I liked Gaelyn’s thoughts when she wrapped up her latest post with the words “I’m not lost, just following an unfamiliar path”. She ends her first paragraph with a question I’m sure we all can identify with, “I lost my way for a while. Adjusting to the lack of direction. Feeling on the edge of anxiety, what to do, where to GO. Not life threatening mind you. Not for the first time in my life. Has this happened to you along life’s journey”? My one word answer to Gaelyn would be a resounding ‘YES’.
Nice to see how well Doug over at Miss Adventure Travels & new bestest Pal Yuma are getting along & bonding so well. I believe it was love at first sight for both these two & how heart warming to see things going so well between a man & his beloved dog:))
ONE LITTLE FELLA TAKES OFF & GAINS ALTITUDE WHILE ANOTHER COMES IN WITH FLAPS DOWN FOR A LANDING ON THE FEEDER
A few days ago I welcomed our latest Blog Follower Jan Mains to our travels but couldn’t find a blogsite for her on Google +. Jan in a follow-up comment sent her & husband Bill’s site which is, Bill and Jan RVing the USA. It seems Jan took a nasty tumble off a ladder just a few days after Christmas while putting Christmas decorations away & has severely shattered her heel which she has been told could take up to a year to mend. Not the best way to start 2015 I’d say.
<<< GAMBLE QUAIL MALE
Sue B from BIGDAWG AND FREEWAY in a comment said, “nice looking cookies!..they must be for 'company”. Sue hit the nail right on the head there. Our company arrives Sunday & they are big cookie eaters for sure. Of course Pheebs & I are moving out before Peter & Leslie arrive so I won’t be bothered by all those cookies around. (Peter is Kelly’s brother) Not moving too far of course, just into our Motorhome till week’s end while Leslie & Peter use my bedroom with it’s big Queen size bed. I’m looking forward to some nice alone time. My TV my time, my music my time. No music or TV my time as well. My decisions, my priorities, my pleasures, my quiet. And people just yards away if I’m needing a people fix. When on the road traveling I usually find those people fixes by walking through a Walmart store for 20 minutes. After that Walmart walk I usually need another 6 weeks to pull my frazzled nerves back together. But those are Walmart walks & not Peter & Leslie:))
GAMBLE QUAIL FEMALE >>>
Kelly cooked up a big turkey yesterday & this morning I got put on carcass clean-up duty. It was my first time doing this most unsavory & very greasy task & I was glad to hear Kelly say, “this is the last BIG turkey we will buy, too much work”!! Up to my elbows in turkey grease I was glad to hear that which suits me fine just in case I would ever get stuck doing carcass clean-up again. Sure am glad I have no interest in all that cooking stuff. I’d sooner be outside playing in a pile of dirt any day.
GILA WOODPECKER LANDS ON OUR BIRD BATH FOR A DRINK
<<< THIS LOOKS LIKE A DOUBLE LANDING ON A NARROW RUNWAY
Took ourselves for a short 4 minute drive out to the end of Ghost Town Road again where we were a few days ago & had us a little rock scramble through, over, & around some boulders, Saguaros, & Palo Verde trees & lots of Prickly Pear Cactus. From a distance we had spotted tell-tale signs of a mining dig & were curious to have a closer look at that. Took us a wee bit of hiking but soon we were standing at the entrance of a mine shaft going straight into a Saguaro filled hillside. I approached the entrance but stopped short when I picked up a faint but distinct animal smell. Could be a Coyote den or maybe a Bobcat. Not likely a Mountain Lion in these parts though. Soft sand nearby showed small hoof prints & I knew they were not deer. Our suspicions immediately turned to Javelinas. Those suspicions minutes later were confirmed when Kelly spotted 2 Javelinas moving through a patch of underbrush nearby. We made sure Pheebs stayed right close to us as we continued our hike around the immediate area. Probably spent close to an hour looking at things before returning back down Ghost Town Road to our house only minutes away. It was nice to get out & grab a little leg exercise & enjoy today’s warming temperatures.
KELLY POINTS SOMETHING OUT IN THE DISTANCE
WE DID HAVE US A WEE BIT OF A ROCK SCRAMBLE THROUGH THESE BOULDERS
JEEP IN THE CENTER WITH CONGRESS AZ IN THE BACKGROUND
AN OLD MINE SHAFT ON THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY
IT WAS HERE I STOPPED WHEN I DETECTED A FAINT ANIMAL SMELL COMING FROM THE OLD MINE SHAFT
And what the heck’s going on over in Dardenne Prairie these days. Well let’s just say Rigg’s is a bit upset & had this to say today, “For over a year I was the top dog, I was the only dog, then you allowed Sadie to come live with us”. “Everything was going along just fine, WHY WHY did you let them bring Charlie to live with us”?. Oh Dear sounds like Riggs is having a time of it over at Sam & Donna's House these days & they’ve got some funny pics of all the shenanigans too.
THESE TWO LITTLE CHAPS ARE ON FINAL APPROACH FOR THE BIRD FEEDER
Our weather has turned around nicely with sunny days & temperatures reaching 70 today. I have also been keeping an eye on the temperatures & weather in California’s Mojave National Preserve & it’s looking good over that-a-way as well. I’m hoping we can head up there around the end of this month. It’s an area we have never been to before & because of the time of year I’m hoping there will not be too many if any people around. Checking my Atlas I noticed this Preserve is only a hop, skip, & a jump from Death Valley National Park so that is another option for us. We have been to & through Death Valley several times before but there’s a whole lot there we have never seen.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The personnel manager was impressing an applicant with a prospective job.
"We make parts for microscopes. You'll be required to work with lenses that are ten-thousandths of an inch thick." "I can handle it," the applicant said, "I used to slice meat in a delicatessen."
When he received a journal as a gift, my eight-year-old son was mystified. "Mom, what am I supposed to do with this? The pages are blank." "You write down interesting stuff that happens to you," I said. "Oh so it's like a blog on paper."
Beautiful bird photos. I meant to buy a bird feeder while in Quartzsite today, but it was just too crowded.ReplyDelete
Love the Quail pictures. I bet you put the Wood Pecker series in there just for me, thanks.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the time Alone.
I guess we all get lost occasionally. Be thinking of Mojave and Death Valley in the spring on my way to drop the camper in Kanab before moving the 5er back to the North Rim. But that's months away and I think there's some more desert calling my name. Not sure how long I'll last at La Paz short-term by Q. Very crowded and noisy. Already missing Anza. :DReplyDelete
Had a faint varmint smell off my patio the other day that put Emma on alert. My guess was a fox moving through the bushes next to the pond. No javelinas here that I know of.ReplyDelete
You are the master at bird photos! I just love looking at them. Sometimes I even forget to read some of the post because I am looking at those dang awesome bird photos! Great job!ReplyDelete
I love the bird photos, and especially the ones of my favorite bird, the woodpecker.ReplyDelete
We stopped at the Wild life sanctuary in Savannah Ga....but it was all about birds..go figure? As much as I just love your bird photos....I just can't seem to capture flying folks well..Darn!ReplyDelete
Banishment to the motor home.. poor you..NOT!..enjoy the alone time with the Pheebes..I am sure someone will save you a few cookiesReplyDelete
It is nice to have another house, parked in the driveway, enjoy you sanctuary.ReplyDelete
My favorite photo this time is the "peek-a-boo" cardinal. Can't hide behind a branch when you're THAT bright red!ReplyDelete
Your wonderful bird photos have inspired me to go out and take some photos today.ReplyDelete
No more turkeys of any kind in our house, the cowboy really does NOT like turkey and I'm not a real fan so there! No turkey!! Even before this decision I never cooked the whole bird, we just did turkey breasts. Back to Congress this morning.ReplyDelete
I'm so jealous of your javelina spotting! When we were at Big Bend over Christmas we kept hoping we would see one, but no luck. As we're new to full-time Rving in our Scamp travel trailer, I've been enjoying reading about your experiences! Cheers - EllenReplyDelete
Those landings are amazing, and the result of much patience on your part I'm sure. Thanks so much for sharing! It's so wonderful to have the desert playground just down the road from home - I miss that from our Joshua Tree house. The critter who claimed that old shaft found themselves a nice spot to spend the winter! My dad always made the "sacrifice" to stay in his MH when he had company - and there was no talking him out of it :-)ReplyDelete
We've lived in Arizona over 20 years and only seen a couple of javelinas I'm so jealous you spotted two at once.ReplyDelete
Like everyone else, I sure enjoyed the bird pictures. That first one is a beauty. We had a lot more birds around last year when we had so much snow. It's warm here right now so they are not visiting the feeders as much.ReplyDelete