We are back from Arizona. It was a very quick trip...down one day, looked at properties the next day and home on the 3rd day. That is exactly how my hubby likes things to happen.
The good news is...We found the 'perfect' property. Silly me...forgot to take any pictures...but I guess it doesn't matter until we know if we get it or not. We also looked at another property that would definitely work for us, so if the 1st one doesn't happen, we will have the realtor work on that one for us. The realtor was worried that she didn't have enough properties for us to look at, the market is changing in AZ and the types of low-maintenance, horse-friendly, winter homes are in high demand and low supply. But once I told her I was going to be down there for extended stays for the next few months, she relaxed. It wasn't a do-or-die mission. Like I said, I knew the area I wanted to buy in, I just wanted to make sure that MH was good with that. And he is.
Remember me mentioning, good friends?...
Well, our beloved Mikey offered to let me park my trailer at her house. She has extra panels, so we can pop up pens for the horses and run an extension cord to my LQ for electricity. How cool is she? I love that lady. We did stop and visit Mikey and Mercy while we were in their neighborhood. Unfortunately, Mikey was dealing with a colic case at the time, so we didn't want to take up too much of her time.
As most of you probably already learned on facebook, Mikey ended up having to put the beloved Reba down. (heavy sigh) It is so hard to lose those good old horses and Reba was one of the best of the best. My heart and big hugs go out to the whole family.
There wasn't time to catch up with other friends in the area, but I'll have plenty of time for that after I get down there again. I'll be able to head to the opposite side of the valley to catch up with CutNJump and Nuzzling Muzzles. :-D
While we were at Mikey's, Mercy was riding (huh...no big surprise there right? LOL) and practicing her roping skills, so Mikey and I got to talking about roping practices. I definitely want to work on my break-away roping while I am down there and from the sounds of it...there's a ton of places to practice. I'm very excited. One of my goals it to get competition worthy so I can start entering the Ladies Break-away at the semi-pro rodeos. Especially the All-Indian Rodeos. They give away some awesome All-Around prizes; $$, saddles, trailers...Yea...some good stuff, so even if I can't go in and lay down a 2 second run, if I can just catch a darned calf, I'm in the running for All-Around prizes. :-D . Eventually, I would like to get good enough to enter the mixed team-roping as well, but that is most likely not going to happen this year. When I was roping with my 1st husband, at best, I was adequate...definitely not good enough to compete. But it's something I enjoy...and I have the horses to do it...and if I have the opportunity to be around people who are willing to help me get better, I'm just going to practice, practice, practice.
Now it's time to get busy re-packing...MH and I heading to Wendover, NV for New Years Eve with some friends. I'm so excited. My hubby never likes to do anything on NYE...he calls it 'amateur night' and prefers to stay home...so us getting to go somewhere and actually celebrate NYE is a big thing.
So, Happy New Year to everyone. May 2013 bring you good fortune...