Pictures: Couple more House Finch.
City: Went into the city and picked up my mail and did a little shopping.
Pictures: A mixed set.
On my bike ride yesterday I came across this pond, even though it is the rainy season here the pond isn’t much more than a mud hole.
Near the pond was this rough looking plant that had nice white blooms on it.
A sunset from a couple days ago, that lit the bottom of the clouds in red.
For tomorrow’s post I have a sunset from last night that I found to be very unique.
Weather: We got a little rain last night and maybe it was the clouds that made for the great sunset I enjoyed last night.
Mail: Today I went to the local post office to see if they would except general delivery and they had me fill out a card that ask for old and new address ….. well if I had a new address I wouldn’t need general delivery would I????? I felt like saying “here is your sign” but I was nice and explain that I was out in my RV enjoying the Nation Forest. Still, they wanted to know where I was in the RV so I give them a I-40 Exit #. Government rules, nuts!
Pictures: Looking out my front door in the evening.
Exercise: My short walk again today. The two miler ain’t much but it keeps things moving even if it is a bit slow!
City: Took a little trip into Ash Fork today for water, eggs and checked on mail(not here yet). Ash Fork is a really small place but it had the things I needed, for now. It won’t be long till it’s Wal-Mart time or some big store anyways.
Workout Summary for the month/Exercise:
JANUARY 1 – JANUARY 31
Friend : I had a friend come by today and visit for a spell and he walk with me today, so it was nice to have company on my walk. Visitor are always good 🙂
Mail: Today I called my mail service to have my mail forward to me. I only get mail about once every three months.
Verizon ^&**#%^(*$ : Damn, they make me nuts! When I set up my account with them a few months back, Verizon told me that they would take my account over from Millenicom and charge me 99.99 and give me a 10.00 discount to make my charge the same as I was paying Millenicon. Now they will not ….. &^$&*(&($, dirt balls. I was very careful to understand what they where offering me when I sat up the account. In the end they told me the person that sat up my account made a mistake and that they could not do that. They try twice to change my account to one of the share “everything plans” which would have cost me even more money. Poor way of doing business, however there is no better deal here in the US for wireless data plan. The business model here in the US is to Monopolize and Gouge !
Sorry about that, just needed to vent a little 😦
Shopping today in Blythe, CA , picked up a few things I needed food wise, a can of propane and some water for the RV. I also picked up my mail today, out of 10 pieces of mail only two was of use. A lot of trees are sure wasted for advertisement/promotion mail, a true shame.
My friend Max came by and visited for a little while, always good to see friends.
Took a little walk this afternoon, I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.15mi, time: 40:25, pace: 18:50min/mi, speed: 3.19mi/h.
Kind of a wimpy walk but a little something for exercise at least. The stretching was kind of wimpy too, but I did a little. When I exercise in the afternoon, I don’t seem to get as much into it as I do when exercising in the morning.
I some times get a little behind on my following up of comments and such but this evening I took a little time to get back to everyone, I hope I didn’t miss any of you 🙂
I have one more order out (the one from Paradise Memory Co ) and I will have all my junk in. (Thanks Mickey, for the use of your mail box) The one bad thing about being a boon-docker is that it is very hard to get a place where you can get all kinds of mail ( USPS, Fedex, UPS and so on). Yes, you can have it sent to your mail-service and have them forward it, but that causes a delay in getting your stuff and cost you more shipping. This is why I am so happy to have a friend here in Yuma who don’t mind me getting my junk sent to her house, it is so helpful.
Click the image for the big picture.
OK, I can’t help myself now ………… here is another stacked image, I am still practicing 🙂 This little flower is easily cover over with a dime and this one has about 17 images stacked. One of the things I need to learn how to do is to batch process in Adobe Camera Raw ( ACR ). I processed each image in ACR one at a time and then loaded them into Photoshop which can obviously handle stacks pretty well. Any of you guys out there do this kind of stuff, feel free to jump in with a comment, I could use any good advice, and I will try the bad, LOL! I think maybe it will just take some time to get use to the process and to figure out a couple of the automated steps (at least I hope there is some automated steps). Be sure to click on this and look at the larger image. This little flower lived just a few feet from my RV on a little bush (with many more just like it) and I cut this one off and set up my macro rig in the RV. The background is OK by me , but I would have liked to have had a little more variety of color to it. We’ll figure that out another time 🙂 I set this up in front of one of my windows so I could have some of the colors from outside, but didn’t get the mix that I wanted but it’ll do.
The next area I am in will be interesting to see whether it will be a birding area or a macro area. I kind of like doing a little of both because that should about always give me something to shoot, wherever I am at. Of course with a camera and a little imagination there is always something to shoot but I have my rathers.
OK, time to get out of the RV for a bit.
Good news, all my stuff came in today and my friend got his work done on his RV, so tomorrow we are on the road. We will move north of here for a ways, somewhere around Quartzsite AZ. I’ll post a link to the new location tomorrow or the next day. I am kind of glad to be leaving here, this area is as dusty as can be, even more than most southwestern boon-docking areas.
Exercise was a walk today, about 3 miles I would guess. A good walk at a fair pace. It was very peaceful out this evening, I got started late in the evening, about 5:30pm and it was dark by the time I got back.
Miss one! I got busy doing photo stuff yesterday, not taking pictures but reading and setting things up. Any more new camera are like new computers, one has to take the time to see how they work, do all kinds of setting and testing, and like computer that takes a while. At least that’s the way it goes for me. No matter, I am having fun with my 7D. My old 20d is still shooting but if I want to keep it going I’ll be needing new batteries for it, lucky for me they are very cheap now as compared to what they use to cost, just a matter of getting somewhere where I can order and receive them.
One of the most frustrating things about RVing is mail, and more specifically packages, like things you order from online stores. When ordering from online you really need a hard address for the stuff to come to. Why you ask? Well most of them use UPS or FedEx to do their shipping and if you are out on the road where do you have it shipped to? Keep in mind I am a Boon-docker, so no camp grounds. For regular mail it is easy enough to get by using a mail forwarding service but for packages from vendors, not so. If you have time to wait you can have your package sent to the mail forwarding service and then have them ship it to you, which adds days to waiting and cost to shipping, just a pain! Other options are to try to get it by general delivery through the post office, which may or may not work. I went to the local post office and ask if I could have, UPS or FedEx shipped items, delivered there as a general delivery and was told I could but when the UPS guy tried to deliver he was turned away. Go figure! So, yesterday I spend chasing after the UPS truck 😦 lucky for me I caught up with the UPS truck by accident, at a gas station that we both happen to visit at the same time! At any rate the experience of trying to have something delivered by UPS to the post office turned out to be a real headache.
Yesterday was a beautiful day, not to sure just how this day is going to go. It is still very early but the day started with a nice sunrise, but we just got a sprinkle of rain. The weatherman says there is a good chance of rain today.
I did find time yesterday morning for a little walking, and hopefully I’ll do the same today. Update as of noon; I did walk for a little over two miles this morning, so exercise is in the can.
OK, I am off to play, later.
I have been running around like a chicken with its head just cut off! I went down to Deming and checked on getting my truck in for an Oil change and some other little work, which will be done tomorrow. Stop by my mail service (didn’t have any mail to speak of) and stop to see a friend for a little while. After getting back here I call tech support about my Nexus 7 that has stopped working, so I am sending it back to Asus tomorrow. I than called tech support for my Verizon Air-Card and I am now waiting to here back from them (it keeps disconnecting me) Both of the tech support things took a lot of time.
Exercise; yesterday and the day before I got a lot of walking done and today I have taken a small walk but I have not gotten any of my stretching done for 3 or 4 days now 😦 ❗ Tomorrow will likely be another busy day that don’t allow for much exercise. I may get around to another small walk today.
Weather; well it is all about the wind here in Deming. Winds up to 60mph today 😦 . I have a good view of Deming from the hill that this state park is on, but today that view is just brown, can’t see any of Deming. I am glad I went out this morning to do my chores, because it would not be good driving. We get a good bit of dust here in the state park but we are up against a mountain and it helps a lot. The flat area of Deming gets the wind much worst than we get up here. I know I talked about the wind a little while over in Wellton, AZ but let me tell you this wind is a much different critter, harder with much more dust and far more consistent. No biggie, I knew that Deming was like this, during this time of the year.
By the way, for those of you who don’t know why I am in Deming already, it is because one of my stops did not work out, well maybe two or three of my stops. The first one was to be the Pinal County West park, just outside Casa Grande, there is a link in yesterday’s post. I left there because everyone was run out of the place about 3 weeks ago (I didn’t know this before I got there) and I didn’t want to be there by myself or get run off. They can’t seem to make up their mind as to whether they are going to allow RVers in there or not, it is a shame if not, it has been a poplar RV spot for years now. The second stop was to be in Tucson or just west of Tucson at a Boon-docking area that I wanted to try (close to a friend I could visit) but I missed the turn and I don’t much like driving in the big city anyways so I just kept coming east. Now the third stop was to be Chiricahua National Monument, I drove there but the RV area was full and the boon-docking area was way to far up a wash-boarded road to suit me, so east I came. And that, my friends is why I am in Deming, a little earlier than expected.
Should be more fun to follow along with me this year because I think I will be going to more places. I can only stay in each state park for 2 weeks at a time. I will have to stay in the Deming/Las Cruces area for at least 6 weeks, because I have an VA appointment about mid May, so I will stay in 2 or three different parks while killing time. I will get some pictures of each and post as I have time. May be folks out there that don’t know but you can buy an annual pass, and stay in state parks here in NM for $4.00 a night with electric and water or stay free in their boon-docking area for two weeks at a time. After two weeks you can go to another one. It is a good deal. The cost for the annual pass is different depending on whether you are a resident or not and your age, but either way it is a good deal.
OK enough chat for today, later.
Yea, I got 4 G on my Verizon air-card this morning! Both the air-card and the phone are running at 4G speeds today and just in time for a big Windows update, good deal. 4G speeds make things happen so much faster. I knew it was coming to Yuma but I was not sure if it would be here in Wellton too, I am so glad it is.
Not the best but better than 3G, I’ll take it.
Knees/exercise; the knees ain’t to bad today, at least not as bad as I was expecting. I did take a very short walk today just to do a little something. That will be all the exercise for today but I will likely add some stretching later on.
The weather today is going to be great but it was a little cool this morning. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer and so is tonight compared to last night, both good things.
Mail; I was surprised to find out that my mail had not come today. The post office said that Valentines day slows things down some, I sure didn’t think Valentines cards where still a big thing. Must be an age thing 😉 us grouchy old guys don’t get many Valentines cards!
Solar panel; I may pick up another one tomorrow. Found some used ones that someone has for sale.
Enough for today, Later.
I took a wrong turn while out on the bike today and ended up riding way farther than I intended, about 28 miles, which is much too far for me. I was looking to do maybe 20 today but not 28. I will pay for this and I know it. I will give you an update on the knees tomorrow and I don’t think it will be good. It is nice to know that I can ride like that once every now and then, just hoping the payback ain’t too bad!
I was hoping that my mail would be in today but it was not at the post office this morning but I am sure it will be in by tomorrow.
I am having me a salad, don’t feel like having any meat just now. The Atkins diet can be trying at times.
Hey, I got me an update for the Nexus 7, downloading now! Going to Android 4.2.2 😀 I am liking the ideal of owning Nexus devices, they get the updates right out the gate from Google. Other devices have to wait on the phone carriers which take their sweet time if they bother at all. I think from now on it will be Nexus devices for me and if not I will have rooted devices. The carriers suck.
OK, I am going to try to work out some of the kinks by stretching ………… and hope nothing breaks 😯 ! Later.