March 19, 2017

It's been over three weeks since we pulled into Sarah and Jim's yard, but now it's time to move along.  

We have to say it's been great! Michel stayed busy and we've had ample time to visit. 

I have learned a few things about a horse ranch. The number one thing is that it is far too much work for me!! They board four horses and own three, so between shoveling poop (constantly) and feeding, it is a full-time j-o-b! 

But Sarah and Jim seem to be quite content with this 'laid back' lifestyle. Sarah uses her horses for her business and between the two of them they are very busy.  

Until we see you again - good bye my friends! Stay happy and take care of each other.

March 14, 2017

What a wonderful surprise when Tammy told me she and Rob were coming to Phoenix for a small holiday to visit the area. 

They flew in last Wednesday, rented a car and drove around visiting Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and everything in between. I think he said they drove 2,000 miles!

Yesterday they arrived back here in Phoenix, so we met up for dinner then they came back to the ranch with us. We laughed and talked and just relaxed for a couple of hours before they had to head back to their hotel.   

It was awesome to see them; wonderful to wrap my arms around my girl and hug her, so comforting to just be with her!  

Today they fly back to Edmonton. A great holiday but much too short!

March 12, 2017

Tewa wandering around checking things out!

So, we've been in Phoenix at Jim and Sarah's for two weeks and it's been great. 

Michel has been keeping busy with a plumbing project in the ensuite.  

A leak had to be found and it was coming from the shower ... somewhere!!  As it turned out the job was a very big one, and much more physical than Michel had thought it would be, but he persevered and after two weeks he can be proud of the job he did!

First job was to jack hammer out the shower floor in order to located the leak.

Here he found huge roots! This leak had been feeding these roots for many years. What a mess....but, once these roots were cut away he was able to find the leak and fix it then begin the new shower floor. 

After many trips to Home Depot for supplies and equipment, and many bags of concrete (26 to be exact, all carried and mixed by hand) the shower was ready for tile. 

Of course the original tile is no longer available so rather than try to match the tile they decided on contrast. 

The end result is pretty nice. Sarah is more than happy with it!

Michel likes to keep busy and this 'project' did just that!

March 05, 2017

We took a couple of days off from Michel's 'project' to visit with my cousin Larry and his wife Norma.  They have a lovely winter home in Casa Grande which is about an hour and a half from where we are staying at Jim and Sarah's.

We had a great time catching up. It's been a number of years since we've visited and there was all kinds of chatter and lots of laughs and we even tipped a glass of wine (or two) believe it or not??  (lol)   

We stayed for the evening, went out for dinner and later talked Larry into playing us a tune or two on the guitar. 

Thank you Larry and Norma for your warm hospitality. We had a great visit and we look forward to seeing you this summer at our place!

March 01, 2017

Arrived here at Jim and Sarah's in north Phoenix last Friday. They have a nice spot for us to park so we will hang our hats here for awhile. 

Their horses roam around the property as do their dogs Belle and Beau. It is a warm and welcome place and we are enjoying their hospitality and the peace and quiet of ranch life.

Michel is helping Jim with a few 'projects' around the house so he is managing to keep busy.