Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For Dad's B-day

For my birthday this year, the kids made me a new mug and bowl for my breakfasts.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fish's First

We celebrated Thomas Fisher's birthday on the actual day at the beginning of August. This was the last time we spent with both Jack and Aunt Gin.




Sunday, October 16, 2016

Moving Mom and Gen

My mom and stepdad have been talking about moving to Arizona for a few years now. First my mom had to retire, which she finally did last October. Bobbins and I always had an attitude of believe-it-when-we-see-it, but sure enough, they got the ball moving really fast in May. They had a couple realtors sending them listings, the second of whom took them around to a few places on a visit. But he wasn't really working for them. We talked them into hiring our friend Jessica, and voila, she found them a place. They bought it sight unseen for $119K. Only Jessica and Bobbins saw it beforehand. It's in a condo complex about 15 minutes from our house. They have a garage and indoor laundry, and a community pool & spa for Coach.

I had always told them I'd fly to CA to help them pack and move, so there I was at the end of July boarding a plane to Burbank. I took MM along, partly for the help but mostly to ease Bobbins' burden at home and give MM a fun experience. She got to go into the cockpit after we landed. The pilots had already left. That's her trying to salute.

My mom and Gen lived in their apartment for over twenty years. I spent a fair amount of time there as a teen in the summer and holidays, then later visiting in college, graduate school, and later. So it was actually a little sad for me. I swam one last time in their pool, had one last night in my old room, one last shower in the creaky bathroom.

To their credit, my mom and Gen had most everything packed. U-Haul nearly derailed our plans, as they didn't have the big truck Coach had reserved. Instead, they gave us two smaller trucks. I didn't think everything was going to fit (it wouldn't), so we ended up taking some big stuff (dining set, bookshelf, filing cabinet) to the Villa for N&E to sell. Thankfully, Coach hired two guys to load the trucks, esp. the heavy stuff; one of the guys did it for a living and was an expert packer. Despite my fears, we ended up with a bit of room to spare in the second truck.

We got everything loaded and cleared out of the apartment by about noon. N & E brought over some sandwiches for lunch, which we ate by the pool. Then about 1 we were off, leaving for the last time. I think I was more sentimental about it than my mom and Coach. They were probably too harried and tired to think much about it. We stopped in Indio, then in Quartzsite, and rolled into Phoenix around 8. My brother Zach very graciously drove over to help us unload and set up the bed. They are in a ground floor unit, and the garage is right off the laundry room.

(At left is an old Ace shipping box that Coach uses as a tool chest. This is a legitimate antique in the Ace Hardware world. It weighs a ton and is solid, of course.)

Shots of the old apartment:

The new place:

Since they've moved in, they had new tile flooring that looks like wood installed, to replace that carpet. It's great.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

There's a Snake in My ...

Not quite in my boots, but in the house, at the end of July. In all my years living in Arizona, I've never seen a snake IN the house. Plenty of scorpions, yes, especially in our current place, and one in my bed when I was a kid, but no snakes. I felt a little bad I couldn't pick this guy up with a piece of paper because I just tapped his head and killed him to get him out. The kids thought it was neat seeing him the next day, in the planter outside.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Backyard Camp-out

Bobbins had this big Summer To-Do List of "fun" things she wanted to do before the end of August. One of them was a backyard camp-out. Since she was pregnant, Bobbins didn't have to come out, and TF is too small. So it was just me and the older three. It was actually kind of fun. The only bad part was the visiting dog next door barking loudly at the crack of dawn, waking me up.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PMGT 2016

Don't have all the photos or results yet, but we had a good Paul Memorial Golf Tournament this year. We split, with some of us in AZ and some of us in OK. Aunt Mel recruited a ringer so that she would win. The best pair in AZ was combined with the worst pair in OK, and the best in OK paired with the worst in AZ. Those of us in Phoenix played Stone Creek. Aunt Susan and Uncle Pete had to drop out because of the heat, so Kevin and I motored around the back nine and had fun.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Independence Day Fireworks

On the 3rd, we went to a Bible church nearby for a free fireworks display, which was fun. On the 4th, we BBQ'd, swam, then had our own show in our street. It was weird to me to be able to do our own fireworks, but Arizona changed its laws a couple years ago, and yee haw.