It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Relearning How To Use Things, Slowly Getting Organized and High Winds Getting Higher.


Our Location today is Dream Catcher RV Park, Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A. 

After posting our Blog last night we both spent time getting caught up on reading other evening Blogs we follow. Before we knew it we were way past our normal bedtime. Being certain that with changing to our Winter Bedsheets yesterday the cooler night-time temperatures wouldn’t be a problem and they weren’t for Kathy. I was perfectly comfortable for the first couple of hours but then my Raynaud’s Disease kicked in and my arms felt like two ice sticks. The problem was that I had worn a short-sleeved pajama top to bed and that was enough to make my arms cold which meant I spent lots of wakeful moments trying to warm them up. 

Kathy had made the statement when we went to bed that we’d probably sleep in and we did. It was almost 8:30 MDST when we got up. The sun had already started warming the inside of the trailer and it was already at 59 F (15 C) as we sat having breakfast. We discussed what we wanted to accomplish today before we started our morning reading on the Computers. 
By 10:30 Kathy had also started making a Meat Loaf. She had to take a few minutes to remind herself how to use her Convection Oven since we’d been “Off the Grid” for so long. 

I headed outside to start filling the latest Organizer that we purchased at Harbor Freight. It was hard to believe how many bags of supplies I was carrying down inside of one of the Toolboxes that I had to carefully place things into the Organizer to make it all fit. The way these Organizers are made they have three different sizes of bins inside that can be moved around to whatever configuration you want. Fortunately by having a few of these Organizers I could also switch the size of bins with others to make it all fit better and keeping like fittings with like fittings. 
Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage with added Potatoes
with Grapes for Dessert.
Kathy called me in for lunch around 12:30 and we were having the Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage. Kathy never serves a dish a second time without making adjustments so the way it tasted the other day is not how it tasted today. It tasted much better! 

I was back outside continuing my organizing while Kathy was inside Vacuuming and Dusting our Home. Three months of desert air blowing dust through our Home, no matter how often she cleaned the next day it was just as bad. Today she thought that she is starting to win the battle. 

There were numerous things that ended up in the garbage while the supplies were placed in the Organizer. I was slightly shocked when I went to lift my Toolbox because for the first time ever I was able to pick it up using only one hand. I’ll need to make a few more changes before everything is organized the way it needs to be. 

All afternoon we were experiencing Wind Gusts up to 32 MPH and the noise from our Slide Toppers and the Bicycle Cover were becoming extremely annoying. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for Rain and Wind Gusts of 39 MPH or better so Kathy asked me to tie them down like we did while at Dome Rock BLM near Quartzsite. Instead of using the Ladder like the last time I simply used a broom to pass the ropes over the corners of the Slides and used the tension of the toppers to add tension. With Kathy’s help we added extra Bungee Cords to quiet the Bike Cover from making noise. 
For supper we had Meatloaf with Asparagus
and a Fruit Tart with Cool Whip for Dessert.
We also packed away our Weber Q so it won’t be wet when we leave on Wednesday. The inside of the trailer is much Quieter this evening so we hope we won’t have too much noise tomorrow. 

Lots of the RV Travel Blogs that are we reading are friends that are in areas that are not only being affected by High Winds like we are but are under the threats of Tornadoes. We hope you make it Home Safely without any serious problems. We both have three Weather Icons on our Computers to keep track of the Storms ahead of us. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

You Might Be a Redneck If 

Everything you won at a fair is hanging from your rear-view mirror.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Unexpected Sunday Morning Drive, Explaining About Being “Off The Grid” and Back To Winter Sheets.


Our Location today is Dream Catcher RV Park, Deming, New Mexico, U.S.A. 

We had another great night’s sleep and we didn’t even have to set the alarm this morning. We are slowly adjusting to this new Time Zone. We are fortunate that we are taking our time heading back to Ontario which is giving our bodies the ability to get used to the different Time Change. Even with these cooler night time lows we are managing to find ways to keep comfortable without having to turn on our heaters. 

We were up by 8:00 MST this morning and after finishing our breakfast we took our Coffee/Tea over to the Computers. This allowed us to savour our breakfast beverage as well as catching up on our morning reading. Kathy even managed to chat with some of our family back home which helps to keep us informed of how things are going and anything new that has popped up. 
Unexpectedly ended up on I-10 westbound.
We headed out for a ride into Deming this morning. When we were here back in November I was so busy doing things to the trailer that we didn’t get a chance to explore this community. Driving down the Main Street I was in search of the Fuel Station we had used on our departure. The reason I was doing this was because we had taken I-10 West and exited right to this Station. Today I was trying to locate it from the town streets and what I did was drive right through town with a line of traffic following right behind me. 
The problem with that is Main Street curves right out onto I-10 with no place to stop and back up. That meant the next exit was twelve miles up the Highway which is how far we had to go to turn around because the Emergency Turn Arounds were occupied by Police Cruisers. Now that we know where that part of Main Street takes us we won’t be taking it by mistake anymore. It turned into an unexpected Sunday Morning Drive. 
Lots of green vegetation growing in the median.
Getting back to Deming we tried three more cross streets before finding the Fuel Station we were looking for but since our tank is still fairly full we’ll top off before leaving town.  
The Desert is green from all the rain this winter.
At that point it was already past 11:30 so we thought we’d have lunch. We had never eaten at a Sonic’s before so that was where we went. It reminded the both of us of the old Hi-Hos and A&Ws that you ordered off a menu outside and they delivered it to your car. As we sat there eating we also found out they had a Drive-Through Lane. 
Back to Deming.
From there we went to Walmart where we walked around looking at things being brought out to help people do Spring Cleaning around their homes. We even looked around the clothing area where we found some socks for Kathy. Then we got serious and started our grocery shopping. We’d been picking up a few things here and there while we were at the Escapade but we were running seriously low so today we needed to stock up. 

Back Home it took some time getting everything put away. While Kathy continued organizing other things I went upstairs and started changing our Bed Linens. I had laundered our clothes yesterday but not our linens. The reason we seem to be having trouble sleeping the last few days is the Night-Time Temperatures are getting quite cool and our Linen Sheets are not very warm. We decided to put our Winter Bedsheets back on the bed because we are bound to have plenty of cool nights before we get back to Ontario and there might be a few cold ones when we get there as well. 
Soon these Empty Seats would be filled.
It was nearly 4:00 when we walked over to the Clubhouse where they were having an Ice Cream Social. It cost a dollar a bowl for a couple of scoops of Ice Cream. Like yesterday’s breakfast it was run by volunteers and the earnings go to Escapees Care. While enjoying our snack, we had the chance to talk with other Escapee Members. Some were telling us about spending time in warm resorts while others just got their feet wet while Boondocking at the Escapade. When we mentioned spending over three months boondocking around Quartzsite we were hit with a flurry of questions and everyone seemed mesmerized as we explained what we did to be able to be “Off the Grid” for that length of time and how we conserved our resources. Some could only say they wish they could do that. Sounded like what we used to say. 

It was nearly 5:00 when we got back Home and I gathered the Linens and Towels to wash. Kathy busied herself while I spent the next hour and a half finishing our Laundry. 

For supper tonight I fired up the Weber Q and put our Pizza Stone on to preheat while Kathy and I took a store-bought Hawaiian Pizza and put it on a Pizza Pan. Even though the cooking instruction called for Twenty Minutes in a 350 F oven it took less then Fifteen Minutes to cook on our grill on medium heat.  

We’re expecting temperatures in the Mid-Thirties overnight so we are sure we’ll appreciate having our Warmer Bedsheets again. Tomorrow we are both wanting to get some projects done as well as doing more exploring around town. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

Words of Inspiration 

An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception. 

Harold Lokes