Spinning yarn and meeting good friends!

Learning how to spin yarn..not tales

I spotted Melinda spinning yarn on her spinning wheel.  Melinda is from Alaska and spins her own yarn and weaving is her passion.  You can read more about her at her blog Woven Journey

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Before long I was sitting at the wheel learning to spin yarn.  It is not easy.  She taught me how to work the foot pedals first.  You have a tendency to move the wheel back and forth which is not what you want to do.  You must have it going in the same direction all the time.  Not easy to do, but with a lot of Melinda’s patience the wheel was going in the correct direction which is clockwise.  I still had difficulty feeding the material.
I can really appreciate how difficult it can be.

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It just comes second nature to Melinda and is very relaxing to her.

Meeting up with my wonderful Canadian friends…

Yesterday I saw a large van pull into our camping area with a big sign on the side that read “Island Tours”.  I don’t know of any islands in the Quartzsite area and the closest body of water is probably the Colorado River.  But out pops my good friends Peter and Bea.  I first met them back in 2011 at Belle Starr’s Ranch in Douglas, AZ.  We worked on a shed of Belle’s and Peter was the driving force behind the work as he is an experienced carpenter.  You can see the blog here.

They had dropped in to see me.  We chatted a bit and told me where they were camped so I drove to their campsite in the afternoon.

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Peter and Bea are from Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada.  By the way if you ever travel to Campobello Island give them a call and they will give you a great tour.

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They both love the southwest and drive down here every winter to get out of the cold weather back home.  Bea is a great cook and also has a great cooking blog Dinner For Two  She made chocolate chip cookies and brownies and had coffee and we tried to catch up on all our travels both past and future.  You can read their blog at American Traveler

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This is a pic of Mollie who loves to travel with them.

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It is always fun meeting up with Peter and Bea.  We have run into each other at many places and without even planning it.  It is amazing how there are so many people at Quartzsite, but you still manage to find those people who are friends and not even be trying.

While having coffee and cookies with Peter and Bea a friend (Sandie) stopped who happens to be a regular commenter on my blog.  They stopped to ask Peter and Bea if they needed anything at the store.  I re-introduced myself to them.  Sandie writes about their travels at  Where Are The Dixons Today?  

A beautiful end to a wonderful day…

There are a lot of clouds in the sky and I managed to get this pic.  It came out better then I thought it would.

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Dinner at the Main Street Eatery

A bunch of us decided to have someone cook our dinner for a change.  Ten of us went to the Main Street Eatery which is located in the front of the laundromat.  It doesn’t sound too glamorous but the food is excellent.  I had chicken friend steak with garlic mashed potatoes.  YUM YUM!!!!

Come one come all!

Come on down…

I get a lot of people who are either headed this way or already here and wondering where our group is located.  I copied these directions

Quartzsite 2013 Directions

 The Camping area we will be using is called La Posa West Long Term (LTVA). The entrance is just South of the I10 overpass on Highway 95. BTW, Highway 95 runs North and South. There is another Highway 95 that runs East and West in town and actually crosses the “main” 95 but I am told that this is the business extension/loop of the N&S Highway 95. This can be confusing.

The off ramp from I10 for Quartzsite is just West of the “center” of town at the Pilot and Loves Truckstops. (Exit #17) Get off and go North over I10 to Business 95 that runs parallel to I10 on the North side of I10. Go East about a mile on Business 95 to the “main” 95 and turn South (right) over the overpass. You should be able to see the “Big Tent” (might not be up until the middle of January) off to your right. Just past the Big Tent on the right, is the entrance Kiosk for La Posa West is about 1/2/mile. For those of you that have GPS, here are the co-ordinates: N 33* 38.734’   W 114* 13.198’. Be sure you use the same format.  There are at  least 3 different formats on my Garmin.  Once these are recorded, at least mine will guide you right to the campsite as the BLM roads are on the Garmin maps.  It is Road 532 on the left as you go South and we are about 200 yards “back in”. If you come in from the South from the Yuma area, a GPS might try to take you in the “back way”. Just pass this up and come to the entrance kiosk for La Posa West. There was a “back way” in last year but I went looking for it this year and it is blocked off.

The RV Show has begun…

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On the way you can see a big RV balloon flying over the tent.

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We started by walking around the tent before going inside and fighting the mad throngs of people.

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We even spoted this fancy golf cart.  They had all varieties of carts.  REALLY COOL!!!

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Lots of people…

There were a lot of people inside the tent making it hard to move around and get a close up of each vendor.  There didn’t seem to be as many people as last year, but it was still very crowded.

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I checked out a vendor with some car wax and John and I went in together for 2 bottles.  Now you know what I will be doing today.  I tried to see my friends Don and Kim Greene from Harvest Host’s but they were very busy talking with people so I will go back another time.  I also want to drop in at the Amazon booth to say hello to my friends there as well.

Hot dog!!!

We had a hot dog, pulled pork buffet with a ton of other goodies.  YUM!  YUM!

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The end to a fun day…

Our campfire was a great ending to a busy day.

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Took the plunge TWICE!!!

Bought a toad that wasn’t even for sale!

Some friends of John and Linda were in the market for an RV and they drove over from Scottsdale to look at one on mile marker 112.  Whey they were looking at a rig a great little Samurai drove down this road and Linda was yelling at me to ask them if it was for sale.

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  I looked at it but didn’t ask them to pull over.  I could have kicked myself.  Then a few minutes later I saw them come back the other way and I just had to pull them over.  They were on their way to do some shopping in Blythe.  I asked them if they were interested in selling it and low and behold Charley the owner quoted me a price that he wanted.  I looked it over real good and he told me a lot of good things about it.  It was a 5 speed manual 4X4, with new tires and brakes and a trailer hitch as well as a wench in the front.  I was sold.  I took down his name and phone number, but wanted my friend John to look it over with me.

I called them back and told them we wanted to check it out again.  John and Cookie went with me and everyone thought it was a great deal.  I called him and told him I would have a check to him by in two days.  Today I went to Parker with Roger and got a cashiers check from the bank then went over to pick it up.

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I am so excited about my new toad.  It is just what I have been looking for these past few months and worked hard to save the money.

Summer plans…

I also took the plunge and made plans for this summer.  I have decided no to work once I heard about what John and Linda had planned.  They are joining the Northwest Lazy Daze group and travel for 3 weeks into Alberta Canada.  My friends Ed and Carole, who just sold their home in Florida and are moving to Colorado will be going as well.  It should be a great trip.  We meet in Baker, OR, then into Idaho where I have already made reservations, and then into Alberta.  It should be a fantastic trip as we will also be going to Jasper.  I can’t wait.

More rigs coming into our area….

Chris a new fulltimer from Santa Fe, NM just arrived today and joined up with our group.  We had another great “Happy Hour” today and sat around the fire.  It is always nice to meet new people.  We will also be having more folks come later once the RV Show starts.

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Gathering around the fire….

Another great group tonight and Roger again had a great campfire.  Gil and Nancy were showing the pics of their trip several years ago to the “Burning Man” festival.  Mike got out his guitar and provided some great music for our entertainment.

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I spent a lot of money today but cherished every minute and the RV Show hasn’t even started yet.  By the way the weather here is super.  In the 70’s finally.

Warming up!

Weather improving

It was much nicer today and not nearly so windy.  It is only supposed to get down to 37 tonight and high tomorrow is going up to 69.  That is more like it.  From here on the daytime temps should be in the high 60s – low 70’s.

More people have arrived

The following have arrived in that last few days.  Jerry, Melinda, Mike, Jerry and Ann, Gil and Nancy and Jeanne.  We will probably get a few more once the show starts on Saturday.

Tonight we had a great potluck dinner with everyone bringing a dish.  Lots of great food!

Shopping day tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be going into Parker with Chuck and Beverly to do some major shopping.  We will make a few stops here and there but won’t be gone too long.  Parker is only 35 miles north of Quartzsite on Highway 95.

Dripping sink fixed

John took apart my kitchen sink and we went up to the hardware store and got a new fixture, which he then installed.  He also worked on my drivers side cab step. and it is now in place.  I don’t intend to step on it for a while until the liguid nails gets a chance to completely dry.  John has been a HUGE help to me and I cannot thank him enough.

Surprise in store tomorrow

I might have a surprise for you tomorrow.  I just don’t want to give it away yet.  But if things work out it will really make a change in my RV lifestyle.  I will let you know tomorrow.  Not a lot really happening now but things will get exciting once the show starts on Saturday.  I promise to take lots of pictures.

From 2 channels to 200

Cool weather!  Brrrr!

The temps have been rather cool here in the desert at Quartzsite.  It has gotten into the low 20’s at night and only up into the 40’s during the day.  On a few days it has even been windy making it seem even colder.  But fear not, it is slowly getting warmer and should be in the mid 50’s tomorrow and 69 by the time the RV show starts on the 19th.

Going from air to satellite TV…

I took the big plunge and entered the world of satellite TV.  Previously I only had a batwing TV antenna and relied on those channels I could get through the air.  But when I could only get 2 channels I decided to check out the cost of adding satellite.  Then Jim came over and told me about a setup that a local satellite dealer was offering using the Dish Network.  He drove me back there and I wound up buying it.

Now for the fun part.  Installing all the equipment and hooking up to the appropriate satellites.  The installation was fairly easy.  The dish would sit on the top of my ladder still giving me access to the roof when I needed it.

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Now for the fun part.  Getting it to acquire the satellite signals.  I called Dish and set up my account with them, then after making several calls and speaking with their tech support I still could not pick up one of the satellites which I needed.  They put me through to Tailgater tech support (who makes the dish) since they could not find anything wrong with my setup.  Tailgater said their dish was working properly as it had completed all the tests successfully.

Now it is back to the dealer with the receiver to see if it was faulty.  He put it on his bench and found that one of the settings was incorrect and once he corrected it I got a picture.  Now it was back to the rig and now the system is working properly.  I set it up to see the Los Angeles stations as I am more familiar with them.

I got lots of help during this whole process from all my friends who would come over.  This is Cookie, John, and Linda.  THANKS EVERYONE for all the help and support throughout this entire process.

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Going to be working at the Angels Spring Training

I got word that my background check passed and I will be working for Aramark for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Spring Training games.  I am really excited.  I made reservations with a campground only 6 miles from the stadium in Mesa to stay there for 2 months.  I am not sure what I will be doing but my friends Phil and Sindy will also be working there as well.  I worked with them at Amazon and they told me about this job.  The job only entails working for 5-6 hours during the 18 games that are played in Mesa.  I will not make a lot of money but just the experience of working around and seeing the Angels is a great opportunity for me as I have been a fan of them way back when they moved to Anaheim.

Gathering around the fire….

Everyday we gather around the fire and chat about our day while enjoying appetizers and beverage.  It is a great time that we all enjoy.  It also gives us an opportunity to meet the new people that come in during the day.

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Sunset alert…

I received a “Sunset Alert” from Roger on my cell phone.  I was inside my rig with the shades down so didn’t even notice.  I grabbed my camera and took this beautiful shot of the sunset.

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What a great finish to a wonderful day!