Places We Have Called Home In 2020

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

April 16, 2020

Temperature 74 Degrees

Projects, A Little Bit of  This and That

The Well Masked Escapee 

Well, what can I say.  We awoke to another beautiful day of clear blue skies and abundant sunshine.  Today was supposed to be the warmest one yet this year down in the area of Surprise and Phoenix.  Up here in Congress it was pleasantly warm but with a cool breeze blowing all day.

What to have for breakfast.  We finally settled on a muffin and a cup of coffee to start off.  A bit later we had waffles, a glass of juice and another cup of coffee.  A delightful way to begin another day in paradise.


The receiving department was open again today.  I got what I needed to service the two A/C’s but I’m not going to do that until probably next week.  I also received two prop rods for two locker doors but discovered that I had ordered the wrong ones.  Oh well, back to the drawing board or in this case back to Amazon.


The other day when I tried to put the door awning out it hung up.  Today, therefore, I got my trusty can of silicone lube and went to work.  I lubed all the pivot points as well the rollers and the slide track.  Works like a charm now.


I discovered that I can’t really put the patio awning out all the way due to the wind.  One minute it is absolutely calm, the next minute it is howling up a storm.  However, I can keep it out just far enough to keep the sun off the the passenger side of Elvira without an issue.  The one thing I don’t like about it is that I can’t tip it down on one end should it rain.  Meaning, it can’t be left out if it rains.  Bummer.


While I had the patio awning out and my can of silicone lube in hand I went to work on all the pivot points, rollers and the arms that slide one into the other.  One more project I can cross off my list.  I’m amazed that both the patio and door awning are still in such good condition given their age.


I also took a picture of the model number of our current converter/inverter which is the original one that came with the rig.  This is the next item on the list to be upgraded.  I don’t feel comfortable with something this old, especially since we now have a residential refrigerator.  Hopefully, this will be done late May or early June.


Come early afternoon we went over to the Activity Center to receive a free mask.  A group of women in the park have been diligently making masks for health care workers, store employees and anyone in the park who wanted one.  Not once have they asked for any reimbursement.



We both have custom made and comfortable masks when we go out again.  I can’t imagine walking into a bank like this, but I guess it’s OK.


This is another neighbor we met – at a safe distance.  Her name is Donna and she is a solo full timer.  She’s been on the road since October of last year.  She currently owns a Class C but is already talking about upgrading to a Class A .

One more day done on The Road of Retirement.  I keep looking at the calendar and thinking we should be leaving in another week and a half.  But that is simply not going to happen and sometimes it gets me down in the dumps.  However, I quickly think to myself that we are healthy, meeting our bills, have food on the table and have a great home that is all our own.  Yes, I’ve said it more than once but I’ll say it again we are two of the most blessed and fortunate people on the face of the earth.  Thank you Lord for taking care of us.

On the lighter side.

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Thanks for checking in with us again today.  We always appreciate your company and of course you comments and suggestions.  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. Glad to see you have masks. We’ve been wearing ours and have given several to family and friends. Is your Governor requiring people to wear them? Stay safe.


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