Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WELL I DID PROMISE A SHORTER POST TONIGHT DIDN’T I:))

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Rains came in the night leaving our Sonoran desert smelling sweet as only a desert rain can.  Soon as I stepped out the door with Pheebs I knew our plants had been watered.

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NO I AM NOT TURNING AROUND…………….HEY WHAT DID I JUST TELL YOU!!

Finished me up a small door frame paint project I had started a couple weeks ago.  By the time I had that finished our skies had cleared a bit & we were able to enjoy some warming sun for awhile.  A little repair to an overhead blind in our skylight (hope it holds) & that was about it for my morning.  Feeling very lazy today.  Maybe a little too much visiting last week & a little too much blog writing Monday night. 

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Spent a good part of the afternoon stretched out in my bird chair with both camera & kindle.  Mixed in with a few bird photos, a few chapters of my latest book & a few zzzzzzzzzz’s I managed to wile away my time just watching big white fluffy clouds floating by overhead.  Some days are just much needed like that:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  The difference between Knowledge and Wisdom:
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting tomatoes in a fruit salad.

Monday, January 26, 2015

OH NO NOT ANOTHER LONG ‘BLOGGING THOUGHTS’ POST……..

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JUST A FEW PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE PROPERTY THIS MORNING

Knowing inclement weather was heading our way today I had hoped for a foggy morning so I could hop into the Jeep & cruise around Congress with our new KC fog lights cutting the way through a real thick pea souper. Same lights Janna’s Cowboy installed us for us Sunday:))

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Well no matter no fog cause we had to slide on down to Wickenburg for groceries so we took the new KC Foggers for a run anyway.  A bit of sun in the sky when we left Congress but totally clouded over by the time we got back later.  Saw a familiar yellow Jeep (Janna & Mike) with Montana plates in Safeway’s parking lot so left a Bayfield Bunch card under the wiper:))

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NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN THE JEEP WHEN WE GO FOR GROCERIES & PHEEBS IS ALWAYS SO SAD SHE CAN’T GO:((

Recognized our latest blog follower in our Friend Connect box this morning.  In fact we just met these folks a couple days ago at Blogger-Fest 2015.  Welcome to Kevin & Ruth from Travel With Kevin & Ruth.  Thanks for dropping by guys & I do have you folks on our sidebar now:))

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THE SHADOW COWBOY PRESENTS…….OUR BACKYARD CAMPFIRE RING

Turned out to one of those days best for staying inside stretched out on my recliner with a warm blanket while aimlessly bouncing around TV channels with the remote.  Every once & awhile one of these days comes along & it’s perfectly Okay.  Need some R & R after all this past week’s activities.

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<<< THIS IS OUR NEW OXYGENIC SHOWER HEAD MIKE INSTALLED IN THE RIG FOR US SUNDAY…IT CAN TILT FORWARD IF NEEDED

Stopped into the closing out sale of Wickenburg’s Alco store.  Saw some 50% off pants that caught my fancy but of course with pants a fella always has to try them on to be sure of a proper fit.  Don’tcha just hate that guys.  Maybe it’s one of the reasons I never go shopping for pants.  Just hate those broom closet size change rooms & all the struggling a feller has to do to even get turned around in there.  By the time you bend down to tie take off your boots or untie your shoes your rear end has poked a hole in the side wall.  Well I needn’t have worried this morning.  Only ever been in a change room maybe half a dozen times in my life & was surprised to find myself in a space big enough to blow my nose & then some.  Anyway I tried on a couple pairs of pants which didn’t come anywhere near fitting me so that was that.  Kelly tried to talk me into a another store of pants but one change room a decade is enough for this guy.  I’ll just have to flop myself around in my baggy blue jeans awhile longer. 

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ROOMIEST GOL DARN CHANGE ROOM I’VE EVER BEEN IN…COULD HAVE HAD ME A SQUARE DANCE IN HERE

This cloudy cool gray day has not left me with much to blog about so I thought it might be a good time to open my door just a tad further & invite you all in for another little look around into my world of blogging thoughts, ideas, opinions, & feelings.

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A question I have sometimes been asked & a question I heard repeated again to all the daily Bloggers at Blogger-Fest is, ‘how do you manage to write a blog every single day?’  It is a question I ask myself as well sometimes.  First, to be accurate, I haven’t blogged every day since I began blogging back in 2006 but I have blogged for most of them since those early years.  My next thought is, how can that question be answered without me being repetitive again.  My thoughts on this topic have appeared more than once in my posts over the years however with experience they have evolved somewhat since I first began.  But let me try it again with a new & ever changing awareness about who I am & why do I feel the way I do about this whole blogging phenomena.  In other words…………why am I a daily Blogger:))

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Most important for me is the fact blogging is something I can do totally alone.  No help from anyone, no human input but my own, no shared decisions, & no feedback while I’m putting it together unless I have to ask Kelly about something I can’t remember like a name or a place.  I’ve never been a team player & that’s why solitary blogging has always appealed to me.  I decide what to write, when to write it, & how to write it.  Same goes for all my photos.  Being able to do the whole process from start to finish alone is one of the key elements to my daily blog & why I enjoy it so much.  I like the hours I spend by myself whether it be out looking for & taking photos, editing those photos, writing each blog, putting everything together, & finally publishing something hopefully with the end result of entertaining readers with something interesting.  I love the daily challenge of creatively using my imagination to give myself a useful purpose, an enjoyable hobby if you will.  And in my opinion an active imagination is definitely a huge asset when it comes to writing.  I believe if one wants to put out a daily blog one really needs to enjoy what they are doing.  No point in causing oneself stress if one does not enjoy what it is they are doing. 

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WE HAVE SOME NEW GRASS GROWING

Summertime in Bayfield will often find Pheebs & I out in the Jeep by ourselves prowling around southern Ontario’s country roads.  Nobody riding along, just Pheebs & I as we cruise up this road & down that road, stop for a walk here, a hike there.  Always the cameras at ready looking for photos to put in my blog each night.  Always creatively thinking of things to write about.  It’s a great mind exercise for me each & every day.   An exercise much needed I may add.  Always alone with my own thoughts enjoying nature’s sights & sounds around me.   Just doing it in a way that works for me.  In a way which makes blogging each day enjoyable.  Well, that’s how it works on good days of course but realistically not all days are good days.

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OUR BACK GATE LEADING TO OUR NEIGHBORS PROPERTY…SEE THE JOSHUA TREES

I’m subject to mood swings, most introverted people are.  It just seems to come with the territory.  If I allow myself to swing into a sullen mood it is my blog where that mood may very well manifest itself by the end of the day.  For me when depression sets in it stifles any creative process & those are the days when I just want to push my chair back & turn away.  Countless days I have started out with one single thought in mind.  “I am not going to write a post today, I don’t want to, my interest is gone.  I’m finished with all this blogging stuff…..period!!  But I’m only fooling myself because often as not by the end of each day I have some thoughts to share, seen something interesting, taken a picture or two & before long the creativity, the interest, & the challenge begins to lift me out of that depression.  Before I know it I am back at my keyboard working away on another post eager to share what I have seen & what I have thought about for the day.  It  may not always be an uplifting kind of post but at least I am helping myself by maybe writing & sharing something that just may touch another person out here.  Just may help somebody else going through some down times as well.  Somebody else who  can identify with what I am writing about.  Not every day is happy-happy just as not every day is not doom & gloom.  I mainly dwell somewhere between those extremes first leaning one way then the other, occasionally touching the boundaries & my daily posts reflect those swings.  I believe it is important to write about the good & the not so good as well.  At the end of each day when I hit that ‘Publish’ button I just feel a little bit better knowing something I may have said or a link I may have included just might help somebody else out here besides myself.

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For an introverted personality blogging is just about as good as it gets.  I can sit here in the quiet comfort of my own home with nobody to interrupt my thoughts, nobody to interject theirs.  No face to face people stress……….   

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WE’VE HAD A FEW NICE BACK YARD CAMPFIRES HERE

So tonight I am relaxed sitting here writing/talking to you folks who read my daily posts.  I can talk to all you folks much easier this way & this is how it works for me.  Everyday I can share a large part of my world with you & I enjoy doing it that way.  In fact it is the only way I can do it.  If I had to verbally talk to you face to face & tell you the things I tell you in this blog it would never happen.  Too often if I try to convey my thoughts & feelings verbally to someone it just seems to come out all wrong.  Too often I am cautious & will not tell you how I am really feeling.  But here relaxed at my computer I can write freely & unimpeded.  I am safe here by myself & I like that.

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So there you have it, just a few relaxing thoughts rolling off my keyboard tonight.  Maybe a little on the heavy side for some but I also know there are many others such as I out here.  And I know that because I have talked & corresponded with them.  It’s just that many aren’t in the same position I fortunately am to share their thoughts & feelings publicly.  And I wouldn’t be in this position if it were not for you faithful readers……and I thank you all for that.  In another post shortly I will share some of my ideas on how to keep up the pace of being a daily Blogger.  Tonight’s point of view centered more on cerebral thoughts whereas next time I’ll focus more on the actual mechanics of writing a post plus when & how I do it each day.  Hope I haven’t scared anybody away or put anybody to sleep & I’m going to try real hard to write a shorter post tomorrow night………promise:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((   I heard recently about a stay-at-home Mom. One evening she went to a PTA meeting and her husband and her oldest daughter got together and decided they would clean up the kitchen for her.
They put away all the food, wiped all the counters, washed all the pots and put them away, put the dishes in the dishwasher and ran it. They swept and mopped the floors and then sat down, awaiting her arrival.  Two hours later she returned from the meeting, took off her coat, hung it up, walked through the kitchen into the den, grabbed the remote control, and began watching television. They followed her over to her chair and stood by her side.  Finally she felt them looking over her shoulder and looked up at them and said, "What?"
Her husband said, "The kitchen."
"The kitchen. What?"
"The kitchen. We cleaned up the kitchen. Didn't you notice? It's sparkling clean. We cleaned it for you."
The woman replied, "Yes, I noticed. Thankless job, isn't it?"

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- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT I DIDN’T HAVE ANY MORE PHOTOS FROM BLOGGER-FEST:))

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MORNING IN OUR NEIGHBORS JOSHUA TREE GARDEN

As nice as it was to spend 5 days in the rig it was just as nice moving my things back into the house late Saturday morning & resuming my old routines.  Guess you could say I always look forward to something different but also enjoy my same-same routines as well.  Well, for awhile anyway.

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After a week of company wrapped up with our visit to Blogger-Fest I think we’ll keep a pretty low profile now for awhile & just kind of putter around the old home front for a bit.  Better give it a few days before I bring up the topic of heading off to California’s Mojave's National Preserve soon.

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TIS THE TIME OF YEAR FOR NEST BUILDING HERE IN OUR LITTLE SLICE OF ARIZONA

Think it was around noon when John (Sarge) & Jackie dropped around to see how we’re doing so we sat ourselves up on the porch for a spell out of the Sun.  Wasn’t long & we saw a familiar yellow Jeep go by then return a short time later.  It was Janna, Mike, & Emmi stopping by.  They hadn’t met John & Jackie before.  Had ourselves a rousing chat before John & Jackie had to head on back home.  Janna & Mike stayed awhile longer & Mike volunteered to install our new KC Fog Lights on the Jeep.  Janna & Mike slipped on home for lunch & Mike later returned with some tools.  Didn’t take him long to remove the old fogs & hook up the new fogs.  And they worked too.  We had also bought a new Oxygenic shower head for the RV & Mike was able to install that for us as well.  Kelly gets a little nervous if she knows I’m going to try & do things like that so not wanting to up her stress levels it is always best I just step aside & let someone far more experienced & competent do those kinds of things.  Generally turns out to be one of my better decisions as a rule.

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THANKS MIKE MUCH APPRECIATED:))

It was after 11 before I finally crawled into bed Saturday night.  Editing about 60 photos, looking up links, & cross checking photos for identification took up a lot of time.  After talking to Kelly this morning with a clearer head on my shoulders I was able to make a few changes & correct some info.  Below is my re-freshed memory update to Saturday’s Blogger-Fest.  Oh & by the way, I did get myself a little gussied up for Saturday’s event.  Left my baggy butt jeans at home, slipped into a pair of dress pants I hadn’t worn since early April of 2013, & wore my very much most best favorite Thrift Store shirt I found last month in Borrego Springs.  Groovy:))

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A few of these photos are repeats because I didn’t have an ID on them Saturday night.

<<< This is Betty & Joe from JOE & BETTY'S ADVENTURES sitting behind Doug & Yuma .  I don’t have a photo for the Heyduke folks at On The Road Of Retirement but we met these 2 fine people as well.  Chatted with fellow dog lovers Kelly & Angela from RV Life Is Good for a bit & it’s always nice to meet someone thinking as we do about our treasured pets.  My ears did catch a side comment from someone suggesting I put too many photos of Pheebs in my posts.  Well of course I do….wouldn’t you:))  Another fellow had a question about what resolution I use for my photos & of course I didn’t know.  That was kinda embarrassing for me.

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GOING OUT ON A LIMB HERE GUESSING THIS IS JIM FROM LIFE'S LITTLE ADVENTURES IN THE LEFT PHOTO…AND THAT’S RETIRED ROD TALKING TO KENNY FROM KENNY & ANGELAS ADVENTURES…FIRST TIME MEETING KENNY & ANGELA, NICE FOLKS FOR SURE

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LEFT PHOTO: THAT IS ONE OF THE EVENT ORGANIZERS GERI/JERRY FROM JUST WANDERIN ON THE LEFT & SASSY ON THE RIGHT…I THINK SASSY’S GETTING READY TO HAWK A SPITBALL AT ME & BY GOLLY THERE’S NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER SANDIE FROM WHERE ARE THE DIXONS TODAY…  SANDIE WAS ALSO ONE OF THE MAIN ORGANIZERS

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SASSY & JIM DIXON…GEEEEEZZZZZ THAT SASSY GETS AROUND

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PAUL WEAVER HAS A CHUCKLE AS SANDIE RETHINKS HER ROLL AS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE DAY…LIKED THE SHORT LITTLE CHAT WE HAD SANDIE:))

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SOMEBODY WONDERED WHERE ALL THE PRETZELS WENT….HMMMM, I BET JUDY KNOWS:))

And a few more folks we met at the Fest…John & Aileen from John & Aileen on the road…De Johnson from Plein Air Journey.  And my apologies if I have forgotten anyone.  If I have it certainly was not intentional.  Just saw your comment Jan Mains, were you wearing a red jacket?  And last but not least….. we may have been late arriving at Blogger-Fest but by golly we were just about two of the last people to leave.  Now how about that:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( Howard came home from work one evening and there was his wife Miriam in the kitchen crying out loud.
"What's the matter, darling?" he asked her.
"I just don't know what to do," said Miriam. "Because we were eating in for a change, I cooked us a special dinner - but the dog has just eaten it."
"Don't worry," said Howard, "I'll get us another dog."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

BLOGGER-FEST 2015 QUARTZSITE ARIZONA…..WE WERE THERE:)))))))

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FIRST BLOGGER-FEST GATHERING NORTH OF QUARTZSITE ARIZONA

Turned out to be mighty fine Arizona morning for Peter & Leslie’s departure today.  We all took a walk back through our small rear gate to our neighbor’s property behind us.  Same property I cleaned up last year.  Nice garden of Joshua trees.  Wanting to get an early start on their drive back to McCarron Airport in Las Vegas they soon had their luggage loaded into their Kia rent-a-car & it was time to say good-bye.  Always enjoy having Leslie & Peter here. 

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MAYBE SEE YOU LATER THIS YEAR FOLKS:))

I wrestled with the Blogger-Fest decision all week.  Half of me wanted to attend the first ever Fest in Quartzsite & half of me did not.  It wasn’t until sometime Saturday morning that very apprehensively one half of me finally gave in to the other half.  Definitely not an easy decision.  I had sensed all week Kelly was leaning towards going but knew it was not an easy decision for her either.  We both have the same feelings about being in or around large gatherings of people.  Certainly much easier to stay home than go.  So to make a long story short, we went.  Pheebs too because without the Pheebs we are not The Bayfield Bunch.

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JEANNIE, SASSY, & BARBARA D

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RETIRED ROD, GAELYN & IVAN

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THAT’S PAUL WEAVER OVER THERE ON THE RIGHT

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THERE’S PHEEBS LOOKING FOR A FREE HAND OUT & I’M THINKING THAT JUST MIGHT BE MARIANNE FROM FRUGAL-RV-TRAVEL.COM

Of course our first dilemma was which vehicle to take.  Gas logic dictates we take the Jeep.  Much easier than taking the rig.  But logic also dictates a few numbers first.  About one & a half hours to reach Blogger-Fest destination, 2+ hours there plus an hour & a half drive back to Congress.  Decided on taking the Motorhome.  Ok, so where does the logic come in now because taking our rig doesn’t make one darn lick of financial sense.  None!!  Well how can I put this gently…….no washroom along the way & none on the way home & certainly nothing at our destination & we would never ask someone to use their washroom.  So unless we wanted to stand around talking to folks with our legs squeezed tightly together, squirming like we had ants in our pants sporting greatly grimaced faces & cross eyed, we had better take our facilities with us just to be on the safe side.  An expensive port-a-potty but it is the way it is at times in these Senior years when sometimes it is wisely necessary we place our comfort levels ahead of all else. (turns out only one of us used the washroom once)

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“HEY BARB HAVE YOU EVER SEEN GAELYN HERE DO THE BOOGALOO”

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WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING OVER THERE….OH YA GIVE MY HEAD A SHAKE I’M WATERING THE DOGS

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Under a clear blue sky about 12:15 we rolled out our south gate.  Beautiful day for a drive along one of my favorite routes heading west.  No way we wanted any part of the Quartzsite traffic chaos so at the little town of Hope we swung right & headed on up to Bouse.  Hung a left on Plomosa Road & slipped in the back way to Blogger-Fest 2015.  We were half an hour late but we were there.  Saw the yellow balloons & a gathering of people.  Parked the rig, grabbed our chairs & walked over.  And here’s where we did something wrong that we both felt a little bad about later.  People were all seated & they were going around with each person giving a little talk about who they were etc.  Both Kelly & I failed to clue in on the people talking right away so we kinda disrupted folks as we made our way around the back stopping to talk with a few people.  I remember how much that used to annoy me years ago at AA meetings when someone would come in late & disrupt people talking.  Anyway, sorry folks for the unintended disruption.

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THAT’S OUR BIG EEE IN THE BACKGROUND

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KEVIN & RUTH FROM TRAVEL WITH KEVIN & RUTH

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BARBARA D FROM ME & MY DOG

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Ok, let me get right to the gathering itself & tell you how I felt about it.  First…..both Kelly & I were really glad we went.  In a later post I will get into my being apprehensive about certain things then overcoming that apprehension & actually enjoying myself.  So nice to see so many people there & how great it was to finally put some faces to many of those blogs over the years.  Not only did we see old familiar faces but we met a lot of new folks as well.  I’m not going to try & name everyone because for sure I would forget & leave some folks out but I do want to mention a few.  I was definitively hoping to meet Judy from TRAVELS WITH EMMA.  We had been in Judy’s Imperial Dam area twice within the last couple months but had never made it around to meet her.  Judy, your just the feisty quick witted humorous type of person I thought you would be & meeting you today was definitely my pleasure.

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BY GOLLY IT’S JUDY HER VERY SELF

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THERE IS A TOUCHING STORY OF NEAR LOSS BEHIND THIS SET OF PHOTOS WITH DOUG & YUMA

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<<< LESS THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THESE PHOTOS DOUG ALMOST LOST YUMA & I THINK YOU CAN SEE HIS DEEP FEELINGS ABOUT THAT…BE SURE TO READ DOUG’S UPCOMING POST ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED

Pheebs had a blast racing around meeting everyone as well & made some new doggy friends.  Surprised to see fellow Canadian Alex there.  Last time I saw him was years ago when we met over coffee in Goderich Ontario.  Always good to see Ivan for sure.  Doug & Yuma from Miss Adventure Travels showed up as well as our up the Yarnell hill neighbor Gaelyn from Geogypsy  Nice to see Retired Rod again.  You may remember Rod from his hilariously funny post awhile back about his Roomba vacuum cleaner running amok.   Newfoundland’s very own whirling dervish made it as well & if you felt a whoosh go by you today that would have been that classy Sassy Gal.  Every gathering needs a lit firecracker:))   

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LITTLE MISS DYNAMO BETTER KNOWN AS SASSY & THERE’S ALEX IN THE GRAY SWEATER

Nan I saw you when you stood up to introduce yourself but somewhere in the crowd you disappeared & I never got to see you again.  Kelly & I were talking about that on the way home & wondered where you had gone.  And I didn’t get to see John either.  My apologies to the folks we didn’t get around to see & especially to the folks whose names my memory has mis-placed.  I do remember everyone I talked to……just not the names.  It’s the reason I haven’t captioned all the photos but maybe after a good sleep tonight I hope to remember & include a few more folks in my Sunday post.

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A TENDER MOMENT FOR YUMA & PHEEBS

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A big thanks goes out to the people who pulled this Blogger-Fest together.  I know George & Suzy Yates were instrumental in it as well Paul & Marsha Weaver & the folks from Just Wanderin.  And of course Sandie & Jim Dixon.  It is you people & others I may have missed who made this all possible & I would say it was a resounding success.  A big THANK-YOU goes out to you folks.  Hope plans are already underway for Blogger-Fest 2016.  Oh, & if I have anyone’s name or blog address wrong please let me know.  And I hope I haven’t mis-identified anyone. 

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KELLY TALKING WITH KEVIN & RUTH FROM TRAVELS WITH KEVIN & RUTH

I will probably have more to say about today in another post but right now it’s late & I’m just too darn tired to blabber my fingers on the keys any longer….zzzzzzzz 

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I WATCHED TONIGHT’S SUNSET IN MY SIDE VIEW MIRROR ON THE WAY HOME & THIS SHOT WAS JUST WEST OF CONGRESS AZ.

GROANER’S CORNER:((  "Dad," a teenaged girl says, running into her father's den, "I'd like to kiss you good-bye before I go to school!"  "You're too late, honey. Your mother just did that two minutes ago, and I don't have any cash left now."