Arrival at Bill & Linda's House
01 December 2010 | Sierra Vista AZ
December 1st finds us on the road to Sierra Vista. We arrived at Bill and Linda's house where we got the motor home settled. They have a beautiful place. The fur butts (Taco & Lucy) really enjoy the back yard. They can run until they drop.
Today is December 7th; we have been here for 7 days and have seen havalinas (wild pigs), road runner, and many birds. The neighbor said there was a sighting of a couple cats. Now we are not talking the household domestic kind. No we are talking about the wild mountain cats. So I guess we will not let the dogs out at night unsupervised. We have been learning the household stuff that will need to be done while Bill and Linda are gone. We have also been exploring Sierra Vista to find out where what is available.
We have been staying in Sierra Vista house sitting. Since we have been here we have seen a couple of deer run across the back of the backyard fence, bunnies hop across the front yard and on the way back from the Tucson Airport at about 2:00 am and ten miles from Sierra Vista we saw laying in the center of the right lane what looked like a misplaced lane marker. As we approached Russ changed lanes to the left lane and the lane marker got up and ran off the road. It turned out to be a cougar. This morning (Dec 28) I got up early to use the bathroom. On the way to the head I let the furbutts out to go potty and continued to the bathroom. While sitting on the head the furbutts started barking nonstop. I got off the head and looked out the door to find a deer smack dab in the middle of the back yard feeding on grass. The deer did not seem to afraid of the dogs because he just leisurely walked over to the fence and jumped over it and took a couple more steps and stopped and looked back before deciding to graze other pastures. That is pretty much the excitement here.
January 1, 2011, Happy New Year. Here in Sierra Vista, 2010 decided to go out like a lion. We knew a bad storm was coming so we took down the hanging chairs, moved things that we thought might get damaged. The wind blew so hard that night it woke us up. When we woke up in the morning it was snowing and we could see the damage left behind from the wind. One of the wrought iron chairs was tipped over; a plant was blown off its stand and broke the pot, the rug out side our bedroom had been blown over to the Barbeque, the rug by the kitchen sliding doors was half blown over and the hot tub fabric cover that was snapped down, was blown off and carried about five feet. There were weeds in the Koi pond that blew in from the outside of the fence. A Fry's plastic bag decided it liked the Mesquite Tree so much that it anchored itself to it. The temperature had dropped so low and we were cold even in the house. It was a bone chilling cold that took a while to warm up.
I found another pot for the plant and Russ scooped all the weeds out of the koi pond, Phil helped and the yard was put back together in short order with the exception of the Fry's bag. Phil tried to get it out but the bag had other ideas. Last night was the coldest, down in the teens. The fish pond had ice in it. He took care of the koi filter and turned the pump to high for a while to get the water circulating. Today's high is a whopping 41 degrees.
Well, so much for heading south to the warmer weather. We shall see what the future brings.