Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Not a Lot To Say…

October 27th, 2012

But it’s been too long since last post.  We were told our contact station would be open Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat, every week until they went to every day.  We showed up to work today (Sat) and were told we were a day early.  In the past we’d be open every other day, which meant we’d work Sat one week and Sun the next, when we showed up today they said we were still on the every other day schedule.  When Thom was told the 4 definite days of the week, he questioned it, the guy telling him verified it, but apparently was wrong.

Deb gave me some seed, so last Thursday I planted a pot of salad turnips.  I have high hopes of at least a few yummy turnips.

The weather has cooled down quite a bit and I find I’m doing just as I said I would… lows in the low 50’s which is great for sleeping, but low 60’s upon getting up in the morning is a bit chilly for me.  I find that if the temps aren’t in the low 80’s I get goose bumps and chills.  Yep… I’m complaining about being cold already.  I’m hoping that like in past years, I’ll adjust to the temps and get comfortable (reasonably).

I had a lot to say, but my mind has gone blank, so hopefully I’ll remember to share happenings soon.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.


Fixin’ Stuff

October 23rd, 2012

Not sure why, but it seems we have problems keeping air in tires.  The tire on our dolly went flat, two tires on our wagon not only went flat, they are rotten (only 2 years old… made in China).  The front tire on my trike is flat.and won’t hold air when refilled… needs a new tube… is an odd size, we’ve inquiries out, but aren’t holding our breath.  We really want to ride our bikes to work (and other places), but at this point I’m grounded.  We did get tires for the dolly that are “flatless”, and we ordered tires for the wagon.

A couple of days ago I saw a very small lizard (nose to tip of tail only about 3”) out on one of the boards under the Ironwood tree sunning himself.  It was a baby Desert Spiny Lizard.  The big lizard I posted pics of earlier (blue belly ‘n throat, gold specked side) apparently found a mate and this guy was a product.  YAY… my wish was answered!

I do believe the last time I posted I was talking about gardening.  Now I’m posting again and it just happens to be on a day I was gardening again.  Today I planted a pot of Armenian Cucumbers (praying for a mild winter) and another pot of Swiss Chard, only this time the Swiss Chard is the Rainbow Chard which makes a pretty potted plant until it’s harvested. 

My tomato plant is infested with leaf borers and white flies.  I picked off all the leaves I could see signs of leaf borers on and sprayed dish detergent water on the soil and leaves to kill the white flies, but the plant looks pretty dismal.  I may have to go to Lee ‘n Ilse’s to steal one of their tomato plants if Thom wants tomato sammich’s this year.

I don’t know if my cukes will grow.  It’s not really the right kind of weather during the winter season here, but one can hope and try.

We had a camp fire tonight and Ron and Deb came over.  It was so super nice to sit around the fire and talk and relax.  I’m hoping for many more nights like this.

Time to say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Finally Settling In

October 18th, 2012

I’ve been gardening a bit yesterday and today and finally feel like I’m beginning to settle in.  Yesterday I got my new tomato plant (called Oregon Spring) transplanted to it’s home for the season, and I dug up my Garlic Chives, separated them, replanted those I could use and gave the rest of the sets to Deb and Ron.  Today I mixed up a bunch more potting soil (old used potting soil, new potting soil, and manure) and planted Swiss Chard and Asian Radish seeds.  If I can find Armenian Cucumber seeds, I may give them a try.  They are my very favorite cukes and I’m thinking that if I can get them to grow this winter, even if they don’t mature, I can take them with us to the summer job and maybe get a cuke or two.

Thom and I did a bit of shopping today and picked up kitty litter box to replace our watering hole pan… it’s bigger and it isn’t metal and won’t rust.  We got that set into the ground this afternoon.

I guess I’ve not really felt settled because even though Ron and Deb are here, Marv ‘n Deb won’t be here until God only knows when, but definitely not December, and my dearest friend Linda and Al won’t be here at all.  I guess I’m getting old and don’t adapt to change that well. 

Our work schedule has changed a wee bit.  We work from 9 to noon this coming Sat and then the station will be open Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat every week from 9 to 4 p.m. until we start getting busy… so, Thom and I will only be working on Saturdays until business picks up.

The job we were going to do in Sedona for the USFS changed so they didn’t pay a stipend at all, and being on such a limited fixed income, we decided we need some form of pay to afford the fuel to move from one place to the next, we told the agent we were going to work for we couldn’t do it, so she came up with another position at a Cultural Center in the same area that does pay a stipend.  We are pretty sure we’ll get that job, and just hope the road into the campground we’ll be staying at is not too torn up and bumpy.  I’ve sent the Supervisor our resume and references and she’s supposed to send us more info on what the duties are and where we’ll be staying.  When we have more info, we plan on making a long day trip to see where it is and what the road is like.  I’ll share more as we learn more.

The last two days we’ve had to run the a/c in the afternoons, but today it stayed cool enough (barely) we didn’t get the generator and a/c running and it’s quite comfortable in the house now (8:30 p.m. and 79F).  By bedtime, it will be very nice and we shouldn’t have to run the a/c for at least a week, if not (hopefully) the whole season.

Time to say g’nite.  Tomorrow will be a busy day for both of us.  I have 3 days worth of dishes to wash, and I’m thinking I’ll have a very achy back to take the massager to… from lifting bags of potting soil, manure mix, big tomato plant pot, etc.  I’m just glad I managed to lift everything properly so I didn’t strain or pull muscles.  I’m learning to think ahead.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


1st Day of Work

October 14th, 2012

We may have not worked the last 2 years, but it all came back quite easily today, our first day of the season.

Today was on a half day, and our station is only open every other day until business picks up.  We had 7 long term sign-ups in a 3 hour period.  Just enough to keep us busy and slow enough to let us get reacquainted with the job and duties.

Thom and I both thoroughly enjoyed the morning.  I forgot how much fun it is to talk to the folks coming in for the season.  I enjoy sharing what I know about the area and what I know about living this type of life for 7 months.  The coordinators for our station are going to be nice to work for.  They are here to help where we need it, but not interfere when we don’t need it.

The Hawks (or a Hawk) have learned the birds come here for food and water in the mornings and off and on all day.  Every morning a Redtail Hawk fles directly over our RV, dives down to the yard hoping to catch a dove or quail and goes on to a tree a little bit across the wash.  The other morning I took Willow out to go potty and I heard a whoosh behind me, looked up and not 3 feet above my head was the very wide wing-span of an adult Redtailed Hawk.  Absolutely lovely!

Thom decided Friday that he needed to run the diesel generator, so we did laundry at home instead of going to the Laundromat.  It cost a bit more to do it at home, but was worth it because the generator needed a bit of tweaking after sitting unused for so long.

We had our first campfire of the season last night.  Boy have I missed those!  I just sat there, watched the sun go down, very pretty sunset, but I was too lazy to get up and take a pic.  It’s been since before we left here that we had a campfire.  I’d forgotten how mesmerizing they can be. 

Time to wind down.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Job Offer

October 12th, 2012

Bill, the BLM ranger in charge of all the Long Term Visitor Areas in Quartzsite and Yuma called us today and offered us a job as hosts at the Road Runner Short Term Visitor Area for the winter season.  That would mean we’d have to move 3 miles south and live right up near the highway (US 95) with all the road noise and no wash, very little wildlife and worse of all, our friends wouldn’t be able to park near us for more than 2 weeks at a time.  We said thank you but no thanks.  We then went down to visit the La Posa South coordinators to see if they had any positions left for the season.  They did have one and we convinced them to let us have it.  We’ll be working Saturday and Sundays.  I have mixed feelings about working this year.  I like being totally free every day, but I also get bored more than I like.  It will be fun meeting people again and staying in touch with what’s happening.  All in all, I think I made the right decision to go ahead and work even though I was pretty adamant before we got here in saying I was definitely NOT going to work.

The last 2 years we had a cottontail rabbit visit whom I called Notch-ear.  He’s back again this year and quite large… again, abundant food due to plenty of rain.

Tomorrow I’m going to try a new recipe for a no bake cookie.  Our friend, Mari, posted it on pinterest, a new internet “thing” and since I love Nutella which is one of the ingredients,  I just have to try it… Sweet ‘n Salty No Bake Nutella & Pretzel Cookies.  They sound a bit decadent so I’m going to share them with Ron ‘n Deb, who provided the pretzels so I don’t have to go shopping.  That way we won’t eat too many of them ourselves.

It has really cooled down lately.  We had the sheet and a light blanket on us last night, with windows open, and I slept cool.  I slept, so it wasn’t too cold, but being cool left me with an achy body.  It’s just a bit after 8 tonight and already below 70F.  I’m ready to start closing windows.

Speaking of which, I’m thinking it’s time to say goodnight so I can sit in my recliner and try to unkink my body before bedtime.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Life Is Good

October 11th, 2012

Weather has finally gotten cooler.  Yesterday was our first day of not having to run the A/C all day!  It did get a bit warmer inside than we like (88F) but it cooled down so wonderfully that by bedtime it was quite comfortable.

Yesterday was our 13th anniversary so we went to Parker to the China Garden (super good hot ‘n sour soup) for dinner.  One of the good parts of this place is they give you so much food we get two days of dinners out of it for $28, including tip.

Today was fantastic!  The weather report has been predicting cooler weather with possible thunder showers.  It was wonderfully cool when we got up, a bit cloudy and getting cloudier… before noon we got some thunder and rain and managed to get a very nice rainfall for the day.  It stayed cool and lovely with our windows open to the breeze and fresh rain washed air.  It is going on 9 p.m.  and 68F outside and 71F inside.  I suspect we’ll want the light blanket on the bed tonight.

Last night and the night before we encountered a couple of spiders for first sightings for the year.  Two nights ago Thom saw and called me out to shoot a small male tarantula.

Yesterday evening Thom called me and told me to bring my camera to Ron ‘n Deb’s place.  When I got there I found they had a different spider spotted.  For a spider, not a tarantula, it was quite large, about 1 inch in body length.  I took pics, went home, looked it up on my ID program on the Kindle Fire and discovered it is a Golden Huntsman Spider.  Very pretty, very docile spider except with his prey.  The black on his face is his mandibles, which are the pinchers he captures his prey with… big!

I’m looking forward to the next few days.  It should be cool enuff to not need the a/c, and I hope to take a walk or two to see what’s sprouting out of the ground from this rain.

Life Is Good!  (LIG)  Missin’ you Al ‘n Linda, next year is too far away.  I’ve a feeling the phone calls may get more frequent.  lol.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Quick Catch Up

October 7th, 2012

Still getting by.  Still dealing with heat, just not as hot as when we got here.  Should be considerably cooler by Tuesday.

We are going to Lake Havasu tomorrow to do a bit of business and don’t even plan on running the a/c while we’re gone.  We will be taking Willow with us though, and I plan on putting a bowl of water on the floor of the birds’ cages so they can cool off if necessary.  I doubt it’ll get warmer than 90F in the RV.  If it’s hot inside when we get back, we’ll get the diesel genny going to run the big a/c to cool it off.

We need to do some grocery shopping so we’re taking a couple of coolers in case we buy things that need to be refrigerated.  We are definitely going to buy a Papa Murphy’s pizza, which will need one of the coolers with ice.  It’s a foldable cooler bag and the  large pizzas fit beautifully in it.

I think I’m going to make a few photo albums and post links to them on this blog.  I’m getting way to many shots I want to share to post them on my daily posts.

Ummmm… let’s see… what else is new?  Now that the temps are a bit cooler at night, our fridge seems to be working just fine.  Got up this morning to a temp of 30F in the fridge… had to turn it up a bit.  It is now maintaining about 34F, which is just where I like it.  Keeps drinks good and cold, but not icy.

Things aren’t quite what we thought or want for our summer of 2013 job, so we’re working on it.  Will let ya’ll know what’s happening as soon as we find out for sure.

It’s now time for me to go look at grocery ads to decide what we need to buy in LHC (Lake Havasu City) tomorrow.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


They Keep Saying…

October 2nd, 2012

…it’s gonna cool off.  It’s been pushed off for another 3 days, then it’ll get all the way down to the high 90’s.  Today got up to 106.5 in the shade under the Ironwood tree, up to 90.6 inside, still 90 at 6:30 p.m.

Thom had to go into town today to pick up more pallets at the place that lets us have them exclusively, so he offered to take Ron into town to take care of business.  Ron and Deb are having the satellite guys come out tomorrow to install a TV dish on their RV permanently.  Their daughter, Jennifer, is with them right now, but will be leaving in a day or two.  She has to get back to work in Orlando, FL.

Not a lot new here, other than trying to stay relatively cool.  I’m using my Weber Q BBQ as an oven to cook, when I cook.  So far it’s working great.

Critter wise, there’s a couple of new ones.  Our first Harris Antelope Ground Squirrel (HAGS) visited us a couple of days ago.  I didn’t see him today, but he may have decided to stay in his burrow in this heat, it didn’t cool off that much last night.

Another new critter here this year is one I’ve only seen once before.  He’s a small warbler and move constantly and quickly.  I took a gazillion pics and didn’t get one single clear shot of him, but I’m gonna share the best one anyway.  He is a Black Throated Gray Warbler.  I hope he keeps coming back, there’s lots of bugs in the Ironwood and I want a good shot of him.

I finished making the beaded Rufus Hummingbird today.  I’ll probably get it sent off to Thom’s Mom tomorrow or the next day.  Here’s a couple of pics of it.  First the front, then the back.  The “rufus” beads are a much deeper cinnamon color than these pics show.

I think tomorrow, if I spend much time at home, I’m going to work on finishing my latest rattlesnake and add rattles to the first one I made.  We do have a few things to do in town though.

We’ve got the internet going now, so I’m gonna go check facebook, post this blog, check my email, then watch TV.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!