Monday, January 15, 2018

Special Birthday Wishes, Change of Plans, MLK Day, Blythe

Today, Monday, Jan. 15th is special. No, I’m not referring to Martin Luther King Day, although I’m sure that is special in itself for some of our American friends. I’m referring to an anniversary and a birthday. My parents were married on Jan. 15, 1946. They celebrated 49 years of marriage before Daddy passed in June of 1995.

I couldn't get this picture bigger
without it blurring out
Mom and Dad on their 45th anniversary
I think
On this day, Jan. 15 in 1995, my first grandson was born. My daughter and I were thrilled that my Dad at least met Taylor Jesse Patrick (Tj to his friends) before his passing. So, Happy Birthday Taylor, I can’t believe you are 23 today!

When Taylor was born, Bridgette and I shared an apartment together
I will never forget those beautiful memories of our time together
They were both so young here!
I love this picture of Taylor and his Mom, my daughter
I don't even mind that it isn't a clear photo
Bill and I were up shortly after 7 with the thought that we were going to dump our black and gray tanks today into the Blue Boy and pull it down the road to the dump station. We, like yesterday with our fresh water fill, are not desperate to dump but with friends coming, thought we’d take care of it now. Within 10 minutes of being awake and a hot drink on the brew, we changed our minds.

We had a beautiful start to the day
Bill mentioned in his post yesterday “OnOur Way” that we have ordered an RV Waste Pump (macerater) and with delivery expected on Tuesday, why not wait and save ourselves the aggravation of bumping down the roads in here? So, we relaxed, enjoyed our coffee and tea and caught up on our friend’s blogs and comments. Instead, we decided to take a drive to Blythe, Ca for some groceries and a couple of things from Ace Hardware.

I-10 is a nice highway with some very nice mountain scenery
We left the Suite around 10 MT, gaining an hour after crossing the Colorado River in California and were in time for store openings at 9 PT. 

Only Banks and Postal Services seemed to be closed for the day because of M.L.K. day. The rest of the city was up and ready for business. Bill drove first to Ace Hardware and found the screw he needed for a solar arm and the hose he needs for the waste pump. 

While he looked for his stuff, I got hung up in one spot, searching for greeting cards. I find some wonderful choices, ones I've never seen so picked out a few to have on hand.

Crossing the majestic Colorado River
From there we went to Albertson’s, and for some warm fuzzy reason, I thought of Rob and Pat, our friends back home. Last winter, we went to Albertson’s a couple of times together. I miss you guys! We found everything on our list, even icing sugar which here is called powdered sugar. I politely asked an equally polite American shopper for clarification.
Back into Arizona within 2 1/2 hours
We headed for Quartzsite and quickly lost our gained hour. As my sister said this morning, “how time flies, or not”. Ha ha. Bill got a notice on his phone that his parcel had arrived at Quiet Times today, a day early. We turned onto Main Street from I-10 and had a nice chat with the ladies in the quaint shop while they located our box. Yay! My parcel and my sisters are not expected for another day or two so we’ll go back.

I won't say anything about this as Bill will on his next post
Back home, we realized just how much the day had warmed up. It was 12:30 when we came inside and made something to eat. Bill had a peanut butter and cheese on a bun and I had a lettuce, mayo, onion wrap with cheese. It hit the spot for me and I moved outside with water and my next book. This one is a hard cover that I found at Pilot Knob. It is another James Patterson story called The Lake House.

Clemson looking for a cooler spot to lay
I got smart today and before sitting, prepared my lounge chair with a blanket in case I felt the ‘drowsies’ coming on, I didn’t have to move inside. Bill sat with me for a while after puttering around with the macerator and figuring things out in that regard. Finally, around 2:30 he moved inside with Clemson for a snooze.

Tom, Deb, Suzie and George
 It was our turn to host Happy Hour so at 3 our friends joined us. We had an unexpected visitor today.  You may know her, Shadowmoss, if you read her blog at all. Bill and I met her for the first-time last winter. We got reacquainted with her and her adventures. Paula is planning the Bloggerfest this year at the pavilion here in La Posa South on Jan. 27th.
Bill, Clemson and Tom
At 5 it was time to say goodbye and everyone went back to their homes for supper. Tom’s ribs on his Weber sure smelled good! Around 5:30 Bill lit ours and we took some instruction from George (Our Awesome Travels) to grill our Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod. I’d never done fish on the Weber before. With double layers of foil turned up at the edges, I sprayed with Pam before placing the buttered and spiced filets on for about 20 minutes. No need to flip, George advised.

Fish prepped for the barbecue
This was about the length of time I deep fried the home cut fries inside. Because our fryer came with a basket, we have had to do two batches to make enough for both of us. 
The basket that came with our fryer is quite a bit smaller than the
whole circumference
This time, I didn’t use the basket and instead dropped the potatoes in the hot oil/lard. This worked perfectly although my fries were a tad too crunchy. Live and learn. My newly purchased metal slot spoon worked like a charm!

After eating, we had to wait for the hot water to heat up since we’d forgot to turn it on earlier. We now are in the habit of turning it off after morning showers but need to remember to turn it on when preparing our meals. Once they were done, we settled down for the night. I didn’t take a lot of photos today so it didn’t take long to download them.

We are both happy that we switched from Tilapia to Cod
It is a wonderful change up
This has been a good day and we have a fridge and cupboards stocked up for company. We won’t be eating many meals here, I don’t think, since they are only going to be here for one full day and we plan on going out with a group of friends. Oh well, we know we’ll eat everything we bought eventually. I hope you’ve had a good day too.

Nothing spectacular tonight in the sky but pretty all the same

Good night all!
Thank you for popping by. I enjoy reading your comments and I appreciate each one.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Portrait Sunrise, Laundromat, Brunch, Success in Bill’s Search, New Blogger Friend

It was 6 am on Sunday, Jan. 14th when Clemson had to go out so Bill got up with him, turned the Blue Flame on and then returned. At 6:30 it was my turn for a nature call and I crawled back into bed too. At 7, I realized that I wasn’t going back to sleep so got up, turned the hot water heater on and read blogs and comments for 20 minutes.

Stunning sunrise

What a beautiful sky! Even the moon was hanging around

By that time, the water was hot and I hopped in the shower. Hopped. Hmm, not sure why I always say that because the last thing we do is ‘hop’. Anyway, I left the bathroom door open to the hallway so Bill would remain in the dark, in bed, and the heat from downstairs would seep up to where I needed it. It worked well, by the time I wiped the walls and doors down and stepped out, I was warmed up enough.

On our way into town, the sun has risen
We had a mission this morning so without stopping to make tea and coffee, we brushed our teeth with our new-fangled brushes and loaded the dirty clothes into the truck. Arriving at 8 am found lots of vehicles in the lot of the Laundromat/Restaurant but we had lots of washers and dryers to choose from. We only needed two. Bill helped load the soap and clothes in before leaving me with my book.
Cute sign that tells it like it is!

Lots of machines to choose from
This place is always bustling with patrons and staff keeping it clean
 He had better luck this morning, once K & B and Burly’s Tools opened to the public, than we did yesterday. 

First off and most importantly it wasn’t so crowded and he was able to find a decent spot to park without walking ½ mile. He met me back shortly after I’d transferred from washers to dryers so we had about 15 minutes to wait before everything was dried.

The restaurant is at the front of the Laundromat
I went to the restaurant while Bill loaded Black Beauty and we were soon sharing a table with a young man I’ll refer to as Big Mike. He was alone, his dining partner was his cell phone, but it meant we would all eat sooner by sharing. No worries, not a peep out of him until he finished ahead of us and thanked us for allowing him to sit at our table.
You can plan your menu choice while waiting for
your clothes to dry

I dug in before snapping a picture
It was so good and lots of it
We drove home and noticed by that time, 10:30 the downtown was a-bustling again. The clouds had moved in to cover the sky but at least they were wispy and allowed the sun to heat up. I’m glad I was up at 7 as I was able to capture some of the panoramic sky to the east as the sun made her appearance. 

These were my 7 am snapshots
We put our clothes away, taking turns in the closet and Bill opened the packages that he found today. A man with his tools, toys and little cases of ‘things’ is a happy man. That makes me, also, a happy woman as I know it means he has what he needs to fix things around the place.
Taking pictures like this proved to me that my camera lens is still not clean
I've had to spot touch about 8 or 10 dust spots

My conclusion: take shots with NO sky until i can get it professionally cleaned
this road we walk and drive on is like a cobblestone street in places

This fellow lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, if I remember correctly

These people have a nice location in the middle of the saguaros

I like the baby growths on these arms
This picture I left untouched so you could see the dust specks I have to remove

The skin is slowly peeling away with its thorny spines
 I missed my walk this morning, but Bill got some of his at the shops. He walks fast and covers a lot of ground so I need to get moving. I put my runners on and headed down the roadway to see what I could find. I took the time again, to clean my camera lens, to try and get what I missed the other day so took my Canon for a test run. I’m not counting on success with that, but don’t want to put it away until I know for sure.

this part of the saguaro skin had fallen off
While I was gone, Bill took the water bladder up to the water taps for filling. He had it back at the Suite and emptying water into our tank before I even returned. He said there was no one there so it was quick. He had 45 gallons of fresh potable water but we didn’t need it all. We weren’t desperate for water at all, but because we have friends coming to stay with us on Tuesday for a few days, we wanted things topped up and other things empty.

I love this, 3 fingers up
must be Triple A O K
We sat and read for a while and around 2:00 it was my turn to retire inside for a nap. Well, that didn’t quite work, too many outside noises, not to mention any names! 

Little grumpy pants is giving me attitude
"You went for a walk without me?"
Anyway, I rested and after Bill and Clemson joined me (and managed to drop off pretty quickly) I got up and went back out with my book.

At 3 o’clock, or soon after, we took our chairs, a tea for me, a Coke for Bill, Clemson and a table over to George and Suzie’s site. Their turn to host and soon enough Tom and Deb joined us. It was a nice surprise to see Nancy Kissack from Kissack Adventures drive up and also join us for Happy Hour. None of us had met before but again through blogspot and our blogs, we felt we were familiar with each other.
The other day, Deb from Celebrating the Dance
gave us a couple of dish clothes that she crocheted
Thanks Deb!
It was a very nice time and Happy Hour turned into one of those 2 ½ hour Happy Times. Saying goodbye until we meet again, we exchanged info about our blogs and went on our way. I took Clemson for our late afternoon run down to the corner and back but still didn’t add much to my step total for the W.W. challenge.

Right from my empty chair:
Nancy, Suzie, George, Bill, Tom, Deb and Clemson
While sitting at Happy Hour, I noticed this sun dog to the northwest
Bill lit the barbecue and began grilling our pork chops and his corn. I steamed asparagus and made a salad for Bill inside. Mine was a large butt chop and I knew I wouldn’t need anything else on my plate. As it was, he had to help me finish it!

We cleaned up dishes and now the only decision to make is what pictures I want to download into my blog and what kind of pie we’ll have for dessert. Nice to have choices in life. Warning! Sunset overload.

Clemson and I captured these photos while on our walk/run

This has been a good day with a little bit of everything. I hope you have enjoyed yours too!
I couldn't decide on a favourite or two, could you?
good night!

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