PHEEBS WORKS AWAY AT GETTING A STICKER OUT OF HER PAW ON OUR MORNING WALK
SHE ENDS UP NEEDING A LITTLE HELP FROM MOM
Had an email Friday from a long time Blog reader currently staying over at North Ranch for a few days. Had a few boondocking questions & wondered about getting together. Sure could so this morning Simon & Sandy from Winchester Ontario rolled into our yard in their nice looking 03 Jeep Wrangler. Well Okay, don’t all Jeep Wranglers look nice eh. Travelling in a Triple E Motorhome these folks have a love for the South West just as Kelly & I & many others do. Simon brought his Atlas along so I was able to point out some of the spots Kelly & I had just been to over in the Kofa & Castle Dome mountains this winter. They are heading that way next.
Sandy & Kelly got to talking about things & one of those things was hair. Turns out Sandy is a hairdresser. Well between the two of them they cooked up some plans for later in the afternoon. Sandy & Simon headed back to their rig at North Ranch & Kelly slipped over later & picked up Sandy for a trip to Wickenburg. Some hair products, a stop at a health food store & some groceries. I kinda had myself a wee snoozle.
Shortly after Kelly arrived home Sandy & Simon came back over with Sandy doing a great job on cutting & trimming Kelly’s hair. Kelly’s picky but she was really pleased. She also picked up some good tips & pointers from Sandy as well. While the ladies were doing the hair thing Simon & I armed ourselves with our telephoto lenses & headed out into our backyard in search of some bird photos. Well there never seems to be a shortage of birds in our back yard so we were both able to rack us up a few pics.
Hope I don’t get myself into trouble with this commenter who left a comment on a fellow Blogger’s post but I felt it interesting enough to be repeated here in the RV community. I feel it is well written & thought provoking. It regards an RV topic we don’t always see folks writing about & it is also from a non RV’er & reader’s perspective. A perspective we RV’ers were all at one time or another but a perspective we sometimes forget. We often hear the Rah-Rah Awesome-Awesome side of RVing but what about the ‘other side of the coin’. (can’t believe I just used that 7 letter ‘A’ word twice in a row) The comment was left on Steve’s latest post entitled, THE MOMENTUM DREAM COMES TO A SCREECHING HALT. Here is that comment……..Hi Steve, I read your blog as I do a few others but I very rarely comment - Your thoughts about not wanting to give up your home and your last special possessions are oh so true - I can tell you that unless you are rich you will never be able to buy another nice home like what you already own - without a job you can not qualify for a loan and even if you are lucky enough to get another job you have to be on it for 2 years before they will even consider that employment. Plus to start all over again making payments on a loan you would not be able to afford to travel or even retire - I have several friends who have been caught in a similar Catch 22 - they find a cheap property and then find out the bank doesn't even make loans under $50K or if they try to get a bigger house they don't have enough for a 20% downpayment and/or can't qualify for the high payments. I live in Dayton, Ohio and this has been the worst winter of my life - and it has only made matters worse to read blogs about all the fun in the Southwest and the warm sunshine , all the pictures of sunsets and campfires and jeep trips - and how "awesome" everything is and on and on and on - And then I gave up reading all those blogs and I was so much happier !! - But, reading blogs can become and addiction just the same as playing video games or being on facebook - I fell off the wagon even though reading them is just a waste of time. I think we are just searching out those that reinforce our own thoughts. Yes, I hate winter and I'm cold so let me read about how wonderful it would be in Arizona ! We have to remember there are only a handful of these bloggers who have a huge following and they kind of "feed on each other" - They travel in the same circles and literally fall over each other in a 3 million acre desert ! Bloggers write for various reasons - some to earn money on Amazon, some as a form of therapy against depression, some just to keep in touch with family, others to share photography or RV tips like how to flush a black tank. But whatever they write about - they are just throwing their ideas and experiences and thoughts out into the universe. They are not trying to hurt anyone - they have just formed their own little community and are chatting back and forth. We wouldn't even be exposed to them except for the internet. So it is sad that those of us who are unhappy or restless or vulnerable - might be swayed into giving up everything we have and following the pied piper off to Arizona. I can't imagine you or your dogs being very happy if you give everything away and sell your vehicles and your home - I'm glad you stopped before you reached the point of no return. It would be nice to travel and leave winter behind for 4 months - but the other 8 months in the midwest are pretty great and the sky and the stars are free. I think a lot of fulltime RV people have a lot of regrets - but unless they are rich they are now trapped by the decisions they made - they don't write blogs and you never hear about all the hardships and loss of home and family and what happens when they are sick and can't travel anymore I think you are making the right decision to keep your HOME and the possessions you love and hold most dear. I apologize for such a long comment - but your blog really touched me - maybe my comment helped me sort out my own feelings ? - Time to get on with LIFE !. Anyway I wish you luck - Spring will be here soon and it will be the sweetest one in many years !
OUR FRONT YARD OCOTILLO IS REALLY GREENING UP
And these photos are for you DONNA & RUSS:))
As promised I have a few pics of Kelly’s outfit she picked up in Jerome Friday at at a shop called ‘MAGPIE’. She also picked up a scarf at 'christy fisher' in Cottonwood that matches well with her dress. And she reminded me this morning it is a dress & not a shirt as I previously stated.
THESE PHOTOS ARE WITHOUT THE SCARF
AND THIS PHOTO IS WITH THE SCARF
IN THESE PHOTOS SHE IS MINUS THE PURSE BUT WEARING A SASH BOUGHT IN COTTONWOOD AT
Plus I have some Jammie Bear pics as requested. Photos were taken in the early morn so that yellow caste to the photos is the early morning sunrise.
AND YES I WEAR MY COWBOY HAT TO BED TOO:))
OF COURSE I WASN’T THE ONLY ONE RUNNING AROUND OUR FRONT YARD IN THEIR PJ’S THIS MORNING
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Why do they call it the Department of the Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?
Why do you press harder on a remote control when you know the battery is dead?
It's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow. How cold will that be?