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Gon' move to the country.....

This past Memorial Day weekend, we spent four days at the new house in Arizona. We drove up late Thursday night and dropped into bed. This was easy, because we'd left one there, with the covers on.

Only downside was that when we entered the place, the tobacco stink was outrageous. Also, the AC was only blowing outside air. At night that isn't *too* bad since the temperature is in the 80s, but it got old real quick once the sun rose. However, our neighbours Bob and Julie swung over with their coffee and chatted with us on the front porch. After that it was 0800 or so, so Steve and I went into town (25 minutes away), to get some breakfast and pick up some groceries, tools and cleaning supplies.

The A/C guy came by and it turned out that someone had turned off our breakers. We locked the breaker box, which is outside, so that should eliminate the problem. We gave him a beer at the saloon and chatted some more with him.

Since Steve had bought a barbecue grill last time, he cooked up some steaks. Jake and Bob came over and we watched the sunset, with beer. Bob brought over a dozen eggs from their hens and a jar of Julie's chocolate mocha sauce. The eggs were gorgeous; brown, beige and green shells. They tasted good too; we ate them for breakfast for the next two days.

With the A/C on, the tobacco stink was greatly minimized, but still there. We spent the next couple of days steam-cleaning the carpet and scrubbing walls and the ceiling fans. The carpeting is good quality and in good shape so we really, really don't want to have to tear it up and replace it.

I was somewhat afraid of isolation, but it appears that there's more community in the village than in the city. I do know my neighbour's names here, but I don't want to have to listen to Angry Mike screaming obscenities at whatever sports event he's watching, or every conversation going on in the alley, particularly after 11 at night.

The desert is full of life, even in the daytime. There are ground squirrels, lizards, hares, rabbits, and all kinds of birds. I hear there are cardinals, but I haven't seen any yet. I was happy to get home to the cats and internet connection and my comfy sofa, so I'm looking forward to having them all out there.

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zeonchar
May. 29th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
Why would someone even want to turn off the breakers???
garpu
May. 29th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Any drop tile ceilings? Those might have to be replaced. Fortunately they're pretty easy/cheap to replace. I know there are enzymatic cleaners that work on nasty stinky things--like Nature's Miracle, but not specifically for cat pee. (Although it does work on puke.)

Sounds like a cool place. Y'all moving there permanently, or is it a "we need to escape California" place?
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reginaterrae
May. 29th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome. So you're moving out there for good?
lucy_indisguise
Jun. 1st, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
sounds to me like you're gonna love it there
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