At home again in Arizona

“Home” is such a nebulous place for RVers, even part-timers like we are. We are “at home” all the time, and yet there are certain locations that are also “home”. The Landing in Kansas has been home for quite a few springs and falls, Teller and Park Counties in Colorado are our summer home, Tucson was home for several winters and now our park model in Yuma is also home. We got here on Tuesday and a few exhausting days later, the motor home is mostly empty and the house is mostly stocked. Just a few minutes before I sat down to write, I asked LeRoy where we had put something and discovered that it was still in the RV across the lot. I suppose we’ll be doing that for a few days until everything we have to have has found a place. We went to Desert Grace Nazarene church this morning and it was good to see friends there.

On the way here, we made our traditional stop in Tucson behind the Northwest Community Friends church where we spent several winters. Pastor Adam Kemper and his family picked up dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and brought it to the church were their 4 boys could run around while we visited. Their boys range in age from two year-old twins to an almost six year-old to an eight year-old who was born one of the first winters we attended church there. They call us Papa and Anne, since the oldest couldn’t say LeRoy when he was beginning to talk. All four boys know who we are and were excited for us to come. Allie’s mother Beth winters with them and we are good friends, as well. We really miss the church, and especially the Kemper family and Beth.

Wednesday we began to see garage sale activity on our street as people set up tables and dragged things out of storage, so we decided to get rid of a few things, too. Even though we’ve had a “one thing in, one thing out” rule for more than 10 years now, we still end up with stuff we don’t need or use. We had one measly little table plus a few extras, only a couple items that we priced at more than $3, and yet in a day and a half, we made about $60.00. Not bad! All the while, we were sitting in 75+ degree weather and meeting or getting reacquainted with neighbors.

One of the advantages of the full-time life we lived for 8 years is that we have made so many friends. One couple who lived full time in their purple Prevost for almost as long as we lived in Liberty built a house here in Yuma and now live there year around, except for extended trips. They survived their first summer in Yuma and it was a scorcher. We checked in with them on Wednesday when we needed a break from moving stuff. Another friend lives a mile or so from us most of the year. He and a friend came to see us one evening. Another evening we had Wichita RV friends meet us for dinner. We rarely see them in Kansas but almost always see them in the winter out here. They brought square dancing friends with them who live just a short distance away, so we’ve made new acquaintances. In addition, our neighborhood has had a few changes since we left in the spring and one of the current residents will be moving soon. One house sold and LeRoy has met the new residents, and another house is being built two doors down. I’ve challenged myself to meet more of the neighbors this winter, including the ones who typically stay inside. We’ll see how that goes!

We’re looking forward to a visit from Glenn and Joyce Veenstra from Northridge Friends church in Wichita during Thanksgiving week. Their daughter Christy is a doctor in Flagstaff and they will come to see us while visiting her. Since we have our motorhome on our lot, as well as our house, we now have guest quarters! We’d love to have company! (Hint, hint)

About 2010liberty

Retirement agrees with us! After traveling in our 40' Silver Eagle bus conversion, whose name was Liberty, since 2010, it was time for a change. Now we spend the winter in Yuma, AZ and travel during the spring, summer and fall setting the Pace!
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