Cooper and I were up early, looking for sunshine and a little warm. It was still breezy, but a bit of warmth came through and thawed out Jonathan. Boondocking takes some innovation when it comes to keeping a parrot warm.
Monday, January 17, 2022
Boondocking Takes Innovation
The same holds true for breakfast when you can't use your microwave. Frying pan toast and English muffins is a no brainer. Even tater tots are better fried than in a microwave.
Jonathan's cage is sitting on a heating pad that works when the generator is running. Once warmed up, he goes up to the bedroom where two quilts try to hold the heat in. Being upstairs, the heater keeps him semi warm most of the night.
By 8:00 he's back on the heating pad with the genny running while the morning sun helps warms him up. Really, I'm surprised he's still alive!! They don't take temperature or location change well and I had no intention of being here this long.
Feeding him has caused some problems too. Again, no microwave to heat up his favorite frozen muffin. In a moment of innovation, a rarity for me, I threw it in the sieve over a pot of boiling water for my coffee. It worked perfectly!!
Once everyone was fed, I wandered off to the trash bins, then on to get more generator fuel. I knew the football games would be on and the genny would require additional food. What should I find when I returned but this cute painted rock with Cooper's name.
It's even the exact color of Cooper. The back tells the story. Thank you Patsy, I love it!!
At last Cooper and I headed out for a nice walk with him leading the way. You wouldn't think it would be a big deal, but here are so many roads around here and dozens of rigs, it's easy to lose your way back home. I try to keep an eye on the tallest cactus.
Lunch time found me digging through the bag of lettuce trying to find the edible pieces. You do the same thing, right? This was the last of the bag and I didn't want to be wasteful. After all, you really can't get much food in these small fridges. Next time I'll get more boxed ... just add water ... stuff.
Too bad, so sad ... this was the last of the peppermint cookies. A trip to the store may be in order.
I played with Mr. Personality for a bit. This kids sweet face makes up for anything impish he might do.
At long last, it was time for the football game. I went out to start the generator and look what I found! Johnathan got his own rock!! That Patsy, she's sneaky!!
The Forty Niners and the Cowboys. What a crazy weird game THAT was!! The Cowboys had a chance for a Hail Mary, but with 4 seconds left, they forgot to let the Ref place the ball on the field, or at least touch the ball. By the time he did, time ran out. The Forty Niners won!!
Today is hopefully the magic Blue Flame day. I don't have much confidence that they will arrive, but I'll head down to the store and try to get an appointment anyway. It's not just the buying .... it's the installation that I really really need this week and the sooner the better. Quartzsite just can't seem to get past 45 degrees at night. Worst case I guess I can buy a 5 gallon jug of fuel and run the hose out the window.
There was another nice sunset, but I haven't downloaded those pictures. I'll post them tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm getting rather used to doing nothing all day long!!!!