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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Always Learning!

I recently learned a new word… DOORYARD.  I asked Tom if he knew this word, and he said he did. However, it is a new word to me… go figure?  It seems a fitting word to use for us RVers, particularly those of us that live in motorhomes and trailers/5th-wheels with only one door.  The dooryard is the area outside the door!  Duh! Some people refer to it as the patio, and I’m sure it has many different names.  For me, it is a light bulb moment sort of word, as I have not previously known how to describe this area right outside our door.

Because we have learned in these past two years that we truly love boondocking in remote locations, our dooryard brings many different, interesting and beautiful views. Time in RV Parks is functional; good places to use water and electricity as well as enjoy visits with friends, but our boondocking locations are truly special to us! A peaceful dooryard, especially with great views is a blessing to all our senses!

And, speaking of beautiful locations… we now have the image of one of our favorite places “front and center” in our motorhome. Remember the “before” photo with a sign that read, “art goes here”?  The remodel over our dash is now complete with a beautiful photo taken by our friend, and talented photographer, Dave Katsuki. Dave took this photo when we visited the Creede area with him and Nancy last spring. Those of you who know the area will recognize this shot of North Clear Creek Falls. Thank you, Dave, for this and the other beautiful art in several locations in our home!
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Our time in the Benson and Tucson areas was fun and productive. We had great visits with fellow RVers! We hung around longer than planned, as we decided Tucson was a good location to take care of Tom having a skin cancer removed from his back. Surgery went well and I am now  treating the incision daily. Made one last stop at the surgeon’s office yesterday and they confirmed that it is healing nicely!  And about that “always learning” comment… oh, dear… I get to remove the stitches on Friday! They gave me a suture removal kit and good instructions. I’m nervous… but understand that it’s not difficult. Tom says I can do it... what a trusting soul.  Wish us luck!

Before leaving Tucson, we got in one final visit with Becky & Dave at Catalina State Park!  Great fun… see you up north in a couple months!!!

Right now we are in Tempe, AZ for a couple of days before we begin moving north towards our summer volunteer position in Wyoming. We will take our time moving up the eastern side of Nevada, boondocking in great places that friends Nina & Paul have described on their Wheelingit! blog.  Thanks! Always appreciate your good information!  Don't need to be in Wyoming until early May, so plenty of time to move slowly and enjoy! The full moon and total lunar eclipse in the Nevada desert will be an amazing site!

Well, guess that’s about it for now. Sending best wishes and healing thoughts to special friends dealing with health issues and treatments!  Stay strong!  We love you and keep good thoughts for complete recoveries!!!!
Be well, everyone!  Love, Dianne & Tom 

9 comments:

  1. I had not heard of the word 'dooryard' before either so there you go.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the very sleet new look of the front of your rig. I've decided my TV is coming out also. What did you use (the black background) before you put the art over it ??

    Take good care of Tom !!

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    1. Hi there... cool that I am not alone with the new word! Thanks for the compliment on the front of our rig... love the new shades! The cover of the old tv cabinet is foam core, purchased at Hobby Lobby and attached to the frame with Velcro tabs. Easy peazy, and great storage where the tv was! The photo is glued to the top piece of foam core, using a spray adhesive, and then we cut that foam core to the size of the photo... attached that with Velcro, also, so it's easy to change the top piece of art. Be sure to get the foam core that is black all the way through... I got some at Michael's that was white between the outer and inner black. Didn't like it as well. Have been keeping track of you, and glad your projects are going well!

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  2. I'm a dooryard word virgin too! Now you're teachin' me ... nice! Travel safe my friends and I'll supply the muffins for our next coffee!!

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    1. Cool... a dooryard word virgin! Now, that made me giggle :) And, we will definitely be looking forward to that next muffins and coffee together!!!

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  3. We keep missing you. We're in Tucson today. Safe travels.
    billandjanrvingtheusa.blogspot.com.

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    1. Darn! Sorry to have missed you... hard to keep up with everyone! Another time, to be sure :) You guys take care, and we will catch up with each other again somewhere down the road. Be well!

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  4. Removing stitches will be a cinch for you. If I can do, you know you can. Waiting to here on Jim's skin cancer results. We're going to go up the west side of Nevada an then over to your area. But you definitely need to check out Cathedral Gorge. It's really beautiful.

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    1. Ok, keep us posted on Jim's results, and thanks for the vote of confidence! Appreciate the info on Cathedral Gorge, and it will be great fun to have you visit us!

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  5. Safe travel! enjoy the day! Nice to learn new words!

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