Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Time Flies!

May 6th, 2014

It seems like January was just a few days ago, yet here it is May already. 

We’re getting a few things accomplished out here.  The BLM gave us an “easy-up” shade canopy to put over the table outside where I write the annual passes for our guests.  I managed to get it put up all by myself other than having to have Thom help me position it over the table to give us the best shade.  It’s a great place to sit and bead while watching for new arrivals.

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Thom finished putting together and filling our raised garden.  Just yesterday I transplanted some Armenian Cucumbers to it.  I’ve started some Jicama also, but the plants are teeny tiny still.  If they survive and get big enough, I’ll transplant them into the garden near the cukes.  They both need something to climb on so we’ll be putting in trellises on that end of the garden.  We also want to put up some shade cloth before the summer gets too hot.  At least we’ve got it started and we’ve got plenty of time to work on it as we can.
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It’s getting hotter out here in the desert.  We’ve had several days in the 3 digits.  Thom is getting quite acclimated to the heat, he will go outside and sit in the shade to watch the arrival and departure of our guests.  I can only last 15 or 20 minutes out there, even in the shade and with a breeze.  105° is quite warm whether it’s in the shade or not.  I hope we can do well when the temps get above 110°.  I understand that when they do it’s not for many days so hopefully we can get through without it costing us an arm and a leg in diesel for the big generator.

Spring at Oxbow Campground and the surrounding area is a bird watcher’s paradise.  We get all kinds of warblers, tanagers and orioles.  The last couple of days any time I look out my window I see up to 6 or 7 Black-headed Grosbeak.  The first one is the Male, second a female.

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We get a Lazuli Bunting now and then, and, of course, all those hummingbirds! 

Yesterday on our way in to Quartzsite I had Thom stop above this place across the river from us called the Hippy Hole” so I could take a photo of the American Avocet all in a row.  I think they are so pretty.
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I made a hummingbird for a gal in Quartzsite and delivered it yesterday.
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The gal I buy my 3D bead patterns from has created a new pattern for a beaded Phoenix.  I bought the pattern and now I’m excited to get it started and see the results.  While in Quartzsite I bought some beads I need for the new pattern..  As soon as I’ve finished this post I’m going to bring out the beads and start working on it.  Today is a cooler day, 9 a.m. and still only 67°.  Only supposed to get up to 78°.  It’s windy though and supposed to get windier.  Since I’ll be pretty much holed up inside anyway, it seems only right that I do some beading.

The Bureau of Reclamation is still releasing copious amounts of water from Parker Dam.  I’m beginning to wonder if we will ever have a beach on the pond again.  The boaters are loving it though.  Fishermen not so much.  At least the people fishing the river aren’t real happy, but those fishing the backwaters and lakes are still getting lots of action.

I do need to get a couple of things done before I can bring out the beads, so I’m going to say g’bye for now and get busy.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!