Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It:   Rancho Rialto RV Resort, Yuma

February 19, 2020

Temperature 91 Degrees

Transferring License Plates – Ouch

The Great Transformation Continues

I believe it was only a few weeks ago that we were waking up to twenty six degrees in the morning.


It’s obvious that the heat is now on.  The bottom temperature is outside, top is inside Elvira.  It seems high but honestly you don’t even need the AC.  We just open the windows, pull down the day shades, turn on the exhaust fans and we’re perfectly comfortable.  We really getting used to this area and still liking it a whole lot.

We’ve been hitting one road block after another trying to transfer our plates from Graybeard to Elvira.  The state of Florida requires that the VIN and the odometer reading be verified by a trusted government official.   Well, we’ve been going around in circles trying to get this done here in Yuma.  Finally, today, we were given the straight answer.  We have to physically bring Elvira down to the DMV office and have someone come out and verify both.  So, tomorrow we’ll pack up and go for a ride.  Then we overnight all the forms along with the required dollars and cents to the state of Florida and hopefully we’ll have our plates transferred within the week.

So the transformation is under way.


Our new water heater is here and will be installed we hope tomorrow.  If it isn’t in by tomorrow then it will have to wait until after the weekend.  We’ll both be away, Barbara until Sunday, and I will not be back until the following Friday.


This big box contains the sliding cargo tray.  Once in I will be able to access the contents of the tray and hence the locker from either side of the rig.  If I like it I just may install a second.


Our replacement step stool for the outside steps.  Seems someone, kinda, sorta, accidentally ran over the first one leaving Tucson.  Suffice to say it was not in any usable shape after that mishap.


Our new hamper which will fit perfectly in the cabinet under the washing machine.  Slowly, ever so slowly we’re figuring out what we can put in all the drawers, cabinets and other nook and crannies.

In front of it is our new Oxygenics shower head.


This is the shower head installed.  I realized only after I installed it that it has no shut off valve.  That will be corrected tomorrow.  It’s a simple fix and will only take a few minutes to do.


Imagine a shower with no soap dish.  I corrected that oversight today as well.  No mushy soap in this dish since it will definitely drain real well.


Stainless steel sliding cabinet trays.


Inside of each sliding tray Barbara put in these step organizers.


The end result.  Everything in its place and a place for everything.  What’s nice, no need to climb into the cabinet to see what is in the back.  Just pull one or the other tray out and you can see it all.


We welcomed a new turtle into the family.  Then gave him a few other animals from our collection to keep him company.

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We found a place – for now – for our most important sign.


Some of the boxes from today’s delivery.  We had already taken quite a few over to recycling.

Today we met a few of our neighbors from across the way.   Each afternoon they gather together for refreshments and conversations.  They wandered over today to let me know that we have been the best entertainment they have had in the last several weeks.  They also said with a laugh, never had they seen one site receive so many packages from Amazon!  Glad to know I can brighten their day and give them a chuckle.

In terms of the transformation things are about to slow down real quick come Friday.  Life itself, though, is going to get real hectic.  We’re going back to Tucson to get Graybeard ready for a cross country run to Findlay, Ohio.  We’ll also be getting together with my sister for a Saturday afternoon.  Then Sunday I’ll leave on the cross country trip to Ohio.  There will be three of us on this trip, my son Paul and his wife Brittany, and myself.  Provided the weather holds we’ll do the trip in four days.  Then I’ll fly back to Phoenix were Barbara will pick me up and then it is back to Yuma to continue working on Elvira.  I’m tired already just thinking of it!

Time now to call it a day on The Road of Retirement.  I must confess I’m sort of dragging.  I spent the day putting this and that in place.  I also went around tightening up screws on doors, drawers and just about everything else.  We have almost everything put away.  Notice I said, almost.  We’re getting there.

Thanks for checking in with us again.  Sorry for the sporadic nature right now of the blog.  Life is just a wee bet hectic at the moment.  We do appreciate your checking in and love to read your comments and answer your questions.

These are the voyages of  Elvira 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. You guys are going to be so organized then you can sit back and just enjoy your unit. Yea right! There is always something to do or change until it all feels right. You will get there. Be safe on your trip.


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