Friday, December 8, 2017

WINDY

WHEN IT COMES TO WINTER WEATHER, ALL WE HAVE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IS THE WIND. ON WEDNESDAY I WAS TO DRIVE MY CARGO TRAILER OVER TO KINGMAN FOR A MAINTAINANCE INSPECTION. IT’S PART OF THE WARRANTY, YOU TAKE IT IN AND THEY GREASE THE WHEELS, ADJUST THE AIR PRESSURE IN THE TIRES, ETC.

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WE HAD WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH AND I WASN’T COMFORTABLE DRIVING AN EMPTY CARGO TRAILER UP OVER THE MOUNTAINS, SO I CANCELLED AND WE WENT OVER TODAY.

ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH THE WIND IS I STAY INSIDE AND DON’T GET MY 10,000 STEPS A DAY. CHECKOUT MY FITBIT FRIENDS LIST THIS MORNING:

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IN HANNAH’S DEFENCE, SHE DIDN’T CARRY HER FITBIT A COUPLE OF DAYS THIS WEEK, SO I REALLY SHOULD BE LAST ON MY LIST. IF ANYTHING THE FRIENDS LIST IS A MOTIVATOR TO KEEP MOVING. I DID BETTER TODAY AND HAD OVER 10,000 STEPS.

MARY, WHO’S AT THE TOP OF THE LIST 95% OF THE TIME HAS BEEN WORKING AT THE CASINO THREE DAYS A WEEK, AND LOVING IT. AGAIN, IF YOU GET A FITBIT FOR CHRISTMAS JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL AND I’LL GET YOU ON MY LIST.

GETTING THE TRAILER IN FOR SERVICE WAS THE SECOND TO THE LAST PROJECT ON MY FALL LIST. NEXT AND LAST IS TO ADD SOME SHELVES TO THE NEW TUFF SHED I BOUGHT LAST WINTER. WHEN IT COMES TO TOOLS AND PROJECTS, I’M PRETTY MUCH WORTHLESS, BUT HERE COMES A TRIP TO MY LOCAL ACE HARDWARE LUMBER YARD AND HARBOR FREIGHT FOR POWER TOOLS. I FEEL THE FRUSTRATIONS BUILDING ALREADY, AND THAT’S WHY THE PROJECT IS LAST ON THE LIST.  JUST BE GLAD YOU’RE NOT MARY WHO HAS TO PROVIDE THE ADULT SUPERVISION, AND WILL NO DOUBT BE THE VICTIM OF MY FRUSTRATIONS.

“SUNNY & 72”

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ice Skating

By Uncle Hans

Renee's brother Matt, from Phoenix , and his girlfriend Marlo visited for Thanksgiving.  One year in 6 in does the weather pattern allow clear smooth ice on the lake to permit skating.  Usually is it windy when it freezes leaving rough ice.  Or it snows and make rough ice, not smooth enough for skating.

This year was perfect, and we have had two weeks of skating with no end in sight.....

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It was cool and a little windy, so we did not last long.

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       But the Phoenix people will long remember the ice skating on Cable Lake!!

Afterwards, we had to warm up by the fire with the appropriate adult beverage.........and a selfie!

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Uncle Hans

Friday, December 1, 2017

Baking In Spooner

By Uncle Hans

Mary discovered a hand-powered food chopper that she liked so well she decided to gift one to Renee.  It hasn't had much use, since we don't cook "outside the box" like Mary does.

     But then Renee thought that Baklava looked good and decided to try it.

     Baklava uses a lot of chopped nuts, and this gizmo proved just the thing for chopped nuts!

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...........and the Baklava was terrific!

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Christmas must be near, Renee's Christmas cactus is in full bloom!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!!

Uncle Hans

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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WE’RE BACK TO THE LAND OF SPECTACULAR ARIZONA SUNSETS, AS THE SUN SETS OVER THE NEWBERRY MOUNTAINS IN CALIFORNIA ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE MOHAVE VALLEY. I’VE TRIED OVER THE YEARS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS, BUT IT’S LIKE TRYING TO PHOTOGRAPH THE GRAND CANYON, IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO TO DO IT JUSTICE.

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I CHECKED OUT THE BIKES ‘N RODS MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE COLORADO BELLE CASINO LAST SATURDAY. IT WAS AN OUTDOOR EVENT WITH MOTORCYCLES, OLD CARS, HOTRODS, AND VENDORS. THEY HAD A LARGE OUTDOOR STAGE WITH A DIFFERENT BAND EVERY HOUR ALL DAY.UNFORTUNATELY I WAS THERE EARILY IN THE DAY AND ALL THE GOOD BANDS WERE AFTER 4 PM.

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FLEA MARKET

LAKE HAVASU CITY HAS A HUGH FLEA MARKET EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AND SINCE MARY IS RETURNING TO WORK, THIS WAS OUR CHANCE TO MAKE THE ANNUAL TRIP. I USUALLY LIKE TO WAIT UNTIL SPRING AS LAKE HAVASU IS A POPULAR SPRING BREAK GETAWAY FOR THE COLLEGE CROWD. AT ANY RATE WE GOT OUR SHOPPING FIX IN.

LAKE HAVASU MOOSE LODGE

WHILE IN LAKE HAVASU WE CHECKED OUT THE LOCAL MOOSE LODGE TO TRY TO WATCH THE PACKER GAME. WHILE THE MOOSE LODGE IS FINE, IT’S MIGHTY SAD TO TRY TO WATCH THE PACKERS THIS SEASON……

217 DAYS

IT’S A BAD DAY HERE AT THE HAPPY CAMPER’S TRAILER AS MARY RETURNS TO CASINO WORK AFTER BEING “OFF” FOR THE LAST 217 DAYS. BUT SHE PUT ON HER “HAVE FUN! BE FUN!” FACE AND HEADED OUT THE DOOR AT NOON. SHE’S OK, AS SHE GOT BACK ON DAY SHIFT AND IS STARTING THE SEASON WITH THREE DAYS OF WORK A WEEK. SHE’S SURE THAT WILL CHANGE, AS MORE AND MORE SNOWBIRDS FLOCK TO ARIZONA THIS YEAR AND ARE AVOIDING HURRICANCE RAVAGED FLORIDA AND TEXAS. SO TODAY STARTS A NEW COUNTDOWN TO THE SUMMER OF 2018, AND MARY’S NEXT VACATION, IN 145 DAYS!

ALL SETTLED IN

WE’RE FINALLY ALL SETTLED IN AT THE CAMPER, AFTER WAITING A WHOLE WEEK FOR THE RV REPAIR GUY TO COME AND REPLACE THE LEAKING VALVE ON THE TOILET. THE TRUCK IS ALL UNPACKED AND THE MISSING SHINGLES HAVE BEEN REPLACED ON THE NEW SHED, ETC.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

SO, HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS WHERE EVER YOU MAY BE. YOU SHOULD BE HERE IN SUNNY ARIZONA, AS WE ARE HAVING A HEAT WAVE AND EXPECT TO SEE A HIGH OF 90 DEGREES.

“SUNNY & 80”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CHINA RANCH DATE FARM

ON THE WAY HOME FROM LAKE TAHOE WE STAYED OVERNIGHT IN PAHRUMP, AND IN THE MORNING WE SET THE GPS TO TAKE US TO THE CHINA RANCH. IT STARTED OUT OK, SKIRTING THE EDGES OF DEATH VALLEY WHEN WE WERE SUDDENLY ON THIS DIRT ROAD?

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? DO YOU THINK THEY ACTUALLY HAVE PALM TREES DOWN HERE? THIS IS THE CROSSING OF DEATH VALLEY AND THE MOHAVE DESERT.

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THE WELCOMING COMMITEE….

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HEY MARY, DO YOU STILL HAVE THAT .38 HANDGUN IN THE TRUNK?

BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE WAS A CREEK AT THE BOTTOM SURROUNDED BY PALM TREES….

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THE FRUIT IS HARVESTED IN NOVEMBER, SO THERE WAS STILL LOTS OF DATES ON THE TREES. EACH FEMALE TREE PRODUCES 100 – 300 POUNDS OF DATES. ENJOY THE PICTURES….

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THE WORD I’M LOOKING FOR IS “OASIS”. THERE WAS A GIFT SHOP AND BAKERY ON THE PROPERTY. MARY HAD A DATE SHAKE, AND I HIKED TO THE TOP OF A MESA FOR A PICTURE.

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WE THEN ASKED THE GPS TO TAKE US HOME TO THE MOHAVE VALLEY AND THE GPS HAD US ON THE OLD SPANISH TRIAL HIGHWAY AND WE AVOIDED DRIVING THROUGH LAS VEGAS.

WE ACTUALLY HAD GOOD WEATHER FOR LAKE TAHOE IN NOVEMBER, AND ALTHOUGH WE WEREN’T IN SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS WE DIDN’T HAVE A FOREST FIRE OR SNOW TO DEAL WITH.