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Taking the boys shopping; web progress    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Kerby and Gizmo shopping

Kerby and Gizmo in a shopping cart at Lowes

Kerby and Gizmo like to go shopping at places like Lowes, for they get to ride in the shopping cart and usually get lots of attention. But we haven't done much shopping in stores like that recently, so they haven't had such an opportunity. Not only that, but Gizmo has had far fewer such opportunities than has Kerby; mostly because during the years before we got Gizmo we owned a house and therefor did far more shopping in hardware and similar stores. We used to take Kerby into stores such as Michael's, but we don't take the two of them now because Gizmo tends to be quite noisy and we don't want other customers disturbed. But he was very quiet and reserved today in Lowes.

Lots of likes, comments, and shares    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Two days ago I posted photos of OurHous decorated for Christmas on my personal time line in Facebook as well as in the Living the RV Dream group on Facebook. I thought some folks would appreciate our lights, especially those with a Violette connection because we use violet LED bulbs. But I was amazed at the interest those photos generated! As of tonight there were 102 Likes, 3 Shares, and 20 Comments to the posting on my personal time line and 658 Likes, and 58 Comments in Living the RV Dream!!! That's over 800 people that took a moment to see our decorations and take some action in response.

Park Christmas party    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of folks at dinner

Elaine, Ron, Barb, Mary, Suzanne, Marv at the Christmas dinner

We enjoyed a Christmas dinner tonight with about 85 others from Royal Palm. The park consists of about 388 spaces, most of them permanent mobilehomes, so there are a lot of people living here. About 85 or so are RV spaces but less than half are filled at this time. The group is large enough that they hold the dinner on two nights, since the community room is not large enough to hold everybody. We heard that there were about 75 or so last night. We chose to go tonight so we could be with friends Suzanne, Mary, Marv, and Ron and planned it accordingly. The meal was good: turkey, dressing, ham, potatoes, corn, and a couple of other items. And plenty of pie for dessert. No one went away hungry if they didn't want to.

Cranberry comeback; banking for RVers    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of cheese package

Cranberries now in feta cheese

Cranberry comeback? Well, maybe cranberry expansion since they were probably not all that popular in years past. But I love cranberries and am happy to see cranberries showing up in the markets in many new forms all the time. It used to be that I could only find whole cranberries in November and December, but now I can find them most of the year in supermarkets. I am not talking about the cranberry jelly you can find in cans most all the time, I am talking about whole cranberries as well as cranberries combined with other things such as cheese. Recently I bought some cheese - I don't recall what kind it was - that had cranberries in it. And today Elaine spotted a container of feta cheese with cranberries in it.

Coolish; PT workout    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

After several weeks of above-average temperatures, we've had cooler weather the last few days. Today the high was around 62°, which is about 3° below normal for the date. It started with a storm coming through the area late last week and it has stayed cool since. I saw on the forecast tonight that the cooling will continue this week and the forecast high for Sunday is 58°. And the overnight low is forecast to be 35° on Thursday and 38° on Friday. While such temperatures are not unusual for the Phoenix area, they are also not common. In the higher parts of the Valley they are likely to have frost on those cold nights.

A Mystery Castle    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Elaine at entrance

Elaine at the entrance to the Mystery Castle

"Build me a castle that won't wash away, Daddy", was the cry from a three-year-old little girl in Seattle. She and her Dad would go to Alki Beach on Puget Sound and build sand castles, but with the way of all beach castles sooner or later they would get washed away. Fifteen or more years later, in 1945, she received a telegram from a lawyer in Phoenix telling her and her mother that the father had passed away. And shortly after she received a letter written by her father shortly before his death that explained much that had been a mystery since a fateful day in 1930 when her world was turned upside-down forever. Her name was Mary Lou Gulley, and this is a story of love and despair on the part of her father, Boyce Luther Gulley.