Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, February 4, 2011

On the mend, friends, precipitation, and a riveting tale…

Yesterday I headed up to headquarters for an eight o’clock meeting.  I was feeling pretty good, but not totally up to par yet.  It turned out that Doug, the volunteer coordinator, had called in sick, so the meeting was cancelled.  I was actually relieved.  That meant I could return to the rig to continue my recuperation.  It was cold and windy out, and I really wasn’t up to a full day of work yet. 


Shortly before noon, I received a call from my friends, Peggy and Paul, that they were pulling into the refuge with their rig for an overnight visit.  I volunteered with them the last two springs at Balcones Canyonlands NWR, and they were on their way from Balcones to Florida.  They’ll be heading out of Miami in about a week for a 10 day Habitat for Humanity stint in El Salvador. 


We all had a nice visit during the afternoon before heading out with the other volunteers for dinner at a local joint called Huck’s.  It’s one of those places that could be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  I felt well enough to try their version of a shrimp po-boy, and wanted to compare it to the one I had in Louisiana.  Now, if I could have the shrimp from Louisiana on the roll from Mississippi, I’d be in po-boy heaven.  :)


Once we got back to the rigs, everyone headed for home, and the rain began shortly afterwards.  This evening it has tapered off, mostly, but we ended up with more than two inches of precipitation including a brief hail shower.

IMG_8769It looks like they’re hitching up to leave in the middle of the night, but it was nine in the morning!

IMG_8771You know they’re good friends when they’ll pose for a picture in a downpour!  Safe travels, Peggy and Paul…maybe I’ll buzz over to Vermont this summer to see the place you call home.


Emma and I spent most of the rest of the day inside trying to keep warm.  During a brief respite from the rain, I dashed outside to change the extend-a-stay propane tank that was registering empty for the back up tank.  I hope one of the guys will be making a trip to town to refill the tanks sometime in the next few days.  If not, I’ll find out where they have them filled and get the job done myself.


I had plenty of time today to catch up on everyone’s blogs, and found KERRI’S post about forty years ago today to be very riveting reading.  I couldn’t tear my eyes away from that entry.  Check it out for a harrowing tale of a tornado.


Thanks for stopping by…. talk to you later,  Judy


  1. Glad your feeling better. looks like you gave me the crud long distance :) Take it easy until you are 100%!

  2. How big is your extended stay propane tank? I don't know why, but I think of something huge, but I guess you have to be able to move it yourself.

    Glad you are feeling better, but don't think you're out of the woods yet - take good care of yourself. Pampering yourself is very good for you.

  3. So glad to hear that you are feeling better and hope that you continue to improve!

    Looks as though your friends had the right rig (a "Hurricane") for the weather! It has been yucky here in AL all day, too. (Although not as bad as 40 years ago, thank goodness!)

    Thank you for the shout-out and for your kind words...

    Kerri in AL :-)

  4. hope the weather dries up soon, Judy!..nice friends you have that will pose for a picture in a downpour..all in the name of blogging!

  5. Hope your back to 100% soon but don't overdo until you are. How nice that your friends were able to stop over to visit you.

    Take Care!

  6. Hope you will soon be feeling better..Thanks for the link...living through a tornado is something to never forget....A great story...

  7. You see! Shoulda stayed here. Hope you get 100% soonest.

    We are about to find out who is willing to get up and drive on possibly icy roads to plant trees tomorrow.

  8. Looking at your photos in the rain, I'd swear you were here in the Pacific Northwest!

  9. Glad you feel better, but I think a couple of good, warm, sunny days will b needed to bring you back to good health.

  10. Good to hear your on the mend, I know Emma was right there next to you making sure you were all right.Hope you can get the tank filled without having to cart it yourself, even the small one are heavy. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  11. Reading through the blogs these last couple days tells me there are a fair few people out of sorts with colds & the crud. Hope a virus hasn't attached itself to the emails, comments, & blog reading here in RV Blog Land & is affixing itself to folks making them sick. We may have to start sending out chicken soup emails:))

  12. Glad you're on the mend, but that nasty weather would make me sick!

  13. It's good you're feeling better, but I'm glad you got another day reprieve. Healing is tough. And as much moisture and cold as has been around all the US just makes it harder for everyone. Don't push yourself.

    As for seeing friends, that is great! That can be healing!

  14. Glad you had the extra day off to recoup and rest.. even if you do go out and about for a lunch. Sounds good!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard