February 6 - 19, 2023
Our doctors continue to schedule more "let's see what that looks like" appointments which fortunately have "nothing to see here" results. Still, they're time consuming.
The motorhome is dropped off at our new shop in nearby Whetstone with a punch list of 9, hopefully simple, items for repair. A week later they call with a positive report, most are fixed, one part on order, and a challenge locating the ceiling speakers we need replaced (speakers are fine but the frames are all cracked and falling off). It continues to amaze me how many RV manufacturers have stopped making parts for their units that should be on the road for another decade or two! Our 2014 Tuscany is now old?? There's only 70k miles on the Cummings diesel engine, and we've never had a drive train issue, but the "house" parts are already becoming hard to locate. The tech told us they had a 2019 in last month they couldn't find parts for - ridiculous!
The morning of my radiology appointment a rock kicks up and chips the Jeep's windshield on the driver's side. Before it can spider, I head for SafeLite after my appointment, and in 20 minutes I'm back on the road with just a shadow of the damage showing. Whew!
The next day Bill and I return from Tucson and Caaraaack!, another rock puts an even deeper, bigger chip in the passenger's side windshield. WTH?! Back to Safelite where they're skeptical about a repair but give it a try. Success! It's definitely still visible, but no view impairment for either of us. Free and quick repairs are preferable to the cost and time of a new windshield, and hopefully the rock gods have moved on from us now!
RV friends Dawn and Darryl spend their winters in Quartzsite, and their family often come for visits - usually from Michigan and looking forward to some warm days in the sun. This year sister Lila has come to see them from Florida - to the coldest winter we've had in decades! They're in Bisbee for a few days and we're fortunate to spend some time with them. Indoors by the big fireplace! It's never enough time with these fun friends.
Another Rebecca-and-me field trip to Tucson takes us to Tohono Chul Gardens and Gallery. Expecting more gallery and less garden, I'm surprised by what we find. The grounds are stunning with the most healthy and lush cacti and succulents I've seen. Walls and large trees mostly protect us from the cold winds and the sun is lovely. The gallery is small and unfortunately most of it is closed for the installation of a new exhibit. We spend a little time with a lovely and informative docent, and a little more in the nice gift shop. By the time we're done perusing, we're both starving and not prepared to wait the 30+ minutes to eat at the bistro on grounds. It looks wonderful and we'll be back for sure! Instead we head around the corner to eat on the patio at Wildflower which I highly recommend for both delicious and unique offerings and excellent service.
|Jodee, Darryl, Dawn (thanks for remembering a pic!), Lila and Bill. Contessa Cantina always a good choice!|
|We didn't get to see much art in the gallery, but the sculptures outside are wonderful.|
|My favorite is this buzzard in the tree.|
|The architecture adds to the artistry,|
|as does the play of light throughout the gardens.|
|Pulled from the mines in Morenci, Arizona, this azurite and malachite piece weighs 4650 pounds.|
|Lost and Found, a series of pieces designed from items the artist found while wandering solo through the desert during COVID.|
|All the grounds are lovely with several spots to sit and enjoy - when the temps are a bit warmer I think.|
|Butternut squash salad with apple, shaved Brussels sprouts and seared ahi. The lemon vinegarette is soooo good!|
Hard to believe football season is over already, and yet before we know it pre-season will be back in August. This year we enjoy Superbowl with a handful of local friends at our place. Anna and Donnie, Cindy and Jimmy, Turk, and the three of us load the island with yummy eats and gather around the TV for the big game. Never a dull moment with this crew, it's a loud and lively few hours! All but one are happy with the outcome :-)
|Wings and pulled pork sliders with lots of sides kept us well fed throughout the afternoon.|
|I had some fun with the deviled eggs this year :-)|
|Small bar and football pool.|
Finally the flurries. Yes, another snow storm drops a couple inches on us overnight. The quiet beauty of the morning is such a gift. This time I'm on the road to town for Tessa's grooming appointment so I get to enjoy even more of the changes the pristine white brings to our desert.
|Penalty flag napkins :-)))))|
|Overnight winds make drift-art on the back porch.|
|New window test - they all pass with no cold air making it's way indoors.|
|Not a soul in downtown Tombstone.|
|The Old Courthouse feels ominous in the gloom and quiet.|
|This guy is probably less enamored with the cold, white stuff.|
|I love the icy delicacy of this vignette - with the hawk keeping watch in the tree.|
|Huachuca Mountains wrapped in falling snow.|
|In town the snow is already moving on as the sun highlights what is left behind.|
|Most of the snow has melted by the end of the day, but surprisingly we still have a couple patches on our north side three days later!|
|Our precious Henry is excited about being a big brother this summer.|
|Penelope is such a happy girl!|
Most of our spring/summer travels are planned and reserved, including finally making our way up to Banff and Jasper in Alberta. Unfortunately those reservations are pending because they don't open up until late March :-(((. In the meantime we have more cold temps in the forecast with Winter hanging on longer than usual in our desert.
|M&M enjoy a day by the water. Like all the grands, they're getting so big, so fast!|
Hope you're all enjoying your 2023 and staying warm and safe.