WEDNESDAY, September 26
|Another Edgewood sunrise|
Today we didn’t even LEAVE Randy’s place! Our accomplishments reflected a day of rest! Rick got a haircut, we did a load of laundry, and I baked two batches of molasses bread to put into the freezer of the trailer. That is about it! I spent the afternoon making three birthday cards also! Ryan helped us moved the trailer from its FULL HOOKUPs location inside the fence to the electric only out by the garage. The pushing process wasn’t TOO difficult. Dry ground helped! Rick was able to get the truck into position, and then we backed it across the parking area to the same “slot” we used last year with the tent trailer.
Other than that? Time to visit with Ryan, Patty, and Rachael!
Tuesday, September 25
|Sunrise over the Sandias|
Happy to be back in our trailer tonight!
Monday, September 24
Today was our last chance to finish up the list of 'chores' Mom had ready for us. Rick has already taken care of a new shower head, vent deflector, and some other minor chores, but we had more to take care of today! Mom also got her laundry done which I helped with.
|Ceramic sun now up in kitchen|
|New tablecloth made smaller so it fits the table!|
Later....ok. I asked Mom if she wanted me to get the mail, so I went clear down to the lobby and then to the office to pick up a package. And then....I had to actually get dressed because Rick and I took a short walk before ending back up at Wal-Mart to get a missing ingredient for our taco salad dinner! Adventuresome day, but productive!
Sunday, September 23
Church this morning at Covenant Presbyterian on Candalaria Blvd. in Albuquerque. I really like this church Mom is attending - foremost, the cross banner up front is done in rainbow ribbon colors, the choir wears stoles of pastel rainbow colors (that look nearly tie dyed, but they aren't), and the atmosphere is relaxed, reverent, and casual! There are a number of scribbles I could do from the service, but to date I have only finished one!
Around 1 we went to the Ho Lo Ma Chinese Restaurant just around the corner. I decided to be bold and ordered something different from the menu: Chicken Stir-Fry in a Bird's Nest! I didn't expect the nest to be french fries, but it was good! Mom had chicken cashew, and Rick Kung Pau.
|Chicken Stir-fry in a Bird's Nest!|
Evening spent visiting with Krystal Irby from Baker City! Krystal lives at the Three Fountains in the unit across the circle from Mom. She is teaching at McKinley Middle School and doing very well. A fun time talking 'shop' and more.
Saturday, September 22
BOSQUE BIKEWAY, ALBUQUERQUE
Click HERE for all Albuquerque pictures through today
We were up EARLY this morning to try and beat the heat! Shortly after 7, we head downstairs to the basement to get our bikes out. We find the storage door dead-bolted. The key won't work. No maintenance workers in sight. All is quiet on a Saturday morning! So.....we walk to the Village Inn restaurant next to JoAnn's and eat breakfast! Our intention was to eat down in Old Town in the middle of our bike ride, but....change of plans.
|Jetty jacks along the river.|
The pathway was BUSY on a Saturday morning! We found serious bikers and casual couples out for a ride, in-line skaters, a little boy on a scooter, teens on skateboards, tandem bikes for adults, and tandems for parent and child, serious joggers, and recreational joggers, plus plenty of walkers! You had to stay awake to avoid the congestion at times!
About 3 miles in we found fire engines, ambulance, police vehicles on the gravel road next to the path and activity down by the river. On the return trip a couple hours later, a news helicopter was circling the area, and most of the emergency vehicles were just getting ready to leave. I will have to add an update after tonight's news to find out what happened. It wasn't good, whatever it was!
|Rick on Rio Grande Bike Bridge|
Short side trip on the way north to ride UP onto the Interstate bike bridge over the Rio Grande. Not much water in the river! The bridge is beautifully decorated with inlaid metal animal designs along the edges and metalwork on the cross-braces.
|Turtles 'talking' at Nature Center|
Our wildlife spotting wasn't much today: a lizard on the path, elephants at the zoo, and the geese, ducks, and turtles at the nature center. We HEARD many birds along the path, however!
Back to the apartment to watch a Hallmark movie with mom and relax! Tonight we will meet Jed downtown at UNM where he is playing volleyball and exchange our laptop power cords so we will each have power again! Then I can download some pictures and get this entry posted for the first time in five days!!
|Posterized photo of Jed spiking!|
Addendum: Just checked the online Albuquerque news and discovered a hot air balloon crashed into the Rio Grande at 8am this morning and the bosque bike path was used to access the river to transport 3 of the 8 passengers to hospitals. Rick and I had seen at least 6 balloons in the air as we drove up I-25 to our parking spot this morning. Answer to what was going on this morning along the path! http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/local/central/6-injured-as-balloon-lands-hard-on-island
Friday, September 21
OLD TOWN, ALBUQUERQUE
So, obviously from the above entry, Santa Fe became Old Town, Albuquerque! Albuquerque was founded in 1706 so we are talking OLD here, as far as the west goes!
|Sign in Old Town Plaza|
We drove down and found a parking space (for our $3 donation!) near The Hacienda, and near the historic Church of San Felipe de Neri. We started our visit at the church, an old adobe structure with beautiful spires and a cool, quiet memorial garden. When we entered the sanctuary, I thought the cleaning lady was asking me to take my shoes off! But she thought my sandals were unique and wanted to know where I had purchased them! (And it wasn't my Uganda ones!) As most Catholic churches, the sanctuary was filled with statues and icons, beautiful artwork and decorative painting.
|Church of San Felipe de Neri|
|Musicians in Old Town plaza|
Rick and I walked over to Dollar Tree and Wal-mart, then I continued to the UPS drop site to return the defective phone and to Jo-Ann's Fabrics, where I spent over an hour shopping! (And due to a generous clerk who found me a flyer with coupons, got most of it for 50% off!)
Dinner was ice cream!!!
Thursday, September 20
Big action of today? Mom and I went out to lunch at Olive Garden with a group of ladies from the Presbyterian Church. It was their monthly 'lunch bunch' gathering! Excellent meal of soup and salad and bread! Unlimited on all...so needless to say, I was full at the end. Then we went to Hobby Lobby across the street to browse... and shop! I picked up a few items for my Christmas ornaments and more.
|Mom doesn't have many bowls scaled |
to the size salads I make!
Dinner is pizza and a big salad I made in a dishpan!
We talked of Santa Fe tomorrow, but will wait and see how Grandma is doing - we walked her alot in the past few days!!!
Wednesday, September 19
|Morning contrails of jets from behind Sandia Mts.|
Rick took a wa-jog out around the neighborhood before lunch. I did some research on Regan's place of business and TMobile. After lunch Rick and I headed out. Destination? Gas, TMobile, haircut, and produce!!
All accomplished, although TMobile did not give great customer service, basically saying the phone I bought was worthless. Did finally manage to get a replacement sent to Mom's address. Regan cut my hair while we discussed the cockroach problem in her apartment! Gas for $3.58 and that was a bargain! Prices have really gone up in the past couple of weeks.
We bought plenty of veggies and fruits at Trader Joe's and the Farmer's Market - for a stir fry tonight and a big salad coming up! After dinner Mom and I made a gluten free muffin recipe from Karen R. They taste good!
Tuesday, September 18
Movin' into Town!
|Three Fountains complex!|
|Lunch and 'where to go' at State Fair|
|4 yr old dancer|
|Beautiful cactus in the Flower Show Barn|
I am typing on Mom's computer tonight. Her power cord did not work on my laptop, so I shall conserve my power for downloading and painting pictures only! Just until Saturday evening when Jed comes back up to ABQ and we can switch our cords!
Monday, September 17
Beautiful sunrise this morning around 6:30am as I left the trailer to head inside. It has been this way most mornings! I forget how wonderful it is to be able to see an uninterrupted skyline!
Morning spent finishing up the window seat sewing for Ran and Patty. Mom and I got it done. It looks pretty nice! Later in the evening, I used some of the leftover fabric to make a new clothespin bag for the clothesline. It came out mighty fine also!
|Window Seat all finished!|
Realized after I spent much of the afternoon on my laptop upstairs without the power cord, that Jed had switched the cords when he left. I have his mini cord and he mine. I was down to 18% power left when discovered. I was able to use Patty's to charge the laptop back up, and hopefully Mom's cord will fit until Saturday when Jed will be back in town for a volleyball tourney and we can make the exchange!
Tomorrow we are heading into town to stay at Mom's for 5-6 days.
Sunday, September 16
Church this morning with Randy, Patty, Rick, and Mom at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I did draw a scripture scribble from the service! It is an early service so we didn't see Rachael, Ryan, or Jed before leaving!
The above all went to a movie during the afternoon. Randy had smoked some pork during the night and it was delicious! We didn't wait for the younger set to return before eating! A walk with the dogs later in the day and plenty of football before sitting down for games. Played a new game called Bezzerwezzer (a trivia game only with a few twists) which Jed won, and then two rounds of ImagineIF which is always entertaining!
Jed helped me figure out problems with HugIn on the computer and a round of Cribbage before I went to bed. He was up for hours more probably!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Well, the weather is back to more normal New Mexico fall weather: warmer days, clear cool nights. We have taken after dinner walks the past two evenings, and Rick and I enjoyed an even longer walk yesterday afternoon. Rick has been out for a bike ride.
What have we accomplished in the past couple of days? I have been working with Mom R to cover the window seat pads for Randy and Patty. Alot of fussy sewing! One more section to complete (we had to wait for more material today) and it will be done, in addition to three pillows. Ran and Patty did pick up the plastic canvas I needed, so I can get started on the rest of the ornaments.
|Game night - Trivial Pursuit!|
Jed arrived this afternoon around 4:30. Grandma made meat loaf for dinner (we had spaghetti Friday night). A long Trivial Pursuit game with Patty, Ryan, Rachael, Jed, and Ginger, which Ginger eventually won!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
A night of solid rain - I don't think I have ever been in New Mexico during this solid a day and night of rain! Hopefully enough that the ground might actually get to soak a little up.
A truly lazy day! Most of us were finally showered and dressed by noon! I got caught up with a couple of drawings and postings in the morning.
|Trailer tucked into back yard trees at Randy's.|
Major trip to Wal-Mart to pick up all those things we discovered in Pagosa that would be nice to have in the trailer: a space heater, a clip light for additional reading and in the morning when I get up early, plug adapters, a new sewer hose system that will make life easier for Rick! We bought sheets. The one thing I wanted, more plastic canvas, I couldn't get at this Wal-Mart. Maybe next week at Joanne's Fabrics. I have finished 20 ornaments and can't do any more until I get plastic.
Stopped enroute home to meet Randy and Mom at the credit union to notarize a power of attorney for Mom. Picked up groceries for last night's chicken enchilada dinner.
|All hooked up to water, sewer, and electric!|
|Kamere likes Mom's lap!|