Wednesday March 4, 2015 St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery

A beautiful morning. Over night low was 41F and the high was 64F. There was just a slight breeze.

Bob and Helen picked us up at 10:00AM to go to St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery south of Florence, AZ. It is about 40 miles away on Hwy 285 and 79. It was a perfect day to go there. When we got there, we were surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot.

Monastery Entrance    St Anthony’s Monastery Entrance

There is a strict dress code. Men and women must both wear long sleeves. Women must have head covering and a long skirt. They provide clothes for those that aren’t dressed appropriately. Cathy needed a scarf and skirt and Helen needed a skirt. They got outfitted while we waited for a priest to welcome us and tell us how to tour the monastery. We were told we could take pictures indoors and out, but not of visitors or monks and priests.

The first stop on the walking tour is St Anthony’s Church.

Main Chapel              St Anthony’s Church

It is quite large and has a number of chairs around the perimeter. During services they stand, but if tired can sit. The chair seats fold to accommodate standing or sitting. The inside is very ornate and all the furnishings come from Greece.

St Anthony's Chairs            Chairs at St Anthony’s

There are several chapels on the grounds besides the main church.

St Seraphim's Chapel St Seraphim’s Chapel

This is a outdoor, peasant, Russian style chapel dedicated to the most revered Russian saint ever.

The desert around the monastery is very beautiful with many Saguaros and Chollas. These were kept and palm trees and other plants were mixed in with them to create the grounds. There are citrus and olive tree orchards.

Saguaro at St Anthony's           Saguaro

The gate house has a book store with books in English and Greek and many beautiful religious objects, cards and pictures. They also sell preserves, olives, olive oil, vinegar, pastries and breads.

Here is a nice YouTube video

On the way back we found a cut off through Coolridge that saved about 12 miles. When we got back we stopped at the Golden Corral and had lunch.

Got back and sat outside with Joy for quite awhile. She enjoys having people make a fuss over her.

I saw on Facebook that Kathryn’s flight to the Virgin Islands was canceled and rebooked for tomorrow. It is a 3 hr trip for her to the airport.

Watched the usual Wednesday night TV and the new CSI Cyber.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 Black Tank Cleaning Day

Foggy this morning. Over night low was 43F and the high was 63F. It was partly cloudy with a lot of sun.

Joy got walked several times today by both Cathy and me. I sat outside with her for quite awhile.

Did about an hour of continuing education on line for my electrical license renewal. Very boring, all mostly just words changing in the code. I almost have 4 of 16 hours done. Don’t have a code book, so it makes taking the tests harder.

Changed the washers on the fresh water shore connection and the black water tank flush hose connection. Then filled and flushed the black tank until it ran clear.

Went over to Bob and Helen’s and installed Microsoft Security Essentials on Bob’s computer and got rid of some extra Task Bars and other garbage.

Went to Casa Grande for Chinese takeout at Big Wa. Stopped at K-Mart to look for sweat shirts. They only had a couple and not in my size. Did get some Calgon and Dawn to finish cleaning the black water tank.

I got Pepper Steak with fried rice, cabbage roll and crab puff. Cathy got Moo Goo Gai Pan with fried rice, cabbage roll and crab puff. We will get at least one more meal out of it. The Big Wa is very small to eat in, probably can’t seat 20 people. The food is really good.

Moo Goo Gai Pan               Moo Goo Gai Pan

Pepper Steak                        Pepper Steak

Watched NCIS New Orleans and Person of Interest.


Monday March 2, 2015 Rainy Day

Woke up to overcast skies and a little rain. Over night low was 43F and the high was 66F. It rained all day, heavy at times.

Except to walk Joy stayed in all day until 4:45PM. We went to meet Jim and Betty for dinner at the Cracker Barrel. Jim, Betty and I had the Monday two pork chop special and Cathy had chicken. It was all good.

Stopped at Walmart to pick up some new sweat shirts, they didn’t have any. Got glazed donuts for breakfast though. Stopped at Food City to fill gallon bottles with drinking water.

Verizonwireless Internet was slow this evening. Watched the Voice and NCIS LA on TV.

We are planning on staying here through Wednesday and leave on Thursday. Hope to be at Cathy’s cousin Carrol’s house near Sunset, TX on March 11th. Will try to get to Forest City, IA on March 15th. Then head to Hastings for one night to see Bridgette, Alison and the boys. Then a night at Cold Spring to see Jay and the girls.

Sunday March 1, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race in Atlanta

Fairly nice morning. Over night low was 56F. The high this afternoon was 74F. It was windy all day, about 15 mph. It was mostly sunny, but was overcast from time to time.

Walked Joy this morning. Then watched the NASCAR Race Day program leading up to the race. Jerry, Diane and Simon came over to say good bye. They are on their way to Tucson.

At noon started watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Atlanta. It rained in the morning, but they got the track dried in time for the scheduled start time. At about 3:00PM Helen and a friend, Joan, knocked on the door and invited us over for hamburgers. Cathy was napping, but got up and we went over to Bob and Helen’s. I met Tom, Joan’s husband. They are from Colorado and used to be lot owners here across from Bob and Helen. We had good hamburgers and hot dogs. I listened from time to time to see how the race was doing. Jeff Gordon hit the wall hard and was out, two weeks in a row. Jimmie Johnson won the race. Kevin Harvick came in second and Dale Earnhart Jr. came in third. Joey Logano came in fourth.

We went back to the motor home and Cathy walked Joy. We then went to World Market to use the 10% off coupon I got in email. Got a few snack items. I was looking for candy, but it was ridiculously expensive. Big Lots was having a 20% off every thing sale today so we stopped there. They had candy and cookies at much better prices. We took joy along for the shopping and she was well behaved.

Finished the day watching TV.

Saturday February 28, 2015 Breakfast at Golden Corral

Overcast and windy this morning. The over night low was 53F and the high today was 71F. It was windy, 15 to 25 mph all day. It was overcast all day.

Went to breakfast at the Golden Corral with Jim and Betty. Filled up on bacon, sausage, eggs and hash browns. We had a good time talking with Jim and Betty.

Stopped at Fry’s on the way back to Rover’s Roost for milk and pastries.

Watched the NASCAR Xfinity race. Kevin Harvick won the race. It was his third straight win at Atlanta.  Joey Logano led much of the race, finished second.

Jim and Betty came by and gave us a bag of apple chips from Washington state. We had a good time sitting behind the motor home under the tree.

Cathy went to do more washing and I watched the NASCAR Camping World Truck race. Matt Crafton won the race.

They had a golf tournament on the Rover’s Roost desert course and hot dogs and s’mores after the tournament. It was pretty windy and cool, but people sat around and had a good time.

Cathy Roasting Marshmallows      Cathy Roasting Marshmallows

Finished the day watching TV and reading.