Friday, December 23, 2011


It started snowing last night just as darkness was taking over.  It has snowed all night with lots of wind to go with it, causing snow drifts all over town!  It is still snowing and we have 90% chance of snow all day and 40% chance of snow tonight! Truth or Consequences NM doesn't normally have this kind of snow. It snowed last weekend and now again this weekend! So it looks like we will have a great white Christmas!
The wind blew all night, but left our Christmas lights still hanging... sort of !

That wall is 3 feet tall... the snow drift is almost to the top this morning... up to the top now, 3 hours later!

The MotherShip sits across the street,
still waiting for a destination!

Last weeks snow just covered the top of this cactus, not sure it will withstand being buried
in snow this week!

At 7am, I went out with broom in hand to brush off the snow from the satellite so we could watch weather reports on tv. Stepped in drifts up almost to my knees!

This is the back of Chuck's truck, looking out through the kitchen window!

Scotty has been in snow before, he gets busy making yellow snow!

This is the wrought iron decoration we have hanging on the tall wall between us and our neighbor Larry.
The snow looks really cool on it!

Scotty has been down in the snow for a few minutes. Our Florida dogs, DoogieBowser and Radar look to him for advice about this weird, cold, white stuff!

Our faithful mascot for The MotherShip, Cosmos, looks a bit lost in this world of white!

My Florida car also looks a bit lost with
all this white stuff! 

DoogieBowser got off the porch long enough for his feet to touch the snow, then he hightailed it back up the steps and refused to come walk in the snow!

Radar and Scotty seemed to not
 mind the snow at all!

My art table. Though since it was under the porch roof, I thought it would be safe from the snow....wrong!
This is where I had been framing some prints before all the cold weather hit!

MOM! Not now mom! It's hard enough trying to do this in the snow... and you gotta point a
camera at me?  SHEESH!

It's still snowing! The wind is still blowing!
Our high temp today is supposed to be 35 degrees!
This is my first white Christmas since the 1980's when I was living in Telluride CO.
Chuck's last white Christmas was in the early 1990's in Pine Mountain CA, so this is a real treat for both of us!

So from all of us, to all of you,
We wish you a very Merry CHRISTmas!

Happy Trails from Geri, Chuck and the hound herd!

ps... if you want to leave a comment... and we hope you do, if the comment box does not appear below here, please go up to the top and click onto the title of the blog: "WoW! We got a white Christmas!" and the comment box should magically appear!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chicken Fried Steak

Wow! I cooked Chicken Fried Steak!!!

Thanks to Jools of traveling blog, I have learned how to make one of Chuck's favorite meals! (Mine too!) With her permission, I am gonna pass the recipe on to you!

You need tenderized round steak, you can pound them yourself or get them tenderized at the meat market like we did! First thing is get smaller pieces of meat than I did! Ha! I shoulda cut them in half! One piece would have fed both of us and fit in the cast iron fry pan better!

Put some milk in a bowl... I used a fry pan because my bowls were too small and rounded... if ya got smaller pieces of meat, or if I had cut them up smaller, a bowl would have worked fine!

After you have dipped the steak in milk, dip it into a plastic bag that has All Purpose Flour in it along with salt, pepper to taste and shake it up, coating the milk wet steak in flour.

Get the cookin' oil hot, not smokin' hot though, Jools says that ruins the oil!  Heat it over medium flame. Use only enough grease and not too much like I did! Make it about 1/4 inch deep, lay the floured, tenderized round steak into the hot

oil. This will "set" the breading on the steak when it's dropped into the fry pan. Jools didn't say exactly

how long to cook the steak, I just turned 'em over a couple a times until they were good and brown.

Now you gotta make the gravy! Scrape all the goodies off the bottom of the fry pan and discard some and leave some. Leave only about 5 TBSP of cookin' oil in the bottom of the fry pan. I sifted about 1/2 cup of All Purpose Flour while 3 cups of whole milk was heating on the stove. Don't boil it, just get it hot! Slowly add the sifted flour to the frying oil

Slowly add the flour to the frying pan, making a medium thick paste, continue stirring browning
the flour. When this mixture is nice and brown and

and bubbly, start slowly adding the heated milk. Keep stirring while doing this. It will become thick, creamy gravy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Jools likes her gravy all peppery.

When it's done, put the gravy over the chicken fried steak and hot mashed 'taters. It should look sorta like this!

Chuck and I are ready to dig in!

Nothing left to do now but the dishes!
Chuck?  Chuck where are you?
I cooked.... honey ???

Hope ya'll get a chance to try this chicken fried steak. It's the first time I ever made it and it turned out pretty darned good!  List of ingredients:

Tenderized Round Steak
Vegetable Oil
All Purpose Flour
Salt and Pepper
Whole Milk (or as Jool's grandma called it, "sweet milk" as opposed to "buttermilk".

So today you got to take a trip around my kitchen instead of the highways. Prolly not as exciting, but still fun! If you want a more defined version of the recipe, click onto the link above for Jool's blog and the real recipe!

Just a note to let ya'll know, the big bad storm that swept through the Southwest pretty much missed us here in Truth or Consequences NM. We have had 2 days of some rain and lots of dark gloomy clouds, but that's all.  No snow, no blizzards, no flooding and no warm weather either! But we are fine and still enjoying our winter here!

Also, another heads up! Sometimes the area to make comments to us does not show up. If you don't see the comment box at the end of this blog, go back to the top and click on to the title...Chicken Fried Steak, then come back down here to read the comments that have been left and hopefully add your own!

Happy Trails from the crew of The MotherShip!
We hope you have a great Christmas with your friends and family!
Geri, Chuck and our Hound Herd

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Soaking in the Hot Springs

As ya'll know, Chuck and I love to soak in the wonderful hot mineral springs that are what Truth or Consequences NM is all about! We really love Riverbend Hot Springs in the warmer months, all of their springs are outside facing the Rio Grande River and the spa is just a beautiful, artsy place that we love to visit. Chuck and I workamped there the summer of 2009.

This is our friends Larry and Betty Harmon, full time RV'ers and bloggers visiting us and soaking at Riverbend!

But this week, Chuck and I decided to soak in a different hot springs resort. Blackstone Hot Springs.

Here they have what they call "The Wet Room". WOW! What an experience!

Here, you get a whole room all to yourself with a huge tub with all different levels you can sit on! You can soak as deep or as shallow as you want! The water is HOT! WE WENT IN VERY SLOWLY... ABOUT AN INCH AT A TIME! In just a few minutes we were all the way in and soaking. It felt soooooo gooooood!

Next to the tub is the steam room! The steam is caused by a big waterfall of mineral hot springs water! You sit under it, as Chuck is in this photograph... and it relaxes all your muscles. You leave the steam room feeling like a limp noodle! We loved it. Also included in this room is a shower, so after we soaked our hour, we took a shower and headed home totally relaxed and renewed! I totally recommend that anybody take time to experience soaking in a mineral hot springs. The ones here in Truth or Consequences have no sulpher odor.. or any odor of any kind for that matter! The whole town sits on a huge aquifer of mineral hot springs that are some of the best America has to offer!

Chuck and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lost Photos, New Friends and SNOW!

I had put my little Fugi camera away last summer, opting to use my trusty old Nikon D-70. It has a much faster responding shutterspeed for when I am shooting through the windshield of the truck as we go speeding through all of beautiful America! Chuck is a great tour director!

I got the Fugi out the other day, when we went down to Percha Dam State Park to visit our fulltime camping buddy Sue. Surprise! Surprise! Had some images on the memory card of time spent in Torrey Utah.

Chuck and I have fallen in love with Utah! It is one of the most beautiful states we have visited and we are excited that we will be working in Utah this summer!
If you look to the right side of this blog, you will see a list of past blogs.... any one of the years with summer months will have Utah photographs listed! This last summer we posted all the wonderful petroglyph sites we visited there.

We love Torrey Utah!  If you think Sedona AZ is beautiful, you ain't seen Torrey Utah! This was taken from our campground... looking north ! There is a buffalo herd somewhere in that field...

This is also from our campground looking west at the alfalfa fields being irrigated! While staying at Torrey, we stayed at 1,000 Lakes Rv Park and highly recommend it!

This was taken from one of the backroads near Torrey.  It was a good dirt road with lots of views! Chuck and I have mostly been staying in campgrounds the past few years. But we have "met" fellow campers on their blogs who prefer boondocking. There are many places around Torrey to dry camp!

Torrey Utah is surrounded with beautiful red rocks! Torrey is Sedona 30+ years ago, when I first visited Sedona. Sedona is now such a touristy trap, overgrown to the point that most of the original beauty I found there is now hidden by "progress"!
Torrey is a small town on a small highway. One gas station, one grocery and several good restaurants!
Here is a link to Torrey:
OK We are caught up on the lost photos of summer, now for the current life of the MotherShip Crew!


Scotty, DoogieBowser and Radar are our furkids!

Meet Sue!  Sue is a lady full timing in her Casita. We met her through Emily who linked us to her blog. Sue's blog is well worth reading! She is an excellent writer and I look at her blog every day. Unlike me who posts only sporadically, Sue posts almost every day and it's always interesting!

Sue is in the process of getting solar installed! She is from Georgia, soft spoken and funny. She travels with her "crew" of 2 rat terriers Bridgette and Spike. She left Georgia several months ago and has had gypsy feet ever since. She and her crew have become good friends and will be missed as she heads for warmer weather in the deserts of Arizona! Chuck and Sue are looking at the maps as we share some of our favorite places with her!

We are the tail end of that storm that roared into California yesterday! Our winds came last night, but not nearly as strong here as in Alburqueque or California, but real gusty at times! The temp is now 37F and this morning when I walked the hound herd, there was ice on the "duck pond". the duck pond is a wash tub we keep under the gutter to catch rain so we can water our plants!

Poor duckie is stuck in the pond!

The winds were so strong, all the leaves on our mulberry tree blew off!

Looking west, over Truth or Consequences NM, you can see the bad weather coming in over the Black Range Mountains! Right now, at noon, we are seeing snow flurries floating around!

MotherShip awaits her orders! She is ready to take off for warmer weather if her crew would just get on board! We now dock the MotherShip across the street from our place. Chuck trades helping our elderly neighbor with yardwork so that we can dock nearby. We are lucky to have such good neighbors here!

Happy Trails to you from the MotherShip Crew!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

More Cranes and Bosque del Apache

I guess I used up all the available space on the last blog about the cranes, so I will finish here. If you are just coming into this blog, there are 2 more related blogs before (and below) this one!

Cranes are so graceful as they cruise over the fields, looking for a place to land.

At the refuge, there were always so many cranes around, it was hard to single just one out.

There were viewing stands and viewing blinds giving the photographer a wide open view to shoot.  The problem during Festival of the Cranes week is finding a parking space near the viewing areas!

Remember, if you want to see the photographs larger, just click onto the picture!

It was hard to believe how many cranes were there, in the fields, in the air and in the water.

The best time to see a gazillion birds is near sunset!
Here the cranes are flying in and landing prepared to share waterspace with the Snow Geese! 

I want to go back, taking Chuck with me and our camping friend Sue (she went to Chloride with us also) when we go! I keep talking about it, now maybe when they see the blog, we can actually set a date for a return visit!

I know there were a lot of photographs to wade through on these 3 posts, but now you should know that I took over 1,000 images that day.... it has taken me this long to whittle that quantity down to the few you see here! It was hard to edit out some that remain my favorite photos, but not wanting to bore you, my friends, to death with too many photos!

Happy Trails and Happy Holidays to all of you until we meet again!
Geri and Radar!