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Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, June 12, 2015

Good friends visit, and details of establishing a home base

When I last posted, good friends Sue and Mo had arrived after a stressful blowout on their rig.  On Tuesday, Sue was ill and our plans for the day had to be postponed.  I was scrambling anyway to try to get things set up for the lease agreement with Jojoba Hills. 

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By Wednesday afternoon, Sue was feeling better and we all finally got together to take a walk on the beach.  They were most interested in seeing how their new family member, Mattie, would do on the beach and in the water.

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Mattie was just a tad reluctant about the water, but Sue persuaded her with a piece of a hotdog treat.  Bribery worked pretty good!  It wasn’t long before she was romping around and hopping up on some of the rocks.

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With Sue recovering from surgery, and me with my back problems we took a break near some driftwood for this portrait.  We spent the rest of the afternoon chit chatting away overlooking the beach, and I got a chance to show them some of the breeding birds on Bird/Goat Island.  We even saw the Goodyear Blimp go by over the ocean.

That evening I fixed NY BBQ chicken, and surprisingly neither Sue nor I took any pictures.  Too busy eating and visiting I guess.

Thursday morning I received word that my funds had been transferred so I could write the checks for Jojoba.  Of course, Thursday is a work day for me, so I headed for the lookout first thing, but left early so I could get all the paperwork and checks to the Fed-Ex office in Brookings before 1:00 for overnight service to Aguanga, CA.  They had to receive all that stuff by Sunday.  It cost me $44 to send, but it was certainly cheaper than driving down there with the forms.

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Sue fixed a tasty dinner last night at their site of pulled pork, scalloped potatoes, corn on the cob, and fresh tossed salad.  It’s such a treat for me when somebody else does the cooking!  Sue is thinking of getting an easier to carry camera, so I brought along my little Canon Power Shot XS 280 for her to try.  I especially liked this shot she took of Mattie as you can see the reflection of Sue taking the picture in her eyes. 

Mattie’s a cute little thing, but I’m afraid I made the mistake of calling her a pipsqueak.  Confused smile  Actually, at one point I may have even called her a puny pipsqueak.  Shame on me.  I think Sue understood that Emma is the smallest dog I’ve ever had, so Mattie’s diminutive size and blossoming barky personality just made me giggle.  I’m thinking it won’t be long before she rules the roost like most of our canine companions do.

Sue and Mo and Mattie headed back home this morning before I even had to go to work.  It was a short visit, but I truly enjoyed it and am looking forward to taking a break and visiting them in Rocky Point in August.

It was back to the overlook for me this morning, and the wind was really blasting.  No wind at the RV site, but once you get down to the shore things are different.  Had a call from Jojoba, just before time to pack things in for the day, to let me know that they had received the overnight delivery of forms and checks.  Good news until they said a form was missing, and things couldn’t proceed.  What?  I had filled out everything they sent me.  The lady said I was missing the Membership Application which needed my signature. 

By the time I got back to the rig, she had sent me an email that said they had neglected to include that form in the paperwork they had sent me.  I knew I hadn’t missed anything.  Thankfully, I was able to have that form printed at the state park office and sent back to her via fax.  Why is it nothing ever seems to go off without some kind of hitch?  Anyway, everything is in order now and I’ve been welcomed in to Jojoba Hills. 

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

36 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new "home" Hope you can relax and enjoy the rest of your stay at the beach. We are still hoping to get to see you sometime between the first and 8th of July.

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  2. I bet you are relieved to get that paperwork all done! Will you stay at Jojoba year round? or will you still go off volunteering? I guess I never was clear on that part of your plan :)

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  3. Congrats on the finalization of your new home.

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  4. I've never bought (or sold) property that went perfectly. There is always something - it's just too complicated. But... congratulations! So nice to have everything done. And what are you going to do? If you own your lot now, will you let it be rented in your absence? Will you continue to do volunteer work? When do you expect to drive down to see it in person? I'd be jumping up and down with anticipation if I were you! :)

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  5. Nice that things rte coming together for you.

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  6. Glad you could FAX and didn't have to overnight that form... such an exciting experience... every bit of it!

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  7. We should just accept that "hitches" will be part of the process. Mattie is a cutie.

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  8. congratulations Judy I'm excited for you that's what I would like to have a home base and travel around someday

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  9. Congratulations, Judy! I think you should have a home-base warming party and make your NY BBQ. We'll all come!

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  10. WOW...that was fast. I am sure you are felling much relieved that you now are a proud owner of a new home base.

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  11. Sue and Mo are great people. Nice to hear you guys had a couple of chances to get together. Seems to me Escapees gave you a very short turnaround on the paperwork and payment. After all, they are in a better position to understand than most that things aren't as easy to finalize when you're on the road. Glad it all worked out. We were in the OBX when our house sold and we had to do all the paperwork accepting the offer from there ... added some unnecessary stress, but it worked out in the end.

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    1. I agree it seemed a short turn around considering people applying are likely on the road. Stressful for sure.

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  12. WOOT!WOOT! Congratulations on your new "home base"..Cannot wait for the photos to come!..

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  13. Congratulations, now the wait to get there.

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  14. Cute dog! Glad you had a nice visit with your friends, and super glad all the paperwork is done, along with the anxiety of meeting that deadline!

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  15. Congratulations on finalizing your new home base. We certainly like having our home bases and I'll bet you will too.

    Now...can you please tell me how to pronounce Jojoba ?

    Great picture of Mattie.

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  16. Congratulations on your new home base, enjoy your summer!

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  17. Doesn't it always seem there is some hitch or the other. All's well that ends well.

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  18. Great pictures of Mo and Sue. Sounds like a wonderful visit with two great friends. Wish I could have made it a foursome. Both those dinners sound delicious. Glad to hear you were able to jump through all the hoops for your new home base. Congratulations! But the picture of the day really is of that darling Mattie. I can't believe she was ever homeless. How could that have been?

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  19. Ugh. Paperwork!! Glad to hear that you've gotten it all taken care of before the deadline. Great pictures of the beach and Mattie. She's a cutie for sure.

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  20. Yep, that little Mattie is a cutie alright. Nice to have all that Jojoba paperwork behind you

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  21. Mattie sure is a sweet little thing.... and I think I would have called her a pipsqueak too!

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  22. Yes...Judy. She IS a pipsqueak with short legs. I know I can always count on you to call it as you see it. One of my favorite things about you. Thanks for blogging about our great time with you at Harris Beach. I was so tickled that we got to be part of the exciting process of you securing your home base at Jojoba. Can't wait to come and visit. Also really looking forward to sharing Rocky Point with you this summer. Now that we are home, and I am back with a computer, I'll get on the stick and get my own version of the story online as well. Big hugs to you!

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  23. That Mattie is adorable! Love the new photo header.

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  24. Crikey ..... Mattie's a cutie, aye?? Did Emma like him??? I'm glad you had a nice visit with your friends.

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  25. Sometimes modern technology is good. Just think of the mad dash you would have had to make to get that missing form delivered on time without it. So glad everything has worked out for you, you'll enjoy having that little slice of heaven to stay on. :c)

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  26. Congratulations, Judy, in getting a place in Jojoba Hills! Isn't it amazing how much it costs to have just paperwork sent via Fed Ex?! It's not like you're shipping a piano! We feel for you, after selling my mother in laws house & signing off the paperwork 3,000 miles away. Saved us hundreds $ in airfare! Thank goodness no wind at the RV site!

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  27. I really miss reading your blog, and many others. Since we are home bound at our home base I just have been in a slump. But reading your blog brighten my day and just thing of all the wonderful memories and great people like you we have met. We enjoy Jojoba Hills. We hope to be back on the road soon, if only for a month. Good luck with your new home base.
    Bob and Linda

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  28. I'm a little behind, but am hear to say that it's good you got to meet up with Sue and Mo and their pipsqueak pup, Rattie Mattie. :- )

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  29. Seems like everything is working out for you Judy...it is meant to be!!!

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  30. Looks like you are having fun:) To answer your question, we are taking the Winnebago caravan to the Canadian Atlantic Provinces. Will be our first one:)

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  32. Nice post.Thanks for sharing this in your blog

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