Monday, January 9
The cloak of silence around our home in the desert near Blythe, California allows Reggie and me to sleep undisturbed for as long as we please. This morning I’m all “slept out” by six a.m. Reggie doesn’t stir other than to stretch a leg and sigh. He’s a bundle of sleepy warmth in my arms.
I try not to wake him and lie very still, daydreaming. The time comes when I can’t be still any longer. I lift my head slightly and peer through the curtains.
Oh, my, look at that lovely pink sunrise . . . . Wait a minute! That’s where the sun SETS.
I sit up, look the opposite way, through a slight opening of the curtains on the side window.
“Oh, dear God! What a sunrise!”
I reach across the aisle, pick up the camera, and fly out the door in my nightclothes.
I’d better hurry. It won’t last long . . . .
I dash around the Best Little Trailer. I want to include it in a shot.
The color splash is in all directions. Even the Big Maria Mountains to the north are under a halo of pink, violet, and blue.
In only a few minutes, the color fades.
I go inside to find Reggie’s bewildered face barely out from under the comforter.
“Wow! You wouldn’t believe what I just saw, Reg! What a way to start the day! I’m going to fix myself some coffee. You go back to sleep, sweetie. It’s too early for your breakfast.”
Reggie’s head recedes into the comforter like a turtle withdrawing into its shell. Happily I fuss in my tiny kitchen.
Boy, this is the way to live . . . .
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I’m not going to complain about the cold.
Not when I can run around outside at seven a.m. in my night clothes while the rest of the country, for the most part, is freezing in a world of ice and snow. No, I have nothing to complain about.
Later, around noon, as Reg and I board the PTV to go to town, it begins to rain. The heater in the Perfect Tow Vehicle warms us through and through as we rumble out of Midland LTVA.
Well, the windshield wipers work. Amazing, since I never use them. It’s a wonder they haven’t dried up and fallen off.
There’s hardly enough rain to make wipers necessary. Their rhythmic squeaking across the glass, along with the heat blasting out of the vents, carries Reggie into canine dreamland.
We go to the library for more books.
I return the two Jeannette Walls books, “Half Broke Horses – A True Life Novel” and “The Silver Star – A Novel.” Enjoyed them both very much. I also return the Paula McLain book, “Circling the Sun,” about Beryl Markham. That one was okay except for the times I wanted to give the main character a good slap upside the head.
In my pocket I have a list of book suggestions from blogorinos.
I find Jeffrey Archer books and pick up the first two of the Clifton series. Also one each by Sara Gruen, Janet Evanovich, and Mary Lawson.
This should hold me for a while . . . .
The rain stops and, yes, Reg gets to run and sniff in the grassy area beside the library.
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Hmm . . . I probably have quite a few points earned on my Chase Amazon Visa credit card. When we get home, I’m gonna’ check . . . .
You see, not only do I put all my regular purchases on that card, like groceries and gas, lately I’ve used it for big things like the PTV’s brakes and the BLT’s phantom refrigerator, which, by the way, is presently touring Europe or . . . someplace.
I go online and find I have $134 in Amazon points!
Yay! I shift into shopping mode and click around Amazon, gleefully popping items into my “cart.” Soon I’ve accumulated orders that total $135.26. I tell you, it takes a special skill to find $134 and within a half-hour without leaving one’s home have it all spent!
One of the advantages of camping at Midland LTVA is mail service.
Camp Host Netta gave me the street address.
“Sure, go ahead and use it!” she said. “Your stuff will be dropped off at our place. No problem.”
“We interrupt this blog to show another sunrise photo because that’s all I got, folks.”
Okay, here’s what I ordered:
Not exactly need-to-know information, I realize.
Anyway . . . .
A new lounger because the one I have is falling apart. I could fix it but I’d rather donate it to the thrift shop. Someone will get a lounger in good shape other than it needs new webbing and one bolt to hold part of the frame together.
I also order a new handbag. Not a cheapo purse like I’ve carried ALL OF MY LIFE. Well, I didn’t go for one of the $300 purses (I’d die first), but at least this one is gen-u-wine leather. I’m sick of the bag I bought at a thrift store for seven bucks a couple years ago.
Reggie gets a new jacket!
More about that when it arrives.
Oh, and one more thing. I order six feet of oilcloth for my folding table. I love everything about that table, except that the surface collects stains very easily. A table “cloth” will prevent that and also will be pretty in our outdoor room.
Now I need more repairs so I can get more points.
Just kidding, just kidding!
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