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Friday, June 22, 2018

It was a.good trip

As a shakedown trip it went very well. The North Rim is beautiful but very different than the South Rim. The Canyon is pretty much the same, but the infrastructure is different. I only spent one night in the area, so that may be part of my opinion. I do like that dispersed (read free) camping is available closer to the Park. I also like that due to the higher elevation there are trees around the outside of the park which makes the camping much more enjoyable. I'll go back at some point.

The car works well for camping. I can sleep in it just fine. I do need to tweak a few things, but they are minor. All things considered, I hope to do more traveling in the car now.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Another city park

I am again killing time between shuttles. I'm at another of the city parks here. A frustration with this job, if you call it that, is that I don't feel like I can walk around the lake now as I need to head out for the next appointment soon.

Weather has been nice up here. Sweatshirt temps in the mornings, but I run the air conditioning for a few hours in the afternoon. It is still dry as there has been no rain.

My Uncle is back home from the hospital. I fly back to Missouri for a couple of days next week to see him. Told him he needs to get stronger so we can go out dancing while there. Part of the joke is he doesn't dance, ever.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Some things don't change.

I'm sitting parked in the shade in one of the town parks. I have dropped off one ride and I'm waiting to pick up the next appointment. That raised area with a fence is the town swimming pool. I can hear the music playing and it is pretty much the stuff we listened to at our town pool in the summers growing up. I've even heard YMCA. They still play that some places, apparently. I just heard some mumbled talking, so it seems to be a local radio station. Given the average age in this town, I guess they know their audience.

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

New places

My part time shuttle job, if you can call it that, has me learning about new spots. Typically I'm seeing parts of town I had no idea existed. This past week a guy who was camping out in the forests came in to town for supplies and his truck threw a rod. He called for a shuttle back to his campsite and Jerry had me do the run. I ended up finding out about a while new area of cping spots that is right on the rim. I probably won't take the motorhome up there but I may run up and camp overnight sometime to get out of town. Living in the trees now makes that not as important, but I want to get a car camping setup that I'm comfortable with for future trips back East.

So far I've talked myself down from the addi knitting needles. I found a set the right size and length (100 cm) to finish the shawl in my sets of bamboo needles. For some reason I had given up on the bamboo sets and gone back to the metal ones, but for now it is working ok. I'm 2 skeins of yarn in out of 5, so it won't be finished for awhile. This project is to relax between the baby caps.

I will do laundry today and start packing and getting sorted for my quick trip back to Missouri to see my Uncle. He is back in the hospital again as they try to get his medicines sorted out. I fly out on the 12th. I had told him I'd come out every couple of months to see him.

I'm settled into my summer.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Work In Progress Wednesday

This odd picture is the shawl, or whatever it ends up being when I run out of yarn, that is frustrating me right now. I really like the yarn and colors. I decided on size 11 needles and garter stitch to give it a lighter weight and drape. That part is working. It is much wider than it will be long before I run out of the thrift store skeins. I think I got 5 and am 1.5 in currently.

The frustration is that the needle I was using is an interchangeable set that I have had for years. The set has been showing it's age and I've had my eye on a really nice set on Amazon. In the past 2 days I managed to break 2 of the connecting cables. There were dropped stitches each time, and a scurrying to get the stitches on to a smaller needle to use as a stitch holder. I don't know if in my collection of circular needles I have any long enough in a size 11. If I do, they are in the storage unit.

Excuse me while I head to town to the storage unit before it gets dark. Then I will sit down and pull out the credit card and buy the new shiny set of addi needles I really want. That is if they come up as far as a size 11.

Thrift store yarn is not always as inexpensive as it seems at first...

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Changes

I found a nice out of the way park on the edge of Payson to move the motor home and set up with full hookups.  There are also trees for shade. I feel more at home here than I have any place else for the past few years.  For now that means that I am going to get my patio chairs out of the storage unit and put them on the patio.  That feels settled for me.

I had a nightmare this morning.  It was time to get up, but I almost involuntarily fell back asleep.  The content of the nightmare isn’t too important, but it tells me that I have some parts of myself to confront.  I want to get out more and do more and tie up loose ends.  It is hazy in my mind the details, but I know there are a few areas I need to pay attention to.  My body is one of them, my mind another.  Diet and exercise and maybe some more supplements so I don’t hurt as much.  Learning and  off-loading some stuff that doesn’t serve me anymore are on the agenda.

I’m out in the country-ish, and saw elk bedding down for the night as I drove home in the early evening this week.  The area is good for walking.  I have time.  It is time to change gears in many ways.

Part of seeing so many elk even in town is that it is extremely dry.  The forest roads and campgrounds are closed, and more will be closed as we go along until there is a substantial amount of rain.  Driving back from Mesa yesterday I saw that the northbound side of 87 at the brake check area at Mt Ord had burned recently.  More and more spots are turning to ash as the small (and larger!) wildfires start burning.  No one is even supposed to smoke cigarettes or pipes or anything outside of a building or vehicle.  Of course out of towners think the rules don’t apply to them, so we have the burnt areas that are increasing.  Last year it was the end of July before the monsoon rains arrived.

Part of my changes are to attempt to do stuff that I can blog about.  Maybe I’ll post a bit more often.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Yeah, I’m still alive

I started a part time job this week driving for a local shuttle.  He calls, I go pick someone up and take them where they are going, usually go pick them up again after awhile.  I couldn’t live off this if I had to, but it keeps me out of trouble.  I’m probably saving more by not spending because I’m bored than I am making in money.  It is almost a service for folks here as there is little or no public transportation here.  Just a couple of these small shuttle services.

I had new tires put on the motor home, so some things are progressing.  I’m still putting things back in place from moving the motor home to get tires.  If I was moving around more I’d have to come up with a better plan for things to not move around while traveling.  Right now I just dismantle the table and move the computers someplace safe.  I’d do built-ins if I had to do this every day.

Trips away are on hold while I take advantage of making some small amount of money.  Mom is doing well.  We have our evacuation plan in place where she drives to the motor home and I drive it while she follows me driving her car in whatever direction we are told to go.  This is important as just this morning I heard bunches of fire trucks headed up the Rim.  It is wildfire season from now until the monsoons come.  I hope those rains do show up.  We didn’t get the winter or spring rains and it is very dry.  This is another reason for not leaving the area right now.  Mom can drive and follow me while I drive the motor home but she doesn’t want to drive outside of town by herself.

Summer up in the pines.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Where was I…

I have no scheduled commitments for the next few weeks.  I have offers out to help folks, but so far haven’t heard if I’m needed.  I have the most pressing maintenance and cleaning done on the RV.  Other than thinking about the next trip out to see my Uncle in MO and other trips I want to take this summer, I’m free to do what I want.  I’m trying to remember what that was.

There is more maintenance on the RV that chould be done (when is there not?)  I need to totally replace the windshield washers, and price and schedule replacing the tires as well as the batteries.  I haven’t replaced the GFI outlet yet as everything works when I parked and plugged in to shore power.  I bought a kit to fix the rock chip in the lower windshield.  In other words I have stuff to do if I just do it.

There is also some hikes I meant to do last year that I could do before it gets hot here.  I have my inflatable kayak that could float in some of the National Forest lakes around here. 

There is the ever present desire to go through the stuff in the storage unit and pare it down.  So far more has been going back into storage than out of it as I clear out the motorhome and clean and organize it.  I could get back to all that.

Ok, guess I have my list of what I was planning to get done this summer.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

MIA

I haven’t meant to be quiet for so long.  It just kinda happened.  We had a good trip back to MO.  The Uncle I went back to see is doing well.  The husbands of 2 of Mom’s 1st cousins died during the time we were traveling.  Well, one died right before we left, and we went to his funeral while we were there.  The other died in his sleep the first night we were there.  We couldn’t stay for his funeral.  We ended up seeing most of the remaining family at the funeral.  Mom got most of the things she wanted to do done.  I was mostly along for the ride.  I will probably fly out a few times this summer to spend more time with my Uncle.  Between Southwest points and free nights at the Harrah’s in Kansas City I can do it low budget.

The day we flew back in to Phoenix I drove the motorhome up to Payson.  I’m boondocked at the Lodge, waiting for my spot in the park to be empty.  The GFI in the bathroom that controls the outlets in the front of the motorhome keeps tripping when I run the generator and try to have anything on.  I have the coffeemaker in the bedroom as the outlets there work.  I’ll replace the GFI outlet and see if that fixes it.

I’m in one of those phases that a lot of little things aren’t flowing very well, just enough to keep me annoyed.  I’m trying to chill. 

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Why am I so busy again?

I keep thinking that I don’t have much to do until we leave for MO in 3 weeks.  However, when I was thinking about getting out of bed this morning I realized that this was the first Thursday in the month, so we have a meeting tonight up in Payson.  Which means I need to load the car up with the first haul of stuff I want to put into storage to get this place ready to clean.

I also need to officially let the manager know that I will leave at the end of the month.  I already told her, but we decided I’d do it officially on the first.  That is today…

I’m working on baby hats again.  I finished one for Turtle Lady’s new-to-be grandbaby, but I’m not happy with it.  Working on a second, and I’ll probably reknit part of the other one.  Then I’ll start again on the preemie hats to donate to the Elks’ project.

Ok, up and at ‘em.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nope, didn’t go

Since the main draw of going to Lake Havasu is kayaking in the lake for me, I decided to put the trip off until it warms up again.  I also had forgotten when I made the original plan that I have to be at the Lodge on Friday night.  The schedule got a bit to crowded.  If it warms up even a little next week I’ll go then.  In the meantime, I will get out around here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Trip!

It hit me a day or so ago that I have no (well, few) obligations right now.  There are no disasters happening currently.  I am way too wound up over a trip I have completely planned for near the end of next month.  When I started pondering starting to pack for that trip 6 weeks out, I immediately decided that I need a shorter trip to keep me occupied.

In a discussion with friends earlier Lake Havasu came up, and I decided that was a good place to head for a night.  Take the kayak, camp or sleep in the car.  It is the stuff I’ve been saying I’m looking forward to when I have time.  Well, right now I’ve got a lot of time.

I then looked at the weather.  What happened to our sunny 70-80 degree days?  And nights in the 30’s???  I will have the kayak with me, but I’m not sure it will get in the water.  I have 2 down sleeping bags, and a down under quilt for the hammock if I decide to use the hammock and stand.  I have thousands of dollars of camping gear that I have not used in maybe 10 years. 

All of that gear is up in Payson in my storage shed.  I’m heading up there today to get it.  Soon.  After I finish a second cup of coffee and have some breakfast, and load up some stuff to put into storage, and…  This is why my body hurts when I move.  I’m putting off getting out and doing things.  I need to just get up off my redacted and get going.  If not now, when?  I’m running out of time.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I read, therefore I am (an adult?)

I feel like I read a lot.  Most of it the past 15 or more years has been on a computer screen, but the idea is the same.  I think.  I have a friend who doesn’t think it counts if it isn’t a ‘real’ hold it in your hands book.  I am under-educated by his calculation, as I don’t read BOOKS.

Mom reads books.  A lot of them.  She mostly finds them at thrift stores or free ‘take one, leave one’ exchanges.  She mostly like biographies.  She has sent a couple home with me, but I can’t get past the first chapter.  Just not interesting.  She found one, ‘Accordion Man’ by Myron Floren.  He was the smiling accordion player on the Lawrence Welk Show.  I sat down this morning and read it in about 2 hours.  So, I am still a fast reader.  It was light reading, but I enjoyed it.  If you didn’t grow up watching Lawrence Welk it might not be nearly as interesting.

At any rate, I still have ‘it’, when I’m at an age where I’ll take any and all ‘its’ that I can claim.  I am a reader.  I just choose to mostly do my reading on a computer.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It’s raining. Sort of.

Night before last I was awake for a few minutes just in time to hear rain on the roof.  I think it had quit by the time I fell back asleep.  Then today after I had been out running around I’m sitting here at the computer and I heard rain!  Only for about 5 minutes.  It is cloudy outside, heavy rain type clouds, but that doesn’t usually translate into actual rain here.  It is just enough to splash dust up on my car and make it speckled.

My running around included actually going to the gym and walking.  I don’t have a place to walk here in this RV park, and so I haven’t been getting much exercise.  This is a step(!) in the right direction at least.

I have a bit more than a month to clean and clear out the motorhome.  I want it basically empty of anything I’m not actually using so I can clean it well.  I’m tired of so much stuff just sitting around.  Mom and I are flying back to MO later in March to see my Uncle who has just found out about health issues.  Then I move to Payson.  Then a friend of Mom’s is flying out for a visit with her.  So, this is the calm before the storm.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Laundry day

It has been awhile since I've done laundry. One of the conveniences I gave up by moving to the less expensive RV park is the on-site laundry room. I found this Laundromat last time I did laundry. No more searching for quarters, this place uses a refillable card. Seems to be a busy place, but I found room. There is a pizza place on one side, and ice cream for sale on the other. I am still compliant on my Whole 30 diet, so I can't I dulge this trip.

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Maiden Voyage

Yesterday I went kayaking in my inflatable kayak for the first time. I met a new friend from RTR at Canyon Lake around 10am. He has a hard sided kayak, and is more experienced than I am. I made a lot of beginner, in a hurry not checking details type of mistakes, but even with that I enjoyed it. There weren't a lot of people around, probably because the road out there is in really bad shape due to road construction. Once we got back in the cove, though, there were several folks in kayaks paddling about. After about 2 hours I could tell my arms were going to just get weaker, so we headed in. I was also sitting in water for a couple of reasons to do with seat placement and forgetting to put the rings on the paddles to stop water from running down the shaft into the boat while paddling. It was a really nice day, not much wind and mostly sunny with just enough cloud cover to keep the sun from being too bright. As we bobbed along slowly, leaned back using the front of the kayaks to rest our feet in the sun, we wondered why anyone lives anywhere else. Happy Groundhog Day.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

List of Bloggerfest Attendees

Quick is no where in my lifestyle.  I am just now getting organized to post the list of the folks who attended Bloggerfest.

George & Susie Yates    Our Awesome Travels

Red & Kay Smith   Blog readers from East Texas

Paula/Shadowmoss   In the Shadows

Steve & Jane   RollingFromWasaga.wordpress.com

Gaelyn/Geogypsy    GeogypsyTraveler.com

Rick & Kathy   It’s About Time

Tome & Deb  Celebrating the Dance

Bob & Stacie  Maxx Trails

Dave & Cheryl  Our View From Here

Pat & Bill  Chilling With Patsy & On Our Way

Shirley & Ken  Seeing America With Ken & Shirley

Doug Laning  & Yuma   MissAdventure Travels


It would be nice if I had managed to provide links to everyone’s blog, but that would have put this post off another week they way I’m going.

I started the Whole 30 food elimination diet yesterday.  I have succeeded for a whole day so far.  I am not doing it to lose weight, but to see if I have a reaction to any foods I tend to grab to eat.  This will hopefully force me to actually buy real food and cook. 

I ran up to Payson yesterday to get my inflatable kayak out of the storage unit and visit with Mom.  A friend I met at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous is also staying in this area and invited me to go kayaking this week.  I did get hungry while up there.  Nothing Mom had to offer was on my diet.  I went to Walmart and as I walked out with my small bag of carrots I did whimper a bit walking by the table staffed with Girl Scouts selling their cookies.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Location Added

The last post ended up ugly since I copied it from Live Writer rather than retype it.  At any rate, here is a new banner for BLOGGERFEST!!!



Turtle Lady goes home, and BLOGGERFEST IS COMING

(I couldn't post this from Live Writer, so I'm trying posting via email.

This morning I took Turtle Lady to the airport.  Her flight was 45 minutes late leaving, but she is winging her way home as I type.  The time flew by.  She brought a book to read while here, I had my knitting.  Neither one saw any attention at all while she was here.  Rubber Tramp Rendezvous was fun, even though everything I touched seemed to break, starting a few days before Turtle Lady even got here.  We are already making lists of things needed for next year.

BLOGGERFEST!!!


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It is this coming Saturday at the Ramada inside the La Posa South LTVA that is a couple of miles south of Quartzsite on 95.  I will be there a bit early.  My plan is to get to Quartzsite around 10am and run around the Big Tent as it is the last day for it.  Then I'll go out to La Posa South to the Ramada or shelter house as I usually call them.  There should be a sign at the turnoff to the Ramada once you are in the LTVA.  I left the signs in capable hands to be set out.  Smile

Bosley and I may sleep until then.  It has been a whirlwind of activity for the past couple of weeks.



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Monday, January 22, 2018

Jim Dixon to the rescue again.

When we got back to shore power today the outlets still didn't work. The microwave light still did. The 12V was working, at least for the time being. No electricity from the wall outlets, even on the shore power. So, I did what I usually do when I'm out of ideas. I called Jim Dixon. After some troubleshooting over the phone he mentioned the GFI switch in the bathroom. It was indeed tripped. Reset that, and all was good in my world. Jim strikes again.

In a few days I'll work on the rest of it, but it seems that most of my generator issues may be resolved. Not sure about the coach battery.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Added to the list

Several things have broken this trip. My solar panels blew over. Luckily only one ended up with broken glass. It turns out that my generator is putting out 110V, but most of the sockets aren't. The microwave does work on generator, but it doesn't sound healthy so I'll wait until I'm back on shore power to check it out more. The display never worked so I didn't realize it works until I opened the door while someone was helping troubleshoot the generator.

I have a long list of stuff to cruise YouTube for directions on how to fix. Door latches, generator, furnace fan that wouldn't shut off last night and is also losing a bearing from the sounds of it. And maybe the coach battery as it got run down to almost nothing last night. Which is why I was in a hurry to set the solar panels back up this morning...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Charged up finally

I have been not posting from here in Quartzsite because not only have I been non stop busy, but I've had issues with keeping my phone charged and connectivity in general. My AT&T Mobley hotspot quit working. Luckily it is the aftermarket power supply that died. It is done for until I get back to civilization. My other hotspot works, but the tower is jammed so access is slow.

Around Thanksgiving Home Depot had a sale on solar panels and I bought a couple of 100W panels. Once I got here I got the rest of the parts and I now have a way to charge my coach batteries as well as using the two USB ports on the charge controller. Just in time as for some reason my generator no longer gives me 120V electricity when it runs. I'm guessing it also is not charging the batteries. A friend checked it out as best he could, but I see a trip to a shop once I'm back.

Turtle Lady and I (mostly her) gave a talk on hammocks yesterday. It was well received. I am now totally spent from everything. I'm seeing a trip to town for a shower and to cruise the flea markets.

I went to K&B Tools to get some things to pit the solar stuff together. I was told they are no longer in the tool business (?) And are moving to being a RV supply place. Parking is already difficult in that area.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Food storage.

I came in the motorhome yesterday and Turtle Lady had found a solution to storing the fruit. Normally a mirror hangs there but I take it down when I move.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Catching up

I was basically sick for a couple of weeks. Not horribly sick like a lot of people, for which I'm grateful. Just sick enough that I sat on the couch with Bosley and didn't go out unless I had to.

Turtle Lady flew in on Monday to go to the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous with me. We had planned to drive to Quartzsite on Tuesday, but the storms were forecast to move through, and we had shopping for groceries to do. I made the command decision to put the move off to Wednesday. We had great fun hitting Costco, Ranch Market, the 99 cent store, and Walmart. I have more food in my fridge, shelves, car, tied to the roofs (ok, maybe not that far) than any other time. At least since the last time she and I went shopping together.

Wednesday morning we headed out with Turtle Lady driving my Mazda and me driving the motorhome. We stopped at the Chevron station to gas up, get propane and air up the tires on the RV. It took awhile as I had to move the RV around for each step. Finally I started to drive out and saw Turtle Lady running after me yelling that the Mazda wouldn't start. Que a detour to buy a new battery.

We did get here and friends had found a great place to set up where we can run the generators in the morning for a half hour or so.

Tomorrow we head back to Payson in the Mazda to overnight at Mom's. My friend will take care of Bosley, making sure he is fed and his ears scratched so he doesn't feel abandoned.

And so another day winds down here in the desert.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Made it

I'll give more of an update tomorrow.

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Headed to Quartzsite, sort of.

The motorhome is gassed up, propane topped up, tires aired up. Then the Mazda wouldn't start. Once we have the new battery in, hopefully we will get on the road.

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