December 2014, Apache Junction, AZ

December 2014, Apache Junction, AZ

We both kept busy working and enjoying the nice weather here in Arizona.   Rex participated (not very willingly) in the annual Christmas Eve program.  He was one of the three wise men – or so that is what they called the guys in bath robes showing off their hairy legs!   He is the one hiding in the middle wearing the purple robe.

At the end of the program Santa and his helpers showed up and handed out candy canes to all the good boys and girls of all ages.  Everyone enjoyed the program and learned that we have some very talented musicians and singers among our neighbors.

We enjoyed a great hike Christmas Day morning with a group from our resort.  We hiked to an old perlite mine where you can collect Apache Tears (obsidian).  The scenery along the way was beautiful.

Some of our hikers prospecting for Apache Tears on the outskirts of the mine.    

After our hike we enjoyed a great Christmas dinner with all our friends and neighbors.  We had a wonderful time with lots of food and fellowship but did miss Nancy’s parents (the first Christmas in 7 years that we did not spend with them).

The week before Christmas we decided that maybe it was time to start looking for a house here in Arizona.  We have been living in the 5th wheel for almost 7 years and we are thinking it might be time to have a house again.  We looked at a few houses but nothing that we really liked or that met our needs.  Keith, our realtor, told us that he had a house that was going on the market after Christmas that he thought we would like.  So, the day after Christmas we went to look at it after Nancy got off work.   The house is in Meridian Manor – a gated, 55+ community.

We walked in the front door and said “Wow – this is it!”  We loved the open floor plan and the tile floors.

It was being sold fully furnished – everything that was in it stays.  This was perfect for us as we won’t have to buy furniture, dishes, bedding etc.

The kitchen was huge compared to the one in our 5th wheel and we loved the breakfast bar.

The “Dream Until Your Dreams Come True” master bedroom had a king size bed and a great bathroom and best of all – a walk-in closet.  There are two additional bedrooms – one of which we could convert into an office.

It also had a small back yard that would be just the right size for Camille and Cody.  There was also a nice sized covered patio that comes with a table and chair and a huge grill.

We loved the house and it is just what we were looking for so we went back to Keith’s office (in his house just down the street and around the corner) and made an offer.  We settled on a price with the owners and we will close in January.  When we got back to the 5th wheel we were kind of in shock as this all happened rather fast but we are happy with our decision. What a great Christmas Present for us and the dogs!


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