Happy New Year to all of you! We had a nice quiet Christmas. Zoey got some bubble wrap for Christmas and she was in Hog heaven. That dog loves bubble wrap!
And Thanks be to God, Spike did not have to go to Alaska. His Mom didn't need him to come after all, so we cancelled his trip. So far she is able to stay in her apartment without an escort. She is getting Meals on wheels delivered to her, so she doesn't have to cook. We found out that To get into assisted living in Alaska you have to pay $500 just to get your name on a list. That is $500 for each assisted living facility you are interested in. And if you pass away waiting, you forfeit the $500. (That sounds like a really poor investment to me!) The wheels move slowly in Alaska and I don't think they have the selection of facilities that we have in the lower 48.
Miss Zoey's leg is getting better. It is still not 100%, but it is healing slowly. We are still trying to keep her from jumping up and down.
Spike is making progress on the painting of the cabinets. As he says, "ain't nothing ever easy". The white laminate needed to be adhered to the wood before he could primer them. So that done, I think he is on his second coat of cabinet paint. He said it would have been cheaper (In labor costs) to buy new cabinets!
Since we have been here for a couple of months, there is a few things that I have noticed. I call them Yuma-isms. (Things that I think are unique to Yuma)
1. There are only two driving speeds here in Yuma, really slow or really fast.
2. They have what they call "solar dryers" (see one in the photos)
3. Garage sales and craft fairs do not last all day. They start at 0800 and are done by 1300. Maybe they get bored after a few hours, maybe its nap time, maybe it gets to hot outside? Not sure why.
4. Bedtime is early. One of My neighbors goes to bed at 7:00 pm and they get up at 0530. Another neighbor, who is 96, was in his bathrobe at 1600, when I stopped by. Anyway you can walk outside at 2000 and its "lights out" in most homes.
5. Garages in Yuma conceal a surprising amount of vintage cars, trucks, and hot rods. I've seen a '59 Mercury, a old T-bird, a 1963 Impala, and a 1966 Chevelle, just to name a few.
6. If it gets below 70 degrees everyone is wearing a coat. If it gets to 60 they add a hat and gloves.
7. Yuma is not in the desert. That is a myth. You are really in the midst of farming country. Ninety percent of the leafy vegetables consumed in the US in the fall and Winter are grown in the fields around Yuma.
8. This must be the "lost dog" capital of the world. You cannot believe how many people lose their dogs around here. There are always pleas on the Foothills blog, looking for their lost doggies. There are not very many big dogs here, mostly little "poof dogs" (as Spikey calls them). Small lap dogs that usually bark a lot!!
9. There is quite a diverse US population here. An amazing amount of the states are represented as You can tell by the license plates. The norms are Washington, Oregon, California, and Utah, any western states. But I have seen license plates here that are from quite far away. Like Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Maine. There is a theory that since we had those 2 bad hurricanes' in Texas and Florida that many of the snowbirds that usually go to those two states decided to come to Arizona instead.
10. And there is also a huge Canadian population down here. I would say that at least a third of the people are from Canada. Mostly from British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. I did see a New Brunswick plate too. A lot of these Ladies are in my Wednesday crochet group down at the Yuma library. Spike says they frequently go across the border for their meds, liquor, and dental work.
11. I think there is a 1500 to 1700 mandatory "nap time" around here. I usually take my walk in the afternoon before I make dinner, if it's not to hot. And as I walk from street to street, I see not much happening. Very few Happy Hours, or projects being worked on, but their cars are home, So I have deducted that it must be "siesta time".