I woke up on Saturday, Jan. 20th from dreams, what seemed like a bunch in a row. It was just after 7 when I heard Bill rising so almost had to shake my head from the dream state. The dreams were very clear to me and very weird. I’m superstitious enough to believe the old wive’s tale “Friday night dream on a Saturday told, is bound to come true no matter how old”, so I kept them to myself.
|This is the way the day started
We had our tea and coffee and read comments on my blog as well as one or two other blogger’s posts. That was all we had time for. We got washed up, had a bite to eat and hopped in the truck.
We pulled out, George and Suzie followed and Tom and Deb brought up the rear. Today is the first day of the Big Tent Show and we wanted to be early enough to get a good parking spot.
|Lots of room in the parking lot at 8:30 but that soon changed
The Big Tent is waiting for business
We arrived before 8:30 and got exactly the location we wanted to park in. I’d grabbed our books and we read for a while.
|Waiting in Black Beauty until 9 am when the show opened
Today, we were on a mission. We’ve been researching generators since a year ago when we saw the brand we like at this show. We wanted to plan so we could pay cash but we also wanted to research other options. Everything depended on the price we got quoted today.
|This is why we come here at this time of year
|Inside the Big Tent and at 8:30 it is already bustling
We wandered the tent, up and down the 3-huge vendor-filled aisles. We were there for the opening and wouldn’t have it any other way. This year I was going to take advantage of the ‘free’ stuff like I didn’t last year and walked away with quite a bunch of stuff. I even managed to avoid the ‘suck-me-in’ sales pitches with a ‘no thanks, no thank you, already got it!’
|The Minute Rice booth
You spin to win a small gadget plus receive a free package of rice
You can check out Bill’s On Our Way post in the next few days to find out what goodies we came home with. After we purchased stuff for the rv, things we’d talked about often, Bill said it was my turn. I didn’t see much I wanted but when I saw these stretch jean leggings, I knew I wanted a couple of pair. Most of mine are very bright with designs.
|My new jean leggings
2 for $20
I found something I won’t discuss on here for 3 of our youngest grandchildren. They will love it! When we got back home, I delighted in going through the free stuff and tossing paperwork and bags we didn’t want to keep. Hey! I’m happy too, we both feel that we did great and had wonderful success.
|Steve's Smokin' Barbecue is right close to the entrance of the tent
|Here is why he gets prime spot and where he gets the name
I tried sitting outside around 2 and that idea was quickly abandoned. Because the 5th wheel sits high off the ground, even when I moved my chair to the front of it, the wind wasn’t blocked enough for me to be comfy enough to read. I moved a chair beside the barbecue and table and that worked for a wee while but when the big clouds began rolling in, that was too chilly. Yes, I know, poor me, only 60F.
|La Posa West was sure full when we were headed home 3 hours later
|Good time to get out of there
|My FREE haul today
So, I can do what I want so moved inside and we all went up to the bedroom to have a snooze. I might have dozed for 20 minutes and then opened my book while Bill and Clemson slept on. When we heard a tap tap on the door, Bill answered it. Tom was inviting us to have Happy Hour inside at their place. He sweetened the deal by saying Deb was making Beer Margueritas too!
|Yum, beer margueritas
|A warm Happy Hour inside
So, we made a tea each, because even though they sounded yummy, we were not sure if we would enjoy them. Neither Bill or I enjoy beer……much. We walked over just before 3 and George and Suzie followed soon after. We’ve never been inside their Pathfinder before and it is very nice. We all tried the margueritas, Bill and I had salt on the rim. Oh my! Delightful! No beer taste at all. I jotted down the recipe.
While we were sitting inside chatting, the black clouds spread across the sky to the west and soon we got the 25% rain that was forecast for today. It didn’t last more than 15 minutes, if that, and stopped. At 5 we thanked our hosts and headed home for supper. The sun came out again and gave us a bit of a performance as it said goodbye for the night.
|And the end of day nears
Because of the wind, earlier we had decided to have an indoor ‘winter’ type meal. I fried up ground beef and onions, boiled a couple of potatoes, steamed broccoli and nuked some corn in the microwave. While I was doing this Bill started the generator so we could watch Live PD. We enjoy that show and it is only on Friday and Saturday evenings.
|I love the rim of bright light around the small cloud
When supper was ready, I must say that I enjoyed it very, very much! It is one of the simplest meals and one of my favourite to prepare knowing that it is basically a healthy meal of many food groups. Oh, the dairy is supplied by the butter I add to my potatoes and veggies. See? Healthy!
Mom used to make this a lot when we were kids and I always loved it.
We hadn’t eaten much all day, just poor planning I guess, but we were plenty full when we finished eating. Just enough room for the last two pieces of rhubarb pie. With dishes cleaned up I sat at my laptop to write my post and then settle for the night. This was another great day and I hope yours was the same.
|Good night from the desert of Quartzsite
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