Thursday, March 13, 2014




Any pet owner who has had to put a plastic cone on their best Pal’s head for a few days in the best interest of their pet knows how difficult it is to resist that natural urge to remove that cone.  This isn’t the first time we have experienced this.  Had to cone our Checkers one time after an operation or she would have pulled out her tummy stitches.  This is the second cone incident for Pheebs & hopefully the last. 


On our morning walks we know it’s hazy when we can’t see Harquahala Mountain to our South-West.  Cooler with a bit of cloud cover stopped old Sol from trying to evaporate us up off the Planet today.  Without the hot sun I figured it would be a good day to putter about in my garden so went out & hung myself off the end of my shovel for awhile.  I enjoy that.




In my haste to get outside this morning I tripped on our kitchen mat & fell face forward onto the top of our kitchen cupboard.  Fortunately the lid was off our Lemon Crisp Cookie container sitting there & the impact of my face on the counter was lessened considerably when my mouth landed in the cookies.  Fortunately I had it open at the time & about half a dozen Lemon Crisp cookies absorbed the shock & cushioned my fall.  Strangely enough I came away without a scratch but ended up with a bunch of crumbs in my mouth & a tummy full of cookies.  I must learn to be more careful of that slippery mat when hastily walking through the kitchen…….:))


Like my post title says, ‘I like these people’.  Better yet we both like these people.  I’m talking about Nina & Paul from WHEELING IT of course.  Yes, they are the couple boondocking very close to us at the moment.  Nina, Paul, & their dog Polly dropped in this afternoon for a couple hours.  We had briefly met Nina at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs a couple years ago but this was our first time meeting Paul.  What a delight these folks are.  I’m not always comfortable with people anymore but felt right at home with Nina & Paul.  That comfort feeling for me comes from being able to have a meaningful two way genuine conversation with someone.  I so like it when I occasionally meet easy to talk to people like Nina & Paul.  I’m not one for sitting & telling stories & neither are they.  Yep, I like these people:)) 


Pheebs & Polly weren’t talking so easy though.  We still had the cone on Pheebs & when she rushed up to Polly to say Hello the big cone scared Polly & they didn’t just hit it off the best after that.  We did finally take the cone off Pheebs later but she really started to itch herself all over.  Nina suggested another Benadryl pill.  That worked & Pheebs stopped the scratching after a bit.  We are going to up her Benadryl & see if that will help her better.   


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In the morning we are going to slip over to Nina & Paul’s to have a look at their rig & maybe do a short hike around their area.  Good exercise for everybody & the doggy guys too.  If Pheebs nose is still looking rough we may take her into the Vet in Wickenburg.  We have to pick up a few things in town anyway.  Maybe some Neosporin for her nose.  Right now tonight as I write this she is resting comfortably & not scratching herself. DSC_8812


Kelly’s been a little under the weather for the past few days or so.  We think the Auto Immune/Liver problem she has tires her more quickly.  We may not pursue any further plans for a short boondocking venture over the next couple weeks.  With our long homeward trip coming up in about 3 weeks we may just rest up & concentrate our efforts on preparation for that journey.


GROANER’S CORNER:((  The Government found about 200 dead crows near a major city last fall, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.
They hired a Bird Pathologist to examine the remains of all the crows, and he confirmed that the test results showed it was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief. However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by car impact.
The province then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine why there was a disproportionate percentage for truck versus car kills. The Ornithological Behaviorist determined the cause in short order.
He concluded that when crows eat road kill, they always set-up a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.
His conclusion was that the lookout crow could warn the other crows by saying "Caw! Caw!", but the crow could not say "Truck! Truck!"

(Hey……after all it is called GROANER’S CORNER eh:))


  1. I hope to meet Neni and Paul and get my pic with them someday. It will not compare with the pic I got with you though. I AM Happy Nina got her pic with you though.

  2. So nice that you got to get together with Paul and Nina. You all look pretty relaxed there! I wonder if Benadryl ointment would help Pheebs' nose?

  3. HA HA!!!! you had me going with that slip and fall you had...... that was funny.


  4. I sure hope Kelly is doing OK and feels better quick. Poor Pheebs! yukky allergies and glad the Benadryl helped. We got to meet both Nina and Paul last fall while camping at Brookings, and you are so right, a nicer couple cannot be found anywhere. I agree with you, Nina is bar none, one of the very best RV bloggers out there.

  5. Sounds like a great visit. Hope Polly and Pheebs have a better time on the return. So sorry to hear Kelly isn't feeling up to par.

  6. I was starting to feel bad for you... thought there might be a photo of you with a black eye... maybe you should have posted one with cookie crumbs all over your face... but Pheebs would probably take care of those in short order.

  7. I just had to let you know that I love! love! LOVE! that first photograph of the cactus plants! The lighting was perfect and the texture was amazing! Loved it! I am so glad you were lucky enough to have Lemon Crisp cookies to save you from what could have been a bad fall! (You better let Pheebs put that collar on you to save you from a bigger waistline! LOL Thanks for a great morning read!

  8. I found you and the Bunch from Nina's blog and think all of you are fine folks (at least you "write-up" real nice :]) Geri may be on to something with the cone idea.....I could use a small one for each hand around those lemon cookies!

  9. Your Yard is looking really good Al. I hope Kelly starts to feel better soon. Good Idea to rest until your return to Canada. Poor Phoebs

  10. Looks like a nice visit, hope Kelly gets feeling better.

  11. Great that you got to meet Paul, too. Super nice people:)

  12. Kelly is usually so active that it is probably difficult to have to slow down. Hope she's feeling better soon.

  13. I thought maybe you were so relaxed meeting people because you rubbed a little Benadryl on your head...JUST KIDDING!,,I know how you feel taking a header toward the floor..I only wish I had landed on some cookies instead of my arm!..Hope Kelly feels better..I have been struggling with energy level, but I think my thyroid issue needs to be addressed when we get home :-(

  14. Hey We Like Those People, Too! :)
    So glad the Benadryl is helping Pheebs itching! Those darn cones are such a pain, especially inside an RV!

    We hope Kelly feels better soon, resting up for the big trip home. Hope you don't encounter too much snow after the storms they've had!

    Al, you look so different but good without the full beard! Makes you look younger!

  15. Poor Pheebes and Polly...not exactly a great way to meet!

  16. What a treat to meet with Nina and Paul. Oliver and Olivia are bon on Zantac 1 X day for their allergies.

    Your land and gardens are so pretty. You sure do have a lot of energy.

  17. You guys and Nina and Paul hung out! You're all lucky! I like those guys, too.

  18. Your flower beds/garden?? areas are looking really good!! Lots of work there I can tell..
    Poor Pheebs, hope she gets better soon & can get rid of the horrid cone!!