It's about time.

Many of you can relate to 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" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Getting Cleaned Up, Cold Start To Spring and Unexpected Visit.


Our Location today is at the La Posa South, LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona.

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When I started my day at 7:30 this morning it was cool downstairs but not cold. Considering that we’ve had the chance to sleep with our Windows and Roof Vents open for a few days now. Looking outside I could not even see where the Sun might be trying to peer through the thick Cloud Cover. I’d barely turned my Computer on to check The Weather Network when Kathy came downstairs. She’s really not a morning person and has been amazed at how early she has been getting up lately.
Looking out you can see our Window on the Trailer open.
Looking at the Truck I forgot to close its Windows last night.
Good thing it didn't Rain.
After breakfast I could only read the number of Blogs on the Computer that it took for me to drink my Coffee then it was time to get busy. Today was Laundry Day but not just anyone this was the one where we changed the Bedding before heading off. If there is one thing I don’t like doing is coming Home in the heat of the day to make the Bed so that meant doing it this morning. By the time I’d done that and sorted the rest of the Laundry then loaded the Truck it was past 11:00 before we headed out the door.
The Wind was supposed to be moderate today with the temperature rising to a high of 73 F (23 C) but like the rest of this winter there was a chill to the breeze. It was nearly 11:30 when we stopped at the Flying J to have lunch at the Wendy’s a mile from the State Line. Kathy loves their Salads and has missed them since we’ve been out west. We had a leisurely lunch before heading into Blythe.
Our destination was the Madd Jax Laundromat on Hobson Way. We had no problem getting Four Washers side by side. I’d just finished getting everything transferred to the Dryers when I spotted our neighbours Wayne and Sue across the road. They had also done their Laundry at a different location and were getting some supplies in the plaza across from us. When we were leaving at 3:00 the place was getting busy.
Seeing that Blue Sky had us cheering
for a little while at least.
Our next stop was Smart and Final where Kathy picked up some Fruits and Vegetables for our Fridge along with some Meat for our Freezer. After getting Cereal and scanning the other aisles when we approached the Cashiers we were in for a shock. There were only Two Cashiers open and about Forty People waiting to cash out. After being paged the manager who had been unloading a Delivery Truck opened another Checkout. He said they didn’t have any labour in today.
Depending which way you looked the clouds were different.
Since it was after 4:00 we stopped at Del-Taco for supper. The Wind was starting to pick up and the temperature was dropping.
Taken Minutes apart.
We were arriving Home by 5:00 to find our neighbour Ken busy disassembling the walls of his Tent. Since we had inquired about it the other day he invited me to come back to check it out. After getting everything inside the Trailer and helping Kathy put the groceries away I headed over to Ken’s.
We finally saw the Sun for a Half Hour.
His Tent was a complete Kit that he had purchased but he had to make some changes. He also showed me how he had to totally change the Anchoring in order for it to withstand the Winds that the Quartzsite area receives.
We were just getting settled in at the Computers when we had a knock on our door. It was Fulltimers Ned and Debby wanting information about our Wind Turbine. They were especially impressed with how quiet it was compared to a Horizontal Axis Wind Generator not too far from their location. Even Kathy talked about how great the Wind and Solar was working together helping us to be “Off the Grid” and the different things that she can still do even out here in the Sonoran Desert. We invited them back on Friday evening when the Winds should be much lower for a Campfire and to meet our neighbours.
The Wind is no longer shaking our Trailer but the Temperature has dropped enough for us to close our Windows and Roof Vents. For the start of Spring I think we might be keeping the Bedcover on tonight. Tomorrow I need to get back to Work. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Happiness does not lie in happiness,

but in the achievement of it.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian Novelist

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Getting Things Sorted, Making Progress On A Project and Happy Hour Visitors.


Our Location today is at the La Posa South, LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona.

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Even though it is not really bright in our bedroom before 7:30 in the morning lately there is just enough light that seeps past our Window Shade that it wakes me up. I had all the Window Shades raised, our breakfast ready to serve and most of my morning reading on the Computer completed before Kathy joined me at 8:05. She is even starting to wake up earlier and was shocked when she saw how early it was.
With my inside chores and reading complete I was outside trying to get caught up fairly early. When Donating Blood they always say not to over use the arm for the rest of the day but I have heard of people opening the needle site as much as a Day later.
This has been the Windiest, Wettest and Coldest winter that we have experienced since first coming here in 2016. So a lot of Projects that I wanted to get accomplished were put on hold. But with the sudden warming trend and our Time here soon coming to a close things have to happen.
I managed to find Leftover Hardware from the few things that have been completed in the Basement and get them sorted and put away in our Organizers. Then I found the Electronics that I need to get mounted but that could happen even on a wet day so I put them in the Truck so they will be easily found.

Instead I removed the Second Mudflap on the Truck. It seems that wherever you purchase them they are always different then what you already have so the only way to balance it out is to change them both at the same time.
I had just finished that when Kathy called me in for lunch. She kept it simple knowing that I wanted to get things done before it got too hot. She used more of the Pork Roast to make Sandwiches and added a Fruit Cup for dessert.
Using the Tailgate as a Workbench I completed the task off removing the Clearance Lights off the Mudflaps. The Clearance Lights themselves are mounted on a Stainless Steal Trim that had gotten more then Dirty and moisture was getting into the Lights themselves. That meant removing the Lamps off the Trim and using an SOS Pad to get it all cleaned up again.
Kathy had finished her inside chores so she came outside to cool down in the Shade and do some reading. I took a short break since I was working in the direct Sunlight. I managed to cut the New Mudflaps to the proper size before getting started drilling the Mounting Holes.
It was past 3:00 when I sat to talk with Kathy who had been chasing the Shade. I teasingly said that it was Happy Hour to her and before we knew it Wayne brought his Chair over to join us. We were talking for only a few minutes when Ken came over to join us as well. They gave us a better idea of when they will be heading out next week which means that we’ll be the last of our group to leave.
It was after 5:00 when Kathy said she had to start making supper so the Guys headed home as well. I managed to get a few more minutes in working on the Mudflaps.
Kathy made Perogies with Sour Cream and Bacon Bits for supper topped off with Short Cake Fruit Cups for dessert.
Back outside I managed to finish drilling the Mudflaps, get some Sunset Pictures and put Everything away in the Basement for the night. It was dark by the time I got finished.
We’ve got other things to do tomorrow before I finish rewiring the Mudflaps and start on another Project. Thank you 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 think American Express is a train.

Monday, March 18, 2019

115, Giving Advice, Happy Hour Visit and Changing Weather.


Our Location today is at the La Posa South, LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona.

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Really not being in too much of a rush to get out of bed this morning I still managed to be up by 7:30. That helped me to get things ready for breakfast as well as repackaging some of our Supplies. There are certain products that are only available to us in Canada and others that are only available in the US. What happens when we find them is that we stock up according to where we are and as we wear away our other Supplies it gives us the space to refill with the Supplies from the country that we are presently in.
Kathy was really worn out after our Hike yesterday as well as all the Fresh Air coming in the open Windows throughout the night. That gave me additional time to get most of my morning reading finished. After having a simple breakfast I did my inside chores before enjoying my cooler morning Coffee.
Quartzsite Community Center
I managed to run the Water Heater long enough to get the chill out of the Water but with the North Wind blowing it wasn’t long before the Propane Detector started going off. At least I didn’t jump through the Skylight when I went for my morning shower.

We were heading out the Door shortly after 11:00 for my lunchtime appointment. I had warned Kathy about my last visit how cold the inside of the building was. At first she thought it was my Raynaud’s Disease that had kicked in but to humour me she brought her Jacket along.
Already hooked up.
We soon arrived at the Quartzsite Community Center where the outside temperature of 79 F (26 C) felt warmer because of the intensity of the Sun. Kathy was going to wait with me inside so she brought her Book to read, Water to drink and Jacket in. She thought she would feel embarrassed about the Jacket but when the Volunteer at the door said she was freezing and Kathy only made it as far as her chair before putting her Jacket on.
No 115 Blood Donation.
My plan of getting there at 11:30 so that they might call me early didn’t pan out because the place was packed and the Internet Connection was down. It was just before 1:00 when I was called and after filling in the Questionnaire on their Laptops they had to call their Main Office to get the Okay for our Blood Donation. By 1:30 I had given my 115th Blood Donation and we were on our way to a late lunch.
When we arrived at The Main Street Restaurant it was Closed according to the large sign in the door. We ended up going to Quail Ridge Cafe. As we approached I thought it was strange because it looked like a bunch of Police Cars were out front. Sure enough there were Eight Arizona State Police Cars parked out front and as we pulled into the lot Eight Arizona State Troopers came out of the Cafe. They’d had a meeting during their Lunch Break.
A Mule on one end and a Horse's A on the other.
After giving our orders it did not take long for them to be served. Kathy had a Reuben Sandwich while I had the Special of the Day a huge Beef Steak Burrito filled with Steak, Rice and Beans. We were so hungry that we didn’t think to take pictures.
Palm Tree or a Mushroom.

As we were paying our tab Our Waitress Kim disclosed that it was her first day back to work after suddenly loosing her Husband just over a week ago. We were both able to give her some advice on what to do for her recovery.
It was out early 4:00 but still lighting up the Desert.
We then drove to RV Pit Stop to fill our Empty Propane Tank. There were no lines so we were there less then Five Minutes.
We just wanted to walk someplace to wear off lunch and since both the parking lots at both Roadrunner Grocery Store and Coyote Fresh Foods were full we drove to the Family Dollar. Since we have not been in there since early January we were surprised when we went in to see that the Store had been completely Flipped and they are still working on it. All the Ceiling Panels and Lights have been changed but the Old Flooring still shows where the Shelving used to be.
Good Night Quartzsite.
As we drove past the Main Street Restaurant towards Arizona 95 it was Open and was all lit up. ???
Lots of Clouds and the Moon.
It was 3:00 when we got back Home and our neighbours Wayne and Sue were just moving their chairs to the Cool Shady Side of their Trailer so after putting a few things inside we gathered our Water Bottles and Chairs and joined them. We talked about Their Trip, their Dogs, Tires on the Trailers, when we are all Leaving and the Weather back Home. Even with over a Thousand Miles between Washington state and the province of Ontario they both still have lots of snow piled up. It was past 5:30 when we all headed inside to have supper.
We didn’t want to be looking for something to eat later so we used the Pork Roast that we grilled yesterday to make Sandwiches and topped it off with a Yogurt Cup for dessert. With another Hot Day coming before a cool down we’ll wait to see what tomorrow brings. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

Practice what you preach.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Getting Ready To Leave, La Posa South Is Getting Green, Pigs and Yahoos Are Here.


Our Location today is at the La Posa South, LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona.

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After having a wonderful visit with everyone by the Campfire last night and breathing all that Fresh Air neither of us had any problems sleeping at all instead just like the last time we had a Fire the problem was waking up the next morning. There were no Sunrise Pictures to be had because the Sun was quite high by the time I started raising all the Window Shades this morning.
I only had enough time to get things ready for breakfast when Kathy joined me downstairs. With the Inside Thermometer already showing temperatures in the upper 60’s we were opening Windows before we finished eating.
Flags being taken down.
We hadn’t even sat down at the Computers when we heard the sound of Metal Tubing clanging together as if they were being stacked. Imagine our surprise when we looked out our Window and saw Ken taking all his Flags that show his support for the Military down. One by One the Flags were lowered taken inside to be folded before another came down. That could only mean that he was getting ready to leave. Having spoken to Ken at the Campfire last night he never mentioned that he was leaving this early.
After getting our inside chores completed we went about making a lite lunch of Chicken Noodle Soup, Cheese Sticks and Yogurt Cup for dessert.
Having watched the Fresh Water level in our Tank drop to Empty yesterday I knew it was time to refill it today. Kathy came with me for the ride to fill our Fresh Water Barrel but we didn’t get very far. Seeing Ken outside we stopped to see when he was leaving. He will probably leave in a Week and a Half but likes to take his time packing so that everything will be put exactly wear it belongs otherwise it won’t fit. That was a relief, we know everyone will be leaving soon enough to head home but not too soon we hope. We also inquired about his Portable Structure because it would be nice to have someplace to sit outside and not have to worry about the Wind destroying it.
Taken before 5:00 in the afternoon.
On our way over to the Water Fill Area we noticed more empty areas where RVs had been set up for most of the winter. We also noticed the Overflowing Trash Bins not just the Four Smaller Bins but the Large Roll-Off Bin as well. The Small Bins are supposed to be emptied Three Times a Week but have not been touched since last week. The Large Roll-Off was emptied last Monday and it was just as overflowing.
There was no line to get our Fresh Water Barrel filled and we were soon back Home where I started transferring it to our Trailer. Looking around we are really starting to notice a lot of Plants and Cactus blooming. We’ve been wanting to get out for walks but Kathy doesn’t like to get up early so she decided to go for a walk after the Transfer was completed and she even invited me to tag along.
With all the Rain that has fallen in this area this Winter, everywhere we looked we saw shades of Green appearing along with Wildflowers changing the colour of the landscape. We walked up to the Ramada (Pavilion) where we stopped for a breather in the shade from the 82 F (28 C) temperatures. Being in the direct Sunlight you can feel your body warming up.
On our return we passed a site that the former residents had left behind their Cookware in the Firepit. Whatever happened to leaving a Site cleaner then you found it? Pigs!
There was also a group of Guys working on an Off Road Motorcycle and once they had it running one of the Yahoos went cutting through Washes getting Airtime then headed up the main road passing all the other vehicles like they were standing still. You could see where he was travelling in the LTVA by the cloud of dust rising in the air. Where are the Police when you need them?
After getting back Home we sat in the Shade outside to cool down because it was stifling inside the Trailer. While Kathy continued cooling off I got the Weber warmed up before putting a Pork Roast on the Grill Mat then turning the heat to Low. An Hour passed when Kathy went inside to make a Salad and saute some Asparagus. Supper was delicious and there’s Leftovers for a few more meals.
Hope everyone had the chance to enjoy St Patrick’s Day today. Thank you 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

Your church has a "Happy Hour".