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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mid-December 2015

Hello, and Merry Christmas everyone! 

We continue to enjoy our time in Quartzsite, taking daily walks, enjoying the sun and beautiful desert (though some colder lately and a bit of needed rain), and have had some great visits with friends in the area and some "passing through." 

Sandy & Paul stopped by for a couple of days as they were returning to Houston... fun to see them again and have some good chats. They stayed at an rv park in town, but came out to our site for a day!

We took a drive to Bouse one day to visit Linda & Ron... we first met here in Quartzsite last year when they were new fulltimers. They visited us three times in Wyoming last summer, which was great fun! So nice to see their "winter home" and have some time together again!

Temporarily left our site at La Posa South to join Karen & Bob for four days at Plamosa Road... had a most enjoyable time together! The guys took morning walks and went on a day trip to find a mine, plus we all four went on a road trip one day to visit a few surrounding towns and look up some friends of theirs. We enjoyed meals together, and sat around visiting and catching up. Karen and I went to town one morning to do laundry and check out a few stores, and we had lots of sharing to do about our Swedish weaving projects. Has been so good to reconnect with these special friends and we look forward to more time together after the first of the year!

One day, Julie & Mike drove up from Yuma, and Sue & Paul, and Marilyn & Brad drove from Lake Havasu City... we all met at Silly Al's for pizza and nearly four hours of visiting, sharing and catching up! Was a truly enjoyable gathering with these special folks! Looking forward to time with all of them later, also!

As many of you know, our cat "Maggie" spends most of her time outdoors... she knows our motorhome is "home" and always finds her way back, wherever we are. But, if we are in a busy area where there is traffic, or where there are many rigs and she might get locked in someone's storage compartment while snooping around, her access to the outdoors is limited.
Here in the desert, she is free to roam as much as she likes... until nearing dark. Then, because of coyotes, she is closed in by around 4pm each day.

Recently, a friend observed her opening our screen door... I thought it was maybe an accident until we WATCHED her do it. So, I decided to catch her in the act and, sure enough... she knows exactly what she is doing!!! 

Yep... just reach up, press down on the black handle and FREEDOM!!!
Slider must now be closed at ALL times! 

Because of our extended time in Quartzsite this winter, Tom has been enjoying the local Gem & Mineral Club... working and volunteering a bit in the lapidary shop, and has been on some interesting field trips. He is really enjoying this more relaxing pace!

Our desert sunrises and sunsets have been magnificent... such a beautiful time of year to be in the desert southwest!

Well, that's about it from us for this year. We will enjoy a quiet Christmas together, and be thinking of our families and friends... and wishing each of you a beautiful holiday season filled with love!

Be well, everyone! Dianne & Tom

"May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!" - Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Beautiful Desert Southwest!

Hello all! Amazing to think that we have begun the final month of 2015! Hope everyone enjoyed a good Thanksgiving. 

Continuing to keep good thoughts and caring hearts for those dealing with loss, and for those suffering with illness and uncertainty. At a time when a small percentage of haters make the news, we choose to focus on the throngs of good sending out positive energy... there is much to be grateful for. We keep good thoughts for all, and focus on the abundant goodness in this world!

We enjoyed our time in San Diego County with family and friends! Important time with my parents, and great visits with those we saw there. Thanks to all for making the visit special!

We are now enjoying our time in the desert! Should be interesting to watch as Quartzite, Arizona goes from a sleepy little desert town to a booming RV mecca. We stay away from much of the circus, probably won't go to town often, and enjoy great hiking trails and sunshine! Uncertain as to what the predicted El Nino weather pattern may bring this winter... best advice seems to be, "don't park in an arroyo or low spot of any kind." This is our current location :)

We have had a project in mind and, while sitting still in this beautiful location, finally put it together... a screen to block the breeze, as needed. Can be easily disassembled should a desert breeze turn to wind. May make one side longer? Some unknowns, but a good start. Plus, the tarp under the edge of our motorhome makes a big difference in reducing airflow from under the rig!

We have enjoyed a bit of time with Denise... so nice to have her nearby!  Have also enjoyed a visit with friends Sandy & Paul passing through the area on their way back to Houston, as well as Ruth & Dale who snuck in a few days here between engagements... we look forward to their return later in the month. Will be fun to see others who will be filtering in during December and January. Good visits mixed with lots of quiet time... again, much to be grateful for!

Take care. As always, we value our connections to each of you and look forward to hearing from those we will not be seeing this winter. Be well, everyone!

Hugs, Dianne & Tom

"I'm too grateful to be hateful. I am too blessed to be stressed." - El DeBarge

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