Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Lovely Days

November 29th, 2012

We are reveling in our good fortune with the weather.  Still having days of highs in the mid 70’s, lows in the mid 40’s.  It will cool down for a couple of days after the weekend, then go back up to mid 70’s again.  We can’t believe our luck… it’s been fantastic!

We went to Mexico and Yuma yesterday… Mexico to buy prescription drugs, and we found Fry’s in Yuma for groceries.  While in Yuma we stopped in Home Depot and I bought some petunias and pansies to add color to our “yard”.  I now have 3 pots of flowers.  As soon as I’m confident my pansies and petunias in the hanging basket are settled and happy, I’m going to hang them on a shepherds crook at the end of our drive.  And the other flowers are in other pots adding color and pizzazz.  I’m happy.

I was out looking at my veggie garden and looked over at the only healthy cucumber plant and saw a grass hopper on it munching away on one of the 2 secondary leaves.  Within 1/2 hour this grasshopper had devoured 1/2 of the leaf.  He was a minimum of 4 inches long!!  I scared him off and covered the pot with a grate from an old bbq.

I had the best phone call in the world today.  My son called saying he, Tiff (his wife), and Coen (my darling grandson) are coming here the day after Christmas (my son, Mike’s, birthday).  They’ll be staying a few days.  Am I excited? OMG… YOU BET!

We went to Mexico yesterday to buy prescription drugs (we were in and out of Mexico within 30 minutes), and stopped at Fry’s Foods in Yuma for grocery shopping.  Good prices at Fry’s… wish it were closer to Quartzsite.  Tomorrow we have to go to Parker to restock on a thing or two.  We should be done with shopping trips for a while after tomorrow.

Time to say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Last Couple of Weeks

November 23rd, 2012

I haven’t posted lately because things have been going on, we’ve been busy, and we didn’t want to talk about what’s been going on until we knew more.

Thom and I put in for another job down here in AZ, hosting a campground on the Oxbow Lake on the Colorado river.  It’s a year round job which means we wouldn’t be coming back to the BLM Long Term Visitor Area during the winters.  The campground is a BLM campground.  We seriously doubt we’ll get the job so it’s not a big deal to talk about it now.  We didn’t want to alarm our friends who come stay with us in the winter.

We don’t know what we’ll be doing this summer, there’s a possibility of a position at a Cultural Information center in the Sedona area.  There’s always something available and we’ll find one that fits us.

In the meantime… we did have a short period of cooler weather.  We even ran the little catalytic heater a few mornings when the lows got down to the mid 30’s.  That only lasted 3 or 4 days and then the weather turned perfect again.

We had Thanksgiving Dinner with Ron and Deb yesterday, sat outside in 70+ degrees.  Yummy dinner, beautiful weather and good company!  Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn casserole, candied sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.  And for dessert we had homemade Cheesecake and homemade Banana Cream Pie.

Registrations at work have been really slow lately.  We’re hoping people stayed home to vote in the elections and since Thanksgiving was so close they stayed home to celebrate with family and are now on their way to the desert.  We work tomorrow and Sunday and really hope we get more than the 7 per day we got last weekend.  Working from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with so little to do can get on one’s nerves.

At least last Sunday we had a Walking Stick stalking a moth to entertain us all day.  Walking Sticks are the most patient creature on earth.  This guy move 1/4” per hour towards his prey.  We saw him at about 10 a.m. and by the time we went home at 4 p.m.  he was only 1/2 inch closer to the moth.

A closer look at the Walking Stick.


My garden is doing pretty good.  I have a couple of tomatoes set on one of the plants and the other is blooming nicely.  I think I’m going to have to get our garden cage back from Ron and Deb since they’re not using it for their dog.  The Gila Woodpecker ate a green tomato on my last tomato plant before I threw it away.  I don’t want to go to all this work only to lose my produce to the critters.

Today we went to visit Larry ‘n Phyllis and they gave me cuttings from a succulent plant that has pretty purple flowers, and 3 pieces of a cactus that grows pretty easily if just stuck in the ground.  If all the cactus pieces grow I’m going to give one to Rob and Deb if they want it.  I think I heard Deb say she wanted a cactus, but I’m not sure.

We’ll keep you posted on the other campground when we hear one way or the other, and we’ll keep you posted on whatever we will be doing during the summer.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Same-o, Same-o

November 8th, 2012

The weather has been pretty consistent, our days have been pretty consistent, and the only change that has happened is the re-election of Obama, making the future very uncertain.

The weather will be changing though.  The high temp today still got up to 84F but it rained a bit.  Rain is always welcome here.  The temps will be dropping with the highs in the 60’s and lows in the high 30’s to low 40’s starting tomorrow, and the days will be blustery with more clouds.  Of course, the clouds make beautiful sunsets, but they also mean we have to run the generator more or really conserve the energy use.  Solar panels don’t work real well on dreary days.

Everything in my garden has sprouted now, even the cucumbers.  So far 7 cukes have sprouted (I only planted about 9).  I’ll leave all 7 in the pot until they are big enough to transplant, then see if Deb wants one or two and I’ll move 1 or two to a new pot and leave a couple in the original pot.  So far I’ve got two planting of swiss chard, 1 of asian radishes, 1 of bulb radishes, garlic chives, a large pot of salad turnips, two pots of tomatoes Lee brought over… one is even blooming, and the cucumbers I don’t really expect to survive but will hold hope forever.  Yesterday I even got the two Ironwood tree seeds I found planted in a pot.  It’ll be interesting to see if they sprout.

Starting tomorrow we go on full days every day at work.  We’ll be working 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun and the other volunteers will have the contact station open the other 5 days of the week.

Another of my favorite birds showed up this week.  The Verdin is a very small insect eating songbird.  He’s just about the same size as the larger hummingbirds.  He also has a sweet tooth, so when I see him it’s usually hangin’ out on the hummer feeder steeling sips.  He stayed long enough for me to get a few decent shots.  Here’s one of them.

The Gambel’s Quail still come in and entertain us every day.  I love their markings.  This pic shows them pretty clearly.

The female isn’t as sharply marked, but they are still pretty in their own right.

Hopefully I’ll post sooner next time.  I’m sure I’ll feel like whining about the cold weather in a couple of days.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!