OUR ARIZONA ADOBE DIGS
I woke up to the sounds of a crowing Rooster & Pheebs woke up to a big tummy rub. And I felt the warmest morning breeze through my bedroom window I have ever felt on a still dark Arizona morning. Knew we were in for a hot day so whatever things we had to get done we had better get done early.
WHEN WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE A YEAR & A HALF AGO WE ALSO MADE THEM INCLUDE THIS PIECE OF SEVERED PROPERTY BESIDE OUR HOUSE AS WELL………
Had the attic creature stirred in the night Kelly was prepared to go out & sleep in the rig. But not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Maybe it sensed the Critter Cam & being camera shy did not want to have it’s picture splashed across the internet via my blog. So no pics on the Critter Cam this morning but I do have it set up for tonight again.
THIS IS THE ONLY BIRD PICTURE I MANAGED TODAY, BOY DID WE EVER HAVE A YUMMY SUPPER:))
At the suggestion of a couple readers Kelly tried re-formatting that SD card out of my Nikon D90. And it seems to have worked. SD card is back in & so far no error messages. Thanks:))
Devoted some time to the rig this morning doing a pre-trip check. Oils were Ok, battery cells good, greased the slide in step & slide gear. Partially filled the fresh water tank, etc. etc. Just have to load er up with a few things & we’ll be ready to rumble next week. Long range weather forecast is calling for rain on the week-end followed by cooler temps for this area. I think we topped out around 85F today. And I was reminded by ME & MY DOG’s post today that I had better see if I can find out why our Sirius Satellite radio antennae lost the satellite signal about half way to Arizona a few weeks ago. Radio itself is fine & I have it playing inside on a Sirius boom box at the moment. Has to be some kind of an antennae problem.
<<< LES DROPPED OVER LATE THIS AFTERNOON & SET THE SKUNK TRAPS…STAY TUNED LOREE I MIGHT HAVE AN ANSWER TO THAT SKUNK CAPTURE QUESTION SHORTLY
I’m sure Kelly was happy to head off to Wickenburg this morning by herself. She likes hitting stores of interest & of course I don’t like dragging around in stores much at all. Always nicer for her if I’m not along grumbling about all the store stops. She always gets far more accomplished without me along anyway. And besides, Pheebs & I were happy to stay just where we was today. She picked up an Arizona tag for the utility trailer today too. And the lady at the ‘Out West Title Company’ remembered Kelly from last winter when we sold our Class A Damon Challenger.
AWW NUTS JUST FOUND THIS IN OUR REFRIGERATOR >>>
In my bathroom there was a deep closet made of crappy cheap shelves. Cowboy construction for sure & not very well done. It is one of the areas we have detected dead mouse smells & mouse dirt. This morning I tore that whole mess of a closet out of there. No wonder critters were getting in from under the house. Sure was shabbily built. We’re going to have someone come in & finish off the walls properly & seal up the holes. May put some shelves in again but not so deep this time. We have one other problem area in a crawl space behind that closet which also needs attention & some renovating.
TO THE IMMEDIATE RIGHT OF THIS CLOSET SPACE IS MY STAND-UP SHOWER
John over at JUST FINDING OUR WAY has another modification completed on his Scamp. For all you mechanical & techno do-it-yourselfers out here you really ought to keep a close eye on John’s blog because you are going to pick up a lot of ‘how-to’ stuff along the way. Just boggles my mind how some people can make projects like this look & sound so easy.
Thanks for the name suggestions for our hand carved wooden garden Eagle. Cactus Jack seems easy to remember but I like El Pica too. And how clever Butterbean Carpenter’s AL E. OOP. I wonder how many folks remember that old Alley Oop cartoon strip. And did you know there was a 45 RPM record out about ALLEY OOP. It was done by the Hollywood Argyles. I know because I bought that 45. Again thanks for the many suggestions from folks on Critter deterrents. Mr Ed from the FLIP FLOP RESORT INN had a couple suggestions. That ‘strobe light’ idea is commonly used in the South-West when keeping Pack Rats out of from under engine hoods. And I will let Les handle the Skunk or Skunks issue. He’s had a lot of experience with Skunks under his own house. And it’s important the Skunk is caught within the next few days before the weather begins to cool off or else it will go into hibernation & we’ll have to deal with him when he wakes up in the Spring. Would rather get this problem taken care of now. And to answer CAVE DWELLER DONNA’s question, yes we did use our fireplace a few times last winter. Not very heat efficient with most of the heat going up the chimney. Probably not something we will use much this winter either. NEW MEXICO DESERT HAWK identified that skull in Sunday night’s post as that of a horse. And yes LADYBUG the sheep in last night’s post are the very same darn varmints that ate our cactus……….
We have been keeping kind of an eye on our weather back home & it has not been good. Cold temperatures, snow, snow squalls, power outages, road closures & the usual rash of highway accidents due to slippery roads. Kelly & I are very fortunate in that we do not have any strong Christmas or work related ties & are able to escape Winter’s nasty grip each year & head south by mid October. Our November weather here in Congress has been nothing short of fantabulous. To me November was always the most depressing month of the year back home. And sitting here tonight my mind wanders & wonders……what has ever become of TIOGA GEORGE?
WE WERE ABOUT 5 MINUTES LATE FOR THIS QUICKLY FADING FIERY SUNSET IN OUR BACK YARD TONIGHT
GROANER’S CORNER:(( You are working on your family genealogy and for sake of example, let's say that your great-great uncle, Remus Starr, a fellow lacking in character, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.
A cousin has supplied you with the only known photograph of Remus, showing him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture are the words:
"Remus Starr: Horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison, 1885. Escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged, 1889."
Pretty grim situation, right? But let's revise things a bit. We simply crop the picture, scan in an enlarged image and edit it with image processing software so that all that is seen is a head shot.
Next, we rewrite the text:
"Remus Starr was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.
Beginning in 1885, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
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