Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
We have been watching a cute little Black Pheobe diligently catching insects along the shore by our campsite. We've been watching for the Black Crowned Night Herons we saw yesterday, but haven't seen them today (though Forry thinks he may have seen one fly through earlier). There are four Double-crested Cormorants perched on some branches sticking up out of the water on the other side of the lake. There have been a couple of ravens methodically working their way from campsite to campsite checking for any left behind edible garbage.
It's a good day to stay inside watching bullriding and ice skating on TV; doing suduko (Forry, not me!); or reading a good book on my Kindle.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
This is a nice little RV park with the sites situated around Reflection Lake. It also offers fishing to the public. I think it costs five dollars per pole per day and you can catch up to five fish. There have been a few tents pitched overnight as well as several vehicles who are day visitors at the various sites.
This morning we were enjoying watching both an adult Black-crowned Night Heron as well as an immature, mostly brown young one perched in the trees around the lake. It was also fun to watch the various fishing styles of the anglers.
There was a tent pitched down towards the end of the bay along with a van at the next site. There seemed to be half a dozen children scattered between the two sites. We noticed one of the children who looked to be 4-6 years old swinging a hatchet at one of the trees along the bank, hitting it over and over again. Another youngster, who looked a bit older, say 10-12, came along, took the hatchet away and started doing the same thing! Only he was big enough to take big chips out of the bark of the tree. When he got bored and dropped the hatchet, another, even smaller child, picked it up and started swinging it around!
The adults who were with them didn't do a darn thing about it! They just sat in their chairs and ignored the kids! I guess I just don't understand how you can allow your kids to be wantonly destructive and not do anything about it! (I did call the office to report the vandalism, but no one ever came to investigate.)
Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky!
Friday, January 28, 2011
A busy day, no?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Today a large truck pulled into the park -- it looked somewhat like a tanker, but with several compartments. They were here to deliver fish!
The driver climbed up on top of the truck, opened one of the compartments and stuck a big net into the compartment and came out with it full of fish!
He handed it down to the fellows waiting alongside the truck --
Who carried it to the shore of the lake and dumped it in --
Forry talked with one of the guys later who told him that they had delivered five hundred pounds of live trout! Some of them were about six inches long, but there were some that were over a foot!
We went into Riverside after lunch. When we came back, there were fishermen every twenty-thirty feet around the lake. The park charges $5 per pole and you are allowed to catch five fish,,,
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We drove about 165 miles today to Reflection Lake RV Park & Fishing Campground. The RV sites are next to a man-made pond. We are parked next to the little bay area. We'll stay here for the next week.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Mac travels around the country to various RV rallies, giving seminars and selling foam fire extinguishers. His classes are always very hands on with demonstrations of fires and how to put them out. He's the guy who first convinced us to use foam fire extinguishers instead of dry chemical ones. Not only do they smother, cool and put out fires without any toxic powders or residue, they don't become outdated!
Mac was here at the Desert Rat Rally X today giving one of his seminars and demonstrations. There was the usual large crowd on hand with a lot of discussion about getting out of the motorhome exit windows. Fortunately, the ones on our coach are quite large. But we still need to practice doing it a time or two -- especially the one in the bedroom.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Part of tonight's crowd --
Then this evening we went back again for the Tweed Show. The tent was packed. John Tweed and his daughter Sarah are performers from Branson, Missouri. He had a show of his own for years and has recently been joined by his daughter. He has a voice range of four octaves and sang and played a variety of music -- country and western, fifties, broadway tunes, etc. They are a very entertaining duo that had been heard by some of the Alpine Coach Association folks who arranged for them to fly out here yesterday. They said they left snow and 21 degree temperatures behind in Branson.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Since the Alpines are now an "Orphan" brand, without factory support, it is amazing to see how the owners have rallied around to provide support for each other. There is a forum on the internet (at http://www.irv2.com/) that discusses all kinds of solutions for issues that owners may have (that's where I found out where to find the windshield wiper mountings earlier this fall.). In addition the Alpine Coach Association has a web-site with lots of technical information -- including copies of most of the owners manuals and wiring diagrams.
This afternoon Guaranty RV sponsored a Margarita Party with, of course margaritas, sangria and soft drinks. The attendees brought southwestern themed hors d'ourves (I brought some guacamole with some little tacos, empanadas, and toquitos -- a Costco special...).
We've had another perfect warm sunny day. The Northwest ACA chapter made "in-the-bag" omelets for everyone to start the day off this morning. You started with a freezer zip-lock bag on which you wrote your name with a permanent marker. The next person in line added a small cupful of beaten egg mixture to your bag; then you had choices of cheese, bacon, roasted sweet peppers, mushroom slices and/or sauteed onions. After your choices were dropped in the bag, you went over to the stockpots, made sure your bag was sealed and it was dropped into boiling water for five minutes or so. Then they fished it out and dried it off. You put it on your plate, added salsa and/or sour cream and enjoyed. The chapter had been a bit nervous about doing this for so many people, but it worked well. You were given a choice of three breakfast times, so they at least didn't have the whole group to deal with at one time!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
But, we did find them and had a good time. Except that it rained. Then we came again last year, and it rained. Actually it did more than that, it poured, and the wind blew and the roads flooded. There was actually a small tornado in the area. This year, it looks like we are going to have very nice weather. It was in the high 70s when we got here, but it's dropped down to 51 already at 7 PM. That's one thing about the desert. You might have a nice warm day, but when the sun goes down it gets cold!
Since this is the 10th Annual Desert Rat, there are a lot more people here and there are a lot more scheduled activities. The last I heard, they were expecting 125+ Alpine Coaches plus a few SOBs (some other brand). Tonight there was a "stew in a bowl" dinner provided with attendees asked to bring salads or desserts. Which meant, of course, that there was way too much food!
Since there are no current -- or currant ones either -- bushes out here in the desert, we (and everyone else) are running the generator this evening for lights. The usual rule is that you run them between 7 and 11 PM and then can turn them on again at 7 AM. That way everyone gets to enjoy the coyotes howling...
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Tonight we went back to Tia Rosa's for dinner. Tom and Forry had crab enchiladas while I tried the spinach ones. Juni had a chicken burrito with both green and red sauce. It was all so good! We even got brave and shared the deep-fried ice cream for dessert.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Our internet connection is still lousy and I have been unable to upload any pictures... I took some more today of various decorations around the RV Park as well as the blimp that has been floating around the area.
We were quite surprised this morning to actually find the UPS office open on this MLK Holiday. When we drove in, there was not a car around anywhere. The door was unlocked, but we couldn't see anyone anywhere around. Very soon, a woman came in from the back and we soon had our package. Uhlmann's RV had sent the "fix" for the passenger-side shade. Now, it just needs Forry to get it installed...!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Today was another day of football and more football. The Seahawks were just plain out-played this morning, so Forry was not a very happy camper. I had had enough by the games this afternoon, so took my Kindle outside and enjoyed the lovely warm sunshine. I've discovered a new author, Caitlin Brennan, who I am thoroughly enjoying. I found her first in a collection of short stories edited by Mercedes Lackey.
This evening -- after the football game -- we went with Juni and Tom to the Texas Roadhouse. I had a wonderful rib steak (half of which will be my lunch tomorrow) while Forry enjoyed their ribs. Juni and Tom also split a rib steak -- though Juni took some bits home for Izzie and Tica. I swear, those dogs are almost as spoiled as Sister Sherry's!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We haven't done much today. We went to the post office here at the park and picked up a lovely box forwarded from Daughter Mary Mae. There was also a postcard from UPS about a package they had not delivered with an address where we could pick it up. It's the stuff from Uhlmann's RV to fix the shade on the passenger side of the coach. We drove over there, but they are not open on Saturdays! I did call the number on the card and they assured me that they would be open on Monday -- even though it is a holiday.
We ran a few more errands, picking up some orange juice and coffee and paper for the printer. It's going to be one of those weekends again -- football, football, football! Forry watched at least two games after we got home from running errands.
Friday, January 14, 2011
After lunch we went on a tour of the property. We met outside first under some olive trees while the guide told us about the 2000 trees they presently have with 16 varieties of olives under a drip irrigation system. (They plant 200 new trees every year.) There is no need for the use of pesticides as the only known pest, the olive fly, cannot survive the hot summers.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The little dogs, Tica and Izzie, get terribly excited when we come over to visit and play with them. Their little tails wag so hard, they are almost vibrating. If Forry and I sit on opposite sides of their coach, they dash from side to side, trying to decide which one of us to play with. Izzie brings her ball to play catch until Juni says "enough!" and puts it away. They are back and forth to get pets and rubs until they finally settle down for belly scratches.
I spent most of the day today working on accounts trying to get things ready for taxes. I had thought I just had December left to do, but when I opened Quicken, I realized I had not yet done November either. I'm almost done, an hour or so in the morning should do it. Then I will have to start fussing at Forry to get the ranch books done so that they can all go together to our accountant.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
With Tony was his cousin Jeremy Dancing Bull, a drummer and grass dancer, and guitarist Darrin Yazzie of the Navajo tribe. Their music, Estun-Bah, blends the music of Native traditions with a contemporary acoustic sound. The name comes from the tradition of playing the flute outside of the lodging of a female that was being courted. Along with their music, Tony told Apache stories of coyote (the trickster).
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This noon we met Juni and Tom at TC Eggington's for brunch. Juni had been down with a bad cold the first time we went there, so they had been unable to be there. I once again had the pear omelet -- it was just as good as the first time.
Bill and Leslie called from somewhere in Texas this evening. They are making good time and will be in San Antonio by tomorrow sometime. Juni and Tom are moving back to this RV Park in the morning, so we will be seeing more of them and the dogs.
Monday, January 10, 2011
There was a press release today, so now I can actually say the the Executive Board affirmed their original plan to have the 2013 convention in Phoenix. It was a complex, complicated decision that is bound to leave many people unhappy, but we truly feel it was the best decision for the whole denomination. As a compromise, there are plans to set up a satellite site so that delegates who do not feel safe in going to Phoenix can participate.
We made a trip to Costco today for blueberries and a few other things, then went to a Fresh & Easy grocery to pick up milk and orange juice. Other than that and the football game, we have not done much today. I did wash three loads of laundry and got my suitcase emptied out, but that's about it. I did get a chance to talk with Sister Sherry which made my morning!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
It had been an eventful couple of days of meetings. We pretty much threw out the planned agenda and spent most of our time processing the issue of whether or not to go ahead with having the 2013 convention in Phoenix. Lots of angst and emotion; listening and sharing.
Anyway, I am very glad to be home again!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Have you ever taken any of those personality tests that decide what kind of personality you have? I've always come out on those tests as an introvert. This often surprises people who only know my in my public or professional persona. I couldn't quite figure it out either as I have little difficulty in standing up in front of a crowd and telling stories.
Finally, one year when I was in Washington DC (doing a fellowship with Health and Human Services)) we did a more complex test where I came out as being an "expressive introvert." What the consultant said it meant was that I could function as an extrovert in a group of people and take a leadership role, but that I needed solitary time (hopefully with a book!) to preserve my sanity!
So that's what I am doing this evening. Spending time alone in recovery from a VERY intense day of meetings, both with the Board and with a committee. As soon as I finish writing this, I shall check out how my Frontierville and Farmville accounts are doing on Facebook, then I shall crawl into bed with my Kindle -- and hope that my roommate stays out late!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Tonight we were transported to College Hill Mennonite Church for a chicken and rice dinner and some fellowship with members of the Southeast Mennonite Conference. We had some lovely singing after dinner and before their sharing time with us. Tomorrow's meetings start at 8 AM (which is actually 6 AM by Phoenix time which my body is used to...), so I'd best be off to bed!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
It's my own darn fault -- I sent a status update to Facebook this morning that we were on our way to the Phoenix airport. Then I stuck the phone in the little cubbyhole on the door like I usually do (you know, the little space they have for your fingers so that you can pull the door shut...). But, then I didn't pick it up again and put it in my pocket when I got out of the car to get my luggage! I didn't realize it was missing until I was getting ready to go through security and was putting everything from my pockets into my carry-on bag.
It took me FOUR quarters to call Forry from a pay phone (what happened to the dime it used to take to make a phone call?) to let him know. He had just gotten back to Auntie Violet when I called. He walked back out to the car and sure enough, it was right where I left it. (It's a good thing it was there instead of maybe having dropped out to the road when I got out. I would NEVER have lived down losing another phone! Forry would be giving me a bad time FOREVER about losing it just so I could upgrade my iPhone to a 4G one. He insists that's what I did the last time...!)
I am now in Tampa, Florida where it was overcast and a bit chilly (the pilot said 52 degrees) when we landed. I am here for three days of Executive Board meetings for Mennonite Church USA. I'll get back to Phoenix about 8 PM Sunday night.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The food was very different and extremely delicious. I had an omelet that had Bosch pears, Havarti cheese, sliced almonds and chunks of bacon -- it was wonderful! Forry had a "piglet" omelet that had sausage, bacon and ham! Bill had an omelet with all kinds of olives, while Leslie had strawberry pancakes so big that she could barely manage to eat half of them.
After we returned to the RV Park, Bill went to take a nap (he is still recovering from his bout of bronchitis and tires easily). We left Forry watching TV while Leslie and I went to Barnes and Noble. I have been getting frustrated trying to identify all of the different kinds of palms we kept seeing all over, so I went looking for a tree identification book. I ended up also getting Forry a new bird book from Stokes as well as a map called the Baseball Travel Map that shows the locations of all of the major and minor ballparks in the US.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Now that the holidays are over, the movement to Arizona by snowbirds is in full force. We had rigs pulling into the park all day today. Juni and Tom checked out various parks in the area that they might move to next and found that the first couple they checked were full! The 50% discount from Passport America and Camp Club are no longer available at many of them -- we've hit their "black-out" dates.
I love this picture of Auntie Violet with the palm trees reflected in her windows --
The whole row that we are parked in is lined with very tall palm trees --
This evening we had an impromptu potluck over at Juni and Tom's. Leslie had said she was going to marinate and barbecue some flank steaks. I made a shrimp macaroni salad and Juni baked potatoes to go with it all. Juni had also picked up some cheesecake while she was in town today, so we had quite a feast. The best thing about it was that Bill is recovering from his bronchitis and felt good enough to join us to eat tonight!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I really like this roadrunner in the sunburst --
There are over 1700 units in the park. We have only walked by a very few of them. I look forward to seeing what else people have done to decorate their units.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I've been talking quite a bit on my blog about our friends Tom and Juni and Bill and Leslie who are all here at Valle del Oro RV Resort. What I haven't mentioned are our other fellow travelers, Tica and Izzie. While Forry and I do not travel with any pets -- other then stuffed ones -- we do enjoy playing with Juni and Tom's dogs.
This gorgeous young lady being snuggled by Leslie, is Tica. I took this the day she had been to the beauty parlor --
And this little hunk of mischievous energy is her little "sister" Izzie --