Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mid-February to Mid-March

Over a month has passed since my last blog, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I’ll try to hit only the highlights so it won’t be too long or boring.

Sitting on our lot in Benson for all this time has given me a chance to finish some knitting/crocheting projects. Two lapghans are ready to go to the Tucson VA Hospital when we get there soon.



I’ve also made a few scarves and several chemo caps for donations.

Don finished a project he’s been wanting to do for awhile, to replace the shelf inserts on his BBQ stand.


The pressed board material used by the manufacturer started warping, sagging and getting stained shortly after he started using it. They eventually became completely unusable.


He replaced them with 1/8” Plexiglass and, although the rounded corners weren’t easy to cut and shape, now the stand is better than new and weatherproof to boot!


We helped friends Tom and Carole Bezdeka install their new Magne Shades windshield cover at their lot in the Saguaro SKP Park on one sunny, wind-free day.


And we enjoyed having friends Larry and Connie Farquar over to our place for dinner during a slightly windy, slightly chilly day, while they were visiting the SKP park.


We met our (formerly solo) RV friend Karen Faulkner and her hubby Roger Smith in Tucson for lunch.


And another solo RV friend Al Schmadeke was also in town, so he joined our get-together. It was great seeing both Al and Karen again, and super to meet Roger. This picture turned out a little fuzzy with my smart phone.


We usually drive to Tucson fairly often while staying in Benson, and this sign on Kolb Rd just outside Davis-Monthan AFB has always intrigued me. How do you make a U-turn at 40 mph?


Karen and Roger finished getting service on their brand-new Winnebago Tour motorhome in Tucson then came to spend a few days with us in Benson. What a beautiful coach!


We drove to Bisbee one day to have a look around and enjoyed lunch at the historic Copper Queen Hotel.



When we got out of the car a couple asked if we were Escapees, seeing all the decals on the back of our CR-V. Yes, of course, and they are too. In fact, they were in Bisbee for a family reunion – the Bisbee family! It was great meeting Rick and Carol Bisbee and we hope to see them at the Escapade in Goshen, IN in May!


Roger, Karen, Holly, Max and Andy had to hit the road, so we bade them goodbye after their morning walk. We look forward to seeing them again in Goshen as well.


We wished they could have stayed one more day, as Don made a delicious St. Paddy’s Day meal in the crockpot. Corned beef with cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions, served with spicy mustard and horseradish. It just doesn’t get any better. It was enough for yummy leftovers for some time!


Today is our last day in Benson for about 2 1/2 weeks. Don has an appointment with his doc this afternoon, then we’re heading for Casa Grande to see Jan & Bill Mains. The 4 of us will go on to the SKP North Ranch Park near Congress for the guys to take part in the Woodworkers on Wheels week-long workshop. Afterward, we’re all going to Tucson for the SKP Chapter 21 rally April 1-6.

However, we had to move the motorhome a day early because the roads in our neighborhood are getting repaired tomorrow. We didn’t want to have to leave before the crew starts at 7 am, and we sure didn’t want to drive over fresh tar, especially after cleaning both the motorhome and car. So we took a pull-through site in the public area of our resort for the night.



  1. KOFA today donated 277 chemo hats for the Children's Hospital in Tuscon and to the Ronald McDonald house. All made by people in the park since Nov. Thanks for what you do, also, Sharon. Hugs, Pat

  2. I was going to remind you that you needed to do a blog when we see you today, but you beat me to it.

    What a nice job on the grill stand. I like the plexiglass.

  3. Great re-cap on what you've been up to - busy as usual.

    I sure like that stand for the Weber Grill - especially the wind deflectors.

  4. Love the afgans! You are such a generous person. You inspire me--thank you. And, you and Don have had a much more interesting month than we had! Thanks for sharing and reminding us: There is life out there! (Smile)


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