OUR LITTLE BIRD PALS ARE FINDING THEIR DRINKING WATER A LITTLE ON THE STIFF SIDE THESE MORNINGS
Figured we had to be in some kind of tropical heat wave early this morning when I saw the thermometer sitting at 23 instead of 19F. I think we got up to around 60 something later.
What a difference a day makes. Monday I couldn’t even muster up enough energy to give JB & BRENDA a big return ‘Howdy’ wave when they rocketed westward on I-10 about an hour north of us heading for Usery Mountain northeast of Phoenix.
Hauled myself into bed about 9:30 last night & did manage to get a much better sleep despite my brain waking me up half a dozen times to see if I was still in the land of the living!!
NEVER ANY CROWDING OR FIGHTING…THEY ALL PATIENTLY AWAIT THEIR TURN
Max & Checkers were doing a lot of sniffing & gruffing around a garden shed not far from our rig this morning so I got a flashlight & had a look under the shed. There was a critter under there alright but I couldn’t quite make out what it was. Seemed to be shuffling around a bit & had a very light colored & very furry tail. Thought I saw some black & white so hope it wasn’t a Skunk. Not even sure if they have Skunks in these parts. Later in the day I took my camera over to see if I could get a picture but it had already vamoosed.
After soaking up a bit of warm morning sunshine we hustled ourselves down to Douglas Arizona & made the McDonald’s breakfast menu with just 2 minutes to spare. In fact, they were just changing the menu boards when we were at the counter. Kelly had used the ‘McDonald’s’ incentive in getting me to come along with her to J.C. Pennys. Seems to work every time & I never get smart to it. She also knew she might be in Pennys for awhile so wily Coyote Kelly even slipped the book I am currently reading into the Jeep before we left so I would have something to keep me busy in the parking lot while waiting. It worked:))
WE BOTH LOVE THE BIG BOLD EVER PRESENT COLORS IN SOUTHWEST DESIGN…..THIS WAS INSIDE McDONALDS.
Not to be outdone in the shopping department while waiting I spied a ‘Dollar General’ store next to J.C. Pennys. Figured if Dollar General had that 70% discount like J.C. Pennys I might find a real bargoooon for thirty cents:)) I didn’t!! But, I did get a new coffee cup for a buck plus a litre of 10W-30 Motor Oil to pour on my morning cereal:))
NOPE, I’M NOT GOING IN THERE & YOU CAN’T MAKE ME NEITHER!!
My patience was holding up real good all morning so figured I would be alright helping push the grocery cart around in Wal-Mart. I lasted about a minute & half & had to totally exit the whole grocery section. What is it with people that they have to be on their stupid cell phones yammering & texting like a bunch of maddened Magpies while leaving their shopping carts blocking aisles, crashing into bins & plowing into other people’s shopping carts. Yap,yap,yap-peck,peck,peck!!!! I think cell phones should be left at the door so people can concentrate on their shopping & be considerate of other shoppers around them. I also wish someone would hurry up & invent a small electronic device that I could carry & every time I pressed the button it would transmit a signal to the nearest inconsiderate cell phone user’s phone & emit a very loud & aggressive growling fart sound right out of their cell phone!!!!
CAN YOU SEE THE 2 LARGE PAINTED BIRDS
While parked at a health food store behind the historic GADSDEN HOTEL in Douglas this morning I was reminded of our visit there a couple years ago. Pancho Villa is reported to have rode his horse into the Hotel lobby years ago & right up the grand stair case. This Hotel with it’s beautiful old lobby is reported to be haunted but I didn’t detect any ghosts in any my following photos. Maybe you will have better luck:))
A week ago or so I posted a photo that I had taken in Palm Canyon, Borrego Springs. The photo showed what appeared to be a barren rock surface. Upon later examination I saw some Big Horn Sheep in the photo & thought I counted 6. After posting it in the blog some people saw more Sheep & some saw less. A good friend of mine in Kitchener Ontario has taken that photo & enhanced it to the Max. He found & numbered 11 Sheep in total. Below is the enhanced photo. Hard to find number 11 but it can be found at 5 o’clock or bottom right of photo. Don’t know what kind of an enhancemagator machine you got there Bob but it should clear up once & for all just how many Sheep are actually in the that photo. Thanks Buddy:))
Some of you folks may remember my post from December 15th a month ago entitled, ‘THE OLD WEST IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS LITTLE BOYS MEMORY.’ Shortly after that post I received an email from long time blog reader Jenny J over at ELEVEN FOOT RV which stated, “Al, I just ordered you a copy of The Big Book Of Cowboys --now I need an address to send it to -- Merry Christmas!!” After Monday’s photo class I stopped by the Elfrida Post Office & sure enough, a parcel had just come in for me. Thank you so much Jenny. You brought this little boy’s memories alive again as I sat here yesterday reading through the book’s pages & looking at the big as life colored Cowboy illustrations. I was a kid all over again. Thank you so much Jenny & I appreciate your kind thoughtfulness:))
I am starting to feel pretty spiffy in my new threads & I am a bit uncomfortable with that. Figure I’m just going to have to take all my new duds outside & give em a good old kickin around in the
Arizona dirt just to keep myself grounded. Had to do that 4 years ago in New Mexico when I bought my black Cowboy hat. Just wasn’t comfortable walking around with my head hung under a brand new shiny Cowboy hat…………..10-4:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, "I don't like the looks of your wife at all." "Me neither doc," said the husband. "But she's a great cook and really good with the kids."
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My grand aunt was a small child near Douglas when P. Villa crossed the border with his riders. They met with armed resistance and many on both sides were killed. She remembered being told that she was not to go near the battlegrounds after it was over, but of course, she followed the older kids. She remembered the bodies. Gruesome. I wish I had talked more with her about her other memories but alas...I did not. For the land of dry cricks and cactus, it sure has had a lot of human history.ReplyDelete
that is pretty fancy McDonalds you went to today!..nice murals on the walls..if you ever invent that electronic device we will be sure to buy one from you.ReplyDelete
Nice to see you wearing your new 'duds'!!..pretty snazzy!!
OK, so at the time you posted the picture, I saw ONE sheep... Now I see 11 and I cannot believe it! I have to go back and hike that canyon again!ReplyDelete
Love those cute little sparrows in your pictures. If I wasn't so tired I'd get up and get the bird book and identify them. Maybe tomorrow.......ReplyDelete
I would like a little device in the motorhome ... that when you push a button, it sends an interference message to the cell phone user in the next car over. Something like: "PUT DOWN THAT DAMN CELL PHONE AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DRIVING BEFORE YOU KILL SOMEONE!!!"ReplyDelete
If someone came up with that, I bet they would make zillions of dollars!
Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
Nice post. Really enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Don't forget to have the cattle run over your new duds! That's the trick!ReplyDelete
I counted 10 sheep the other day, but then I'm not sure that maybe some sheep I counted were actually sheep and not rocks. We have often identified bears that were actually tree stumps.
Yep, totally agree Al--a device to emit a sound (and I liked your idea for a sound) to discourteous cellphone users. And Karen is right on the money with her comment, too, about drivers and their cellphones. Seems more and more semi drivers are weaving all over the roads and when you get near them you can see they are talking on a cellphone.ReplyDelete
Those are great murals inside McDonald's. I agree about all the cell phone talkers inside the stores, seems like they don't think of anyone but themselves.ReplyDelete
Great job enhancing that photo, I pored over the original but no way I could see all those sheep and this shot makes it easy as pie. Sure would like to know what he used to do it.ReplyDelete
As for the wave we didn't actually see it and wondered what had you down in the dumps, but as always we knew you would rear back up into the world and a trip to Penny's seems to have done the trick. :)
Perhaps those folks in the grocery store could take a lesson from the sparrows. No bickering and wait your turn...ReplyDelete
Great drinking fountain pics! :)
Your day sounded a bit like mine, a bit of Wal-Mart, reading in my truck while waiting for Paulette and visiting an old hotel!ReplyDelete
Hard to recognize you in those spiffy new clothes! Looks like you need to get out and work a bit with your sewer hoses to get those duds in proper working condition.
We have a small herd of desert bighorns in our canyon, and since we're currently covered with snow and ice, they've moved down to the mouth of the canyon. They're now grazing every evening within 100 feet of the main road, and are used to the gawkers who stop to photograph them. Of course, I left my camera on the kitchen counter yesterday and therefore missed an opportunity to capture at least 7 in one frame - all with huge horns. I took a photo with my iphone, but it's really not a good one. I love the clarity of your photo.ReplyDelete
Poor McGuyver..I make him come into all those shopping places with me...Loved the Bighorn sheep..What a great surprise for a photographer!...We love the old Western hotels...Again, as I have said before..if those walls could talk....Great colored birds in the "Mickey D's"!ReplyDelete
The patient little birds are a lesson for us all, as Judy said.ReplyDelete
They are lovely, thank you for sharing.
The clothes won't feel so new after a few rounds with a washing machine.
Happy Tails, and Trails, Penny, TX
Al, what do you do to keep your lines from freezing with these very cold nights you've been having? It's always such an issue.ReplyDelete
Yupper Al... Cell phone usage in stores, restaurants and a few other place get under my skin too so I'll take one of those devices too... And you are looking pretty spiffy!!!ReplyDelete
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I really enjoyed your pics of the Gadsden Hotel lobby, stairs and stained glass windows. I was there for lunch about 20 years ago and regretted that I had not allowed time for an overnight stay. It's a real treasure.ReplyDelete