Sunday, January 26, 2014

A visit from Gayle and Debbie and a gift for Katie!

This morning Gayle and Debbie stopped by for a visit, and it was so nice to see them. Sorry I missed you, Jim, but I understand.  I wouldn't have wanted to have to sit through hours in the laundromat, either.  :)

Debbie and I had already seen each other a little bit ago, but this is the first time I've seen Gayle since Rockhound State Park in NM last year.

It was really good to see them both again today! We sat outside in the sun, it was a perfect morning, but the sun got warm and chairs were moved into the shade.

Unfortunately that's when I took most of my photos, and Gayle was really in the full shade in her photos with Katie.  The photo below was so cute of both Gayle and Katie, I lightened it as much as I could and cropped out the super bright parts.  I loved just their faces.  Really sweet picture. Katie is loving her new antler and isn't letting it go.

And here's Katie giving Debbie kisses - sorry about that Deb!  I think Katie's thanking you for her gift.

Debbie brought Katie the end of an antler for her to chew on.  Debbie's dogs, Elliott and Rupert, love antlers, but when one is small enough to fit entirely in Rupert's mouth, Debbie is afraid he'll try to swallow it.  So she brought the latest small end over to Katie to try.  They are very expensive to buy and I didn't want to invest in something I didn't know Katie would like.

Well guess what?  She likes it!

Thank you , Debbie!  I love my new antler!  And thanks to Elliott and Rupert, too,  for chewing down the edges and then sharing with me.  :)

WELCOME to our newest Follower, Peggy!  I don't see any information about you, Peggy, so I can't let people know about your blog, etc., if you have one.  Let me know if you do, and I'll pass it along.  Thank you for following along with me and Katie, we really appreciate it - Welcome Aboard to You!  :) 

We've had some overcast, but warm, days lately, but today looks like a winner and the rest of the week is forecast to be bright and sunny with temps in the mid-70s.  Thursday is shown to be 80 degrees.  Wow.  That'll be nice.

I'm making my list of all the things I want to do this week while we're still here in Quartzsite - laundry, top off propane, dump tanks, top off fresh water tank, get the tires checked that had the rock wedged between them, change the anode rod, get Dollar Store ice cream bars, and finally call Brian to un-tilt my solar panels for the first time (and I'll learn how).  I'm sure it isn't difficult, but he mentioned something about loosening the outside nuts, but not too much.  If they slip off, when I loosen the inside nuts the weight of the panels will topple them over the edge of the roof onto the ground.  That's not an experience I want to post about.  LOL   So I am going to call him the first time they are un-tilted and climb up on the roof to watch and make sure I can do it correctly by myself. 

Can you tell I'm getting hitch-itch?  I have to be in San Diego on February 10 and want to either stay at Hot Springs for a while on the way or check out Pilot Knob (I haven't been there yet) and stay there for a week or so before the mountain drive to San Diego.

That's my least favorite drive - El Centro to San Diego County.  It's only a 2 1/2 hour drive, but for some reason driving through those mountains is a problem for me.  The first time I drove it was at the fastest posted speeds on my way to the emergency room for surgery that night.  Boy, that drive seemed to take forever, but I was driving from Quartzsite, which made it longer.  And then remember last year when I was coming back from San Diego in those high winds and ended up with tendonitis in both hands?  My right thumb, which was the last part of my hands to heal, finally started bending on August 1 - five and a half months later. No wonder I don't like that drive.  :(

This year I'm going to drive 55 MPH or less and try to enjoy all the beautiful mountains and vistas along the way.  Maybe I'll stop at a good place along the way and rest or have lunch.  I'm going to try to get some good memories imprinted on my brain this time so I won't dread that drive so much.

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


  1. It is best to take your time and enjoy the scenery. Stopping when you feel like it and explore. Always enjoy the trip. I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about.

  2. I never knew dogs enjoyed antlers, but Katie seems to really like that one!! I'm learning things reading your blog!!! Thanks for sharing.........

  3. I have always gotten tense when having to drive in any part of So. Cal. Towing my 5th wheel up the Grapevine on my first drive across country was the worst experience I ever had.

  4. You should take your of the nice things about traveling the way we do!
    It's nice to see old friends. I'm sure Katie was loving it! We thought about the antlers for our pups, but they are expensive and I was afraid with 4 pups, we might have some possession issues!

  5. This is my first time visiting your site. Jim & Sandie (Where are the Dixons) mentioned that you had a great blog. They're right! You have lots of advertising, how does that work for you? Enjoy the lifestyle, we do.

  6. Such cute pictures of Katie and her antler. I didn't know dogs would like those. Travel safe and so enjoy the scenery this time.

  7. Do antlers break up into slivers like bones do? We have never given our girls bones because of that issue. We tried raw hide but they swallowed such large chunks of that we stopped doing that also. Katie sure is having a great time with hers. I think you should make that a 3 1/2 hour drive and just relax and enjoy. Stop whenever you can to enjoy the views.

  8. Our dogs have always loved antlers. One of our dogs used to steal them out of our neighbors yard who was a hunter. You don't need to worry about splintering unless the antlers are old and dry. At that point they are dangerous for our dogs and have no benefit. Sure looks like Katie took right too hers.

  9. Debbie gave Chica a piece of antler some time ago and she still loves chewing on it.

  10. Katie is sure enjoying her treat!

    Safe travels through the next adventure. Have a great week!

  11. Antlers....hum, there seem to be a lot of antlers out my window, but they are attached. much for chewing on an antler.


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