Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hot,Hot,Hot!

I`m happy to be posting again! Thank you for visiting. Looks like we`ll be 103-104 all week, give or take a few degrees. This is unusual. Last summer was about ten degrees cooler.  Every morning about 5:30 or 6:00 A:M I doing yard work. This week I started to dismantle this travel trailer.


Somebody pulled the  roof staples on the edges for me. I still need to get on a ladder to free the center part of the roof. That`s going to be the hardest part. I peeled  metal and insulation from the front and one side yesterday. I hope to finish pulling off the rest of the metal on that side tomorrow and then attack the front again. The windows are out, the appliance hook-ups, gas line. bathroom and flooring need to come out. I plan to save the frame , putting a 500 gallon water hauling tank on it so I can haul my water again. I`m paying for delivery now and it gets expensive even though I`m thrifty with my water.

I am feeling the effects of the drought now. I hear the acquifers are dropping. This is the first year I`ve had to water my desert vegetation and desert willows. The Joshua trees might have a few years le
left.

 Pictures
This is a Beaver Tail my husband brought home . Somebody was metal detecting for nuggets, pulled out the cactus and left it. The pink flowers are just emerging and should be in full bloom before the end of the week.




This is a Barrel Cactus. Also dug up and tossed. BLM and Park Service frown on that. There are two buds in the center ready to open.  When we were prospecting we never disturbed the plants. We worked around them




Indulge me. Sam was watching me take pictures. He`s my cutie Lab/Dane.



Clouds forming behind the Grand Wash Cliffs. My backyard.



I made an ironing pad last week. My ironing board kept crashing at my feet. Not helpful! I cut binding to match the back side of the pad. The size of the pad is 23" x 23" . A nice size for me. I lined it with  Insulbright and Warm and Natural Cotton batting 


That`s about it.  I`m into 18 months of widowhood now (is there such a word)?  The second year is still hard, but for me somewhat better than the year before. The time goes so fast. Yes it hurts, yes I miss him. We have to go on. God is giving me these days for a purpose and I don`t want to waste the time he has given me. Any talents I have are a blessing from him. However most days I need a good shove from up above.

Thank you for visiting me. I appreciate it.

Cathy

11 comments:

  1. Good to hear from you Cathy! It sounds like you are having a hot dry summer. I wish I could send you some of our rain. Do you have plans to repurpose any or all parts of the camper? I'm sure you have your creative mind going. Take care, I hope today is a good day.

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  2. Hi Sheila! I would have loved to rehab the trailer. Feral cats got in there and made a huge mess (urine). It rained late yesterday for about an hour. It will take years to replace the Joshua trees. Many of mine are more than 100 years old.

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  3. You and Sam have been quite busy! Your industriousness amazes me.

    18 months, oh my. I am glad to hear you are doing ok. Always good to check in on you.

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    1. Hi Nancy. Thanks for stopping by. My condolences to you, your husband and your daughter. I am praying for all of you. I enjoyed my visit to your blog..

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  4. GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU, WISH I COULD SEND YOU THE RAIN WE ARE GETTING! GLAD YOU ARE DOING WELL.

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    1. Hi Terry! We`re having that "dry" heat, LOL. Lots of thunder in the afternoon ans a little rain. Nice to hear from you.

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  5. I was thinking about you last night while saying my prayers. Love the pics! Great idea to make your own trailer to haul water. Many people in the town nesr us haul their water for cooking and showering.

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  6. Your pictures are beautiful as ever, I'm glad your back to blogging. Please be careful in the heat. Praying someone will help you get it done.
    Help is almost always nice to have.
    Blessing one day at a time
    Tonia

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    1. Hi Tonia! I finish my outside jobs early so I don`t have to deal with the heat. I put extra water bowls around the yard for the birds. I`m sure coyotes and other animals come in for a drink during the night.. Thank you for your comment Tonia.

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  7. Cathy my brother lost his wife of 53 years in mid April and he is struggling - I keep telling him it will get better with time but we both know he doesn't have a lot of time left himself. I'm glad things are better for you, knowing all the time that you desperately miss your husband. Love the cacti! blessings, marlene

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  8. Oh, my goodness. I wondered where you had been. I am six months in now and not too happy about the loss of my love. Thx for the cacti pix...reminding me always of growing up in Arizona

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