Saturday 15 December 2007

A Busy Day With Friends!

First of all I'd like to wish my sister, Betty a Happy Birthday today! Here's a photo I took of her at Niagara-on-the-Lake in October.

Today we had made arrangments to meet Ellie, Jim, Jo and Fred for lunch at Coyote Pause. Coyote Pause is another restaurant where you order at the counter and they bring your meal to the table. It's basically and breakfast and sandwich restaurant as they close at 2:00 p.m. The food was good and too much. I had to bring home a doggie bag!

We had a nice lunch and visited for a couple of hours at the restaurant then we came back to our RV for another couple of hours of visiting. Since it wasn't very warm outside (although it wasn't bad in the sun) we stayed inside. Six people in an RV is about all it can handle at one time! Fred and Jo brought Boo Boo with them so we have lots of photos of Boo Boo. Unfortunately not a lot of them turned out as she moves too fast! I do have a lot of blurry photos of her though.

And here's Ellie on the floor playing with Boo Boo.

The Ladies - L to R - Ellie, Sandra, Jo

We had a lovely time. Fred and Jo are leaving tomorrow for points southeast of here however Ellie and Jim will be here until Monday morning so we'll see them again tomorrow. This is just such an amazing lifestyle. You meet so many great people!
Gordon did get our chairs set up today and here's a photo of one of them. Neat, aren't they? The other one is laying on the ground waiting to be set up. They are in one self contained package.

After the folks left I called my older sister for her birthday and it's snowing in Toronto! Hee Hee!

Thursday 13 December 2007

Too Much for a Title

Ellie & Jim came over later in the afternoon yesterday after I posted. Here's a photo of them. Gordon mentioned to me this morning that I haven't clarified who Ellie and Jim are. Ellie and Jim are also fulltime RVers and I have been chatting with Ellie on the rv-dreams chatroom for many months so it's great to finally meet her.

This morning Ellie dropped over to introduce us to their Schnauzer puppies, Bo Jangles and Jasmine. They were going out sightseeing and grocery shopping,

I decided that I needed to get the laundry done today. I managed to get my sneaker on my foot and it actually felt better being encased in something that gave it some support.

After lunch I asked Gordon if he wanted to go for a drive. I was getting bored. On the way out we saw that Ellie and Jim had returned so we stopped by. Ellie had picked up some strawberries for me as I didn't know at the time that I would be able to put on a shoe.

Anyway, off we went for a drive. Our first stop was to find a restaurant for Ellie, Jim, Gordon and I to meet up with Jo and Fred. We stopped at a local Mexican place, no ambience and what I call local color so we tried another Bar & Grille, more bar than grille. We stopped at a place that Jo had recommended called Coyote Pause. I had looked at their menu on line and didn't think Gordon could eat much of what they had however we went in and talked to the lady at the counter and she even seemed to know what a gluten intolerance was. Amazing!

We continued on and wound up at Madera Canyon which is about 40 miles south of Tucson near Green Valley. It's a pretty spot with snow-topped Mt. Wrightson standing over it. We drove almost to the end of the road taking some photos before returning and taking a different way home.

Yes, that is snow!I wanted to see if we could find the Walmart Neighborhood Store on Valencia so we went west on Valencia then turned off on a side street which took us to Irvington Rd. then a bumpy unpaved section of road took us to Sunset which took us to Kinney and home!

We stopped to see Ellie and Jim again, picked up the strawberries and while there she sent an email to Jo about tomorrow.

Now I have to remember to get a photo of Ellie and Jim's poochies.

Oh, and here's a photo that fellow chatter, Dee sent me of the ice storm at St. Louis where her sister lives.

We Meet Ellie!

Finally a day that started with bright sunshine! It wasn't particularly warm but it sure was nice to see the sun.

The good news is that my foot seemed much better this morning. A lot of the swelling had gone down and I was able to put more weight on it than yesterday. It wasn't throbbing the way it was yesterday either. My morning was spent reading, surfing, games on my PDA and watching TV.

I was sitting on the couch at about 1:15 p.m. looking out the window when I saw a Bounder drive in. They've arrived! Ellie came over first and chatted for a few minutes when they first arrived. We're getting together later.

That's about it for my day other than finally getting MS Messenger working.

Wednesday 12 December 2007


We had heavy fog this morning but at least it wasn't raining so I got to go for my walk and even did a couple of short runs. It's a good thing because it won't be happening again for a while. More on that later.

Our RV in the fog.

After breakfast, I proceeded to give the place a good vacuuming and cleaned the bathroom. I was about to start on the floors and the bedroom when I fell off the step and sprained my ankle. Actually it's more the right side of my foot which is black and blue and badly swollen. So I won't be able to get into shoes anytime soon, I don't think.

The fog burned off and the sun came out around 10:30 a.m. and by that time I was lying on the couch with my foot wrapped in an elastic bandage and an ice pack on it. I'm not happy! I can limp around as long as I don't put my full weight on it but going up and down stairs is a bit hairy.

Needless to say, not much else got done today.

Tuesday 11 December 2007

A Beautiful Rainbow!

Hey! Enough with the rain already! This is the desert, send the rain to North Carolina where it's needed! Again I woke up to rain on the roof however today it didn't stop so no morning walk today. Instead I got on the internet and stayed there for a lot of the day.

I have had a Yahoo email address for years and it's the one I use most now since my email address on Gordon's domain gets so much spam. I use it as a secondary address now. I've been running across friends on Yahoo chat lately and it's been great! So, all my friends out there, join up for Yahoo chat so we can keep in touch more easily. There's Facebook too although you can't chat on Facebook - yet.

In June of this year I added Sitemeter to my blog to count the number of visitors. However it does more than that. What I find interesting is it tells you where the visitors are located (for the most part). It also keeps various bar charts and other interesting things and it sends you a weekly report by email. It's handy and it's free! I'm trying to reach 10,000 hits by the end of this month and it looks like I'm going to make it. Last year I just reached 10,000 hits for the whole year, this year for 6 months. Thanks everyone! Now if I could just get more comments.........

Since it rained most of the day, we didn't do much, read and napped. Just after 2:00 p.m. Mountain time the sun came out and it rained and there was this glorious full double rainbow over the mountains. Gordon was asleep so I ran to wake him up and we both went out to take photos. It was still raining though so I didn't want my camera drenched so I brought it in and dried it off. Unfortunately I couldn't get the whole rainbow with my camera but it was a beautiful one!

Then the clouds came in over the mountains again.

Monday 10 December 2007

Another Trip to the Desert Museum

Clouds and fog socked us in this morning. You couldn't see any of the mountains. Gordon usually goes off the trails in search of photos and without the mountains as landmarks it took a while for him to find his way back out of the desert. By the time I went out I could see some of the mountains but I pretty much stick to the trails and I'm quite familiar with the ones I use regularly at this point so I didn't get lost.

Here's a photo of a couple of saguaro that's started their lives in the shelter of this palo verde tree. Apparently the saguaros that are sheltered when they're young have a much better chance of surviving.

Here's our young mesquite tree in bloom.

This cute little bird was one of many on the patio where Gordon sat to have a coffee.

This morning I kind of vegged, finished another book. We decided to go to the Desert Museum and see indoor stuff after lunch as the weather was still cloudy. It cleared up before we went but still saw mostly the indoor things, the Ironwood Gallery, the hummingbirds (they're enclosed but not indoors), reptiles and invertebrates and the Mountain House Gift Shop. I think we saw more hummingbirds today than we did on other days.

This, I think, is a female White-Eared Hummingbird.

There's a vine-like cactus winding its way through this tree. I don't know what it's called.

Here's the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. Sure glad he was behind glass! Nasty looking, isn't he?

This is a Giant Desert Centipede. Not something I'd want to run into. Thankfully they aren't around in the winter.

This Boojum tree is an odd plant species (a relative of the ocotillo) and is found mostly on the Baja peninsula.

We only stayed about 2 1/2 hours and when we came out there was a docent with a Harris's Hawk standing just outside the museum giving a talk on them.

When I got back I walked down to the office to give them a couple of books to add to their library. While there, I chatted with a couple from Alaska that are about to head out to Florida for Christmas. I was hoping that there would be enough people for a get-together potluck but doesn't look like it's going to happen unless lots more people show up and stay!

Sunday 9 December 2007

Some Manual Labor and Not Much Else

Rain on the roof again this morning so I stayed in bed later again. It was cloudy when I went for my walk but at least it didn't rain. I saw a little Gila Woodpecker on a saguaro and it let me get quite close but not close enough to get a good photo with my camera. Also this little barrel cactus was showing off its bright red spines. All the cacti in the desert seemed happy that it had rained.

Here are a couple of photos of the park that has yet to be developed. You can see our RV in the distance.

This is the gravel that the sites are made from. Some of the stones are really pretty.

It was cold for most of the day staying at 48F (9C) until the sun came out about mid afternoon, then warmed up to 55F (13C). I had been on the couch reading for most of the day so decided to go out and wash the front of the RV. It's a tedious job not because it takes so long but because things have to be rearranged in order to get the tools. The ladder is in the bottom of the storage area so everything has to be moved out, the truck has to be backed up as I use it to stand on to be able to reach the nose. Anyway, I got it done so it looks better. Now Gordon has to do the roof and we have the rest of the RV to wash. It has some pretty serious black streaks on it.

Not a very interesting day I'm afraid.

Shortly after 3 p.m. a motorhome came in only one spot away from us. That's the closest neighbor we've had since we've been here. We've been spoiled as we've had all around views however this is an RV park after all!