7/29/2021 What was I thinking? It’s almost like an out-of-body experience. Moving again. I knew this Arizona gig was not forever, but I did try to ignore that. I like Arizona, I love the conveniences we have living where we do. It’s a nice change from Roatan. But. It’s HOT. DAMN HOT. It’s a dry heat, which means absolutely nothing. It’s a blast furnace. Dry doesn’t even enter into this heat. It DOESN”T MATTER. Wet heat would be better I’m sure. Give me some sweaty under-boob.
So, the house is 3/4 packed. That does NOT include any of Bill’s garage stuff, which is not packed. That just gives me a little anxiety. There are boxes everywhere. When I pack I’m in overdrive, panic mode. I packed all the damn dental floss (bought more) and I had to send the Water Pik back, it flipped the breakers and wouldn’t work. I’ll order another once we get settled. I do miss that thing though, it really cleans your teeth.
The boys know something is up. They follow me like they are glued to my ankles. It’s really a pain in the butt, cute as it is, they are a “trip” hazard. I turn around and Highway is sprawled right in my path. ALL DAMN DAY. It’s frustrating.
So. Bill and I went to Tucson to look at an RV. It’s a 2000 Fleetwood Bounder, 30′ long. It has 2 slideouts which help to make it much bigger for continued (egads) living. It is totally NOT my style but it’s really clean inside. The people took good care of it. The carpet is worn from people getting into the front seats but we’re going to have 4 dogs in this thing. We were gone a long time the day we went to look at it. On the way home, we could see rain to the north. Highway was locked in our bedroom and the 3 boys were in their crates. There was a thunderstorm while we were away. When we got home, Highway had tried to dig his way out through the carpet, in the master bedroom of a house THAT IS SOLD. The carpet is pitiful at best, Bill did not want to replace it in the 3 bedrooms so we had it cleaned and dealt with the ugliness of it. Now we have to get it repaired. DOGS!
We’ve named the RV Walt because as Olivia pointed out, it is the same kind of RV that Walter White and Jessie Pinkman used to cook meth in Breaking Bad. I guarantee there will be no cooking meth in this. Right now Walt is at the repair shop, there is a bad exhaust leak and we want other stuff checked out before we head east.
If we lose some bucks selling it, it was worth it not having to look for an apartment or house rental for a few months. The dogs can run and we can get some things done. Hopefully a garden so I can grow veggies and flowers. I can’t wait. It’s been a long time.
The last visit to the foot doctor happened, he discharged me. My foot is getting better, not great, but better. The Doc thinks the water aerobics and the 50 laps I do with my fins on has helped it get more flexibility. It still hurts, most of the time but I’ve kind of grown used to that. It will be a year until it’s feeling better, if that happens.
My cactus has been going crazy lately. I’m not sure why but I have never seen so many flowers. Last year it would have 8 or 10 per day, now there are way more than that. The bees are in pollen heaven.
We had allergy tests done on Barrio and he’s pretty much allergic to every damn thing there is, except Salmon, Turkey and Duck. No peas or flax or rice. It’s really hard and really expensive to find food he can eat. We have stopped cooking liver and veggies. Doing that did nothing to make his skin better so why bother? His armpit is clearing up. Isn’t it odd that it’s just ONE armpit and not both? AND, Gringo has the same thing in the opposite armpit, although not as bad. Max has never had skin issues. It’s very frustrating.
I took Barrio to the vet to chat about his skin. I let the dogs out before I left, then put 3 in their crates and had Barrio jump in the car. We got to the vets and checked in, sat down and I noticed Barrio had a cactus thorn sticking out of his nose. I tried to pull it out but was afraid to tug on it so I had the vet do it. I know exactly where he got that cactus thorn, from the blooming cactus. A dove built a nest in there and it’s within reach of the dogs. She recently abandoned the nest with 2 eggs in it. It was not a wise thought on the doves’ part to nest there. I kept Barrio away as much as I could, he was the only one interested. He’s lucky he didn’t get one in his eye. They hurt and luckily, I’ve never had one break off in my skin.
We had a Haboob 2 nights in a row. They were not as bad as the one last year. Many areas had more severe weather than we did this time. Then the rains came, they started Thursday night with a wild thunder and lightning storm. The dogs were not thrilled. It rained off and on, sometimes really hard, until Sunday afternoon.
It’s finally dried up out there and is back to being hot. It’s weird when it rains. In the jungle, it always felt so fresh and clean after a downpour. Here, it is a wet dirt smell that hangs in the air, not a breath of freshness to be seen.
And that’s why we’re headed back to the mountains.
Well you’re getting closer and closer to home. I love reading your blogs. We had to put our Junuh down couple months ago. We figured we would not get another dog because we’re getting too old manage everything. I have my hands full with my husband being in the wheelchair but we babysit for friends dogs once in awhile. Safe travels and maybe somewhere along the way I’ll get to see you again.
I’m sorry about your dog, that is always a tough thing to do. Yes, we are getting closer and the stacks of boxes just keeps getting bigger.
I sure am ready to move on.
Love the pics, and reading your adventures.
Another great & interesting update! I will send you a photo Kate sent me of Dane playing in their backyard. They are having landscaping down, but right now it is dirt–that rain made perfect “muddy puddles” for Dane! xoxo
Look forward to the photo.
Think about you every day and was glad to get update and realize it is actually an ongoing Book. Not sure how you two do all that you manage to accomplish but it is Inspiring. “Walt ” looks like he is ready for a new adventure. Big question…How do you manage to eat with 4 Dogs giving you the Eyes of Love? Rose-E as one does well for herself. Good News that Barrio’s Armpit is cleaning up. Got the Biggest Oregon Watermelon that I ever bought in Western Washington a couple of days ago. Thought of you as I was lugging it around. Rose-E was glad to see it arrive. Excited to be able to follow your journey to your new home. Our Best to the 6 of you. S & R
Hi Deb: Love the blog and the pictures and especially the way you discribe things!
Thanks Kathy, getting there.
Enjoyed the update. Do not envy all the packing. Cannot wait to read about life in Walt with 4 dogs! Hope your foot continues to improve.
I’m sure it will be an event filled several months. The poor dogs, they have no idea what is happening.
Thanks for reading Jeanette!
The next few months should be interesting and you’re pretty much guaranteed boob sweat! 😂
On Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 9:19 AM Mermaid on a Raft wrote:
> Ledfutt posted: “7/29/2021 What was I thinking? It’s almost like an > out-of-body experience. Moving again. I knew this Arizona gig was not > forever, but I did try to ignore that. I like Arizona, I love the > conveniences we have living where we do. It’s a nice change from Roa” >
Yes, very very interesting.
I will always think of you two when Roatan comes to mind or under foot. I miss the place dearly although I’m not sure I’d be able to handle it day in and day out any longer than you two did. I was just chatting with our dive master buddy from BID last night. Maybe when you guys get settled in I can come see you all if that’s possible. You’ll be less than 5 hours from me, about the same time span as Roatan but with less of a headache and hit to the wallet.