the sale we came back home and had another cup of coffee. Then we went to the Sundial Recreation Center where the rock hounds club and museum is located. We joined that club too. They will be taking field trips to find and identify rocks suitable for lapidary use. After lunch we had a workshop at the lapidary lab. It was on identifying rocks and hints on how to buy rocks at the rock and mineral shows. There are several coming up. One in Mesa , Quartzsite , and Tucson. Max took a picture of one rock that our leader said to buy if we found one and he would buy it from us.
Up and atom at 7:30! There was an estate sale on our road on the other side of the golf course. We didn’t find anything too great. I did buy some southwestern stamps.
We went to the Lapidary meeting at 9:00. It lasted a hour and a half. Max just loves these pta meetings as he calls them. We then went back home and got the motorhome and took it to Dysart RV Storage where we rented a spot for it. After a banana smoothie lunch we went to Walgreens to refill a prescription. With all the old people in line to get prescriptions filled, it looked like the set of the movie “cocoon,” or a New Christy Minstrels concert. We decided to come back later. Max then worked on hooking up our dish satellite. We now have that in the bedroom and the regular channels in the Arizona room. It’s going to be great!
We went to harbor freight to see how much a rock hammer would be to compare the price with one at Quartzsite. They didn’t have one so I guess we won’t do that. Went back to Walgreens to get medicine refilled and still too busy so we went to eat at Cracker Barrel. We split the meatloaf dinner. Then we got home in time for Max to see Lester on the evening news. We went to Best Buy to check on walkie talkies. We decided we could get the same thing cheaper at Walmart’s. So we walked a few laps, got some groceries, and bought the walkie talkies. They were twenty dollars cheaper than Best Buy. I finally just called the medicine in and picked it up about closing time at Walgreens . All the old people were in bed by then.
We tried to call Marilyn most of the day to see if she wanted to go with us to see the Darkest Hour. She didn’t answer all day. We were getting concerned about her. Our show started at 6:30 and it was already 6:00. We thought we’d better check on her anyway. She was fine and she did want to go with us. So she rushed around and we still timed the movie just right. Didn’t have to see all the previews of other movies. We enjoyed the show.
We stayed at home this morning. Doris our neighbor across the street came over for a visit over a cup of coffee. We learned all about what had been going on in the neighborhood. Also the pig mystery was solved. Doris put the pig there. It belonged to her son and he was having a garage sale and she got it from him. We waited until about 1:00 and the temperature was close to 70! Then we took a bike ride. We ended up riding 13 miles going north on the new river bike trail. It goes all the way past Deer Valley.
Max and I had a separate toast too.
We went to Marilyn’s for New Years. Had a nice meal and we toasted to a happy new year .
We stayed pretty close to home today. We did make a run to Fry’s and got a cake mix , jello, and pudding mix. I’m supposed to bring the desert tonight and I thought Mamaw’s cake would be good! I think Marilyn is making pot roast and the rest of us are bringing side dishes. We are probably going to play three thirteen.
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We went to have dinner with the family and I asked who put the pig in my yard? Nobody there had done it so I guess some of our friends did it. I’ll find out one of these days. We got our certificates that show we are certified Lapidary graduates. Little did she think, 50 years ago, that she was marrying a future Certified Lapidary or that she would become one herself. She knew it would be a wild and exciting ride but nothing like this.
There is a mystery at our house. We discovered a strange pig 🐷 in our front entrance way. He is very cute but I didn’t put him there. We are having dinner at the Cracker Barrel at five this evening and I figure it was one of our relatives that put it there.
On the way home from the sales we stopped at the lapidary lab to see if it was open. It was and three men were working on projects there. Max took in our Mozarkite rocks that Mark( a member of the rock club in Springfield ) gave us. One of the men there is helping him slice it. Max will take a class on it soon on how to use the big saws. Here is what the first slice looks. It is kind of pink.
We went to six estate sales. Didn’t find very much. A few books on Arizona ghost towns and history books and two pigs. There was a rubber pig snout that the sales person gave to Max when she found out our name was Bacon.
Max drove until we got to the Meteor Crater rest area. Then I drove to Verda valley and we got some gas and supper at McDonalds. Then Max drove us on to Sun City . We decided to stop at Walmart and get groceries before we got home so we wouldn’t have to get back out. Everything was intact in our house and it really isn’t even cold. Max is now planning our strategerie for estate sales in the morning.
I started driving and got as far as Gallop New Mexico and then Max took over. It is getting warmer the farther we go! That is what we are looking for!
We ate breakfast around 8:30 and then headed for the agency to get Max’s coat so we could go to the Petroglyph National Monument. When he went to get his coat out of the rig they said it would be ready in about an hour. Originally it was going to be 1:00. So we went to see the Petroglyphs. Spent about one hour there and then went to get the motorhome. We filled up both vehicles, paid what was due and then we were like Willie “on the road again”. Now it will probably be about 6:00 before we get to Sun City!
The rig will be ready tomorrow at 1:00. So, we have rented a car and are staying at a red roof inn in Albuquerque. Tomorrow we plan to see Petroglyphs National Monument. It isn’t far from the agency that is working on our motorhome. As Connor says, “Truckin’ ain’t easy.”
Good news it has been pulled inside now.
Max just saw our rig parked out back and took a picture. Looks like we’re number 3966.
We were rolling pretty good just climbed the big hill leaving Albuquerque behind and thought we were home free. All of a sudden we heard a poof and the motorhome lost power although it would still drive. So, we turned around at the next exit and drove back to Albuquerque to the Melloy Dodge agency. We are now waiting for ‘’’Leo ‘’ to get back from lunch so he can diagnose the problem. We walked to Taco Bell for lunch. Now we are hanging out in the lounge at the agency.
We stopped in Albuquerque at Mama’s Gem and Mineral store . They had everything there pertaining to rocks and fossils. I bought little plastic stands for some of our cabochons.
It is about seven o’clock and we are on the road again. Had breakfast, coffee, and filled up the rig. Should get to AZ about four o’clock tonight.
We have arrived in Tucumcari at the Quality Inn. We have stayed here many times. The only bug-a-boo is there is only a double bed. We prefer king or queen!
After our nice dinner visit we took off for Tucumcari. It is about an hour and forty five minute drive and we will gain an hour. So should be in a motel by Nine o’clock.
I tried to call my friend Doneice who lives in Amarillo but I didn’t save her number on my phone correctly. So I contacted Joyce and she had Doneice call me. We met at the Cracker Barrel and had a nice visit. Her husband was very nice too.
I see miles and miles of........
At 9:35 we crossed into Ok. I was going to take a picture of the welcome sign but there wasn’t one! So guess this sign will do!
We got away at 8:15. The temperature outside was 8 degrees. It’s time to get to AZ. Not a cloud in the sky. The motorhome started right up. Max is at the wheel. Don’t know how long that will last.
|Dates:||27 Dec 2017 - 20 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||3 weeks, 3 days|
Trip to Az