Thursday, October 27, 2011

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE COLD OUTSIDE…..IS THE WARM, INSIDE

DSC_0042
Had an extra bounce in my step this morning as I bopped around with re-newed interest organizing things for our lift off time.  How great it is to have our travel plans back into high gear again.  Made myself a detachable plywood base for our new tripod which may or may not work well in our travels.  If it doesn't...campfire wood!!  Cold and damp this morning at 35F but no rain.  Put some antifreeze in the rig's sink traps just in case and greased up the toad hitch. 

Began checking weather reports for the 4 Corners area of Colorado but as suspected, the night time temperatures in the area are already well below freezing with numbers in the mid to low 20's on the Fahrenheit scale.  Yes, I know we are metric here in Canada but my old head still thinks in Fahrenheit, inches, feet and miles.  Although day time temps are still acceptable, those below freezing night time temps which I'm sure will continue to dip are worrisome for RV holding tanks and water lines.  Night time temps around Tuba City in Monument Valley are hovering around the freezing mark as are temps in Kayenta, Arizona. 
I will continue to monitor these areas and will make a decision on that before or just after we leave.  I think it is just getting too late now to comfortably enjoy that whole region.   Plan B is to maybe do that area on our return trip in late March or early April.  Definitely want to see Monument Valley and the 4 Corners this trip because at this age and stage of life plus all the other shaky variables these days, one never knows if the opportunities for RV travel will be the same for us next year.  I consider ourselves very fortunate to have traveled these few short years, and seen as many things as we have.

Forgot to mention in Wednesdays post that we had slipped down to see my Uncle Harry in the morning and he seems to be doing better than ever despite some recent medical set backs.  For 95 years old he is holding his own:))

We took our neighbour Ingrid out for supper late this afternoon.  Probably won't see her again until Spring.  Ingrid and husband Gus lived behind us when we first moved here but their unit burned and Gus later died.  Ingrid moved to another unit in the Park and now lives alone with her little dog, Katie.
IMG_1131
TOOK ME ABOUT 10 SECONDS TO DECIDE WHAT i WANTED FOR SUPPER BUT IT TOOK THESE TWO LADIES ALMOST A FULL 10 MINUTES OF ‘STUDYING' THE MENU’ BEFORE ARRIVING AT A DECISION ….JUST ANOTHER ONE OF LIFE’S LITTLE MYSTERIES FOR AL.
Our mid Autumn nights are cold and dark now when I walk into our warm and cozy little computer sun room each night around 7.  A cozy warmth fills the the pine walled room as soft ambient music weaves it's relaxing mellow tones in around and through my mind.  Probably one of my favourite times of day as I yet again start another post.  Well over 1,300 now and despite my self doubts many times I keep finding myself drawn back to the keyboard night after night.  I know I get down in the dumps about blogging at times but the bottom line still remains the same for me.  I love writing………… and always have:))
IMG_1135  IMG_1133
CAN YOU SEE A FIRE MONSTER IN THE STOVE………….
GROANER'S CORNER:((  A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. "Cold floors," he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, "Bad food." They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. "I quit," he says. "That’s not surprising," the elders say. "You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here."

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
-Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.

-Until one has loved an Animal, their  soul remains un-awakened.
BAYFIELD BUNCH PHOTO ALBUMS (revised)
The only thing better than right now  will someday be the memories of
right  now...AL.

11 comments:

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

I was just thinking the same thing, about appreciating the warmth. Just got in from the chill outside, and snuggly warm now inside... reading up all my friends blogs!

and GREEN with envy that you guys are getting ahead with departure plans.. leaving the rest of us to face the ice and snow!

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/

Renee said...

Cool "upside down... right side up" photo at the top of your blog,Al!
Won't be long now & all your wheels will be rolling SOUTHWEST! (By the way, I never made it to metric either!...so there are at least 2 of us!:)

Judy and Emma said...

I'm with Kelly and Ingrid. It takes time to make these important decisions. :)

Sue and Doug said...

glad that there is a 'spring in your step'!!..funny how the ladies took so long to decide!?..usually when we go out if it somewhere we have been before I already know what I am going to have before we even walk in the door!

Merikay said...

I too find the cool fall air makes the cosy house more delightful. We haven't had a fire in the fireplace yet, but it could be any evening. We don't burn until it is less than 50*.

Donna K said...

That fire and easy chair look SO cozy! Much more inviting than the snow pictures posted on another blog tonight.

Mike McFall said...

This thing won't except my comment,,,just lost a long one!@#$%^&

Dennis and Donna said...

LOVE LOVE your cozy fire photo...Den and I only know we will be in Southern Louisiana for a few weeks, lovin' that Zydeco music and Cajun food..I want to see Oak Alley Plantation and channel some Civil War history...after that...we fly by the seat of our pants...Maybe we will run into the Bayfield Bunch at Hickiwan, who knows??

Debbie Goode said...

Looks so cozy and warm. Nice! My favorite time is early morning before the sun is up. We have a little electric fireplace here in the fiver that puts out a warm and cozy heat, plus a nice little "glow" of flames.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

You're going to love Monument Valley. When I was there I had to keep pinching myself to ensure I wasn't dreaming all the fantastic sights.

Keep expecting John Wayne to come riding up the valley. :c)

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Yup, the chair by the fireplace looks comfy, but I think we prefer a campfire instead! (where it's WARM)

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/

2014-15 Travels