Last year at this time we were in France on a river cruise with our good friends and traveling companions, George and Linda.
We stopped in Pittsburgh on our way home to visit the kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Christmas eve was an adventure with everyone there.
In February our daughters, Misty and Shay came for a visit. Bill had a lot of plans to show the girls some historic sites. Here's a photo from the Renaissance Festival. Although they enjoyed it, I think they preferred the Mesa Flea Market. We arrived when they opened and other than a quick lunch break with Ron and Mary and Jim and Bev, the market was closing when we left. We did have to give them some luggage so they could take everything home from their shopping trip.
A few days after they left, we started packing for our adventure to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. We received a call from our trip leader telling us what to expect on our trip and if we had any questions. A few days later we received a call from our travel company asking us if we wanted to change our air travel from stopping in Hong Kong. That sounded like a good idea so we changed it to a stop in Tokyo. And then 48 hours before departure we got a call saying the trip was cancelled and we would get a refund in a couple of weeks. I am happy to say we received a full refund to the penny. I got a call when they mailed the check and they asked if we had incurred any other expenses. I mentioned that we had paid for our visas. They asked us to send a receipt for them and they would refund that also even though we did that through a different company.
As all good Americans, we spent our stimulus check immediately. We had a contractor knock down the block fence and add wrought iron. Bill built a water station in the field behind our fence and we enjoy watching the wildlife come for a drink. Our back yard looks out on the north branch of the Santa Cruz River. Sounds classy but it just the desert.
I did find some new fans that match our western theme.
Well we needed the fans when we hit 118. Yes, this year has been the hottest on record but it just got hot and stayed there. At least on a positive note the skies were sunny and bright.
In June we had a surprise visit from grand daughter Courtney and Josh and their boys Maverick and Reid.
Here's hoping everyone is doing alright. We are happy and healthy but know not all of you are. We're wishing you a Merry Christmas and a better year in 2021.