Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It – Escapees North Ranch, Congress, Arizona

April 8, 2020

Temperature 53 Degrees

An Unusual Day, Cold and Windy

Haircuts For Both Of Us

The day started out with abundant sunshine and a crystal clear blue sky.  It was not to stay that way.

First, breakfast.  This morning we had scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, fried spam, juice and coffee.  A great way to start the day.

Breakfast also came with a really loud KABOOM!  The cause?  About 40 or so miles south of us is Luke Air Force Base.  The Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing.  It is the largest fighter wing in the world with more than 188 aircraft and over 6,000 military and civilian personnel.

Well, this morning we had a jet from the base come screaming over us that decided to go supersonic about the time it was right above us.  The result?  A sonic boom.  It literally sounded like someone’s rig or maybe a house in the park had blown up.  It definitely got our attention as well as the majority of those around us.


Remember how I said the day started out?  Well, this is how the day ended up.  Looking out the living room window you can see the heavy cloud cover.  In addition, we had winds all day in the vicinity of 20 to 30 mph.  Rain was also forecast but never materialized.  However, it was cold from noon on and the wind made it that much colder.

Today was definitely a day to stay inside.  Which suited us just fine.


Barbara gave me a haircut.  Much needed I might add.


Then it was my turn to cut her hair.  Oh what a trusting soul.  This was the first time I had attempted to cut her hair.  In the end she was pleased with my efforts.

I also found something else to do inside.


I made labels for all the switches in my command center up in the front.


Later in the afternoon we decided to again play Mexican Train.  This is our go to game and we never tire of it.  I was on a roll winning every game until Barbara turned the tables and went on a winning streak.  Ah, there is always tomorrow.

That is about it for our day on The Road of Retirement.  A very normal day but one which we enjoyed in every way.  No matter what happens, no matter the weather, we still have each other and we continue to travel along, hand in hand, singing our song.

On the lighter side.

Image may contain: possible text that says 'Got up this morning and ran around the block 5 times. then I got tired, so I picked up the block and put it back in the toy box.'

Thanks for checking in with us today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

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. If it isn’t a train it’s a plane. Now you and Barbara can add “hairstylist” to your resume. We have never played Mexican Train or any other Domino game. You are making the best of the shelter-in-place. Good for you.


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