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Heatwave Brings out the Bugs

Bark Scorpion

One of the dogs started to go after a bark scorpion on the patio this afternoon. Luckily, we were able to restrain her while I eliminated the little beastie with a size 10W stomp.

After we finished walking the dogs, I set about to spray the perimeter of the patio and all of the entrances to the house and garage with a commercially available insect spray. We generally call our town exterminator roughly when the monsoons start for the spray service, but the heat is here earlier this season and the bugs are out already. Since I killed one scorpion, The Better Half would feel better if I were to lay down some spray, so I did.

You can see by the patio temperature inset in the image that the heat would be a bit abusive for more than light outdoor activity, so I sprayed the minimum of the essential areas and got back inside where the thermostat keeps us at a “cool” 82°.

National Team Roping

Team Roping

This is the first year that The Better Half and I have made an effort to go out to the Rancho Rio rodeo grounds and witness some of this week’s final National Team Roping championship ropers do their thing. We have been talking about doing this for a long time, but being basically reclusive in our retirement, we have been sitting it out. Today, however, on a whim, we decided to head out to the arena by the Hassayampa and check it out.

TBH took the (clickable) image above of a roping team just at the point where they both had ropes on the steer and were about to take him down. As I recall, this team had a eight second or so time which was pretty good although there were better times later in the session.

We were there for about an hour or so and besides the action in the arena, there were commercial booths, horses, dogs and cattle everywhere and about several hundred horse and livestock trailers plus motorhomes, trucks, cars and sand rail ORVs. AND it was a beautiful spring day with the high temperature under mostly blue skies at about 80 degrees. Today was most enjoyable.

Signs of Spring

Turkey Vulture

The Better Half took this (clickable) photo of a low-flying turkey buzzard in August of 2015. These birds migrate south for the winter, but lately we have been seeing a few of them circling in the skies over town. Undoubtedly a sign of an early spring.

We also see buds on our plum and lemon trees. The Opuntia Cacti in the area have started showing signs of new paddles and flower buds.

I read somewhere that these early springs can be attributed to El Niño conditions in the oceans. Of course, all the whacko enviro-fascists will blame me, and others like me, for driving my Earth-f*cker RV and polluting their tiny leftist notions of the planet.

Meanwhile, the buzzards are back, gracefully circling overhead, patiently waiting for something to die.

What’s for Dinner?

Grilling with Probe Dinner is Served

A few weeks ago, our local butcher concession in the supermarket had a sale on whole beef tenderloins. I bought a smallish one for far less money than one would usually expect to pay. After bringing it home, I carved it into steaks and roasts, one of which was a small Chateaubriand. We stored the meat in our garage freezer.

We grilled the Chateaubriand outdoors today using a temperature probe to get the desired “doneness” of medium rare. The Better Half prepared the sides of mashed potatoes with gravy and a medley of snow peas and carrots. It was quite a delicious meal, even if we do say so ourselves.

There is still quite a bit of beef left in the freezer for future use. We have been known to use tenderloin cuts for such dishes as Beef Stroganoff, Philly Cheese-steak Sandwiches, Burritos and so forth. All good.

As a bonus, here is how to prepare Tofu:

  1. Unwrap the product
  2. Throw it into the garbage being careful to properly recycle the wrapper
  3. Grill up a couple of Beef Steaks
  4. Enjoy!

You’re welcome.

Idle RV - Waiting for the September Road Trip

Idle RV

It is just over a couple of weeks until we will be taking what has to come to be our annual road trip to visit our Kalifornistan Kin. This trip will include a somewhat grand tour of scenic places in Arizona, Utah and Nevada before venturing into the Peoples Republic of K’Stan. The actual trip log will appear on the other blog when we get underway.

We take these trips to see sisters, brothers, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandkids and great grandkid (1). It is worth it to us to obey the very stupid K’Stan restrictions on the second amendment in order to be with the ones we love.

The only silver lining is that they have not yet stripped out the “Castle Doctrine” out there, so we can still have campground defense. That is, until one of their unconstitutional ass-hat gun grabbers short circuits that. Fortunately, we will be in places where our CCW is honored ninety percent of the trip.

Testing the Runoff Creek

Runoff Creek

The runoff creek that The Better Half and I reinforced with rocks this spring got its first real test of the monsoon season last night. This morning, I went out to assess the performance after a pretty serious amount of rainfall late last evening.

The creek worked as expected. The runoff from behind the back wall flows toward the west side of the wall and into the head end of our little creek. It was pretty clear to see where the water had gone while remaining confined to the reinforced creek bed.

We still have some work to do on the rock and cactus garden that the creek runs through, There are some red landscaping rocks that need to be redistributed to cover the bare ground next to the RV drive. We will get to that this fall when the weather cools off a bit.

Out in the Desert Today

End of the Road

The Better Half and I ran a couple of small errands today and decided, while we were out and about, to take a little drive out to Constellation Park on a nice day. This place in the photo is only about four miles east from our place, but at this point on Constellation Road, the pavement ends at the Maricopa/Yavapai County line.

TBH took the (clickable) image of the warning sign and we were disappointed to see bullet holes in it. I expected our locals to have more class than that. Ironically, this point is also only a half mile from the Wickenburg Sportsmen’s Club which has several shooting ranges with berms downrange for safety.

Needless to say, this behavior can only have an adverse effect on our Second Amendment by virtue of public perception of reckless shooters out among us. C’mon guys, this is not helping.

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