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Friday, April 21, 2017

It was good

Worth the $6 anyway.  We came back to the park and ate at the picnic table between our rigs.  It would have been better immediately as it would have been hot.  This being NM it was served with the green chilies.

On the way back we drove through the Flying J so I know where the RV pumps are.  It will be my first time getting gas by myself, as I got here on 3/4 of the tank I got earlier when Jim taught me to drive this rig.

Tomorrow is fix the front grill ( I foresee plastic wire ties...) and clean the windshield.  I'm pondering whether to drive straight back or stop somewhere.  It is hot in the valley, but I want to get back to the car.  Getting a tow dolly is higher on the list now having spent the week without transportation.  I may stay the night at the Walmart in Payson, but probably not.

Caveman Burgers

FZ's husband got back and looked up a place to go get some burgers.  It turned out to be a food truck.  The buns look like saucers, and there is an entire salad on top of the meat.  Cars kept driving in while we waited.  I think it will be good.  I'm tired of eating healthy.  The cost was $6.  I'll update once I get it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weird Vegetable Challenge

Before heading over here I went to Ranch Market in Mesa and got a large (for me) selection of vegetables.  What with all the socializing I hadn't cooked any of them.  Today FZ and I decided to cook.  She took a couple of the yams and a large parsnip and I tackled the yellow squash.  We were each cooking something we had never cooked before.  Turns out she doesn't like the sweetness of yams and in Germany where she is from parsnips are eaten raw.  She  cubed and roasted them and did some kind of bassalmic vinigar (can't get close enough to the spelling for spell check to help me) spice simmer to cut the sweetness.  It was good, different taste profile from my usual.  I did my normal coconut oil, onion, garlic and whatever veggie I have goes into the skillet.  I had the sprouts I'd started last week and I had not figured out how to use them, so they went in as well.  Turned out ok.  At least I know I can toss sprouted lentils and small beans into a skillet of stuff and they will cook enough to eat.

Other than laundry I'm not doing anything else other than lounging around.  I haven't had the air-conditioning on since I got here.  Mom said it was supposed to top 100* back in the valley.  I'm due to be back there for a week before I move up to Payson.  We'll see if I make it that long.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cat TV

There is a small tree just off the corner of the rig that has small songbirds flitting around among it's leaves.  Bosley has a new hobby.

Made it

I'm in an RV park in Albuquerque.  I got in around 5:30 yesterday.  Trip went well with almost no issues.  I heard something rattling the last hundred miles but thought it was  the passenger window.  Turns out my grill came loose and was just sitting in the front of the engine compartment.  I think that is the access to the batteries.  Today's project is to check into that.

I met some friends here.  We are going to just chill as we have no car for a few days until FZ's husband gets back from his needed trip, the reason for all this.  Our local friends will be in and out and FZ and I can hopefully help them make the transition into their own 5th wheel as they embark on fulltiming at the end of the month.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Packing up

Everything from the patio and under the rig is packed up.  The tote will come inside to pack inside stuff into and the step stool is needed because I'm too short to put the awning up or down without it.

 Working on the inside now.  I'm thinking  I'll pack most of my dishes away and pad the glasses.  I need to get jugs of filtered water and groceries as I'm not taking the car with me.  Sort of a trial run for boondocking, but with full hookups.  Work with me here.

I bought tire covers yesterday, and both the Good Sam campground directory and Next Exit.  As such I know where the first Cracker Barrel and Pilot gas stations are located, as well as where the Walmarts are.  I'm sticking close to civilization this trip.  It is a process.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bosley approves

While he has been enjoying the passenger chair while it is turned around facing the living room, I'm not counting  on his abilities as navigator.  He tends to hide under the couch when the engine is running and the coach is moving.

We leave on our first road trip on Sunday morning.  I'm driving over to NM to meet some friends.  When I get back it will be time to move back up to Payson to the same park I was in last summer.  I hope to have a few more road trips as the summer goes on.

For now, if you are on I-40 on Sunday, keep an eye out for a rookie Class A driver.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Back to my roots

Or, sprouts.  I'm re-earning my aging hippie card.  I ordered a huge selection of sprouting seeds over a year ago when life was less hectic and I was cooking and making progress on things.  Then this past year happened and I haven't had time to do much more than put on foot in front of the other.  Until last week.  I'm almost afraid to write it out loud, but most crisis situations seem to be favorably resolved.  I'm catching my breath.  And starting sprouts.  Meadow Lark (message board friend) it is your fault.  The sprouts that is.  The rest was me.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Catching up

As Doug pointed out in a comment, the weather has changed.  It is already too hot during the day, in the 90's with a too bright sun beating down.  I hide in the air conditioning in the middle of the day.  Nights are still about perfect, though.

I am sort of moved into the Class A.  The Class C sold.  Now it is just finding a place for everything.  The extra space has filled up quickly.  I also moved everything that was in my Mesa storage units into one storage unit up in Payson.  I've changed my mailing address to Mom's in Payson as well.  All this is to get ready to be more mobile.

Mom came through the exploratory procedure just fine.  She is still weak.  I got her some Ensure on Sunday and helped her get to the laundry room and back.  I'm headed back there again today to register the rig and I'll see if she needs anything.

The park where I lived last summer looks to have a couple of empty spaces.  I may call the manager to see about reserving one for at least a month.  I'm not ready to head out for a summer of working yet, and I think I should stay close right now for Mom.

Cat is happy, I'm getting stuff done, all is good.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Brrrr even in Phoenix

I figured out that the reason my furnace wasn't putting out heat was that I'd turned the propane off instead of on after it was filled.  This is also why the fridge wasn't working and the water heater indicator lights were odd.  Last night I confidently went to bed with the furnace set to come on when it got chilly in the night.  A couple of folks (thanks Sandie) pointed out that the furnace runs from the 12v system so I didn't have to run the generator to have heat.  It was still cold when the alarm went off as the house battery apparently won't last all night for the furnace.  Or something.  Still in the steep part of the learning curve.  I keep telling g myself that it is good to be basically boondocking on a temporary site to learn this stuff.

I got up early because Mom has a procedure at the hospital today and so I need to be in Payson in a few hours.  I need to go turn on the water so I can take a shower now that it is warm in here.  The water connection on this site leaks so I don't turn it on except when I need water.  I was going g to fill the fresh water tank because the original water hose was a disaster but the former owner put a different one on and warned me to not have the wear and tear on my water pump.  Since he is the park manager and has been so helpful as I learn my way around I decided to go with that.  Then the other end started leaking...

I'm getting moved.  Most that was lost has been found.  The cat is settling in, other than when the generator is running and he hides.

I think I just decided to take my shower at Mom's once I get there.  I'm running late waiting for it to be warm enough.  I will stay the night up there as she needs someone there for 24 hours afterwards.

I thought I'd have more leisure time when I wasn't working anymore.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Moving mutter mutter

I keep forgetting how slow I move when I start in to move.  It is taking game 3 or 4 times as long g to get things transferred
From one rig to the other.  

Ms. B, I know my life doesn't make a lot of sense sometimes and his is one of those times.  The trip to Seattle was scheduled in advance of me knowing when the new(er) rig would be available.  As happens for me, everything came together at the same time.  So, the money came in the day before I left on my trip, and I actually paid for it the day after I came back.  I'm feeling really tired right now.

The cat and I slept in the new rig last night.  There is no water or electricity.  I brought a gallon of water to make coffee, and am running the generator.  It was cold in here since I didn't run the generator all night to run the furnace.  This boondocking thing obviously has a learning curve.

I need to do a bunch of stuff today to get legal in this with insurance and plates and stuff.  I need to clear up some things on the other rig and I may have it sold, but probably not.  I need to find my prescription medicines that have taken a hike in all this.  I need a nap.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

It begins

I have put off moving as long as I can.  The actual moving of the new RV to my spot won't happen soon for a few reasons, but I will start moving things into it.  Since I plan to actually drive it to new locations once I'm living in it I should get over this idea that I need to wait until it is not going to move for awhile.  I just need to put things where they will ride without incident.  Right.

I looked at the cat and I formed him that his life is changing, again.  The new(er) RV is in this same park currently, but I think I need to get the car carrier out from storage.  First of many things that I will now have room to keep in the rig where I need it rather than in a storage unit.

So, put my shoes on and take some token load over, then head to the storage unit.  The driver and passenger seats are leather so I need to cover them with blankets for now to keep them safe from the cats claws.  Luckily the dash is plastic so it is (probably) safe.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My new toy

I bought a 1997 34' Class A.  Need to get it emissions checked and the title transferred tomorrow.  Then move in and sell my  current Class C.

Cat is happy I'm home

He curls up on my black coat or my black sweater when he isn't annoying me for attention.  Cat sitter fed him canned food and treats every day I was gone so he is expecting the same from me.

I am off to withdraw the money to buy a new...  Wait.  I'll post pictures when I have bought it.  Maybe later today.  Have to get a move on as Frugal Zony and her DH are going to help me with it tomorrow.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Waiting for the lightrail

It is very early but I was ready to leave the hostel.  It was snowing earlier.  Time to head south.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Yeah, I know

Here I am in Seattle and I hit a Panda Express.  Like I said, I'm a prolitariate.

Made it

Hope I can find the right bus to get back.  I'm going shopping.  Not for anything special, just seems like a good cold dreary day thing.

Bas photo of the prices

I can pay $200/night at a Westin or Sheraton, or these prices and hang out with a young international crowd.  I didn't really interact much with the other folks here, but the younger energy is definitely a factor.  Sometimes that was good, sometimes I have been really happy I am no longer get 25.

One of the easy chairs

Not the one I was in earlier, but one that is currently unoccupied.  The leather(?) Is very worn on all of them but they are comfortable.

Common area

Bikes and tables and game table.  There is free wifi and a few computers available.


Grab what you need, rinse it off and put in the dishwasher tray on the sink when you are finished.


Here are some pictures of the common areas of the hostel.  I can post a single picture via email from my phone, which is why I do this so much.  If I waited to actually compare these into one post it probably wouldn't happen.

There is coffee, orange sections, halved bananas, instant oatmeal, cereal and milk and toast with butter, peanut butter or jam.  I just remembered that juice is also available in the kitchen.

Drinking coffee at the hostel

This is the view out the window next to the easy chair I'm sitting in.  As I've said the free morning coffee and breakfast and the location make up for the other hostel issues.  It is also neat that the table of folks next to me eating breakfast are speaking German.

The view shows it to be wet outside, and although I haven't checked yet I'm sure it is chilly.  This is my day to do stuff alone as the other travelers are headed home.  My legs have been walked off trying to keep up with a group that was from 40 to 15 years younger than I am.  That latter fact has been so very good for me.  I was accepted even with my whining.  The shifted frame if reference highlights that I need to not cancel my gym membership but rather start using it.  And start getting out and hiking.  And living.

My phone died yesterday right after the statue picture as I didn't charge it the night before.  I'll be heading out with a fully charged phone today.  After breakfast.  Assuming it isn't too wet and cold.  Probably.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sculpture Park

All I think of is how cold he looks.  I may be a bit of a proletariat.


Shot on my Motorola whatever

Different Starbucks, different view.

I have not bought much other than a random coffee or forgotten toiletries.  I am running around with other people a lot of the time but some are shy about being identified so few pictures of them.  I am ready for things to slow down a bit.

Today's random scenes

I can post a picture at a time quickly.  Lots of individual posts from this city of rain.

Seattle outside Whole Foods

More Seattle streets

Seattle store

They have on in Vegas as well, and I have pictures of the sewing  machines in their window as well.

Seattle street scene

Ransome street scene Seattle begin

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Still Here

I have had a few low energy days since I got back from Bloggerfest.  I did not take any pictures this year, so I waited until Croft sent me his.  He is still having issues with Open Live Writer, so I’m going to test posting a picture from my computer.  One of me, of course.


I think what I did to fix the issue of not being able to post pictures was that I uninstalled and reinstalled the Open Live Writer.

I applied for Social Security last night online.  Now I wait to see how the new world way of doing things works.  I also started doing my taxes online this morning.  On a related note, I now have a hotspot in my RV so I can get online in the comfort of home.

I dropped my smartphone onto the asphalt while taking things into Mom’s this week.  I now have a new phone.  I’m working on getting it all set up.  These things take time.  Just stuff going on, and I’ll try to get out and try the new camera in this new phone to make some hopefully more interesting posts in the next few days.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

On my way to Bloggerfest

The Girl Scouts got me when I stopped for gas and another cup of coffee. I swear there is something in those cookies that is addicting. I've been an easy touch ever since I sold them when I was in 2nd grade. And that was at least a few years ago.

Onward to the Q!

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Friday, January 27, 2017


From Lorne and Sue’s blog:

Todays blog is going to provide a nudge to everyone concerning BLOGGER FEST 2017.  Remember it is this Saturday from 1 to 5 at the Pavilion at South La Posa.  If you get to the gate we will have it marked from there on.  The GPS coordinates are 33.62478   114.2115.  You don't have to write a blog to come.  Even if you just read blogs of the RVers, come down and meet them in person.  There is such a wide variety of people doing blogs and they all will share their time with you.  Can I ask any of you bloggers out there to post the following on their blogs to let everyone know it is happening.  Thank you and see you there.


I’ll be there early.  I have the previous signs in the trunk of my car.  Hope to see EVERYONE there!

Monday, January 23, 2017

More solar cooking plans

I posted a fuzzy picture from a seminar at RTR about a home made solar cooker.  One of the presenters later posted a link to a large number of different DIY solar cooker plans.

solar cooker instructions

If you go to Main Page it gives a lot of information on the state of solar cooking as it is now.  The previous link is an archive link.  I had the question of ‘but does it work?’ and the answer is YES.  The simple one I took the picture of was up to around 200* in the time it took to make her talk.  An enclosed oven style (made from a box) will get to 300*, and a commercial built one will get higher. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017


It has been chilly here. My electric radiator heater died last night. I ran to Walmart and got this little ceramic heater with a fan to send the heat out. My cold feet approve. I may get a new radiator as it is a safer option, and probably cheaper on electricity. For now I'm enjoying my new best friend.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Home made solar oven

One of the seminars at the RTR. Two turkey roasting bags, something black that is not flammable to set it on, a rack to hold it up a bit from the black stuff for air flow, and a windshield sun shade. Even I can make that.

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Early morning RTR

I'm at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in Quartzsite. The morning session hasn't started yet. I got up at 4am to drive over here to meet some of the folks I've followed from Bob Wells blog on van living. I met one of them so far. The day is young yet.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Don't forget Bloggerfest

Just a quick reminder about bloggerfest on January 28th. I'm hoping lots of us who have blogs will show up to talk face to face and become or renew friendships in what some call 'real life' . The couple hosting it blog at and they will hopefully post the location outside of Quartzsite once they know it.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Sandie and Jim invited me to join them and our friend Paul for a ride up to Superior to get hamburgers at Porters Cafe. I agreed with them that the burgers are worth the 50 mile drive each way. Don't be in a hurry when you walk in, the place is local and the food is fresh cooked. If a group of motorcyclists is already there in the outdoor courtyard the 2 cooks will be busy. It is worth waiting for, though.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Rest in Peace, Rod

I lost someone I considered a good friend yesterday.  Rod Ivers lost his battle with cancer.  He is hopefully back with his wife, Loyce.  May they both rest in peace now.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Got my Golden Buzzard pass

I stopped by Montezuma Castle and bought my lifetime senior pass to National Parks. We affectionately refer to it as the Golden Buzzard pass, which is how I asked for it. The ranger knew what I wanted. He reminded me that it goes up to $80 at some future date not yet specified. I actually bought 2 and I will put one away as if I lose the card I would have to buy another one at the new full price. The monument was as crowded as I've ever seen it. Lots of tourists out on a cloudy chilly New Years day.

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