Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year - 2017

AJ, AZ    High 65  Low 53  Probably rain. It rained last night and is supposed to rain today and tomorrow.

One of the fun things about the holidays is the chance to get together with lots of friends. We’ve had some really good times.

We went with Aunt Happy to her Family Christmas Party at her complex. They provided goodies and some drinks along with entertainment.


I sometimes forget about the different generation that she grew up in. She saw the gentlemen who was going to provide the music and said (quite loudly) that we would be leaving early because she didn’t like black music. I told her we’d leave whenever she was ready but after he started to perform, she ended up really enjoying his music. He sang mostly country and Christmas. She also does not like women doctors. She wants a man because women are just nurses. Like I said, a totally different generation.

The gentlemen in the white shirt danced every dance with anybody who would dance with him. He is 100.


We also met up with friends for lunch several times. We went to Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ with 19 RVers, some of which we haven’t seen for a couple of years.

We had lunch at Sal’s Gilbert Pizza (that’s the place that has my Italian sausage sandwich) with Bob and Jo. Because of health insurance issues they are headed to Texas. We will really miss them and have our fingers and toes crossed that they can return to AZ in March. Safe travels friends.

We also got a chance to have lunch at La Stalla Italian Restaurant with Toni and Doug. They may have to return to Canada early to deal with family medical issues. Toni made us a fantastic apple pie which is long gone.

Had lunch at the Mongolian Grill which opened here in AJ last summer with Jeri and Terry. Thank you Jeri for the beautiful towels.


We drove up to Superior for our hamburger fix at Porter’s. Jim decided to try their chimichanga and he said it was really good but he should have gotten the hamburger.

It was overcast and cloudy on our drive and I loved the clouds sitting on the mountain top.



And no holiday season is complete without a visit to the dermatologist. Not near as bad as it looks.


We want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and a fantastic 2017.



  1. Happy New Year to you & Jim. We hope it will be a great year for you guys.

    I understand what you went through with
    Aunt Happy. A friend of ours also would blurt out racial comments. He never did that before he had Alzheimers.

  2. You have been busy and looks like all is going well for you.
    Happy New Year to you as well.

  3. Wishing you both a Safe and Happy New Year.

    It's about time.

  4. It is pouring in Houston right now. Rain, rain go away.
    Your Aunt Happy just cracks me up. Listen to what our neighbor said the other day...He took his dog to a groomer and said he wouldn't go to that chocolate man again. What? Chocolate? What a hoot.

    We are going to have to hit La Stalla Italian Restaurant with you two when we visit that area this winter.
    Hope your surgery is healing nicely.
    Wishing you two a 2017 filled with blessings and lots of adventures.

  5. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too! I love the Aunt Happy stories! And your nose looks just like Joe's...he went to the dermatologist too! Thank goodness for MOHs surgery!

  6. Happy New Year Jim and Sandie. So glad you liked the pie. There will be more.....

  7. Happy New Year to you both, best wishes for many happy travels (and fish) in 2017! :c)

  8. Hello from Idaho. I stop in from Charlie down under. I love the little weather blurb on top of your blog.
    If you find the time stop over for cup of to you in 2017

  9. Jim and Sandie....Happy New Year from the Eastern Shore of Maryland!

  10. Happy New Year to you two also. Dave had one of those nose jobs. :)

  11. Happy New Year's from Sacramento!

  12. Crikey .... that Aunt Happy cracks Mum up. What a sweetheart!! So who cares if they aren't politically correct?? Mum doesn't like woman doctors either. Not because she thinks woman aren't capable of being Doctors. She just feel more comfortable with a man. To each his own I say!!
    I seem to recall Jim having something different at Porters last year and wishing he had the hamburger. Best get it right next year, aye, Jim.
    Happy new year to you all from downunder!!

  13. Happy New Year to you guys!! I hope 2017 brings you much happiness, good health and safe travels.

  14. Happy, happy new year! I know we'll see lots of both of you in the year to come and that's a good thing!

  15. That guy might be 100 because he dances every dance. Happy New Year to you and Jim.

  16. That Aunt Happy. What a character.

  17. Wow ! a hundred years old. God Bless him. May be we should all dance regardless of who we are dancing with. LOL
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Happy New Year to the both of you. Get so much inspiration from you guys.

  18. Happy 2017. Love those towels. Heal well and soon.

  19. We had our Porters fix today. Although the other food looks good we all got burgers. Can't believe Jim got a chimichanga 😄

  20. Mrs. Smith bakes my pies, too. 😜 I need to get t the dermatologist, too. Last time it was just a quick freeze--hoping for the same this time.

    I just like be Aunt Happy! -Nancy

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