On Monday, Mar. 5th I was up at 6:30, came downstairs and opened the blinds. As I prepared things for our morning drinks, I noticed the wind and the temperature resting at only 39F. That meant it was probably feeling more like 32F so I soon decided not to go for a walk yet.
|A few cirrus clouds today|
Bill came down within 15 minutes, dressed, thinking he’d walk with me today. I felt bad but told him I’d decided to wait because we’d need to bundle quite a bit. He was okay with that so we made our tea and coffee.
|I noticed this sailboat up on shore so we watched for the owner to return|
|and soon enough, he did and put the sails up and sailed away|
Sitting at our laptops, I took Clemson out and that confirmed my reason to not walk. Brrr. I hopped in the shower as we decided to put off what was our morning plan until this afternoon when it warmed up. Today isn’t going to get above 60F so from shorts to long pants. Strange weather but only for a day and the heat returns again with less sun.
|and he was out for the best part of the day|
|and then we saw this bigger one taking advantage of the wind|
Looking out the back window at our view, I noticed a sailboat mast, no sail, pulled up onto the sand. We’ve not seen the sailboat on this side of the bay so got the binoculars out to get a closer look. There is a small boat trailer on the beach but no one around. I would imagine it would be cold out on the lake this morning but just hope everything is all right with the owner.
|My boys go for a walk|
So, I made bacon and eggs this morning for breakfast and Bill wanted to finish the last few chapters of his book before doing dishes. Worked for me as I was using our free EBSP Wifi while reading blog posts. I don’t want to say it is a ‘chore’ to catch up on everyone’s blogs because that sounds negative.
|The drive on I-25 was as pretty as ever|
I enjoy the ‘reads’ for sure but I’m sure my blogger friends agree that it does take up valuable time. Especially on a nice outside day, I find I read a whole lot faster and leave briefer comments. I don’t read them on my phone and maybe I should so I could sit outside at the same time. Today, I’m not in a hurry to get out so I managed to get most if not all of them read.
Bill called his Dad this morning to catch up with him. He is doing a bit better with the meds he is on to control pain and the shingles seem to be dissipating. Yay! Bill had called his oldest daughter, Yvonne, yesterday when he saw she was online. It is nice to see family when talking to them on Facebook Messenger. Good to chat with her for a while even though she was visibly upset over the loss of a cousin. So sad when someone so young passes for whatever reason.
|I was prepared today and got a good photo of the craggy rocks|
They remind me of enchiladas lined up in a casserole dish
We also contacted our RV dealer, CanAm, in London to see if they could use our help for their Seminar Day on April 8th. We will be crossing into Ontario on the 7th and hope to stop there for a few days if they have room for us to park with electric hookups. Bill and I both enjoy helping our RV dealer at the RV shows as well as on the Seminar days. We get to meet new rv’ers as well as people who are just thinking about it.
|Pink cement girders? (or whatever they are called)|
John, a sales rep, agreed that they would be happy to have our help on that Sunday. Bill helps with drive tests and I help greet inside. Peggy, one of the service writers, didn’t hesitate and graciously said they’ll find us a spot for a few days. Such a great group, we are pleased to call them friends too. This way, we will be 'kind of' paying for our stay.
|Bill walks along the wall|
Even when we don't know anyone on this wall, it is very touching
With that settled, I went on and made my Avon payment for the last order I had delivered to Donna’s for me. I also checked on Facebook at my Event page to see if any other invitees are attending Donna and my Clothing Exchange. These are always fun times, an opportunity to clean closets and at the same time ‘refresh’ our wardrobes. Sometimes, it is just a great time to spend with our female friends, even if you don’t bring or take clothes.
With all of that out of the way, Bill and I bundled up and took a drive to find the Painted Rock Petroglyphs in the area. We thought we’d seen a sign coming in on Thursday on I-25 but today we were following a wild goose. This wasn’t too discouraging as it was a nice day for a drive and we were happy to be out of the Suite for a couple of hours.
On the way back through Truth or Consequences, we discussed how things are NOT marked for tourists. We’d see one brown ‘historic’ sign of something that sounded interesting but then as we drove on, no further signs could be seen. I can’t help but think of how encouraging it would be for folks like us to stop and shop IF we were directed to some points of interest.
|did you call an ambulance?|
Again, no big deal, as we instead stopped at the POW memorial. This time to get out and walk the Historical Walk of Education. After strolling down beside their Wall, we wandered back into the garden put together mostly by volunteers and Legions in the surrounding area. Bill and I read each plaque and were quite impressed with the whole monument. I took pictures of the plaques briefly outlining the wars that were familiar to me with the exception of one.
The Mexican-American War which was fought between April 25, 1846 and February 2, 1848. You can read about it in the picture below. The bottom line for me is that when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was singed, the U.S. agreed to pay $15 million to Mexico for California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. See? I didn’t know that! Until Bill and I started coming to the southwest, this would have meant nothing to me.
We drove home from there and once more I was enthralled with the mountains on both sides of I-25N. Some flat lands, some residential, the Rio Grande River and beautiful mountain ranges. I took more pictures. Back home, the air was still cool but dressed in my 2 layers plus a windbreaker I sat in the sun with my book and my pooch for a while. Still working on the last few chapters.
|It is hard to tell from this picture but there is a plaque on a base for every|
war that the United States was involved in
You can see 3 behind this centre display
called "Guardian of the Park"
The quail down below were stirring up the neighbourhood with their chirps and calls. I’ve never heard them so loud so they were having a ball. When I lost the sun where I was sitting instead of moving my chair, I brought Clemson inside and I finished Edge of Evil in my recliner. Now we both have to find new books to read from our stash of many. Bill finished his C. J. Box this morning. Good read, Suzie! You should enjoy that author as well.
|The museum was closed today so we didn't go in|
I caught up on my blog post while in my head I’m thinking of what we’re having for supper. Some kind of casserole with ground beef is all I know at this point. It will come together as I go and I just hope Bill will like it. I’m saving him from having to barbecue after all! I found a recipe online which causes me to wonder something else. Why do I keep a book full of recipes plus 4 recipe books? Every time I need one, I go online. LOL
|Look at this tree in bloom!|
|And behind the monument was a very cool water tower|
|We drove around Quail Run in the park when we returned and there was this|
old BlueBird bus
It was easy to choose one by simply looking at the ingredients. Nope, don’t have that, um, nope, don’t want pasta, nope, don’t want to bother with potatoes. I found a Hamburger Rice Casserole which took maybe 30 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. It was very good! Bill enjoyed it but suggested the next time that I add more ground beef. Well, that’s easy! Of course, there are leftovers for another night and I love that.
|Looks like mush but it was quite tasty!|
We cleaned up dishes while continuing to watch The Voice which came on at 6 MT. I plucked away at my blog and downloaded my pictures. I took way too many today, again, so will pick and choose so as not to bore you too much.
|When we returned, both sailboats were still cruising the lake|
This has been a good day. We weren’t keen on the cool temperature today after being spoiled for the last few but it is still much better than back home.
|I'm not getting sunset pictures so Bill shared his of the moon on Saturday night|
He followed recommendations from fellow bloggers on how to capture the moon
So, thank you!
Before I sign off, I want to point out that I have added a Page to my blog. Below the main picture of Bill and I at Canyonlands, you will see a heading "Mobile Suite Tour" which you can click on. This is new because one of my readers asked for a 'walk through'.
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