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California Thanksgiving

We had a good time in Palm Springs. Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. We got to see Laurie and Sebi after about a year for me.  Sebi is growing up. The weather cooperated and it was a good holiday for us.

Laurie in her gorgeous navy blue Beaver coat

Grandpa and Sebi in the pool

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The Camel

In the Quartzsite sign you see camels. During WWII the military decided it would train camels for the war in North Africa. It decided this was the perfect area to do it. So camels were brought over here and placed in Quartzsite. The Army attempted to train the camels for WWII. It did not work and several camels escaped. And began to roam wild in this area.  There are no camels left. We do have lots of coyotes, red tail desert wolves and goats.  It has rained two days straight. Yesterday was all day and many parts of it was a downpour.  The water sits and pools on the sand. Not absorbed.  What a nasty day off.  We have run the heaters for two days also.  Yesterday it stayed around 50 and soaking rain.  I bet many of the people “dry camping” in the desert are cold.

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Good Stuff

Our first day off this week.  I cleaned the floors, wiped down the cupboards and vacuumed.  We stopped in at the Dent Grocery Store. Where they sell near expired cake mixes, dented can goods, lots of salad dressings and so on.  One guy bought a brownie mix. Made me hungry for brownies.  I came home and made my scratch recipe.  I know what’ in it – eggs, flour, sugar, nuts, cocoa, butter and vanilla. Frosted it with home made frosting.  Wow, it is tasty.  I am guessing I probably come in at about a $1 also but I like my brownies. I made home made tomato soup.  We have some tomatoes getting old and this is a nice way to use the tomatoes. Eric will made pita bread Zatar to go with the soup . Tonight is movie night here at the park.  I will go and work online after I get home.  It sure looks like we might get the rain predicted for tomorrow.  I looked up one of my favorite Christmas movies – It Happened on Fifth Avenue. It is showing once on December 8th at noon on TCM. Gale Storm is in it.  Mom told me that when she was young many people told my mother she looked like Gale Storm.  This is another reason I love the movie.  I love thinking how pretty mom was. I did so well at work until late Wednesday.  Got a phone call from someone who wanted to stay here over New Years eve.  Wasn’t the most pleasant person. I just could not understand him.

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Sights of the Trail

The bike trail goes a long way.  From the Main Street of town and about the length of Winter Street it is landscaped with different kinds of cacti.  Then it goes to sand/rocks the rest of the way.  I liked Vegas better because it was smoother and I could ride faster.

There are several purple cacti

Flowering cactus

We ride to the edge of the town

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Going to the big city

We drove into Phoenix yesterday.  It was a fun day for us and busy. Stopped in at two grocery stores – one being Costco and Deseret. Had lunch at In-N-Out. Today we rode our bikes and gosh the wind was strong. At one point I thought about walking my bike up a small hill – but I was able to peddle it. Eric fixed my bike. I have two new tires, he fixed my fender and I got a new bike basket.  The basket won’t hold a gallon of milk but it will nicely carry my cell phone, my camera, a bottle of water and lunch.  That’s all I need. If I wanted to carry something heavier, I have a back pack.

Mmm a single cheeseburger at In-N-Out

The bike path in the city

My bike all fixed up and looking good

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Heading off to Work

Got my bag packed and out the door. I am now trying to look at work in thirds. Today is 1/3 done.  We found a nicer grocery store in California.  We are only miles from the CA border and about 20 miles from a bigger city there. I found my Blood Orange yogurt!

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Singing around the campfire

Last night the RV park had a campfire.  Fred brought his guitar and sang for about an hour.  He was born in 1930 and took up playing the guitar to help his daddy when his dad played at dances for extra money.  Fred said there was no money for lessons so he picked up music by listening to it.  Fred also plays the fiddle.  For 83 years young, his voice was great.  This morning I did 3 loads of laundry. Eric drove me to the office and i just walked back with a huge bag of folded laundry. Eric is gone to LA with the car so I am either walking or biking this weekend. Gosh, that bag got so heavy but I made it. The RV park is starting to get fuller. We are still enjoying wonderful sunny days and nights in the low 50′s. Couldn’t be nicer.

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More Randomness

There are a lot of homeless or not quite there yet homeless here. There people living in their vehicles in the desert, in the city park and people who ride their bikes with either a backpack or a small bike trailer. The bike riders are usually men, always thin and so tan the skin looks like leather.  We ride our bikes as often as possible and when I go by the city park I see the same maroon vehicle parked next to the picnic table every morning. I give these people a lot of credit living the tough life out here.  In church today someone who was helping out at the food bank told how little food there is on the shelves.  I know at Lori’s church they distribute food weekly to nearly 60 families. We are trying to be wise with our food. We are clearing out the refrigerator and freezer.  We have a lot of canned food stored  and we are trying to use that. We can see the road that goes through town. I see lots of RV’s and campers go by.  Nearly 50% of traffic is a camper and 25% is semi trucks.

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Today I made rolls or buns.  I don’t often do them for several reasons. I have one pan that fits into my oven.  I have to cut back on any recipe to make it work.  Many times the buns “spread” too far or the buns get too big.   I will say these 7 buns cost me about 25 cents. And they taste much better than store bought ones. Today was the meet and greet at the RV park.  I’m not one for these large meetings. The other night the moon was setting and it looked so peaceful that I took a picture.  And a few more random balloon pictures.

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