Saturday, July 26, 2014

There is someone lurking at me

It may only be 85 right now (6:13 am) but the humidity is at 51% so it is quite uncomfortable outside. Last night there was another dust storm...this time we did not get the dust part only winds.  Have you seen one?
This is what it looked liked crossing the southeast part of the valley.  At 3,000 feet high and miles across, they are not to be dismissed lightly. The dust is a fine powder that gets into everything.... and not easy to clean up. Although we have not driven through one, I am told it is like driving into a blizzard. The air is so still outside...
Today I opened the craft closet door to get something and ....
if she could see, she would be staring at me! Impossible now because she has no eyes... well, actually she has no face. I really should do something about her; after all she has been this way for some time.  Never know what is in this closet.... a Harry Potter closet! I have no stitching to show...a Round Robin piece I am working on, Blueberries is not completed until I get a piece of wood, and I did not work on Hummingbird Garden this morning. Today I finish my journal posting of our road trip to Arizona. Than you for the kind words and I am happy that you have enjoyed reading about it. Hope you have a nice day.

Arizona Bound
Monday July 26 2004 Journey completed
What a beautiful morning. It is sunny and very warm  for us at 103. Rhode Island does not get that high a temp during the summer months. We had a good nights sleep and are ready for our first new day. First, I must get out and clean the truck a little better. Thank goodness I had enough sheets to accommodate Sherlock being sick yesterday. I have thrown out all the sheets as we traveled yesterday and now one of our quilts. We can't believe we did it, we are actually here. It has been a long  and at times hard journey.There were a few times we all were unhappy and tired, not feeling well. But we just pushed ahead. Lessons learned on this journey? Dennis has no patience for road construction and highway detors. He thought about dumping me off a few time, so he says, but he loves me so here I am. We believe in what we are doing strongly, and that has gotten us through some rough moments. First on the agenda today is to go to the Penske dealer and remove the car carrier so we can use the car. It was very close to our new apartment so not a problem. As soon as we leave there it is on to the apartment complex. Dennis and the pooches and the truck stay outside the gated area I drive in...my first time driving here. Problem!! They cannot locate our keys. I suggest firmly they try very hard and very quickly. Lo and behold they are in our folder. What a novel idea. Along with the office gal we drive to the apartment. We will be able to park the truck right at the apartment for unloading...being right at the parking side and first floor this will be good. We noticed right away that the apartment was very warm. The pooches were restless and panting. Well, the air conditioner is not working! The maintenance guy came immediately and with adjustments it was fixed. We spent the next few hours unloading most of our belongings. We did not bring but a few pieces of furniture. It was off to the market to get some food and a few other necessities. Next stop was Target to get sheets so I could make our bed. After we all ate, pooches walked we settled down for a good nights sleep. Early the next morning was time to unwrap and take in our curio cabinet. All I could do was hope that all the glass and mirror did not break along this journey over some tough roads. Perfect...The Brother Alan did a fine job of packing. The pooches already have found their sleeping spots and are adjusting well . Tasks for the week are to shop for a sofa and chair, a dining set, and new TV. The bank is also on the list. Did I mention that we seem to have lost the box containing the pots and pans? Add that to the growing list.By the end of the week, we had settled in. We had stocked the refrigerator, the cupboards, the linen closet and unpacked all the clothing We had a sofa on order, a recliner and Cox was scheduled for internet and phone service. By the end of week two we had a sofa, recliner and cable and internet. 
The journey was an experience. Truck stops, convincing the pooches to go for walks in a new place each time, motels and lots of take out food. We are home now. A new way of life and palaces to explore. Three years in in the planning and it has finally materialized. Dennis has finally relaxed and patience returned to this quiet man. Life is good.

9 comments:

butterfly said...

oh my gracie I don't think I would like that dust storm , my chest is still bad from from my cold the other year.

CalamityJr said...

Thank you for sharing your journey. It's nice to know that traveling with a husband and two pooches is possible!

Vickie said...

So glad you kept a journal Gracie. Did you find the box with the pots and pans?!

cucki said...

So lovely..your journal is always very sweet to read,,
Hugs x

Ele said...

Extraordinary journey. Always so good to read!
Must have been tough at times but sounds like you are not regretting it! :D

Julie said...

Congratulations on 10 years in your 'new' home, I hope it's been everything you both dreamed of when you set out.
Don't think I'd like the dust storm.

Sally said...

Oh wow that dust storm looks pretty scary. I wouldn't like to be anywhere near that.

shirley flavell said...

Oh no , the journey is completed. I have been enjoying reading it so much.You and your DH were so strong and had the courage of your convictions.Now it's 10 years later, gosh.I think that dust storm would be very frightening, don't have such things here in N.Z.It is cold here, frosts where I live. Snow deep down south in the south Island and about 2 hours away from our home. It's time for the skiers.We have been having lovely sunny days for the last week but you still have to rug up. I'm off stitching with my friends today. Hugs Shirley N.Z.

Chookyblue...... said...

I saw photos of that dust storm on the news.......