Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Today is New Years Eve day! We have a prime rib dinner to go to tonight with drinks and dancing in the clubhouse and/or karaoke in the bar. This is the life, huh? Just a matter of a few steps to the clubhouse or bar for us.

I've got some pictures to post but haven't downloaded them yet. Will do that soon and hopefully when we have better connectivity.

We went out geocaching yesterday and out of two we looked for, we found one! Yes, our first cache find. I forgot the camera so didn't get any pictures but will remember it next time. It was a cookie tin with lots of trinkets in it. We could take something and leave something, sign the log book and put it back. We left a Schucks receipt from Puyallup, WA but didn't take anything. There was actually lots of little trinkets in there. I saw army men, candycane pen, frig magnets; things like that. Then when you find a cache, you go online to and post your find. We're keeping our own personal log, too. Maybe we'll get out today if I can drag him away from the, you know.

We're having nachos for lunch with a beer! The sun is shining and it's prettier outside than it is....the wind is picking up but it sure is nice in the sun.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Here's a sunny day in Earp, CA. We played a little cribbage outside that day, yesterday, and went for a nice long walk.

Here's another beautiful sunset. I take these pictures from the LR in the RV. Gorgeous!

This last one is Frank and our Christmas tree. Jen took a picture of his sister when she was just a kitten and was peeking out from inside the tree. Frank maybe could have done that then, but now, he's almost as big as the tree. He's a big big 21 pound boy!

We have tickets to a prime rib dinner in the clubhouse on New Year's Eve and then a dance afterwards. Can't wait. Then we leave this park on Saturday and head for Winterhaven, CA to the Pilot Knob RV park. Chuck has a dentist appointment in Algodones, MX for Monday. Crowns are $250! What do you pay in the states? Root canals are $250-$350! Xrays and first exam are free. Will keep you posted on this. Winterhaven is just a hop, skip and a jump from the border. We'll park on the US side and walk over.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Geo Day !

We went out geocaching today. We took our GPS Navigator and our laptop and headed to Rio Mesa Drive! We came really close to finding it, whatever "it" is; we know we did but really need the hand-held GPS that's on it's way to us right now. When we do find it, we're supposed to sign the log and put it back for the next person to find.

We'll go back after we receive the hand-held and after learn how to use it and I know we'll find it then. It was fun today without the hand-held so I KNOW we're going to love this new hobby.

I went up to the clubhouse today to get myself out and away from this laptop. All I did was move from one chair to another but it felt good to get some fresh air and a little bit of a walk going up there. Got to socialize a little and got 1/2 the puzzle done. Whoever started it will be a little surprised. I went for a 20 minute walk before supper, too.

Last night I went up to the clubhouse to listen to the country band that was playing. Great music but I got bored so went over to the bar for karaoke. Chuck stayed home to watch football. Seems to be his favorite pastime now. In fact, there's a game on right now and, of course, there's the Vikings game tomorrow night. Anyway, had a glass of wine and enjoyed listening to all the people sing. I did not sing. Haven't gotten up the nerve just yet.

Maybe I'll get some photos taken tomorrow. Not sure what we're doing but might go into Parker just to walk around town.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

We went to Quartzite the other day to check out all the venders but it was a little cold and windy so we'll go back another time.

We found several nice places to try boon docking in a few weeks when we need to do that. We think it would be fun to try and hey, it's free! We did sign up for the Gold Pass from the Nat'l Forest Service Parks so we can get into all parks for free now. And the BLM land where people boon dock is either free or like $5 a week or something. Of course, you don't get water, electric, sewer or TV. We'll need to make sure our propane tank is full, our water tank is full and will use the satelite dish for TV and the generator if we need too.

So we stopped for lunch at Sweet Darlene's cafe and had burgers. Here we are waiting for our food.

These photos were taken today during our warm spell and after our bike ride.

Here's a sunset from a couple nights ago.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Boy, can't believe it's been over a week since I last posted but I've had lots of computer problems and connectivity problems. Sometimes it's not fun!

Since my last post we went to Davis Dam and

Grapevine Canyon, both just outside of Bullhead City, AZ.

It was a pretty little canyon, extremely windy, but very pretty with lots of petroglyphs all over the place.

Here's Chuck and I being silly:

December 19th, we moved from Bullhead City, AZ to Earp, CA. We are now in the Emerald Cove RV Resort. We spent about a week here last year and it's where I sang karaoke for the first time! We got here around 1 o'clock Saturday and were early enough to get in on a wonderful steak dinner and some fun in the bar. I din't sing karaoke; not yet! LOL

I'll get better pictures of our motorhome and site in the next couple days. It so nice here. NO WIND!! Yea! But we are having a cloudy chilly day today. Yesterday, Friday, was beautiful an I'm sure it'll come back. We'll be here till January 2nd. We have a ham dinner at the clubhouse for Christmas day and a prime rib dinner and dance on New Years!

This resort has breakfast every morning in the clubhouse, card playing most of the day, bingo and line dancing a few times a week, dinner almost every night, tomorrow night is Phylly cheese sandwich. They eat a lot here and the prices are so cheap!

We might go up to the bar for the Monday night football on TV. There's hot dogs, chili dogs, chicken wings, wine, beer and quarterly drawing for prizes. I really think Chuck will want to stay here. He likes to watch important games with no interruptions.

More later. Maybe I'll be able to get online and it won't be a week again before I get back.

We're having a wonderful time. From here on the 2nd, we go to Winter Haven, CA to a resort called Pilot Knob and is really close to the MX border. We park on the US side and walk over. We'll be there for 6 days and maybe more. If they can't accommodate us, we'll move to another park.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Merry Christmas!! Everyone!!

Forgot to show you our little Christmas tree. I could NOT get a picture of it that wasn't blurry. Must be because it's a fiber optic and was blinking? I don't know but I apologize for the blurriness.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday December 13, 2009

We had a really fun day on the 11th, which would have been Friday. We left here heading towards Oatman, AZ to visit the little mining town. Here's some pictures along the way. We took old route 66. Which Chuck remembers him and his family took back in 1959 when he was 15 and his Dad actually let him drive. They drove a 1959 Ford. They being, Carl and Hilma and Chuck, Millie, Mark and Grandma Anderson. Follow along.......we saw some beautiful scenery. This first picture is right outside of Oatman, AZ.

These next ones are IN Oatman, AZ. The first one is the greeting committee. These burros roam the street all day long begging for carrots. We didn't know about the carrots yet. This little guy actually grabbed ahold of my purse because they've learned that ladies will put the bag of carrots in their purse. Smart little guys. BUT, he grabbed ahold and wouldn't let go. I was quite the specticle, believe me. But then wouldn't you be if you were yelling, "Chuck, he won't let go of my purse! Let go! Let go! Chuck!" All it took was a tap on his head, by Chuck, and he let go. In this picture, he hadn't attacked my purse yet.

This is the one that grabbed my purse. I must have taken this during the grabbing.

A few of the shops along the main street. They usually have a reinactment of a old western shoot-out but we missed seeing that.

These next two pictures are for Jen and Jack. Grandpa Bloch always told us that a male donkey was called a jack and a female was called a jenny. Here's proof! Sorry kids, just had to show you. These are restroom doors. Aren't they funny people.

This is the Oatman Hotel

Just Main Street (Route 66)

Looking back at Route 66

We headed out of Oatman staying on Route 66 and went to another small mining town called Chloride, AZ. I forgot to take pictures there but that's where we found the Route 66 rug and I bought a mug. This is Frankie who just had to get in the photo.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Bullhead City, AZ

Yesterday, December 8th, we went shopping at the local outlet mall in Laughlin, NV and got some Christmas shopping in. The weather was beautiful but still a little chilly.

After shopping we went to lunch at the Avi casino which is outside Laughlinand on an Indian Reservation.

Today, the 9th, I went to line dancing up at the clubhouse and met a few more nice ladies. Chuck worked on the tire monitors and checked for some resorts for the end of January. I had to take a little nap and then we had penne pasta and meat sauce for supper. It's 7pm and I'm going to go work on some crochet projects that I've been wanting to try and maybe knit on my lace shawl.

Tomorrow we could be out sightseeing.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Favorite Tastefully Simple Recipe

Here's one of our favorite recipes:

Jar of Tastefully Simple Sweet Pepper Jalapeno Jam
1 block of fat free cream cheese

Warm the jam just slightly in the microwave an pour over the block of fat free cream cheese that's been placed on a plate.

My husband's favorite meatloaf:

Tastefully Simple Jalapeno Jam Meat Loaf

(TS = Tastefully Simple)

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup TS Sweet Pepper Jalapeno Jam
1 tsp. TS Garlic Garlic™
1 egg
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. TS Onion Onion™
1/2 tsp. TS Seasoned Salt
1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs

Gently combine all ingredients. Place in loaf pan; bake at 350° for 1 hour. Top with additional Sweet Pepper Jalapeno Jam. Makes

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Sunday, December 6, 2009 Beautiful Day!

The sun has been trying all day to peek through the dark threatening clouds. It makes it once in awhile. The temp is supposed to be in the 60s with the wind returning; it's just now starting to pick up and it's 3:30pm. After our walk, we had a few snacks and will finish up the Zatarans for supper. There was an ice cream social today but we opted for a walk. Better for us as they were serving banana splits! They had church service this morning and at 2pm was pokeno, some kind of cards. There's poker and other card games tonight at 7pm. I think the Amazing Race finale is tonight, though.

On the street where we live.

Our side yard.

Our back yard.

The Anderosa ~ hiding behind the tree

Western sky......tried to get the sun rays

Went for a walk to the river today, Chuck

Laughlin, NV Casinos on the other side of the river.

Park on the river ~ our walk destination

Chuck in the river park

Kathy ~ on our way back home ~ Laughlin, NV casinos in the background ~ over the river