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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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Texting Nightmare, Enjoyable Visit, Decent Haircuts, Grocery Shopping and Thursday Night Special.


Our Location today is Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

As RVers we know that any plans we make are written in Jell-O so you learn to be flexible. We don’t tend to be morning people so when we’re up before 8:00 it’s probably due to it being a travel day or we actually slept when we were supposed to. This morning was the later of the two and we had finished breakfast and were relaxing at the computers when our TracFone made a strange noise that we have never heard before so I checked it out. It indicated we had two Text Messages which surprised us since “We Don’t Text”. We had invited our friends Bill and Patsy from Ontario to stop by for a visit when we last visited them and gave them our card with our Contact Numbers. They were in Quartzsite having breakfast at a recommended restaurant and asked if they could stop by. It actually took about ten minutes to reply using this phone because you had to go through an entire menu each time you hit a key on the pad.  
Bill and Patsy stopping in for a visit.
Once the invite was reissued to them we were in scramble mode organizing. We live in our trailer and have parts of projects inside waiting to be installed. Let’s just say Bill and Patsy were quite comfortable and not worried that there was an HD Antenna on the Ottoman while we visited. Kathy on the other hand was mortified that it was there for everyone to see. While Patsy and Kathy visited inside I introduced Bill to my Chaotic Basement filled with not only more parts to be installed but the tools that I hadn’t put away yet from yesterday’s project. He questioned some of the things I was doing but understood the rest and even gave me pointers that will be helpful.  
The light at the end of the tunnel.
Back inside we all visited as they spoke of where they will be heading when they leave tomorrow in an effort to miss the Cold Front that will be hitting the area this weekend. Before they left we gave them the Grand Tour of the rest of the trailer. The issue we continue to have with our freezer they agree should not be happening. Outside they also had the Commercial Exempt Sticker on the front License Plate of their truck. That is the same Sticker that Kathy and I tried to obtain most of this past summer for our truck. Bill informed us when the rules changed and we’ll be trying again when we get home in the spring. Bill writes the blog On Our Way while Patsy writes her own blog Chillin' with Patsy.
Rain over the Mountains.
Once they had left Kathy made the decision that we were long overdue for Haircuts. After finishing the last of her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for lunch, we were soon on our way to Quartzsite. 
We’d read in Our Awesome Travels that Suzie has always gets her hair trimmed at the Quartzsite Beauty Salon so Kathy wanted to give it a try. When we arrived at the shop Kathy noted the sign said Women’s and Men’s Haircuts making her really happy. The beautician asked what we wanted and that was the cuts we got not like the haircuts we used to get in Florida. We’ll be going back before we leave the area because it’s hard to get good Haircuts when traveling. 
Out front there was a business set up selling all kinds of mobility equipment ranging from Scooters that could be used inside stores, Scooters and Electric Bikes that could be used on the road, Off Road Motorcycles, ATVs and a couple of old Volkswagen Dune Buggies. What surprised me was that it was cheaper to buy the Dune Buggies than the ATVs and they were also licensed for the Road. 
Our next stop was back at the Ace Hardware Store in Blythe, California. I decided to install a Safety to our Large Inverter so that when we would be plugged in at a park the power would not Back-Feed and destroy our Inverter. I also needed a few wire clamps to hold the wires not only for this Switching Device but also for our Charge Controller. When checking out I was asked if I wanted to buy a bag. I responded no and simply packed everything in the small panel box, my way of Recycling. 
Our Next Stop was Smart & Final Grocery Store. We had been told and read about them by George of Our Awesome Travels blog. Any time we go to a new store it takes longer to find things because we are unfamiliar with their layout. We spent nearly an hour doing our shopping before I realized we’d left our Reusable Shopping Bags in the Truck. Since under state regulations any merchant that puts their products in a plastic bag are first supposed to ask you and if you agree they charge you for that bag. Not only did we save money but our Insulated Bags kept our Refrigerated and Frozen Food plenty cold until we would get Home.
Driving back towards Quartzsite when the sun was setting was a new experience because one minute it appeared dark and the next it looked like mid-afternoon because of how the sun was blocked by certain mountains. It was past 5:30 when we were finally driving on Main Street West in Quartzsite when Kathy suggested we go back to the Main Street Eatery for their Thursday Night Special of Barbecued Spare Ribs. After placing our order the waitress said it would be cheaper for us to share a Full Rack of Ribs and have Leftovers for a Snack or Lunch tomorrow. Guess we’ll be having pork sandwiches for lunch tomorrow. 
The Weather Network was actually forecasting Trace amounts of Rain and High Winds here for this Evening and Overnight. It’s not what the kids are getting back home but it was actually Raining and the Wind Gusting while I was writing this blog. Who knows what we’ll be doing tomorrow? Not 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 

You've made an afternoon out of picking your nose.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post, Rick. It was nice to see you before we head south. you have a beautiful unit as well. Take care, until we meet again.

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