Thursday, December 5, 2013

2 new Birds and another new campsite

I snapped some photos of two new birds for my list.  First:  a Loggerhead Shrike.

And right after I saw the Loggerhead Shrike, I saw this little guy right outside my door.  I got the camera again and clicked these out the kitchen window.  He's a Crissal Thresher.

This is our third year at Quartzsite, but I've never been here for the big tent event.  I decided I want to see it this year.  The first year, 2012, I had to drive to San Diego for emergency surgery the beginning of January, and January of 2013 I was visiting my kids in San Diego and Vacaville.  This year - 2014's big tent - I'll be here.  So I decided to move up to La Posa West so that I could walk to the shopping areas if I wanted to. 

So, here's the campsite - does it look familiar?  What???  You don't remember my campsite from two years ago?  LOL - it even looks different to me and I had to check photos from 2012 to see what it looked like then.  Someone took out the really nice fire pit that was on the side and put in another one that's right in the middle of the site, so I positioned The Palms differently this time, and I still like it a lot.

 Here's a photo of Hazel with Power and Fleur when they came over for a visit:

Remember when my grand daughter, Lauren, had her 5th birthday party - the cupcake/ gymnastics party?  Well, one of the things they did at her party was make bracelets for themselves, and I asked Lauren if she would make me one.  I couldn't believe she remembered - and it arrived in the mail this week along with pictures she made for me and two cards she folded and wrote on and decorated.  Quite a nice surprise.   My grand son, Drew, who is 8, also sent me a letter, very carefully written on paper that he drew lines across so his writing would be straight.  The both did a wonderful job with their writing and I loved what they wrote.

Lots of colorful beads, some are hearts, some are stars, and the large pink one is a seal.  Isn't it beautiful?  And it's a perfect fit, too!  :)

I want to thank all my readers who have used my link through to to wander around, see what's available, check prices, etc., then make your purchases.  I finally figured out why I wasn't getting credit for my daughter's purchases.  I asked her in an e-mail:  "Did you find your item, then go back through my link to make your purchase?"  The answer was yes, and that is why I wasn't getting the credit.  We can't blame Amazon for not giving me or another blogger credit for a purchase that started out on Amazon's site.  Bloggers get a small percentage of sales that start out with our site's links.  I'm not suggesting or advising what you should do, but a little information is a good thing - especially if we are looking for something we saw or read about on a blogger's site.  But now I know and I wanted you to know, too.  :)

Finally, I wanted to show you a HUGE rig that came in the other day to La Posa South - I wonder how many feet total this one is:

We have some new followers to Welcome:

Laurie's blog is called I Love a Cloudy Day.  Laurie lives on the shores of the Great Lakes, loves to create and work with her hands, and loves nature.  Her painting is very important to her, and ever changing. Laurie's vision is failing and is greatly affected by the sunshine so she loves a cloudy day.  Hence the name of her blog.

DearMissMermaid has been blogging since 1994.  She is an author and was a correspondent in the Carribean, posting from sailboats and tiny islands for over 15 years.  She is now traveling in her motor home with her darling little Yorkie, Harley Dog.

S.E.R.E Camper - Gary says in his About Me statement,  "The S.E.R.E. Camper is designed for escaping the cities and surviving off the grid. It was not built for recreation or luxury camping. Essentially the S.E.R.E Camper is just a big bug out bag on steroids."  His is a new blog named These Are The Days Before The Darkness Came.  

Mary-Pat retired in August of 2011 and spent a year and a half in Guatemala, studying Spanish and doing volunteer work.   Now she's adventuring throughout the North American Continent in a 2001 Fleetwood Flair and Smart car toad with her Standard Poodle, Lacy, and rescue kitty, Eleanor.

Thank you ALL for becoming Followers - Katie and I are happy to have you along on our adventures!  :)

From me and Katie, have a great Thursday, everyone!  :)


  1. Well I DO remember your campsite from two years ago 'cause that's where you were when we first met in person !!

    Love your new bracelet !!

  2. Judy - I thought you were referring to the Thacher, since he has such a long, pointed bill. but it's the Shrike! From the Encyclopedia Britannica: "butcherbird, in general, any bird that impales its prey (small vertebrates, large insects) on a thorn or wedges it into a crack or a forked twig in order to tear it or, sometimes, to store it. The name is given to the Lanius species (see shrike)..." and it goes on and on. I've never heard the term butcher bird. Thanks!

  3. Love your new bracelet! I'd no doubt wear it every day... and have a picture of my grandkid right in my mind. So nice!

  4. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift from Lauren.

    Nice picture of Hazel too.

    Hope to see you in Q next month.

  5. In German the "butcher" bird is named: "Neuntöter", which means "nine-killer". Pretty brutal name for such a beautiful bird.

  6. Wonderful bird shots! Looks like we'll miss each other again this year. I've decided to go to Q every-other-year due to fuel prices.

    Maybe next year?

  7. Beautiful bird pictures! I love your's so roomy! Can't wait to hear all about the happenings at Quartzite. We have never been.

  8. I didn't know that about the Amazon thing either so I guess I've screwed up. Thanks for telling us about that. I know where your new site is. So I'll be able to find you.

  9. That "large rig" you saw belongs another blog I follow, Steve and Dianne are Canadian, went up to Alaska this past summer, and have a great blog. I think they are in "Q" for a few months now. Sure enjoy your blog too.... --Dave (

  10. Love the birds shots !! The bracelet is beautiful! Good job Granddaughter!!

  11. Great bird shots, and what an awesome outfit that is. It would be totall impractical in this country.

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  13. Thanks for your comments on our blog. To answer your question on our huge rig...we are 66' long with the bicycles on the back. Be sure to stop and say hello if you see us around.

    Merry Christmas and safe travels!


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