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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Catching up with Firefly

We've been so busy, and having so much fun, and so little Internet, that I am woefully behind on this blog, eh?  I have done some writing - mostly journaling - and taken a ton of bird and wildlife photos.  We decided to take the laptops after all, but they don't have any Internet access at the State Parks.  The tablets and Chromebook do but it's such a PITA to me that I don't do much more than whip a current photo up at Facebook and give my email a cursory check for fires that need putting out.  This too shall pass - it's a work in progress.  Every month after this one is bound to be better and better.

One thing I have done is start a little series/album of photos called "Out my back window" which you can find on my Flicker account HERE.  I'll also share them here in these catching up posts where I catch you up to our doings!

 On the 3rd we took care of final business in town and then drove the hop, skip, and a jump out to Elephant Butte Lake State Park to start our big full time RV adventure.
 Ahhhhh, lake on toes.  This is the life :D
The next morning I sat and watched this little rascal munch this datura flower down to the ground behind our RV - and then decide he didn't want it after all and scamper off.  Never got a good look at him but I think he's one of our spotted ground squirrels.
And this was the back window view of Elephant Butte Lake - sure is pretty isn't it? 

Now here is one of the things I was really looking forward to.  We have alllllll day on the 4th to mosey on down to Leasburg State Park, near Las Cruces, and then the hubby's regular dialysis clinic appointment will be a mere 20 minutes away the next day.  Wheeee!  No more stress, worry, dialysis treatments done in the car by the side of the road... calm, cool, comfortable, in the safety of our own (motor)home.

So here's the back window the first night in Leasburg - a park we had never been to.

Lots of marvelous desert plants, hiking trails, and birding - OMG the birds.




You can read in a lot more detail about bird watching stuff over in the Bird Watchers Blog - otherwise this will turn into a 30 photo post to cover the last 8 days - LOL.

The other big thrill on the 4th was this:
And then on the 5th -
Yeah, we needed that!  From then on it was mostly bird watching, a little hiking, and hanging around the park office to use the only Internet in the place. 

Yesterday, we hopped in the Firefly and headed back to Elephant Butte for a few weeks between clinic appointments.  I know - pretty boring this month unless you are actually along with us to oo and ahh at birds, soak your toes in cold lake water, hike the trails or...well I haven't got the kayak wet.  YET. 

However, we were not bored yesterday at all.  Not a bit.  Not even when an inside rear tire blew up on the Firefly on the highway.  We were close enough to town that since it was on back with the dualies, we limped on into Truth or Consequences, where I found a super nice tire guy to change it - with that bright pretty new spare.  LOL.  Now we need another one!  They are pretty expensive, but next month we can get another one.  Meanwhile, we discovered that the wobble we had noticed in the drivers side back tires was caused by someone putting them on incorrectly.  (Which probably contributed to the blow out too).  Now that they are on properly the rear tires track perfectly.  We also discovered, to our great delight, that the Firefly is getting - TEN MILES TO THE GALLON.  No kidding - it's true.  Our research led us to believe we'd get maybe 7 or 8 if we were lucky - and we figured she has sat under a shade tree for ten years, before hubby did a tune-up, oil change, and aa few minor fixits.  I give him all the credit - because she purrs like a kitten on the highway. 

Meanwhile, we also found another campground out at Elephant Butte that we like much better.  But I didn't download those photos yet - next time...

I'm thinking - a funny little Kindle/paperback of the New Mexico State Parks in this area, sort of a wildlife/wild bird guide, our experiences, photos, camping info, and some coloring pages and activities for the kiddos - not to mention some fiction.  This first month has been pretty busy with practical transition things - but in time I'll have a lot more time to write and piddle around. 

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

La-a-a-a-a-a-st full day

And what a long day it has been - and here it is only 3 pm.

Hubby got the brake caliper replaced.  We ran half a dozen small tie up loose ends errands.

And we made an executive decision.  It is too much trouble to set up the desktops, disconnect and pack them, and set them up again, every time we move the motor home.  Especially as it seems that between doctors and clinics and getting his dialysis supplies we will be moving the Firefly every two or three days for the first two or three weeks before we get a rest.  Meanwhile the hubby has been going non-stop for weeks with minor repairs that have to be done before we go and he is really reaching exhaustion.  Exhaustion for him means a very real chance of his ending up in the hospital.

So tomorrow he will disconnect the desktops one more time - and they'll go into storage.  Which will give us more room in here - which will be nice - but it does mean we will be down to his Chromebook, his tablet, and my crappy Amazon ruled Fire (which I couldn't use last night because they shut it down for another update - since I hated the last one so much I couldn't wait for more.  I can't wait until I get a new Kindle Paperwhite and I can throw this piece of shit in the garbage. Oh, okay, I'll probably keep it so I can see how my kids books look when published - but boy does the Kindle Fire suck big green donkey dicks.)

Rant aside, this means that I won't be able to write or draw - electronically that is - until I can afford a REAL tablet or 2-in-1 and before that we will be purchasing the husband a new laptop.  Of course - in a month or two we will have more discretionary income as our expenses drop.  I probably won't be around as much on my Facebook games since they will not play on either tablet (if you call the Fire a tablet - I don't).  Which makes me appreciate Aywas (which plays on all 3) that much more.  Blogging - not very likely.

Certainly doesn't mean I am not writing or drawing (although I can't write for long before the arthritis in my hands becomes too painful) - but I won't be sharing.  Sorry.  Transitions, you know.  This too shall pass.

Blessedbe

Summer Foovay

Monday, June 1, 2015

ONE more day...

Today - tomorrow - and early Wednesday (probably) we'll be pulling the Firefly out and up to Elephant Butte State Park for our first official day on the road.  Today, however, we did unhook her completely to make a short trip up to a tire shop.  She needed some work on the brakes - and in order to do that the front wheel needed to be removed.  Somewhere down the line someone got enthusiastic with an impact wrench - so that two good sized men couldn't even budge the lug nuts.  It would take another impact wrench to get them loose.

So we spent an hour getting her ready to move - including disconnecting the computers and all - to drive about a mile and loosen some lug nuts.  Then drive a mile home, spend an hour or so hooking Firefly, and the computers and so on, back up.  However, that let us discover that our plans for what is going to go where and how while she is in motion are going to work out just fine.  Once we get these desktops replaced with laptops and/or tablets, it will be even easier and take less time.

Sunday we had a nice long visit with a local friend who had a computer problem for the hubby to sort out.  Saturday the folks at the Computer Lab surprised us with a little going away party - and gift - for James.  What a fun, lovely, and generous surprise!

We had a great day Friday, too.  We went up to Elephant Butte to get our park pass, and then drove in to scout out a good spot for this week.  We had so much fun, we decided to drive on down to Lake Caballo, and Percha Dam State Parks to have a look at their campgrounds, too.  So much peace and quiet - and water!  Both the Rio Grande, and both lakes.  My little kayak is going to be wet every day!

I've managed a good long paddle down the Rio Grande, from the bridge on Hwy 51 to a little past Rotary Park in town.  The birds here in our pretty little lot have delighted us by finally kindly posing for some photos - which you can see on my Flickr photostream or with all the details over at Bird Watchers Notebook - New Mexico.

The next few days are probably going to be very busy, and I may or may not have Internet.  Next time you hear from me - who knows where I'll be!

Summer Foovay