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Month: March 2011

Embracing Change…

March 6, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Embracing Change…

In concluding my posts about traveling without children, I want to expand on this idea just a bit. Recognizing that this was coming, Terry and I have been talking at length about this transition and how we will manage it for some time now. In thinking about and preparing for our youngest child heading off to college and living away from home this fall, we have decided to sell our family home shortly after she takes this step. Our plan is to have it sold by the end of the year. Terry and Ryan relaxing on the porch of our new home in New Mexico While our city was a wonderful place to raise our children, quiet, safe and near extended family, we prefer to live in a locale that offers more to us in terms of activities and surroundings that are more stimulating to us. That is why, last year, we purchased a small home in a city in northern New Mexico that we have been visiting for more than ten years. Our little camper After our house sells, my husband will be retiring so he can invest his... [Read more...]

Birding Hotspot: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, AZ

March 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Birding Hotspot: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, AZ

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. Thousands of sandhill cranes winter at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area in Southeastern Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Ramsey Canyon, Patagonia/Sonoita Creek Preserve, and Patagonia Lake State Park. Our most recent discovery was Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area in the Sulphur Springs Valley. The Sulphur Springs Valley, west of the Chiricahua Mountains between Bisbee and Douglas to the south and Willcox to the north, is great for birder watching. The valley’s highways and back roads offer access to a variety of habitats, including grassland, desert scrub, playa lake, and farm fields. A wide variety of birds winter here alongside permanent residents. The Sulphur Springs Valley’s crown... [Read more...]

ALMOST FREE CAMPING GADGET FINDS!!!

March 4, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

ALMOST FREE CAMPING GADGET FINDS!!!

Nancy often calls me “The Goodwill Junkie”. Goodwill is a non-profit company that provides training and job placement for people that may be mentally challenged or disabled.  In our community, they operate a large thrift store stocked by donations of unwanted clothing and assorted household paraphernalia. You never know what you might find on their shelves – items change daily. As I was perusing the shelves one day, I spied something in a box that really caught my eye.  It was a reflector oven manufactured by Palco Products. It was only $6.25 – cheap enough for me to take home to explore possibilities. An Internet search led me to the conclusion Palco was no longer in the business of making aluminum camping equipment.  Apparently the reflector oven I found was sold somewhere between 1955 and the early 60’s.  This one was brand new, in the box.  It had never been used. The instructions on the front of the box suggested using the oven not only for baking, but drying tents... [Read more...]

SafetyTat will give you peace of mind!

March 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

SafetyTat will give you peace of mind!

Have you ever lost your child – even a short period of time – and wondered how you can protect them when visiting an attraction park of theme park?   SafetyTat is here for the rescue! SafetyTat is a cool temporary tattoo where you can write your contact information in case your child gets lost in the crowd. I discovered SafetyTat more than a year ago and had the privilege to review their product twice so far.   I love the idea of being able to put a temporary tattoo on a child when visiting a place where it could be easy to lose them.   Don’t take me wrong.   I usually don’t lose my kids but just in case one of them would wander and we don’t realize it, it is great to know that somehow, our phone number is marked on him/her and somebody will call us. Back in September 2010, we visited the Toronto Zoo and we were able to put our SafetyTat to good use.    We rapidly applied some SafetyTat tattoos on the two youngest who would have trouble to give a phone number if... [Read more...]

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