Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hello, Where Have I Been? Why did I stop blogging? Where am I now?

In September, after a very nice summer traveling throughout the East Coast and up into the Maritime Provinces of Canada, we started our journey back west. It was time to do several maintenance jobs, a bit of appliance repair and replacement, our normal annual Freightliner service, and some dental work. Our route was not straight west, nor did it seem to provide particularly  "fun" subjects for my blog.

  • Went to Memphis for two days of Freightliner service on the Alfa.
  • Went down to Choudrant, Louisiana to get a new microwave installed, and tried to get a few other things taken care of on the rig, including getting a new door on the refrigerator. 
  • Since our service man was unable to get a new door for us, we went back to Kentucky to a shop that specializes in RV refrigerators and had the job done.  
  • Then we went to Yuma AZ. I finally got the tooth for my implant and several other new crowns in Los Algodones, Mexico. Craig had a root canal.
  • Because his tooth root showed some infection, he had to wait two weeks before getting a new crown on the tooth.
  • Rather than waiting in Yuma, where it was very hot, we drove up to Aguanga (more about that later) for the wait.
  • Went back to Yuma, Craig got the new crown, and on November 5th we went up to Las Vegas to visit good friends for a few days.
  • We are now back in Aguanga, at the SKP Jojoba Hills RV Resort, and will be here for several months.
Jojoba Hills RV Resort, is an Escapee club co-op park located in Aguanga California, about 18 miles east of Temecula. We stayed there a couple of times as visitors, and last fall put ourselves on the buy-in waiting list. In March our name came to the top of the list, and we  were offered site 719, which we took.

In the month we have been here I have been busy with some of the many activities available. I will save discussions of them for individual posts in the near future. Craig has been doing some small chores around the rig and relaxing with a few good books.

One nice thing is that we are only about 80 miles from our daughter's home in San Diego. We have been down several times and enjoy seeing family and friends there.

I'm using a picture of the Alfa at Jojoba Hills as my header right now, but when I change the header that picture will go away, so I've included another one here.

This is the Alfa on our site at Jojoba Hills: 719 Mourning Dove Way.

I like the fact that there are no rigs facing us from across the street. This is our view out the dining room window.

Our site is pretty basic at this point. 

We will be making improvements to it, but are in no big hurry. 

One thing I really love about our site is the fantastic views of the mountains and the sky.

November sunset from our site

We have had a couple of good stormy days. 

I have enjoyed lying on the bed, reading, and watching the clouds billowing up over the mountains.

So, in summary, we are alive and well, but not traveling for a while. One of my big projects for the winter is making plans for our 2017 trip to Alaska!  

I will try to post from time to time. I kept meaning to for the longest time, but was very disturbed by all the politics.
One thing I love about Jojoba is this policy:

This sign hangs below the TV in the workout room. 

Freedom from politics and freedom from religion makes for a peaceful, happy environment! Everyone is free to have their own, but discouraged from pushing their agenda or faith on others.


  1. I've missed hearing from you, Merikay! I can't say too much though since my blogging has been super sporadic for a long time. haha

    I know what you mean about the politics - since the election I've been spending my spare time watching my Star Trek Voyager series on DVD. lol

  2. When you feel it's time to blog again we'll be here. Please don't do Facebook because I don't go there.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. So nice to hear from you again, I was wondering what was up with you guys. Looks like all is good and you have settled down a bit. And post wherever you like is my option, no politics and religion is wonderful

  4. Good to hear from you, Merikay. I'll look forward to reading about your Alaska trip. You know how much we loved ours. Also, say Hi to Judy for us, seems as though Jojoba Hills just east people up and the spend all their time enjoying life and relaxing and not writing!

  5. Mom! Where you been?
    What kind of improvements can you make you a parking spot?
    Sorry I missed Skyping on Thanksgiving. I had a tough schedule.
    Jojoba... isn't that also the name of an herb?

  6. Isn't that the same place Judy is? Looks like a nice spot. Glad all is well!

  7. Well, it's about time; we were beginning to worry! Love your new digs. That sounds like something that would interest us someday. Looking forward to more posts, and soon, I hope!

  8. Good to hear from you. Kevin and I were just wondering the other day what had happened to the two of you. Looks like a nice spot. After reading your posts and Judy's posts about Jojoba, we definitely want to visit. It looks like a great place to settle down.

  9. Good to hear from you. We plan on Alaska this summer too.

  10. Nice lot! We have RV friends who have a lot there too, Maxine and Dave English (wanderingwingers is their blog). That looks like a nice place to settle down!

  11. So good to hear from you. Glad everything is good and you are enjoying yourselves. Tell Judy hi from all of us.

  12. Beautiful spot! It must be nice to be close to family.
    Isn't it something how quickly time gets away from us. I have been slowly trying to get our blog back up to the present.

    Celebrating the Dance

  13. I was just thinking the other day that I had not read a blog post from you in some time. Nice to have a place to settle into for a few months at a time. We had several friends up in Alaska this year. No doubt you will have a great time there!

  14. Three days ago I mentioned to Kelly I hadn't seen a post from you in quite awhile. My thoughts along with many others must have channeled through to you. That Jojoba Hills looks like a nice place. Say 'hello' to Judy for us if you see her. I especially liked your post's last paragraph. It seems there are so few of us who think and understand things that way. I also understand about you being disturbed by the recent political upset. I feel the same way. How's that Craig character doing. Do you still have to sit him up straight and dust him off every morning......:))

  15. I am glad to see you posting. Your new home looks lovely, it must be nice to settle for a bit.


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