Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Much Much Better

February 28th, 2013

I’m finally much better now.  I still have a bit of a cough, but it’s mostly that durned tickle in my throat.  It’s just been these last few days that I’ve had any energy.  Got my vacuuming done yesterday, but by the time I was done moving furniture around to vacuum under it all, I was totally worn out. 

We had a couple more days of rain last week.  The Brittle Bush plants are popping yellow flowers everywhere, the Apricot Globe Mallow are just starting to bloom.  On the road between Quartzsite and Blythe CA there is a hillside just before you get to the Ehrenberg turnoff that has been covered with beautiful Sand Verbena for a month now… a gorgeous lavender hillside.  I can’t wait for the cactus to start blooming along with the Ocotillo and Cholla.  The Ocotillo will bloom anytime now, but the cactus is a few weeks out yet.

The upper two paragraphs were written last Saturday at work.  We got busy and I’m just now getting back to it (Thursday, 2/28).

Marv and Deb left yesterday for home and Tom and Alanna are planning on leaving in 2 weeks.  They have a job to get to in Montana.  Ron and Deb are sticking it out here with us unless something comes up.

Spring is definitely in the air.  The lizards are getting bright and colorful, doing their mating dance and chase.  I like the Side Blotched Lizard because it’s easy to tell the male from the female – he’s spotted and she has a definite pattern.  This first shot is the male posing on a rock.  The female is just out of the photo frame.  He is doing the Lizard push-ups to try to attract her.  Meanwhile, she is on her own rock doing her version of the push-ups.  When he get’s close to her she runs away, I guess she’s not quite ready yet, but he’s quite persistent.

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See the difference in their markings?  You can tell by the blotch on the male’s side where they got their name.  She has one too, but it’s smaller.  From nose to tip of tail he’s about 9” long, she is about 7 or 8”.

The birds are in the spring mood too.  The male house finch have put on their brightest, reddest, reds.  Part of their mating ritual is the female will sit on a branch in the tree and wait for the male to bring her a tasty morsel… the best seed in the feeder.

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The dove and quail have been mating for about a week now.  I’m excited because we’ll still be here when the baby quail are brought to the water and feed in our yard.  Hopefully I’ll get some photos.

I’ll try to be more diligent in my blogging.

In the meantime, ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

State of the Union—State of our Life

February 12th, 2013

Tonight the President is going to give his State of the Union speech.  I want to hear how he has made life better for any sector of the US Citizens… and I want it to be the TRUTH!

The cost of living is much higher for us.  Last year we had basically the same income as we have now (Social Security).  We actually have a few dollars less this year due to increase in Medicare costs.  Last year we were able to take a few dollars and go for drives in the desert, splurge on meals out about once a week (usually fast food), and buying the foods we like to eat.  This year we don’t go for rides in the desert because we can’t afford the gas.  We seldom have salads because the cost of produce has risen to prohibitive prices… a head of Iceberg Lettuce for $1.59/lb?  Jeez-O-Pete!  Apples for $1.89/lb?  Can’t afford that!  All the produce we used to buy has gone up in price by a minimum of $0.50/lb, usually much more.  As for gas…. it is totally outrageous again.  It went from $3.09 the end of January to $3.59 today.  Why?  My Mom is a gas tank away from us (round trip) and I can’t afford to go see her.  We find ourselves scratching for means to get by the last week before payday.

Am I frustrated?  Am I angry?  Am I sad?  You betcha!  Am I hopeful for change?  Nope!

I’ll listen to the Prez tonight and maybe feel better, but I sure doubt it.

Enuff of the depressing stuff!

I had some excitement here on the 9th of Feb.  I saw movement thru the window out of the corner of my eye.  I looked up and saw a cat.  My first thought was that’s a BIG ca… Oh My Hell!!  That’s a Bobcat.  He was a mere 8 feet from me.  Due to the window between us, he was quite comfortable and just sauntered thru the yard slowly, out into the wash and down the wash towards Ron ‘n Deb’s place.  Believe it or not, that stride was just slow steps.  This pic makes it look like a trot to me.
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Last post I mentioned I had a bit of a cold.  It turned into a full blown cold.  I didn’t work during the weekend, had a fever both days.  Those two days of rest were good for me though because yesterday I started feeling much better and today even better yet.  I’m on the mend.  I’m still hacking up lots of phlegm but at least it’s breaking loose and coming up now.  I coughed so hard over the weekend, my tummy, back and side muscles were so sore!!  Catch a big cold… strengthen your tummy muscles!  My back doesn’t ache as much as usual, must be due to stronger tummy muscles.  LOL

We got a nice rain yesterday morning.  We have seen Brittle Bush blooming since we got here last September.  Not in abundance, until now.  The Apricot Globe Mallow has been blooming off and on all winter.  This is so unusual in my experience.  I can’t wait for spring and the flowers that wait until spring to bloom.  The Sand Verbena on a hillside between here and Blythe has been blooming for 3 weeks now.  It’s gorgeous!  Unfortunately, it’s right off the I-10, and we can’t stop for me to get a pic.

We’re having a ball getting to know Tom and Alana, our new friends out here.  They are younger (in their late 40’s), full of energy, spit, ‘n vinegar!  They do Workamping jobs during the summer and I’m truly hoping they come back next winter.  If we’re at Senator’s Wash, I hope they come see us!

Some of the group here is going to Blue Water Casino (in Parker) on Valentines day for a Prime Rib buffet ($12.95/ea).  We’ve decided to not go.  Thom can’t eat beef, and I’d rather save that $30+ for groceries or gas.  I’m roasting a lovely chicken tomorrow along with sweet potatoes, boiled red potatoes, grilled asparagus ($0.99/lb. WOW), and I’ll probably caramelize an onion or two for Thom.  We’ll make that our Valentines dinner and if I’m totally well by Thursday, we’ll go visit our good friends, Lee and Ilse.  We really miss them!

Time to say g’nite.  I’m trying to write this and listen to the Prez.  Not doable.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Tah!

Drum On!

February 8th, 2013

The gal who complained about Thom’s drumming moved to a new location after being talked to again by our ranger.  He explained to her that Thom wasn’t breaking any rules and she did have the option of moving elsewhere.

Our great weather is done for a while.  We have a week of cooler temps (highs in the 50’s lows in the low 30’s) to look forward to.  After a week of 70’s, we’re not going to be super excited about the weather.

Sometime around last Tuesday I woke up to a cold… congestion, cough, sniffles, etc.  It’s still with me and is driving me crazy.  I haven’t really felt that bad until yesterday when a fever started.  I still have it today and with the lack of sleep last night, I’m really worn out.  I think I need to call Dot (contact station coordinator) to tell her I may not be at work tomorrow if I still have the fever.  I don’t want to take a chance on passing this cold on to other people.

The “big freeze” we had a couple of weeks ago (several days of below 30F) killed of one tomato plant, the turnips and radishes.  I’m so ready to start over, but don’t really want to have to worry about moving pots of living plants.  I may go ahead and start a couple more pots of swiss chard though.  I have one pot of chard that is growing well enough for me to harvest enough for a side dish once a week or so.  I cut the larger leaves off each plant which encourages the rest of the leaves to grow more.  Every time we have it we wish we had more!

A storm has been blowing in today.  The wind along with the threat of rain and cold temps has really triggered a feeding frenzy with the birds in our yard.  For the first time ever I had about 25 or 30 White Crowned Sparrows.  There were also around 15 House Finch, a bunch of Quail and Dove, and, of course, a couple of HAGS.

My head is swimming and not thinking clearly so I’m gonna call it a night.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles!

Keepin’ on

February 1st, 2013

Not a lot has changed in the last 3 days other than it’s gotten warmer and lovely.

This is the last weekend of the big tent shows so people will be leaving Quartzsite in droves now… we hope.  We like what the influx of people does for the BLM and the town of Q, but it will be so nice to be able to drive thru town and not worry about all these “crazy old drivers”. 

We work tomorrow and Sunday.  Tomorrow we’ll do the full 9 – 5 shift, but Sunday, we drop down to 9 – 4.  That means we can hurry home and join the Super Bowl Party with the group out here.  It’s going to be at Ron and Deb’s in their garage/shed.  Temps will be near 70 tomorrow, so it’ll be basically comfortable for the party.

We didn’t think we’d be able to go to the party until yesterday so I’ve not planned anything to take for snacks.  Maybe I can throw something together tomorrow night after dinner. 

Thom got his drum out last night after everyone left the fire (about 8:00 p.m.) and played with it for 30 to 40 minutes.  Thom was told today that someone filed an incident report complaining about the drumming last night.  They said the sound measured at 62 decibels.  Now, how many people carry a decibel meter?  Thom told the ranger who told him this that he was the drummer.  Our friends, who are our closest neighbors said they could barely hear it.  On top of that, quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  He wasn’t playing after 9:00 p.m., let alone 10.  Oh well… we’ll see how it goes.  I’m sure the people who complained are only going to be here another 1 to 5 days. 

I’ve got a few things to do to get ready for work tomorrow, so I’m gonna say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles!