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DRAGGED INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.

If it seems like we are giving thanks on this august day set aside for reflection, we are. Only the pictures are belated. Jim took the pictures so one chair is empty. We are: Doug, with his back to the camera; Cedric;  grandsons, Theo and Owen; daughter, Virginia; and myself. The rest of the family celebrated in their own homes

Virginia is very organized and reported that last year she had to toss half a moldy pumpkin pie among other assorted containers of food that somehow get hidden in the back of the frig. This year, she ordered, everyone takes home anything they brought that is left. That works for me because I love living for a week out of the frig.

Theo peeled thirteen potatoes before Virginia said, “Halt.”  All of us took mashed potatoes, turkey and gravy home.

Doug mashed that mountain of potatoes. It takes muscle to wade through them and get the butter and half & half thoroughly mixed.

Every year, as a tease to Cedric, we set up cranberry man. Doug decorated him with torn napkin snow this year.

Both of Virginia’s salads have pomegranate berries in them.

While the rest of us played Quidler, Cedric spent the entire time at the stove. Watching the turkey. Stirring up gravy with roasted vegetables. Heating up Mary’s gumbo and Doug’s Lasagna.  Virginia put a skillet of  Johnny Cake in the oven, and made pear tart ahead of time. Doug always makes huge batches of cookies from his own original recipes.

Everyone had a hand in the works.

We skyped with Daughter Kristanne, with son Austin and his brother Alec who drove up for the day. And, I HAD a picture of them. Ken called and talked to everyone.

In fact, Jim took 128 pictures on my new camera, plus this video of Theo on stilts made by his brother Owen. (It made me a bit nervous because they are a bit heavier and don’t fit as well as commercial stilts.) He juggled while walking as well. It takes courage to be tied onto legs six feet tall.

Now, I would have liked to add more pictures. There were better ones but my choices were slim. The reason is my brand new camera does not sync well, sometimes, not at all, with my system 7 computer. Hmm! It took two phone calls to Consumer Cellular on the 24th. And, six hours between Jim and Me trying to figure it out from the book we downloaded. I went to bed exhausted. More of the same yesterday. And finally, this morning, an hour phone call with a cellular genius, who got me partially into the 21st century of phones. But, it was frustrating to be dragged into it and not be able to post nor edit anything. Nor even choose from a fat 128 picture album.

The help-line genius said, “Well we say it works with system 7, and it does, sort of. But don’t try it again. You might as well get a new computer that has system 10 on it.”

He was terrific and now, just before Christmas sales, I have an excuse to buy a new computer.

It would have been wonderful to have my first experience with pictures on my new phone be a pleasant one. The learning curve is challenging.

Everyone is smiling. But, they are already using those new-fangled devices with smarter phones than mine.  But, my trusty Sony Camera will accompany me where ever I go for just a bit longer. The 21st Century is still young.

 

 

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Thousand Trails Medina Lake RV Resort, Lakehills, Texas – Day 17

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical and personal business issues. She has made her airline reservations to join me at Harlingen, Texas on January 3, 2013.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails about 40 miles west of San Antonio.

Here are more deer photos that I’ve taken here at Thousand Trails Medina Lake RV Resort in Lakehills, Texas…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…
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Enjoying beautiful animals in nature is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 27

The motorhome is still parked here at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico while I am recovering from my May 27th accident.

My right ribcage area remains slightly swollen and tender to the touch. I’m pleased to report some progress…with the exceptions of a cough or a sneeze, the poppings, with the associated pains, in my chest have finally stopped! I remain taking Ibuprofen, icing my ribcage area 2-3 times a day and wearing an elastic bandage abound my chest. The doctors told me to expect 6-12 weeks for recovery. The accident occurred seven weeks and one day ago today. Can you tell I’m ready for the recovery to be finished?

In yesterday’s Blog entry I showed photos of the moon and clouds demonstrating the low-light capabilities of my new Sony HX200V Camera. Today’s photo’s show the zoom capability. The photos were taken about 5:30 AM from the bedroom window of the motorhome. By opening the window, sliding open the screen and resting the camera on the window sill. I believe the lower right light is the planet Venus and the upper right the planet Jupiter. If I’m wrong, I hope someone more knowledgeable than myself will correct me.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

This first photo is at the default opening of 25mm…

Stepping up through the zoom range…

Arriving at camera’s maximum 30x optical zoom equivalent to 750 mm…

Finally at 30x optical plus 2x digital zoom equivalent to 1500 mm. As I’ve said in the past, it’s impossible to hand-hold a camera at this long of a focal length. The sharpness has disappeared because a good sturdy tripod is needed here…

Nonetheless, I think this camera has a great zooming capability for a point and shoot camera.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 2

We are still parked here. Thank goodness we have air-conditioning!

Mary continues busy in packing for her trip back home. She’ll begin her trip by catching the Albuquerque Airport Shuttle in Farmington…about 35 miles from here on Tuesday. She has collected/purchased an amazing amount of stuff and is trying to figure out how to get it all back home. The motorhome is not scheduled to arrive back there until  November 2013.

I’m staying busy here by trying to rest and recoup from my injuries of the terrible accident that occurred three weeks ago today. Lot’s of reading. some computer time and playing with my new camera.

Here’s an example of the zoom capacity…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Looking out the dinette window…look at just about center at the top of the ridge and you’ll see a small squarish rock outcropping…

A little closer view…

and a closer view…

Pretty neat, huh? These photos do not use the full extent of the 30x optical zoom. Another 30x zoom is also available in digital zoom. All photos are hand-held…no tripod was used.

Here is a panorama looking southeast along the nearby river…

We plan to drive the motorhome to Farmington tomorrow where we’ll do laundry in preparation for Mary’s 7:00 AM departure Tuesday morning. Temperatures here are in the low to 90’s…to danged hot for me! As soon as Mary departs, I’ll head for higher ground.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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An Extra Day In Durango, Colorado…

After a very full day, the day before yesterday…riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton and back…we were really weary yesterday. We were supposed to move on…but decided to linger and rest some more before hitting the road once again. Besides…Mary had not yet seen all the remaining art galleries here in Durango. So, that’s what we did yesterday.

Now, I’m not really in to art galleries per se, but I walked along with Mary just to keep her company. Along the way, I just took some photos of whatever caught my eye.

Here are some photos that I took…

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To see the other 40 photos that I took, click this link…
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Having fun with a camera every day is another joy in the full-time RVing lifestyle!

Today we will once again be back on the road.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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TIME IS FLEETING

Closer to leaving Murphys and joining Jim gives me pause to realize how much and how little I got accomplished in my time at home. I didn’t catch up with everyone I wanted to see or everything I wanted to do. Yet, I finished some complicated projects. There is never enough time in our hurried lives. It makes sense to stop and smell the roses.

I took time out to have friends for dinner. We call Paul, The Famous Paul Moeller, because he is known by everyone in the county. He has videotaped every event to the tune of 3 shows a week since 1983. Unstoppable, at 84, we know he has to slow down, but doesn’t. And Pam Quyle, hard-working, involved with everything that is art. She has been in this county the longest, from childhood. She is owner of Quyle Kilns, and meets people from everywhere in the world on their way to Big Trees. She educates everyone who walks in her shop and has this unlimited memory of everyone in the county, especially connected to the old-time families. Always finding a home for someone who needs a place to stay because she has this big  heart and  fields  a steady stream of people  in need of help.

And Margo, the most popular and well-known woman in Murphys. You can’t walk down the street with her because she gets stopped too many times. Everybody knows Margo. She pours wine for Chatom Vineyards and has as many local friends as out-of-town friends, and many from other countries. She speaks German, French and English.  She doesn’t have to work and keeps planning a second retirement.  Chatom doesn’t want her to leave.

I promised cactus to anyone who wants a piece, so Pam took my picture hacking off a hunk for Margo who loves cactus. Still more than half of it to go. Any takers?

As I look at my pictures these past couple weeks from the new camera, they seem mushy and over bright. Slightly out of focus. I’ve got to test it and see if I can discover the problem before the  warranty is up.  And, I ordered plane  tickets for my return to New Mexico , and now the things undone loom larger.  Still, can’t forget the  roses.

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