Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Back In January....

Since it's almost March (HELLO!), thought I'd finally post about some January stuff. The stuff other than my granddaughter being born anyway.   :)

We took a couple of days to go check out the big assed RV show out at Quartzsite being that we had never done that before. One simply MUST do this at some point if they are to be an official RV'er. Am I right???  We drove over in the morning with the thought to spend the afternoon at the show and then go back the next morning to finish up and then head back the second afternoon. The first part of that plan was kept. But that one afternoon there is all that we wanted. So the next day we changed our plans and drove down to Yuma and visited the Territorial Prison and afterword drove home from there. Turned out perfectly. Yay for being flexible!

Back to Quartzsite. Wow. What a huge sea of RV's! Have never seen anything like it before nor will I likely ever again. We first visited the big tent of vendors. I'd say at least half of the vendors were hawking stuff not all that closely related to RVs. That was kind of a let down. So it really didn't take much time to go through it. Then we hit the RV dealer lots. That's the fun part for us! We specifically wanted to see some of the smaller, older rigs. And we saw so many good ones that we felt had a lot to offer for our needs. It was reassuring. One of the things that amazes us is that even when we think we've seen it all as far as layouts/designs, we keep seeing things we haven't seen before. This pleases us greatly.   :)

The overall vibe of the show is part fair, part swap meet, part RV life. One long afternoon of that mix was enough for us frankly. I have no love of either fairs or swap meets. So we drove on to Blythe CA for our dinner & over-nighting. And in the morning we headed south.   :)   Here we are "pretending" at the show.



On to Yuma. Since we'd never been before and we were interested in seeing the Territorial Prison it made sense to just make that our return trip route. It turned out to be a really pretty drive down from Quartzsite. And Yuma was nothing like we had imagined it to be. I know I expected it to be really dusty and ugly. Where one gets ideas like this I have no idea. It couldn't have been further from the truth. Being that it hugs the Colorado River, Yuma actually has irrigation. It was freaking green!!! It's a very agricultural community with loads of farms that we drove by into town. We saw all kinds of lovely green leafy things growing in pretty rows. Happiness! Yup. 

And then there was the prison. No green stuff growing there but I in particular dug the cool little architectural details all over the place. Not a huge history buff so the museum was a bit of a yawner for me but there was still plenty to keep me amused. And it didn't hurt that it was a stunningly gorgeous day.  :)

Prepare now for an onslaught of pictures. I would love to incorporate a slideshow here but don't know how to do it? Anyway, I'll figure that out eventually. 


Oh yes she did!!!

Need a trim???

Taken from deep within the "dark cell". Karin looks like a ghostly apparition.  :)

Row of cells. Love these metal doors!

Me on the good side of a cell door.

The following week we had a very different RV encounter. Full time RV'ers Ayo & Yair of spent a week or so in Tucson and we hooked up with them for a day. They graciously gave us the grand tour of their rig and gave us loads of tips and insight on the realities of RV living. We really appreciated that! Then it was on to lunch at a local favorite and then time to go play in the desert. Ever get the chance to meet these two, do! They are super friendly, super sweet and just good good people. 

Ayo, Yair & myself

Yair & Karin

Ayo waving hello. 

Saguaros always fascinate.

I never get tired of them.    :)


Friday, February 17, 2012

Not a Professional Blogger

So how many times am I allowed to start off a post with "I've been a bad blogger" before it gets really annoying?  I may need to find a new approach. The goal is not to annoy. This much I know for sure. I will never be a daily blogger. Number one, it feels too much like a job if I put deadlines and such on myself. And number two, how many of us actually have something relevant to say to mostly strangers on a daily basis? Okay, a few people maybe but not this girl! I would bore you to tears. I even try to limit my facebook updates so I don't wear out my welcome.   :)   But I would actually love to show up here semi-regularly. Say maybe weekly? Or at least several times a month. Enough to keep me working on my writing that I inflict on other people.

I've been in hyper reading mode of late. I had three books going at the same time. I'm about halfway through Life by Keith Richards. It's a really BIG book. So big that I can't take it to bed to read at night. If I did I would risk hurting myself if I should happen to fall asleep while reading. Trust me, I am all too familiar with being hit in the face with a falling book while reading in bed. But it is a really enjoyable read!

So for my bedtime reading I've been reading the Hunger Games series on my Kindle. Yup. A nice light weight Kindle! How awesome are those things? I have a ridiculously large number of books stored all one terrifically light little tablet. My face is safe. You might ask why I don't just get the Keith Richards book on my Kindle. Because the library has the hardcover for FREE. Duh. I am having a hard time bringing myself to pay for books I can get for free otherwise. Only reason I have the Hunger Games series on my Kindle is because my dear friend gifted me her older kindle already loaded with those books and many many more.

And then the third book is Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes. I won't give the ending away. I'll just say that the book is amazing in it's dedication to presenting the actual facts based solely on science. Boggles the mind how much BS the medical community has tossed out there as fact without anything to actually back it up. And because they are the supposed "authorities" we buy into it even when we can clearly see it doesn't work. You can bet your sweet patooty I will be working to change my eating habits to better align with how our bodies actually function in regards to what we do and do not eat. It won't be easy. At least not at first. And my biggest obstacle may be getting my sweetie on board with this. Ohhhhhh, she's NOT going to like it one teeny tiny little bit. But as a diabetic it will most assuredly be in her best interest. And I LOVES her so very much!    :)