Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Ten Day Schedule?

August 6th, 2015

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It looks like I’m unintentionally on a 10 day blogging schedule. There are so many little things that are taking my time away from both my beading and my blogging.

A quick note for those I’ve given the Bureau of Reclamation hourly water level website address to, I’m pretty sure I’ve figured it out.  When Parker starts releasing larger amounts it takes approximately 26 to 28 hours for it to reach Oxbow Bridge.

With having 3 generators now it’s take a lot more of Thom’s time. We run the diesel 20K genny from 6 or 7 p.m. to 6 or 7 a.m. the next morning. Then we turn it off and plug in to the battery power. When it’s not too hot we just run the fans and the portable A/C, giving the sun time to reach to solar panels to start charging the battery bank. Usually around 10 a.m. we usually have to get the propane genny running for 1.5 hours to supplement the battery bank, especially if we had to get the big A/C running early.  Around noon we get the gas 13.5K genny going and run it until 6 or 7 p.m. starting the cycle all over again. Thom has to fuel the 13.5K every day and the diesel genny every few days. I only have to guide him backing the truck to the generators so he can reach the fuel tanks. In the process of doing all this Thom has to move the power cords from one to another, to the power stand and back (the plug is trying to fall apart from being pushed pulled and pried).  Of course the county just has to call him for jury duty when the temps will be above 110°(114 today and tomorrow)

Since Thom has to leave by 6 a.m. tomorrow to check in for jury duty at 8. He’s been making sure I know how to start the two new gennys and which plugs to move where so I can switch from the 13.5K  to the diesel when 13.5  runs out of gas.

We try to give our supervisor plenty of notice when we need fuel for the jump tanks.  Then I find myself worrying about getting that fuel before we run out. To top it off, our supervisor is in California fighting a fire (actually he’s an investigator) and will be gone for two weeks. We will definitely need more fuel a time or two during that time so we have to call his supervisor and trust him to fit us into his super tight schedule. Even if he just has to take the time to find someone to come help us out, that’s an added pressure on him.

Thom also goes in to Quartzsite on Thursday to a cardiologist (I’m going with him) for both an echo and electro cardiogram. The beta blocker, very low dose, seems to be helping slow down those cluster beats.

My Dish Satellite Internet is down right now (went out Tuesday at around 3:30 p.m.). Dish says it’s a gateway issue and usually these issues are resolved within 2 hours… it’s after 6 p.m. now so maybe it’ll be back soon.  Will post as soon as it’s back up.

We had a very exciting moth (for me) out here and Thom happened to be outside when it landed on one of the Mesquite trees one evening. This is called a Black Witch. It’s wingspan is anywhere from 4” to 7”, this one had a span of 6.5” - 7” and I think is beautiful. They eat tree sap and love the Mesquite sap due to it’s sweetness. That’s probably why it landed on the Velvet Mesquite which has a thinner bark and is easier to penetrate. This is a male, the female has a cream colored bar in the middle of its wing.

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Earlier that morning I had a new favorite dragonfly fly right in front of my face and land on a rock in front of me. This is the male White-belted Ringtail Dragonfly. I just think he’s so pretty.

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We also have a new critter in our pond. Last year we had a big adult beaver, this year we have a juvenile beaver. I thought it was a muskrat. Both the beaver and muskrat have the rodent face and this juvenile was only about 18” long in the body.

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I have to say I’m quite glad we only have about 1-1/2 months left of summer. It would be easier to deal with if we didn’t have fids (furry ‘n feathered kids), but we do, so we have to take extra precautions and consider them every time we leave the house for more than a couple of hours.

If you’re thinking about selling the stick house, buying and living in an RV and doing a lot of that off the grid, I’d recommend you think long and hard about doing so with fids.

On a happy note, we had, for the first time, an American Kestrel in the campground.  It was in here trying to catch one of the many fledgling White-winged Doves that come in here to feed. I managed to get a couple of decent shots of him… it is a male.

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Hopefully, the next time I post to the blog I’ll have more positive thoughts….. like I won the lottery, or something. Yeah, I realize I gotta play it to win it.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

8/08/15  Got internet back yesterday morning, finally publishing this post to the blog. More to come soon.

Toodles.