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Serene water, the quiet broken only by the cry of a bird and then – paradise was invaded. Its become the stronghold of the “no-see-um bug, as the locals commonly call them. They are black and I see them!  And they bite and suck blood! They leave a huge, itchy bump. They came in about 3 days ago and we were told they will all be gone in a week. Yet, they have come with a vengeance, biting anywhere on our body left exposed. They especially like the hairline.  They have literally driven us in to the RV! Even Morgan has not been spared any mercy by these critters.2009july4

Our July 4th was a kick. A few days ago a couple comes walking up to the RV. They own a home on the lake just over the hill and they invited us to their 4th of July party. Friday became baking day – early in the morning to beat the heat. I baked up some brownies, banana bread to get rid of the last of the bananas, and shortcake to eat with the strawberries we purchased the day before. We went over about 4:15 and met about 5 other couples. They made us feel as if we had known them for years. We felt very comfortable with them. The hosts served up hot dogs and everyone else brought side dishes. Don’t you find these kind of potlucks interesting? I guess the cook in me comes out and I want recipes for all these different foods people make. It was a great buffet of food. Conversation never stopped flowing before, during and after dinner.

Next came the bean bag toss and we paired up in couples. In the end, by sheer luck and determination we came out on top. You never pair up two first born adults! We then sat around the camp fire, watching the night sky for planes and satellites, of which no one could decided which was which. We talked RVing, Bouse and all kinds of topics. Dale and I got home about 11:30. The evening was spent under a big, almost round moon.

Sunday, we get ready to leave on Monday. It has been an idyllic place to rest up. Life is good.


5 thoughts on “Invasion

    Alice Bratcher said:
    July 6, 2009 at 6:59 am

    My husband Dale and I lived in the area of Bouse about 9 years ago. Dale worked as a farm manager who leased farms in Aguila, Wenden, Vicksburg, and Poston but the one farm I wanted to tell you about was called the Lincoln Ranch.
    The Lincoln Ranch can be reached by going north on the road with the military monument in Bouse. It was owned by the family/ makers of the Lincoln welders. But last I hear Phelps Dodge owned and leased it out to farm. It is on the Bill Williams river.
    Let me know if you are interested in some more info.

      dusterbin said:
      July 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Alice for stopping by my blog! Gee I think you are my first visitor since I started this.
      We will get to know more about Bouse and the area when we can stay longer than a week. We are hoping for a couple of months down there this winter. We will certainly look up this Lincoln Ranch when we get there. Is it a visitor site or is it still running?
      We stay out in the desert about a mile from Bouse going towards Quartzsite. We hope to get involved in Bouse this winter if we can. We just met some people who bought a house there – which was awesome! Now we know 2 couples in Bouse.
      Take care,

    K. Joann Russell said:
    July 6, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Enjoyed your post, and some of your other archives. Thanks to Dale’s link I found your blog.

    Welcome to the life of the retired! In my mind I changed term from retired to refired, a entirely different concept.

    Thanks for sharing your scrapbook pages. Mine was years behind even though both my daughters design scrapbooks for others.
    A nice tribute to the 4th of July!

    dusterbin said:
    July 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Joann.

    Lynn said:
    July 7, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Well I finally got a chance to check out your blog here darlen. Very nice indeed, and the scrapbooking is a real delight. So happy for you both that your retirement is starting off with such a wonderful scenerio. Nothing better than watching the ways of the wildlife, beats watching the wildlife in the cities right girlfriend.

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