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, January 16, 2019

This Must Be A Test.


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

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It felt good to get to bed last night knowing that we would be going to get our Truck this morning and Kathy slept soundly until nearly 8:30 this morning. By midnight I was staring at the ceiling trying to convince myself to fall back to sleep for the next couple of hours. At 3:00 I repeated the process only to be laying there unable to fall asleep again after 6:00. When 7:30 rolled around I just got up. It was like a Pretravel Night’s Sleep where I managed to get all of Three Hours of sleep.
After having Cereal for breakfast we took our Coffee/Tea over to the Computers but when we couldn’t get On-Line we started getting ready to head out. It was a good thing we did because just before 9:00 there was a knock at the door. Friends Bill and Patsy from OnOur Way and Chillin’ With Patsy stopped for a quick visit while out for their morning walk. They wished us the best with the Truck today and told me where there were located here at La Posa South LTVA. Bill also told me The Weather Network was forecasting Rain in Yuma this morning.
The reason we did not go to Yuma to pick the Truck up yesterday was the Flash Flood Warnings on Arizona 95 closer to Yuma itself. We were heading out of the LTVA by 9:10 and witnessed many of the Washes closer to Quartzsite that were still filled close to the road itself.
We noticed Fog surrounding many of the Mountain Peaks in the distance but as we approached the Yuma Testing Grounds it seemed more like there was a Ground Fog that was thick enough to actually slowed traffic down. As we broke through the Fog itself the smell of Rotting Vegetation was in the air but we were still too north of where any Produce was being grown. Even though the roads seemed dry we was also started noticing Mist was being raised from the pavement as vehicles were coming towards us. As for the Washes that were supposed to have Flooded yesterday closer to Yuma they seemed totally dry.
Our Truck waiting to come Home.
We arrived at Bill Alexander Ford in Yuma just after 10:30. We were so happy to see the Truck sitting out front that we forgot to go fill the loaner with Gasoline so back on the road to the nearest station to fill it up. When we told Al the Service Manager and Lilian the Loaner Vehicle Coordinator about the near miss we had they were both in shock but happy the idiot got caught.
The Loaner returned Unscathed.
It was nearly 11:30 by the time all the paperwork was finished and we were on the road. We stopped at Karl’s Jr. where we had lunch from their Value Meals. Kathy enjoyed the Double Cheeseburger while I had the Spicy Chickenburger, we shared the small French Fry but ordered the extra drink.
Walkers on Sale at Walmart.
From there we stopped at Walmart for a few things that we keep forgetting to put on our Shopping List. Today we managed to get everything but the Bulbs that I need for our Clearance Lamps. We stopped at Pep Boys, Auto Zone and O’Reilly Auto Parts before finding what was needed.
The last stop we made before heading Home was at GNC. It seems they are the only ones that carry Arnica which is a Natural Supplement that has been helping Kathy’s Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arnica is available at GNC in the US but not in Canada so we plan to stock up a little at a time.
O'Reilly's Parking Lot. Water is deep.
We were finally heading Home northbound on Arizona 95 and the Truck was running wonderfully. With only Five Miles to the Border Patrol Checkpoint the Truck suddenly sounded as if the Turbo was screaming and the Engine was over revving. All we could do was slow down and limp Home
I called Al the Service Manager saying we were going to need that loaner again. He said that he’d call me back. I tried using my Code Reader but it didn’t seem to pick anything up when plugged into the Truck and when plugged into the Computer it would not even show up.
Our granddaughter once told us if you want to find something out just Google it so I did. Starting with the Year then the Type of Vehicle, the Engine size then the Symptoms it gave me an answer. Just before leaving Windsor I had replaced the Air Filter but when I pulled it out of the Truck this afternoon it was damp and full of debris. If your engine can’t breathe it will try harder to do so.
The closest place that carries these Air Filters is in Blythe and I had them put Two aside for me. Our friend Wayne will take me there in the morning so we are not running the Truck without a Filter.
Al call back saying he had secured the loaner again but he’ll wait for my call after we try a new Air Filter. What I can’t understand is how the Filter got damp in the first place because the Coolant was leaking into the Engine. Hopefully this will be the end of this Nightmare.
With our stomachs tied in knots over another problem we had Split Pea with Ham and Vegetable Soup for supper. Maybe someone is trying to tell us something. 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 received a dishonourable discharge from the line at the recruitment office.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Change Of Plans Due To Flash Flooding.


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

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Listening to the pattering of the Rain on our roof throughout the night helped us to sleep but once I felt totally rested and there was no Sunlight peeking through the Window Shades I had to check the Time. It was nearly 8:00 and the Rain seemed to have intensified. I started my usual routine getting things ready for breakfast before sitting down to do some Cryptograms.

The Normally Dry Wash behind our Trailer
When Kathy joined me at 8:30 she kiddingly suggested that I install Pontoons on the Trailer in case the water got too high. As we were going to sit at our Computers she was the one who noticed the Water was flowing in the Wash that is normally dry behind our Trailer.
About yesterday's Earthquake.
Checking the Comments to yesterday’s Blog I needed to clean out some Spam before continuing my reading. Someone mentioned that they did not feel the Earthquake that both Kathy and I felt yesterday but that is totally possible depending on what you are doing at the time. Immediately after it happen Kathy checked On-Line where it was verified that an Earthquake had just taken place in California about Fifty Miles away.
Flash Flooding Advisory..
By 9:00 Al the Service Manager at Bill Alexander Ford in Yuma had called to say the Truck checked out okay and was ready for pickup. We said we’d be there around noon but seconds after hanging up the Tab for The Weather Network started flashing Red. When we checked it out it showed Flash Flood Warnings for our Area and especially part of Arizona 95 that we would be driving on. There are several sections of that road that warn against Flash Flooding and we have seen how fast it can occur. We decided to call Al to tell him why we would pick the Truck up tomorrow instead.
Where the Wash behind our Trailer ends up at.
After I got a few outdoor pictures and headed back in we decided we needed to get a few things done and one was the Laundry. While I sorted and pretreated some stains Kathy busied herself making Chicken Sandwiches with Olives on the side for lunch along with Mandarin Oranges and Cookies for dessert.
Water across Arizona 95.
Having heard that the Laundromats in Quartzsite were jammed with others thinking the same as us we decided on going to Blythe as we have many times in the past. We weren’t surprised to see the Washes in the LTVA flowing heavily but were surprised when the water was flowing across Arizona 95 just north on our area.
Tyson Wells Road Wash.
When we reached Tyson Wells Road the traffic going over the Interstate was backed up over the hill so like others we drove past the Vendors Area. Traffic was slowly making its way through the Wash that was partially flooded. Those same washes will be used for parking for The Big Tent Event that begins this coming weekend.
The Rain looked like Fog on the Interstate.
Once on I-10 the traffic was flowing as if they were travelling on dry pavement. Hate to think what could happen. Further on as we were going through the mountain pass there was plenty of mist in the air from the Rain that looked more like a heavy Fog.
When we arrived at the Blythe Laundromat there were plenty of Washers to use and lots of people that were busy folding their clothes and leaving. Once our clothes were finished drying we worked together folding everything so we could leave as the place was starting to fill up with more like minded people.
We stopped at the Ace Hardware where I picked up a few Stainless Fasteners because they sell them by the pound there making it cheaper then anywhere else especially in Windsor.
Sunlit Mountains from I-10.
Even though we got groceries at Walmart on Sunday we stopped at Smart and Final to pick up a few other items. They sell Cereal in the same sized boxes as in Windsor which means we won’t be running out every couple of days.
Tyson Wells Wash on our return.
There was still plenty of road mist on the return trip on the Interstate. Going by the Tyson Wells Vendors Area there were some that preferred causing tidal action rather then driving sensibly.
Coming back into La Posa South.
Clouds hanging over the Mountain.
After getting things inside Kathy made up an Asian Style Salad while I grilled some Precooked Spare Ribs for supper along with Mixed Berry covered Yogurt for dessert.
While we were doing the dishes Al from Bill Alexander Ford called explaining to us that Ernesto the Mechanic was going away but had hoped to get paid for his work before he left. (Different pay system then I recall.) So we arranged to pay it over the phone. Minutes later he called back saying it was declined.
Actually saw Blue Sky right before the Sunset
Calling our Credit Card Company and explaining what had happened they asked the Security Questions to verify this was not an act of Fraud. As soon as they Okayed the Transaction we called Al at the Ford Dealership to tell them to try again. When he answered he said the payment had been approved. That Security System is set up to protect us but it can be a pain sometimes.
Tomorrow we’ll be bringing the Truck Home. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you the opportunity to commit more.

Mark Twain, American Writer

Monday, January 14, 2019

Close Coyote Crossing, Making 114, Cloudy Skies, Progress Report and Rain.


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

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It seems that when we move around outside of our own region our bodies don’t always adjust completely. Even after going to bed at our normal time last night I was laying in the dark staring at the ceiling for Hours before getting up. Then after doing my usual morning prep work I was on the Computer for nearly an Hour before the Sun decided to peek through the opening in the Clouds along the horizon before disappearing for most of the day.
I’d barely read a few Blogs when Kathy joined me downstairs for breakfast. We both noted that even though the sky was filled with Clouds the Flags on Ken’s RV would only move slightly for a moment before hanging lifelessly again.
I took the time to finish my Coffee along with Kathy and her Tea at the Computers before moving on. We had waited to take Morning Showers not only to feel more refreshed but as a way of keeping our hair more manageable. Wearing CPAP Masks to bed every night makes your hair go everywhere but the way it’s combed.
Kathy planned on staying Home to get a few things accomplished while I headed into town. This year we’ve had more Rain in this area and have heard a lot of Coyotes around. We even hear them in the daytime or see shadows darting around in the Washes. After turning north on Arizona 95 I had to hit the brakes to avoid hitting a Coyote that was crossing the road. It stopped in its tracks looking at me as if saying “Hey watch where you’re going” before bounding across the oncoming lanes. I know we are in their home but what bothers me are the people who don’t protect their pets.
What our Sky looked like until after dark.
My destination was the Quartzsite Community Center where they were having a Blood Drive. When I tried to book an appointment last week I was told they were totally booked but just to drop in and if they had cancellations I could donate. It was comfortable outside so I left my vest behind. Walking inside I realized the mistake I had just made as they had the Air-Conditioner cranked.

Lots of people there had appointments while a handful of us did not. Bit by bit some of the Scheduled Donors were turned down for reasons like having a Cold, to High Blood Pressure to just Not Feeling Well. After doing my Quick Pass on the Computer and waiting for nearly an Hour I was given the necessary check up and given the green light to make my 114th Blood Donation. Even after having my Cookies and Juice I was on my way Home by 12:10.
Kathy had accomplished what she wanted and started making lunch as soon as I walked in. Today we had Chicken Sandwiches with Olives for a side along with a Mandarin Orange and Cherry Turnover for dessert. Kathy sliced the meat from a rotisserie Chicken we bought yesterday and the Salt in the Olives would help me retain my liquids to start rebuilding my Blood faster.

We sat back at the Computers after eating to check a few things. Suddenly I couldn’t keep my eyes open and needed to have a Snap. Since they recommend you don’t overwork yourself for the rest of the day I took the Short Nap. Normally I would fight the urge so that I sleep at night rather then being awake when I should be recharging my Batteries.

I managed to get caught up on all the Blogs we read and was about to start some research at 4:35 MST when the ground suddenly shook. Kathy checked On-Line and found we had in fact had a 3.1 Magnitude Earthquake.
The Sun only made another brief appearance through an opening in the Clouds before 5:00 then it was again hidden from sight. Kathy made Pancakes for supper and used the Mixed Berries that were no longer frozen by the time we got Home yesterday as a topping. As we were enjoying our meal we could hear Rain hitting on our Roof. It will continue for the rest of the night.
The Sun almost reappeared.
Around 6:00 Al the Service Manager from Bill Alexander Ford in Yuma called to say that Ernesto the Mechanic was just taking the Truck for a Road-Test but wanted to check it in the morning to be certain there were no more leaks. He’ll call back tomorrow but it was nice to have a progress report. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

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If we quit voting will they go away?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Drivers Change Our Plans.


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

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After spending nearly an Hour trying to attach pictures to last night’s Blog I finally just published it without any because they just wouldn’t upload. We both slept soundly waking totally refreshed. Once we were back on the Computers this morning I gave it another try. I wanted to scream at my Computer but knew it was the fault of our Verizon MiFi when every picture I wanted to add loaded with no problems.
When we had Limited Plans that were costly through Verizon they seemed to eat up our Data as if it were water. On the Unlimited Plan that we have now we don’t use as much Data but when we reach the 15 Gigabyte level they slow us down and if there is a lot of Cell Traffic on the Cell Towers closest to us pictures are not an option.
For a change of pace we decided we were going to go see a movie at the Theaters in Parker this afternoon. We had Italian Wedding Soup along with Cheese Sticks for lunch topped off with a Yogurt cup and Cookies for dessert. We were leaving the LTVA before 12:30.
We’ve all heard or used the term Sunday Drivers in reference to people who drive below the speed limit sight seeing with a line of traffic behind them. The roads were full of them today. With a steady stream of traffic heading into Quartzsite it was impossible to pass them and when it came to the Passing Lanes they would drive Two abreast blocking any traffic from passing. It felt like it was planned.

We arrived at the Theaters at 1:45 so that worked out to Seventy-Five Minutes to travel Forty Miles. The movie we had planned to see had already started and it turned out to be a Horror Movie which neither of us are fans of so we headed over to Walmart where we spent the next Hour and a Half getting Groceries.
These Grapefruits were the size of Cantaloupes.
We walked out with little more then what was on our Shopping List but we were missing one lone thing. We drove across to Safeway where we were able to find the Nutmeg that Walmart didn’t have.
Knowing that as soon as got Home we would be busy putting all our groceries away we decided to grab a bite to eat before heading back. Since we have lots of the same fast food places in Quartzsite as well as in Windsor I chose Jack-in-the-Box. The couple times that we’ve eaten there before the food was Tasty and Filling at a reasonable price. Today’s visit did not disappoint either.
Going with the Flow of Traffic we were Home in Forty-Five Minutes with no Stunt-Driving like that Idiot I mentioned in last night’s Blog. We even got a few pictures of the Sun as it slid behind a Cloud Bank before it set.

Even though the Truck could be ready for pickup tomorrow evening we have other plans. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Another Delay, Getting Water Along With Rain and A Close Call. (Pictures Updated)


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

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Things were back to normal this morning when I had all the Window Shades open and the makings for breakfast ready before Kathy came downstairs. It was also nice seeing the bright Sun shining in adding a bit of warmth to the inside of the Trailer.
As soon as breakfast was over Kathy headed to her Computer while I got on the phone to Bill Alexander Ford in Yuma. After being redirected to the Service Department it was a matter of explaining to Javier what I needed to know about our Truck because I had no intention of driving all that distance if it was not ready. Since Al was off Sick yesterday and today he would have to get back to me because the place was hopping with people coming in for service today.
Thinking we might not have our Truck back today I was just about to go get some Fresh Water to fill the Trailer Tank with when it started Raining quite steady again for the second time this week. Instead I went back On-Line to research the Parts Numbers for our Honda EU3,000is that were not in the Owner’s Manual that I downloaded yesterday. Even with the full Model Number there are still differing parts that do the same function. At least with the Parts Numbers in hand when I do a quick check I’ll be able to determine which Part to actually use.
Not wanting the same old same old for lunch we worked together to make a Salmon Salad Sandwich with some Low Sodium Potato Chips as a side and a Pudding Cup for dessert. It was tasty and hit the spot.
As soon as we finished cleaning up the Dishes I was back on the phone with Javier at Bill Alexander Ford. He relayed what Ernesto the Mechanic had said. Before taking the Front Cover off the Truck they had ordered it in. What he didn’t order in were new Bolts and when they came apart they didn’t look too good. (A Quick Note: Aluminium and Ferrous Metals develop what is called Electrolysis. In other words they eat one another up.) Like other Ford Dealerships they don’t keep a lot of Inventory in stock but have to order it from a Regional Distribution Center. The new Bolts will be in on Monday. (Definitely not like the old cars we grew up working on,)
The Rain finally stopped so I loaded our Fresh Water Barrel in the back of the F-150 and went to fill it up. On my return a Jeep was stopped in the Pathway. He finally pulled up so I could get by but he had a problem. The front Casters on the Blue-Boy he was pulling had collapsed. I suggested strapping it higher on his hitch eliminating the need for front Casters so he could get it to the Dump Out Station then to purchase a Utility Cart to strap it on for future use. Doug appreciated my suggestion and will look into doing that.
Kathy was feeling closed in and really didn’t know what to make for supper. I made a suggestion that we should go out to have Fish and Chips something we have not had a lot of this winter. After I had filled our Fresh Water Tank and removed the Barrel from the pickup we were soon on our way.
Even though we have had Fish and Chips at nearly every restaurant in Quartzsite, Kathy had checked On-Line for reviews and chose the Quartzsite Yacht Club. Even though the place was packed and we had to park in the Overflow Lot next door. We share a long inside table with another couple. Within minutes the Waitress had our drinks delivered and our food ordered. In less then Ten Minutes we were being served our food. The food was good but I wouldn’t say great. We’ll try the other establishments again.
Across the street from the Yacht Club.
Nice to see the Sun.
As we were leaving the Sun was trying to break through the Clouds even casting a brilliant lighting effect on some of the Mountain Ranges while we could make out Rain coming down on the others.
Just as we passed these Entrances it happened.
When we learn to drive we are taught to “Drive Defensively” and the person who taught me always said that includes watching your mirrors. Seconds after passing the La Posa North and West Entrances I saw a Car in my driver’s side mirror suddenly speed up to pass the Three Vehicles in front of him. I also saw a Car that was less then Five Hundred Feet heading towards us in the oncoming lane. I hit the Brakes and straddled the shoulder of the Road just like the Oncoming Car did. The Speeding Car just cleared the both of us.
Our Trailer in the middle from a Quarter Mile away.
Even though we had some not to kind words for him it was going to cost him. There was an Arizona Highway Patrol right behind the Oncoming Car that nearly got hit. Talk about throwing gravel in the air when he turned around in pursuit. We turned in La Posa South LTVA and let the Trooper have all the fun.
Since we aren’t getting our Truck back for a few more days we will just have to use what vehicle we have to go places and see things. 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 landscape gardening features cattle skulls.