We arranged to stay here in Holiday Village way back in December. We had site #242 reserved but when we got here that spot was taken and the office was closed for the weekend. We ended up in a less than desirable section backing up to the road and we weren'
|Doesn't take much to make this girl happy.|
A company Marty did some real estate photography for back in Chicago (VHT) has hired him to do some work down here, they are anticipating about fifty properties to photograph. We did one job on Monday in Mesa and and about ten more during the rest of the week. These are all houses that are for rent due to the housing collapse (probably short sales or foreclosures). It's been interesting to see the different houses and areas of Mesa and Phoenix. It takes Marty about 45 minutes to an hour to do the photography and then about an half-hour to process each one on the computer when we get back. I go in to each house to check them out when we get there (I love looking at houses) but then I go back to the truck and read while he's finishing up. One day we were parked outside a school at around noon. I watched the preschoolers being dropped off and then I just had to get out of the car to talk to the teacher. It was just like being back at St. William - the kids were signed in and then walked to the classroom with the teacher's aide. The preschoolers were adorable and there were a lot of boys in the class - 11 boys and only 5 girls, I remember years like that at SWS too. I really miss my SWS family - thank goodness for Facebook!
Another project we have going on is selling some of our "collectibles" on Ebay. I have 16 Baccarat crystal animals that we've been carrying around with us to sell and we finally are getting to it. It's quite a project - each item is photographed from 3-4 different angles and then a description is added. We've looked up previously sold listings on Ebay to determine reasonable prices. There were all gifts from a company I worked at 20 years ago and it's time to move them along. As we continue our travels we hope to pick up more things to sell from garage sales and estate sales.
It hasn't been all work this week, we did do a hike at "Dreamy Draw" in Phoenix on Tuesday.
|This is a hiking, biking and horse trail|
|Dreamy Draw Cactus|
|Hiking the hills|
On Sunday we finally did our first Volkswalk. There are two different Volkswalks in Mesa, they both start at the Best Western on Main Street and you can choose the downtown walk or the canal walk. We decided to go with the downtown walk. The other choice you need to make is whether you want to do the 5K walk or the 10K walk, we went with the 10K but may have possibly ended up only doing about 8K (Maddie was getting tired). After the walk we headed over to Dairy Queen and then back to Holiday Village for some pool time - ahhhhh life is good.
|You gotta stop and smell the roses (or whatever other flowers you find)|
|Our First Volkswalk in Mesa|
|There are so many grapefruit and orange trees down here.|
|A person could get used to this :)|
There's not much else going on down here so it will probably be another ten days before the next post. Only 11 more days until Sue and Sarah Beth come to visit us and then we'll have lots to report. Maybe we can even convince Sarah to be a guest blogger.