LIfe is Good

LIfe is Good

Thursday, January 10, 2013

California!

Hello from sunny and very windy California!  I'm in the Indio/Palm Springs valley since last Saturday, 6 days ago.   Mom and I arrived from Phoenix after a great week attending the Fiesta Bowl with Kansas State.  They lost to Oregon, but we all had a grand time anyway.  5 fun-filled days going places around the area. 

We stayed in Scottsdale at the team hotel-- Scottsdale Plaza Resort.  wow..grand place, luxurious rooms.  We had adjoining rooms so the guys were in one and me, Mom and Denise in the other one. 
Denise and family arrived on New Years Eve day by plane and Mom arrived on the bus on New Years Day. I picked them up at the airport, and next day took them to get a car rental and pick up Mom at the bus station.  TG for my GPS!!!

  I/we drove around and around the Phoenix airport trying to find the dern car rental place for Denise to pick up their rental....it's hidden, huge place, but hidden!    My truck stuffed with 5 people driving in circles.  LOL   Mom's bus station was right there, so after we finally found the rental place, I picked up Mom, and we all drove back to the hotel.

We went to the team practice at Scottsdale Community College, and attended the huge pep rally in the Arizona Diamondbacks Stadium in Tempe.  Kansas State had 22 thousand fans at the pep rally alone!!   go Cats!   

The next day was the Biggest Football party at the Arizona University stadium parking lot.   We all "enjoyed" the "free" plate of food that came with our ticket.  alot of fans milling around, not much free stuff like last year at the Cotton Bowl they said.  

Game day we drove back to the stadium for the 6:30pm game.  TG for shuttles! 
I was in awe of being in my 1st professional football stadium!   HUGE.  We had great seats, thanks to Brandon being on the team, we were in row 18 in the corner section.  Thanks Brandon for being a Kansas State Wildcat player and sharing your free tickets!!!  

Friday was a free day, so we slept in and packed to leave the next day. 
We ate out for breakfast 3 times at Butterfield's Pancake House...yum on those pancakes and cheese grits!
Night before we left Ed and Bill found a nice italian place in downtown Scottsdale.  wonderful rich food and it was Ed's birthday the next day.   I even had a glass of wine with my canneloni  :)
Mom and I left on Saturday for our drive to Indio.  !st had to go pick up Paddy where he stayed at the rv park I stayed in the 1st night in Phoenix.   The manager offered to keep him as she dog sits anyway.  He had a nice house to stay in and didn't have to be boarded and stay in a wire cage.   grateful for that.
It was a 5 hour drive back to Indio.  Mom and stopped frequently since we both have low back issues.   Made it to Indio around 4ish.    I parked my rig in the free parking lots for the casino just outside their resort gate.   No electric, but used my new solar panels everyday to charge up the battery, so could run the furnace at night.   Chilly nights here since we got back.

Yesterday I moved my rig to a county campground where I can have electric.  It's across the valley from Mom and Dad, but glad I'm here.   High winds and blowing sand everywhere, but not as bad here where I am as in the valley.
My camper was rocking this morning....not from what you might think.. haha...so I hooked it back onto the truck hitch and put the stabilizers down.  It's better this afternoon, but the wind is still hammering it.   Cold front will be here around a week with lows in the 30's.  I'm warm and cozy with my heater.

But I'm bummed because I bought a new TV for my camper and bought a rabbit ears antenna yesterday before I drove here.  Turned it all on yesterday..nada..no signal, no picture.    May have bought a wrong antenna...who knows...so back to reading books and internet.   TG I have my new hotspot to get internet.    I can watch Netflix at least.  Long days having to stay inside...it's not fit to go outside at all.  Everyone staying in their rigs here.
Last night I went to sleep listening to the neighbors across the street playing guitars and slnging...nice.  lulled me to sleep.

Yes I'm still tired from all the traveling since I left Denver on December 29.  Something everyday to do.   I'm taking it easier today.   But did switch out 2 cupboards in here, food in one and dishes in other.   Next I need to take everything out of the clothes closet...what a mess it is...but not today.  no.

I'll try and post some pics here, but my internet connection isn't very fast.
I'm doing good.  












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