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az Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
az Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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7 days to go and we have news!

Our going away party was yesterday as most of you know. Our crazy week of working the week before pretty much left us unprepared for the going away party. Our house was just trashed. So we spent much of yesterday morning straightening and cleaning in preparation for the party. N insisted that we go for a nice drive before the party started, you know one last calm time together before the chaos of it all. So we head up the San Francisco peaks, N said it was his favorite drive and it is very pretty. So we are driving along and enjoying the scenery. When we get to the lodge we see that the ski lift is running. We have never skied or been on the ski lift so we get...

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Finding rental houses (not apartments) online…

I have never understood why finding rental homes online is so much more difficult than finding apartments. When we moved out to Flagstaff, AZ we rented several apartments over the course of 2 years. Apartment complexes just don't make things easy for multiple pet owners and families with kids seldom want to live in an apartment setting. Sometimes renting an actual house is better but finding them is never easy! I thought it would be helpful for others if I complied my rental home resources. This is not a sponsored post but I have had the opportunity to to business with several companies on the list and will link you to the posts made when I lived in homes under the particular company's management. Hopefully this list is helpful to some...

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The earth is cooking me!

Good lord it is hot here! Last night it was about 80 degrees inside our home (from the days heat) and about 60 degrees outdoors at 10 pm! A 60 degree night time high is considered quite WARM here and we were baking. We went through the storage shed and dug out the fans, set them up in the windows and tried to cool the place down so we could sleep. It's too darn hot! Now I just know some of you are moaning and groaning about how I think it is hot here. I am sure it is also quite hot for you but do you have AC? We DON'T! AC is not standard in homes up here in good ole Flagstaff, AZ. That is just th way the cookie...

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We can cook again and we will be moving, again…

The last few days have been a bit trying for us as some of you know. On Tuesday night our gas stove/ oven caught fire and that was enough to make me drink hard liquor! Wednesday we were told by the rental company that a new stove was on the way but were not given a date or time for the stove delivery. For those who do not know we are actually renting this house on a month to month basis, it's for sale and at the time we could not commit to a longer lease, you can read more about it here. Anyway, we got a call from the rental company on Thursday morning regarding the new stove delivery and were also notified that there was a contract on the...

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Hikes in Flagstaff, AZ

My younger brother is staying with me for the week and we made an effort to check out a few sights and hikes in the area for entertainment. This first photo is of us at Walnut canyon is filled with Indian ruins that line the cliffs of walnut canyon. We hiked a 185 feet climb in 204 steps. It was a great hike going down because gravity worked in our favor.. We practically ran down the 204 stairs because it was easier. After the 204 stairs we walked the path that takes you all the way around the "island" in the middle of walnut canyon. We got to actually go into the rooms of the ruins. The weather was perfect for the hike. We got to walnut canyon (just...

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Our new home (a photo blog)

We moved into our new place just a little over a week ago and we are finally settling in! Our new place offers more privacy, flexibility and a section of dirt to plant in. We are enjoying our new place allot despite the annoying move. Awhile back I posted a blog about how pets seem to choose us rather than us choosing them. Well that theory is still proving true today!! Two days ago Nathan and I took a trip to the mailbox and on the way back waked by a cat that Nathan had seen in our back patio area this morning. He told me that he had thought one of our cats had gotten out since this cat looked almost identical to our cat. Anyway we discuss the...

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I am appalled!! Continuation of: "This holiday weekend sucked!!"

Continuation of: "This holiday weekend sucked!!" Over the last week I have had some significant car drama. My car was revving out of control on the way home, I almost had a major wreck. You can read the initial post here. So my car was towed to a mechanic near my parent's home down in New River on Tuesday. I got a call today about the status of the car… It's drivable and the transmission is okay despite my throwing it into park while it was moving. Whew! Turns out the major issue that caused the car to rev out of control was the fact that the previous mechanic (R&A Imports in Flagstaff, AZ) used zip ties to secure things after he had taken things apart. Something came loose the night I...

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This "holiday weekend" sucked!!

Sometimes I just hate holidays!! I am usually working on holidays which means I am waiting on other people, ensuring they have a wonderful time and all that… Holidays mean overly excited people who are usually also very picky and impossible to please.. I am sure you can already tell that my holiday weekend did not go that great. I went down to Phoenix for my brother's graduation. We are so proud of him, we went out for ice cream to celebrate and then we went to the Scottsdale courthouse to take care of my other brothers warrant. All that went fine and it was nice to see the family. At about 7:30pm I was heading back up the hill to flagstaff. I had planned to head home at right about sundown...

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