Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Belen, New Mexico .... settling in from 2 months on the road. Arrived home last Sunday, the 21st, and arrival can sometimes have its challenges. All is in order by today, Thanksgiving Eve, and all is well. Diane is in the house salt brining the two Diestel turkeys she will be contributing to our community dinner in ABQ tomorrow. You never salt brined a turkey? It is mucho delicious. My offering will be fresh green beans lightly steamed and smothered in garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, plus seasonings, yum.

Tonight Yu Garden, a local Chinese restaurant honored their customers with their annual turkey dinner (food they have learned to prepare since arriving here, and they have learned well). I overdid it. What a feast. Hope I have room for more tomorrow.

I love being on the road and love being home. I am grateful this season for giving thanks for the opportunity to be able to create the healthy life I enjoy, including many friends, my family, my oils, many interests that bring great pleasure.

I am still getting over the loss on my computer of pictures to share and have temporarily lost interest. But I have many, many others so will dig around for something appropriate and close with my heartfelt wishes for you to manifest your dreams. Am reading a magnificent book: "Of Monkeys and Dragons: Freedom from the Tyranny of Disease," by Michele Longo O'Donnell

Thought for Today:

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest
appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Liquid Roses by Jim Van Hoose.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Safford, Arizona ... Aren't you tired of me complaining about being so far behind? And all the pictures are again lost, so I am depressed about blogging today. I picked Safford as a new place to go and stay for ahwile. It is located 160 miles east of Phoenix and very near the New Mexico border. I looked it up on the internet and one of the stats is that it has a population of 33,000 people and is 2928 in elevation. There is one RV park, Lexington Pines, and it is just the nicest place to be. Friendly folk, great manager, good vibes! The weather has been warm days and chilly nights, my favorite ... but today it is COLD. So we drag out the heavier clothes. Found Curves and Mary, the worker bee there, was so welcoming.

I met Betty Drake my first day here when she invited me to share with her a piece of her freshly baked peach pie. Yesterday Betty and I went to see the movie, "Shall We Dance?" It is the best movie ever ... Richard Gere, J.Lo, Susan Sarandan. A feel good movie that should appeal to everyone.

CeCe, the manager, is just the best concierge and a lively activity organizer. She right off the bat asked me about natural healing, don't know why, maybe she smelled the oils? And she is telling everyone of my magic oils. Maybe that's why I'm here. I have often thought about having classes at RV parks but did not pursue that path. Maybe this is why I'm here.

I'm here because I wanted to spend some time in a small town in Arizona to study tax lien certificates, a subject that I took a weekend workshop about and have all the CDs and materials and internet stuff ... so why can't I settle down and get started? Such puzzlements. But the verdict in the Peterson case got my attention last night, and the craziness around Arafat's death depicted on CNN kinda captured my gaze ... would this ever happen in America?

So will end this ramble and post the latest picture of the twins sent by their dad, Andrew, my grandson.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Casa Grande, Arizona .... hopelessly, helplessly behind, sorry 'bout that. To trace where I've been .... well, after leaving Chattanooga I headed west and just sorta lopped along I-20 in a southwesterly direction connecting with I-10 around Van Horn, Texas. Then it was a mad dash to Las Cruces. It rained and rained every single day. Could hardly wait to get to Arizona. Cruces welcomed me with the biggest rain storm of the year. When it rains that much, nothing dries out ... that does not fit in with my personality. I did connect with Kathe Pass and we went to Old Mesilla for lunch, a delightful day. I have many fond memories of Las Cruces in the 1990s when I went there once a year for four years to the Southwest Dowsers Conference, a joyful experience and lots of stories from there. Unfortunately, that conference is no more ... the organizers have grown older, some have died, some have divorced, and so it goes, as the world turns. I had a long, delightful phone conversation with Bill Munn, who is still there.

I am remembering now driving through Midland-Odessa, Texas, Dubya's country ... egads, how bleak. Chemical companies, everything to do with drilling for oil ... such negative energy I couldn't get through there fast enough.

So after Cruces I went to Tucson, had a wonderful dinner with Doris Walenta, and after a few days of renewing my connections with Tucson, headed to Casa Grande, where I am now preparing to lower my dish and move on to Chandler AZ, southeast of Phoenix, for a rootin'-tootin' Dixieland jazz festival which begins tonight. Maybe while there I will be able to get my pictures ready for this blog and catch up some more. Been playin' catch-up, got tickets for flight and car to California for Christmas.

Today my friend, Margie, in Redding CA is in hospital having major surgery and so is friend, Elizabeth, in the Bay Area. Friend, Char, in Nebraska had knee surgery on Tuesday and the latest report is she is doing just fine. Three good friends in one week, that's a ton of prayers.

And the election has come and gone. God Help us All.

Well, checkout time here is 11 a.m., and so it's time to get this rig ready to roll.
More later ....

Thought for today:

May the Forces of Light Be Empowered to Turn to Good
All Circumstances upon this planet Earth.

May the Forces of Light be Empowered to Turn to Good
All Circumstances within the United States of America.