Friday, March 16, 2018

March has Been Windy and Chilly

We are still enjoying our stay here in Arrey, NM, but the nights are still quite chilly.  Since we get our DirecTV from California, we know it has been colder than usual there too.  Makes you wonder about this Global Warming........

We did well on the Yard Sale here on March 3rd, and are still getting orders for more magnetic jewelry and some requests for Jim's amazing home made breads.  Janice is planning to have sales twice a month on her property next door.  We might give it a try.  I used to make some wonderful jellies that I could sell along with Jim's breads and my magnetic jewelry, and maybe I could bake some quick breads, like banana nut bread or cinnamon raisin bread.  We shall see how it goes.

On Wednesday Ric and Mary picked us up (with the two dogs) to go to Pie Town.  The reason for going on that day was because the date was 3/14, and of course everyone knows that the numerical value of Pi is 3.14, so March 14th has to be Pie Day!  The dogs behaved so well Mary said she kept forgetting they were with can't say that about Ric.  He was in his usual humorous form and kept us laughing most of the day.  He could have simply driven north on NM 25 to Socorro and then west on 60 to Pie Town, but Ric did that last year, so we had to go by a different route this time.  He drove west on 107.  OMG, before long we were on a bumpy dirt road.  But on 60 we would not have seen these free range cows that came right out onto the road!
Can you believe this?   We had to wait for them to cross before we could proceed.  Later I got this shot  of some antelopes on the hillside next to the road.  It's simply amazing the sights you can see if you just slow down and look around you. 

Eventually we did get back onto 60 in the town of Magdalena.  From there on we had a nice smooth road to ride on.  Farther down the road we approached the VLA area.  In case you don't remember from my blog last year, that stands for Very Large Array......with a second a, not an e as in our town.  We could say we live in a very small Arrey.  LOL.  Anyway, the VLA are giant listening devices set up to listen for sounds from outer space. This is just one of many of these devices.  I would imagine that these must have cost many millions of dollars, and maybe even more to continue to monitor for sounds.  You can get an idea of how large these are by the comparison to the truck in front of it.  My point is, our government denies the existence of aliens, but I have to wonder why they would spend all this money unless they KNOW that there are aliens out there somewhere.  Years ago we took a short trip to Roswell.  In a museum there we saw pictures of the aliens that came to earth in area 51.  Someone asked me if the aliens were so smart, why did they crash to earth?  My answer was that maybe they didn't crash; maybe our military shot them down.  Just something to think about.  Here's another little thing to think about:  among the people born in 1947 were Demi Moore, and Hillary and Bill Clinton.......some people have speculated that some of them might have an alien parent.  The government kept everything about area 51 all hushed up and secret.  Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Before going to Pie Town we stopped for lunch in Datil.  The Eagle Ranch Cafe is an unusual  little place.  They have bumper stickers, license plates and other unique stuff on the walls.  If I figure out how to send pictures from my new phone to my computer, I will include pictures of this place on my next blog.  Anyway, we finally did get to Pie Town, and were surprised to see how many others had shown up for Pi Day.  The place we went to last year was packed, so we went to another pie place.  It was crowded, but we were able to get in.  At the other place they sold slices (last year the price was $5.79 per slice) and whole pies (I can't remember that price).  The place we went to this time sold mini pies for $10.95.  You selected the flavor you wanted, and then they heated and served you half of your pie, with the rest boxed up to take with you.  Jim got an apple pie and I got caramel apple.  Really yummy.  Here's another interesting thing about where we went this time.  There was a sign by the door which said:
"GUNS ARE WELCOME ON THE PREMISES.  PLEASE KEEP ALL WEAPONS HOLSTERED UNLESS NEED ARISES, IN SUCH CASE, JUDICIOUS MARKSMANSHIP IS APPRECIATED."  And some of the people we saw were carrying holstered hand guns!  It made me proud, and I felt safer for the presence of an armed citizenry.

Anyway we drove over to see a place called Dream Catcher's Gift Shoppe. 
Mary and Ric and Jim went inside.  I decided to stay with the dogs so I didn't get to hold the young Nubian goats that the owners had out front.  There were two of them and they were so small that the were in what I would call a  medium size dog carrier.  So cute that Mary wanted to take one home with her, but she didn't.  Jim bought me some hand made owls to add to our decor.  Tiny and cute.  He also gave one to Mary and she named him Hootie Hoot.  She is like me and likes to name her stuff.  She told me that she has a cat at her house named "Cat" so when she got a second cat she named him "Other Cat".  I just absolutely love her sense of humor!!!!!  She is a wonderful person and just perfect for Ric!  In a good way, she's as crazy as he is. 

On the way home we passed a place called The Owl Bar & Cafe. that Jim and I still want to visit.  We were going to go there last year after we visited the Trinity Site, but it was too crowded with others who had the same idea.  So we still have not gotten there yet....but we will.  Maybe our friend Mary Iron Elk will want to go there with us before she leaves at the end of the month.  OR maybe WE will take Ric and his Mary there later.

In my last blog I share Pastor Dudley's sermon about putting Jesus first in your lives instead of putting your ego first.  He spoke of people who may be afraid to give their lives to Jesus because they might fear what could be asked of them.  I just want to say that for many years of my life I was in that group.  I definitely believed in God, (so does Satan I hear) but I didn't think I needed to make any personal commitment to Him or to ask Jesus to be my personal Lord and Savior.  I thought a belief in God was enough of a commitment.  I WAS VERY, VERY WRONG.  I thought accepting Him into my life would make my life much harder on me.  AGAIN, I WAS VERY, VERY WRONG.  After my mom died, we found Pastor Paul to do a memorial service for her.  We were impressed with him, and his marvelous wife Aiko when we went to their church.  It is called New Hope Community Church, and New Hope is what we found there.  In a short time I realized that I not only wanted to, but NEEDED to ask Jesus to be MY Lord and Savior.  What is truly amazing is that once I KNEW He was my personal Lord and Savior, I realized I had nothing to fear!  He is watching over me every day.  Nobody else can do that for me.  If you haven't read it, read the 23rd Psalm.  It will give you strength and comfort.  We ourselves are all flawed, imperfect, and on our own we ARE doomed.  There is no way on this earth that we can protect ourselves from our own weaknesses.  Jesus knows us, and He loves us anyway.  Easter is coming soon.  Let this Holy season remind you that HE died for your sins and for mine.  HE alone paid the ultimate price to save us.  No one else can do that.  And all He asks in return is your love and faithfulness.  Some days I wonder how I ever found the courage (or foolishness) to get out of bed in the morning back before I knew Jesus was watching over me.  Now I know I don't want to even imagine one single day without the love and protection my Savior provides for me.  Don't ever be afraid to accept Him; be afraid only if you do NOT accept Him.  Have a blessed day, God loves you.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Life in Arrey, NM

Hello dear friends,

We have been here now for a little over three weeks, and time just seems to be flying by.  The daytime weather has been mild, but the nights get colder than I like, some down into the 20's.  Today it is a beautiful, sunny day in the 70's, so we are enjoying it.

The Sunday after we arrived, Janice hosted  a welcome brunch and we got to meet some other campers.  We chatted with a couple named Russ and Jan, and and his mom Donna.  They have a huge 5th wheel and also like owls!  They are very nice folks and I hope we will keep in touch after they leave here.

Now I will share with you our little tale of woe.   One night, about five weeks ago our propane monitor (in the hallway down near the floor) alarmed around 3 am.  Jim got down on the floor and reset it, and we went back to bed.  This occurred again in about three days, and continued every three nights for about a month!  It seemed like we should do more than reset it, but alas, we didn't.  About ten days ago it went off (again at around 3 am) and it would NOT let Jim reset it.  After several minutes, he removed it from the wall and took out the battery so it would stop.  The next morning we called the RV sales and service store in Hatch and reported our problem.  He said that he had replacements but for us to bring a picture of the one we have so he could give us the right model.  Of course it  turned out to be the most expensive one!  But we brought it home and Jim promptly installed it, and our sleep has not been interrupted by that alarm since!  Here are some pictures I took at this place in Hatch.
This little fella stands in front of the shop, holding a motorhome on his hand.   We both laughed when we saw this, but to an owner, it would be a nightmare!
I'm not sure what fast food place she used to be at, but now she's in front of Franciscan RV offering her best burger and drink.  
They also have some vintage cars for sale there.  Then we went inside to get what we needed.  

These are the characters we saw inside.  One does not expect to see a pinball machine in a place of business!

The travel trailer is cute........but not with a huge tarantula on top of it!  I could NOT have worked in an office with that sitting right behind my head.

The park was having a yard sale yesterday from 8 am until 2 pm.  We had a lot of good stuff we wanted to get rid of, to free up space in our RV, so we knew we wanted to set up to sell.  I asked Janice if Jim could sell some of his wonderful home made breads and she said "sure, why not?"  So Jim was baking for three days before, and I baked two dozen muffins too.  It started out cold in the morning, but warmed up before long.  We sold most of the things we wanted to sell, and were quite pleased.  Afterwards I began getting more orders for my magnetic jewelry, and today Jim has already gotten orders for more loaves of bread!  This just might turn into a nice little addition to our bank account.  Maybe, just maybe, I will add home made jellies next month.  We shall see.  

Our friends Sherrie and Willie (we met them here last year and have kept in touch since) arrived last night.  They left Louisiana on Thursday night, and stopped to rest in Shreveport that night.  They really hauled it to get here by 9 pm last night.  We just can't travel that long in one day anymore.  Our longest driving day was from Quartzsite, AZ to Tucson last month.  That was about 259 miles, and we prefer our travel days to be less than 200 miles/day.

Our friend Mary Iron Elk got here about 10 days ago.  It's been nice spending some time with her.  Tomorrow she will take her van and her travel trailer to Hatch to get the vehicles registered here, and to get her New Mexico driver's license, so she can be a local too.  Like a tee shirt I have says, "Not really New, Not really Mexico".  

Last week we returned to the church we attend here, and I was amazed at how many of the people remembered us from last year!  It always feels good to be welcomed back and treated like part of the church family.  I am already being identified as "the owl lady".  LOL. 
I can't remember if I showed you my cuddly, warm owl blanket on the couch.  His name is Owlie North.  The pillow above Willie's head shows a hammock and at the bottom it says "Daydream".  That's my inspiration, to learn to relax and daydream sometimes.

Here's Millie learning to daydream too!  She's wrapped up in a fleece blanket that a friend made for her a few years ago.  

I wanted to also include our new garden flag for this month.  Our friends Pastor Ric and Mary are coming here for a early dinner of corned beef and cabbage with all the traditional fixins and Irish soda bread on St. Patrick's day.  We get in the mood right from the first of this month!  

Pastor Dudley gave a terrific sermon today.  He asked us what is your most precious possession.  He talked about how some people might say expensive cars, paintings, jewelry, designer purses or other things, but the Bible says your most precious possession has to be your soul.  THINGS do not last forever.  God always was and always will be, but things cannot last forever.  There was a time when each of us did not yet exist, before we were born.  But once we are born, our souls will live forever.  Isn't that an amazing thing to realize?  Now that you know that your soul will live on forever, you need to decide HOW you want your soul to spend all of that time.   Each of us must decide who is on the throne in our lives.  Is it our ego?  He also called that EGO as "Edging God Out".  Or is God on the throne in you life?  Are you ready to accept and proclaim that Jesus IS your personal Lord and Savior?  If you can say that, from the depth of your heart, then you are saved for all of eternity.  That, to me is the greatest blessing I could ever imagine.  I have told you before that I think most people use words like amazing and awesome all too often.  For me, those words can only apply to those gifts we get from our Almighty Father in Heaven.  He is truly awesome, and all of His gifts are totally amazing.  The decision about how YOU want your soul to spend eternity can only be made by each of you.  However, I will pray that you will choose to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and put your lives in His extremely capable hands.  Pastor Dudley talked about some people not wanting to make such a long term commitment right now, but I would like to remind you that none of us knows what will happen tomorrow.  Only God knows.  We can make all kinds of plans for the future, but we do not know if they will come to pass.  However, most of us know, and accept, that at some point in time, our physical bodies will die, and life here on earth WILL end.  It gives me great comfort to know that whether that happens tomorrow or ten years from now, I know where my soul will go after that.  I hope you will think about it and make the right choice before it is too late.  Wishing each of you all the blessings God has in store for you.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

So Happy to Be Here in Arey

Before we left Benson, AZ we took a drive  to Willcox.  We had planned to visit the Cochise Stronghold, but that turned out not to be possible.  We called and were told there was a bad fire just to the west of it and we should not try to come there.  We waited two more days and drove out that way.......but the road to the Stronghold was blocked and there were signs that it will be closed until further notice.  Instead we went to see the Rex Allen Cowboy Museum in Willcox.  It was such a fun outing!
Here is the museum and across the street is a statue of Rex Allen in his park. 
It was an overcast day but not too cold to enjoy being outside.
Rex Allen was born and raised in Willcox, and worked as a cowboy here when he was young.  Later he was a rodeo cowboy, but he found out just how hard that was.  He became a singer and later got into movies, along with his beloved horse Koko.
This guitar case had his likeness carved on it.  On the right are some cowboy outfits he wore on stage and in movies.

I had to get one of Jim next to a life size picture of Rex Allen!
This was a much later picture of him with his aunt.  He was always very close to her.  The docent told us that he used to come into the museum and chat with visitors, and on more than a few occasions he would sing a favorite song for them.
After we left the museum, we went to a place called The Dining Car for lunch.  They also have some Rex Allen memorabilia on display there.

I think this plaque refers to when this railroad car was used as a railroad car. 
One could sit outside to eat, but it was a little too chilly for that.
I don't know the origin of these hammered tin pieces on the walls, but I thought they were quite beautiful, so I had to include a picture of one.  The food was good, and the prices were not bad!
I think this was the old train station in town.  It's across the street from The Dining Car.  After lunch we had to head back to Benson, and our dogs.  We started packing up to travel to Lordsburg the next day for a one-night stopover. 
Before leaving Benson, Jim bought me these lovely roses.  He's such a sweetie!  They lasted a full week!  We went to Lordsburg because we found a restaurant there that we like.  It's called Kranberry's Chatterbox.  We had a nice dinner and came back to the RV.  On Thursday we arrived at the Arrey RV Park before noon and got all set up.  I had many packages that I had ordered from that had arrived before we got here, so we spent all afternoon going through our mail and packages.  On Friday we met Ric and Mary (his cougar) for lunch at the AB Drive-in.  He wanted to go someplace for Mexican food, but I just had to get one of my faves......the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich at AB Drive-in is the best I've had anywhere!  Mary is a total delight and she can handle all of Ric's craziness!  Sadly she had taken a fall and hurt herself on Thursday, so she was on crutches and after a couple hours, she had to get back home to elevate her leg.

Our friend Mary Iron Elk arrived this week on Wednesday and is set up next to us.  On Friday we drove her to TorC to get a dental cap re-inserted at the Ben Archer Healthcare clinic.  Once she could eat......................we went to lunch at AB Drive-in.  Now she also knows where to get a great Philly Cheese Steak sandwich too.

I can't close without including pictures of our newest owls.  In Benson Jim got me one that I named Freaky Frieda because of all her many colors.
The one on the right is Hootie.  He is motion activated and his eyes light up AND he hoots.
here he is lighted up after dark.  Jim does turn him off before bed time so the other people here won't complain about his noise.
That's about all the news for now.  My older sister Donna is still in the hospital recovering slowly from her broken hip.  I have talked to her, and her husband George a couple times.  Her spirits were low for a while, but she seems to be getting stronger now.  Thanks again to all who are praying for her and for George too.  As far as we are concerned, there is nothing more powerful than prayer.  All too often people think of prayer as their "last resort" but it should be your first choice in a crisis.  God wants to help you, if you will just ask Him to.  Please remember He is always there for you, he's as close as anyone could when you have any kind of crisis, remember how very fast he will respond to "knee mail".  Have a grand, blessed weekend, and we will be writing again soon.

Friday, February 16, 2018

An Extra Post Today

Today I would like to share something that someone else wrote.   Our very special friend, retired Pastor Ric Miller is a member of the Sierra County Missionary Alliance.  He writes a weekly column for their newspaper.  I am fortunate to be included in his mailing list and last week he wrote one that really spoke to me.  I asked his permission to share it with all of you.  Often I have shared a portion of things others have sent to me, but this I will share in its entirety.  Here it comes:

 Rix Relationship Ramblings
February 12, 2018
Why do it? There are times I need to say, “Why do it?” I wake up in the morning, wanting to not do it, never sure what it is I am not doing. The bed is more comfortable than the morning stress. The bed is warmer than the morning chill. Why do it? My body aches and I rise to face the day. You see, at my age, Why do it is a serious question that needs to be answered.
I remember Pastor friends of mine that I wondered why they did it. They had the right after so many years of ministry to call it all an end. I would ask them Why do it? Their answers are often different but more times than not they are the same. They are doing “it” because they were called to a different life than most. They were called to ministry. Ministry does not have a completion date. It is open ended.
I get out of bed and read the list of things that need to be done. The day progresses and I discover, “Why do it?” People come to me with needs and hurts. Why do it? The answer is Jesus trusted me with the needs of others. Jesus enabled me to help and gave me the skills to meet others needs. Fellow pastors call me and ask if I can do “it” for someone that needs help.
Why do it? Because God called me to do it. Why do it? Because God enables me. I guess the next question, “So what does that mean to me?” I can allow others to do “it”.  However, if you are a child of God, there are no others. God has called YOU. Who else is there at the moment of need. Who else has God trusted to do “it” besides you? Please understand I do not know what that need is, but you do. God placed you there at that moment and is more than capable of empowering you to fulfill His need.
I am talking about a unique calling that God has placed upon you, however, what if God had said to you in your deepest need, Why do it? If God had taken a day off when your need was so great, you would be in great pain. If Jesus said, “Why do it?” when the father called Him to die upon the Cross, where would you be?
God has called you to a special ministry that no other can do, that is why “why do it? Thanks for your time. Ric Miller

I cannot add anything to what Pastor Ric said.  I just hope the writing above will inspire you as much as it did for me.  I could not think of anything scarier than the idea 'if Jesus said, "Why do it?" when the father called Him to die upon the Cross, where would you be?'  If Jesus was willing to die for all of us, how can we not be willing to do what He has called us to do? 

I have often asked you to begin your day with an attitude of gratitude and to be kinder than you need to be to your fellow life travelers.  Now I am also going to ask you to look for" that special ministry that no other can do," and try your best to do what is needed of you. 
Good bye for today, and we wish you many blessed days ahead.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Time to Catch up on Things

When I posted the short blog entry last week, I had not yet downloaded some pictures we took in Quartzsite, so I would like to back track so I can include them now.
 This cute little van is the only public transportation I know of in that small town.  As you can see, it is called the Camel Express.  That amused me.

 I had to show you the Hi Ali swapmeet!!!!!
If you are looking for something you have not found ANYWHERE else, you might find it here.  Some say if you can't find it here, it just does not exist.
 This gives you an idea of how empty this town gets after most of the RVers leave town.....  
This is one of the restaurants in Q.  It is called The Grubstake.  More often than one would want to believe this place has run out of food before they ran out of customers in line outside! 
 On Sunday we drove out Plomosa Road to where we had read we would find the Intaglios and the Bouse Fisherman.  We did NOT find the Intaglios, but we parked at the "second viewing area parking" and hiked almost a mile to where we thought we would see this stone image of a fisherman.  This stone tablet to the right is all we found.  We saw hiking trails that led up into the hills, but it was getting hot, and we knew we couldn't go that far, so we started back.
We did see lots of cactus plants.

 On the way back, we took some pictures of some of the remaining "boondockers" out in this area.

 Our last day in Q we did something we have always meant to do, but had not.  We went to the Tyson's Wells Stage Station Museum.
This building on the 
right was out behind the main building.  These stone buildings are miniatures created, and donated by the Barrett family. 
I'm sorry my shadow got in this one.


After this we went inside the building. 
 These two scenes were carved entirely from a piece of wood.

These were from the "gold mining" room.  There is a rock hound group that you can join and they have land where you can still pan for gold!
This was what they have on display about Hi Jolly.

The docent said nobody remembers who this man was, or where the wheel chair might have come from.
This was the original post office for the  town of Tyson's Wells.  Later it was closed down.  Some time later they wanted to open it again, but the postal service does NOT re-open any closed offices, so that was why the name of the town of Tyson's Wells became the town of Quartzsite, Arizona.
This is an old baptismal font.
The picture on the right shows that the inside was coated with mercury.  Babies were baptized to save their souls, but the holy water may have been tainted with mercury!
This is outside the main building an represents the best place in town to spend the night back then............sleeping on a dirt floor.  OMG.
This is also out front of the museum.
Jim wanted to take this guy home with us, but he just didn't want to go........
That was our tour of the museum.  It is well worth the time, and was very interesting to learn so much of the local history of the area.
The next morning we packed up to leave, but had to get our tires replaced before we could head out to Tucson.  On my next post I will fill you in on all we saw and did at the FMCA rally.  We had a good time, but were disappointed in some parts of it.  More news and pictures to come.  I will also TRY to attach a few videos, but I don't know if that will work or not.

One of the golf cart drivers asked us if we had a good time at the rally.  We said we did.  He commented that if you come to a rally like this and don't have a good time, maybe it's your own fault.  At first I felt that was a cold thing to say, but then I realized he was right.  Each day we wake up and we make a choice.  We choose to have a good day, or not to.  We choose to see the good in others, or not to.  We woke up this morning.  God gave us another day to enjoy.  None of us knows if we will have tomorrow, but we do have today.  It's here and we choose how we will use this day.  I don't remember who said it (or I WOULD give that person credit) but life is 10% about WHAT happens, and 90% about HOW we react to what happens.  Please think about that for a minute.  Even when it seems like bad things happen, there could be a silver lining to it.  

When Jim told me that our neighbor in Q said we needed to replace the inside rear dual tire on the passenger side, my first reaction was "why was he under our RV looking at our tires?"  But when we took the motorhome to the tire place, we found out that ALL of our tires were very bad, and not safe to drive anywhere on.  Thank you God for using our neighbor to tell us what may well have saved our lives.  Yes, the new tires cost us a lot of money, but we think it was important to get them when we did.  Not all examples are this dramatic, but even on little things, life IS about how you react to the things that happen.  

You can choose to see all kinds of things from a negative perspective and be disappointed in everything.  OR, and this is huge folks:  you COULD face life with an attitude of joy and gratitude and actually LOOK for the good in things; and by the way, also look for the good in people.  We always hear about the bad things a few people do, but MOST people are good and we seldom take the time to thank folks for their little acts of kindness.  I would like to suggest taking a moment to thank people for their kindness AND then pass it along.  That may not seem like much, but it can change your day, and just maybe it will also change the day for the people you see each day.  You don't have to always be in a hurry, and angry with anyone who slows you down.  Maybe you should thank them for allowing you to stop and smell the roses!  Like an old song says:  "Don't worry, be happy" and pass it on.