Thursday, January 24, 2013




Woke up to warm 63F temps with overcast skies.  A drizzling rain began around 8 limiting our walk to our own property. We  ambled around the perimeter discussing what to plant here & what to plant there.  First thing we had better plant though is a money tree. 



Good thing we have crushed stone all the way around the house now so we do not have to worry about getting buried up to our knees in the sticky gumbo mud.  Looks like it might rain for the next 5 or 6 days.  That should go a long way into sparking some early Spring growth & begin greening things up a bit.  Love the sweet smell of the desert after a rain as well.  Some rainy days will also be a good test for the new roof over my bedroom.



Bea & Peter from AMERICAN-TRAVELER rolled in from Quartzsite Arizona this morning about 11.  These are the folks who travel all the way from the North-East’s CAMPOBELLO ISLAND to the Southwest each winter.  That’s a distance of about 3300 miles one way.  It’s a long haul for sure, but the South-West is always worth the trip:))


It was Peter who we were sitting having breakfast with last March near Vulture Peak when we got the phone call from our Realtor in Prescott Az. that our Congress house deal had gone through.  Bea was over in Europe at the time.



Nice to see Peter again & it was our first time meeting Bea.  Now, here are 2 fine well meaning folks & as expected, we never ran out of things in common to talk about.  With like minded RV blogging people there is always something to keep the conversation rolling.  They brought their dog Molly with them & it was nice for Pheebs to see Molly again.  Kelly made up a yummy casserole for lunch while we discussed RV’s, travels, & border crossings amongst other things.  Peter & Bea are boondocked in Quartzsite for a few days before returning to Holtville, California where they will spend the remainder of the winter.  We were pleased they had taken the time to make the 2 hour journey up from Quartzsite to see us.  With rain still falling out of the sky they head out about 1:30 for the drive back to Q  And a big Hello from the Bayfield Bunch to the Quartzsite gang Peter & Bea are camped with out there on south Plomosa Road somewhere:))


A bit of talk Wednesday over supper about maybe heading off somewhere in the Motorhome for a week or so.  Must admit, neither one of us were too enthusiastic about going anywhere just yet aside from day trips.  Maybe in February or March sometime.  Next winter, the dust may have settled enough from all our house projects & we’ll be ready to once again get ourselves out traveling, seeing some new sights, & doing a little adventurous boondocking again.  I hope so…………



For a couple years now we have been kicking around the idea of switching from Verizon to Millenicom for our internet service but just haven’t pulled a decision out of the hat yet.  Been doing some more talking about it.  A lot of people have been making the switch to the cheaper monthly rates at Millenicom.  Using our WILSON SLEEK antennae booster with Verizon here on Ghost Town Road has been working pretty good for us & maybe we’re worried that if we switch, it might not work as well.  Decisions, decisions.  Any thoughts?



And, another thought on our Mallopollis day on Wednesday.  I do agree with MIKE when he commented… “ Surprise is GREAT, right out here on the west edge of Phoenix and it has everything,,,including a lot of medical facilities.. It saves us from going on into metro and we love that. We are so lucky to have it”!!  Mike is right of course.  We here in Congress have the best of several worlds again.  It’s a short easy drive to Surprise where we can find anything & everything we want & yet we do not have to live in or be a part of a big city Megapollis.  Now, how nice is that eh:))


I don’t know how Kelly does it.  She reads stacks of books at a time.  I haven’t been able to read one single book for 3 years.  Library’s are the source for her books & she brings 4 or 5 home at a time.  And, these are not pencil thin books either.  Big ones, all of them.  I miss my reading days but after a few paragraphs, the small print lines just seem to blur on me.  I’m kinda restricted to reading the labels on Corn Flakes boxes now.

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Reading the GOOD LUCK DUCK'S blog today & seeing photos of Bisbee Arizona sure brought back lots of pleasant memories for me.  We had many trips there over the past 5 years while Ranch sitting just a few miles away in the Sulphur Springs Valley.  I have more photos of Bisbee than any other town I can think of.  And, I always liked candidly photographing many of Bisbee’s colorful characters.  You can see one of my Bisbee albums here at…BISBEE ARIZONA....A FEW FINE MEMORIES.



GROANER’S CORNER:((  There was a Captain of a ship. Everyday at a certain time he locked himself up in his cabin to look inside a mysterious black box. He did this every day, but he told nobody what was inside that box.
Then one day he died and in his testament he wrote: "Now you can open the black box."
So they opened the black box. And what they found was a piece of paper, on it was written "Starboard is right, port is left."

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- 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.


  1. Peter and Bea are such great people. Sure is fun to have them around for a few days here in Q.

  2. You can get a Millenicom plan for Verizon towers and you'll have the same exact service as you do with Verizon. I always used V. and switched to M. and nothing's different, except the price and no contract and unlimited useage. Millenicom's great, they even will let you put your plan on hold for 3 months at no charge and if it's longer, you just pay a $20 activation fee when you want back on. You guys could put your plan on hold when you're in Canada. The downside is a $200 fee to activate it, which includes the modem, but it's well worth it to not pay overuseage fees and be able to turn it off when you want. They do have a set number of new users they can add each month, as they contract out to Verizon, so you may have to plan ahead to get on.

  3. Peter sure did fix up his van for his trip down to the Southwest, didn't he? I know that selling their motorhome was a big step for them. Hope they are enjoying the rain. Hey, you get used to that rain, you will fit right in here in Oregon. Come on up! High in the 40's maybe even into the 50's.

    Sure do love seeing photos of Molly and Pheebs. Molly always reminds me of Poppy, especially that photo of the back of her head there with Kelly.

  4. I have solved the small print problem. I borrow library books on my Kindle. Then I increase the size of the print on my Kindle to my needs.

  5. The only caution with Millenicom is that if you choose the unlimited plan - they will set you up with Sprint and not with Verizon.

  6. nice that Peter, Bea and of course, Molly, took the time to come and visit!!

  7. We started FTing April 2010 and had a Verizon 5G aircard. Started using Millenicom Jan 2011 on the Verizon 20G aircard advanced plan. Just changed over (Jan 2013) to the 3G/4G 20G Hotspot thru Millenicom which is also on Verizon. Like others have said the Millenicom unlimited plans are thru Sprint.

    Stay Safe

  8. Sounds like, if you enjoy reading, there is either a Kindle or a new pair of glasses in your future.


  9. If there are two customers trying to hook up to the named brand cellular service, and you are on verizon and the other fellow is on brand x that is serviced by verizon on their excess band width, who do you think will connect first...? Especially in times that there is no excess band width.......

    They swear up and down it doesn't work like that, but what do you think...?

  10. Thanks again for the great company! It was such a treat to get to meet you "life" :))
    Tell Kelly that a good brushing was enough to remove Pheebs' "handshake".
    Whenever you decide to explore the Eastcoast consider to come and see us on Campobello Island!
    We have lots of rocks for your desert garden! :))

  11. My unlimited plan is through Verizon - maybe it's changed? No mistake about it because there's very little Sprint coverage where I am and I have great reception. They told me it was Verizon.

  12. Peter and bea are a super couple, so nice of them to drop by for a visit. We met them last year at Holtville.

  13. Sorry...can't agree with Mike about Surprise. (1) Crazy traffic; (2) Stores we frequent are scattered. We choose Prescott--easy access to stores; easy access to restaurants;less traffic; can accomplish our shopping in 2 hours or less. Besides...the drive is beautiful.

  14. I much prefer books with large print versions. Nearly every library has a large print section and you might want to check it out. It makes all the difference in the world.

  15. I'm with Kelly..give me a real book from a library...I do bring about 8-10 books with me...also do some sketching in spare time from doing absolutely NADA!

  16. Al,

    If you switch to the Millenicom Hotspot you will have the same reception as you have now with your Wilson Sleek. They both utilize the Verizon towers.

    Plus you will have the benefit of 20GB. In Quartzsite I get 4G without even using my Wilson Sleek.

  17. That's a passel of fine Bisbee pictures. I need to get back there.