Armed Forces Day 2024

Take a moment today to honor the Men and Women in our Armed Forces. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers since many of them are in dangerous places, doing hazardous jobs and suffering under the DEI and WOKE policies as dictated by the current pro-commie and anti-Christian Administration. Whoever is pulling the strings on the puppet Commander-in-Chief has caused almost irreparable damage among the morale and honor of those serving.

The image above is a throwback to 2006 when we were still in California attending the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade. I took the photo using an ancient Canon Elph digital camera as we watched the opening of the parade march past City Hall.

Enjoy the day. For this weekend, we’re grilling – today will be BBQ Chicken with Asparagus Gratin and Tomorrow will be Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Gravy and Veggies.

Keep safe, pray for the military and vets and watch your six. God bless.

New Windshield for the RV

We encountered a minor glitch during our RV excursion to see the great eclipse in Waco Texas when a passing Big Rig Semi on a two-lane road threw up such a wind gust when passing in the opposite direction, that our windshield cracked from the shock. It did nothing to inhibit our travel plans, but became a greater concern since the crack size progressed as we got closer to home. I called the insurance company and fortunately, we were covered for a cracked/broken windshield.

Windshield Crack Getting Worse

Image: the windshield crack – pardon the reflections – click to enlarge.

After a couple of weeks waiting for the new glass to arrive, the new windshield got installed today and looks great. Due to some curing issues, we won’t be able to drive it home until tomorrow morning, so that will be the major issue for the day – getting the RV home and parking it in it’s usual slot up in the RV drive.

The new windshield

Image: the new windshield – click to enlarge.

Kudos to State Farm, RV Glass Express and Select Glass for a coordinated effort in getting the job done.

Cinco de Mayo —
  Southwestern Feast Day

Today, Cinco de Mayo, is the second of the two nearly concurrent feast days we tend to celebrate in early May. Like in yesterday’s post, the image above is an AI-generated picture with the suggestion of “Cinco de Mayo Buffet.” Also, as in yesterday’s image. I added the 3D text overlay. You may see the original AI image here.

Today’s feast consisted of a Southwestern New Mexican Pork Stew, which was very good. This is another of Damsel’s recently discovered recipes. At this hour, we’re all content with the feasting weekend now behind us.

As a disclaimer, we’re of Celtic ancestry, but not Latino. We celebrate because of the food and culture for both events. As for us, we are Christian, Patriotic Americans and celebrate the appropriate religious and patriotic events and feasting as they occur.

Beltane — Celtic Feast Day

This is the weekend in May where we celebrate two nearly concurrent feasts. Today is the first feast in celebration of the Celtic Cross-Quarter day of Beltane, or, the beginning of the summer season. I will post about the other feast we celebrate this weekend tomorrow.

The (clickable) image above is a scene generated by Microsoft’s Copilot AI image creator. I suggested a pastoral Irish Festival scene and this is what it came up with. I overlaid the Beltane text using an old 3D graphics program by Xara. The original AI-generated image without the overly can be seen here.

Our feast today consisted of “Guinness Meat Stew” from a recipe the Damsel found on-line. It was indeed a feast.

Home, Sweet Home

Although we got home early, it is late now, so this will be brief; we had a good trip back home from Gila Bend today along the so-called “Phoenix Bypass” route, and that was the intent of going the way we did, to avoid the !*&%#^? Phoenix construction and traffic. It worked, although there was a lot of traffic for a Sunday. Anyway, we’re home.

We’re about to watch a movie and then climb into our own bed at home. G’nite!

Back in Arizona

We are in Benson, AZ for the evening. We have elected to take short trips per day to reduce stress and weariness, therefore we will not be home until Sunday, having one more camping night on the road at Gila Bend, AZ, tomorrow evening.

We selected tomorrow’s campsite specifically to avoid driving through the Phoenix Metro area, which is stressful given the driving crazies and construction in that area. Last fall, we made the mistake of driving through that area and vowed to avoid it as much as possible.

As for today’s campsite, Benson is a nice town along Interstate 10 in Cochise County, AZ. We selected this campground since it is far enough away from the Interstate to be quiet overnight, yet is convenient to get back on I-10 without any hassle.

We’re both looking forward to getting home, since we’ve been on the road for almost a month. Don’t get us wrong, though, since we have had a lot of fun, good eats, relaxation, adventure (seeing new places) and, most of all, another eyewitness of a magnificent solar eclipse.

Las Cruces KOA —
  A Hilltop RV Park

We arrived at our campground today without incident. We drove straight through the planned route and stopped only once in Alamogordo to take on fuel.

We were pleasantly surprised that our campground RV park is elevated above the southwest end of the city of Las Cruces – actually a pretty big town in this region of New Mexico. In the image above, you can see our rig parked with the mountain ranges in the distance and the urban sprawl below.

Later this evening, Damsel and I took a walk down to the front of the park where there is an overlook of the area. I used my S23 Galaxy phone to photograph the city lights:

In the above image, you can dimly see the mountain range beyond the city we crossed coming here today. We also crossed the Rio Grande River, which flows through the area on its way to the Big Bend and thence to the Gulf of Mexico, where we were just a few days ago.

Click on either image to open the image viewer.