Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New speaker, campsite birds, a broken chair and a funny text

I said in a previous post that I ordered a small, portable, battery operated speaker with volume control.  It arrived and I love it.  The photos below are of my new speaker.  It's the best small portable speaker I've had yet.

AmazonBasics 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker (Amazon photo)


Since I said I'd post a review of this speaker, I'm doing that today, but unfortunately, when I went to get the link for you this morning, it showed the speaker is sold out, and they don't know if it will be available again.  I was going to give it a glowing review, but there's no point now.  If you're interested in an MP3 or Audio product for a Holiday Gift, check out this link.  It will take to to the Amazon.com page for those items. And if the radio above is available, I highly recommend it!

Last evening one of the ladies in the group, Chrisma, invited us all for a bowl of delicious shrimp bisque at 5:00.  Another lady, Sue, made some fantastic cheese biscuits - made from a mix she got at WalMart.  It comes in a box by Red Lobster and if you like their biscuits, you'll love these.  Then for dessert the soup maker also had fresh baked cookies.  Yum, it was all so good, I had seconds of everything!  Thank you both for a wonderful dinner!

When I went over to the campfire for our soup dinner, my canvas chair had a rip in it, so had to borrow a chair.  After dinner I brought mine back to camp and tried to fix it.  First one row of red stitches, then another row of white stitches, then I glued it, top and underneath, with E6000 glue.

Next I duct taped it on the the top and bottom of the repair.  I hope it holds, or I'm going to end up on my butt!  I've been assured by my neighbors that if that happens, they will help me up.  It's been holding pretty good so far. 

My second chair is a really good one, but very old.  When I hold it up to the light, you can see through it.  It's fabric is getting thin, so I'm expecting it to fail any time now.  I thought it would be the first to go.  So, I'm searching for new camp chairs.  I have to go to town tomorrow, and maybe I'll see what's available.

Here are some bird photos snapped in the last few days - first Gambel's Quail:

Next, House Finches - these birds are all over the place in Arizona and New Mexico.  I always seem to be getting photos of them.

I think this little guy is a Say's Phoebe:

And I think the next two photos are of a juvenile White Crowned Sparrow.

Feel free to correct me if I've gotten any of these bird types wrong.

Have you seen the lists of test messages gone wrong?  I saw this one the other day and had to pass it along:

Sounds like something I'd do.   ; )

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  1. And I was getting all excited about that speaker. Oh well, back to the hunt. One of our chairs busted when Jim was in it. He landed on his tail bone and was in pain for over a month. So be careful.

  2. The Gambrel's quail are just beautiful! Why do we want to hold on to old camp chairs? I have one that is so frayed I don't use it anymore, but still don't throw it out. I liked when you just bought a roll or two of webbing and replaced it all yourself.

  3. Barbara, Love your new speaker !

  4. As a guy, I can assure you Barbara, duct tape will fix anything! If you used it after you did all that other fixing, it should stay fixed!!

  5. Your repair on the chair looks like something I would do! You go Barbara!

    Love your bird feeder. Nice photos too.

    And the text is cute! I like lots of love much better!


  6. Love your bird pictures, you always get the best shots.

  7. Did you see the reply I made about the Slime product?

  8. See, I think it *should* mean "Lots of Love".

  9. The photos of the birds are so lovely! I can't correct you because I've never seen any of then before.

    Careful with the chair. They are so cheaply made...nothing like the metal tube with canvas webbing we had when I was a kid.

    Have a great week!

  10. Finches are my favorite little birds - so much character. Happy Holidays!

  11. You rock, girl! You fixed the chair!

    Love that speaker!

  12. You're in the right place to find a new camping chair. I'd never seen so many choices as in Quartzsite.

    Hope to see you there next month.

  13. The speaker looks great--I have a speaker on my Christmas wish list. Your bird photos are wonderful--love the Gambel's quail. They're so colorful! And hey! I think you could just duct tape that entire chair & it would last a long time! Strong work on that repair! Lots of love makes sense to me. People should just skip LOL & go right to ROFLMAO!

  14. Maybe you should put a cushion under the chair....just in case. LOL


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