February. Winter, right? But this week we saw a 90 degree day, this month we have broken numerous temperature records and are currently setting a record for the highest number of consecutive days of temperatures more than 80. Here at least, the groundhog was right!
We’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather to spend time outdoors, taking walks and riding with the convertible top down, but LeRoy took a couple of days out to install the replacement floor in the kitchen and bedroom. He just did that a couple of years ago but the stick-together vinyl plank product we used bubbled up in a few places, making a trip hazard. Last year, we used the store credit the manufacturer gave us to buy a different type of vinyl plank but it had been riding around in the “basement” until the time was right. Our living room floor is oak, the cabinets and closets are oak and all the trim is oak, so I didn’t want more oak color added in. What we found is a click together vinyl plank similar to what we put in the rental this past summer in a much darker wood look. He installed it running across the bus this time and not only did it prove to be easier, I love it! In a forty foot bus with no slide outs, the open area can easily take on the look of a bowling alley, so this breaks it up a little. It does make me more aware of dropping crumbs on the floor than the previous grey/tan floor, though, but maybe it will make me a better housekeeper?
I’ve mentioned several times in the years since we started coming to Arizona how much we have enjoyed catching up with relatives we hadn’t seen for a long time. Yesterday we drove the car to Phoenix and spent most of the day at a church conference. Since it would be a waste to drive that far and not see family in the area, we spent time with LeRoy’s cousin Richard and his wife who live in Phoenix and his cousin Phyllis who is visiting the area for a month or so. It was great seeing them, and we were still able to get back to our own bed by bedtime.
When the time comes for us to leave Tucson this year, we’ll be taking a much different route than we normally do. Since our granddaughter Alma graduates from high school this year, we will head toward the Atlanta, GA area. With our son Robert and wife Shelly planted in Augusta, GA, we will spend some time there as well and then since we’re in the “neighborhood”, there are friends and relatives in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee to visit, too. We’re just in the beginning stages of planning our travels but there are numerous places I’ve always wanted to see in the south. Suggestions?