Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some Days are Too Good to Believe!

 I'll open with a picture I forgot to include in the last entry.  Millie and my favorite veteran.


There is much news to share today.  First news is that we have moved!!!  If you saw the pictures of the site we were in, you saw all the green things that fell off the tree onto our roof, awning, and patio area.  The tree gave lovely shade, and kept the RV cool on hot days, but the green things were annoying.  Also, Jim pointed out that the guy who is coming to re-seal the areas on the roof would not be able to get to them because of huge tree limbs that were in the way.  So after the church service on Easter Sunday, and after the delightful pot luck dinner here at the campground......we packed up and moved......two sites to the east of where we were before!  This site is a little bigger (YAY) and has no trees over it.  That does mean it is a little hotter, and we are having to use the air conditioner more (boo hoo) but we can't leave the dogs in here when it gets too hot without using the A/C.  Another nice thing about moving to this site is that we set up our satellite dish and found that we now can pull in the CBS channel which was not coming in at our other site.  YAY!  We have a few favorite shows we like to watch on CBS, so that was a bonus with moving here.
 This is a view of our site, and OUR picnic table area.  Nice and cozy I'd say. 
 This is a shot of the back of our site, and looking towards the office and recreation room.  Can you see the little orange turtle with the hat on?  The lady who runs this place makes all these cute critters.  
This picture is the trailer of our nearest neighbor to our right side. 


She is very nice and friendly.  I sat next to her at the pot luck.  She and her gentleman friend are here prospecting for gold.  That is what a lot of the people staying here do all day, most days......out in the hot sun.  Yikes! 
 Here's Millie, exploring our new site here at the Arrey RV Park.


Yesterday I got busy and did 6 loads of laundry in the morning.  We had some hanging outside, but most was inside.  We decided to play Mexican Train in the afternoon, so the dogs settled in for a nap since they know the game takes a couple hours.  All of a sudden the dogs ran out from the bedroom and began barking at the open door.  Jim got up to see why, and I heard him say "well hello there, come on in."  I was down the hall so I couldn't imagine who was at the door.  Then in the door came my dearest friend Joan.  She and I have been friends since back in the 1980s.  She and her husband Jim live in southern California, and we had not seen them since last September.  They are also retired and although not full time, they travel in a small van camper.  I could not have been more thrilled to see anyone!  She had read about our troubles with the car and RV on our blog, and decided to come visit us on their way to Louisiana.  They are going there for some kind of rodeo they have wanted to attend for a long time.  They couldn't stay here very long as they have to get there by Friday.  OMG!  We went to lunch with them at the Arrey Cafe.  It was beyond wonderful seeing them even for a short visit.  We are hoping that they will stop here on their way back from the rodeo and stay a few days or a week.  To be honest, I'm not sure if Joan's husband can stay put for a week, but there is much to see in this area and we'd love to show some of it to them, like maybe the Geronimo Museum, and some Ghost Towns.  I should have gotten a picture of them, and their van camper, but the visit was short and I forgot.  I will include their pictures if they make it back for another visit.  


This is an older picture of Joan visiting us at our RV during one of our stays at the Elks Lodge in Garden Grove.  I know I have other pictures of them, but I couldn't find one today.

Although the days have been rather warm (high 80's to low 90's) the nights cool off nicely for sleeping.  All in all, it is pleasant, and we are enjoying our time here.  

I guess the message for today is that we should look forward to each day knowing that whatever it brings is a gift from GodAlways know that God loves you and will provide for you.  He is truly AWESOME.  And His gift to us yesterday was a truly wonderful surprise.

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Day Before Easter

Good Morning everyone,
Things are going as well as can be expected here in the land of sun shine and windy days!  We learned an important lesson from Ric yesterday.  You see, we are used to people showing up when they say they will, or doing what they say they will within what seems like a reasonable time frame.  However, Ric explained that we are in New Mexico now, and time has an entirely different meaning here.  As he put it, "when white folks say 'today' they actually MEAN today, but when Hispanics say 'today' they mean maybe today or tomorrow......or sometime soon."   Last Friday we called a nice guy named Manny to come look at the roof of our RV to see if we need it re-sealed.  He said he could come out Monday morning and we said OK.  Monday morning he texted me that he couldn't get here until early afternoon, and again we said OK.  "Early afternoon" turned out to be around 6 pm.  The good news is that we only have the beginnings of a few cracks, nothing really bad, and he will seal what needs to be re-done for a very reasonable charge.  He recommended a guy named Chip who can come out here to check out the gasoline leak we noticed twice when we were filling the RV gas tank........but he is booked up right now, so he can't come out until April 27th.  That's OK since we aren't going anywhere yet.
Big Al did most of the repairs on the car two weeks ago, but we were still waiting on one part.  He said it would be in on Friday, a week ago.  I said we could come in on Monday but he said to wait until Tuesday just to be on the safe side.  We went to TorC on Tuesday and he said he didn't go get the part yet, but for sure he would pick it up in Las Cruces on Wednesday, so we could come there on Thursday.....you guessed it................he still didn't have it Thursday.  He said he would go to Las Cruces on Friday and stop here at the park to install it.  Well yesterday he did go there, and he did get the part, and he did stop here (at 6:45 pm, long after we had given up thinking he would show up) however, he said the other part he needed to install was under the load of stuff he got in Cruces, and he couldn't find it now, so we still need to go back to his shop on Monday to do the rest of the installation.  Ric says this is what is considered in a reasonable time frame here in New Mexico!  Glad we weren't in any hurry to get out of here.  I am enjoying having days when we don't have to go anywhere and can relax with the furry kids and read books, etc.  Life is at a delightfully slower pace here, but it does take some getting used to.

This lovely lady is Debbie.  She has a health food store/restaurant in TorC called the Turtleback Oasis. 




When we worked at one of the hot springs in town, part of her business was that she delivered a limited menu of breakfast items to guests who requested them.  We occasionally enjoyed getting her delicious breakfast croissant sandwiches or breakfast burritos delivered to our RV too.  Last week we stopped in at her place to see her.  Sadly, in the two years since we were here last, she has endured some pretty major health issues, and if not for her wonderful and loyal staff she might not even still be in business.  We bought some of her yummy three berry jam, which I am enjoying very much.

Truth or Consequences (TorC) is a really unique little town.  
If I haven't told you its history, you can look it up on line to see that I'm telling the truth.  Many years ago Ralph Edwards put the word out that if any town was willing to change its name to Truth of Consequences (like the game show he hosted on TV) he would personally come to the town and broadcast his show from there for a week and hold a festival, and generally put that town on the map.  Hot Springs, NM accepted the offer and so began the town of TorC.  Part of the residents did NOT like the idea, but they had been out-voted, so they withdrew from the city and formed their own little town, which they named Williamsburg.  When you come north on I-25, if you take exit 75 you come into Williamsburg........and a few miles down Broadway you get to TorC.  In May we will finally get to see the annual festival that still takes place in Ralph Edwards Park and the crowning of the Festival queen and her court!

But that's not all that is unusual here.
 This is one of the lodging places in the center of town.
I don't know why the little trailer sits next to the Dude Motel, but it has been there as far back as when we worked here in 2013, so I guess it isn't going anywhere soon.   There are an assortment of restaurants in town such as a pizza place called A Slice of Heaven and a vegetarian place called Passion Pie, and an Asian Fusion place called Lattitude 33.  But my favorite place is still the A & B Drive-in where I can get THE BEST Philly Cheese steak Sandwich in the country! 
I can't remember right now if I posted a picture of that one, so I'll do that now.

 As you can see, you can order at the window and sit outside to eat.  Sometimes we take the dogs with us and do that.  Or you can sit at tables inside.  If it's too windy here we go inside.  We've been there three times since we got here last month.  Twice I had the Philly cheese steak with local green chilies on it.  Hot and yummy, and once I had a marvelous BLT.  I might also try their BBQ chicken sandwich sometime. I'm just sure everything they make is going to be delish!!!

Next Monday we are going to go back to the Motor Vehicle Division in TorC to begin the process of establishing our domicile here at the Arrey RV Park here in Arrey, NM.  For the time being we will still keep our mail forwarding service at the current address in Sioux Falls, SD, but the lady who runs this park is looking into what she would have to do to set up mail forwarding for her long term guests, like us.  If that works out, we will switch to her service.  My sister Donna had said we should give some thought to where we wanted to actually live when we decided not to travel anymore.  We are NOT ready to give up traveling yet, but we have decided that this area is where we would like to live when we do stop our happy wanderings.  We figured we might as well domicile here until that time.  I never expected to find the desert so beautiful, but it is, and it is an ever changing panorama of beauty.

Last, but not least, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter, and all the blessings promised to us by Jesus on this joyous day when He fulfilled His promise and saved us all from our sins.  Have a great week everybody!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Life is Precious, and fragile

I was planning to write today about what we did on Saturday, and include lots of pictures, but first I need to honor a dear friend of ours.  Yesterday I received a call telling me that Irene Krainik had passed away last Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack.  Irene was originally from Australia.  We met Irene and her wonderful husband, John back in about 2003 at the Garden Grove Elks lodge.  He was probably about 85 then, and she didn't like to tell, but I think she was about 83.  They met on Valentine's day at a dance in Anaheim.  When he first saw her, he told the friends he was with that he was going to marry her, and they were married two months later!  They both LOVED to swing dance, and went dancing at least five nights  week,  They went on swing dance cruises, and out-danced couples 30 or more years younger than they were.  Irene suffered a heart attack when they were out dancing in Anaheim.  Luckily, there were two paramedics there who resuscitated her, and she made an amazing recovery.  This was all before we met them.  We used to have a standing reservation for a table at the lodge on Friday nights, and one night the lodge was crowded and they couldn't find any place to sit.  We invited them to join us at our table.  It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship!  They were delightful and witty people.  She worked part time as a beautician until 2010.  They were a lively couple, and everyone at the lodge loved to watch them dance together.  What many people didn't know was that after the lodge closed at 11 pm, they drove to another club in Anaheim and danced until 2 am!  John passed away on his birthday in March of 2010.  I was honored to be asked by Irene to deliver his eulogy.  His funeral was attended by many, and he received full military honors as a veteran.
John's daughter and her husband continued to look after Irene and found her a wonderful place to move to after John's death.  She had an independent living apartment in a senior living home in Anaheim.  At this place she later met Don, who was a few years older than Irene.  They became very close friends, and until his health made it impossible, they used to come to dance at the Elks again.  This is the last picture I took of Irene, with her dear friend Don Rush.  
Like almost everyone, Don loved her, and would have married her, but as much as she cared for Don, her heart belonged to only John.  She was a lovely, vivacious, delightful lady, and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.  We were among those fortunate people.

On Saturday Pastor Ric took us to the Trinity Site.  It is the location where the first atomic bomb was tested, before the ones used on Iwo Jima and Nagasaki.  It was quite thought provoking to see.  This is only open to the public twice a year.
  This was Jim & Willie inside Jumbo.  Below is a write up about this structure.  I couldn't get close enough to read it, so I shot this picture, so we could read about it later.
We took a shuttle out to the monument near ground zero.  There are pictures taken during and after the explosion.
There is also a mostly underground bunker still there.
    
 I was taking a picture of the monument when Ric walked into the frame.  He didn't realize I was taking the picture.


 Ric told us that about a dozen or more oryx were released near the White Sands Military base, but they have since taken over the area.  However, with the crowds there that day we didn't see any except for this sign.  
Unfortunately, this was a chilly, windy, rainy day when we drove up there (north on I-25 south of Socorro).  On the return trip we were very surprised to see SNOW on the mountain tops and near the highway in places.
We definitely did not expect that.  
On Sunday, after church, Jim and I drove to Las Cruces to pick up something.  It was a beautiful day and the drive was delightful.  He took many pictures of the wonderful scenery.
 
 It was wonderful to see how green everything was along the roadside.  Jim liked this unusual cloud formation in the picture on the right.

Another awe inspiring view we were lucky enough to see.                                

 
This amused me.  This is a "border control inspection site"  but it is over 30 miles from the Mexican border!!!!!

Here is an interesting shot of what we think was a homemade RV.
The picture is not really good because it was shot through the front window of Ric's car......and he does NOT believe in cleaning car windows....or cars for that matter.  

Today we are taking it easy.  The sad news yesterday hit me very hard as it was so unexpected.  Yes, Irene was in her 90's, but she was so full of life that it was easy to forget how old she was.  We will miss her terribly, but are happy to KNOW that she is in heaven, and reunited with her one true love, John.  I am also happy to know that when we leave this earth, our lives will NOT be over.  We are assured of God's love for us because we have truly accepted that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.  Easter is coming and we will again celebrate His victory over sin and death.  If you have not yet come to know Jesus and have that personal relationship with Him, this is a wonderful time for you to do so.  I wish you peace and joy and a loving relationship with our heavenly Father.  Blessings to all of you.  Bye until next time.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Another Windy Day in Arrey

Hi Dear Ones,
By the way, I'm not sure I told all of you, but the town of Arrey is not pronounced like it appears.  It is pronounced as if it was spelled Array.  Just so you know.  Lately we have been getting winds up to 35 mph with gusts up to 50mph!  It seems like every time we think it has calmed down, and we put out the awning and outdoor chairs............the winds start up again.  Unfortunately for me, this wind has made my chronic cough much worse too.  
The nights have been down in the low 40's, so we have needed to use our electric blanket in bed, and the furnace set low to keep the house warm.  Yesterday we got up to discover the remote tank of propane ran out during the night, and it was only 50 inside......much too chilly for me.  Jim got dressed and went outside to disconnect the remote tank and turn on the RV propane tank.  The reason we use the remote tank is because if we run out of propane in the RV tank, we would have to break down and drive the RV some place to refill the tank, and then come back and set everything up again.......an awful lot of work.  By using the remote tank, we only have to disconnect it and go some place to refill it....much easier.  Only yesterday that too was a problem, since we don't have a car to get around in.  Luckily, Ric was available and he drove us to the Lakeside RV Park in nearby Caballo to fill the remote tank, so we are good again.  
Yesterday we got a call from Big Al, saying we can pick the car up this afternoon, but he still has to get one more part for it from the GM dealership.  This repair has ended up costing much, much more than we had hoped for it to be.  He had hoped to get parts from an after-market supplier, but since the Saturn is an "orphan" car, he was not able to find the parts we needed, and had to buy them from GM, at a much higher price.  Luckily for us, he is willing to let us pick up the car now, and pay him the balance next month, when we get paid.  He is only doing that for us because we are friends of Pastor Ric, I'm sure.  Does anybody know the winning Lotto numbers?  Oh well.
Originally we had hoped to be back on the road by the middle of April, but now it may be as late as the end of May or even the middle of June before we can get back on the road to come home to California.  Yikes!  Ric will be tormenting me something crazy by then!  By the way, he hasn't found the Kool-Aid packets yet.   
Tomorrow he is taking us, and the furry kids, on a road trip to a place you can only get into twice a year.  I hope this isn't a huge April Fool's day joke, but I believe he said it's the place where the first atomic bomb was tested.  Maybe we will be glowing in the dark after we go there.  I'll post pictures when we get back........if we make it back.  LOL   
I'm sorry that I don't have any new pictures for today, but I forgot to take my camera when we went out yesterday.  Ric said he will take us to see Sammy the Camel so I'll have a picture of that too. 
It would be easy for me to get depressed about all these unexpected problems, but I'm not going to.  I have had time to enjoy reading everyday.  Jim and I continue to read about five chapters from the Bible every morning.  It's a great way to start your day!  I am also enjoying reading my beloved mysteries.  This RV Park even has a book exchange, and yesterday I picked out four new books to read.  With all we had been through, we were really exhausted when we got here, so now we have been forced to rest and relax.  Again, all good.  Blessings sometimes come our way without us realizing that is what has happened, until later.  Now I wouldn't wish these damages, or expenses on anyone, but we will enjoy our time here, and continue to count our blessings every day.  I wish you all Peace, and Happiness, and all the blessings our Heavenly Father has for you, today and in the days ahead.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Here Comes the Weekend

We are enjoying our stay here in Arrey.  The weather has mostly been wonderful.  The daytime highs are mostly in the mid 80's and night-time lows in low 50's.  Yesterday the winds were wild, and Jim had to take down the awning.  Before long it began to rain, so he helped our neighbor quickly pull his outdoor gear under the canopy of his picnic table.  This neighbor goes panning for gold almost everyday.  Jim says Steve told him it has to be his hobby because he'll never make money at it.  He said the gold he has found probably cost him about $6,000/ounce.  Anyway, by the time they got his gear out of the rain.....the rain had stopped!  That's life here in Arrey. 
 Here is the RV sitting in our site.  Can anyone identify the tree on the left side of this picture?  What you see on our outdoor mat is what falls off that tree constantly, and there are several of those trees here in the park.  One day I tried to sweep them up, so we don't track them inside.  It was a lost cause!  Now Jim uses his blower to try to get rid of some of them, but more are blown off the trees all the time.  Alas, such is life.
We took the car to Big Al's on Wednesday morning, and have not yet heard from him on when it will be finished.  I tried to get everything I would need from the store before we dropped the car off.  His helper, Diamond, brought us back home.  
Now here is the story of the week.  Last Friday we invited Ric over for a traditional Irish dinner in honor of St. Patrick's day.  When he arrived he brought steaks for us to use for a dinner on another day.  It was decided that we would grill them outside on Thursday (yesterday) and he would come to dinner again.  I gave him three choices of dessert: spice cake with raisins, yellow cake with chocolate frosting or black forest cherry cola cake.  Being the bugger that he can be, he chose the black forest cherry cola cake because he figured that would be the most work for me to make.  Anyway, I got the cake made and then I realized I didn't have any cool whip to top the cake with, and we had no car to go get it.  I knew Ric was going into town, so I sent him a text message asking if he could pick up a carton of cool whip for me.  He answered that he would, so all was well................until he arrived!  He had decided to play a prank on me, so he came inside with two packets of Kool-Aid, saying that was what I had asked for.  He was adamant that I never asked for cool whip.  He and Jim laughed themselves silly as I insisted I never asked for Kool-Aid.  He wouldn't take back the packets, so I have to find a way to get it back to him without him knowing it!  But in reality, he DID bring the cool whip too.  All evening he kept saying things like "I don't understand why Sue wanted Kool-Aid on her nice cake."  Finally I had to smack him upside of his head to get him to stop!
Here are some pictures we took Wednesday in Truth or Consequences.
 This is one of the Hot Springs in town.  I believe the name of it is Pelican Spa.  There are almost a dozen natural hot springs in town, and they do an amazing business, with people coming all the way from El Paso, TX and down from Albuquerque to soak in the springs.  We've soaked a few times, but it's not a big deal to us.
 
We saw this truck along side of the main street in town.  Really cool to see.  When is the last time you say a long horned steer on the main street in town?

I don't know if this is used as an RV or not, but we thought it was a pretty cool "covered wagon" style trailer.
Later I took some pictures of what is here in the park too.
 This is the office, clubhouse, laundry room and public showers building here.
 This is a vintage trailer that some folks are camping in. 
The park has some wild life here too, like this raccoon. 
I don't think this guy is native to the area, but he sure is good looking.  Millie did a second take and barked at him.  I don't think she was amused when we laughed at her.
 I'm glad we weren't here when this "spider" was roaming the grounds!

I'm not sure what this is supposed to be, but we thought it looks a little like a praying mantis....maybe.  anyway, in the evening many of the folks in the park congregate in front of the office to chat and share their day.  It's a very pleasant way to get to know these folks.......and they don't pick on me like Ric does.  
I forgot to take my camera with me Sunday when Ric took us to a local church service.  It was at the First Baptist Church, which is very beautiful.  The message was excellent and we enjoyed it.  Then we went over to Elephant Butt, oops I mean Elephant Butte for a brunch.  It was a wonderful day.  On the way home, Ric stopped at a local winery so we could taste some of the local wines.  Since I prefer sweeter wines, he didn't have anything I wanted to buy, but that's OK.  Maybe another winery will have one I like.
Today Jim gave Willie a bath, and Millie hid under the bed because she was afraid she might be next.  I did five loads of wash.......which means ten loads to spin dry..........but I still love being able to do my laundry at home, instead of hauling it to and from a laundromat.  
Life is great, and the problems along the way are just little bumps in the road.  I think they come our way to remind us of just how blessed we are.  If you look around you, you will always see people who are less fortunate than you are.  Please let that keep you both grateful, and humble, because whatever you have is a gift from our wonderful Father in heaven.  As I always say, He knows what you need, and He will provide it for you if you just ask.
Keep the rubber side down and enjoy every day of this life we are experiencing!  Bye bye for now.
 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Here in Arrey, NM

Dear Friends and family,
Things are beginning to look up a bit today.  Last night we got the electric working here in the RV park and are all settled in for a month or two.  I think I have already told you that we have cancelled our trips to Meteor Crater, and the Grand Canyon, but this will also mean we won't be going up to Las Vegas, St. George, Utah and to Pahrump, NV this year.  We gave it much thought, and we are pretty sure those places aren't going anywhere this year, so I'm pretty sure maybe we can reschedule that trip next year.
Today our dear friend Ric (who has been picking on me unmercifully since we got here) took us to see Big Al, who will do the needed repairs to make our car tow-able again.  The repairs are costing big bucks, but I'm sure it would be much worse anywhere else.  
This truck was in the garage at Big Al's.  Isn't she a beauty???
 We still need to get some repairs on the RV before we leave here.  We want to order the EZ connectors so the electric cord can't come apart and do all the damage it did this time ever again.  Once we get the parts we need, we'll have to find someone who can install them for us.  There is an RV place in Hatch, just down the road a bit, and we'll see if they can do it.
After we left Big Al's, we went to get a few groceries and gas up the car.  This is what we saw across the street.

I don't believe I've ever seen a camouflaged RV before.
We also saw a guy on a motorcycle who had cut the top off his cargo box behind his seat, so his dog had a safe place to ride.  But he left before I could get a picture of them.

I know some friends think we should continue on this adventure and go all the places we had planned to, but we don't agree.  We believe sometimes God lets something bad happen to protect us from something much worse happening.  We believe He is telling us to go home to California when we are able to leave here.  What happened to us could have been very much worse, but God watched over us.  The guy in Deming said he thought the welds were broken long before the incident on Monday.  If that is true, we are very, very blessed that the car didn't break loose at some point.  It could have struck and injured or killed someone.  But that didn't happen because God was watching out for us.  We could have been injured or killed but we weren't.  We have heard stories of similar incidents that turned out far worse.  This has only cost us money......but thanks to our Heavenly Father no one was injured.  I don't like having to spend this money for repairs anymore than anyone else would, but we are still counting our blessings BIG TIME.
I'm going to close for now, but I wish you all the blessings you need.  I won't wish anyone get what they deserve, because God wants to bless you with so very much more, if you just ask for it.  Remember, He knows what you need, and that is very seldom the same as what YOU think you need.  Trust God, and your life will be blessed.
 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The News is Not Good Today

I sure do wish I could write about the fun we've had on this trip, but yesterday has left me upset and depressed, and things look rather grim right now.  
Saturday we went out to lunch in Benson at the Horseshoe Cafe, and had a very nice time.  



 Sunday we began packing up for travel to Deming, NM.  Monday morning as we raised the leveling jacks, they didn't seem  to come all the way "up".  Jim looked under and thought they were OK, but when he turned on the RV to drive, the alarm went off.  To make this part of the story short, we secured the leveler up with a plastic strap tie, so it made contact with the sensor, and we got on our way.  Nothing seemed to be wrong as we towed the car from Benson to Deming, but when we got here, we discovered disaster had struck.  The driver's side front tire was GONE except for shreds of wires still attached to the rim.  The fender liner was GONE along with many wires that had been ripped loose, and the electrical cable that goes from the RV to the car, to make the brakes lights and turn signals work was destroyed.  OMG......we had a terrible time just getting the car unhooked from the RV tow bar.  After we did, Jim moved the RV into a space here, and began unloading everything out of the back of the car so he could get to the spare tire.  The wonderful folks here at the Elks, (Best People on Earth) recommended the best place to get an affordable tire for the car.  One lady even offered to drive us anywhere we needed to go last night.  


 Last night I wasn't up to taking a picture of the shredded tire, but this is how the car looks with the new tire on it.  Still very sad.  Today we got the tire put on very quickly at a place called Tinley Tee Tires.  Funny name, but good people.  He also recommended a place called Jimmy's RV Repair Service that will look at our levelers to see if he can help us with this problem.  We have NO idea what that is going to cost us.  
Sadly, we are exhausted and depressed with this trip.  Sometimes I wonder if having to replace the RV house batteries in Quartzsite was a warning to us that this trip was possibly ill-fated.  Jim is ready to give up and go back to California after our visit to Arrey.......if we can get both vehicles there!  As it is, we cannot tow the car, so I will have to drive, and Jim follow in the RV.  Once we get there, our dear friend Pastor Ric may be able to help us find the parts we need for the car.  Jim had to tape up the wires just so the car would be driveable, but we don't know how long that will work for us.  We will stay a full month in Arrey, and by then we should have figured out what to do next.  
We have already cancelled out grand trip to the Grand Canyon, complete with a ride on a vintage train from the RV Resort to the Grand Canyon South Rim, and the pet resort the dogs were going to stay in for that day.  If we decide to head back to California, we will again use I-10, so we also will miss our stop at Belen Harvey House, and Meteor Crater, but hopefully both will still be there next time we get out this way.  
Please KNOW I am not laying the whole decision on Jim of whether we continue or we head back to CA.  I just don't want to leave Arrey until we can tow the car again.  I do NOT want us traveling about 675 miles in separate vehicles.  I'm his navigator, and it's much harder if I'm not in the seat next to him.  
We are exhausted, both physically and emotionally, and we need some time to figure out what is best for us to do. 
Hopefully tomorrow we will have one problem solved, the levelers.  Then we can figure out how to resolve the issue with the electrical cable.  It has to be the receiver on the car, since we replaced the cable when we were up in Cottonwood last month.  We talked to Bob Livingston, at the Good Sam Super Show, and he recommends a cable that is secured with a very strong magnet, but we'll have to look online to find out more about that option.  If any of our RVing friends have any suggestions about the cable problem, we'd love to hear from you.  
Thank God we got here safely.  The lady who offered to drive us anywhere told us that her husband (a fireman/paramedic) recently saw the same thing happen to another RV towing a car, but the car caught fire and completely burned up!!!!  The guy barely got the car unhooked from the RV or he could have lost everything.  That really scared me because we never suspected that anything was wrong.  The RV towed the car without difficulty, and NOT a single driver that passed us signaled us that anything was wrong.  As I said, we feel VERY blessed to be here and alive after hearing about the other driver, and his car.   There is no doubt in our minds that our heavenly Father was watching over us.
That's all the news for now, so stay well and take care of the people you care about.  Hugs to all!!!