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Thursday, October 20, 2016

First ATV Ride Of The Season

It’s been a little too warm for ATVing at least in my book but we were all getting antsy! Winking smileSo, today it was breakfast in Yarnell where it’s a little cooler.  It takes about a hour and fifteen minutes to reach the Ranch House Restaurant from North Ranch on ATVs.

IMG_5660IMG_5665Until I uploaded this photo to the computer, I hadn’t notice the witch at the top of the light pole! SmileTis the season I guess!

Back home we both spent some time cooling off as by the time we were back at North Ranch it was a toasty 88 degrees!  I’m doing some paperwork for Nat with the Veterans Administration and it works my brain to its capacity!!!

I am officially unpacked—when we arrived a week ago lots of stuff was just dumped in the office/sewing room.  Today was organization day and I was successful—now I can find something—I hope!

IMG_5667IMG_5668As I was sitting in my chair typing this blog a very healthy looking coyote strolled by the fence—the windows in front of my chair have screens, thus the poor quality photo.

Check this out—because this little girl’s Mom and Dad have decided to move to Germany—really the USAF decided it for them—she has to have a passport.  I’m thinking she really doesn’t like to have her photo taken!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Life Is Busy

Monday was the first homeowner’s association meeting of the season—I am the secretary and was a touch overwhelmed at this busy meeting.  Our yearly election is held in February and there are many tasks which must be completed before then—many which fall under my list.

In the afternoon Geri and I attended a fashion show of Cabi clothing—fun and entertaining—beautiful stuff but a touch expensive. 

We’ve been taking short walks in the mornings before it gets too warm—don’t want to run into any more snakes!  After our walk we drove to Wickenburg—first stop was a garden center/nursery for some shrubs to plant along side the house where we removed the large trees last year.  A stop at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store netted us a power cord and a “looks brand new, never used” angel food cake pan.Smile

We enjoyed lunch at our favorite Mexican food restaurant, stopped at the hardware and grocery stores then headed home so Michael could assemble his new toy!!

Many, many years ago in another life Michael installed those huge flying saucer sized satellite dishes.  The man is talented, I am telling you!  His mother decided she wanted one of those satellite dishes—they lived on the ranch where TV reception was non-existent.  Joy told Michael if he would learn how to install and service the satellite dishes, she would front the money to set him up in business.

When we first married and would be driving around the county, he would point and say, “I installed that dish….I installed that dish…..”  He did very well financially with that little side business.  Well, technology moves on.  Michael then contracted with our local telephone co-op to install and service the smaller dishes of todays’ technology.  With these dishes one of the job perks was free programming. 

A few years pass and Wal Mart as well as other big box stores start selling the small satellite dishes and Michael’s side career in that technology ended.  We came home one evening, turned on the TV and found a message scrolling across the screen which ended our free programming.  The cowboy said, “I’m not paying for TV.”  Without a satellite dish of some sort, TV reception at our house is also non-existent.  So, for the last 15 to 18 years we have had no TV at home.  In the motorhome we occasionally pick up over the air channels but not at home in Montana.

OK—now for the power cord and Michael’s new toy—our friends Mike and Pat were selling a large TV—they purchased a new, bigger one.  They included a sound bar with the deal but couldn’t locate the power cord for it—Re-Store to the rescue!  So, we go from no TV to purchasing a normal size TV from Tom and Sandy last season, to this nice, huge one with great sound—the cowboy is thrilled.  We receive a large number of over the air TV channels and he’s happy!

Our friends Bonnie and Robert are here briefly getting their park model/lot ready to sell—they bought a house here in North Ranch late last spring.  We enjoyed a happy hour this afternoon with them plus Larry and Geri—Bonnie and Robert will return after Thanksgiving.

See—we are busy—and now I have shrubs to plant! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weeds, Friends and Happy Anniversary

Yesterday and today I slaved away in the hot sun putting to death our newest crop of weeds which grew while we were way.  Actually, we didn’t have a lot of weeds but enough to make sweat!  Today I added tree trimming to my list of duties—the yard looks great!  Michael puttered in the garage.

Larry and Geri rolled in to North Ranch about 10:30 yesterday morning—it was great to see them!  And as it was their travel day I made us all a spectacular dinner—pork tenderloin in a newly discoverd marinade, Pioneer Woman smashed potatoes, green beans and the Montana Grizzly Bar famous dessert—ice cream balls rolled in tiny chocolate chips drizzled with raspberry sauce.  

Before, during and after dinner we talked and talked—catching up after a few months apart—they became first time grandparents this summer.  It was probably about 8pm when Larry and Geri walked home—they only live a couple doors down the street—and my phone beeped with a text message.  OH MY—a rattlesnake was stretched across their driveway and Larry almost stepped on the dang thing—it was a big guy with lots of rattles.  Seems that’s not the first rattlesnake seen in the park lately.  Every stick I saw today was a snake!!!

Today is our 22nd wedding anniversary—pretty good for a marriage lots of people said wouldn’t last—we were too different—raised in the country turned city girl marries a cowboy.  Michael makes me happy—we have our ups and downs as do most married people but he’s still the right one for me!

Sunset in the desert--


Friday, October 14, 2016


Unloading the motorhome that is!!  We arrived at North Ranch about 4:30 Thursday afternoon and it was a touch warm.  Pizza from our favorite Congress pizza place for supper and we unloaded just enough stuff for the night.  I went to bed dreading the task of unloading all that stuff I knew I had packed but by 5pm today it was all in the house and most was stored away.  I even made a quick trip to the Congress post office to get our mail forwarding sorted and a trip to Wickenburg to send a package. 

You have to love Amazon—Michael gave me a Nikon point and shoot camera for my birthday in September.  My Canon was having some issues—the flash didn’t work and neither did the macro function.  I wasn’t happy with the Nikon—I always felt the photos I took were not clear—I sent Amazon a return request and today the camera was shipped back to the seller.  Thank you Amazon!

DSCN3413So that’s how they do Google Maps street view—this guy pulled up beside us Thursday at a scenic overlook.

The moon is gorgeous tonight—Emmi and I took a walk in the desert after the sun went down.


Our house looked great—no issues except a few weeds in the yard—it’s good to be back!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Monday night was spent in noisy Billings and Tuesday morning we woke to about 2 inches of wet snow—UGH!  By the time my haircut was finished and I was back at the motorhome, the snow had stopped.  But—it caught up with us in Sheridan, Wyoming in blizzard form!  I was just about ready to say to my driver, “get this thing off the road!” when the snow stopped and we could see patches of blue sky ahead.  The rest of Tuesday we traveled on dry pavement—a very good thing! 

Tuesday we spent the night near windy, cold Muddy Gap, Wyoming in the Independence Rock rest area.  Gosh it was miserable—we tried to go out and walk around the huge granite rock early settlers used as a landmark but it was just too cold to stand in that wind reading plaques.  We did spot some of the signatures the men and women carved into the granite—but we didn’t tarry long!

And in the midst of all that cold and wind—the refrigerator stopped working on propane!  Our only choice for refrigerator power was to start the generator and leave it running all night—a first for us!  The motorhome has a Hydro-Hot heating system located under our bed in one of the bays—it’s noisy and we never use it at night but last night with the generator going, 27 degrees and windy—we used the heat.  Semi trucks came and went all night adding to our noise and my lack of sleep.

Today we covered some miles and tonight we are parked in what we consider a little slice of paradise.  It’s an OHV staging area south of Moab, Utah where we have boondocked in the past with Larry and Geri.  It is quiet and there isn’t another soul in sight!  Plus it is about 70 degrees and the cowboy has the refrigerator working on propane again—he just couldn’t make himself go out in that cold wind last night and I couldn’t blame him!! 


Emmi has been walked and we’ve played ball—life is good, especially for the pooch!

Monday, October 10, 2016

And We Are Off

Sort of!  Anyone who has been reading this blog for very long knows how picky I am about a haircut.  So, we took our time this morning stopping to visit Nat to say goodbye and headed to Billings where we are parked for the night.  We enjoyed a great lunch at Jake’s, picked up the cowboy’s new custom made hat, bought a few groceries at Wal Mart/Costco and are now settled in for the night.  Tomorrow morning early I have a hair appointment then the big pink bus is pointed south.  The weather forecast is for snow tonight—we sure hope that’s wrong!

Remember me saying Lora had decided she didn’t like cameras--

Lora and BrooksI would say she hasn’t changed her mind!

Totally forgot today was a holiday—no banking for us and no talking to the post office.  I spent what seemed like forever on the phone with Arizona Power today trying to coax their customer service person into finding my address.  APS has the address listed in their system by lot number on a street, not by house number.  This lady was NOT going to turn power on to our house!  I had my account number but for some reason the only address she could find was for the lot we rented year before last in North Ranch.  This same thing happened last year and like this time—the correct address is finally located.  Believe me, this time I made a note in my phone—it’s street name and lot number!!

So—let the winter season begin! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Are We Ready

Who knows!  We always seem to forget something—the last two years in a row it’s been rechargeable drill batteries or the actual charger—and guess who those belong to!  Not me!  But that’s not to say I haven’t forgotten my share of stuff too!  The motorhome is groaning at the seams I think as much stuff as we’ve carried out there the last couple of days.

Michael loaded the RZR and jeep this afternoon.  The rest of our vehicles are stuffed into the garage—it’s amazing what the cowboy can make fit in that two car plus garage!

Saturday afternoon we took another run to Lonn’s to deliver Christmas packages and other stuff but missed seeing anyone.  The owners are in residence so that meant Lonn and Michael (Katie’s husband) were occupied.  The girls were out taking photos—take a look:

Lora and GemmaLora and her ever present bodyguard, Gemma—they love each other most of the time! SmileLora has suddenly decided she doesn’t like having her photo taken!

Katie and Brooks six monthsKatie and Brooks at almost six months old.

It’s always a beautiful drive over the mountain to Lonn’s house--



Life is good!