This week, we finally found a great deal on a beautiful car for Pam. We are both excited to not be a 1 truck family anymore.
We purchased a 2017 Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible with under 43,000 miles. We have been looking for over a year when we test drove this beauty. Pam ended up loving the colors, and Kelly is really happy with 3.0L V6 with twin turbos. It is quick but can still get 30mpg on the highway. For a 6+ year old car, it is in really good shape.
House update: Kelly is collecting the final bids from the contractors; we hope to sign commitments next week and break ground May 1st.
Life updates: Pam is having a great time with her new hobbies of sewing and pottery. Hopefully pictures in our next post. She has also started making cutting boards in the workshop and continues to play pickleball multiple time per week and golfs with Kelly on Fridays.
Kelly continues to golf 3 times per week and help Pam in the woodshop as well as play pickleball a couple times per week. The bigger news is that he is consulting / contracting with his old company, Syntegon in New Richmond. He is working 10 hours a week and really enjoying it. Working Tuesday & Thursday mornings.
Pam and I golfed 18 holes of golf at Palm Creek on Christmas; all golf was free on Christmas! We had a fun day enjoying the course and playing a nice round of golf; Palm Creek is a nice Par 3 course and an easy walk with our new 4-Wheel carts.
The other day, we played golf in a couple’s scramble and our foursome took second place with a score of 2 under (52). We then we played pickleball in the evening; we were the last ones playing and had to turn all the lights off.
On Friday, December 22nd, we arrived back at Palm Creek Resort in Casa Grande, Arizonia. We are here for 3 months leaving at the end of March.
We are ready for the active 55+ lifestyle again. Starting Pickleball on Sunday and Golf after Christmas. Pam is signed up for Sewing classes to use her new Brother sewing machine. She is also looking forward to starting back up in the woodshop. Kelly starts back up with his golf group on Wednesday and plans to golf in the 18-hole league on Monday’s.
Lots of improvements over the summer. They now serve beer and wine at the cafe and at the sports facilities. The grass is green and lush. very happy to be back.
This year, we moved across the street to Site 109. We think it will be nicer to have the warm evening sun setting behind the trailer.
After Austin, we left for a week in New Mexico in “Dark Sky” country. We planned to stay 3 nights at Rusty’s RV Ranch, but enjoyed the peace and quiet so much, we stayed a full week.
Rusty’s is in the high desert at 4,000 feet. On clear nights, the skies are black, and the stars are amazing. We were nestled in a valley between mountain ranges. Rusty’s has a bunch of animals they take care of including a pair of black swans, porcupines, goats and lots of birds.
This place is in the middle of nowhere (which was great). We enjoyed Sky Islands Grill & Grocery. This was our go to place for dinner. We enjoyed their chili, pizza, soup and baked goods.
We hiked the South Fork Trail #243 which is a 4.1 mile out and back hike in the mountains. Beautiful hike with lots of birds for Pam to identify.
We are committed to start construction on our new home in the spring. We have the design out for bids to various contractors and are finalizing the “Special Use” permit with the county. Our plan is to be back in Wisconsin April and spend the entire summer until the house is complete.
Here is a video of the lot where the seller of the land and the architect of our future home staked out the house and gives a nice tour.