Happy New Year!!!
Judy and Cec, our good friends arrived on the 30th. They drove their motorhome 2,500 miles from Palm Springs, California, just to be with us this month and help us like they did last year. It is so good to be with them again. The last time we were with them was in July in Washington state when we celebrated Ron and Judy's birthdays.
New Mystery Picture
Before we get to the big announcement which we are posting a day early, I have added a great new recipe which was sent to us by Larry Hammond. Larry's Leaves-turning Pork is terrific and great for those cold weather days.
The Big Announcement
All of you who responded to our quiz regarding
the big announcement did a super job. Two came so close that we just have
to reward a duel prize. We will be sending a copy of our book, Movin' On,
to each of the guys below.
We are very excited to announce that we have just purchased a "stick" house in Gold Canyon, Arizona. The closing was this morning. The change in direction is that we will no longer be full-timers but since we are keeping our American Dream motorhome we will still be traveling. We hope to do more seminars around the country and will of course take vacations too. Having a home at this point in our life is something we have talked about off and on. Right now it seems to be a very good investment with the market down and we will have some tax advantages.
Here are the clues followed by the real answers.
2. The model name of our home which is one year old and built by Shea homes is "Saguaro."
3. Many got that clue as it referenced the Superstition Mountains
4. The second little pig built a "stick house" and that is what full-timers call a house that is not on wheels. Some thought we were talking about the piggy toes (this little piggy went to market etc.,) and one of them stayed home.
5 & 6. Mountainbrook Village is in Gold Canyon. It is at the base of the Superstition mountains where the lost dutchman gold mine is supposed to have been. Of course the German could be Ron too.
When we last visited Mountainbrook to just look, the new homes were all sold. We weren't ready yet anyway so we knew that when we were ready we could buy a used home. While we were in Jacksonville, Florida, and surfing the web at the libraries, I just checked to see what was available in houses there in Mountainbrook and there it was. We have never set foot inside this house but with the help of a wonderful realtor, Margaret White, and a good friend, Tom Vind, we know it is fine. We knew what we wanted and are so glad that things worked out.
We will head west as soon as we are finished here (we leave on the 30th)
and when we get to Gold Canyon we will stay at Canyon Vistas RV Park near
Mountainbrook for a month while we go shopping. We don't own a stick of
furniture or anything else one needs in a house. We plan to keep everything
except clothing and perishables in the motorhome so it doesn't have to
be loaded and unloaded, but that means we need everything from a toilet
brush to small kitchen appliances and a house full of furniture. Thankfully
the big kitchen appliances are already in the house as are the washer and
dryer. This should be fun.
We have been getting lots of congratulatory emails regarding our new home, but some worry that we won't be doing much on the web site any more. Not so. We will still be traveling lots (probably 6 months out of the year) so it really won't be much different than when we used to park the motorhome for 5-8 months at Valle del Oro or other winter resort parks.
We are having lots of fun meeting folks here at
LazyDays. The seminars are going great and Judy and Cec are lots of help.
I just got back all of the email updates which were sent to all of the MSN email address on our update list. What is going on with that?
Lazy Days is such a phenomenal place that I just have to share a tiny bit of what it is like. Imagine over 1200 RVs on display, huge office building, the rally park campground, and hundreds (yes hundreds) of service bays. Here take a little walk with us.
Heading back towards the main entrance from Festival Hall in the main corridor.
Just a few of the over 200 service bays here at LazyDays
I really liked the house type GE refrigerator complete with water/ice dispenser.
There are three long rows of double lots where folks move from one RV to another. Here they park the old and new with entry doors facing each other. Often the old one is sold before it is even completely moved out of. Both times we traded here our old one was gone before we even started to move in.
Tomorrow I will take pictures of the seminar room. Last month I showed
some of the Rally Park center so if you missed that go back to December.
Here are the pictures of the seminar room that I promised. It is a lovely room and everyone seems to enjoy the seminars we do as well as all the seminars that are presented daily. Lazy Days has done a terrific job of promoting the seminars and everyone attending seems to really appreciate what we have to share with them. We also appreciate our good friends Judy and Cec who drove all the way from California to help us this month. They like visiting with the folks at the seminars also.
Our faithful friends and excellent helpers, Judy and Cec.
Wow it seems that we just got here and now our time is almost up. It has been fantastic to meet so many wonderful friends (new and old) and every one here at Lazy Days has been terrific. Even though the weather has been cold and in fact blustery we have felt warm in our friendships. We only have two more seminars to go (Tuesday and Wednesday) and will be leaving on Thursday the 30th. I will upload our current articles and so on in the morning of the 30th just before we leave.