Thursday, November 7, 2013

Employee of the month and "Never in a million years"

Mr. "G" with his gift basket and gift card to Olive Garden for being employee of the month at Miramont Pointe Retirement Center. Joe's retirement date was originally set for the 2nd week of January but today  we were delighted to hear, they have hired his replacement, and after a two week training period, Joe will be able to retire. This would be around the end of November.  To say we are thrilled would be an understatement.

On another subject, do any of you go to "The Big White Tent" event that deals with everything about RVs  in Quartzite during the winter season?  I am a bit confused. We thought that was always the first week in February but in my googling the subject it appears its the third week in January this year.  Can anyone give me correct information on this?

We have had a few full days, preparing for Viola's Celebration of Life Service on Sunday. It seems to be coming together nicely and for that we are truly grateful. Joe's son and daughter will be here tomorrow afternoon. Joe's family is very involved in the service. His cousin will be officiating, his daughter and two cousins will be providing the music. The cake we ordered for the reception following, was a result of one of the last conversations Viola had with her sister.  She said she liked white cake with lemon filling. So white cake with lemon filling is what was ordered. ...with white cream frosting, purple flowers and an inscription that reads "Happy 99th Birthday in Heaven" Purple was her favorite color. We went shopping today for a new lavender shirt an tie for Joe. I already had a purple sweater. The casket piece is also filled with purple flowers. 


I had a good laugh today when I called the shop where our RV is at the moment having new privacy curtains installed.  They also winterized the rig and I had to tell them to "unwinterize it"   In a million years we would  never have dreamed  our lives would change so fast. We plan on staying close to home until after Christmas. Then we think we will "be gone" for a few weeks. We want to have solar panels installed down near Niland, CA at some point, and we would love to "to the Big White Tent" also.

15 comments:

  1. Glad to see that Joe is able to retire early. Now the two of you will be free to go somewhere warm this winter. Good for you. Sorry for your loss, but I know it's one of those "bitter sweet" things.

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  2. Congratulations to Joe on his award AND on his earlier retirement. What a bonus. If you want to get solar before you go, A.M. Solar in Springfield has a wonderful reputation. We have had work done there and they do a great job. Travel safe wherever you go and I hope the service on Sunday goes well for all. I'm sure it will be great to have all the family together.

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  3. Wow, there's so much going on. The celebration for Viola sounds like it'll be just what she would love and I'm sure it'll be wonderful for you and all of Joe's family as well. I don't know anything about the "Big White Tent" but I'm always up to learn. And, my tentative plans for where I'll be are just that - tentative. Who knows? I may be in Quartzite sometime this Winter!

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  4. The Big Tent is always the third week in January. We're there every year somewhere. We're going to Yuma first - dental work in Mexico, before we go up to Q. So you're going to go see Solar Mike at the Slabs? I understand he does great work.

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  5. Sandie is right about the big white tent. However, the place is full of other vendors that are even more interesting even prior to that. It's a great place to hang out for a week or two or three. We know several people who have had Solar Mike install their panels or you can even do it yourself. Lots of availability in that area. Plus if you want to boondock, you're more than welcome to join our group. We'll be there!

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  6. Solar Mike is busy...Al and Kelly from the Bayfield Bunch is headed that way next week.

    I have been right where you are Betty. We took care of Joe's mom for 15 years in our home and what a blessing it was. But now is your time...enjoy!

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  7. Congratulations to Joe for his outstanding work. Glad they recognized it.

    So nice to read that you will be on the road soon. Hope you enjoy the good life.

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  8. Wow what great news for you two. The celebration sounds just perfect. I am SO glad to hear that you already planning your trip on the road. We want to go out west spring of 2014 and perhaps just stay around until late fall 2015. Really interested in where you get your solar. So glad to have you back on line too.

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  9. Wonderful news, enjoy your retirement. Can't help you out with Quartzite, we winter in Lake Havasu. Maybe we can meet for coffee this winter?

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  10. Congrats to Joe on his early retirement. Sounds like your travel plans are firming up. Even though Viola has departed this Earth she will forever be in Y'alls heart.

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  11. Congrats on Joe's retirement - the earlier the better!

    The big RV Show at Q has always been around the 3rd week in January as far as I know.

    Again, so sorry for your loss of Viola.

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  12. I was sorry to hear about Viola's death, but so happy to hear that she is now at peace in heaven. That's what our Christian faith is all about, isn't it!

    Congratulations to Joe on his award. I look forward to reading more about your upcoming travels.

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  13. Congratulations to Joe! And to you as his wonderful helpmeet. It really takes two to make a happy employee.

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  14. Congratulations to Joe! And to you as his wonderful helpmeet. It really takes two to make a happy employee.

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  15. Soo sorry to hear about Viola. She's in a better place. Hooray! Happy for her. HA, Betty, so glad to hear you won the war with weight! Congratulations. Keep on winning.(PS Doctor's are frequently wrong!) You two keep enjoying life. Can't wait to hear about your new adventures. God Bless.

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