Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall 2009 Happenings with the Smiths

    Thanksgiving starts with something very special for us. Our youngest grandson, Bowdie Smith, born June 25th, at 1 lb 1 oz went home with his very excited parents on Nov 12th!!!!!  He weighs an even 7 pounds and is doing well.  He went home on oxygen and with heart and breathing monitors that he’ll have for the next few months at least.  Their little family is homebound with orders not to take him out in any crowds or around young children, but that’s OK, they’re just thrilled to be at home, after 4 ½ months of daily hospital visits.
    We’ve gotten into the swing of our winter routine.  I’m only working one day a week this year, and loving the extra time.  My quilt classes have restarted and we’re working on interesting projects.  There are also some exciting workshops coming up to look forward to.  Gary is enjoying being a man of leisure and pleased to be unemployed for the winter.  He’s not too leisure though, between billiards and golf.  He even went bowling for the first time in 9 ½  years, with a group from our park.  His pool league and twice monthly Sunday tournaments have restarted as well.  He usually golfs twice a week with friends and with the park. 
            Gary and I celebrated by 62nd birthday by spending the day at one of my favorite places, the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson.  Then we went to Saguaro National Park and got my Senior Access, (Golden Age), Pass.  My first socal security check is scheduled to be direct deposited on December 23rd.  That will be exciting!!!
          We’ve also been doing more dancing, both with the Senior Center and at another RV park in Casa Grande.  A local husband and wife singing duo invited friends over to a house party where we heard an amazing country singer named Tom Hiatt.  He writes his own music and reminded both of us of Chris LeDoux in voice and style. 
           Our park decided to participate in the Casa Grande Electric Light parade to be held on Dec. 5th, so we’ve been busy getting ready for that.  The theme is “Christmas at the Coop,” a play on words for our Co-Op.  Gary’s truck is the float and a coop has been designed for it.  Mrs. Claus and a rooster will ride on the float, while chickens  will walk, cluck and dance along side.  The music is “The Chicken Dance, ” of course.   It’s been a lot of fun.
    This morning a group of us went to the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm.  We’ve been there before, but never taken the Monster Truck Ride and Tour.  It was a blast.  We learned a lot about the ostriches and more about the desert and Picacho Peak.  We also took a wild ride over hills and bumps in the truck and finished it off by fishing for Ostrich.  We held a pole with a chain at the end and a large screw.  You stab half an orange through the peel with the screw and extend it out on a platform for the ostriches.  They grab it off the chain, swallow it whole, on then you can watch it move down their throat.  The feathers at the base of their long neck, flutter up as it goes by.   After that we fed the ostriches, deer, goats burros, and then the colorful Lorikeets. 
    Once again the post office has changed the zip code here, so it is now 85193 instead of 85293.  For those who need the entire address, it is:
3241 S. Montgomery Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85193

    You can tell we have much to be thankful for this year and we wish all of you the best through out the holiday season.  Have a great Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!  May you have a healthy and prosperous 2010. 
    Busily dancing in AZ........................... Hugs, Katy, Gary, Rusty, and Spicy