It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

We Missed The Moon, Went To Blythe, Crowds Are Thinning At Tyson Wells Road and Finicky Computer.


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

Having gotten to bed slightly later last night Kathy was surprised that she got out of bed before me this morning. We knew that the “Once in a Lifetime Event” was happening this morning with the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse but when you have Sleep Apnea maintaining a normal sleep pattern is more important. Besides the Dry Cold Air, you experience after dark here in the desert feels nearly as cold as the freezing temperatures the kids are getting back home. We would later see it through the pictures from other Bloggers or their Husbands when we would later get caught up on the Blogs on our Sidebar.

We had breakfast and got busy on the Computers by 8:30 MST this morning though Kathy’s Congestion was still giving her problems, she was being stubborn and didn’t want to take a Mucinex. After having our second hot cup of Tea at the Computers she finally had to take a Snap.

I busied myself getting the Pictures of the issues with the Trailer cropped and relabeled before sending them off to Stephanie at Leisure Trailer in Lakeshore. Instead of leaving the IMG. # I labeled them like I do the Captions on the Blog explaining the problems in each picture. 

We kept lunch lite by having Chicken Noodle Soup along with Crackers with Cheese. While we were eating Kathy said even though she was feeling slightly better then she had been the Congestion just wouldn’t go away. After lunch we sat there reading the Mucinex package and found that the different tablets did different things and the regular one wasn’t doing what Kathy needed. 
We were out the door by noon and at the Drugstore in Quartzite by 12:20. That was when we saw a sign that said they were closed for lunch. We never see this back home but we’re not there. I suggested walking around the remaining Vendors. Kathy said “Let’s go to Blythe”

By 1:00 we were at the Rite Aid in Blythe and they were better stocked then the Blythe Pharmacy that we were in last week had been. With a little help we found the Regular Mucinex and the DM but not the D which according to Kathy’s symptoms is the one she needed. Like Karen Pfundtner from RVING: THE USA IS OUR BIG BACKYARD had said her husband Steve needed to do for her. We had to get the Mucinex-D at the pharmacy desk where Kathy had to show her ID and they made a E-File in her name before selling it to her. 

Since we were just across the street we went to Albertsons grocery store to get a few extra supplies. Knowing that this is Super Bowl LII Sunday we didn’t want to go near any stores that day but there was one benefit now however. The stores are putting out Fruit and Vegetable Trays for those having Home Parties. Kathy found a small Fruit Tray to bring Home with us. There were a few other things we picked up that will keep us clear of the stores this weekend. 
Fruit and Vegetables alike packaged in many different sized trays.

It was nearly 3:30 MST when we finished shopping and our soup had long ago been digested. Kathy was in the mood for Tacos so we headed to Taco Bell. Kathy had her usual Crunch-Wrap Combo while I changed mine to a Burrito Combo. Most places you have to ask but this young Clerk automatically gave us the Seniors Discount. We were both satisfied but not stuffed when we left. 

When we got back to Quartzsite we took the Tyson Wells Road to go Home. The crowds have really thinned but they still stop traffic and even some of the Vendors have pulled out. Heading down Arizona 95 we could see the walls had already been removed from the Big Tent. 
This is definitely an Oldie but Goodie.
Even though we had left the Windows and Vents open but the Window Shades down to keep the 79 F (26 C) heat out we still had to scramble to cool the Trailer down when we got in. It didn’t take long to get things put away before we settled in at the Computers. Around 8:30 we started feeling the need for a snack so Kathy split that Small Fruit Tray that she had picked up earlier for us to share. Healthy and Filling. 

We all know how finicky Computers can be. Tonight, one of my Spreadsheets refused to add only certain cells into their Calculations. After several attempts to correct it I knew what needed to be done. I have found in the past the only way to fix it is to copy the Information to another page and Delete the problem page. It only took couple of hours to do. 
Never get tired of these.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings when it gets here. 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

We are made happy when reason can discover no occasion for it. The memory of some past moments is more persuasive than the experience of present ones.

Henry David Thoreau, American Writer and Philosopher

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Discussing Our Concerns, Awesome Ribs, Getting Cleaned and Organized.


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

By 7:30 this morning I was tired of staring at the ceiling and got up to start my day. The first thing I noticed as I started opening the Window Shades was the heavy Cloud Cover in the sky. When the Sun would finally make its appearance, it would only be for a few minutes before it would slide from view behind the Clouds. It seems that the Clouds get caught on the high peaks of the mountains and they hold them in place. 

It didn’t take long to get things ready for breakfast before I got started on my morning reading on my Computer. I even got carried away leaving some comments before realizing that I had let Kathy sleep in again. To wake her up I simply opened the Window Shades upstairs then turned the Stovetop Burner on. The noise of the Ignitor acts like an alarm that has more affect waking Kathy then my touch or voice. 
The colour on the Nose and Slide are different then
the colour the Body Shop used to fix the crack.
As we ate breakfast we discussed some of the things we have heard about what Jayco plans to do to repair our trailer at their Factory. We’ve had a number of people point out that the Crack by our bedroom slide is a Flex Crack in the outer skin and not a Structural Crack in the upper frame. The persons that first shouted Structural issues was the Body Shop that first fixed the crack and didn’t even match the paint colour properly. 
The Flex Crack that is giving us Nightmares.
Back when I wrote about it in August and our friends Rick and Elaine read about it they immediately called us from New Brunswick advising me how to check different things to tell the difference and how the repair should have been done. The thought of being out of our Home for nearly Two Months is not something either of us wants. We were told that Jayco would be replacing the entire Wall and Cabinets which would be taking away the Modifications that we have already made. They would not refund us or leave those improvements alone. 

We love the desert but there is plenty of dust that gets blown in from the Wind and people driving by thinking that the speed limit doesn’t apply to them. Besides RVs are not leakproof. After getting our morning reading and chores completed Kathy wanted to start cleaning the inside of the trailer but it was already past noon so I warmed up a can of Soup and it was more then enough for our lunch. 
We just love the constantly changing skies.
While Kathy started Dusting and Vacuuming upstairs I sat outside in a chair and spoke with Stephanie at Leisure Trailer back in Lakeshore. I discussed our concerns about wanting the Trailer properly fixed but were in agreement as to what others were saying about it being a Flex Crack not being a Structural issue. I also informed her of other concerns we were having. She asked for pictures that I’ll E-mail her and she’s going to correspond with Jayco. She also told me Leisure Trailer is now using a different Body Shop for their repairs. 
It just takes your breathe away.
When I told Kathy about the conversation she felt a bit more enthusiastic. If we can have the repairs done properly near Home we won’t have to empty the trailer of all personal items. We won’t have to rent a storage unit to put those belongings into and we might only be out of our Home for a week to ten days. 
Caesar Salad.
Kathy went back to her cleaning while I started emptying the Basement. With all the modifications I have been trying to do it got a little messy, plus I had taken our Folding Tables and Benches out on Saturday to bring to the Blogger-Fest and they were still in the backseat of the Truck. It took some time plus lots of water for both Kathy and I to get through this 79 F (26 C) temperature. Kathy was too worn out from the heat that she didn’t finish the downstairs today but that’s the advantage of being retired, there’s always tomorrow. 
This was sliced after it was on mu plate.
For supper I grilled some Boneless Pork Ribs that Kathy picked up at Road Runner grocery store yesterday on the grill mat on the Weber Q.  Since they were so thick I used the Low and Slow method that George from OurAwesome Travels is always stressing. Kathy was busy inside making a Caesar Salad that we ate while the Ribs were cooking. We each had our fill with just a single piece of meat and we still have a piece the size of a small roast for more meals. For dessert we had a piece of Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie.
Since there have been such long lines at the Dump Station for the last two weeks, our neighbour Wayne suggested going at Dusk because there’s normally no one there. While Kathy washed the dishes, I emptied our Waste Tanks and drove off to the Dump Station. Just like Wayne said there was nobody there and I was heading Home in less then Five Minutes. 

We missed most of the Phoenix News so we watched the Weather Channel for a short while. We scanned the other channels that we receive “Over the Air” and found most were movies from the Seventies and programs that our kids watched as they were growing up. 

Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but I think we’ll be getting out for the day. 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

you no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tracking Things Down, Finding One On Our Own and Nice Warm Weather.


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

We both managed to sleep later then we normally do this morning but I had all my morning reading on the Computer finished before realizing just how late it was and woke Kathy. She couldn’t believe it was that late either so our entire day was behind schedule. We teasingly said we were on California Time.

We had barely finished breakfast when my cousin called again to say not to rush getting the information she asked about yesterday. They are holding off with their plans for another month or two. We’ll talk again later.

After getting my morning chores completed I called Amazon wondering where my orders were. One had been Cancelled by who we don’t know so they’ll be putting a rush on it now. The second was the order that the Post Office here in Quartzsite decided to return because it didn’t have the Box Number to Quiet Times. If you stand outside of either location and look past the intersection you can see the other building. Lots of people here that are not happy with the USPS in Quartzsite. There was no update whether the package had been mailed again by the seller so the Rep E-mailed them. On the last order the tracking information had not been updated since January 10th. As soon as the Amazon Representative started searching the screen suddenly updated to the 20th putting its location in Phoenix. They must be walking it here. The Rep sent off another E-mail inquiring about the delays. Now we have to wait Two Business Days for replies from either of these sellers.

Since it was past 1:00 by the time I got off the phone I suggested we go out for lunch. We were soon on our way to the Mainstreet Restaurant where Kathy had a Salad and I had a Soup and Sandwich for our meal. Neither was overfilling but satisfying enough that we weren’t hungry when we left. 
Cream of Broccoli Soup with a Cordon Bleu Sandwich.
There is definitely less traffic in town today now that the Big Tent has closed but it seems some people think that means they can use the roads for racing their ATVs and Side-by-sides. We simply wanted to drive across the road to the Roadrunner grocery store.

Kathy went in while I walked the short distance over to Quiet Times Greeting Card Shop on Main Street. Even without a Tracking Number by just showing my ID they remember a package arriving from the Post Office for me this morning. Probably around the time I was on the phone with Amazon.

When I got back to the Roadrunner grocery store Kathy had only gotten a few things but had been looking at what was available. Within a few minutes we were in line at the Checkout. Since the US has been experiencing so many Earthquakes lately there was one person in there boasting he couldn’t wait for the Big One so he could launch his boat from his front yard. Kathy just told him to go launch it and never mind waiting for the big one we don’t want that! Just leave the rest of us alone. She got agreeing nods from other customers in line. 

It was nearly 3:00 when we got back Home at La Posa South LTVA. Kathy was still feeling tired from taking the Mucinex for her Congestion issues and my shoulder has been bothering me a lot lately so we just sat at the Computers catching up on what is happening in the world. Since it was 81 F (27 C) outside in the shade it was the perfect time for doing this as well as the northwest winds were keeping the inside of the trailer cooler. 

It wasn’t until we noticed that it was getting dark inside the trailer what time it was. We felt slightly hungry but didn’t know what we wanted to eat. Not feeling like cooking we headed back into Quartzsite to Taco Mio where we had Fish and Chips. They are practically back to their normal service now that the Big Tent is closed. We seemed to have arrived just when things had slowed down but by the time we were leaving the place was filling up again. Nice to not have to cook sometimes! 

Driving back in La Posa South we were really happy to be able to spot the location of our trailer in the dark thanks to the Solar Powered String Lights that I installed on our Antenna Mast. 
High Clouds in front of the Moon.
Tomorrow we have a few things to take care of in the morning but we might be doing some wandering after that. 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

Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho' others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy.

Thomas Traherne, English Poet and Clergyman

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kathy’s Phone Wakes Her, Getting Some Good Advice, Murphy Left and Grilling A Great Supper.


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

Even though I kept myself toasty warm under the Blankets last night it just seemed like a voice was telling me it was time to wake up at 8:00 this morning. As soon as I was standing next to the bed I made certain that Kathy was still asleep and she wasn’t the one telling me it was time to start my day. Opening the Window Shades was a delight knowing that the bright Sunshine was already busy charging our Batteries.

I managed to get things ready for breakfast before starting my morning reading on the Computer. The Weather Network was forecasting perfectly warm sunny weather for the next week. This was the kind of Temperatures that we came to the southwest to enjoy.

Kathy was up by 8:30 when she heard her Cell Phone going off. Remember earlier this week she couldn’t hear it ringing, well after changing it to the Harmonica Tone it woke her from a sound sleep in the Bedroom from the Kitchen. We are confident that she’ll hear it inside her purse.

My cousin was calling from back in Michigan having totally forgotten about the Two-Hour Time Difference. We spoke for a few minutes while Kathy calmed herself down from her early start. After I make a few Phone Calls tomorrow I’ll have the information that is needed.

When we were attending Blogger-Fest at the Ramada (Pavilion) yesterday there was still quite a breeze and when Kathy got up this morning it was like the Congestion was back. With a Weaken Immune System Kathy is very susceptible to those kinds of things so having a couple of Hot Drinks along with a Mucinex after breakfast helped a bit.

Seeing most of our neighbours walking around all bundled up we simply worked on our indoor chores before lunch and simply served a bowl of Soup and a Yogurt cup for the meal.

After we’d eaten I started with the small chores first checking our Propane Tanks. By only cycling the Furnace has helped to keep our usage down so there were no tanks to change out.

Last week I had purchased a Tooled Belt but the Vendor didn’t have it in my size so I needed to purchase a Hole Punch the other day from a Tool Vendor to add a couple of holes. I was just finishing adjusting the Belt outside when I saw a Black Dually pulling up.
 
Setting Sun reflecting off the mountains in the east.
It was Bill from On our Way stopping over. I had asked for some advice yesterday about not getting Sound on our Television and about running the Propane Line for our Blue Flame Heater. It would be perfect for the cold nights that we have been getting lately. He crawled under the trailer just to see what I was telling him first hand before we went inside. He agreed with the location we were installing it but suggested having Two People to attempt to feed the Line. He gave us other ideas to work with and just suggested going back through the Menu on the Television to get the sound working. 

Once Bill left and I closed up the Basement Kathy suggested I try to work on the Television like Bill suggested. Our Television had worked perfectly when we were hooked up to Cable back in McGregor and a couple of parks on our way to Arizona. When we erected the Over-the-air Antenna we had a crystal-clear picture but no audio. I tried all kinds of adjustments to the Menu but they didn’t work. Today, I reconnected the Coaxial Cable from the Antenna, turned on the Television and the audio was working just fine. Murphy must have been looking over my shoulder before and simply left town today. We watched the Evening News for the first time since we’ve been here in December. 
Acorn Squash and Half the Steak.
With very little breeze we prepped an Acorn Squash and set it to cook on our Weber Q on low and slow just like George from Our Awesome Travels is always advising. We let it cook for a Half Hour before adding a Steak for us to share. While that was all cooking Kathy served a Cottage Cheese Salad with Clementine Oranges as a dessert. We had that eaten before I flipped the Steak the first time. It all came out perfect and we didn’t heat up the inside of the trailer. I did interrupt my meal to get a couple of quick Sunset Pictures. 
The Sun had already dipped behind the mountain.
After a few Phone Calls in the morning we might be off running some errands. We are already seeing lots of RVs leaving and there should be more going soon because the Big Tent closed today. We are also hoping to start doing some Hiking and Biking this week. 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 use your truck's horn more than its turn signals.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Blogger-Fest 2018 and We're Cracking Up.


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

After enjoying a wonderful evening by the Campfire with our friends Wayne and Sue last night was it any wonder that once we got to bed we slept like a couple of rocks. All snuggled up under our warm winter Blankets I suddenly felt Kathy stirring next to me which is odd. When I checked my watch I practically jumped out of bed because we had slept in.
Borrowed from Our Awesome Travels
Attendees of Blogger-Fest 2018.
It didn’t take long to put breakfast together and get all the Window Shades up. We still cycled the Furnace because it was just a bit too cold to be comfortable. As soon as our Coffee/Tea was finished it was only minutes later that I was out the door. 
Left Gaelyn (Geogypsy) Right Paula (In the Sahadows)
With today being the Fourth Annual Blogger-Fest Paula (Shadowmoss) from the blog (In the Shadows) had asked that I set up the signs just in case she was delayed on the highway. It took very little time and I was back Home in less then Fifteen Minutes and the only reason it took so long was I drive to keep the dust down. 
Jane and Steve (Rolling From Wasaga)
While I had been gone Kathy had been getting trays ready to plate the Peanut Butter/Chocolate Squares and the Chocolate Pecan Squares. After I cleaned up we worked together to cut the Chocolate and put them all on Cupcake Papers for ease of serving. This allows someone to snack without being worried about a plate. Once these were plated on trays they were put back in the fridge until after we had lunch. 
Stacie and Bob (Maxx Trails)
Dave and Cheryl (Our View From Here)
Knowing there were no Tables to use at the Ramada (Pavilion) I pulled out Tables from our Basement and got that all loaded in the Truck along with our Chairs. Our lunch was lite but we took our time heading out the door. 
Deb and Tom (Celebrating the Dance)
It took less than Five Minutes to cruise up to the Ramada. Paula was already there and worried that nobody was going to show up. By the time we had our Table set up and our Snacks out people just started arriving. Even though Blogger Fest was slated to start at 1:00 Paula allowed Thirty Minutes for everyone to get a quick Hello in. 
Bill (On Our Way) and Patsy (Chillin' with Patsy)
Using a similar format as Last Year everyone had the chance to introduce themselves and their Blogs. Then George from Our Awesome Travels took the Group Pictures and Bill from On our Way took Aerial Pictures with his Drone. Then it was Snack and Socializing Time giving everyone personal time to reacquaint themselves more personally. We had a couple who were Blog Followers and they needed information about Solar Panels and Batteries. There were a few of us more then willing to help them understand how it all worked. 
Blog Followers Kay and Red from Texas
There had been plenty of snacks but there wasn’t much left by the end of the gathering. Shortly after 3:30 things started to wind down and people started heading off. Some will be stopping off at our site when they get back from some short trips. Another Successful Blogger-Fest into the books for another year. Good job Paula!
George and Suzie (Our Awesome Travels)
The other day when we were returning to La Posa South LTVA a passing truck threw a stone that glanced off our windshield. We looked when we got Home and didn’t see anything wrong. As we were about to leave the Ramada this afternoon we found where the stone had struck along with an Eight Inch Crack on Kathy’s side of the Truck. 
Doug with Yuma (Miss Adventure Travels)
Also borrowed from Our Awesome Travels.
Anne Henderson (Right Brain; Right Lane)
Not really hungry and not in the mood to cook anything we headed over to Carl’s Jr. for a lite supper. It gave us a chance to relax and people watch. 
A Crack in the upper corner of our windshield.
We managed to miss the Sunset but we enjoyed the day and our temperatures are going to get really comfortable for the next couple of weeks. 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

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Making Snacks, Back To The Big Tent, Viagra Chip and Great Campfire.


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

Once again we would like to invite Bloggers and Followers alike to the 4th Annual Blogger-Fest taking place at the La Posa South LTVA Ramada (Pavilion) between 1-4 pm tomorrow.
 
We weren’t in any rush to get up this morning so I made certain to stay under the warm Blankets until nearly 8:00 this morning. When opening the Window Shades we welcomed the sight of the Sun and even though we already knew that today was going to be cooler, our Solar Panels were busy charging our Batteries. 
Homemade Stir Fry.
As we sat having breakfast we realized that we still had to return to the Vendors Area and we didn’t want to wait until the weekend because people that had been busy with their jobs during the week would be bringing their families out. That’s a great way to spend family time together but Infants in strollers start screaming because they can’t understand why there not able to play. Even Young Children feel the same way but they are with their parents. We appreciate young families but just not when they are screaming all around us. 
Back in the Vendors Area.
After our normal reading on the Computers and chores Kathy started making the Snacks that we’ll be brining to the Blogger-Fest tomorrow while I composed a detailed letter of what it takes to get the Permit to use the Ramada. As mentioned before Kathy and I like to explore but due to Manufacturing Problems with our RV this year we are doing Day Trips while sitting mostly still. Passing on the information will allow for others to do the same thing in case we are not in Quartzsite to attend in the future. 
Room to walk today without bumping into anyone.
Kathy had me chop up some Chicken and Vegetables that she then sautéed along with some Free Rice that we got at the Big Tent last Saturday. In only a few minutes we had a Hot Meal that would last us for the rest of the afternoon. 
These Tacos were more like Egg Rolls. Way too much Sour Cream.
Around 1:00 we headed off to Tyson Wells Road to see a couple of Vendors. This time I was able to drop Kathy off at the right aisles and by the time I parked the Truck and got to the Vendor Kathy was standing there smiling waiting for me. Not like the other day when I couldn’t find her and started thinking the worst. Since there had been an oversight on the Vendor’s part the other day there was no charge. 
Send from the bottom, Viagra Chip.
We then had to find a Tool Vendor to purchase a Hole Punch so that I could add more holes in a Belt I purchased. It wasn’t until I got Home that I realized the Vendor had sold me a belt much larger then I needed. It took a bit of walking but now I have my own punch for future adjustments. 
It's not Viagra Chip.
Kathy wanted to look around a few of the Clothing Vendors so we crossed the road. After looking around unsuccessfully we were starting to get tired but there was no place to sit down. We saw a couple with a unique portable chair so we asked where they got it and they told us. Kathy didn’t like the idea but we were headed back into the Big Tent. 
Kathy waiting for our guests.
Following the instructions of where the Vendor was we struck out. There was plenty of people inside the Tent but nothing like the packed masses we’d seen on Saturday. Kathy could calmly walk around today and actually see what the Vendors were selling. We walked the entire Tent again and she found a good looking top at a reasonable price inside the Big Tent and she also got some free advice that she’ll try if we’re in the area next year. We also found a couple more things that followed us Home and those Vendors were already lowering their prices. 

It was nearly 4:00 so Kathy suggested we have Tacos from one of the Food Vendors. They were very skinny, had been deep fried and they dropped a ton of Sour Cream on them. Not something we’ll order again. 

While eating those we saw a lot of people eating Ice Cream so we purchased our tickets and stood in line. There on the Selection Board was Viagra Chip. It was put there as a joke but lots of people asked for it and all got the same answer, they were all out. It gave everyone a good laugh. 
Wayne and Sue joining us at the Campfire.
Even though we probably wore off both snacks walking all the way back to the truck we didn’t need anything to eat for supper. Instead we set up the Firepit and invited Wayne and Sue over for a Campfire. We had great time visiting and sharing experiences. By the time we said Good Night at 9:00 we were nearly all froze. 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 don't go anywhere without a cooler.