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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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gusty Winds, Shopping In Parker, Hot Dipping Sauce and Change Of Weather.


Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

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When I got up before 7:30 MST this morning the inside temperature didn’t quite seem as cold as it had been throughout the night. Opening the Window Shades I was surprised to see the Sun was still hiding behind a very low hanging Cloud that seemed to be attached to the top of the mountain range. This morning I had everything ready for breakfast as well as having half my morning reading on the Computer completed before Kathy would make her way downstairs. 
This back seat driver was watching everything they passed.
As we sat having breakfast there would be the odd Gust of Wind that would shake the Trailer hard enough that they startled Kathy. By the time we were sitting at the Computers with our Coffee/Tea those gusts became the constant breeze and the Gusts were coming in closer to Thirty MPH. If there is one thing that really scares Kathy weather-wise it’s the Wind. It was starting to get a little difficult to hear one another talking inside so we made plans to go out for the afternoon. Kathy even checked the Movie listings at the theater but couldn’t find anything of interest. 

For lunch today, we only had Soup and Salad trying to keep things inline with our activity levels. Kathy cleaned up the dishes while I went outside to check to make certain things were secure. Yesterday we only had a light breeze from the back of the Trailer. Today we were having higher Winds blowing straight at our door. 
Long road to Parker, Arizona 95.
We arrived in Parker shortly after 1:30 and headed straight to Walmart. This trip was more to get out of the Trailer while the High Winds were blowing. We did have a shopping list for a few groceries but most of the time we were just walking around looking at some of the new products. A lot of Bloggers have been writing about how handy their new Instant-Pots are. As we were looking to see if Walmart had any, another woman was also looking. We spoke for a short while and the big issue was storage space but if we were to get one of those we could shed a few of the appliances that we already have. 
Chicken Fried Rice,
It was past 3:30 when we were leaving Walmart and Kathy suggested that we stop for Chinese Food at the China Garden Restaurant on Riverside Drive. When we looked at the Menu the prices were reasonable but their meal combinations were different then what we are used to. Kathy had a craving for Lemon Chicken so she ordered for us. They served three small Egg Rolls on a plate with three different sauces so we each dipped our Egg Rolls into a different sauce. I like spicy foods but this sauce was so HOT it felt like someone had stuck a hot poker up my nose and that’s not where I stuck that Egg Roll. Good thing Kathy didn’t try that one. The rest of the meal was great and not overfilling but I kept belching that Hot Sauce until after we got Home. 
What's left of the Lemon Chicken.
We were back at La Posa South LTVA by 5:00 and found the Trailer to be a bit warm inside because we had left it closed up while we were gone. It was 73 F (23 C) outside so we left the door open just long enough to bring our purchases in. With the 27 MPH Wind Gusts we had to close the door as soon as we finished because we started to get cold inside. 
The only Clouds in the sky.
We watched the 6 o’clock News and found out that even though we have another Windy Day coming tomorrow and a few days with highs only in the Fifties in the upper part of the state of Arizona they could get up to Six Inches of Snow. We are glad we are in Quartzsite. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

One man's meat is another man's poison.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kathy’s Foot Treatment, Small Chores, Mickey D’s, Beautiful Sunset and Private Campfire.


Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

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Even though I was awake by 7:30 the cool room air on my face told me it was okay to stay in our warm bed just a little while longer. There’s always got to be a Party-Pooper and at 7:50 my back said no more laying around, time to get moving. Why can’t it just relax and be lazy for once. 

By the time I had all the Window Shades up and things ready for breakfast Kathy was coming downstairs by 8:05. She felt the temperature difference as soon as she got out of bed and immediately pulled the Throw Blanket out of the Clothing Cupboard to cover her legs up with. 

It didn’t take long to eat breakfast and then take our Coffee/Tea over to the Computers. Today was the day we were happy to see arrive. Today was the first day of our Verizon cycle so we were running at 4G speeds. It still bothers me that we are on an Unlimited Plan but as soon as we hit 15 Gig of usage they slow you down to 3G speeds. There should be a law against that. With the faster speed we both had all our reading and communications done before 10:00 so that gave us time to do a few other things like gathering the trash. 

We ended up having an early lunch at 11:30. The warm Vegetable Beef Soup, with a Cheese Stick, Mandarin Oranges and Oreo Cookies all helped feed our cravings but the Hot Cup of Tea helped to get rid of the inner chill. 

Back in 2009 Kathy was helping our grandsons build a Sandcastle on the Beech and she got her feet wet while getting a pail of water. Shortly after that she started having a Fungal Buildup under her one Toe Nail. She was then diagnosed with Diabetes and to treat the Fungal Buildup she had to have the Toe Nail removed. They said it would never grow back. Boy were they wrong. 

With the regrowth of the Nail there were other complications that required Home Visits from a Certified Pediatrist Nurse. Lucky for us under our Medical Benefits I had from work that is all covered. The problem is that when we travel there’s no place she can go for treatment so I volunteered to do it. We explained this problem to Mary who came to our Apartment at the time. Explaining that I was only subbing for her while we traveled she allowed me to watch closely and ask all kinds of questions. 
Kathy enjoying tonight's Campfire..
This winter Kathy had me work on her feet back in December when we first arrived here in Quartzsite but not since. She has tried some simple trimming on her own but she has been quietly suffering and having difficulty walking. Since we purchased all the necessary tools it took over an Hour and a Half to get Kathy’s feet fixed up so she no longer has any discomfort walking. 

In order to let my back straighten up after putting away all the tools and Kathy swept up we relaxed at the Computers for a short while. There was a cool breeze coming from the north so we were in no hurry to go outside. 

It may not sound like it but having your feet worked on can be very traumatic and you won’t feel like cooking. Around 3:00 Kathy suggested going to McDonalds for supper so off we went. 

Traffic was very lite in Quartzsite today so we were there within minutes. Kathy enjoyed her Chicken Nuggets while I had a Chicken Sandwich. This also gave us a chance to people watch. The funniest one was watching a vertically challenged person pull up in this big pickup, wearing a Black Cowboy Hat that was down over his ears, stand outside smoking and choking on it, then digging in the trash for a napkin so he could check all his oil levels. Normally I do that at Home or have it done at a Service Center. 
In this Sunset shot the Speck in the middle is the Moon.
We were back in La Posa South LTVA by 4:15 but slowly drove to the Trash Bins so we could contribute to the cause. Back at the Trailer we talked about having a Campfire so the next thing I did was to check The Weather Network to see what was happening with the Wind. Surprisingly the Breeze was slowly disappearing for the evening but will be back with a vengeance for the next couple of days. It didn’t take long before I started setting up our Camping Chairs by the Firepit and placing the Firewood inside.
Our Solar lit Antenna Mast.
I like the Sunset Reflection in the window..
Kathy joined me outside by 5:30 where we enjoyed watching the changing Sunset. Fifteen Minutes passed before we lit the Fire and started to relax. Our neighbours didn’t join us so we spent the evening enjoying one another’s company. 
Sunset with a Crescent Moon.
It was past 8:30 when we went in to have a nice Cup of Hot Chocolate to get the chill out of our bodies. 

With the forecasted higher Winds for the next couple of days we’ll see what we can accomplish. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

There's a gas leak in your house, and it's grandpa.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hidden Sun, Wasted Calls, “Overnighter” Gone Again, Afternoon Chores, Snack, Tasty Supper and Beautiful Sunset.


Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

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After sleeping fairly soundly last night I first looked at my watch at 6:50 this morning. I know that I don’t like sleeping in but at that time the Sun hadn’t even risen. Closing my eyes again the next time they opened was at 7:40 MST which was a little more reasonable as far as I was concerned. 

It was necessary to open all the Window Shades just to let enough light in so that we wouldn’t trip over things. When Kathy made it downstairs at 8:10 she didn’t even comment that the Sun was in her eyes. As a fact it was Kathy that spotted the glow behind the Clouds that showed where the Sun actually was. 

The temperatures have really dropped from what they were a few weeks ago so once again while doing our morning reading on the Computers we both had a second cup of Coffee/Tea to help warm us up. 

I called Leisure Trailers in Lakeshore to find out what is happening with Jayco but Stephanie won’t be in until Monday. 

Our next call was to the Windsor Eye Institute to book our Cataract Surgeries. When they tried to book us for early March I explained that we were still in Arizona and preferred doing them during the summer. Their response was to call back in early May. 

Lastly, I called Amazon about the missing package that we haven’t received. Their records showed it was delivered to the Quartzsite Post Office and returned. It also showed the correspondence I had with the Vendor afterwards but that was it. (They knew as much as I did.) They sent out an E-mail on my behalf so hopefully we see some results by Monday. 

Our on again off again “Overnighter” neighbour pulled out just before lunch. The fact that they don’t have a Towed is probably the reason they keep disappearing. 

We discussed what we wanted to accomplish today so we decided to have a Grilled Cheese Sandwich along with Chicken Noodle Soup for Lunch and some Strawberries for dessert. 

The chore today was doing the Laundry. After everything was sorted I loaded things in the Truck. Walking around the outside of the Trailer the 61 F (16 C) temperatures felt a lot colder. We definitely needed to wear our Jackets. The Sun was just starting to break through the Clouds and as long as you stayed out of the Wind you were comfortable. 

It was around 12:30 when we headed to the Main Street Laundromat in Quartzsite. There were plenty of people who had the same idea we did but with all the machines it didn’t take long to wash and dry everything. With Kathy’s assistance we finished folding all the clothes in no time. 

It was too early to have a meal out so instead we had a snack that would extend our time to supper. We stopped at Dorothy and Toto’s for Black Cherry Ice Cream Cones. 

It was past 3:00 before we got back Home in La Posa South LTVA and there were breaks in the Clouds. Looking at the Charge Controller Monitor it was just starting to charge our Batteries. 
We put all our clean clothes away, checked our E-mails and started getting things ready for supper by 5:00. 

While Kathy was inside making some Macaroni and Cheese along with Cole Slaw, I was outside grilling a couple of Boneless Pork Chops. Everything tasted wonderful and our dessert was a Clementine Orange. 

The Weather Network along with all the Local Forecasters are showing a big cool down headed our way. Having tried to run the Propane Line for the Blue Flame Heater by myself I just have no idea why the line that is less then Three Feet away from the connection point is disappearing above the Fresh Water Tank. Sometime tomorrow Wayne is going to give me a hand to try again. 

We barely saw the Sun today but the Clouds gave us a good show this evening for Sunset. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Hope springs eternal in the human breast:

Man never is, but always to be blest.

Alexander Pope, English Poet

Thursday, February 15, 2018

We Saw The Sun, Another RVer With A Problem, Tasty Nachos, Cleaning Up, Getting Organized and Sharing Water.


Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

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As soon as I got up at 7:20 MST this morning I opened all the Window Shades and barely could see a glow behind the Clouds where the Sun was hiding. After preparing for a Lite Breakfast because we were planning on having lunch out I headed to my Computer. I managed to check The Weather Network to read not only the forecast for here in Quartzsite but also for McGregor back in Ontario. Then it was on to the Windsor Star to read all that was happening in the Essex County Region. Checking my G-Mail I read all the Comments on last night’s Blog all before starting to read the Blogs on our Sidebar that have recently posted. 

Kathy has really been staying cozy warm because of the winter bedding we are using and instead of waking when the Sun starts to peak around the Window Shades she pulls the covers over her head. So she doesn’t sleep too late I’ve learned how to break down her defenses without saying a word. I open the Upstairs Window Shades which really brightens the room then I use the Igniter on the Stove to warm the water for our morning Hot Beverage. Kathy says that is way too much information, but she’ll let it go! 

Within a minute Kathy is normally heading downstairs to have breakfast. While we were eating the Clouds started thinning allowing openings of Blue Sky to appear. It would be a short while later that the heavier Clouds seemed to gather above the Mountains and the Sun was finally shining brightly on our Home. Since we had barely seen the Sun for the last few days this was definitely a welcoming sight. When I checked the Charge Control Monitor our Batteries were taking all the energy the Sun was sending their way. 
Picking a Slide-In Unit off its side on the ground.
We headed out the door shortly after 11:00 and headed through the Wash we use as a Shortcut back to the main road in La Posa South. As we approached the gate we noticed someone else was having problems today. A lot of RVers using Pickup Slide-In Units actually take them out of the Truck Bed to drive around the area empty and leave the Slide-In standing there on its own Jacks. This morning there was another Low-Boy Trailer using Casters to pull the Slide-In onto the Flatbed. Apparently with the little bit of rain the area had last night, it caused the Slide-In to roll over on its side. That’ll be a costly Tow and Repair. 
We arrived at the Mainstreet Restaurant just before 11:30 and as soon as we were seated we simply put the unopened menus on the edge of the Table. Michelle came around and already knew what we wanted. Within two minutes we had our Unsweetened Ice Tea and three minutes later our Cowboy Nachos arrived. We noticed a slight difference in the presentation and were informed they were training a new Cook because the other one just walked out on Monday. The taste was the same and we still enjoyed our meal. 
Cowboy Nachos.
We made a stop at Quiet Times Greeting Card Shop and saw this unusual RV next door. With All-Wheel Drive that thing can go nearly anywhere. As for my package I’ll have to call Amazon. 
All Wheel Drive RV.
We were back Home shortly after 1:00 so while Kathy started reorganizing the Library Shelf where she keeps the books she reads I loaded the Truck with the Barrels and started doing some outdoor chores. Even though we have gone Two Weeks before dumping our waste I haven’t been totally emptying our Grey Tanks. After propping the end of the Barrel up I managed to totally empty all our Waste today. 

Not waiting until Dusk today I had a Five-Minute wait before being able to Dump our Waste Barrel. When I went to fill our Fresh Water Barrel I had a slight delay when a “B” Class RV figured that the One-Way signs didn’t apply to them and came in from the Exit. 

Kathy was still busy when I got back to the Trailer and started transferring Fresh Water to our Tank. Not wanting to leave the Fresh Water Barrel in the back of the Truck I drove over to Wayne and Sue’s where we were only able to transfer about Twenty Gallons. Wayne and I started talking shop comparing the different engines that Ford had used over the years. We also talked about a host of other things nearly like having our own personal Happy Hour all while standing around. It was during our visit that the “Overnighter” pulled back in the area near our Trailer. He comes and goes quite often! 
Wayne and I looking at his Engine.
It was 4:00 by the time I unloaded the Barrel and closed up the back of the Truck. When I went inside Kathy had pulled everything out of the Pantry and was rearranging everything. She was having trouble reaching some of the Containers in the back so after I washed up she enlisted the use of my long arms. 
Leftover Jell-O Parfait and Tuna Salad,
For supper tonight, we had Leftovers. Yeah! With a slight adjustment to the Tuna Salad Kathy made yesterday we had that along with the Leftover Jell-O Parfait for dessert. 

With the Clouds starting to fill the Sky again we managed to get a few interesting Sunset Pictures. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

The farthest you've been from home was to find a lost dog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Eyes Blinked, Cloudy Valentines Day, Visiting With Fellow Blogger Friends and A Little More Rain.


Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

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After having problems uploading pictures to the Blog last night I didn’t even think to look at the time. When my eyes started getting heavy that was when I glanced at the bottom of the screen and saw it was past 1:00 MST in the morning. I slept soundly not opening my eyes again until 7:15 but then my eyes blinked and my watch suddenly read 9:00. 

Practically jumping out of bed it didn’t take very long before all the Window Shades had been raised throughout the entire Trailer and the Ignitor on the Stove was lighting the flame to warm our morning Coffee/Tea. The sound of the Ignitor had Kathy coming down stairs within minutes. Looking outside there was no sign of the Sun due to the Heavy Cloud Covering. Not the way we’re supposed to celebrate Valentines Day but it’s the thought that counts.

We managed to get all our On-Line reading done on the Computers as well as our morning chores. Checking the Fresh Water Tank Reading it showed that it was empty so I went outside to transfer the remaining Fresh Water from our Barrel. 

We had Chicken Vegetable Soup for lunch topped off with a piece of Chocolate Cake that Kathy had picked up at Walmart. We are watching what we eat but when we have cravings for things it’s actually better to moderately indulge ourselves and grocery stores are helping. Now you don’t have to purchase an entire Cake or Pie the Grocery Stores are now selling them by Single Servings. When we have a craving Kathy only gets a Single Serving that we share. 

Shortly before 1:30 Dave and Cheryl from the blog Our View From Here arrived for a visit. They had brought their chairs to sit outside but with the Twenty MPH Wind Gusts from our door side we just had them come inside. Cheryl and Kathy sat down and started talking about anything that came to mind like they had known each other for years. Dave and I stood by the door and immediately started talking shop. He is experiencing some of the same issues with the way their Trailer was wired that we resolved last year with ours. After showing and explaining the changes I made in the Control Center we moved our conversation outside where I showed him how the Battery Bank, Charge Controller, Cut-Off Switches and Inverters were set up as well as getting the explanation for doing so. It was the lite drizzle that sent us back inside but since they had left their Generator on to charge their Batteries, we had to end the visit.

With the Farewells and hopes to see them somewhere down the road they left around 4:00. It wasn’t until after they were gone that we realized we didn’t take any pictures. Guess we’ll have to do that down the road someday. Glad we had the chance to visit. 

For supper while I chopped Celery and Onions Kathy cooked the Macaroni Elbows to put together a Tuna Salad topped with a Jell-O Parfait for dessert. There’s still more of both for another meal. 

We watched the 6 o’clock News then Without A Trace before having to run our Generator to charge our Batteries since the Sun was AWOL today. Just as we were about to post this Blog it has started Raining lightly again. We won’t complain. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.