We’ve been in Amarillo since Saturday. After some initial problems with the delivery of our RV (that we purchased sight unseen), we’ve started to settle down here on Jewels Loop.
I love it here. I really do.
While it’s been extra hot in Oklahoma, it’s been hot here, but not that hot. I love it when the heat index (what it really feels like) is lower than the actual temperature. And that’s most of the time.
I have almost everything unpacked and put away and I think this RV will work just fine for us. We still have a little trouble getting Boo Boo to understand that he can’t sit right on top of us but I think he’s still a little confused about what in the heck we’re doing here.
One habit he grabbed hold of right away is coffee outside in the cool morning.
We go for our walk. Three laps around the park gives us the equivalent mileage to what we used to do back in Bartlesville with him. Then we come back, I make more coffee, and we sit outside. He practically stands at the door waiting while the coffee is brewing.
I like waking up and seeing who pulled in overnight. I’m absolutely amazed at the number of Class A motorhomes that are parked here every day. Especially when you consider that they cost more than our house in Bartlesville!
The people here are SO nice. There was:
- The unknown man who helped me heave-ho the extra a/c into my car at Home Depot. He didn’t work for them, he just happened to be going into the store at the time I was wrangling that bad boy into my back seat while trying to keep it upright.
- Vanessa the server at Ruby Tequila’s who offered to give us any recommendations or answer any questions about Amarillo that we had. As a lifelong resident, she felt she could help us with doctors, churches, etc. But what she really did that was special was save us from having to sit by a table full of unruly kids with inattentive parents. I will always love her for that. I filled out the compliment card that came with our bill and gave her mad props.
- Haley the cashier, also at Home Depot, who helped me to use the remaining balance of of two of those awful debit rewards cards that AT&T gives you instead of a plain old check you can deposit into your account. I wanted to kiss her! I wrote to Home Depot corporate to sing her praises.
- Jacob, the guy behind the meat counter at Amigos (the Mexican grocery store where I am always going to shop). He was so friendly, telling me how to use the carnitas meat I had just had him get for me. We talked about barbecue sauce and I’ll be bringing him my recipe when I go back to the store.
- Matt, the RV fixit guy. We had to call him because the Co2 alarm started going off for no apparent reason. David was halfway out the door to San Angelo so he called and then I waited for Matt to arrive and save my life. We were talking and I told him we are RV virgins and know virtually nothing about what we are doing here and he basically gave me what amounted to an RV 101 class. He didn’t have to do that and I appreciated it so much! Oh, and also appreciated him being able to replace the Co2 sensor and stop the beeping.
Can you see why I like it?
People in RVs smoke. Not all of them but a lot of them so we still smell smoke a lot. And I still get irritated at the people who speed through here when the speed limit is 10 mph (hello there are kids on bikes!) but for the most part, I love living here.
It’s quiet. We see plenty of dogs but not a one of them is outside barking 24/7. I love the constant breeze that blows. I LOVE that we can sit outside, even when it’s still in the 90′s, and be relatively cool in the shade.