Monday, January 25, 2016

A Rousing Success

Quartzsite, AZ   - 68 while we were there

Saturday morning we were up at 5:00 a.m. to get ready to head out to Quartzsite for Bloggerfest 2016. Takes awhile to convince the girls they need to go outside when it’s still dark and cold out there. We were finally on the road at 6:30 with a three hour drive in front of us. Well, actually it took a little longer than that because all of us girls needed to make a rest stop break.

When we arrived in Q we drove past the big tent (no traffic at 10:00 in the morning) and headed to La Posa South. Followed George’s directions and there they were. Toni had put out orange balloons and George made a couple of signs (which we are storing in our shed until next year). Really easy to find.

We met George and visited with Toni and Doug for a few minutes but we had a couple of other folks we wanted to visit with so we headed out to find them.

Got to spend a few wonderful minutes with Nan and John. Nan has quit blogging but we tracke them down anyhow. Hoping to be able to spend some time with them this summer somewhere.

After our short visit with them we tracked down Denise who has also quit blogging. She told us she was coming to Bloggerfest so maybe, just maybe, she will start her blog again.

Then back to Toni and Doug’s for sub sandwiches for lunch and a visit before people started showing up. And show up they did. George came up with 54 or 55 folks attending. Hard to count since nobody would stay still long enough.

I did not take any pictures – I was too busy visiting with people and I knew there would be lots of really good pictures on other blogs that I could use. So here are just a few of the wonderful folks that were there.



Lorne (?), Rod and Croft


George and Barbara



Paula’s back, sorry I can’t remember this gal’s name, and Mark


Kellie and Al (in the brimmed hat)


I have no idea what I’m talking about with Barbara and Katie. Debbie in the blue with Merikay behind me and Rod and Pheebes behind Barbara.


Jim, Me, and Toni


Merikay and Craig (she really gets around good with that boot on)


So many more but you need to check out all the other blogs to see the pictures. If you need links to any of the blogs, let me know and I’ll send them to you.

Thank you George and Toni for a wonderful time. See you all next year at Bloggerfest 2017.


We arrived back in Apache Junction about 7:30 and were both exhausted. Jim took a short nap in the truck with the girls but it was a really long day. I had forgotten how hard it is for me to walk on all the rocks. I am constantly worried about twisting my ankle (the one I broke) and my balance is also lousy. We stopped at Famous Dave’s for dinner and had pulled pork sandwiches. I had their grilled pineapple with my sandwich and it was sooo good.

We were in bed by 8:30 and all four of us slept until 6:30 Sunday morning. Yes we were tired.

Skitz, Jim and Scooter heading back to the truck away from all the folks. Our girls are just not social with people or other dogs. Especially Skittlez.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Blogger Fest

Weather Should Be Nice

Bloggerfest 6

George posted easy directions to follow to Blogger Fest at

Go to La Posa South which is at MM 102 on 95 south headed towards Yuma. La Posa South is on the east side of 95. You don’t need to check in at the Ranger Station. Just head on in and you willl only need to go about 1/2 mile. When you see the bathroom on the right, you will be turning left. I’m pretty sure Toni and George are putting up signs and balloons so it will be really easy to find.

Sure hope to see you there.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Got My Hamburger Fix

Apache Junction, AZ   High 68  Low 45

Really not anything to blog about in our world. We’ve slipped into the routine of the life here in the park with cribbage and poker and visiting.

Jim did go Jeeping one morning with Marv, Al and Ken and a couple of other guys. He had a good time and said they didn’t do any extreme type of driving. That’s a good thing because his back was kind of sore when he got home.


With all the rain we’ve had, the desert  is really green.


One of the wild horses eating his breakfast.


Yesterday Jim organized our storage shed on our lot. Marv gave him a shelf unit that really helped get things up off the floor.

Today we made the beautiful drive up to Superior.


We haven’t been up there since we got back to this area. And my mouth was watering just thinking about what waited for me. That’s right – we were headed to Porter’s for a hamburger fix.

paulAnd meeting us there was our good friend Paul. He is at an RV Park in Florence for a week before he moves up to Mesa. 

Paul ordered a cheeseburger. I, of course, got my hamburger with fries. Jim decided to try something different this time. He ordered the BLT with a salad. I asked him what he thought of his sandwich and he said it was very good but he would be ordering a hamburger the next time we go up there.

Saturday is Blogger Fest in Quartzsite and Jim and I have decided we’re going to drive over for the day. We’ll be taking the girls with us and we sure hope to see a lot of you there. As soon as George posts the exact location, I’ll also post it here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain

Apache Junction, AZ   High 56  Low 48

El Nino is alive and well here in Arizona. We have had over 2 inches of rain this week and it is still raining. Supposed to clear out later today – at least until the next storm arrives.

Arizona has a "Stupid Motorist Law" that states that any motorist who becomes stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded stretch of roadway may be charged for the cost of their rescue. If public emergency services are called to rescue a flooded motorist and tow the vehicle out of danger, the cost of those services can be billed to the motorist, plus additional liability of up to $2,000.

And yet people still drive into the water. Like the saying goes – you can’t fix stupid.

2016 started our really nicely for us. New Year’s Eve saw us playing Sequence (or Convoy) up at the clubhouse. We were able to make it to 9:30 before throwing in the towel and heading home.

New Year’s Day – our friend Vaughn arrived for a really short visit. Vaughn is the one who had the heart attack and by pass surgery when we were in Montana last October. He is doing really good. Still has a long way to go but making good progress.

We moved the Bungalow over to a site here in the park for him and the two exchange students to use. They were only here two nights and since Vaughn used to live in Gilbert, we didn’t see a whole lot of them. However we did go to dinner on Friday night. Trying to figure out a place to go, Jim looked at those two teenage boys and said – How about Golden Corral. When the boys found out it was a buffet they were ready to go. It’s been awhile since we’ve been around teenage boys and it was so much fun to see them enjoy themselves. They can definitely put away the food.

Henrique (Brazil), Vaughn, and Matteo (Italy)


They left early Sunday morning and we moved the Bungalow back to it’s storage spot.

Scooter is now completely deaf. It seemed to happen overnight but the Vet told us it can happen like that. So we are learning to adjust. Doesn’t seem to bother her at all but it’s hard on Jim and I. Our friend, Nancy, pointed out to me that we have been using hand signals for years with her and she knows what we are telling her.

Jim’s chair was falling apart so we got him a new chair. The girls still seem to prefer my lap and chair. I think that’s because I’m “fluffier” than Jim.

And that’s our year so far.