Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Bosley is happy being back where it is warm(er). He naps in the windshield area again. He seems content enough living his life in the motorhome. I wish he was more able to tolerate a harness so I could take him outside. He laid forlornly on the floor and didn't move for almost 12 hrs. last time I put a harness on him.
My immediate goals for now are to continue to comb through my possessions and winnow them down. Also I am still trying to get into cooking for myself, healthy if possible, foods that are less carbohydrate filled. It is not easy for me. I hope to cut up a potato and put it in the air fryer to see how 'roasted' veggies might work. If that works, next up will be a sweet potato. Along with it I'll have a pork chop. I'm getting good at pork chops in my small skillet, and for breakfast bacon and eggs in the same skillet. I do know 'how' to cook. Finding things I 'will' cook is the problem.
I went on Medicare today, December 1. I turn 65 later this month. I have Medigap Plan G insurance as well as Plan D prescription. I will contact Mayo soon to make appointments I've put off while I was on insurance they didn't recognize. I made it through the year and a half between COBRA insurance and Medicare using the Affordable Care Act subsidized insurance, but I didn't want to fall into the abyss of finding doctors and networked care unless something major happened. Mexico for my one prescription and ignore the small aches and pains. In January I will find out if that was a good long term plan or not
Friday, November 08, 2019
Friday, November 01, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Once I got up to I40 I pretty much just drove on to the Route 66 Casino. The loop that Sandie had suggested started with the Wolf Sanctuary but it was closed on Mondays so I postponed the entire loop. Later I tried to do a blog post but the size of the pictures stopped that again. I didn't want to pull out the computer and hot spot in the parking lot of the casino, so my intention was to find a New Mexico State Park with showers and cell signal for the second night. That first night I slept in the car in the casino parking lot. I've done this before and I have so far never had an issue. I just plan such that I enter the car after dark, and leave before daylight.
Around daybreak the next morning I left the casino and went to the Flying J gas station on the east side of town. I get a discount on Pilot and Flying J gas, so I try to stop there if there is a station any place on my trip. They usually have decent coffee as well. While there I was trying to figure out where I wanted to go next. I decided to follow the Turquoise Trail as I've wondered for years what the signs were talking about. It is a state highway that runs from Albuquerque to Sanata Fe. I stopped at the ranger station on the south end of the route and had a nice conversation with the ranger there. She made some suggestions on places to stop, including a thrift store that sounded interesting.
The thrift store was not interesting to me at all, it turned out. I am a thrift store junkie, but this one didn't cut it. In fact, nothing on the route seemed very interesting to me. Madrid, a usual highlight(?) of quirky art shops and restaurants just seemed like a crowded, junky town. Nothing seemed to tick any boxes with me on the entire drive up to Santa Fe via this Trail. I found a Taco Bell once into Santa Fe and felt a bit better after eating.
Next box to tick was to find a place to camp for the night. I chose Hyde Memorial State Park as it is just outside of Santa Fe. The reviews were outstanding. Google Maps took me through downtown Santa Fe to get there. I would not want to take an RV on that route. I later found no good direct route that did not include narrow busy streets on the way to go in or out of the park. The park is in the middle of Santa Fe National Forest, which makes it a great get away for the town folks. For me, it didn't work well as there was zero cell signal and no showers, or any water that I saw. The vault toilet was clean, and the site was nice, but I was in a grumpy mood so just crawled into the car and slept for many hours.
The next morning I decided to head up to Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. In Los Alamos I enjoyed a tour through the Bradbury Science Museum, but there isn't much that I could find in the town otherwise. tI looked like a cool place to live, but not any touristy places. I had been to Bandelier about 10 years ago. My Golden Geezer pass came into play again, so it was free for me to enter. I got over heated in the sun on the walkway, so headed back. It is a cool place that has cliff dwellings that people can actually go up ladders to visit inside. I did a lot more of that 10 years ago. Here is a picture that you have to zoom in to see the people.
I decided I was too grumpy and tired to do any more site seeing. I headed for home. I'm concerned that I am becoming too jaded to enjoy running around like this. I live in an area that folks come from far away and spend big bucks to have a weekend to enjoy. Amazing scenery is part of my daily life. I even have a herd of elk that I am almost on a first name basis with here around the small RV park where I live. What other folks find exceptional doesn't look any different to me that what I see out my window.
I am starting to wonder if I need to see a doctor again. I go on Medicare in December so I will get everything checked out. I think this jaded/hazy mood can be a sign my thyroid medicine needs to be adjusted. I truly hope I'm not this old and grumpy permanently.
On a related note, I leave Wednesday morning for a week in Moab, again sleeping in the car. This will be a meetup of on-line friends from a forum I hang out on. I was asking myself a lot of deep questions when I got home (in between naps...). I decided that the reason I hang with these folks, and the reason I need to push myself off the couch and go, is that I need to hang with folks so many years younger than I am to keep from being that grumpy old person. The forum keeps me a bit in the loop of what 30-50 yo folks are doing and reading and thinking about. I'm hoping I can absorb some of their energy that seems to have left my life currently. I won't try to keep up on hikes, and may just hang at the campground or go off by myself . Last year I put my back out after a short hike in Arches National Park. I will most likely put it out again this year. I'm hoping I can hang for most of the week anyway.
Wow, this got long. Hopefully I'll post more often so it isn't such a wall of text. I do need to figure out a way to do the posts with pictures from my phone again. I'll have to find a smaller resolution to use. Testing will commence in a beautiful area of the world at least.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
I left last Monday. Unfortunately the Wolf Sanctuary is closed on Mondays. Ok, I'll stop there on the way home. I took the long way towards Albuquerque, heading on the back State Highways to check out a couple of free campgrounds I found on Freecampsites.net on the way. First up was going back to the Fish and Wildlife campground at Concho Lake. I decided to go through Snowflake rather than Show Low as it looked like it was a more direct route. It was, right up until the sign said that that State Highway 277 ended. Turned out, after a McDonalds stop to confer with Sandie via text and much staring at Google Maps, that a road does indeed head on out, it just isn't 277. Snowflake is larger that I thought, so it was a detour that showed me new things. The campground at Concho Lake is ok for smaller rigs, as in vans or tents. The lake is almost not a lake anymore. The boat ramp ends in weeds, far from the receding water line. No pictures as I couldn't figure out how to take one that wasn't a bit depressing given the state of the lake.
On to Petrified Forest. I stopped at the museum/gift shop/campground located before the actual entrance to the park.
The campground looked fine for larger rigs. The reviews at Freecampsites.net mention NOT to try to camp if you aren't self contained. The on-site manager gets almost psycho on folks who think they might just car camp. Electricity is available for an extra charge, again according to the reviews.
Also mentioned are the several cars parked outside that all have flat tires. Apparently it is to make the place look popular. Until the condition of the vehicle is noticed it works.
On to the actual park. I got in free with my Golden Geezer pass. As I was walking the loop behind the south Visitor Center I noticed a very large dark cloud in the distance. The workers were packing their tools and leaving. I, of course, decided that there were probably some dramatic pictures to be had from the higher points ahead on the trail.
About this point I made some realizations. Not about safety. I realized that I am not an exceptional photographer. I also realized that there are many, many bloggers who have given wonderful trip reports with pictures that eclipse anything I choose to do about anywhere I might visit. So, no iconic pictures from this, or probably most other, parks or public gatherings places. I also realized that with the approaching rain this would not be an in depth visit, but I live close enough to come back pretty much anytime I want. With that, I got back in the car (after buying a nice top in the gift shop...) and drove through the rain to the other end.
This picture shows the storm back in the middle of the park that I drove through. It also shows that not a lot of folks were visiting that day.
I need to get moving today, so I'll do the short version of the rest of the trip tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
While I was down there I stopped in and visited with Jim and Sandie Dixon. Jim is looking almost back to normal, although he is too skinny. He is talking about going fishing again now, once it cools down, so he is almost back to his old self. He is amazing. Sandie is not called the group's Social Director for nothing. While talking about how I want to get out and see some of the things there are to see in the Phoenix area this winter, she started asking where I want to go. The upshot is that she is now tasked with figuring out the logistics for her and I (and Jim if he wants to join us) to tour around Phoenix and surrounding towns. My small red car is easier to get into places and park than Jim's big truck so after November 1 when I move back down there it is all systems Go!
I have been waffling on what I want to do for a trip during the rest of September and October. I have a trip to Moab scheduled with an expensive (relative to my usual mode) campground reservation for me and the car the last week of September. I also want to get back to the area around Albuquerque and Santa Fe that I drove through this summer on my trip. Sandie has the first couple of days of my trip East penciled out. My job is to get my act together and get on the road and learn to travel slowly and stop and see the areas I'm traveling through. I was going to cancel the Moab trip. It will be a lot to do to do both. At any rate, my current to-do list is to be ready to head somewhere by Monday. Laundry and packing the car are the main items. My neighbor will take care of Bosley (he like Bosley more than he likes me which works for me...). I'll also clean the place since someone other than Bosley and I will be here.
The sorting and getting rid of stuff continues. I took a load of EMPTY storage totes up to Mike this week. The small storage unit is mostly filled with these empty totes. I plan to be out of the small unit by the time I leave for the Valley. I have an on-going box of stuff to donate, and I am even trashing some things. One of the (sob!) things today is a couple of 8" floppy disks that are Digital Research CP/M x86 disks. I think they might be worth something. To someone. But I don't want to take the time to research. I may donate them, actually, now that I ponder it. Maybe someone will buy them. Earlier this week several disks of various types of media with Windows 95, 98, Office 2000, and a lot of Dell computer setup disks hit the trash. I used to be a Dell service tech, so a lot of work disks also were trashed. Progress?
I made a comment to someone on an online forum I read, forgetting that the link to this blog is in my signature line. He responded that he had spent time reading the blog. I always find my heart stops for a split second when my worlds collide like that. It had me going back yet again to read some of my past entries. It also had me re-reading some comments. The folks who have commented here are greatly appreciated and I'm amazed at some who seem to stick with me even when I am (usually) boring.
Sandie Dixon is going to 'help' me work through a project to go to National Monuments and take photos and make blog posts. I may have some interesting things to blog about. I'm sure she will keep me 'encouraged' so I don't get too bored in the next year.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
I tried to post this from my email as I usually do. It was returned as mailbox full. I will have to see what is going on with my blogger account. Now I am scrambling for an editor as many of you have done. Is Live Writer working again?
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Phyllis was referred to in this blog as Favorite Neighbor. I try not to 'out' people who don't blog as they may not want to be known online. This picture was from when I visited her at the rehab center where she was staying when I was up in MN in May.
Phyllis passed last week. She was, I believe, 93. During our visit she patted me and told me "You are still ours, you still belong to us." Back when we both lived in Mesa, her as a snowbird, she always treated me as family. Her son and daughter in law have followed suit, and included Mom once she moved into the same park. On Tuesday I will again drive up to MN to attend her memorial service. Mom is sending cookies to add to the meal served after the service. I've been informed I will be sitting with the family. I will be saying goodby to a good friend.
Rod Ivers, who we lost a few years ago, used to really enjoy taking Phyllis and I out for dinner when the two of them were living down here in AZ as snowbirds. I still miss him and I miss the fun of trying different restaurants with him and Phyllis. I remember he specifically bought a small step stool to help Phyllis, who was shorter than I even, climb into his 4 door Jeep Wrangler. It is the simple things like that I miss.
In a twist of fate, Phyllis' memorial service is the same day as Norma Randle's Celebration of Life up in Canada. I will be thinking of all of them, as Croft and Norma used to park right behind Phyllis' mobile home at the park in Mesa and we were all intertwined in various adventures as the winter snowbird seasons progressed.
Friday, June 28, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
I got into my friends' place about an hour ago and am soon to be fed. I'll stay here for a few days and then go back to MO and visit more with family before heading back to AZ.
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Monday, May 20, 2019
The progress is that the car will be packed with 'good stuff' to take to younger cousins. A nice set of dishes that are too big to use in the RV, some of my smaller professional clothes, a few art supplies I'll never get around to using going to one of my cousins who is showing a lot of art talent. It is a start, and a cut deeper into my stuff in storage. A younger friend here asked why I'm spending so much time getting going through my stuff and getting rid of things rather than doing 'fun' stuff with my time. I guess the answer is that this is what I feel I need to do right now. A bunch of fancy skin care stuff I haven't used since I quit working hit the trash last week. Other expired things are following suit. It feels like progress.
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
I'm doing this post from Blogger rather than email (my preferred way since Live Journal died) as I'm going to have to do some major renovation of my blog. Photobucket has locked me out of being able to deleted the pictures down to the number they allow in a free account. I'm going to upload the pictures from May of 2009, when I learned how to insert pictures, until I started using Live Journal which put the pictures in the post without the Photobucket middle man. Most folks started reading after Live Journal, but my Honduras pictures will have to be re-inserted. I have the pictures, I just have to get them back into the blog.
It is difficult for me to go back and read my blog. I have a lot of less than optimal lifestyle decisions going on in there. I ended up ok, but boy, was it painful at times. I guess that is the good/bad of having a blog for over 10 years. I need to get the pictures thing sorted before June 1 when the pictures become blurred unless I pay them ransom.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
We both went to LensCrafters yesterday and got eye exams and ordered new glasses. They will be in sometime next week, and we will make a trip back down to get them. We have also eaten at a couple of restaurants along the way. I won't need a large meal for a few days
Once I get going I'll start the prep to move the RV up the road and Mom will follow me in her car. My car is already up there. Then I can settle in for the summer.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Thursday, March 07, 2019
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Friday, February 22, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Friday, February 08, 2019
Friday, February 01, 2019
Sunday, January 27, 2019
I am keeping in mind that those who has been saying that Bloggerfest has 'run its course' have access to a welcoming Happy Hour EVERY DAY. Bloggerfest is for those of us who don't have that. I think that more than one gathering is a good idea, so everyone gets the sense of community that they need. This particular gathering is for those who aren't maybe as rigged in as the Canadian group. It also is a way for the Canadians to meet some of the rest of the bloggers.
I said that I will be there with the signs next year. If I sit there drinking my coffee looking out at the mountains all alone, well, I would still call it a good day.
I believe it is for the people who put energy into putting it on to decide if it is worth their time to continue. The reports of Bloggerfest's death are greatly exaggerated. If no one else shows up next year so be it. I'm not attempting to compete with the Canadian gatherings, either the Canadian pot luck in town or the Happy Hours.
I extend my sincere thanks to Rick Rousseau for getting everyone and their blog accounted for in his blog entry. I will make the time to add all of them to my sidebar. That is the type of detail that I am not good at.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
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Monday, January 21, 2019
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Sandie took the picture. I gave up taking my own after the last picture I posted of my knitting was so difficult to see. No head as I'm discussing this on another forum and in general those folks try to have some annonimity.
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