Following up on the Quartzsite rally, our extra RV slot was filled by friends Russ Long and Pat Cox in this MCI 5 bus.
We met them in Tucson a year or two ago and it was good to see them again, along with their little dog Lucy. We took them to try fish tacos at our favorite little stand, Tacos El Cositas and to the Arizona Marketplace, a favorite haunt of winter visitors. I know this will be a shock, but LeRoy bought yet another hat and we even got Russ to buy one. He looked really good in a hat! They planned to go back over today and get another one but a family emergency came up and they had to head toward San Jose, CA. While they were here, though, we had a cookout to celebrate Pat’s birthday, complete with cake and ice cream. We had a great time with other bus friends in the process, Wilbur and Laura Bradbury in the first two pictures and Russ and Pat next to LeRoy in the last picture with David and Lois St. John, who “just happened by” just in time for dinner. We give them a hard time, but we were really glad to see them.
LeRoy hung the new metal sun on the front of the casita and I couldn’t help but think of the time when our daughter’s family lived with us. The twins, Ben and Bailey, were just about 2 and we always said that Ben thought Papa hung the moon! Anywhere Papa was, Ben was.
Speaking of Ben, he’s nearly 18 now and on the way home from work last week, he was involved in a rollover wreck in LeRoy’s pickup. The seatbelt, airbag and the hand of the Lord protected him, but the pickup didn’t fare as well. We’ll probably know more this week when we hear back from the adjuster. Needless to say, we are thankful for Ben’s safety!
Anyone who has been around us through the years knows that LeRoy has had, and probably always will have, a thing for dune buggies. Living within minutes of open desert and a few miles from the Imperial Sand Dunes, it was only a matter of time until his sand deficiency anemia started to kick in and sure enough, he now has a new toy. It’s still waiting on a title change to be official, but it sure sounds good!
While LeRoy sees the sunrise just about anywhere we are, I’m far more likely to see the sunset in most locations. Being on the west side of the mountains, we don’t get the full effect of the sunrise until just about the time coffee comes to my bedroom, so I thought I’d share a morning view from this week. The sunrise isn’t visible from the head of the bed, but when you get closer to the bathroom door, the view is spectacular.
I’ll leave with a prayer request. LeRoy’s cousin Raymond called yesterday to say that he was again on the way to the hospital. He has COPD and thought he had the flu early in the week. His oxygen levels got dangerously low and a day after being admitted to the hospital, they have diagnosed him with pneumonia. I know he would appreciate prayers for his rapid recovery and so would we.