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Hello, from California

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After leaving the Gila Bend area, we spent five days in an Arizona state park, on the Colorado River. It was beautiful. The above picture is our view through the front window of the motor home.  Below is looking across the river – at California.

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I hated to leave the Sonoran desert. The cacti are starting to bloom now, and the colors are gorgeous. This is an ocotillo in bloom, and two varieties of prickly pear.

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Today, we drove across the Mojave desert in California, and will soon begin traveling North. We will be in California for about three days, before arriving at our favorite state park in Oregon where we will stay a few days, before traveling on to Cindra’s house.

We’ve got great internet reception today, so I’m going to try to visit some blogs now! Happy travels.

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Rocks?

 We’re only about 150 miles into our trip North, heading back home. We are still in the desert we love – just staying for a few days in a different area.

We’ve taken some drives – past little towns that no longer exist except for some foundations and stone fences. We’ve been checking out some other RV parks for places we may want to stay next winter.

 img1200.JPGAnd we found these. While looking for rocks. We always look at rocks everywhere we are.  You can find rocks in our house,  in baskets, and jars. And in our gardens, in paths and in boxes. I guess these must be some sort of rock. But what sort? And why are they like this? And where did they come from? Anyone know?

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No, no, no – am going right here instead! (which is: jackiesgarden.wordpress.com)! You are in the right place – don’t go! So sorry about all the confusion with my move(s).  Thanks.

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Here I am!

Quilly-Sister, Brooke, and Cindra decided the move to wordpress was more advantageous than the return to blogspot – so here I am. Thank you so much for your patience while I settle in my new blog home! (Are you still with me?)

We left the RV park this morning and are still traveling in the desert. We’ll spend a few nights on BLM (bureau of land management) land; at a place we love, and where we stop both coming and going, on our winter trip. I’m writing this as we’re traveling down the road – and it feels SO good to be moving again!

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I’m outta here!

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Good-bye beautiful desert. We will be leaving the desert and moving on come Wednesday morning. I am swamped with battening down hatches right now – so this will be my last post for a little while.

And good-bye TYPEPAD. When I return to blog – I will be back at my garden – check in with me there. Until then – travel safely – even if you’re only traveling the internet.

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I am from…

George Ella Lyons is an Appalachian author and poet.She has written many children’s books. Her poem, WHERE I’M FROM follows:

Where I’m From
by George Ella Lyons

I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the black porch.
(Black, glistening
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush,
the Dutch elm

whose long gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from perk up and pipe down.
I’m from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments-
snapped before I budded-
leaf-fall from the family tree.

Brooke and Quilly and Gawpo followed the format below, and did their own "I am from"…and I love them! Haven’t done mine yet, but I think everyone should, and then frame them. Beautiful.

I am from____________________(specific ordinary item) from ______________(product name) and ______________________.

I am from the ___________________(home description…adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the ____________(plant, flower, natural item), the _________________(plant, flower, natural detail).

I am from __________________(family tradition) and ___________(family trait), from ________________(name of family member) and _________________(another family name), and ___________________(family name).

I am from ____________________(description of family tendency) and ________________(another one).

From __________________________(something you were told as a child) and ____________(another).

I am from ____________________________(representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I am from ___________________(place of birth and family ancestry), ______________ (two food items representing your family).

From the ______________(specific family story about a specific person and detail), the ______________(another detail), and ______________________________(another detail about another family member).

I am from ___________________(location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

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Arizona doesn’t ‘spring ahead’ to day light savings time – being a state that declares the last thing they need is another hour of daylight. The whole thing about daylight savings time doesn’t make sense to me any longer, it isn’t needed now – but that is very low on my ‘rant’ list. And my rant list is very very short, for which I’m grateful.

I’m missing my family, friends, and home! I talked with my son, daughter-in-law, and three of the four grandbabies last night – for nearly an hour and a half! It felt so good. Of course, I love to talk to my ‘baby’ boy, and talking to the kids is a riot. In fact, I was talking to my six year old grandson – while he was under a blanket. Where he’s vowed to stay until his video game privileges are returned. Seems as how he’s not a very gracious loser and becomes other than a ‘gentleman’ when he loses, so the parents have declared games ‘off limits’ for a while. Also seems as how he thinks they are going to CARE if he stays hidden under a blanket!

I talked longest with my daughter-in-law, who catches me up on all that’s going on in their world and how every one is doing. She’s one of the blessings in my life – she loves and tolerates my son, and is the best mommy in the world to my grandbabies. Aside from loving her – I LIKE her. I like who she is. And what she stands for. And what she won’t. Today I made this bookmark to send to her.  Img1129

This morning we joined a gathering around another of the RV’s, to say another good-bye, to winter friends who are heading out for their real homes. I envy them their leaving. We learned something by sitting in the same locale for 4-1/2 months this year – and that is that no matter how much we love the scenery – we never want to sit in one place this long again.

We plan on researching some areas on our trip North, and finding some other places to stay next winter. We have decided we will move more often next winter. This three winters of traveling have been learning experiences for us. And we’ve found there’s a fine line, which can be hard to define, between moving and sitting still. Unhooking your tow car every day,  backing the RV in a site, and hooking up to sewer, water, electric – and then unhooking sewer, water, electric, and hooking the tow car up the next day, can really get old in a hurry. But so can sitting in one area for several months, get really old in a hurry, once you’ve seen the sights, etc. 

We always have lots of factors to consider – the big one of them being the longer you stay in one park – the less expensive it is. Weekly and monthly rates make quite a difference. We could spend almost the same amount traveling home in 6 weeks for site ‘rent’ – as we spent sitting in one place for nearly five months. I think we’re pretty well done with our ‘planning’ now, and will be heading out in about 10 days. We’ve made some reservations at different parks here in Arizona and in California and Oregon, and though we’ve paid here until the end of the month – we will be leaving in about 10 days. I’m ready! Or I will be – as soon as I shampoo all the rugs, defrost the fridge, fill the freezer, and secure everything that can move!

But I’ll miss this desert so much.Dscn2018

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