Saturday, December 31, 2005

Brazilian dinner in Quartzsite Arizona

A few months ago, we were invited to a family dinner in Austin, Texas. Carol made a unique dinner of rice, beans, salsa, eggs, greens and mango. She said she learned it when she lived in Brazil many years ago. The dinner was so beautiful, and delicious, that I posted a photo of it here on our blog. Almost immediately, I got a comment on that entry from Gypsy John saying, "Yummm .... I want some of that!" So, I determined that, next time we saw Gypsy John, I'd make that dinner and invite him over. You guessed it, he's here in Quartzsite (read his blog/website here) so we had the dinner here at 'the cabin'. All I had to go by was memory and the picture in the blog - but it came out pretty good. Thanx Carol! And, thanx John for the photo below.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas in the Desert

Ahhhhh, we're back at 'The Cabin' in Quartzsite with our adopted family; Lynne, John, Dick and Frankie. It is sooo nice to sit around the fire on a cool desert night. But, Ariel was impatient to open presents ... she *knows* which one is hers! We started Christmas morning with Mimosas and a fabulous brunch made with contributions from the whole 'gang'. Our outing for the day consisted of a little Geocaching Then continued on - down the same dirt road - to the Bar in the Desert. This place is just too fascinating ... no electricity out here - totally self-contained with solar power and water tanks. Yet they're able to support a band. We enjoyed a couple drinks and our unique surroundings. Odie and I even got up on the dance floor for a couple turns - no-one else would dance with me! Uh-oh, if you take a look at last year's Christmas photos, you'll see that we're dangerously close to creating a *gasp* tradition here! hmmmmm We hope all of you had as nice a Christmas as we did!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ho Ho Ho

I really think that a lot of these RVs go *way* overboard in the Christmas decorations. I mean ... where do they keep all this stuff the rest of the year? But I thought this one was rather tasteful ... don't you? Christmas roadkill.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Desert Sunset

Both the sunrises and the sunsets are often spectacular out here in the desert. We don't see the sunrises very often - remember I said it's cold! But I got out the camera for a particularly nice sunset the other night. It looks like our Datastorm satellite dish is communicating with Mars! And, as long as I was out, I thought I'd show you how RVers can still decorate for Christmas! This is not us, mind you ... Jim hung one little string of multicolored lights on our awning - and we'll get out the Santa hats for the side view mirrors when we get back to Quartzsite!

Desert Cold

I'm serious ... it's *cold*! When we know it's going to freeze overnight, we should probably detach our water hose so it doesn't burst. So far, we've been lucky. brrrr

Friday, December 16, 2005

Desert Dry

Something I must have with me AT ALL TIMES is chapstick. Otherwise my lips would crack and fall off! I use the term 'chapstick' loosely though. When I use the brand name stuff - I have to reapply every hour or so. I found some 'organic' lip balm at a natural food store in Austin and I only need it once or twice a day ... a good find. Being a Florida girl, you learn not to leave a box of crackers open overnight - they'll be soggy and worthless in the morning. Here, I left a box on the counter ... wide open ... for a couple days. When I decided to clean up I almost tossed the crackers. Before tossing them, I picked one out and bit into it. Crunchy, crispy as the day it hit the shelf! Amazing. So, we're still hanging out at Palm Creek and helping people with the WiFi. We've gone to the gym a couple more times. I think our main motivation is our 'treat' in the jacuzzi afterward! I wonder how much water they need to add every day in order to keep up with evaporation? Next week we'll be heading back to Quartzsite to spend Christmas with Lynne, John, Frankie and Dick.

Saturday, December 10, 2005


Well, we're back in Arizona. After a couple days of R&R in Quartzsite after the Austin trade show, we were back on the Arizona highways to Casa Grande. We're currently staying at Palm Creek Golf and RV resort because they have LOTS of WiFi users needing help. There's almost 2000 sites here. It's nice to feel wanted ... the management here provides us with a complimentary site. We told them we weren't sure what our schedule is, but we'll definitely stay here for a couple weeks. They reserved us a site thru the end of March! hmmm, think they're telling us something? Here's our site: And, can you tell that the weather is beautiful? It's even warming up today - 70 degrees in the sun. It's been in the low 40s at night - brrr. We were here in January last year and it rained a lot. I don't think it has rained since! I've taken to boiling water in an open pan just to put a little humidity in the air inside the motorhome. Our first visit here this year was last month and we were VERY busy because there was a backlog - both Jim and I were out and about all day every day. This time, Jim is doing most of the 'housecalls' and I get to do my normal computer work. We're also giving our seminars. We really like doing those - especially when people tell us afterward that they went home and tried the things that they learned and their WiFi works so much better now!! Here's Jim coming back from some of his rounds. Odie loves to ride in the cart! We've also been able to take advantage of some of the facilities this time around. Believe it or not, we went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the stairmaster. I know, it's nothing like the 1.5 hour workouts I used to have with my dance group, but hey! it's a start. Then, of course, we rewarded ourselves with a soak in the hot tub. Life is Good. Here's photos from Palm Creek's website of the gym and an aerobics class I may try next.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Convention Time

Last week Jim and I flew to Austin to help work the Coach Connect / Road Connect booth at the ARVC convention. The Phoenix airport is a ZOO!! We allowed 2 hours extra time before our flight and we needed every minute of it. Austin was a piece of cake. I didn't realize how big a city Phoenix is and how small Austin is. It's fun to see how a booth comes together for a trade show like this. You only do it once/year and in the meantime, everything has changed, so you can't just pull out what you did last year. We decided to use part of the booth to present a short seminar, but it needed to take up as small a space as possible. Our projector can do rear projection, but we needed a screen to project onto. Jim and I put our heads together and came up with a big black piece of foam core. We cut out the projection area. Then, Jim found some nice edging to finish it off and a piece of gauzy white material to stretch over the opening. We were quite proud of ourselves for having concocted this. And it did do the job ... but it still took up too much room and looked a little more like a Punch and Judy show than a high-tech presentation. So, at the 11th hour, Frank called around to rental centers and ordered a 60 inch TV with computer inputs. It was delivered at 9am when the show started at 10! Hey! Plenty of time! And, it looked great. The other thing that comes together for trade shows is people. It is so rare to have everyone involved in the company together. So, we did our share of partying! Whew! It's a good thing this only happens once a year. I'm exhausted. We're back in our cozy motorhome in Quartzsite, AZ now and I spent all day yesterday in bed, with a novel, nursing a cold. We get back on the road tomorrow.