Sunday, January 29, 2017

J-e-l-l-o Plans, Strong Winds, No Reliable Internet Yet, Q Mountain, Bloggerfest

 Friday, Jan. 27th in La Posa South was a day we had plans to climb the Q mountain with Gerry and Melinda. Meet at 10 and climb to the flag.
The Q mountain, flag at peak
We woke up to 37F and a strong 19-25 mph wind minimum. I had bundled up early and went for my walk around 8 am. Melinda and I met at one point, the conversation was brief as we shivered inside our jackets “It’s really c-c-c-cold”.

Bill asked “do you really want to climb that mountain today?”. No, not in this wind and by 9 it was still only 45F. Let’s do it another day. Jello.

While waiting for Bill to get cleaned up, I dug out the wigs that I’d purchased last summer. I was in a playful mood, so put them on with the encouragement of Gerry and Melinda next door. They didn’t recognize me the first-time I went over. Too funny. We had fun for about 30 minutes and then it was time to get serious.
Patsy and Gerry in our new dos

Instead of climbing the mountain we drove into Q to pick up some eggs for the Bloggerfest here at the pavilion on Saturday. I wanted to devil some up. At first, we drove to the bank and withdrew some cash, our CPP’s were in, yay! Who says we’re living paycheck to paycheck? We’re not, are to, are not!

The Roadrunner market was next for the eggs, bread and a few other things including post cards. Next stop was the Post Office to buy stamps to mail my post cards. This was disappointing as I stood in a long line for about 15 minutes only to discover she had no International stamps. Are you kidding me? Jello again.

From there we drove to the Chamber of Commerce on Main and I picked up a large map of the town and its vendors drawn and detailed by Paul Winer. He is very popular in this area. Paul runs the Oasis Book Store and is also a talented musician.

We thought we’d maybe stop and have a quick walk through the Big Tent again but the full parking lots turned that plan around. More Jello jiggling. We were back home again by 11 to relax for the rest of the day. Happy Hour was at George and Suzie’s where the wind was blocked pretty good. Tucker was happy.

The surprise at H.H. was when Melinda spotted a road runner coming up through the wash and ran behind us. 
He blends in with the gravel too much!

With Bill’s camera I was able to capture him but they’re not perfect photos. Our first roadrunner! Beep beep!

Supper was barbecued pork chops and salad and for someone who doesn’t normally care for them, I have to admit they tasted pretty darn good with some bbq sauce on them. I was hungry.

We read a bit and watched some tv until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. The internet connection was soooo slow again, so I didn’t even bother trying and went off to bed around 9:30.
All cozy inside

Another good book
First thing I did when I got up Saturday morning was check the temperature, the internet and then the winds. 
Looks like we're good to go!
All 3 were pretty good but only to get on and read blog posts. No way could I check Facebook or read emails. I know things are happening back home and I’m not able to read about them. It is frustrating even though I know it is short term. The Jello is still jiggling.

We confirmed with Gerry that we would make the climb today and then nipped into the Big Tent for the last time, getting there just at opening. We had one thing in mind and that was to pick up some long telephone charging cords. Got a good deal and headed back home.

All bundled with warm clothes, good shoes, water, walking sticks and cameras the four of us went to the base of Quartzsite Mountain. Let’s do this! And do it, we did. From a distance, it didn’t look so scary. Twenty steps in and up, oh my goodness!
Gerry and Melinda reach the top
Well, we did it and we are all proud we did it. Each of us realized very quickly that we are not very fit. 
The 3 Mountaineers
No matter how much walking I do in a day, the type of exertion that it takes to climb a mountain on sandy loose gravel is a whole different ball game.

We toured around after the climb through Q Mountain Vista which is an rv home park. Lots of places for sale, some not worth looking at and others very nice. Found a nice corner lot with an rv shelter for $52,000. Not bad. By this time, with multiple calories burned, our tummies informed us that we were hungry for lunch and we checked out Carls’ Jr. for the first time.
The view was worth the climb

They have very good burgers, if you are interested. Bill and I each had a combo, burger, fries and medium drink and it was just a tad over $15. That is pretty fair pricing too. We’d go back.

We got back to the Suite in time to let our deserted little pooch out for a leg stretch and piddle then gathered our chairs for the Bloggerfest at 1 pm. Lorne and Sue from A Place Called "Away" hosted the event this year and it was a pretty good turn out with approximately 40 in attendance.

The sun was shining and we all took turns talking briefly about our blogs. The questions were “who are you, how long you’ve been writing a blog, why do you write, and is it work or play”. It was interesting to hear the different tales behind the bloggers.
Yuma keeping an eye on the other 4-legged visitors
Dee from Gone Rv’ing suggested a name for people who are not bloggers but people who read blogs. We all thought it was original to name them Blurkers.  (Blog Lurkers). It is a good thing! We need you Blurkers out there!

Lorne Green wraps the group chat portion up
 There were snacks to munch on while we mingled and put a face to a name we’ve only known on line. It was a pleasure to meet Doug and Yuma of Miss Adventure Travels and Jim from Jim and Barb's RV Adventure. Business cards were shared and Bill and I packed up my empty devilled eggs tray and our chairs around 3:30. Thank you Lorne and Sue for such a great job with the gathering.

We walked back in time to join Happy Hour for a while at Gerry and Melinda’s. My sister and her husband also joined us for a bit on their way back in from the Big Tent. It was nice to see them again and catch up on our travel plans.

We sure didn’t need dinner tonight so instead I’m sitting here doing this and Bill is reading his book. I was blown away when at 6:30 I was able to open my 13 unread emails as well as Facebook and even open my daughter’s two latest posts, Two Cents. YAY!

What I didn’t say to the group at the pavilion is that many of our family do read our blogs, Bill’s parents, 5 of our 9 siblings, 5 of our 6 children and possibly 1 of our 9 grandchildren as well as many friends back home. This is a real treat and even though they don’t post, they do like or comment on Facebook when we re-direct it to our home pages.

Okay, there are fireworks again this evening over Quartzsite, we assume, and a warm-looking, mellow sunset. I hope you had a great day. We did and we are exhausted tonight.
Thank you for reading, I’m anxious to follow up on many new blogs tomorrow after meeting so many wonderful people today.

Your comments are always welcome! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hazy, Lazy Days of …….Winter

With the arrival of Thursday, Jan. 26 I’m actually longing for the end of the weekend
before it has even started! I’m not trying to rush our days here, not really, but with all of these Quartzsite rv’ers, our internet is the (excuse me) PITS!

I’ve tried to post my blog since Tuesday but as you’ll notice when I do post, there are two maybe three days bunched in a post. I apologize for that, trying not to make them so long but I am kinda long winded. We are just anxious for the show to be over and people leave so things can go back to normal here.

We’ve had some pretty nice days now that the sun has reappeared after 3 or 4 days of clouds and strong winds. Yes, we do get spoiled and shouldn't grumble but the sun is what we came down here for as it blends with the sandy desert plains so well.

Since my sister and her husband have returned to La Posa South, about a mile or so away, Gayle and I met at the dumpster locale at 9 and walked together this morning. It was nice, we get a family visit in as well as our exercise. She has a Fitbit also so we are good encouragement for the other.
At 9 am, there were 9 at the dump line up

An hour later, 14 in line
After my nice walk, I basically pulled the ‘retirement’ card and relaxed outside. Bill was having an issue again with his laptop so Gerry was over and helped him to get things straightened out. With the slow internet it takes 3 times as long to do a simple fix but it worked out great. Thanks Gerry!

I showered and donned my tank top and shorts and settled in the sheltered sun with my book. Clemson was quite content in his tent, a cool breeze but hot sun. I don’t think it got much above 59 or 60F and our neighbours' either thought we were nuts or lucky. They were feeling the cool air and were bundled in jackets, jeans etc.

Since we rv’ers are all basically in the same boat, we help each other where we can. Gerry was having some trouble with his battery power for his trailer so Bill returned the help and loaned him our portable solar panel to help boost it up. While he was busy, I took the opportunity to give Mom a call.

She answered pretty quick and was very happy to hear my voice. That makes it worth it right there. Throughout the conversation she retained the information I gave her at the beginning that we were in Arizona. She focused on that and although very repetitive, we had a nice chat. The hardest part is getting off the phone as she has no idea how long we’ve talked. I hate saying goodbye but at the same time I can only go over the same things for so long. Bless her, a conversation in person where I can reach out, hug her and laugh beside her will be 100% better and I look forward to that when we return home.

Bill got his drone out again since there wasn’t a strong wind and took pictures of our friends’ trailers and gave them a copy. He also took a couple of ours with both of us in it, so that was a treat! Usually it is just me sitting beside it while he is out in the field with the quadcopter.

Home sweet home
At 3 we hosted Happy Hour and it was a good time as usual. I took a picture but not everyone was here when Lorne Green from A Place Called "Away" dropped in with his friend Rowdy so they weren’t in the picture.
Our little haven in the desert

I am always interested in the origin of names I have not heard before. Where years ago, I would quietly wonder, now I don’t hesitate to ask. Rowdy kindly obliged and told me the story. I love it! Here is a hint: 1960's, Rawhide, Clint Eastwood.
The happy gang today

Dee, Mike and Timbit

Clemson loaned Timbit his stool
We parted ways around 5 and headed inside for dinner. I only had a pot of chili to warm up so I took Clemson for a nice walk, letting him lead. He likes to run so we jogged a couple of times. After a warming dinner, we settled in for the night. I finished another David Baldacci book, Zero Hour, and it had me guessing to the end. I like that.

No words can describe our sunset 

That was our day, another perfect one here in the Quartzsite desert. Thanks for reading!

Our Sun Returns, A Visit to Plomosa Road, Happy Hour Again

Tuesday, Jan. 24th gave us all hope again when the sun rose over the mountains and the sky was clear of clouds. At 7:45 when we got up there wasn’t even a hint of a breeze. Beautiful.
This is what we want to see every day

My shadow lady walked with me today
she is a great friend and good company
Our internet connection is slow and sometimes so frustrating that it is easier to walk away then persist. There are too many people in the area using it at peak times of the day. Oh well, nothing is imperative to a time frame so we do what we can when we can.

Bill and I had a bite to eat and I had a shower, testing our new Oxygenics shower head. Yes, quite an improvement and worth the expenditure. We’d been invited to check out my sister’s gathering of the Montanas (an unofficial rally) at Plomosa Road so drove over there at noon on their last day. I neglected to get pictures but we walked around a bit and met up with Ann and Bill, whom we’ve met before at John’s birthday party back home.
This Airstream is from Ontario but a nasty dent in the top corner

It was quite busy in the heart of Quartzsite, up over the overpass, but not too bad for someone passing on through. On the way, back home we stopped at the Pit Stop to get propane for the Suite then down Main St. to buy gas for the generator. These places were a challenge to get in and out of, my goodness!
Cute little Bambi Airstream
We stopped at the busy Roadrunner market for a few salad fixings, in and out of there relatively quick and back through the traffic home by 12:45. The sun was still glorious but man that wind was still cold. I couldn’t find any shelter from the bite so another day of reading inside.

Bill unloaded and replaced the propane tank and topped up the generator with gas. Gerry popped over to help Bill with an issue on his laptop just before we grabbed a late bite to eat.
I've seen more of these large coaches this year than
I've ever seen
The afternoon flew by and before long we were falling asleep in the warmth of our Suite. I could hear Tucker next door, barking as visitors arrived for Happy Hour so put the kettle on and we joined them with our tea. The wind was still cool but the sun was nice.

For supper, it was simple because of the late lunch but also quick because our Tuesday night shows started here at 6 pm. I made grilled cheese sandwiches in the frying pan with French bread and they hit the spot.

Shortly after 9, I was ready to finish the snooze I started this afternoon so went up to bed.

Wednesday, Jan. 25th was even better. The sun was glorious, the wind was minimal and we were happier campers once again. Today Bill got out his drone and did some overhead touring, taking pictures afar and close ones of our and our friends' rigs.

Events going on at the pavillion if you wish to attend
I got a lot of walking in today, over 3 miles, so that pleased me. I try for at least 1 mile and am happy when I can make even that happen. Today, Bill emptied half of our gray water tank into the Blue Boy (which is actually gray) and he drove to the dump station while I walked behind. It is so bumpy on these roads that ours seems to beebop all over. It only bounced off a couple of times so not too bad.

After that, the day was for lazing and I do that well. George popped over because we can't see the front of our their unit and said that they would host Happy Hour. Good to know since the day is perfect for it. We read and dozed for a couple of hours before I made our tea and headed over with our chairs.

Clemson sniffs the pee rock before lifting his leg

Bill and Gerry playing with the drone
The drone overhead
It was a large group today, Mike and Dee, Lorne and Sue Green, Rick and Kathy Rousseau and Sandie and Dennis were the newer happy people. 
Thanks George for this picture

Great  shot of La Posa South and beyond
 At 5 or shortly after we said goodbye and headed in for supper. Chicken thighs on the Weber tonight were very tasty with our side salad.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

And Someone Stole our Sun Again!

Sunday, Jan. 22nd was another one of those dull days. Woke up late at 7:30 and the sky was not going to give up the sun, no way, no how. Oh well, it was a calm start to the day at least, the wind had died.
And this was the thirty second sunrise
Before long that changed and the flags were flopping again. I didn’t walk but instead sat at the laptop for a while in my pj’s. That turned into quite a while as there wasn’t any place we needed to be today.

Around 9:30 after stitching away at my project I made us bacon and eggs inside. A good breakfast fills us up for a few hours. We had decided to take Clemson for the 5-minute walk behind us to see if Steve was home but even though his truck was there, he wasn’t. His Airstream is a vintage model in the mid 70’s and he has had the polishing done to it that has left it bright and shiny. 

We carried on around the area a bit before heading back to the Suite. It wasn’t cold out, really, although the wind can cut right through you. I made sure I was bundled up good. The blue sky  peeked out sporadically but just to tease me. It never lasted for more than a few seconds.

Later on we hopped in the truck to take the garbage over to the dumpsters and drove to the west side of La Posa South looking for Don in his Airstream. We drove further back to the south than we have ever gone and entered the territory marked simply N with arrows.

Oh-oh, we know what this means. Since we didn’t want to encounter any of the Nudists nor did we wish to disrobe, we turned the truck around and headed in a different direction. 

Just about to turn onto our road and Bill noticed that there were two vehicles by Steve’s trailer so we drove over there once more. Never give up, I guess, today’s motto. There he was with his friends so we got a chance to catch up briefly. It was nice to see him.

No sunshine today equals No Happy Hour. No fun in sitting outside if we are all chilly so I made us a tea inside and settled in for the evening, just the two of us. A simple supper of sausage on a bun was enough tonight. For some reason, we weren’t overly hungry.

Monday, Jan. 23rd looked good from the start and even though we’d slept in again until 7:30 we managed to get up, showered and up to the parking lot at the RV Show by 8 am. Mind you, we missed our coffees but did manage to grab a bowl of warm oatmeal before we left. I took my laptop along so we could catch up on our blog reading while we waited for show time.

The sky started to improve by 10 am

We were parked really close to the tent again
 This time we wandered in and around a few of the rv’s outside the gate. The Cedar Creeks’, Solitudes’, Montanas’ and the Redwoods’. Very nice but we are just looking at the new features rather than the units themselves. We still believe we have the best. And that is a good thing, it keeps us from making a move!

We do like the bathroom in one of the Cedar Creeks, with full shower and two sinks in the vanity. That is very nice and also, we like the new step system offered on a lot of the new Cedar Creeks and Solitudes. They just lift up inside the door, no folding necessary. Smart idea!

this place would be hopping on a hot day, I'm sure

Sign outside the Beer Belly booth
We walked through the Big Tent again, much quicker this time due to having been there once already and also because of the sparser crowds. The wind was playing havoc on a lot of the outside tent shelters which is unfortunate. The weather is playing a part on the number of patrons wandering through.
Need a garlic grater?
 I picked up a couple more of the free items offered and then we skirted across to the Tyson Wells area of Quartzsite. I wanted to peruse the Discount Food tent and pick up some coffee and canned goods for homemade chili. That is Mike’s influence from Phannie and Mae. He was talking about chili, homemade and otherwise. Thanks Mike, it is a great idea for supper tonight!

I tried sitting outside in the sun with my book around noon hour but even though I was bundled, the wind blasting at 25 mph from the northwest drove a chill right through me. Bill wasn’t surprised that I didn’t stay out more than 10 min. and read inside, instead. I was thinking a walk might be in order to increase my daily step intake today but the clouds are moving over and there is a threat of rain showers.

Not typical weather for the Q apparently, but here it is and we have to endure it. Those of you back home saying ‘ah, poor baby’, true but we did come here for the heat, remember? Tomorrow promises to be a better day so will look forward to that.

Our friends may be moving on tomorrow because of the cooler temps and propane usage for their heater and fridge. When boondocking, everything other than warm weather and sunny skies plays a part in our stay. We all have to do what is right for our individual units and comfort. We fully support whatever each other has to do to be happier. We will miss them if they move out until we see them again at Pilot Knob.

I read for a bit while Bill and Clemmy had a brief siesta on the couch. The wind rocked them to sleep, I’m sure of it. Closer to 5:00 I started frying up some ground beef for chili. An early preparation meant we were eating around 5:30 but that gave me time to take Clemson for a walk/run after we ate and before it got dark.

It really isn’t that cold out if you are dressed to ward off the strong winds. This wasn’t our favourite kind of day, and it is discouraging but here we are, the days are a blessing no matter what the weather is giving us. We love it here and all of what this lifestyle offers.

And the temperamental sun sets on another day

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Friday, Wet, Windy and Cool and Saturday Checking out the Big Tent

Friday, Jan. 20th was a test of our love for Quartzsite. When Thursday brought us a few rain spatters off and on throughout the day we all hoped, out here in the desert, that would be it for the clouds. Since by supper hour it was mostly presenting us with blue overhead. Overnight the skies had cleared and we remained hopeful.

However, when I opened my peepers at 5 am this morning and peered out my bedside window, the blackness was more than a delaying of daylight. The big gray clouds were over us once again. Not only was it cloudy with the threat of rain, it was also very windy with pretty constant gusts.

The early wake up at 5 left me lying in wait for daylight to arrive and I mulled many things over and over in my mind instead of dropping off again. I did manage to get a peek at the sunrise, but it disappeared as quickly as it arrived.

the brief sun over the Western mountain ranges

Oh well, such as it is we rose and got about our day. Internet is slow here now and I can’t help but wonder If it is because of the influx of rv’ers who have arrived in the desert. I mean we all like to browse with our morning coffee or tea, right? I’m not sure if that is the cause and effect but what else could it be? It was quick and fulfilling up until a few days ago, hmmm.

Bill had to top up the genny with oil as it was giving us grief occasionally over the last couple of nights by shutting off. He knew last night that he wanted to check it over today and that seemed to be the problem. Good. Unfortunately, our friend, Gerry, is having some trouble with his generator as well so the two of them worked on that.

I decided to bundle up good and proper and go for my walk to see how full La Posa South is getting. The rain hadn’t started yet so it was a brisk walk to warm me up. 
Lots of  new arrivals
Way back off the road it is filling up

but still plenty of room

Bring your rig in and park here!

Although a lot of areas are packed to the gills, you can see by my pictures that there are still tons of empty spaces wherever you look. That walk did the trick and I came back in time to catch Bill putting the 45 gal. water bladder in the back of the truck.

It is nice here in the South that we don’t have far to drive to dump tanks, dump garbage or fill tanks. Our fresh water tank was around 50% so we thought we’d fill up before more people come in and line-ups cause delays. I’m sure we’ve mentioned how easy this process is for us. It doesn’t take long at all and we’re topped up for another couple of weeks.

Since Bill was still helping Gerry with his generator, while topping up our tank, I started making up lunch. A few ham bits, some bacon, onion and green pepper with eggs and sprinkled with cheese made for a tasty, filling omelet.

The day was cool, mostly due to the wind and no sun and 57F tells me it is another inside day. I wrote up a few postcards for mailing back home and figured I will get out my needlepoint. Since I’d finished my book “Hour Game” by David Baldacci last night I decided to start a new one today. This one was James Patterson’s Honeymoon so guaranteed to be a quick read.

We stayed inside for the most part as the rain soon started and the gusts of wind peaked out around 40 mph. It takes me a while to get organized with my needlepoint because I’m not at it every day or every week for that matter. Once I find my place I’m good to go for a while. It is a counted cross stitch so I need to finish it soon before my eyesight fails me!
Don't boycott my blog if you don't like him
Just an 'out with the old and in with the new' President pix
While doing that for a couple of hours, we watched Trumps Inauguration on tv. I’m not into Politics but Bill wanted to watch it for awhile. Interesting speech I must say, he sure knows how to shock a nation. Basically, it is what it is, I hope it doesn’t hurt us Canadians AND I hope he DOES fix things that need fixing. Don’t we all want to believe in better things? Since Trump is in power now I figure it is best to put faith (hope and prayers?) that he can follow through on some of the things he is promising.

The rest of the day was quiet, which we like sometimes, other than the rain on the roof and the driving wind over our panels and through our flags. The Suite even rocked a bit without any help from us inside! Soon it was bedtime so I finished my book and headed on up around 10. We knew we wanted to get up early to go to the Big Tent Show.
Outside the gate we see the entrance
 Saturday, Jan. 21st was definitely an improvement. The sun came up as it should and the sky was clear and blue with nary a cloud in sight. The gusty 12 mph winds gusting to 20 mph winds were keeping the temperature around 60 to 64F for the day. I was up and in the shower by 6:30 and Bill soon after. We had a bite to eat and by 8 am we were sitting just outside the tent in a perfect parking spot.
Not too busy yet 
This was our first time for this show and we had heard so much about it. I was bundled appropriately for the walk through, most everything was undercover. It put me in mind of our RV and Motorcycle shows in the London Fair Grounds. Lots  of people, lots of vendors and even some giveaways.
But soon walking space was minimal
I was particular what I stood in line for when it was a “spin the wheel” for a giveaway vendor.

 I scrawled an undecipherable email address on more than one if I didn’t want to be pestered down the road. I just wanted the free item.
Bill has his eye on this Viair portable compressor

comes with it's only handy carrying bag
Next year!
We met George and Suzie there without planning it and saw Rob and Pat fighting the crowds also. I recognized Barb from Me and My Dog and My RV and we were surprised when we were standing beside Don at the booth for the rv tank controls. 
Steve and Don

We met Don in London in July at Can Am when we were having work done on the Suite. He is here in La Posa South along with Steve in their Airstreams. How cool!
And Champion has come out with a quiet generator
with inverter and remote start so we will have to check these
out back home

Now this would be a fun ride!
 We left the show around 11:15 and made our way back to the truck. With a quick drive through L.P.S. we located where Steve was parked but his truck was not around. We’ll look him up later, he is parked relatively close to us.
Too chilly for ice cream today
Back home for lunch and probably a siesta. It was a great morning and I’m sure we’ll venture back on another day, just as early. I don’t mind walking for miles in a flea market, but when I’m done I like to have my ride really close by and ours was.

Before long I decided to take a walk up to the office and read the bulletin board and see how many new rv’s were coming in. That was the hot spot for sure, almost as busy as the Big Tent! At least 6 motor coaches were checking in and one worker was running around trying to read license plates to put stickers on the vehicles. I would have taken a picture but forgot Bill’s Canon.

Bill and Clemson had a snooze and when I came back we decided to host Happy Hour. When the sun is shining we know to check out and see who might be hosting. The wind was cool and coming from the north/northwest and Bill moving the truck to shelter it didn’t help much. However, that glorious sun was awesome!
Happy Hour with neighbours
When the sun is shining, join us!
At 4:45 the group split up and Bill bbq’d our T-bone steak and I prepared a salad. Yum, that was delicious! The night passed mostly without us having to turn the genny on with Bill reading and me cross-stitching. 
One of my many hobbies

it is getting there and I enjoy doing it

About 8 we turned the tv on to watch a movie until 10. 

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