Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Last posted: January 31st?? Oh my goodness! Where does the time go?

We just got back from spending a few days down in the Phoenix area! We were able to visit my in-laws and stayed with them in a pleasant town named Casa Grande (between Phoenix & Tucson). While we were there, they experienced a severe weather system bringing thunder and lightning and RECORD rainfall...a downright gully-washer! There was literally a river running through it!

Despite the nasty weather, John & his dad were able to get in some golf and we enjoyed a couple of meals out on the verandah, under the swaying palm trees and with the sweet fragrance of grapefruit blossoms wafting by! Here are a couple of pictures from their RV park. After that deluge, the water level in the lagoon was about two feet higher than normal!

Offering seniors (55+ by definition - yikes, we're almost there!!!) security, tranquility and everything from pickleball to pottery, woodworking to sewing, ballroom dancing to pools & spas... it was quite an oasis in the middle of the desert! We sure enjoyed our visit!

And what good would a visit to Arizona in March be without taking in a spring training game at the beautiful Mariner's Ballpark in Peoria, I ask you?!!? Gladly, gameday arrived with beautiful blue skies and mild temps, for which we were all grateful! Here is a shot of the scoreboard with the "berm" seating in front of it. There were plenty of folks out there getting a tan that day!

Ichiro was warming up right in front of where we were sitting, and he was really fun to watch! Richie Sexson ("Big Sexy") was also doing some warm-up sprints and so we had quite a pre-game show to watch! The Mariners fell behind to the Kansas City Royals during the game, but ended up winning it 5-4 in the bottom of the was VERY exciting!

No, we aren't admiring Kerry's tan line on her arm...if you have a magnifying glass, you can see that she is holding an EMT-delivered icepack in her right hand...a foul ball came screaming our direction and would have landed right in my lap, but a gentleman sitting in front of me stuck out his hand...the ball deflected off of his hand and clobbered Kerry right in the arm! Then, as we were all wondering where the ball had landed, I looked down and there it was at my feet, just sitting there as if it had been there for hours! All of the sudden, our same gentleman friend AND my step-mom-in-law lurched for it at the same time! As they both had their claws into it and were tugging it in opposite directions, our gentleman friend said, "Just let go and I'll let you have it!" Mom responded by releasing her death grip on the ball, and as promised, he handed it over!! Now there's a story to tell over & over again at the RV park!!! We all had a pretty good laugh over it, but Kerry had a bruise for a good week afterward!!
What a trooper!