Monday, October 31, 2011


We arrived back in Caliente last Thursday mid afternoon and have been busy ever since.   Our new cleaning lady did an excellent job, and at a cheaper rate, than the previous two so that was a real bonus.   We’ve done lots of visiting with old friends and used the pool each night.  We found a spot close by to park the motor home until we get the RV cover roof raised enough to park the motor home under it.  We scraped coming out last February and with the suspension modifications we did in Grant’s Pass, it is likely we’d not make it in.  Several of the neighbours have already offered to help with whatever I come up with for a solution.   
We have been shopping a couple times getting restocked in the food department.  Aileen has been busy planning a party for my 65th this coming Friday and laying in food for that as well.  I think we are over 30 invited guests so far and more friends are coming in every day so it could be up around 40 by then.  One of our guests will turn 75 that day so the event has been expanded to include her special day.   We washed the park model and carport today so that’s looking pretty spiffy.  I imagine the carport will be pretty crowded with guests on Friday.
Yesterday, we were invited to a pumpkin carving party.  Never heard of such a thing among us older people but it turned out to be great fun.  I did our pumpkin freehand while Aileen did one for our neighbour, Kathy, who is still in BC recovering from surgery.  Aileen worked from a pattern and her pumpkin looked really sharp when the candle was lit in the evening.   Our works of art were on display on the club house stage this morning during the regular Monday morning coffee/announcements meeting.
I was happy that my ATV started easily and seems to be running fine when I got it out from where it spent the summer.  I’m looking forward to riding again even though it is a little warm and very dusty.  I will have to hang well back to minimize the dust, which is what I normally do anyway.  

Aileen's work of art

My freehand effort


  1. It looks like it is going to be a busy and fun winter.

  2. John -- both of your jack o'lanterns look great! Lived the bent nose. Seem to have lost our Atlas somewhere in the transition from summer trip to fall rally to home in Benson. Exactly where is Caliente? Is that in Florence? If so, we gotta get together!

  3. Oooops! Of course, I meant "loved" the bent nose.

  4. Happy 65th Birthday John! We hope you have a wonderful day!

    Love Merrilee, Derek, Ava and Ella

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