Fulltime Roadrunners

Fulltime Roadrunners
Staying Put at BLM Oxbow Campground on the Colorado River, Cibola, AZ

Just Some Thoughts

June 28th, 2012

… and learning more about the Windows Live Writer program for blogging.

We’ve had 3 digit temps for the last week and expecting another week of 3 digits.  Today probably didn’t get any higher than 105, but it’s still too warm for doing anything outside for an extended period of time.  When I take Willow for a potty walk, both of us are ready to get back inside to the A/C after a short period.  The dog walk is red dirt and small rocks.  It get’s so hot she dances for a few steps, then turns and heads for home.  The gravel road is lighter in color and not as hot so we don’t make her go on the dog walk unless it’s early and not hot yet.  Having spent most of her life in the desert, she has no problem pottying on rocky gravel.  Our lows have been in the low to mid 70’s.  Needless to say, we leave the A/C on all night in the bedroom.  The inside of the RV doesn’t cool down as fast as outside.  When we head for bed it’s still 85 to 95 outside anyway.  We have another week of 100+ degrees predicted.Sometimes when I walk outside the heat blasts in my face and I have to catch my breath.

My tomato plant seems to be loving this weather– so long as I water it twice a day.  The turnips are doing a lot better than I expected.  I’m keeping them in the shade where they only get a bit of early morning sun.  They are slowly getting bigger.  I should have a few I can share with the new Workampers in a week or so.  The pansies have decided it’s just too hot to keep going and have quit putting on buds.  The leaves are browning and dropping.  The Garlic Chives don’t like the heat much either.  I need to move them to where the turnips are.  I have a flower box with petunias, dianthus (sweet williams) and a plant with a cluster of small white star flowers.  It’s doing wonderful in the hot sun.

Our water hose to the trailer popped a leak yesterday—heat and old, tired hose.  We need to cycle the water in the fresh water tank anyway, so we are running off the pump for a few days.  We have another hose we can hook up with, so it’s “no worries”.  I do think it’s time we bought a new fresh water hose though, it’s been years!

We’ve been using our ice maker a few days now.  Within an hour I have enough ice to fill a gallon ziplock bag.  I keep two bags in the freezer and it takes less space than 3 ice trays and one 1 gal. bag.  Sure is nice!  When we’re boondocking, we’ll use solar power to run it, or if need be make our ice at night when the generator is running for the last couple hours of TV.  Life Is Good!

I’ve “thought” enuff this afternoon.  I’ve got a couple of pork chops and a brat to BBQ tonight.  I’m not looking forward to standing in front of the hot Weber, but it’ll only be for a few minutes.

A test photo.  It’s the entry to a private home’s drive, a hand-made arch with bicycle, 4 wheeler and climbers on it.  I want to see if I can make it so it opens in a new window.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles!

PS… the open in new window worked on the photo.  Just click on it to see a bigger version, then close that window to come back to the blog.

Back Again

June 27th, 2012

Today was day 3 of our days off.  Monday we went shopping, found a few things in town we needed, and got a few things done that needed doing.  Tuesday we did a bit more of getting things done that needed doing.  A few days ago we brought the cargo trailer back to the site, figured out how to fit it and our Ram 1500 in the site.  Today Thom (with a bit of help from me) moved the freezer from beneath the hitch (covered area) to inside the cargo trailer.  We plan on keeping it in the trailer and the trailer at our site until we leave here.  If our bosses complain, we’ll move it back.  I doubt they’ll complain though, they let the campers do a lot of weird stuff!

We’ve decided to try a new restaurant once a week and we’re finding we have weird taste or people who live here have weird tastes.  I was told Eddie McStiff’s had great pizza, but we went there tonight and our pizza was not only undercooked, but also, judging by the temp of it, slow coming from the kitchen.  Pizza needs to be HOT… nearly too hot to take a bite.  Ours was a bit more than lukewarm.  If they’d been busy with the waitresses and waiters hopping, I could, maybe, understand our pizza being cool.

I have the last of the 3 hummingbird orders getting closer to being done… I’ll be glad to get them done.  I enjoy doing them and watching them come together… realizing I chose the right color combinations, etc.  When I’m done posting this, I’m going to go online to order beads that are more like the colors I want for a new snake… creams and browns and ummmm… whatever looks right.

Anyone interested in a super easy, totally acceptable custard pie, let me know… no water bath, no worries.  I got the recipe from a friend on facebook, have made it twice and it works great!  My boss gave me a dozen eggs from their free range chickens (I expected them to be eggy, but they were yummy), so I made this pie and shared it with them.  They loved it.

I took a photo tonight of our view during sundown.  It’s beautiful and I wanted to share it with ya’ll.

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I’m still working with the new Window’s Write program, so if this pic doesn’t come thru big enuff for you to see, I’ll go back and change it.

By the way, we got a touch of rain in a thunderstorm last night, felt wonderful, but not nearly enuff rain.  Just enough to knock down the dust, not enough to create puddles.  We need a lot more.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Been Told I Need to Blog

June 25th, 2012

… So here I am.  I’m trying out a new program to blog offline then go online to post.  We’ll see how it works.  I may have to redo the whole thing if it doesn’t work.  Guess I need to copy and paste if that’s the case.  “rambling”

It has been hot, hot, hot here!  The last 5 days have been in the triple digit temps and the next 6 days are predicted to be in the triple digit temps.  Yesterday and today we had 110F at the porch of the office… in the shade.  This morning Thom and I went grocery shopping before it got too hot and this afternoon I walked to the office to give recipes to the gals… I moved real slow, just like they do in the South.

I love custard, but don’t want to put in the time and effort to do the water bath to cook it “just right”.  One of the gals on my facebook posted a recipe for a “magic crust custard pie” and I tried it… wonderful!  It’s not quite as creamy as a “real” custard pie and the magic crust isn’t a flakey pie crust, but for a quick 1 hour from start to finish desert, it’s fantastic!  Let me know if you want the recipe, I’ll either send it to you or post it here.

Not much to post as far as boondocking and workamping is concerned.  Thom has invited several people to join us this winter, or any winter down in Quartzsite… you know him “ya’ll come”.

Time to say g’nite and head for my recliner.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!!

Tah!

Gettin’ By

June 19th, 2012

At least it hasn’t been quite a week since I last posted.  We went back to Grand Junction to pick up the backup of my computer and external hard drive.  I’ve been having a ball going back thru the photos on the external… it’s been a while.

As much as we were looking forward to being here in Moab this summer, we’ve decided that summer is not the time of year to be here.  It’s not even July yet and we’ve had several days in the 3 digits degrees.  I worry about Thom having to work outside in this heat.  We definitely don’t want to do much exploring outside in it.  We do have the opportunity to take a jet boat tour on the Colorado River at no cost… since we recommend this tour to our customers. I’ve asked our boss to make the arrangements for a morning trip.  I’ve plenty of insect repellant, so we’re ready!

I’m already ready to get back down to Quartzsite.  Life is changing.  We’ve no idea when Marv and Deb will show up next winter, if at all.  Have serious doubts Al and Linda will be able to make it (still praying it happens).  I’m honestly wondering if we’ll be on our own in Q this year.   Not even sure what Ron and Deb plan.  Hope Q is in their plans!  Of course, we’ll always have our dear Lee and Ilse down there.

Tonight I cooked a roasted chicken, potato salad, Father’s Day dinner for Thom (I know… a little late, but we had to work on Daddy’s Day and travel yesterday).  He’s been a great Dad and deserves the recognition!

Time for me to sat g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

Back in Business

June 14th, 2012

Got a new computer… the mother board in the old one was destroyed by the glass of water dumped on it.  Had to pay to have the hard drive from the old ‘puter as well as a portable hard drive, whose USB connection in the case quit working, backed up on a new portable hard drive.  It’s worth the charge since most of the data backed up is photo’s I’ve taken in the last three years.  The external hard drive had pics from ‘09 forward.

We will be going back to Grand Junction on our next days off to get the backup.  Right now I don’t even have an address book for my email… will have that when we get the back-up from Best Buy.  In the meantime, please send me email so I can make sure I have your address in my address book on the new ‘puter.  I hate “rebuilding” a new ‘puter!

We have new workampers in the RV Park now.  They came in yesterday and are being trained.  They will work Mon. thru Thurs… same hours as we do.  These guys are a young couple, don’t looker older than 25 or 30.  Will be nice to have another couple doing the same as we do.  Continuity is wonderful.

I’ve got an order for 3 more beaded hummingbirds… one blues, one greens, ‘n one purples.  I’ve got the blue one more than 2/3’s done.

It’s time for me to say g’nite.  The next 3 days are work days, not sure what kind of posting I’ll be doing during that time.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles!

Quick Update

June 12th, 2012

We’ve had 2 days off with 2 more to go.  The days off are very welcome this week.  Thom has a tendency to work more than the hours allotted to him but not put in for them, so he’s quite tired by the end of the day, more due to the heat than the hours.  I work until 9 p.m., get home around 9:15, so when I get home I’m not ready to go to bed very soon… I stay up until 11:00 or so which makes it hard for Thom… he can’t sleep while I’m still up.  On the other side, I have to get up around 7 or 7:30 a.m. to put his hair in a ponytail, and it’s hard for me to climb back into bed and go back to sleep.  Such is life.

Today we climbed into the new truck and went for a drive.  We just roamed around the hills surrounding  the campground and a bit of town.  I’ve got pics, just no program to edit them with on Thom’s computer.

Tomorrow, we’ll be going into Grand Junction to do a bit of shopping and hit Best Buy to see if they can fix my “watered” computer or at least transfer data from it to a new computer I’ll buy there.

I had more ramblings written, but when I went to save it, the connection was lost.  I’m going to go with what I’ve got now and see if I can’t do better after we get back from Grand Junction.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles.

Oops!

June 11th, 2012

Last Friday night I managed to spill a glass of water on my less than 1 year old laptop computer.  It slowly died.  I’ve been using Thom’s computer when he isn’t using it (on his ‘puter now).  Wed, we get Thom’s social security so we will be going to Grand Junction to buy some things from Sam’s Club and stop at Best Buy to see what they can do with the “watered” computer and maybe transfer files from it to a new ‘puter, if not fix it.   I know the price of computers nowadays pretty much makes them “disposable”, but I’m not overly enthused with spending another $500 as well as the cost of transferring files from the old hard drive to a new ‘puter.

Work is going fine.  We’ve got it down to a science now, so it’s going pretty smooth.

We hope to get in a few more drives before we leave here.  So much to see, so little time.

When I get back on my own computer I’ll be sharing more photos and adventures with ya’ll.  I think we’ll be going on a jet boat river tour on the Colorado river soon.

For now, it’s g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

As Promised….

June 7th, 2012

I put 11 photos in an album of Dead Horse Point Park.  We went there yesterday.  Beautiful sights.  I will post more in a day or two.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Tah!

Playing Tourist

June 6th, 2012

We got a late start, but did get out to Dead Horse Point.  It is called that because several wild horses were caught and held at this point, but not retrieved, therefore a bunch of dead horses.

I intend to put together a photo album of the shots I got today, and it will be posted on the blog tomorrow.  All in all we had a great day.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Toodles.

Still Here

June 5th, 2012

We’re still alive and doing fine.  We had a great time with Scott ‘n Mari.  Didn’t have enough time together, but that’s the way it goes.  Work tends to get in the way.  I’ve not been feeling well lately and am not sure why.  At least I am able to muddle my way through the day and whatever activities we choose to do.  I’m sorry Scott and Mari… that I wasn’t quite myself.

I have days that I’m just fine and then days that I feel things are not in balance.  Of course, I’m now without insurance, so having a blood test to find out if I’m deficient in Vit. D or Potassium would be very expensive.  I look forward to getting back to Quartzsite to see if I get to feeling normal.

I’m comfortable enough at work now that it’s quite fun.  I’m sorry we’ll have to cut it short at the end of August.  We have to go to Salt Lake City (actually Draper) the Wednesday after Labor Day to have our Holding Tank worked on.  They are saying it is probably just the seal on the tank, so we shouldn’t have to replace the tank, just have the seals fixed.  Thom talked to the insurance and they will cover motel costs if we need to spend time in a motel/hotel room.

At least we’ll be in Quartzsite early enough to get the site we’ve had the last two years.

The weather here has been quite warm and often windy.  We had a couple of very windy days while Scott ‘n Mari were here and we all just kinda holed up in our RV’s.  The blowing dust is brutal!  We’re still getting windy days and tons of blowing dust.  It’s been so warm the last few days and with the wind, my turnips, tomato and other plants are drying out within 8 hours.  100F temps with high winds and 15% humidity drys things out super fast.  I watered this morning and everything was drooping before sundown.

We still have some things we wanna do before we leave here, just hope the winds die down enough to make it possible.

While Scott and Mari were here, we did a drive through the Arches National Park.  I’ve got some nice photos I’ll put in a photo album with a link in the body of a post here.

It’s 10:30 p.m. here and I’m tired, but I just had to do a post to let ya’ll know we’re still here and doing okay.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!