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 Thank you, Velvet! Although I can’t say I know what a ‘rockin’ girl blogger’ is – I’m mighty proud to be one. Especially since I can count on one hand, the number of awards I’ve received as an adult. Let’s see….there was one for square dancing, and that one for “Nice Matters” and ….well, I guess that’s about all!

Velvet received the “Nice Matters” award and you HAVE to go read her acceptance speech. It might be the funniest thing I’ve ever read on a blog.

I’m to pass this award on to five people. Although each and every gal I ‘blog’ with (and my guy friend, Dave)  all ROCK, for sure, I’ve thrown darts at my blogroll and picked the following five:

Nezza of The World According to Nez

Jenn of As I Was Passing

Nessa of Goldennib

Rain of Rainy Day Thought

Stacy of Never Wanted Nothin’ More

Rock on, blogger buds!

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It’s getting very chilly here at night. The average frost date in Spokane is October 10th, although there has been frost as early as September 7th, and as late as the end of November. Here on our hill, our temperatures are always 7 to 10 degrees cooler. It cools off faster up here at night, frost and snow arrives earlier, and our bloom season is nearly three weeks behind the valley.

I can’t believe how long I waited to have ripe tomatoes, and then, for awhile, had tomatoes coming out my ears, and now they’ve slowed down and are nearing the end. The plants are still covered with green tomatoes and I don’t want to lose them.  I will put black garbage bags over them tonight. I know that some people believe that it takes sunlight to ripen tomatoes, and they will leave them on their window sills. What it actually takes is heat. They would be better off to put their tomatoes in brown paper bags and leave them sitting on the counter.  
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I stopped watering the tomatoes several days ago, and today I will go out and cut into the roots of the plants with a shovel. This stresses the tomato plant and it puts everything it has into ripening the fruit. I don’t sweat it much, if a frost is forecast and I have to pick the tomatoes green. I love fried green tomatoes – and I can always ripen the others in the house.

Here’s a great part of autumn for me – the birds are migrating and they stop here for a ‘bath’ every year. The bluebirds come with the finches.        
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And the pine siskins just bring their whole family.
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Home from Coulee.

We’re home from our Coulee Corridor trip. We had a great time. My sister, Caryl, went with us, and my sister, Jean, came down from Twisp to stay with us. Four adults made for a pretty full motor home. As kids, we were used to being packed one on top of the other, so we do pretty well in small spaces. I think it may be a little harder on T, but he’s a good sport when it comes to ‘family’.

This is Steamboat Rock State Park, where we stayed. Can you see our motor home over there in the trees?
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And this is our site at the park, and our view. Lovely, isn’t it?
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This little guy came to visit us every day. I felt sorry for him – as he only has one ‘foot’ – so I kept feeding him, even though you aren’t supposed to. However, the camp host told me that she was feeding him, too! When we’d watch him fly off, it didn’t appear that he had any trouble with balance. I do wonder what happened to him.
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Steamboat Rock is on Banks Lake, which is a 31 mile long reservoir, filled by the Bureau of Reclamation in the 1950s to provide irrigation water to the Columbia Basin.  We love the beauty and history of the Grand Coulee area.

The Grand Coulee Dam dwarfs the Great Pyramids of Egypt and generates more power than a million locamotives. It is an engineering wonder, and also the country’s largest hydroelectric project. You can tour the dam, watch the laser light show at night, and even go inside to see the largest hydro-electric units in the nation. They have a great visitor’s center with all the area information you could want.

Here we are standing in front of the Dry Falls at the Interpretive Center. Dry Falls is truely awesome.
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Ten to fifteen million years ago, volcanic eruptions began to occur and many layers of lava flowed over the basin forming the Columbia Plateau. Approximately two million years ago, the Ice Ages began. During the last Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago, an ice dam holding the waters of Lake Missoula (Montana) broke and massive floods swept from Montana to the ocean. The water and ice, moving at speeds of up to 65 miles an hour had a rate of flow that was 10 times the combined flow of all the rivers in the world! Doesn’t that blow your mind? The floods carved out more than 50 cubic miles of earth, creating new landforms, and carrying most of it far out into the Pacific Ocean. This forever changed the face of the Northwest (Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon). Scientists estimate the flood waters were 400 feet at this point where it eroded the canyon. However, with the massive amount of water moving, it would have hardly looked like the water dipped at all, as it went over the falls. Dry Falls is 3.5 miles wide. In comparison, Niagara Falls is one mile wide with a 165 foot drop. It’s mind-boggling.

This is Northrup Canyon – there are so many beautiful roads in the area.
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We also spent a little time at the casino – where we donated some funds – and spent a lot of time just visiting. And Caryl turned me onto my newest obsession:
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I never had any interest in trying Sudoku, but Caryl had a book and started showing me what she was doing. I watched her for awhile, then when she put her book down, I ripped a page out of it and did the puzzles on each side. And I was hooked. We had to go to town so I could buy my OWN book, and I’ve hardly put it down since. It is WAY addictive. Bought one yesterday to keep in the car.

And now I have to get outside and get my yard and gardens cleaned back up – so I can catch up on my blogs!

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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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