Thursday, January 08, 2015




Surprisingly, with just a little soreness in my lower back muscles I was not nearly as stiff as I thought I was going to be this morning.  Soon as I managed to get myself moving around a bit all was good to go again & it wasn’t long before I had all the Agave plants in the ground.  I know some Agave’s will make it & some won’t but the thing with Agave is the Rabbits don’t eat them.  The majority of Agave cactus I planted last year are doing reasonably well so far.  I’m guessing I have maybe 10 active Agave’s growing at the moment & if half the ones I planted this morning take root I’m guess I’ll have another 5.  I planted an additional 8 small ones in pots too.  Might have to call this place ‘Al’s Agave Acre’ in a few years:))

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A cooler cloudy morning but it was alright for working outside so I dug in another cactus bed along our southern east facing fence line.  Have to take advantage of softer earth after last week’s rain & snow.  Even if nothing is planted this year it at least softens up our ground for maybe next year’s ideas.  Just trying to think ahead a bit.  Finally leaned my shovel against a Palo Verde tree about 1 o’clock & called it a day.  Probably should have leaned that shovel against a tree about 10 this morning but you know what it’s like for some of us.  We just don’t seem to know when to quit sometimes.  We have a habit of overdoing things until it hurts.  Not so good:((

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Let it be said……“I like my stuff & I like my stuff a lot”!!  In the RV world we often hear folks talk about getting rid of all their stuff.  Can’t wait to be free of their stuff.  Got tooooo much stuff!!  Sell the house, sell the car, sell your socks & travel far.  Works well for a lot of people for sure but I still like my stuff.  Some day when I’m gone somebody can come along & get rid of all my stuff but by golly as long as I’m still kickin I’m a gonna keep my stuff.  It’s mine, I’ve collected it, I’ve worked for it, I’ve created it & it’s who I am.  Some of my stuff is good stuff & some of my stuff is kinda junky stuff but it’s still my stuff.   When we return to Bayfield my favorite stuff is still right where I left it.  I like that.  When we roll into Congress next fall my favorite  Congress stuff will be here right where it’s supposed to be.  I like that.  We very seriously considered selling our house & all our stuff in 08 but we didn’t.  Our house is still in place & we have a home & stuff to go home to.  We like having a permanent home.  Why??  Because it’s got all our very much most favoritist stuff of ever in it that’s why:)))))))))))


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Ivan found himself in the center of some police action when he returned to his RV out in the desert west of Buckeye Arizona recently.  His security cam picked up officers with weapons drawn.  Better check out his post at Life & Death in the Desert.  Some of his photos made Fox news…………..DSC_2655

GROANER’S CORNER:((  An elderly couple are both lying in bed one morning, having just awakened from a good night's sleep. He takes her hand & she responds, "Don't touch me."  "Why not," he asks. She answers back, "Because I'm dead."  The husband says to her, "What are you talking about? We're both lying here in bed together & talking to one another."  The wife says, "No, I'm definitely dead."  Her husband insists, "You're not dead. What in the world makes you think you're dead?"  His wife answers, "I know I'm dead because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts!"


- 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. You put everyone to shame with your work ethics! BUT, you are going to have a garden paradise when you are done.

  2. Thanks for making my evening - sitting here laughing out loud...Russ too!! We too like our "stuff" and some of it is definitely junky AND funky! The groaner was also a page taken out of our book! Have you been spying on us hahahaha!!!

  3. Well ya, I have a certain amount of "stuff" that I like to keep. Mind you, there's a little extra that could do with some thinning out.
    If you plant enough of those Agave plants, you'll be making your own Tequila in no time.

    To give away of course.

    1. He may be able to make some mezcal, or mescal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave americana that he is planting but not Tequila. Tequila is made from blue agave that is grown in Mexican government approved areas of Mexico.

  4. so glad you like your 'stuff' Al..we like our 'stuff' too..keeping the good 'stuff' and the rest?..well it will be someone else's 'stuff'..and that's fine with me!

  5. Your cactus garden is shaping up nicely. Do rabbits eat pricklie cactus? Loved your slant on "STUFF" actually I might adopted your attitude towards MY STUFF and clear my conscience of having too much and learn to accept it. Cheers from Australia. ...Leslie

  6. Your yard is what I want one day when we decide we have had enough full-timing. I want to live in the desert and have a yard full of cactus, with a saguaro or two. I love your beautiful gardens!! Great job:)

  7. The yard is looking good, love the new beds. Glad you like your stuff, we have too much stuff.

  8. I have now taken pictures of each of our rooms at both homes, just to be able to see what is where. The great baking sheets get bought at both locations and both homes have all the clothes and shoes we need. It makes for easy air travel. My Nikon and D-50 and 1300mm lens stay at the Cabana now. It makes life less complicated. I loved the Groner tonight.

  9. The ground may be soft but that sure is a lot of digging. I had to go take a couple of ibuprofen after seeing those pictures ... lol.

    Beautiful work ... looks really nice.

  10. Those cactus gardens are very impressive. I was never that creative. A very pro looking job.

  11. I liked my stuff too, but we had a choice on a tight budget, sell the stuff and go fulltime or keep the stuff and have to keep working. It was a tough choice to make but we are not sorry we did. I can visit a lot of our stuff at relatives places now so its not all gone.
    We each have our priorities.

  12. My cowboy gives anyone a run for their money with the amount of "stuff" he has!!! We have neighbors who call asking if we have a particular plumbing part--usually we do!!! A regular hardware store we are!

  13. I guess after losing so many family members, I did a gut check on what's important..and MY stuff isn't so important anymore..but my peeps and what I do in my life ARE!...Just my weirdness rearing it's head.

  14. There's something about planting a garden in the desert that is so hopeful and full of promise. Even knowing some might not survive the hostile summer temps and possible flash floods, just giving new plantings an opportunity to grow is a great feeling :-) I like your stuff too. I'm never going to have a giant white tiger but I love that you do. Same thing with Cactus Man and all the groovy stuff in the Bayfield garden.....I would miss your stuff. Which is weird because I sure don't miss any of mine :-))

  15. That is a lot of work! We have been back in a house for almost three years now and I still have a problem with stuff. I enjoyed not having all that stuff and slowly it seems that stuff is gainig on me:(

  16. After so many years of accumulating "stuff", I have to say it was quite cathartic ridding ourselves of stuff in 3 consecutive weekends of garage sales, handoffs to kids and friends, then finally the Goodwill! That said, I'm a tad envious that you and Kelly have found 2 ideal spots to call home. Your labors of love are both beautiful to behold, and you're happy...bottom line!

  17. You said, "Our house is still in place & we have a home & stuff to go home to. We like having a permanent home. Why?? Because it’s got all our very much most favoritist stuff of ever in it that’s why:)))))))))))

    We still have a home and stuff to go home to also. It's our 40 ft. motor home. And all of our most favorite stuff is there. Your homes are larger and stationary....ours is small and mobile. Isn't it great that we can all make the choices for ourselves and do what's best for us!!

    Happy New Year!

  18. Your posting reminded me of Georg Carlin's "Stuff". Always good for a laugh and what he said was so true.

    This only the opening paragraph:
    Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That's all, a little place for my stuff. That's all I want, that's all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody's got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that's your stuff, that'll be his stuff over there. That's all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That's all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house. You could just walk around all the time."