Monday, October 25, 2010




I came away with a feeling of disappointment after reading a friend's blog Sunday morning & that kind of set the tone for my day.  It would be a full 24 hours before I sat down at the computer again.  A work related schmozzle later in the morning didn't help my frame of mind any & I had to finally throw my old sack of bones in the Jeep & take them for a long drive along some quiet country roads.  Every once & awhile I just have to get away from things so I generally grab my cameras & some favorite music CD's & away I go for a few hours.  It is a good way for me to mull things over in my mind, make some decisions, see some different scenery & just generally get myself back on track with myself.  I once again questioned this whole blogging thing & by the time I got home in the late afternoon I just didn't have the mental energy to put a blog together.  It was the first day I have missed writing a blog for about a year & a half.   I like writing & I like the photography end of things, so with a few necessary changes, a short one day blogging break & a self motivated pep talk I am again back at the keyboard:))



We are into our second day of exceptionally warm weather.  Mid 60's yesterday & today coupled with a healthy splash of sunshine  this afternoon.  In fact it was so nice it actually spurred us on to make a last minute renovation to the rig's interior.  Some of you may remember a couple years ago in Quartzsite when we took out all the cheaply made & hugely uncomfortable furniture in our rig.  Sold the dinette, tub chair & couch at a business called, The Gambler.  A few days later we headed east & purchased all new stuff at the Ikea store in Tempe/Phoenix, AZ.  You can see our shopping spree here....IKEA 



But, going back to Quartzsite for a minute.....we were looking for a computer desk & Kelly found a used one that had come out of a Tiffin Motor Home at the Le Mesa RV dealer.  I think we paid $40 for it.  It was made of oak with a marble like top & of course was very heavy.  It was a solid good quality desk but it was actually too big for our rig.  We liked it anyway & that's what we have been using the past couple years.  Last winter we finally accepted the fact it was maybe not the best desk for our particular set-up so this morning, that desk came back out of the Motor Home!!

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We had a much smaller el-cheapo wooden student's desk in the carport but when we put it in the rig we realized it was much too high for a laptop computer.  Kelly set off for Goderich to see what Zeller's & Wal-Mart had in the way of desks but came back saying all the computer desks were too long for our short space.  We have now opted to have handyman Bruce build us a nice shelf type of thing for the laptop & he's going to do that this week-end.


I again recognized our latest blog supporter, cowboy hat & all.  That's Froggi Donna from 2 TAKING A FIFTH.  I first met Froggi D here on my blog about 3 years ago.  I had written a post about a bunch of vehicles I had owned over the years & a comment came in from a 'Froggi' person saying they once had the same type of vehicle as one of the one's I had.  Well, with a cute name like that we had to email her back of course.  Froggi D was traveling solo in those days & Kelly actually met her in Ajo Arizona one day when the Froggi gal was filling up some propane tanks.  Kelly recognized her rig from the pictures on her site.  She & Stu were two of the people who came out to our boondocking spot last winter in the Kofa Mountains.  I've always had one regret though since that day.  We never really did get to know anyone really well that were there & I remember thinking that as I watched Froggi D & Stu pull out on their motorcycles heading back to Yuma.  Yes, we had met them alright, but we really didn't get a chance to talk to them much.  Maybe next time we can make it 2 on 2 & do that "Howdy Neighbor" thingy all over again,  Thanks for your blog support guys:))



GROANER'S CORNER:((  A big earthquake with the strength of 8.1 on the Richter scale hits Mexico.  Two million Mexicans have died and over a million are injured. The country is totally ruined and the government doesn't know where to start and is asking for help to rebuild. The rest of the world is in shock.
Canada is sending troops to help the Mexican army control the riots.  Saudi Arabia is sending oil.  Other Latin American countries are sending supplies.  The European community (except France) is sending food and money.  The United States, not to be outdone, is sending two million Mexicans to replace all the people lost in the earthquake.
God bless America!!!!


Until one has loved an Animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened.




The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. I was glad to see your blog,I was wondering about you.

    Like the groaner today pretty


  2. Everyone needs a handyman Bruce. I never did figure out what to do about a computer desk in my 5th wheel. Then when it was on consignment and I thought I might have had to take it back, I found something that would work. Now, with a truck camper on the horizon, I think I'll just sit outside in my lounge chair, laptop on my lap, and compute away.

  3. Good one Al, the groaner I mean!

  4. Glad you are back. I really missed your post yesterday. Yours was the first Blog I ever followed. Got introduced to it when you posted on "50Plus" Now I am following lots of Blogs. Thanks.

  5. I would say one day in a year and a half off is pretty good. Everyone needs to recharge the batteries now and again.

    I have had quite a few days that I did not have the willpower or interest in getting the blog out.

    The count would be higher if my better half did not poke and prod.

  6. Happy to see you back. You know, with the recent occuance, if a daily blogger doesn't show up, we begin to wonder. I guess that's the nature of a virtual family. :)

    Maybe the pressure of a daily blog isn't right for you at this time?

  7. Good that you took that time to yourself, Al. I can't imagine the kind of discipline it takes to blog daily, through all the ups and downs of living.

  8. Al, Kelly and I discussed that same thing not to long after our gathering. Stu and I felt the same way...hoping next winter will find us in AZ boondocking not too close to you guys....LOL!!

  9. Oh, Al, enjoyed/loved that "groaner" but it is sure to get you in trouble

  10. welcome back ..that is not bad odds
    ..never missing a day until now!..good for you!

  11. I have taken the time to read the blog that I believe led you to feel disappointed. That puzzles me a bit because it seems to be an honest debate with different points of view. You have put forward one set of points. The other blogger has responded.

    What is there to be so disappointed about? Unless it is that you do not want to be contradicted or have your own opinions challenged. I would hope that is not the case.

    This is just a case of an honest debate and different point of view.

    Phil B.

  12. Welcome back,Al, Glad the Reichsblogmeister didn't send the secret blog police looking for you. Have a great day. Sam & Donna.

  13. Glad to see you back Al. Like Judy said, I too was concerned when your blog didn't show up on Sunday. I look forward to reading it every day. I love your sense of humour and your pictures are beautiful!

  14. Yep, we did miss you yesterday, and went searching, all in vain. Gld you are back!

    Yes the groaner was great. More power to US!

    Loved the boat picture!

  15. Everyone should take some "reflection" time...Sometimes our first instincts are too much a knee jerk reaction...Sniff the fresh air...walk the furry guys...ain't life great???Amen

  16. Always good to take time out and reconnect with yourself.

    The groaner was cute. :)

    Stay safe, I hear the weather out there is turning!! I even heard tornadoes??? wow!

  17. Glad to see your pics and loved the groaner. What date are you guys gonna hit the road?

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard