We hope all of you have a great 2021.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
To a greater or lesser degree this pretty much is how this year has been for me, well everyone.
Be safe on this New Year’s Eve. Beans and I will be.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Monday, December 28, 2020
Quartzsite is in La Paz county Arizona. La Paz county has 1341 reported cases of the coronavirus with a total of 33 deaths. This among other reasons is why I like where I am for this winter.
Here’s my story from yesterday’s shopping trip into town. I am in Family Dollar with my bandana well in place. There is about one out of four shoppers not wearing a mask. It made me wonder was there a sign on the door ‘Mask Required’? I forgot to look but will next time I go. Every place has a sign so there must be. Family Dollar just doesn’t have the enforcers as does say a Walmart. So one of the spreaders is this overweight white trash woman in her late 30’s or 40’s covered in tattoos all over her exposed arms and chest. She is wearing a stretched out black tank top so I see more than I ever wanted to see. About the third encounter with her going up and down the aisles she coughs, snorts and sniffles then remarks to her friend “I think I might have the flu.” I am more concerned about catching someone’s cold or flu bug than the coronavirus. I don’t mind wearing my bandana for that reason. They walk among us.
Outside on the bulletin board I saw this, the second thing I wish I hadn’t seen.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
This gentleman is like many who come to Quartzsite each year. They rent a space and set up shop selling whatever they have to sell. His patch of desert dirt is close to a main intersection of traffic as far as Quartzsite goes. He paid $2000 for this spot which is good for the entire season of Sept. 15 through April 15. If you look at it as rent, well $2000 for seven months is a good deal. He has electrical hook-ups with that price. He was screwing down his display cases to the table when I was there browsing through his
junk merchandise. He told me that last year someone walked off with an entire display case. I said that I couldn’t imagine someone bold enough to do that in broad daylight but he said they came in at night. Well I wouldn’t mess with him day or night for he was packing a gun on his hip.
Now this woman has a great idea for making some money. Bless her heart for I don’t even like to shop for myself. And then to consider giving her a list of things to pick up for me at Walmart, geez I have a hard enough time deciding what to get when I am there how on earth can I tell someone else?
Saturday, December 26, 2020
The white cord is sixteen feet so long and we use that in the forests where it shows up well against the ground. The blue cord is a fish stringer I found long ago. It is braided nylon cord, about ten feet long and doesn’t collect stickers or thorns so is it used in the desert. Beans pays the bell no mind as it tinkles along behind her as she hunts. No, I wouldn’t just put a bell on her harness. Would you want that noise around your neck so close to your supersensitive ears?
Friday, December 25, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
It is not uncommon for me to have three books going at once: the kindle app on my iPad, the kindle itself and a hardcopy book. I picked this up at a used paperback book store near the house while I was incapacitated the last two months. It is a big book as you can see and would keep me entertained for a long time I thought. Well unlike other Stephen King books I have read this one took me awhile to really get into, like page 481 of 1131. Also, when I began the book I discovered page 25/26 had been ripped out! Boy was I miffed! Who rips out a page from a book?
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020
While we were away they built a ramp alongside the new trash dumpsters. That was nice of them. This will make it easier for me to see what kind of treasures lie within.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
It was a long day with a few construction delays but we finally made it out of California, across the Colorado River and into Arizona at Parker. I ate a early dinner then did an extensive shop at Walmart. Next was to fill the propane tank and then fill up The Little House on the Highway. By then it was almost dark. Quartzsite is about 25 or so miles south but I was tired (Walmart will do that to you) and going any further can wait another day. Besides, it is a narrow two lane highway scary enough in the daylight and I don’t need that kind of excitement just now anyway. I have had enough adventure for awhile. When we arrive I will fill up with water, select a place to call “home” and we shall be set until next year.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Sunday, December 13, 2020
This is pretty much how today is for us with full on rain all day.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
The tow truck driver dropped off The Little House on the Highway at the repair shop just after six in the evening on Monday. I picked it up all fixed and ready to go just after six in the evening on Wednesday. 48 hours! Who would think that in these days? Yes, I am still shaking my head in disbelief that it was repaired this quickly. That is how good and efficient the folks at Hammond Autowerks in Santa Rosa are and why I have always taken the RV to them as they specialize in Mercedes Benz. I went with a complete transmission replacement. More on that in the next post. We are planning to try to leave again next Monday after the upcoming rainy weather passes. I am in no hurry, just extremely grateful.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Can you believe it?
We got a late morning start on Monday. The winds were really howling so I waited a bit before hitting the road. Driving along the windshield was all spotty from the poorly done job of cleaning it I did. I’m not dealing with this anymore and I pulled off the road to clean it better. I left the motor running. Now with a clean windshield I got back in and put the truck into gear and no go. Now what!! I turned off the motor, sat there unbelievingly and started the motor. It moved. What to do? I turned around, started back and then again no more moving. I pulled off into a park and ride and there we sat for five hours waiting on the tow truck. All of this only eighteen miles from the house and in that I can say is the lucky part of this. Better here than hundreds of miles out in the desert.
More to come when I know more.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Here is the amount charged for my visit to the emergency room at Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, Ca. when things went haywire with me while in the desert last month. I was in there for about three hours with only having a catheter and collection bag installed being the extent of services. I have no problem with this. I was in a bad way and will be forever grateful for them being there and nurse Adrianna saving my life. I am not trying dramatic here. I later asked nurse Michelle at Kaiser who was treating me “What did people do in the olden days when what happened to me did so with them before modern medical care?” She simply said “They died.” What a horribly painful death that would be.
Maybe this is just a way to bill for services by staff and the name of the doctor on duty at the time is used and the other charge by the hospital is for the use of a bed, the room and equipment. I don’t know how things work in the medical industry but I hope that is it and that useless old man isn’t receiving $746.
My plan with Kaiser by the way is paying for all except $250. I am glad to pay my share.