<<< GAMBLE’S QUAIL…’DON’T BE SHY NOW’
My C.E. Schmidts are over at North Ranch getting hemmed. Kelly found a lady there who hems pants for $5. Said they will be ready for pick-up Friday. Many years ago my leg length for hemming pants was 28.5”. According to the latest measurements my already short legs have now shrunk to a length of 27” which just goes to show people do shrink as they age. Well I seem to be anyway………..
HOUSE FINCH…JUST COLOR ME RED MISTER >>>
While at North Ranch Kelly drove around to their beautiful Cactus Garden area where they generally have young potted cactus plants for sale at very reasonable prices. Minutes after she & Pheebs pulled into our driveway I was out with my shovel planting a new Parry's Agave as well as a second Easter Cactus.
NICE TO SEE SOME OF OUR DAMAGED CACTUS FROM TWO YEARS AGO MAKING A COMEBACK
THE PARRYS AGAVE I PLANTED TODAY
THIS SMALL EASTER CACTUS WILL GROW TALL & STRONG WITH THE PRETTIEST OF FLOWERS BUT IT’S LIKELY WE WILL NEVER SEE THEM AS THEY BLOOM AFTER WE LEAVE FOR HOME…JUST AS WE’LL NEVER SEE OUR 3 SAGUAROS BLOOM EITHER
LAST YEARS ALOE VERA’S I PLANTED ARE BLOOMING THOUGH
TDHOMESTEAD DO YOU RECOGNIZE THAT HALF DOME ROCK ON THE LEFT:))
Fellow RV’ers Glenda & Jeff dropped in a few days ago on their way to a boondocking site at the end of Ghost Town Road. Early this afternoon we took a drive down to see them. They had stopped into our place a couple years ago. Pheebs got to see their dog Keira again. They travel all over the States full time in their Casita trailer towed by a Toyota pick-up truck. They had just been to a Casita rally in the Dome Rock area over in Quartzsite a few weeks back. Always nice to have a catch-up chat:))
JEFF & GLENDA
JEFF & KEIRA
AND BY GOLLY I SEE I’M WEARING MY NEW ‘BREEZER’ HAT TODAY:))
My favorite station on our Sirius Satellite Radio is ‘Chill’ on channel 053 but as is the problem with most any type of station listened to repetition after awhile can be a problem. Realized awhile back 053 had a habit of repeating too many of their ambient tunes lately so needing a break I switched over to 40’s on 4. Big Band era on channel 04. Occurred to me this morning while listening to Nat King Cole’s ‘Route 66’ that we have been in, around, or through all the cities mentioned in that song with the exception of San Bernardino & Los Angeles both in California. And no it is not likely we will be going to either of those cities just to complete that list. We have also driven on a few sections of Route 66 here & there & I remember a stretch near Joplin Missouri where the old historic highway was not in good shape at all.
AND A BUD ON OUR SMALL FRONT YARD CHRISTMAS CACTUS
Karen & Steve are still making their way westward & are currently camped out at Cabello State Park in New Mexico. A good opportunity to make some minor repairs & do a little maintenance on their older Safari Motorhome. For all you do-it-yourselfer diesel & handyman guys there are always things to learn here if you follow Steve around for any length of time. Again Karen has some useful tips & you can see how Steve upgraded their rigs dim & aging headlights. Some people have dust under their beds but Karen & Steve have a diesel engine under theirs & you can see Steve hanging out, or should that be ‘hanging in’ the engine compartment. On The Road Motorhome Maintenance
<<< BUNNIES ARE SAFE FROM COYOTES ON OUR FENCED IN PROPERTY BUT I JUST WISHED THEY WOULD STOP EATING OUR CACTUS PLANTS
Finished my Kindle book ‘Leaving this Life’ today & I would certainly recommend this book to anyone dealing with a spouses or friends terminal illness. It’s a bare bones raw & sincerely honest account by author Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith dealing with his wife’s long losing battle with terminal cancer. The book does not end with her death but goes beyond to his own struggling difficulties trying to cope with her loss for nearly 2 years after. I think many if not all people in similar circumstances could readily identify with this man’s very emotional roller-coaster journey through the process of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, & acceptance. And the sadness…………
JUST NICE TO SEE SOME THINGS BEGINNING TO BLOOM
On a lighter note I have just started another one of Bill Bryson’s books entitled A Short History of Almost Everything & I have his latest book One Summer: America, 1927 warming up in the bullpen just in case I find the science of ‘A Short History Of Everything’ a bit too heavy for me. With anything I read just throw in half a dozen big words & I’m soon frantically treading water!!
<<< CACTUS WREN
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A young man was applying for a job in a big company. "I'm sorry," said the personnel manager, "but the firm is overstaffed; we have more employees now than we really need." "That's all right," replied the young man, undiscouraged, "the little bit of work I do won't be noticed anyway."
Although I was only a few pounds overweight, my wife was harping on me to diet. One evening we took a brisk walk downtown, and I surprised her by jumping over a parking meter, leapfrog style. Pleased with myself, I said, "How many fat men do you know who can do that?"
"Just one," she retorted.