Sunday, November 10, 2013

MORE CACTUS IN THE GROUND TODAY

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MORNING SUNRISE IN OUR FRONT YARD (COLOR NOT ENHANCED)

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OUR PORCH FACES THE RISING SUN

Sat on our porch early this morning & watched a fiery sunrise over Arizona’s Wickenburg Mountains.  Could see we were going to have a partial cloud cover for the day.  Had Cactus to plant & knew it would be cooler working without direct sunlight. 

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WE WEREN'T THE ONLY ONES ENJOYING THE SUNRISE

On our walk we stopped & chatted with neighbors Shirley & Lew who have a cozy little place around the corner from us.  They also have a nice Cactus Garden & later brought over some Gold Cactus for us which I immediately planted.  Love those Golds.  Took my time planting the rest of Matthew’s Cactus pads & that pretty well took up my morning.  I like puttering in the dirt:))

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OUR 3 NEW GOLDEN CACTI CAME FROM SHIRLEY & LOU’S PLANT BELOW

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When one continually battles with their weight like I do exercising is important & of course I have no interest in organized exercising.  Never have.  My exercise comes from walking, hiking, or gardening, etc.  Sort of a natural every day exercise so these days of yard work are good for somebody like me.  It’s a creative exercise that accomplishes things in more ways than one.  Maybe not targeting specific muscle groups like regular exercises do but at least I am doing something.  Another advantage of having a house & property with a gardening hobby built right in.  It was one of only a few small problems I had with boondocking.  If I wasn’t outside cleaning up the campsite chances were I would get a little bored after a short time.  I’m at my best when I have a little something to do.  Sitting reading, watching television, or spending hours in front of a computer does not always work for me.  I can do each one of those 3 things in short increments & then I have to be doing something else.  Preferably something enjoyably physical.  Preferably something that will give me some necessary exercise.  We are all different of course, but a variety of hobbies is what works best for me……………...

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SOMETIMES WHEN WE GO TO WICKENBURG WE CAN’T ALWAYS TAKE THE PHEEBS SO SHE GETS IN HER CHAIR & STAYS THERE WATCHING OUT THE WINDOW UNTIL WE RETURN HOME 

Think I figured out one of the things I have been doing wrong with the Critter Cam.  Been setting it on the ground & I think the infrared flash is reflecting off the stones & gravel right in front of it & washing out the pics.  Tonight I will either put it in the attic or out front in the Cactus Garden.  And I will make sure I position it higher.  Why they can’t engineer these cams with a simple tripod mount in the bottom I don’t know.

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WE SURE SPEND OUR SATURDAY NIGHTS A LOT QUIETER NOW THAN WE USED TO YEARS AGO

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Answering Dianne’s question from STORMRUNNER in our Shout Box I can say the license plate on the trailer belongs to the fellow we bought it from.  He let us borrow it to get the trailer home.  We will return his plate this week.  We need our own plate so will have to slip into the ‘Title Company’ in Wickenburg & pick one up.  Trailer was originally bought at Harbor Freight.  Can be lowered at the back to drive an ATV or  Motorcycle up onto.  Charlie the owner made some low wooden sides for it but the sun & rain have warped the wood a bit.  No problem, it’s still quite functional.  I’m sure even I could make some new side panels if I should decide to do so.  Maybe even paint er up kinda spiffy like.  Could be a project:))

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Sometimes at garage sales or out shopping we see things we can’t decide on or agree on to purchase.  Sometimes those items just remain where they are & other times the thought occurs to us we should have got that.  Kelly saw a big green wooden clock for sale yesterday & mentioned it to me but I was too lazy to get out of the Jeep & go look at it.  Lady was asking $5.  After we got home I thought maybe that clock would be good in my bedroom where I could easily see it.  Kelly had to go back to North Ranch today to exchange some books anyway so remembered which house the clock had been for sale at.  Knocked on the door but the lady said she had given the clock to another lady who has a permanent garage sale going on in Congress.  Of course Kelly knew this lady & where she lived.  On her way home she swung around to the lady’s house & knocked on her door.  Yep the lady had the clock alright.  Kelly offered her $2 & the lady took it.  Wow, what a steal:))  Got the clock back home, put a new battery in it & hung it on the wall.  Wow, what a bust.  Clock doesn’t work:((

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SOME COLORFUL BALLS KELLY HUNG ON A FRONT YARD MESQUITE TREE

And that Woodpeckery looking bird in yesterday’s post TOM is a Gambel’s Quail.  And we have lots of them here running around on the property eating fallen birdseed & wild weed seeds.  They are a very skitterish bird & have a comical skitter to them when they run.  Like the sound they make too.  It’s kind of a soft weeble.   

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WE NEED A NAME FOR OUR MEXICAN WOODEN EAGLE…ANY THOUGHTS?

By early afternoon I had worked up a sweat getting all the Cacti in the ground.  And I ran out of energy.  It was into the cool house with me, into my recliner, & on with the television.  Spent the next 3 or 4 hours watching the History channel’s stories, interviews, & footage about the Second World War.  I always find the interviews with Veterans very riveting, educational, & sobering.

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MORE CACTUS IN THE GROUND TODAY

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We hit 80F today with the next few days predicted to be in the mid to upper 80’s.  Sure glad we didn’t decide to head over to the Slab City/Borrego Springs area this week or we may very well have been beaten back by the heat.  But there’s one great advantage about traveling foot loose & fancy free.  If it gets too hot, too cold, to noisy, too crowded, too wet, or too windy, ya just pack up & move on:))

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END OF DAY:))

GROANER’S CORNER:((  Little Willie asked his mother: "Mamma, don't soldiers ever go to heaven?"
"Of course they do!" protested his mother. "What makes you ask?"  "There are so many soldiers with beards but I never saw any pictures of angels with beards."  "Oh, that's because most men who go to Heaven just get there by a close shave."

Little grandson asked: "Granddaddy, when you were in the Army and were posted as sentry at night, were you afraid?"  "I was, but only until I fell asleep."

A famous admiral and an equally famous general were fishing together when a sudden squall came up. When it died down both eminent warriors were struggling helplessly in the water.
The admiral floundered his way back to the boat and pulled himself painfully in. Then he fished out the general, using an oar.
Catching his breath, he puffed: "Please don't say a word about this to anyone. If the Navy found I can't swim I'd be disgraced.
"Don't worry," the general said. "Your secret is safe. I'd hate to have my men find out I can't walk on water."

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- 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.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful Sunrise and you stayed busy until Sunset. Thanks for that beautiful bird ID. Happy you were not teasing me.

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  2. Excellent sunrise photo.
    And I see you are having lots of fun in the sun there, enjoy!

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  3. Great sunrise. It's beautiful in that part of the country. While you were planting cactus, I was "herding" leaves...lots of leaves and more for today. Like I mentioned in my blog post yesterday, it seems there is something to do house/yard every weekend. I'm not sure I like projects as much as you though. :)

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  4. I would suggest "águila de madera" as the name for your newly acquired eagle.

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  5. Hi, I'm Evelyn, a long time reader. A bout your new clock, you can buy new clock works for it. They are very easy to replace, I have done that several times. Works like a charm.
    And your pictures are beautiful.

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  6. I was curious if your fireplace is wood burning, and have you ever used it?..I guess if you did you would have the chimney swept..Birds can make nests in those chimneys and then you have dinner AND fire...
    Call the Eagle Observidor (Spanish for watcher)..maybe he will give the "Eagle Eye" to your critter problem!

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  7. enjoyed post as usual. sorry first thing came to my mind when I saw your eagle was Jimmy Durante :-)

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