No, we didn’t fall off the face of the earth – and thanks to those of you who wondered! We were enjoying fall travel and then enjoying “the season” at Sun City Grand. We would be busy still, except for the corona virus, social distancing and forced relaxation.
We are both doing well in stay at home status. We walk each day and are working our way through podcasts, books, movies and projects. SereneWandering finally rose to the top of my list. I plan to write a few posts to catch you up – a way to spend my time and yours – if you’re willing.
You may want to go back to May 2019 and read Our New Grand Plan post about the decision we made to stop full time RVing and buy a home. One year later, we are happy with that decision. Randy is doing very well but has had a few blips along the way. Having a home base near Mayo Clinic was the right call.
In the July 2019 post Wheels, Batteries and Desert Things, we told you about buying new vehicles and what we had done to our new house that “didn’t need anything.” We have spent the months since doing even more things.
Our biggest project was to add a covered patio along the entire back of the house. The afternoon sun made that area unusable all summer. It also required having the entire back of the house closed up.
We created a lot more outdoor living space that we are loving. We opted for a solid cover, added a door from our bedroom to the patio and another area for a fire table seating area.
We really enjoy the animals that visit our backyard. One morning this bobcat strolled by as I was sitting with my coffee! So exciting!
We see coyotes come through often enough. As long as they don’t bother our bunnies, we enjoy them.
We had 27 solar panels installed. They are producing power but it has been a huge frustration for Randy. If he wasn’t an engineer who wanted to know everything about how they worked and how they were installed, we wouldn’t be as far along as we are. At one point we thought he was going to have to become a solar power expert and fix them himself. Persistence with the manufacturing and installing companies has paid off, at least in the short term.
Randy decided he was done with our other solar power system. The solar hot water system came with the house and was one of the first projects he had to figure out. The system leaked and needed to be coaxed along. Eventually it wasn’t worth the grief and he pulled it out.
After a new heating and cooling system, I suggested to Randy that maybe we should be done. Ha! A week later I decided I wanted security doors. Security doors are sturdy, lockable doors to keep two and four legged critters out. Many people lock the security doors and leave their other doors open at night.
Due to an irregular size, our security doors needed to be custom built which led to a lot of research on how I wanted them to look. I chose an Ocotillo design and we have the same on our front and bedroom doors.
We really do think we are now done working on our house that “didn’t need anything.”
Next time I’ll tell you more about what we’ve been doing that isn’t house related.