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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Project Time in Benson & Tucson, AZ

Our list of things to accomplish in this first part of March has made for a busy and productive time, and Benson is a particularly good location for projects. Once we learned we could have MCD shades installed while in Arizona instead of driving to Dallas next fall, we jumped at this at Premier Motor Coach Services in Tucson. They measured the windows and got the shades on order. Then, Tom went to work at removing all the old window coverings and remodeling the front tv cabinet since we don’t use a tv there. He made the cabinet smaller, reupholstered it, and did a great job! Some photos of the process prior to installation of the shades.

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We made a weekend trip to Deming, NM to attend the gem & mineral show there and meet rockhound club friends Diane, Jeri & Ron.  Had some great visits with friend, Lee, and “toured” his terrific new shop!  We had a wonderful dinner at Adobe Grill with Lee and Denise before she moved on east.  Good times! Denise posted an extensive update on her blog… check it out HERE!

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Upon returning to Benson, we enjoyed visits with Nina & Paul, Nancy & Dave, Julie & Mike, and Delcie & Freddy.

Then we headed off to Tucson, for our shades to be installed… but the shades did not arrive, so we parked in Premier’s lot for five days waiting for installation! While in Tucson, we got new tires on the Trailblazer, prepared and filed our tax return, did some shopping and checked a number of things off “our list.”  Met Becky & Dave on a day they were off duty from their job at Catalina State Park… we chatted for two hours and loved every minute of that! Wishing them the best as they finish out there!

Tom ran into Carol & Steve at Camping World in Tucson… what are the odds?  Go figure! Fun chance to be spontaneous and we all enjoyed a great dinner at the Cup CafĂ© in the historic Congress Hotel, Tucson… interesting and beautiful old hotel, excellent food, and great time together! 

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The new MCD shades are finally installed in our motorhome!  We are SO happy to have the shades in place!  These American Duo day/night shades are as amazing as everyone said, and the power front cockpit shades are the best!  Thanks to those of you who shared info and supported us through this process!

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Now, we have returned to Benson for a week! Time to slow down, get caught up again, and enjoy friends here.

Be well, everyone!  Dianne & Tom


  1. We loved our MCD shades. That was definitely an investment that we were glad we made. Not sure you'll be able to figure out how to slow down after all your visiting.

    1. Yes, we know we will really enjoy these new shades! slowing down maybe a bit like going through withdrawal? But it has been fun to visit with so many we know :) Look forward to seeing you both, and your little travel trailer this summer!

  2. WOW on the new shades. Love them ! Tom sure did a terrific job on the re-model. Even though I did see the "after" I couldn't remember the "before" so am glad you posted pics of that.

    Love the "Art goes here" LOL

    You can make your pics larger on your Blog so you don't have to click to enlarge them to see details. Let me know if you want me to tell you how to do that.

    1. Yes, thanks, I do think Tom did a great job! And I'll have to post a picture once the piece of artwork is mounted. as for the size of the photos, I thought they were already large? When I look at my blog they seem to be pretty big. More to learn. I'm glad my link to your blog worked, though I know I need to link to a specific blog post next time. Thanks for your help on that. I'll write soon. Be well!

  3. Tell me more about MCD shades in Tucson? We have a push-button front cockpit shade but we certainly would like to have the others replaced.

    1. Hi. Just sent you an email... we truly are enjoying our new MCD shades!

  4. Man. I am tired just reading about everything you did!

    1. Yes, good to have those things taken care of and slow down a bit. But then, you two know about busy schedules and have lots on your plates getting ready to head north! Best wishes with all that process, and we look forward to hearing about your adventures! Be well and enjoy!


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