DEC 24, THURSDAY; Christmas Eve
Cloudy and more rain overnight! We had our usual lazy morning and were finally dressed by 10 am. Val went to do the laundry and I drove to the nearest Verizon to straighten out my account. I did some shopping and bought Val a card and a present for tomorrow. Back home, I left the Jeep at the laundry room and gave her a hand for a while then walked home.
At 3:30 pm, we drove to a restaurant in Gilbert call Pheanico, a Lebanese food restaurant. We met Aud & Marcel and Mark & his wife Sharon who is Lebanese and ordered food for us all. I had never tasted this food before and it was delicious. We had a nice visit and once again had to say goodbye and wished them a Merry Christmas. We drove home and got into our PJ’s and I called my family back East and my brother in BC (no answer) then we watched the tube for a while. Aud & Marcel came over for a drink. We were in bed by 11 pm
DEC 25, FRIDAY; MERRY CHRISTMAS
Sunny finally and windy! I was up by 8:30 am and Val soon after. She was very surprised to see a card and a present for her (we usually don’t do that to each other). I felt she deserved it! Then we proceeded to have a piece each of tourtiere. It was delicious!!! My hat off to Marcel! I called and talked with my brother in BC and also my son who is spending the day with his friend Kim.
At 4 pm, we all went to the club house and had X-Mas dinner with almost everyone in the Park. The hall was full to the hilt. They only problem was that our food table was shared by 24 people and we all think that some people didn’t bring anything! Anyway, we had fun and that is the main thing. Afterwards we went back to Marcel and Audrey’s place and Paul and Peggy joined us for an evening of fun and laughter. I called my family and talked to everyone which was really nice. After Paul and Peggy left, we got a call from Curt in Alberta and we all chatted with him for a while. That ended our Christmas evening as everyone was ready for bed.
DEC 26, SATURDAY; Boxing Day in BC but not here!
Sunny, windy with 53*F forecasted and a very cold night! Val got ready to go out shopping with Sister Audrey, the boys were left behind. But first Marcel went to the grocery store to pick up a few items to make his “c-paille” (??? spelling) an Eastern French casserole.
Marcel and I went to the clubhouse to play pool after I had a short snooze. The girls finally got back at 6:30 pm (they had a successful day!), picked us up at the pool hall and we went for dinner at a local Pizza joint, sports’ bar type. It was busy but we were able to get a booth and ordered our food and beer. Afterwards, we went to our respective homes.
DEC 27, SUNDAY; Glass repair
I was up at 7 am this morning as a glass mobile repairman was coming out to fix the chip in the Jeep’s windshield. Three quarter hour later and $30 richer, he left, did a good job too. It is sunny but bloody cold out there, 40*F (5*C). But it did warm up some by the afternoon.
Audrey had to get a haircut so Val went with her as she had some small stuff to pick up including milk. Marcel and I ended up at the Pub so that we could watch Seattle being beaten, YUCK! But the AZ Cardinals won!! Came home and watched the tube for the rest of the evening.
DEC 28, MONDAY; Preparations
I had a water leak on the connection for the ice-maker so I fixed but first I had to get some parts so we went to town to LOWE’s then to Fry’s and Costco. I also got an oil change on the Jeep. We went to TOTAL WINE to get our supply of wine and Bourbon and had lunch at a Pub/Grill in the Mall! We came home and went to A&M for HH then watched the tube till bedtime
DEC 29, TUESDAY; Nothing to report!
We were up late again this morning which is nice. A cold night again but the sun is shining right now although it was cool all day! We did little to nothing today! Val went to Bingo with sis Aud so we had an early dinner.
DEC 30, Wednesday; another very cold night
Woke up to water lines almost frozen. The propane truck was here this morning so I filled up the tank; bloody expensive at $3.39/gal. I should have asked first! We went shopping for groceries and a couple items including a 2016 calendar. At 4 pm, we all went to the Patio for HH where there was live music; first time since we’ve been here that we’ve been there! It was warm enough but when the sun went down, it became quite cold and we called it quit. Peggy and Paul were also with us and we said our final goodbyes with promises to meet again. We came home and proceeded to celebrate some more with Aud & Marcel. I made beans and wieners for dinner with warmed up buns. We had laughter and fun until 11 pm. Then to bed!
DEC 31, THRUSDAY; our last day in Mesa
Another very cold night with frost on the Jeep this morning. Val did laundry first thing this morning and I washed the jeep. In the afternoon, we went to Bud and Judy in CHANDLER and had one last visit before leaving for Mexico. We had a very nice visit of course, and were there over two hours but finally had to leave to pick up M&A and Bud was getting tired, so it was time to go!
We drove to Mark’s place in SUNDANCE, south of Phoenix where M&A joined us. They parked their truck in Mark’s driveway where he is leaving it for the next two-three months while we are in Mexico. We drove back to Power street to OLIVE GARDEN only to find a 45 minutes wait. We walked across the street to RE LOBSTER where it was worse: one and half hour wait. So we drove to a Chinese restaurant on MAIN ST but found this neat place instead called “WHAT THE HELL” Bar and Grill where we had dinner and stayed until 9 pm when the band came on and began to play. Unfortunately it was “hard rock” which is not in anyone liking so we left after a couple songs. We got back by 9:30 pm, said our goodnights and were in bed by 11 pm.
LAST DAY OF THE LAST MONTH OF 2015!!!