Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix 

Dec 3, 2019

Temperature 63 Degrees

Tis The Season to Decorate UMOM

Almost ready for a new recliner

It’s no longer shorts and T-shirts during the day.  OK, for some it is but not for me.  It’s not cold, at least not like in the Northeast but it’s not the 80’s which we had not so long ago.  Still, there is no snow so I’m OK with where we’re at.

A quick breakfast of pumpkin pancakes, fried spam, a glass of juice and a couple of cups of coffee and I was ready to go.


This week is the week to decorate the campus for Christmas.  So, here come the first few boxes of decorations.  There were carts and carts of more decorations to come as the day went on.


 This is one of several nativity sets that Barbara set up today.


Barbara and Sandy working on a tree in the cafeteria.


You’d be amazed at the places we found to put out Christmas decorations.


Robin hanging a wreath over the entrance door of the chapel.


Mark, standing on the outside of the door, and offering Robin some helpful suggestions on how to hang the wreath.


A Christmas tree in the chapel.


Joy to the World.


More chapel decorations.


One of many trees decorated in the courtyard outside.  Sadly, I’m told by those who have been here before most of these trees will be picked clean of decorations by Christmas day.


Chris, in the red shirt unpacking more of those Christmas decoration boxes.


Sandy, unpacking and laying out even more decorations on the table in front of her.


Time for everyone to get involved.  From left to right:  Sandy, Chris, Debbie, Jean, Mark and Keith.  Hey, this tree needed a lot of decorations!


Chris and Keith putting the finishing touches on the tree.


On the outside we continued prepping the picnic area for a concrete pour.


We – Anton, Robin and myself – finished by putting down the rebar and inserting the spacer blocks.  The rest is now up to the crew at UMOM.

Day two, Period Sixteen is now in the books.

Back on the home front.


Gertrude pleaded to be taken off the roof.  Inasmuch as she wasn’t working properly while up there I was more than happy to oblige.  She is now down, alongside the rig in the back, looking at the back wall and finally finding all the satellites on the western arch.  I can’t figure it out.  On the rood she had a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky and she could only find two satellites.  Down on the ground facing the wall and she finds all three.  Go figure!

Regarding the couch.  Both arms are off and it is ready to out the door.  Just as soon as we get a recliner picked out and delivered, out the door it will go.  I now have to make a plate to cover the access hole in the floor in the back where the electrical wires for the slide come in from the bottom.  I believe I have a piece of metal that I can use.

That was our Tuesday on The Road of Retirement.  We’re as busy as can be all around the campus.  Hopefully, we’ll make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas season.  Things are going good on the home front as we continue to make progress turning Graybeard into truly the home we want him to be.  Yes, life is good.

Thanks for checking in with us.  We always appreciate your joining us on our journey.  Comments, as always are also appreciated.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!









  1. Beautiful! I hope when you said “picked clean” you didn’t mean they would be stolen. I hope people look at all your work, appreciate it, are respectful of it and enjoy it. Barbara, good job.


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