Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CACTUS MAN IS BACK ON HIS FEET:))

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VULTURE PEAK APPEARS TO LOOM OVER CONGRESS 

So surprised when the Jeep started right up this morning.  Figured when I hit the key there would be nothing again.  I think last weeks long days with the key in the ignition while being towed put a lot of strain on the battery despite starting it up every day & letting it idle for awhile.  We will carry the mobile charger with us from now on just in case.  Had to wash all the road grime of the Jeep today too.  What a mess it was from being towed behind our rig for the first few days in a Michigan/Indiana rain.

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I WASN’T OUT OF MY BED 2 MINUTES & GUESS WHO WAS RIGHT IN MY SPOT

Slowly beginning to shake off our travel lag from last week & make the adjustments to our new 3 hour time zone change from back home in Bayfield.  Traveling relatively quickly through time zones does take it’s toll.  And if your over 65 just about anything takes it’s toll these days:((

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GIZMO COMES RACING AROUND THE CORNER TO SEE PHEEBS THIS MORNING

Spent an enjoyable morning burning accumulated brush & trimming Mesquite & Palo Verde trees.  Surprised at how fast & how many sucker branches had grown in just 6 months.  Kelly put a call in to a yard maintenance company here in Congress.  After our disastrous sheep decision we have decided to do things differently in the future.  First thing is to get rid of the weeds professionally.  I don’t think mowing them is the answer.  They will just be back next year waiting for us when we roll in again.

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ANOTHER ONE OF PHEEBS MORNING PALS…ONE OF TWO YAKKY DOODLE DOGS…THEY ARE ALWAYS BARKING

I may have to rent a flashing neon sign saying something to the affect, ‘Stop Here For Free Birdseed’.  Feeders have been up for well over 24 hours & not one bird to be seen yet.  But how nice to hear the ‘Woot Weet’ of the Curved Bill Thrashers again not far away in the Mesquite trees.

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HAD TO TRIM THESE PALO VERDE TREES BACK FROM THE SIDE OF THE WINNIE WAGON

Noticed one of the dumpy junkyard places down the street is for sale.  Half an acre with an old tumble down trailer on it.  Trailer has to be removed as part of the deal.  Asking price on the half acre is $69,900.  Real Estate company is promoting the lot as a great place for Snow Birds to park their rig for the winter.  Wow, were we ever lucky to get our house & property for the price we did just a year & a half ago.

 

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BURNING UP SOME BACK YARD BRUSH IN THE FIRE PIT

I didn’t block the Skunk out last night. We might go with the Moth Balls & dog poop ideas sent in by readers.  I do not like to kill or cause grief to any kind of animal so if we can find a gentler peaceful way to discourage Louie LePew then that is what we’ll do.  Our neighbor has several skunks under his house & doesn’t mind them.  Said they keep snakes & mice at bay.  And maybe that skunk last night was blasting one of those Demon Squirrels for all we know.

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I MANAGED TO GET CACTUS MAN BACK UP ON HIS FEET TODAY

Those nice red stone pathways I had in my little front yard Cactus garden last winter are pretty much gone now.  The small stones are still there but the hot unrelenting Arizona sun has bleached the color right out of them.  Hard to tell the graveled paths from the rest of the ground.  So that nice pathway idea is busted & another Arizona landscape lesson learned.

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A CRATERS ON THE MOON PHOTO?  NOPE JUST ANT HILL DOMES AROUND THE CORNER

Still doing pretty good at staying away from those miserably aggravating morning television so called news programs.  Instead of heading out to the living room & habitually snapping on the TV every morning I just remain in my room seated in my comfortable Ikea chair with my Bose Ipod music & laptop.  It sometimes takes a location change to break a tough habit.  And how nice to sit here each morning & look out at 2 giant Saguaro Cactus right outside my window:))

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OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

VIC NESHYBA joined our ‘Google Friends Connect’ section today.  Thanks for dropping by Vic & nice to have you along:))

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Just remembered a reader inquiring as to why I stopped mixing up my SOUNDS YUKKY-TASTES YUMMY daily soy shakes about a year & a half ago.  Had been drinking those amazingly wonderful shakes for over 10 years when for no real reason I just got up one morning & decided to have a bowl of porridge instead.  Been eating porridge every morning since.  But here is one reason I quit the shakes.  When traveling in the rig with a smaller refrigerator my soy shake ingredients were taking up a lot of room.  Had to deal with big bundles of Romain lettuce, packaged carrots, banana bunches, celery stalks, & a stock of apples.  My big messy shakes just got to be a little much in the small kitchen area we had.

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THESE ARE THE CACTUS PADS I WILL BE RE-PLANTING 

We are off to Wickenburg in the morning.  Arco has a sale on heaters & with colder weather slowly approaching we want to be prepared.  Need a new blade for my Bow Saw as well.  Groceries are on the list too.  Got a Gravity chair to pick up at Ace hardware so the little Pheebs will be holding the fort in Congress for a few hours.

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SUNRISE FROM GHOST TOWN ROAD

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20 comments:

  1. Nice to see Pheebs all snuggled in your bed.

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  2. You are getting all settled in pretty good, Soon you may be working on some travel plans.

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  3. Our pups do the exact same thing....all four of them head straight for the bed when we get up! I often wonder what they do all night because right after they eat, they all cuddle up and it's right back to sleep for them!

    Have a great day!

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  4. Gizmo running motor-bike-style around the corner - priceless!
    And the groaner really made my day!

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  5. Two homes..oops, 3 homes if you count the Winnie, will keep a person really busy..Hope you get in some good travel time this year.

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  6. What is the actual size of those ant hills?

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  7. Hi Al
    Was thinking about your water using setup
    In my home its 60 ft to the last outlet
    This is how I fixed it and the price is not bad
    Home depot and lowes sell Tham ,,an have a display
    Ace may but ??
    Instant Hot Water Recirculating System
    Watts Instant Hot Water Recirculating System brings convenience and savings to your home, giving you hot water instantly at every faucet or shower when you need it.
    This unique product connects easily to
    existing plumbing.
    Features
    Easy to install under one hour
    24 hour programmable timer activates pump only when you need it
    Maintenance free
    Pump mounts directly onto a water heater with 3/4" connections
    Can be used with all types of pipe
    10 foot power cord

    A pump with a built-in timer is installed on the hot water line from the water heater.


    For best results, the valve should be located at the faucet furthest from the water heater in each

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  8. Pheebs will be holding down your pillow while you are gone! Cactus man was just taking a rest ;-)

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  9. The groaner hits a little too close to home. lol

    The goats were probably trying to stand on Cactus Man. Our neighbors have a couple of goats. They had an old set of steps with a small deck for a mobile home in the pen and the goats liked to stand on it. My husband said they were waiting for the train.

    Gizmo must have good brakes.

    What kind of ants make hills like that or is it just the way the dirt or sand makes hills. We have fire ants and they can make some big hills but they don't look like that.

    We kind of coexist with the skunks. I'm just careful at night not to meet one. They eat in the barn with the cats and the cats just ignore them. We had a Boston Terrier that never did learn to leave them alone. Looks like after getting sprayed one time a dog would learn.

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  11. I wouldn't want skunks under my house. In addition to the smell they are notorious carriers of rabies. Getting the weeds professionally taken care of probably means strong chemicals. Do you really want that with Pheebs running around everywhere? I'm glad you quit the soy shake. Most soy is GMO these days and it's proving to be bad for health. I must agree with you that $69,000 for a half acre of desert is crazy...but the commission for the agent selling it would be great. :) Hope you have a great winter in Arizona.

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  12. Al,
    Good to see you have settled in.
    Could the ant hill domes be ant lions?
    Enjoy the winter
    Garth

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  13. I love your blog and have followed it for three years. We are getting ready to start our full time life in 2 to 3 weeks. Our plan is to head to Phoenix where one of our daughters live. We love Arizona and so do our puppies. We have three. Libby the Jack Russell, Oprah a miniature poodle and Mandie a toy poodle. Hope to be able to meet up some day with you and Kelly. We too are not ones to go for the RV parks too much. We love love love Lake Pleasant! Take care! Sue and Craig "Our Fiver Adventures" Blog

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  14. have you thought of planting some teddy bear cactus? critters may not take to kindly to chomping on them!

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  15. Hey Al
    I have a problem, not receiving your Emails since Oct 27
    Can you please let me know if there is a problem. I checked the junk folder just in case but nothing.
    Hope to hear form you soon.
    Ron

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  16. I was trying to figure out the craters in your yard.
    I might have found an explanation: Ant-lion, or doodlebug, a vicious little bug that sets traps for ants. It sits at the bottom of the hole ant wait for an ant to fall down the crater rim.

    Sources:
    http://www.naturalhistoryexplorer.com/travelogues/baja%20slide09.htm
    and
    Wikipedia

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  17. It's just a hobby of me to find out about things (hence:hobbea) :))

    My guess the bird is a sparrow rather than a finch. Small beak, facial coloring, split tail.

    Rufuos-winged sparrow.

    "The Rufous-winged Sparrow resides in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico."

    Source:
    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous-winged_Sparrow/id

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