Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Moving on tomorrow - to Villanueva State Park, NM

Boy, the last three weeks have just flown by.

It's been nice camping near Hazel and Cari again, and we are all going to head on down to Villanueva State Park for a couple of nights. Since they don't have good cell connections, that will probably be enough, and then we are all going on to Bluewater Lake State Park again.  After that, I think I'll head to Glendale AZ to see Ron, my solar guy, and see if he can figure out my converter problem.  His is a full service shop, and he has very good reviews for problem solving.  I hope he will be able to help.

The following are the "clean up photos" that I have left from Bluewater Lake and Storrie Lake that didn't get posted, but I wanted to use them tonight.

These have been hanging around in my photo folder from my last visit at Bluewater Lake:

 The Dam at Bluewater Lake from the other side of the lake.
It's pretty, isn't it?

The full moon behind The Palms

This Great Blue Heron came to the lake late afternoon to fish.

I was sure this squirrel was a Prairie Dog when it came up out of the hole below.  It stood up and looked around just like a Prairie Dog.

I didn't know squirrels had holes burrowed in the fields.

 They have some weird looking squirrels at Bluewater Lake.
Looks like they have a sweater on.  At first I thought he was sick.
The following photos are from Storrie Lake:

 A hawk in the field.

 A flock of these yellow headed blackbirds swarmed in to land in this tree:

 Canada Goose keeping guard at the lake.

I was telling Hazel about this round cat bed I had - Katie won't sleep in it and I wanted to give it away.  She has a cat, Chica, and said she would take it.  So, I brought it over to her rig yesterday and dropped it off.  Not ten minutes later I received this photo in an e-mail.  I think Chica likes the bed! Can you see her?

 The bed is on the passenger seat, and Chica, a black cat, is curled up inside it. 

Notice Hazel's cactus garden and the gorgeous new curtains and cover on the seat back.  Hazel just finished sewing them while she was here at Storrie Lake. She also made valances.  It looks really nice, very rich

 Good night, and don't get my toys!

From me and Katie, have a good evening!  :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kitchen Mod :)

I ordered a new magnetic knife holder, doesn't it look great?  Not only is it functional, I love the way it looks.

Kuchenprofi 14-Inch Magnetic Knife Rack in 18/10 Stainless Steel

I had my smaller knives in a kitchen drawer and the long knife in my "kitchen gadget holder" shown below - a container I got at Michael's when I was living in my condo.  I used to put my favorite "fat quarters" in it when I was quilting.  It has a high rounded lid, so it's great for things like my strainer and steamer.  They are rounded, too, so I put them on the top of the spatulas, wisks, large spoons, garlic grater, wine bottle opener, etc. That large knife barely fit from one bottom corner to the opposite lid top, so I'm glad to have another place to put it.

Kitchen Gadget Holder

I love having my knives close at hand, and this frees up some space in my kitchen drawer.

This is the first time I've screwed anything into my rig. I really didn't want to - I love the original coach and don't want to make any permanent changes.  At least not now.  But this seemed like such an obvious space saver and with the weight of the knives, the holder wouldn't stay on the wall with just Velcro strips.  So I had to use screws to attach it.  

See the knives on the right, on the wall? I lined the handles up - OCD anyone? :)

So far I love it, and we'll see what happens when I'm on the road.  Will the knives stay on the magnetic strips?

 Katie says, HI!

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

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Storrie Lake State Park, New Mexico

I'm sorry I've been AWOL for a while - thank you for the concern of the people who have e-mailed asking if we're okay.  This is what I've been e-mailing back, and I decided to put it here, too, so I don't have to re-type what I've been doing:

I’m in a place where I have great Internet, TV and Sirius Radio and I have so many choices of things to do, I’ve been neglecting my blogging - writing and reading. Don't worry, I'll catch up!  All the international news and political stuff is really engaging me, too, and even though I have good TV, I’m mostly following the latest news on the Sirius radio stations.  

I’m also downloading audio books from my library’s Internet site and tons of free books from a free download site for my Kindle Fire, and free movies from another site – I’m in hog heaven and have so many things I want to be listening to and watching and reading, it’s hard to choose.  Big problem, right?  How could anyone ever be bored?  I'll have lots of things stored away to access when winter comes and I don't have such good connections.

I’m finding that when I’m in a spot where I’m not so well connected, I tend to post more.

So... Katie and I are here at Storrie Lake State Park. This park is very different from Bluewater Lake. It does have a lake, but it's soooo dry.  The lake is super low and I don't think boats are allowed right now, certainly not motor boats.  I guess that keeps it nice and quiet for us non-boaters. :)

It's very quiet here in the electric part of the campground. Since I am getting good antenna TV for the major stations - and since some of the shows are starting their new seasons - I opted for an electric campsite for $4 a  night with my annual pass.

Here's our site and our view out the window:

Most of the sites have an adobe structure that has a large picnic table.  The field on the left used to have water in it, but it has dried up in this area.

The first night I wasn't able to get an electric site in the lower campgrounds, so I went to the upper campground, which isn't as nice or roomy, but it IS closer to the lake.  This is a view out the back  of some of the sites.

The other day I had a knock on my door, and Vermont Chris was standing there.  I had met her briefly when she was volunteering at Heron Lake State Park, but at the time I didn't realize it was Chris I was talking to in the office.  I didn't have Internet there, and had been planning to e-mail her so we could meet, and it turned out we had met and didn't know it.  She didn't know it was ME and I didn't know it was CHRIS at the Office.  We had e-mailed a few times, and were both members of the womengosolo forum.  It was so nice to see her again, and we have been visiting back and forth the last couple of days.

Vermont Chris

Chris has a new dog, Edna, who is just a real cutie and seems to be really smart.

Edna - look at that great face!

Katie and Edna

This week I needed an oil change in the truck, so I went to a local shop, which I would highly recommend.

Las Vegas Diesel Repair/Weld
226 S. Grand Avenue
Las Vegas, NM  87701-3871
  Charlie Gold  
(505) 425-5734  lasvegasdieselrepair@hotmail.com

I went in for an oil change, and they changed the oil, oil filter, fuel filter and air filter.

Ernie also took off my outer back tires to check the air pressure of all six tires, and brought them back up to where they should be.

Then Ivan came over to see if he could figure out why my converter wasn't charging my house batteries.  He checked my generator, batteries and the converter.  The first two were fine, and he said 14 volts were going into my converter, but nothing was coming out.  He thought the problem was the converter, itself. He didn't think it had anything to do with shorts in the wiring.

They are not experts in failed converters, but they are a full service shop and that was Ivan's diagnosis.  So, now I've e-mailed Progressive Dynamics again to see about another warranty issue.  My original converter has a 2-year warranty, and the first one was installed 11/1/11, so I have more than a year left in my original warranty.  These are supposed to be really good converters, so I'm hoping the third time will be the charm.

Charlie - he's the boss.
This is Ernie, he changed my oil and took care of my tires.
Ivan, who checked my batteries, generator and converter.

Donald, who changed my fuel filter.  I know - this isn't where the fuel filter is. 
I asked him to pose for me since his job was completed UNDER the rig.

These guys were all so polite and informative.  I was there for a total of four hours, with them working and checking things the whole time, except over the lunch period.  Ernie especially was super patient with all my never-ending questions.

I really appreciated their good, hard work, and if I ever need anything again when I'm in the area of Las Vegas, NM, I'll sure take The Palms back to them.  Currently they have a labor rate of $95/hour.  When I got my bill, it was less than I was expecting, which was also a very good thing!)

Sunset last night

There doesn't seem to be a lot to blog about here and I'm keeping pretty busy - so if you don't see a post for a couple of weeks, don't worry.  I'll be back!

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