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What’s for St. Paddy’s Dinner?

Irish Dinner

Irish Dinner, That’s what. Late last evening, The Better Half started a flat cut of corned beef in the crockpot. Damn if that didn’t smell good all night.

This morning, she added potatoes and carrots to the pot and later in the morning, she added the cabbage. This afternoon, she served it all up along with an Irish Cocktail which we used to toast our sumptuous Irish dinner. The cocktail was from a recipe she found on-line somewhere and was a mix of Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Creme de Menthe liqueur.

As we mentioned on the other blog, we wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Tree Trimming Days

Tree TrimmingFor the past two days (working part-time), I removed a limb from the little Palo Verde tree in front of the house by the driveway. The idea is to give the tree a vertical appearance and the lower limb that I removed was growing at a low angle. The limb was branching out of the main trunk too close to the ground.

Yesterday, I started halfway up the branch and removed several smaller limbs which I could cut with the large set of pruning shears. Today, I got out the electric chain saw and removed the rest of the limb, sawing it into waste receptacle compatible chunks.

The chore that follows cutting off the branches is trimming them into, as i said above, waste receptacle compatible pieces. The twisted and gnarly nature of this variety of palo verde, along with the spikes growing everywhere makes it a labor-intensive activity.

I am pictured in the clickable image above (courtesy of The Better Half) using the hand held pruning shears to cut the branches into smaller chunks after removal of the lower limb. Ultimately, the scraps all fit into the bin with little room to spare for our normal refuse.

We wanted to get this chore done this week since I am going to be in questionable shape following a surgical procedure on Friday (03/09). I’ll have more about that afterward.

Classic GMC Truck Parked Downtown

GMC Front Truck View GMC Rear Truck View

The Better Half and I once again broke our weekend stay-at-home policy today and went out among ‘em in the old downtown Wickenburg district. We had business over that way getting the dogs groomed and while we were waiting, we visited some of the touristy gift shops and attractions. We also had lunch at The Cowboy Cookin’ restaurant where we split a chicken fried steak between us. Yum!

This Classic 1950 or so GMC Truck was parked on Tegner Street across from Town Hall and in front of Ben’s Saddlery. It is a very nice, clean and well maintained/restored truck inside and out. Clickable images.

TBH and I browsed the shops in the area and I bought a new Larry Mahon straw hat to replace my old aging and falling apart cowboy hat that I use around the yard and when walking the dogs. The old one, literally, was coming apart at the seams. It is now in the recycle bin.

There were tourists and snowbirds milling about down there today. TBH overheard a couple of snowbird gents lamenting as to how they might have to stay here in Wickenburg for another couple of months until the glaciers melt in Saskachatoon, or wherever they hail from. Ironically, we locals find the high temps in the 50’s to be too cold for our liking, while some of the snowbirds were wearing shorts and t-shirts today.

Gold Rush Days Classic Car Show

Classic Model T Ford Radiator Cap Ornament

We did our annual trek down to the old part of town today where the classics were again gathered for the Gold Rush Days event. The Model T above left was very cool with a big V8 in it that had eight stacks. The Radiator Cap was fancy with a winged ornament shown in the other photo.

The event was pretty crowded today with the probability of blue skies and 80° weather motivating some to attend. I and The Better Half both wore shorts today. The same weather is forecast for the parade which will be at ten tomorrow morning. The parade route runs a quarter mile to the south of us, so we will likely attend that.

Clickable images courtesy TBH.

Monthly Generator Run

Generator Run Day

It has actually been a little over a month since we fired up the little 3KW Honda Generator. We ran it for a while today in the truck bed parked by the “orchard” next to the RV Driveway.

We took advantage of the electricity generated during the run and trimmed up some of the stubble from the lemon tree where the mule deer had eaten the outermost leaves. They did that last year too, but the tree came back with a lot of growth to compensate. The lemon tree, on the left in the clickable image above, looks a lot better than it did before using the hedge trimmer on it. I didn’t take a before picture.

I was going to change the generator oil after this run, but decided to do that next month and help The Better Half who was working on her Xeriscape Garden in front of the garage.

A Classic Ford Sighting

Classic Ford Four Door Sedan

The Better Half snapped this (clickable) image of a very shiny and nice classic Ford heading east on US 60. Judging from some photos on the internet, I think this is a 1940 Ford 4-Door Sedan, suicide doors and all. It’s always nice to see the restored cars around town.

We were headed to one of our stops on “Shopping Thursday” when we get out of our jammies and do our weekly provision shopping. By Thursday (generally), we have made our selection for the weekend menu. We like to prepare special food for Saturday and Sunday Dinner. We’ve been known to occasionally post photos of “What’s for Dinner” here when we feel the meal was exceptionally good.

The weather has been pretty good thus far for January and we actually are forecast for temperatures to reach in the low 80’s early next week with 68 to 75 as highs in the interim. No wonder the aisles at the supermarket and the streets and parking lots are congested with “snow zombies” this time of year. We use the Z-word due to our observation that they seem clueless that somebody else might want to pass them in the aisle as they blankly stare at something on the shelves. These folks are definitely in Colonel Jeff Cooper’s “white” category, being oblivious to activity around them.

The Magnificent Seven

2011 Move In House Recent Photo

It was seven years ago today that The Better Half and I took possession of the retirement house we had our contractor build. After many home improvements and landscaping events the (clickable) images show the then and now images of our humble abode. The left image is how the place looked when we moved here; the right image is from last year but essentially how we see it today.

Even after seven years of being magnificently happy here, we are still making changes to the landscaping and other things to try and constantly improve and/or maintain the property. 2018 will likely see new paint for the house, courtyard wall and retention walls. We also still have it in mind to build an RV shelter on the south side of the property with full hookups.

We are still having to deal with some health issues this year with ongoing visits to various medical professionals for checks this and that plus we will probably undergo some fairly invasive procedures which are a little risky, but considered to be necessary for continued well-being. More on that after we’re done with it.

We are looking forward to a great new year with plans to see the families on yet another motor tour or two in the Class A Motorhome. Hope your year is going as well.

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