Day 1124 – Temporarily Kidless

Last night, just after dinner, Hannah took a bite of one of those yummy molasses cookies I made, and pulled out her two temporary onlays that were installed that morning.  You know what that means, right? Another trip to Los Algodones to start our day!

It was most imperative for these temporaries to be re-applied because Hannah was going on a road trip of her own, off to visit her high school friend Elana at Occidental College for a long weekend.  Luckily, I was able to contact the lovely Dr. Sandoval, who agreed to meet us at 9:00 am AZ time.  Mapping this time backwards, that means 8:00 am CA time, 7:00 am departure time, 6:00 am wake up time.  In Hannah’s mind, that also means 5:00 am “gosh, will I have enough time to pack – I should get up now just in case” time.  Which equals an early morning start for everyone!

The trip in, the visit to the dental professionals, and the trip out were completed by 8:30 am CA/9:30 am AZ.  David met us in the parking lot of the Quechan Casino, so that Hannah could begin her 4 hr drive to LA, and David and I could do some Yuma exploring.  Hannah promises to return to us on Sunday.  I am so happy that she is getting some time with her friends before she leaves for her study abroad.

One of David’s projects for this winter is to extend the propane line from our Mr. Heater portable propane heater.  I don’t have a picture of the setup, but currently, the supply tank sits on the ground outside the unit.  David would like to put it inside the old battery compartment, but that will take some additional hose and fittings.  We stopped at 2 different stores – one plumbing supply, the other a propane company, and neither had what he needed.  But they gave him some ideas, so the plan may be tweaked a bit.

We also filled up the truck for $2.47/gallon for diesel.  I had filled the Honda for $1.99/gallon earlier, so we are cheering the lower gas prices! We have come a long way from the $4.00/gallon we were paying not so long ago.  Every financial break is appreciated!

Since we had nothing but time, we decided to check out another of the Escapee’s Co-op RV parks in the area.  We really enjoyed the Jojoba Hills resort in Aguanga, CA (, and it is considered the nicest park in the Escapee’s network by some.  In our opinion, the $30,000 buy-in is pretty steep and the $350/month fees, even when you aren’t there, just reminded us that we are not interested in owning anything like that at this time.  Maybe when we need to settle down – but that is not where we are mentally or physically!  Even so, we wanted to see what one of the other parks looked like to compare – and that lead us to the Kofa Ko-Op RV Park.

Let’s call the place spartan.  It is, after all, in the desert outside of Yuma.  Just about every site was taken, and the waiting list to purchase a lot is 70 people long! Some have been on that list since 2010, which to me seems like a long time to wait.  Maybe I should be rethinking this. Hmmm.  Their website rubbed me the wrong way when I saw this section “Recipes, Ladies, Recipes.  Signed, The Men.”    Are you kidding me?  Are we still living in the dark ages? Women are only here to cook for their men? Seriously, I do post recipes and write about cooking, but that is mostly because I never had the time to actually cook like I have since we have been on the road, and I have really enjoyed it.  But I cook for myself as much as I do for everyone around me. It has nothing to do with the fact that I possess ovaries!  (See what poor David has to live with?)

As we got the heck out of there, we came across The Peanut Patch.  We thought it might have some of the local citrus and dates, since the signage around the area was touting some of the local products.  Here is an image I found on the web:

The Peanut Patch
The Peanut Patch

Sadly, it was more like what I remember the Nut Tree to be like – lots of nuts and brittle and fudge, but who is to say what was actually locally-sourced?  We were in and out in about 5 minutes.

Next stop was Walmart, where we picked up some canned goods, some salad fixings, and a hitch and ball for the truck to be used when David’s sister Kathie visits.  We will be pulling her rental trailer, so this piece of hardware is needed.

Once home, we ate salads, and then went on a lovely walk.  It was about 70 degrees and sunset was about 1.5 hours away, so we just meandered with purpose.  Once home, I checked my pedometer, and saw that between the trip into Mexico and our little walk, I managed to cover some serious ground today. Thus, today’s featured photo.  Yay me!

I will possibly follow this up with a group exercise class in the morning. I would love to keep up the fitness level from our stint at Amazon, but I admit that I fell off the daily routine of movement pretty quickly.  I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

Dinner was quick and easy, availing ourselves of the leftovers from the last couple of nights.  We then completed our applications for another job option in Maine this summer, and now that I finished the cover letter, it will be mailed tomorrow.  That  is three applications that will be out there.  Hopefully, one of them will stick!

I’m glad we could have this chat,


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