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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ordinary days

I haven’t posted in a couple of days because nothing exciting has been going on.  After a super busy February, March has come in like a lamb for me, unlike other folks across this country.  Friday was another work day in the VC, and nothing notable transpired. 

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On Saturday, John, Diana, and I headed for Pascagoula to the farmer’s market.  It was cold and windy and only one couple showed up to sell their wares.  It was a real bust!  So, we headed back to Ocean Springs to go to their once a month open market.  There were some interesting offerings there, and I ended up buying some smoked pork chops.  I fixed one for dinner, and it was delicious.  I suppose it’s too early in the season to expect much produce to be available.

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When we traveled to the monthly art fair, it turned out that it was cancelled.  Other than the pork chops, the morning was pretty much a waste of time and gas.  Sad smile  The cold and miserable weather kept Emma and I in the rig for the rest of the day.

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It was a nippy 42* when I took Emma for her first outs this morning, and the wind really began to blow, but at least the sun was shining away.  I hung out a couple of loads of laundry, and it was amazing how fast they dried.  Of course, I had to hunt down a tee shirt and one pair of jeans that took flight from the high winds.

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The other day, I broke down and purchased another gas grill.  I haven’t had one in almost two years because I got so frustrated trying to get a large enough flame to cook anything.  The last grill I had took an hour and a half to warm up two hotdogs!  That grill ended up in the dumpster.  I’ve been carrying around that small propane tank all this time with nothing to use it with.  So, last Wednesday I hooked everything up and turned it on High to burn off the newness as the instructions said.  Well after 20 minutes, it had barely warmed up.  There was no difference between High and Low settings.  Ack!!  I tried changing propane tanks, and still no difference. 

I finally resorted to asking another volunteer if they had one of those little tanks that hook directly to the gage on the grill.  Viola!!  I actually had a flame that I could cook something on.  By this time it was almost dark outside, and I was anxious to cook my Teriyaki chicken stir fry so I made the mistake of putting the food on the grill before it had cooled down enough after the 20 minute burn off.  It was edible, but barely so.

To me, that meant that the hose from the grill to the tank must be bad.  I purchased a new hose yesterday, but it was way too windy today to check it out.  If the wind subsides tomorrow, I’ll give it a try.  I’ll do that right after I take a canoe paddle down the bayou.  It all depends on the winds.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

21 comments:

  1. Ahhh, a canoe trip down the bayou! Sounds inviting. Have fun!

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  2. good luck with the new grill!..once you get it working the way you want, just think of all the new items you can cook!!

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  3. Some days you win ... some days not. As long as the former outweigh the latter, life is good.

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  4. Glad to see you didn't get too "steamed up" with your new grill... ;c)

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  5. I have lots and lots of ordinary days. But I'd rather have them than the tornadoes. I like the looks of your new grill. Hope it works for you.

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  6. Love the Cardinal....would love to see one!!

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  7. We've had the rains and winds too. Makes it hard to get out and do anything. Hope that canoe trip happens and that grille starts behaving.

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  8. Sounds like a pretty exciting day...learning to use a grill day. Hope the new hose does the job!
    Love the photos by the way! Great job. ~wheresweaver

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  9. It's been sunny and warm here..but windy. We bought a cheap $20 gas grill at WalMart weeks ago...We still have our Weber Smokey Joe..Den uses the gas grill just for steaks, pre cooked ribs...anything that only takes a few minutes..NOT chicken for sure...He uses the charcoal grill for chix, and longer cooking things...Quiet days are welcome as long as the weather is nice..

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  10. You won't want to believe this but if there are no kinks in the propane hose then it is plugged. There is something about the odor of propane that attracts Spiders and they will actually get in the hose and build a nest thus plugging the hose. Buying a new hose is the easiest fix.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  11. I hope it's just your hose that has been the issue. I've been using the little gas grills with the small tanks for a few years now & they've all worked well. Down days are good, you have been way too busy lately anyhow!

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  12. What a beautiful picture of swamp maples. I've gone from almost spring to full winter. Had snow showers twice now and rain and snow are forecast for the next two days. Got to watch a coyote swim into the tules after I scared it off the road here at Malheur.

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  13. Good luck with your new grill. Hope you get the propane situation squared away.

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  14. Grills seem to be problematic for everyone, I think we are on our 4th or 5th one since we started RVing.

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  15. Glad to hear you didn't have too much trouble with all the storms passing your way the past few days.

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  16. You post the greatest pictures. Thank you. My favorite is the Cardinal.

    Just BS!(Bob and Sue)

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  17. Weird problem with the grill. Nice bird pics.

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  18. butterbean carpenterMarch 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Howdy Judy & Emma,
    You have had 3 or 4 grills in all of that time!! Dennis Hill x-owner of the RV Driving School, CARRIES 3 OR 4 GRILLS WITH HIM ALL OF THE TIME and cooks on them!! The hose is probably full of spiders or mud-daubers nests; they LOVE propane and will stop up your generators, floor furnaces, water heaters and stoves!! BE AWARE!!
    How did the tornadoes miss your parts of the country??

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  19. Glad you got your grill problem figured out! Food always tastes better when cooked outdoors. Yummmm

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