Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day is Coming, and our Anniversary too!

Good Morning Dear Friends and Family,

We like to say there are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet.  If somebody famous said that, I don't know who it was so I can't give credit, but I'm sure I didn't think it up all by myself.  LOL 


First, I want to show you a couple pictures to compare.  The picture on the left is from the Weather Puppy app. on my tablet, and of course the one on the right is Millie.  I just can hardly believe they look so much alike.

Next I have to comment on a pet peeve of mine.  Is anyone else annoyed with the recent over use of the word "super"?  It seems like everything is "super something" like, "he was super late" or "we were super busy" or "they had to work super hard."  The other day someone on TV said that something was "super perfect"!  Although I feel that only God and His creations are PERFECT, if one was to say something is can there be degrees of perfection so that something could possibly be SUPER perfect?  Wouldn't it be better to say "he was really late" or "we were very busy"?  Sometimes I want to just scream because they make me super frustrated!!!!

Now to update on our progress here.  Monday I spent time on the phone trying to track down the title to our RV so we could get it registered here.  Becky at the Hatch MVD finally found out it had been sent to her office on May 10th, so she searched for quite a while before finding it locked in a cupboard.  It had arrived on May 16th!  She called me back about 3:45pm.  I told her we would be there when they opened on Tuesday morning.  We had to take the RV there (yuck) so we began packing up stuff Monday night.  Tuesday we got up at 6:00 am (OMG) and rushed to finish getting ready to move.  We left here a little after 7 am.  We got finished at the MVD before 9 am, got some gas in the RV (and great leaks) and came back here to the park.  We had everything re-set up by 11:45 am.  
With now have driver's licenses, voter registration, vehicle registrations all in New Mexico, plus Auto Club and our bank switched to here, we are fully and legally New Mexico residents!   But, as Jeff DuKatt says "Not really new, and not really Mexico."
This week Janice hired some people to come clean out the inside of the motorhome she had moved to the site next to us.  They did a great job on it. 

It's an older Dolphin, but I'd bet it was top of the line in it's day.  It is very nice, and the air conditioner worked great.  It doesn't have any slides, but it is very spacious and comfy.  I think she has spent the last two nights in it.

This little RV came in on our driver's side yesterday.  We have not yet met the man inside it.  He has cute anchor curtains in the back window, so maybe he is a navy veteran.  We'll have to ask him when we see him.
This is Guy Lewis, whose business card says he is a "Nearsighted Photographer", and he's a funny character too.He travels with a couple small dogs, one of which has only three legs, so he is going to get a cart made for him, and is going to build a ramp so the little fella can get in and out of his trailer.

We had another spectacular sunset here last night.  I guess that makes up, at least in part, for how hot it was during the day.  LOL.
I'm going to include several pictures, as the sunset progressed because it was quite beautiful. 


 Have you ever seen a more amazing sunset?  These were taken looking west.  The one directly above on the left was shot through our covered picnic table.  As I have noted many times before, God is an awesome artist!

Wednesday morning Manny came back to start the job of re-sealing cracks in our RV, in the sides and slides.  He spent all of Wednesday and much of Thursday scraping off the old sealer.   Yesterday he began putting on the new sealer.  He is a very hard worker!!!  The last two days have been in the 90's and he worked 8 hours+ both days.  We have given him cold water and offered him a break to come inside and cool off, but he insisted he was OK.  Wednesday night he did come in and have dinner with us.  He got back here even earlier today in hopes of finishing up the job.  He also told Jim on Wednesday that there should be more screws in the back panel of our RV, so Jim had him put in more self-tapping screws so it will be more secure against wind and rain.  I have to say, we would heartily recommend Manny de la Pena to anyone who needs their RV body or roof re-sealed to prevent leaks.  He is a very conscientious worker, AND unlike a lot of people we have met here in New Mexico, when he says he will be here at a certain time....he shows up at that time!  We are not quite as happy with Larry of Larry's Mobile RV Service from Las Cruces.  He repaired the latch on the oven door last week, and it has broken again already.  Also, we think his rates are higher than they ought to be, but that's our opinion.  Anyway, Manny only does RV re-sealing but he is the best at what he does, and that is also our opinion.  This is not going to be cheap, but it will be well worth the cost to prevent major water damage and/or mold inside the RV. 

Tomorrow night we are having a pot luck dinner with everybody here who wants to join us.  We will be celebrating our 34th anniversary, and of course Memorial Day weekend.  There will be hot dogs with all the fixins, BBQ ribs and chicken, potato salad, green salad, and corn on the cob.  Somebody is bringing home made ice cream and I am baking the same delicious white walnut dream cake with whipped cream frosting that I made for our wedding, and several times for our anniversaries (but not every year).  Guy is bringing sodas and a watermelon too.  It should be a grand evening and good food for all!  

We are starting to work on our travel plans for when we leave here, which I think will be around the 7th or 8th of June.  We will be stopping at several places along the way, and we hope to get back to Silent Valley around June 15th.  It has been really great staying here, and making such wonderful friends at this park.  That will make it hard to leave, but we also want to get back to California to see our friends and family there too.  Janice will be forwarding our mail once a month after we leave here.  We will keep in touch while we are gone, and look forward to our return home (to this park) after our stay in Quartzsite, AZ next January.  

Life is an adventure, and the future is not guaranteed to anyone, so make the most of each day and enjoy the gift that is the present! 


  1. Sue, you have a very nice blog here. Well done. If the RV next to you is a Navy vet, that will make at least three of us in the RV Park right now. If a forth arrives, I'll have to fly my Navy flag. Hugs

    1. P.S. This is Guy the Nearsighted Photographer

    2. I'm glad you identified yourself. I thought it might be you, but I wasn't sure, since it said unknown. Who else is a Navy vet???? Thanks for your kind words.