They say time flies when you’re having fun. These days, I’m pretty sure it flies anyway, fun or not. Here in Arizona, we stay on standard time all year long, but most of the other states made you change to daylight saving time this weekend. Our congressional representative from South Dakota was one of several who put forth a proposal this week to adopt DST all year round. It’s an interesting idea. In the meantime, we’ll just encounter two time changes while traveling back to Kansas.
Our time in Arizona is getting shorter and shorter, and so are the lists on the whiteboard in LeRoy’s garage. The list of things to be done to the motorhome before we leave gets longer, though. My mind is already working on ways to make more efficient use of our kitchen storage. Almost every cabinet is either a stretch up or bend over arrangement, not designed for ease of use. Cabinets above the dining booth are very hard for me to reach and the drawer under that bench is hard to pull out, so both of those places need to hold things I seldom use. Maybe LeRoy’s suggestion of putting some small appliances in a storage bay outside isn’t such a bad idea.
One of the things we’ve been hoping to get done before we leave is Covid-19 vaccinations and we got our first Pfizer vaccines last Monday. We were able to schedule the second shot at the same time we scheduled the first, so we will be completely vaccinated before heading to Kansas. I told LeRoy that since some of my friends have had more side effects from the second shot, I think I will start moving things to the motor home the week before our shots as a precaution.
Time and distance have provided an interesting dilemma this season when it comes to mail. From January through May is what we call birthday season in the Willis household. Only 4 or 5 family birthdays fall outside those months. I mailed the first birthday card of the year on January 16 to reach Tulsa, OK by the 23rd. A couple weeks after her birthday, Katrina still hadn’t received it, so I sent another. That one made it in about a week, but the first one didn’t arrive until March 3! It wasn’t even postmarked until Feb. 8, so it must have been hiding somewhere. Another card sent to Kansas took about 10 days, too, but that was during the horrible winter weather and could have been excused. I have enough trouble remembering to get cards sent to the right person at the right time without delays!
This past Wednesday, we drove to Quartzsite to meet up with several of our former Golden Bell volunteer friends and we had a great time. One couple lives in California, about 2 1/2 hours from Quartzsite, two couples are from Kansas but in Surprise, AZ for the winter. Max Reser, who I call the brother I never had, helps manage an RV park in Bouse, AZ, just a few miles up the road. Judith Radcliff is a kindergarten teacher on the Hopi Indian reservation, but she wanted to be part of the group so she and another woman drove 6 hours each way to come. She had us feel special! I think LeRoy and I will be the only ones of the group at Golden Bell this summer.
Next thing you know, we’ll be back in Kansas with family again. We used to always notice how the grandchildren had grown each time, but now they’ve all pretty much reached full height. Our one great-grandaughter, though, is almost 3 now and definitely growing and changing almost daily. I can’t wait to see her!