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Monday, December 11, 2017

Getting Things Done, The Sun Is Back and Data Plan Explained.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

We had a hard time telling when the Sunset actually occurred last night because of the heavy cloud covering but there was a benefit. Those same clouds acted as an Insulation that helped to keep yesterday’s Warm Temperatures from getting too cold overnight. 
The Sun struggles to break through the clouds as it rises.
I was up by 7:30 and it was still 59 F (15 C) outside at the time. There was still enough of a North breeze that you didn’t see too many people walking without their Jackets. The temperature would improve slightly but throughout the day if you were in the breeze you would feel the chill.

After we finished our normal morning routine, Breakfast and reading at the Computers, Kathy started doing some cooking. She made meals that will only need to be heated and will used in the next few days.

I had my own chores completed before trying a different test on our Weboost. Anyone that knows Electricity knows that there is a Feed (+ Positive) wire and a Return (- Negative) wire. The only time both lines meet is at a Motor, Bulb, Element or Electronic Device that it is connected to. After disconnecting the Power Cord that came with the unit I did a Resistance Test. The problem was not when each line indicated a Resistance but when I was getting a Resistance when the probes were on opposite wires. What would cause that to happen I can only guess. Checking the 12 Volt Outlet for Power in the cabinet indicated none.

My next chore was calling Stephanie at Leisure Trailer Sales back in Lakeshore. The last time I called she had been away on Vacation. She wasn’t too happy to hear that we were experiencing additional problems. The problem with the Propane could be a Faulty Automatic Regulator, Rust in the Flue or it could be a Defective Control Card in the Fridge. As long as we can keep it running they will check it over when we get back in the spring.

I went outside and started getting things ready to dump our tanks for the first time this fall since we’ve been “Off the Grid” and the first time ever using the Macerator. I had every thing in place, Barrel in the back of the Truck, Macerator in line and connected. I was just about to start when Kathy called me for lunch. 

Kathy had made a Mini-Feast, consisting of a Cup of Soup, a Spinach Salad and Blackberry covered Yogurt. It was all Tasty, Filling and Healthy. There’s those three words in the same sentence again. 
The start of a beautiful Sunset.
Outside I learned first hand by using the Macerator to empty our Tanks that @#$# can flow uphill without a problem. It was a lot different then pulling a Blue Boy behind the Truck and when it came to emptying the barrel it was done in flash with the simple pull of the Valve Handle

After a few ATVs went tearing by our spot raising all kinds of Dust yesterday both Kathy and I seemed to have Congestion Issues. Since the Sun had managed to penetrate the Clouds earlier today, Kathy and I sat outside with a hot cup of Tea watching the show as it set. 
Sun's reflection off the clouds to the east.
In response to a question about our Unlimited Plan with Verizon. We needed to get the SIM Card replaced in our MiFi at a Verizon Dealer. When you are on any plan Verizon will notify you via E-Mail as you approach your limit. When we reached our limit, the connection was slowed to the point it was Impossible to see our E-mail Alerting about our usage. We are both cautious to not overuse our Data so either Verizon was speeding up the meter or someone else had Hacked into our MiFi. We had an International Plan that would allow us to use it in Canada rather then using our Turbo Hub. We had noticed each time we turned it on there were large increases in our Data Usage and mentioned it to the Representative. Now it’s costing us less then the International Plan and we can still use it in Canada
The clouds look like giant birds flapping their wings.
Tomorrow we have a few errands to run so who knows what else we’ll be getting ourselves into. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

Every faucet in your home is permanently dripping.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Getting A Good Look At Things and Our Order Is In.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

Managing to get a couple more hours of sleep last night my back told me it was time to get out of bed at 7:30 MST this morning. I managed to see a sliver of the Sun just before it slipped behind a heavy cloud cover that would be around the entire day. We had talked about what we wanted to accomplish before we went to bed so I immediately got caught up on my morning reading before we had our breakfast. 
The only Sunshine I saw today.
Kathy would later say that she slept like a rock but didn’t wake up until I lit the stove again at 8:30 and she didn’t mind being awakened because timing was important. After we ate a lite breakfast Kathy then headed to her Computer with her Tea I left my Coffee to cool on the table while getting my indoor chores completed.

It was close to 9:30 when I headed outside with the intention of filling our Fresh Water Tank. Hauling our Fresh Water Barrel in the back of the truck I kept my speed down to a crawl. With the lack of Rainfall the area has had this year even just walking on the paths causes a cloud of dust to kick up. I spoke with Randy who was down from Oregon. Looking at our Truck he was thinking of upgrading his truck to a Diesel but didn’t want to get into the ones using the DEF because of all the stories that he’s heard about them. He’s been coming to this area for the last ten years and wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Back Home while I started transferring the water to the Trailer Kathy came outside to start cleaning Windows. Even though she had already cleaned the inside of the trailer she didn’t appreciate looking through the same dirty windows we had when we left McGregor with back in November. She insisted on cleaning them herself even when it meant climbing the Seven Foot Step Ladder.

When we had checked the Inside Gauge last night it had indicated our 45 Gallon Fresh Water Tank was EMPTY. Since those gauges are far from accurate I didn’t believe we were that low. Filling our Fresh Water Barrel while it’s on its side generally holds just over 45 Gallons. Imagine my surprise when I found the Barrel completely EMPTY in the back of the Truck. Last winter most times we only needed half and our tank would start running out the overfill tube to the point that it would siphon water out of the Tank. When the Trailer was in for Warranty Service last summer they made an adjustment that seems to be working better.

I closed that up and was just about to start working on the Macerator when Kathy asked for help. Our Fridge was showing the “No LP” warning. I had just made certain both 30# Propane Tanks were Full along with our Spare Tank. We have an Automatic Switching Regulator that doesn’t seem to Automatically Switch and the Tank I pulled off today is at least Three Quarters Full. After changing that Propane Tank, we still needed to reset the Fridge so we are hoping that this is just a fluke.

With the Bicycle Carrier attached to the rear of the Trailer Kathy had only been able to get a small strip of the Rear Window cleaned. She can safely work off a Ladder but is not Sure-Footed when it comes to standing where there are open spaces near your feet. Having had to stand on very irregular worksurfaces throughout my career I had no problem stepping up to do that window for her. With the windows all cleaned outside Kathy headed in to clean the Windows on the inside.

Getting back to the Macerator I had to do some wiring because there are different ways to set it up depending on your personal preference and type of RV a person has. The closest Power Feed to the Waste Discharge in our Trailer is quite a distance so I had to add Twelve Feet of wire to the Macerator so we’ll be able to use it.

I had only begun doing that when I started feeling Lightheaded. Looking at my watch that I seldom wear I saw that it was nearly 1:00. Kathy had gotten so involved in cleaning the Windows that she didn’t think to look at the time even though she was also feeling Lightheaded. Feeling better after having lunch we both went back to our chores.

Around 3:00 Kathy came outside to read for a while. Even with the 70 F (21 C) the gust North Wind made it feel much cooler and if you were in the shade it was cold. For supper we grilled a Store-Bought Pizza on our Weber.

Since the only Sunlight we saw today was a dull glow from behind the heavy clouds we couldn’t get a Sunset Picture this evening. The bright side to that (Pardon the Pun) is that the overnight clouds will hold the heat in so it won’t be so cold outside.

After closing everything up outside I finally managed to find a replacement Phone for Kathy on Amazon. It and the rest of the things ordered should start arriving within the week. We’ll be using Quiet Times Greeting Card Shop as our mailing address any time that we need something shipped to us while in the Quartzsite area.

Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the nearest at hand.

Michel de Montaigne, French Essayist

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Finally Getting Settled In.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

For the second night in a row I spent more time awake then I did sleeping. Kathy’s head hadn’t even hit her pillow and she was asleep.

I was up just before 8:00 this morning and managed to have all the Window Shades raised and readied most everything that was needed for breakfast. Since we had both agreed that we wanted to get some things accomplished around the Trailer today when the clock neared 8:30 I turned the stove on to make our morning Coffee. The noise of the ignitor on the stove was like an Alarm to Kathy and she was soon joining me downstairs. 
We always refer to this as the Sleeping Giant.
Our breakfast was lite so we got an early start on the Computers getting caught up on our reading. Because I still have not been able to completely fix our Internet Problem we have to take turns checking what we need. When one of us is taking care of chores the other would be On-Line

By 10:30 I was outside finally uncovering the Barrels and Tandem Bicycle from the Bicycle Carrier. Surprisingly not a thing had moved and was just as secure as before we left McGregor back in November. An hour later Kathy called me in for lunch. 
This will look better once we get our Storage Skirt.
It was comfortable outside in the Sun but if you stepped into the breeze it felt quite chilly. The Vegetable Beef Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches helped to warm us up.

After lunch I assembled our Mast and TV Antenna, ran the Coaxial Cable inside and even hooked it to the back of the Television. I went back outside to install our new Wind Sock and I also mounted the new Weboost Antenna before coming off the roof. Once the Weboost itself is working properly all our problems will be resolved. 
Two Antennas and a Wind Sock at the ladder.
Kathy had been busy inside Vacuuming the Trailer. Anyone that has been Boondocking in the Desert knows just how dirty things can get inside their RVs. Trying to help that situation out I used the Stiff Rake to level off some of the higher piles of stone before staking our Mat down. That will lessen the amount of dirt that we’ll track in. 
Kathy enjoyed sitting in the sun.
With her housework done Kathy came outside to relax but as soon as she saw the larger stones that I had taken from under our Mat she started adding them to our Firepit. Even though we have our Firewood and a sturdy Firepit with the strong winds we’ve been having we’ll just have to wait before having our first Campfire here in the desert. 
Kathy rebuilt our Firepit.
For supper while I grilled some All Beef Hotdogs on the Weber Kathy was inside getting the Buns and Sides ready. 

With less then 10 Hours between Sunrise and Sunset we make use of the evening by researching things On-Line when we can get connected. I’ve managed to find a replacement Phone for Kathy but not sure that is Verizon or AT&T compatible. 

It’s been nice reading that our friends Tom and Deb from the blog Celebrating the Dance will soon be heading our way from Michigan’s U.P. Now they just have to watch not to run into any Winter Storms. Even Al and Kelly from Travelwith the Bayfield Bunch will soon be getting a late start to their Winter Travels. We’ll be keeping track of them and praying they have Safe Travels

Hard to believe that we have already been here a week. With all the running we’ve had to do it didn’t feel like it. Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but we are looking forward to another day in the southwest. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You know you're getting old when

things you buy now won't wear out.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Picking Up Our Purchases and Still Trying To Get Things Fixed.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

With no plans to travel today and not having done anything much different in our routines than yesterday I was surprised to be wide awake after only a couple hours of sleep this morning. After staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning for a couple more hours I finally got up in hopes of tiring myself out. After taking a Tylenol I was still up over Two-Hours reading on the Computer but had to shut down due to a Low Battery. It would be another Two-Hours before I would finally fall back to sleep.

It was nearly 9:00 when I got out of bed, not feeling too well rested. Minutes later Kathy joined me and had slept like a rock leaving her well rested. After finishing eating our breakfast I turned on the Main Inverter which helped bring new life back to the batteries in our Electronics. We needed to take turns going On-Line because of the lack of our Weboost to connect to the Cell Tower

Around 10:30 I went outside and changed out another Empty Propane Tank. The thought of less trips to the Propane Fill Stations sounds so inviting I can’t wait to get our new Blue Flame Heater up and running. Minutes later we were slowly making our way to the Trash Bins to get rid of what was necessary. There has been very little rain in the area for some time so even driving slowly in the desert leaves a Dust Trail in your wake.

Our first stop was at Gamblers RV Supply to pick up the extra Over The Burner Toaster that we ordered this week. As soon as we walked in and I saw the Large Boxes piled in the Aisles there was a doubt in my mind. When they said they hadn’t found the Toasters yet we just said that we’d be back. 

Walking out the door we saw another Vendor at the other end of the building. One thing most of these Vendors have in common is the variety of goods that they are trying to sell. By the time we left this location I had a couple of tools that I’ve looked for back in Ontario and Kathy had also scratched off a couple more Christmas Gifts off her list.

Our next stop was north of I-10 at Discount Solar on Main Street where I needed to pick up the Terminal Lug that I was shopping around for yesterday. Not surprising they are expensive here because all these companies know they are selling to Captive Shoppers. I did take the time to Thank Stan for giving me the idea last March how to improve our Security Lamps at a fraction of the cost then replacing the entire unit and our’s are Three Times Brighter then the Ready-Made ones. 

We headed back to RV Pit Stop to top up our Empty Propane Tank. When I presented their Punch Card to the clerk our Propane Fill Number 10 that gave us an instant $5.00 off the cost of today’s fill.

It was already past noon and Kathy didn’t feel like a big meal so we went over to Carl’s Jr for lunch. Walking in the door we noticed that they have $5.00 Meal Boxes. They have been around for a while but we never noticed them before. Kathy was satisfied with her order but I was actually quite full. 

Crossing back to the southside of the I-10 we were soon back at RV Lifestyles. With our receipt in hand we had our new LED Reading Lights in less then a minute and were back on the road.

Staying on Tyson Wells Road we passed through the growing number of Vendors and crossed Arizona 95 back to Gamblers RV Supply. The manager had just left for a late lunch and the clerk that was there hadn’t found the toasters yet. She remarked that there was a Blue Container below a large box that hadn’t been opened. The box was really lite so after I stood it aside what should appear in the Blue Container but all the toasters they couldn’t find and we weren’t the only ones to have ordered them. 

Up to this point our travels had been in a loop. It was now past 2:00 and our lunch had settled so we thought we’d get a treat. Last winter we discovered Dorothy and Toto’s Ice Cream Shop across from Silly Al’s Pizza. This month their new flavour to try was Huckleberry and it was well worth the trip. They also have a Punch Card to use so it looks like we’ll make a few more stops there before going home in the spring.

By the time we got back Home in La Posa South LTVA we were both so tired that Kathy suggested sitting back and taking a Snap. Her’s was more of a Nap but as tired as I was I could only sit reclined and wish to fall asleep. 

When she woke I tried contacting TracFone to get the new SIM Card for Kathy’s phone sent to us like their Tech had said they could. Apparently, that’s not the way it works. When you buy a TracFone, Straight-Talk or the Other Pay as you go Cell Service you have to specify which Carrier you want to use, AT&T or Verizon. When we purchased these two phones together we didn’t know that so the Associate at Walmart set one up on each Carrier and the only way we can change Kathy’s TracFone to Verizon as the Carrier is to buy another Phone then all her Minutes and Number can be transferred over. TracFone no longer carries that model so I’ll be searching on Amazon.

We tried out our new Magic Bullet to make up the last of our Orange/Cranberry Relish. We had plenty of power when using our Main Inverter but the machine didn’t quite work the way it’s advertise, so it took repeated attempts to complete the task. At least the Cranberries won’t spoil and we can use them with a lot of our meat dishes. We’ll do more reading on the Magic Bullet to see how we can improve its performance. 

For supper we shared a Salad and a Sandwich that helped to clean up some Leftovers in the Fridge. With early Showers we are hoping to get a decent night’s sleep tonight so hopefully we might also get things accomplished tomorrow. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Since no pictures were
taken today we thought
you would like some 
Sunset Pictures from
our recent files.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

It is the grandparents who tell fairy tales to the children. When they get old, their skin is cold and wrinkled, and it is a great joy for them to hold their grandchild, so warm and tender.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Master

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Finding Out Why, Ordering Our Parts and Still Struggling With Internet.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

Last night while I was busy turning down the bed I took the time to add the Doubled Over Fleece Blanket on my side of the bed. As mentioned the other day as long as Kathy is covered by the Bedsheet she sleeps quite comfortably and is not cold. The times that I shared that Blanket with her I had to get up in the middle of the night to pick all the Blankets off the floor. The fact that I also have Raynaud’s Disease which is an Inherited Problem (Not Contagious) that causes Poor Blood Circulation in my Extremities causing me to feel the cold more then most people. The last thing I remembered before falling asleep was a sense of warmth and when I woke up this morning I just lay there feeling so comfortable I didn’t want to get up.

Kathy tried repeatedly to get On-line this morning but just can’t seem to get to her G-Mail, Facebook or Messenger. I have nearly everything that I need to add the 12 Volt Outlets to our Home but now we have a problem with our Weboost to deal.

I was busy sorting the Laundry while Kathy was getting dressed and ready to go. I even gathered both of our Computers to bring along so we could try to get connected in town. 
The Flags were flying straight today.
Out first stop in Quartzsite was the Main Street Laundromat connected to the Main Street Dinner. That was the first place we ate at in Quartzsite last December 1st and we ate there a few times after that and became friendly with Michelle the owner. Seeing the sign outside advertising Breakfast and Lunch but not Dinner Kathy suggested we go for an early Lunch. Michelle instantly recognized us and we started talking. She tries to hire people who will treat customers like guests as she does and will do what it takes to be certain they are not waiting for service. Now days most employees just want a Paycheque without putting too much effort into the job. After having a serious discussion with her Husband, they are now only offering just two meals a day which means that some of the food they offered before at Dinner Time is no longer being offered. We enjoyed our meals as always and we’ll be back. 
On our way out this morning.
The Main Street Laundromat was busy but there were available Washing Machines so I had no trouble getting the washing going. Kathy sat at the table reading until she didn’t see me standing by the Washers. That could only mean that I already had the clothes in the Dryers and she came over to sit with me. We learned last winter when in Quartzsite we work together folding the clothes.

After leaving there we stopped at the Vendor that had the Electrical Supplies we bought earlier this week but he didn’t have an Electrical Lug that I needed today.

We headed up to McDonalds where we purchased a Soda and what they call an Apple Pie so we could sit down inside and work on our Computers. I had both Computers On-Line in no time but McDonalds Internet Connection was through AT&T and it was slow. The update I was trying to do on Kathy’s Computer just would not load up so when we get our Weboost working properly I’ll do it then. I managed to connect my Computer to Kathy’s G-mail, Facebook and Messenger so she was able to get caught up at what is happening with our family.

Since we’ll be erecting our TV Antenna at the rear of the Trailer this winter it would be a problem to use our 18-Foot Long Windsock. There was a Vendor set up next door to McDonalds so we walked over and found something we’ll be able to see from a distance but is only about 4-Feet Long and it was reasonably priced.

Our next stop was back at RV Lifestyles to order the Reading Lights that we’ll use to replace the existing ones near our Computer Chairs. They’ll be here tomorrow morning. I checked about the Electrical Lug that I need and they recommended going to Discount Solar for it. I also looked at a couple of Water Valves that I may be finding a use for in a Future Modification
Our Nearest Neighbours Wayne and Sue in line with the mountain.
We stopped at Gamblers RV Supply only to find out that our Spare Stovetop Toaster won’t be in until tomorrow. 
There we are.To the right of center in the above picture.
We finally made it Home by 4:30 but got so involved putting our Laundry away that we missed the Sunset. Around 7:00 we finished the last of Kathy’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for supper. Kathy was able to get on Messenger this evening but can’t leave any Comments. Sooner or later we’ll get it all working properly. After running those errands tomorrow, we are hoping we can finally get settled in. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You were thinking about fishing during your marriage vows.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nearly Impossible Internet Connection, Luck At The Casino, Great Movie and Still Dealing With U.P.S.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

Even though we both had the same number of blankets covering us last night Kathy was sound asleep comfortable as could be while I spent most of the night Shivering because I was that cold. When I got out of bed before 7:00 MST I felt warmer wearing my Housecoat then I had all night. 
Up before the Sun.
I spent nearly an hour doing Cryptograms before Kathy joined me downstairs. That’s when I cycled the Furnace to take the chill out of the air. When we headed over to the Computers to finish our Coffee/Tea we had High Hopes that we would have easy access to the Internet this morning but again it was a waste. Even though we have the Unlimited Data Plan on our MiFi without the use of our Weboost to strengthen our signal to the Cell Tower we are still struggling. We were have extreme difficulty getting on Google, couldn’t access our E-mail, Facebook or Messenger but can occasionally get The Weather Network
Less then an Hour later.
Since most of our problem is Electrical we were out the door by 10:00 heading towards Parker to pick up the Wire and 12 Volt Outlets that were ordered. Walking into NAPA Auto Parts with my receipts I was back to the Truck within Two Minutes
Taco Bell in Parker.
Since most of this week has been spent running around trying to get things so we can fix this problem so Kathy suggested we take a little breather this afternoon. Having had a lite breakfast is okay when you’re not busy but it was just after 11:00 and we were hungry. Wanting something filling but lite we stopped at Taco Bell and each had a Quesadilla with a Soft Drink which was more then satisfying. We learned years back that to make their menu Healthier the US based Taco Bells does not sell French Fries. It was nearly noon when we were ready to leave and the place was filling up.

At this time of year there are all kinds of Roadside Vendors setting up Gazebos to sell their wares to Snowbirds and all they need to do is get a Vendors Permit to make it legal. Having passed a Vendor that looked interesting we circled back the Two Blocks to check it out. After careful inspection and some haggling Kathy scratched another Christmas Gift off Next Year’s Shopping List.

The breather Kathy had suggested was that we could take in a movie and the Theater is right next door to the Blue Water Casino in Parker. We looked at the outside Placards to figure out what we would see but they didn’t start for another hour. Kathy suggested we just walk around the Casino to check it out. After Ten Minutes she suggested we play the Slots. It’s been over nine years since the last time we played and even though I wasn’t in the mood I agreed. We are not Gamblers so we allowed ourselves each Five Dollars to Blow. If you are going to Gamble consider that amount of money gone and don’t try to win it back if you lose it. Kathy’s Five Dollars was gone before she knew it. I was a little luckier managing to get both our money back and to pay for the show we were about to see.

The movie we saw today was titled Wonder with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents of a young boy who has to go through life with a Facial Disfigurement. We all know how cruel kids are to one-another, then think of how you would overcome this sort of Prejudice. We both gave it Two Thumbs Up. It was just after 3:00 when the movie ended and everyone stuck around to read the credits. 

We waited until we got back to Quartzsite before having supper and since the Mainstreet Diner was not open we went to the Quartzsite Yacht Club where we enjoyed Fish and Onion Rings
Inside the Yacht Club.
When we got Home in La Posa South I managed to get to my E-mail and found one saying UPS was unable to deliver the Parcel that they admittedly lost last week so the Amazon Supervisor I’d spoken to had canceled it at that time. I keep quite calm dealing with messes like this but after the first Representative and their Supervisor accidentally disconnected me I was finally able to connect to someone that actually read my file. UPS lost my parcel but they were demanding that I go pick it up in Phoenix. Not Happening!

The bad thing about being on hold with Amazon is they play a Ten Second Continuous Loop of Guitar Music at a High Volume that was hurting my ears. One day that will cause a customer to go off on one of the Customer Service Reps. When my Survey came in I complimented the second Representative but complained about the music.

I am so hoping to start getting things accomplished around here tomorrow. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

The World's Great Proverbs

You can't tell a book by its cover.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Improved MiFi In More Ways Then One, Great Lunch and Getting Ready For The Cold Weather.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

Due to the sudden drop in our temperature last night we actually had to cycle the Furnace before going to bed. Even though we were comfortably snuggled under our warm Winter Sheets we didn’t stick any part of our beings out more than we had to. Sleeping until nearly 8:00 because my sleep had been broken I simply put my Housecoat on and started my morning chores. 
That's the Sun breaking over the Cloud Line.
When Kathy came downstairs we had breakfast and talked about what we had to do today. We first had to warm up again as we felt as cold as those walking by bundled up in Parkas, Toques and Gloves. We cycled the Furnace while we drank our Steaming Cups of Coffee/Tea at the Computers trying to get On-Line. Another waste of time! 

As I headed upstairs I started opening the remaining Window Shades to let in the Sun’s warmth when I found the source of our cold air. Yesterday when we came Home it was quite hot upstairs so someone opened a Window. Then last night the Shade had been closed without realizing the Window was still open. It’s supposed to be as cold tonight but with the Windows all closed we are nice and toasty. 

We were on our way to Blythe California by 10:15 this morning. Just driving through that stretch of mountains on I-10 will calm and excite anyone because of the view. We however have not driven this stretch of road since this past March. Anyone who has driven the Slow Lane in that area should remember how Bone Rattling that road could be. To our surprise and appreciation there was over a Five Mile Stretch beginning east of Dome Rock Road that resurfacing is being done to make it the Smooth Road that it should be. 

As we approached Blythe Kathy thought that I’d missed our exit but once we started driving on Hobson Way she knew we were in the right place. We parked in the Ace Hardware Parking Lot and walked the Fifty Feet over to Verizon. It took nearly Twenty Minutes before we were able to explain the problem we were having with our MiFi to one of the Representatives and what Jacob the Tech Coach had suggested needed to be done to fix it. It would take nearly Thirty-Minutes to get the MiFi fixed up with a new SIM Card but that still would not fix the problem of the high Data Usage. That was when we were told we could have an Unlimited Data Plan for a lot less then we are paying. Walking out after an Hour and Twenty Minutes not only was our MiFi working better but it’s now costing us less to operate. 
Heading Back.
Since we were using their Parking Lot we went inside Ace Hardware to do some shopping. While I was looking for some Rubber Seals and 12 Volt Outlets, Kathy was still in the Christmas Shopping Mood. This store in Blythe also sells Home Building Supplies so it is quite large. In the time it took to find the two Rubber Seals that I was looking for Kathy had scratched even more Christmas Gifts off our list for next year. 
It was past 12:30 when we left Ace but instead of going for lunch we crossed the road to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. Even though I’ve ordered the 12 Volt Plugs from NAPA in Parker I wanted something different back by our chairs. The place was packed but with both Kathy and I searching the shelves we found one that has Two 12 Volt Outlets and Two USB Charge Plugs as well.


It was now past 1:15 and we were getting hungry. As we were looking at all the usual fast foods trying to decide which one to go to we saw a Police Car pull into the parking lot at Rebel Barbecue so that’s where we went. You use a Menu to figure out what you want and then order it at the counter. We thought that it was expensive when we each ordered a Half-Rack of Ribs but when they were delivered to our table we didn’t think we’d eat it all. Remember how I said we were both hungry it wasn’t until we were finished eating that we realized we didn’t get a picture of our meal. They give you Plastic Cutlery but the Meat just falls off the bone. It tasted wonderful and we’ll definitely be back there for Ribs again. 

Kathy’s hair is really growing so we drove back to Cutting Edge Hair Salon where we had gotten our best Hair Cuts last winter while in the southwest. Gloria recognized Kathy right away and spent the time it took to trim Kathy’s hair getting caught up on what we’ve been doing. Since my hair hasn’t grown that much I had just stayed in the Truck. When Kathy was finished Gloria even came outside to wave to me and welcomed us back to the area. 

It was finally time to head back for Home but with the Repaving also taking place in the eastbound lanes of I-10 the traffic was getting crazy. We exited at Dome Rock Road and drove at a more relaxed speed. We also saw plenty of Boondocking RVs on the BLM Land. We enjoyed it this spring but with our permit we’ll just stay in LTVAs for the winter. 

We went in to RV Lifestyles looking for some LED Reading Lights to replace the ones we have at the rear of our trailer. We looked at different ones and were finally about to leave with a print out when we spotted something else. Last winter we used a lot of Propane to run the Fridge, cooking on the Stove but specifically to keep warm running our Furnace. RV Furnaces are very inefficient and exhaust more heat then they pump into an RV. Even though we have a Big Buddy Catalytic Heater it kept setting off our Smoke Alarm if we didn’t have a Window or Vent cracked open. 

Before leaving the area last spring we’d inquired at RV Lifestyles about the Hearth Rite Vent Free Blue Flame Space Heater. Since the Winter Temperatures are just about to start we felt this was the perfect time to make this purchase. The cost of Last Year’s Propane was more then today’s investment. This will keep us comfortable without it being a Fire Risk nor will we have to open any vents. The cost should be recovered in less then a year as we can use it back in Ontario as well and we’ll sell our Big Buddy. Now I’ve got another job to do but I don’t mind this one. 
Dome Rock Road heading towards Quartzsite.
Another quick stop was made at Loves Truck Stop where we fueled up the Truck as well as getting a couple of Spare Marker/Signal Lamps that we have on the Trailer

We were Home before dark tonight and managed to get a couple of Sunset Pictures. Around 7:30 we each had a bowl of Kathy’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and were more then satisfied. It will be another busy day tomorrow. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You've done a striptease out of a muumuu.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Checking More Vendors, Beer Belly’s Adult Daycare, Buying Christmas Gifts, Ordering Our Wire and Verizon’s Problems Get Worse.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

Even though Kathy didn’t fall asleep until after 3:00 this morning we were busy having breakfast by 8:30. There was a slight chill inside so we simply put on our Housecoats while we ate and had our Coffee/Tea while at the Computers.

Since I had barely gotten the Blog posted on what battery power I had last night, when we saw all the beautiful Sunshine streaming through our windows there was no hesitation to turn on our Main Inverter which not only allowed us to go On-Line but it started recharging all our devices. Another interesting thing we noticed is that we were having an easier time connecting to the Internet. While I was trying to catch up reading all the Blogs we follow Kathy was busy corresponding with our Friends and Kids back in Ontario. It was like Night and Day. Last Night we struggled to get on and there were only four other connections around us. This morning there were over a dozen other sites signed on and yet we were getting a great connection.

It was shortly after 10:00 when we headed out this morning. We stopped at one of the Vendors on Tyson Wells Road where we had bought a Toaster that you use over the flame of your stove. We thought that it would be wise to have a spare but they had just sold the last of what they had on the Weekend. They are expecting more by Friday so we left our name and phone number so they’ll call when it gets here.

Since Kathy sat in the Truck yesterday while I scurried around the other Vendors we crossed to the other side of Arizona 95 so she could check things out today. Kathy is a selective shopper but we bought some things at the Food Tent. Some of the cans are Dented but others are past their Best Before Date while others are simply Labeled Upside Down. It all adds up to savings at the checkout which helps our bottom line.

We visited another of the nearby Vendors and scratched additional items off our next year’s Christmas Shopping List.

It was well past noon hour and we were starting to feel hungry. The first place to catch our eye that was just emptying out was Beer Belly’s Adult Daycare. We didn’t go there last year but with an Onsight Grill Truck, we had a filling lunch and refreshment that was cheaper and tastier then at most fast food outlets. We’ll probably be back.

Kathy loves to look around hardware stores so when we’d finished eating we walked around K & B as well as Burley’s Tools. I mistakenly called it Burt’s Tools in yesterday’s Blog.

Neither of those places had any Wire again today so we drove up Arizona 95 to Herb’s Hardware. It is unbelievable how much they carry in such a small place but the only Wire they sold was by the foot and not in the size that we need.

There are some things that you can only get at certain stores and we knew that so pulling out of Herb’s we kept on driving further north enjoying the scenery until we reached Parker. Our first stop was the Ace Hardware Store where I managed to get a single Rubber Seal and Three Flat Washers.

Our next stop was at Walmart. We spent nearly Two Hours walking and considering and knock an even greater number of things off next year’s Christmas Shopping List. Kathy is very good at imagining what each person she is shopping for needs or could use. Another thing is that gift items that are being sold here in the southwest will not make it to our Home Region to be sold until next year. That means we can buy it this year, give it to the recipient at our family Merry Thanksmas next fall and they’ll just be starting to see those things appear on the shelves around home. We did get about five grocery items as well before leaving.

Seeing McDonalds across the street and knowing we had another hour before we’d get Home we stopped for supper. Even though I ordered a Chicken Sandwich I ended up with one of their New Bacon Burgers.

Leaving there we now had the Sun in our eyes as we tried to watch for an Auto Parts Store. Just after getting back on Arizona 95 we spotted a NAPA Auto Parts. Like everyone else they did not have the Size of Wire that I needed but they could order it. The same roll would have cost half the amount in Windsor but we are not there. As we were about to drive away I remembered other things they might have. They again were not in stock but they could order them.

It was a picturesque drive back to La Posa South LTVA and we managed to arrive just as the area went totally dark. Using our Security LED Lights to brighten the darkness we had no problems seeing as we brought our purchases inside for the night.

With the groceries put away it was time to go write our Blog but first we had to check our E-Mails. A Half-Hour later of continually getting messages saying Google and Other Sites were “Not Available” finally had me calling Verizon back. Curtis attempted to reprogram the MiFi from his end with no luck before getting Tech Coach Jacob involved. After Eighty-Minutes on the phone the end result is that we need a New SIM Card. (That’s the same thing as Kathy’s phone. Is it catchy?) We are at the mercy of the Electronic World and are hoping to continue keeping in touch with the real world.

After finally being able to check the local weather report minutes ago the Windchill for this area will hit 37 F (3 C) tonight. It will definitely be a Snuggle kind of night. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Due to Problems with our
Verizon MiFi there will be 
no Pictures.

Krackers

Words of Inspiration

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few reasons, and you will find it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.

William Shakespeare

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Settling In, Already Patronizing the Vendors and Going to Silly Al’s.

Our Location today is La Posa South L.T.V.A., Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.

It felt so wonderful sleeping with the Windows and Roof Vents open last night only hearing the occasional howl from a distant Coyote. Kathy however wasn’t so impressed when the early morning Twilight started to shine on her face from the Roof Vent. What’s a person that needs more sleep to do other then to pull the sheets over their head to accomplish that feat.

Finally getting out of bed before 8:00 we changed our breakfast around by having Toast instead of Cereal so that we could finish the last of the Rhubarb.

We both tried getting On-Line on our Computers this morning and that simply proved to be a waste of time. We also had an issue with the Main Inverter turning on to charge everything that needed charging. The end result was that we both played a puzzle until we’d finished our Coffees

Wanting to get things better organized Kathy did some fine tuning inside while I checked why the Main Inverter wasn’t working down in the Basement. The Main Inverter was working perfectly. What the problem was that I’d forgotten to turn on the Breaker Switch that was installed to prevent Back-Feed when we are plugged in at a post. It’s hard remembering things we did naturally just over Six Months ago. I then removed the Empty Propane Tank from the Trailer and put it with the other Empty Tank already in the back of the Truck. We now had Two Thirty-Pound Tanks that needed filling. I managed to clean a few more things from the back of the Truck before going inside to let Kathy know we had to go to town. 

While I went upstairs to changed my clothes Kathy set about making a wonderful Spinach Salad with Tuna, Cottage Cheese and Clementine Oranges. It was tasty, filling and healthy. Not often you see that all in one dish.

When we finished our meal, we gathered our Drinking Water Jugs and headed for town. We headed for Family Dollar first where Kathy had a chance to browse around while I was outside filling our Drinking Water Jugs at the Reverse Osmosis Machines
Saw this guy here last year.
Our next stop was at the RV Pit Stop where we arrived as two other trucks were leaving. We had both our Empty Propane Tanks filled in less then Five Minutes
But didn't notice the Electric Car plugged in.
Yesterday when we came into Quartzsite off I-10 we didn’t take the time to see what Vendors were open. When I mentioned the need for some Electrical Supplies to Wayne he recommended the Vendor across from the Post Office so that was our next stop. Lots of their prices were much lower then I remembered from last year so I got some supplies that I’m constantly using. Since they only sold their wire by the foot and I didn’t get any because I’m not sure how much will actually be needed for the jobs I'm planning. Buying wire by the roll makes it cheaper per foot, less wasteful then splicing a bunch of short ends together and if there is any leftover it will eventually be used on something else. This vendor takes “Cash Only”.

We drove across Main Street West to buy some Firewood. We went to the same location and even though it was someone else selling the Firewood we still managed to get a better price then he was advertising.

We drove around to Tyson Wells Road thinking I could get my wire there. Kathy stayed in the Truck to keep an eye on our exposed cargo.

The first place I went was K & B. Notice I didn’t put the word Tools behind the initials. That’s because Ken decided he wasn’t carrying Tools anymore. He didn’t have any Wire. What became of the Tools is across the lane under the name of Burt’s Tools and he didn’t have any wire either.

Not finding the Wire I needed I remembered to go look if the Processed Food Tent had my V-8 Juice. Their prices were also lower then last year so I grabbed two cases before they decide to raise their prices. 
Nearly 5:00 as we were going for supper.
Back Home in La Posa South LTVA we brought the Drinking Water Jugs and other purchases in before getting comfortable outside. Sitting in the Sun was a bit too hot even though there was a good breeze so Kathy was enjoying her book Black Friday from Nick Russel while sitting in the Shade behind the Trailer. I changed the Propane Tanks, unloaded the Firewood and set up our Generator just in case, but when that was finished I even sat down for a while and solved a few Cryptograms.

Around 4:30 Kathy suggested we have Pizza for supper and we didn’t have any in the freezer. We did the only thing anyone who wants good pizza would do while in Quartzsite we headed over to Silly Al’s Pizza. It was packed as usual but we found a table that was just being cleaned off as we walked in. We did something we have never done here before, we each ordered a Salad then we shared a Small Silly Al’s Special Pizza. We were more then satisfied and we didn’t feel weighed down.

We managed to find our Home in the dark with the help of the Awning Lights. Not quite sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but it’s all in the name of our being Comfortable. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Witty words of wisdom:

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.