Friday, June 07, 2013



Had ourselves what I would call a cold & gloomy overcast day.  Not the kind of Friday one is looking for at this time of year here at the beach.  Well, we don’t live right on the beach but we are only about a mile or so from it.  In beach country, week-ends of warm sunshine are so much looked forward to at this time of year.  Always disappointing for everyone when the week-end weather goes into the crapper.

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Called Aunt Jean down there in that Sarasota Florida place this afternoon & she's doing Okay. Finally got rid of her old television & picked herself up a nice 32" flat screen. Also been thinking about updating her old stereo system as well. And despite Thursday's Hurricane passing through north of Sarasota she was out walking. Said she really had to hold on to her umbrella tight in the gusting winds.

A couple questions in Thursdays comment section. GAY & JOE asked: 'Speaking of Pheebs and the desert...does she ever get prickly pear pricklies in her feet and legs? Short answer to that is, yes. The longer answer is yes, but not nearly as many prickles as she used to get. Kelly & I were amazed at how fast Pheebs learned what would & could hurt her & how to avoid those things. In March of 2012 while on a morning desert walk in Congress Arizona she chased a Rabbit right through a patch of Cholla Cactus & ended up with stickers in all 4 paws. She couldn't even walk. Luckily we managed to get all the stickers out & that was a turning point for Pheebs. She learned from that. It's rare now for her to get any stickers even though she still races through the desert cactus. If she gets any at all they are usually those small miserable & hard to see Goathead stickers. They are the ones that stick to the bottom of shoes & then get tracked into the house whereupon the little buggers detach themselves in bath mats waiting to ambush unsuspecting bare human feet!! RIGGS asked: 'does Pheebs get her's plain'? That question is in reference to our occasional McDONALDS or TIM HORTONS breakfast stops on our Jeep drives. Pheebs & I generally share a sausage & egg breakfast sandwich. I give her a few small pieces of sausage & egg, but no bun. And I don't share the carrot muffin because I don't think that is healthy for her. Not healthy for me either but what the heck. And of course the coffee is all mine too:))



Been about 2 months now that we have been back from the South-West & I am having quite a time keeping a lid on my restless self.  Been doing pretty good so far & have kept my grumbling to a minimum but gloomy days can really get to me sometimes.  Today was one of those days………………………………    


GROANER’S CORNER:((  One day a lady went into a fishing shop to buy her husband a fishing pole for his birthday.   She picked up a really nice looking pole and asked the salesman how much it was. The sales man says, "I am blind but if you give me the pole I can tell how much it is by the weight."  So the lady gives him the pole and he says, "That pole is worth $45." She was amazed at how cheap that was.  So then she picked up another really nice pole, hands it to the man and he says, "This pole is worth $55." she decided that was also really cheap.  And then she picks the nicest looking pole in the place and handed it to the man and he says, "This pole is our best and it is $70." she told him that she would take it.   As she was getting the fishing pole all rung up, she had to pass some gas really really badly. She decided since the man was blind that it really wouldn't matter if she passed the gas in front of him so she just let it loose.  All of a sudden the man says, "It all comes up to $90."  Confused the lady says to him, "But you said the fishing pole was only $70."  He said, "It is. Its $70 for the fishing pole and $20 for the duck call."

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. sorry that the two of you have to go through all these trials and tribulations... my guess is it is just making your tougher for your next trip to Arizona..

  2. Gloom has it's positive points as well. A sunny day is valued higher after a gloomy one.

  3. Thanks Al...Pheebs learned the hard way. I don't think Dover will ever figure that out. She loves to chase lizards!

    Hope the sun is shining up your way tomorrow. I would gladly share some from here if I could. It was 101* F here in Moab today.

  4. We have been blessed with an unusually warm and dry spring here in Oregon. Wish I could send you some. This weather sure makes for a great strawberry crop. Great pictures of the reflections in the vehicles.

  5. Yep kinda a yukky day weather wise, but could always be worse. Soon be heading back on the road again to Congress and all will be well .

  6. I didn't like the desert at all. Lady would get stickers in her paws but wouldn't let me touch them. She would bite at them until she was able to walk. I really worried about it and felt so sorry for her. Sacramento is bad too because with no rain for months on end everything dries up. I miss the green green grass of home!

  7. Your photos are always so cool. Just love the lamp lighting the way for the Jeepster.

  8. I will be the first to agree with you that the junk food is not healthy for man or beast. Usual June gloom here. Marine layer until noon then sunshine until sundown. Love it

  9. Texas is a horrible place for burrs as well. Our poor little Oscar gets them in his paws all the time.

  10. I totally hear ya, Al. I figured we have only been out in the Hiker for 5 weeks in 2 years...Talk about depressing!! And plans for this Winter depend upon our elders getting into assisted living..which they are fighting tooth and nail. We are pretty much grounded. Even if we dared to leave, we would probably just have to turn around and come home...GRRRRRR!!