Places We Have Called Home In 2019

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

Dec 26, 2019

Temperature 55 Degrees, Rain

We’re Finished

Packing Up – We’re Moving Again

Oh boy what a chilly morning.  OK, it’s not as cold here as in other places.  This morning’s temperature was 49 degrees.  But when you’re used to the 60’s to 80’s it comes as somewhat of a shock.  I do believe, however, we’re getting used to it.

Simple breakfast this morning.  Just a bagel, juice, and a couple of cups of coffee.  It was enough to get me moving.

First part of the day was spent over in the toy room.


This is a part of what is left after Christmas.


Everything that is left – not much of a demand for basketballs and footballs this year –


needs to be sorted than boxed and labeled.


The boxes are then put on pallets.


Everything is then shrink wrapped, loaded on the UMOM truck and taken to storage.  The toys will be given out during the course of the year as birthday presents, distributed to other agencies for their use and some will be brought back next year.

I spent half a day doing this, Barbara spent the whole day at it.

The rest of the day I turned my attention to getting us ready for jacks up tomorrow.

I had to adjust tire pressure, put Wesley away, store the step ladder, wash the windshield, and so on, and so forth.  Its just part of our lifestyle which we readily accept.  I’ve done all that I can today.  Tomorrow we’ll do the rest.  In the rain it appears.  So be it.

Reflecting back on our two months here, we can both honestly say this has been one of the best experiences we’ve had as fulltimer’s.  We’re leaving with the knowledge that we’ve had a chance to give back for all the blessings we have received.  We’re leaving with so many new friends who we believe we’ll see somewhere, someday on down the road.  We’re leaving with a hundred and one new memories that are absolutely priceless.  Are we tired?  Oh yea!  We’ll probably sleep for the next month while we are in Yuma.

That’s it for our day on The Road of Retirement.  We’re down in the 40’s already.  A steady rain is falling.  It’s going to be a cold, damp evening.  Time for an extra blanket.  Hopefully, we’ll get a break in the rain in the morning.  Only need about 30 minutes but it’s not looking good right now.  Time will tell.

Thanks for joining us again today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Keep warm if you are up north.  We’ll catch you again 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. Wow, your group certainly was blessed with lots of toys. I hope the recipients of this building and the toys appreciate all your effort to make this a beautiful Christmas day for them. Bundle up then have a safe trip to Yuma.


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