Saturday, November 30, 2013


The past couple of days have been fun.  We celebrated Jeanette's birthday while enjoying the outdoors.  Before we left home, last Nov. 14th, our daughter, Ginette, dropped off a birthday gift for her mom.....and here it is.
New walking sticks....
While Jeanette tried out her new walking sticks, I opened the package we had previously picked up from John and Brenda's Dougpound South place  John & Brenda's Incredible Journey in Maricopa, AZ.  It was our new, internationally unlocked, iPad Mini, with SIM card that we ordered from Millenicom.
It took little time to have the iPad configured and working.  I called our Canadian Internet service for the 'incoming' and 'outgoing' protocols; followed by one quick call to Millenicom's tech support in Portland, Oregon.  Within a few minutes from completing my two calls, the iPad was up and running smoothly - and has been since.

We called our daughter and set up a time to Facetime with our little grandson, Easton.  What a joy that was.  He entertained us!  And he yacked and yacked.  His phraseology is quite impressive.  His favourite line though is,  "I don't Know!"  Facetime is important to us during our time away from home and this iPad (and Facetime) will be well used.
Back from a mid-morning walk,,,
We were truly enjoying the mid-70's temperatures.  We chose to head to one of the two spa facilities here.  Jeanette wanted to exercise in the pool.  I brought along a book and we enjoyed a pleasant couple of hours here.
One of the two outdoor spa facilities here @ Canyon Vista RV Resort.
The view from my lounge chair.
We were here while most folks were enjoying a  resort sponsored Thanksgiving turkey dinner.  We opted not to join in because we were invited out to dinner that evening with our friends, Pauline and Gerry.
Jeanette pretty well had the pool to herself.
Dinner out was at a great Italian restaurant (Buca di Beppo) in Mesa, AZ.  The memorabilia that covers every wall is something to see.
Pauline and Gerry
The food was delicious.  The presentation was great and the company was even better.  What a treat!
This 'stuffed shells' baked dish was so delicious.  The other awesome dish was chicken and sausage ziti.!
Being that it was Jeanette's birthday, we celebrated that too with this little desert and three candles.
Jeanette brought three candles along to light up her birthday dessert.  One candle represented our grandson, Easton, the second candle for Deni and Courtney's new child - expected this early January, 2014 - and the third candle for Ginette and Trevor's second child - expected this coming February, 2014. The three candles meant more to Jeanette than anything else she could have received on her birthday.
In the Vatican room within the restaurant.
The restaurant has themed dinning rooms.  Although we did not dine in the Vatican Room, a staff member took our photo before we left the restaurant. We took advantage to walk around the place to have a look at the hundreds, upon hundreds of photos that grace the walls.  Sophia Loren is featured everywhere you look.

So, it was a lovely evening and a fitting way to close off Jeanette's birthday.  Gerry and Pauline treated us to dinner.  Thanks, you two!!!  We'll return here......!

Yesterday was a planned golfing outing with Gerry and other members of the RV Park golf group.  We played a lovely golf course, located within three minutes from here called, Mountain Brook Golf Club. I had a very good round but the one weakness was with putting.  Most of my putts rimmed the hole.  Quite unbelievable! But....that's golf.  Great fun on a beautiful mid-70's day in the desert.
Sunny and mild day here in Gold Canyon, AZ.

We have planned a motorcycle ride to a few points of interest today.  We'll have more on that in the days ahead.
Sunset, last evening - Taken from our RV site.
Thanks for dropping by.



  1. Thats great you git the I-pad mini up and running and you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, birthday celebration with friends.
    Sounds like an awesome day.

  2. It was a battle, but glad to hear your new Millenicom iPad is all setup and working. Face-time apps are sure a big boon for us RVers and a great way to stay in touch with the grandkids back home.

    What a great looking restaurant and the food looked terrific.

  3. nice that you got the ipad up and there will be lots of time for 'facetime'!

  4. Looks like a great day was had by all. Happy Belated Birthday to Jeanette.

  5. Happy Birthday Jeanette! What a proud Grandma!

  6. So glad to hear the iPad is up and running--I'm really surprised more people haven't taken advantage of Millenicom's offer. That stubborn ole Santa in our house is still holding mine hostage--oh, well, Christmas will be here before you know it!

  7. Glad to hear that your new iPad is up and running, I will be interested to hear what you think of it, I love mine.

  8. Gotta like those desert sunsets! That looks like a great meal too!

  9. Wow...what a Resort! Glad your iPad worked out!

  10. Ah yes, this is what it is all about! Enjoy!