Monday * October 18th 2021

July 4th, Helpful Neighbors, POI and a Bonus!

Sometimes, people ask me “Did you take that photo?”

Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes no.

If you click on the photo itself and it takes you to my Flickr photostream, the answer is “yes.”  I love Flickr because I click on a button in my WordPress dashboard and I can automatically insert the photo.  Easy Peasy!

If the photo is more of a cartoon (or gif format) I do use non-copyrighted clipart/photos that I sometimes alter and upload to Photobucket.

Happy Fourth of July! 


A fireworks display in Lincoln City, Oregon…

What IS it about fireworks that amaze and delight?  The seem to squeeze “ah’s and ooh’s out of us, as we scan the skies for spectacular arrays and colors.

I suppose I’m a real traditionalist when I watch fireworks, because as I watch I always want to hear Handel’s Water Music/Music for Royal Fireworks.


Note:  The background is interesting and takes the first five minutes – the rest is the orchestra playing the compilation and lasts approximately one one and ten minutes.  (Beautiful if you have a fast connection…)

Helpful Neighbors

Have I ever mentioned I have the most wonderful neighbors?

Julia and and her husband Edward keep an eye on my house and get my mail when I away for extended travels.  He often shares books with me to read, and I try to do the same since he’s a history buff.

Wilma invites me over often to holiday functions (and many times just for dinner) , and her husband Marvin (at 83 years old) takes my trash container to the curb every week to be picked up.  Marvin’s kind of amazing.  He’s an amateur painter, gardener, and woodworker.  He’s helped me do little projects like help repair an antique walnut round pedestal table I found at a thrift store, make a little wine glass rack for my RV, and most recently helped me configure (and install) a Coolaroo Sunsail shade for my RV as I don’t have an awning.


Little RV Improvements

Four eye bolts were driven into the RV, and I punched grommets to secure with small carabiners.  The hook I have secured to the side door stretches out to a weighted bucket I have “glammed up” with a stake wrapped with solar rope lights around it.

Cali and I have some shade to sit outside in, but most important if it’s really hot and sunny the project shades the side refrigerator vent.  I also have two small muffin fans and the combination help my refrigerator not struggle in high temperatures.

It’s easily (and quickly) detachable and folds up neatly into a small package to store in my cargo hold.

POI (Points of Interest)

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Garmin Nuvi 205W

I knew about POI’s (Points of Interest) that you can download and add to your GPS to increase it’s functionality.  There was a little bit of a learning curve, but Garmin can help walk you through the process.

You can download some amazing stuff…

POI Factory is a great resource, and I was specifically interested the file for the Moose Lodges that allow RV Parking.  (I joined Women of the Moose last year in Grand Junction, Colorado.)

Speaking of amazing stuff, I’ve compiled an “Amazing RV Resources Page” on this blog.  It’s by no means complete, and I consider it a living document” to be added to frequently.  Please contact me if there’s a resource you’d like to see added.  🙂

Amazing RV Resources includes:

  1. Free and Inexpensive RV Parking
  2. RV Dump Stations
  3. Food Preparation in an RV
  4. RV Repair Centers
  5. POI (Points of Information) for GPS Users
  6. Recommended RV Solar Installers
  7. Cell Reception and WiFi Coverage
  8. Incident Information (Current wildfires, etc…)

I took some “time and effort” to create this page as a service to those that RV, and I hope you find it useful and refer it frequently.

I wish each and everyone a



12 Comments »Holiday Fun, Journal

12 Replies to Desert Diva to “July 4th, Helpful Neighbors, POI and a Bonus!”

  1. Gay and Joe UNITED STATES says:

    It is so great to have thoughtful neighbors! We have had it both ways throughout our sticks and bricks days.

    We were somewhat surprised that it’s not even dark here ( Polson, MT) until about 10:30pm…we Re looking forward to the fireworks across the lake…if we can stay awake that long!

    Have a great Fourth of July!

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Gay and Joe,

      Yes, I suppose neighbors can be a “blessing or a curse,” but I’ve been fortunate.

      Yikes, not dark until 10:30 p.m.? That’s late. I hope you enjoy watching the fireworks – I’ll bet they’re worth staying up to watch.

      Happy July 4th to you and yours…


  2. Dave UNITED STATES says:

    Love the new Resource Page that you did…will have to spend some time on it later. Looks like you are nearly ready to take off, remember what Santa does (Make a list, check it twice….but we won’t cover the part about naughty or nice….lol) Great shot of the fireworks…they are so hard to shoot, and I am fairly certain that our new camera won’t get good firework pictures, but I will have fun trying. 🙂

    Dave (Marcia and Bubba and Skruffy)
    Dave´s last blog post ..Fourth of July — Warning, the Soapbox is Out

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for your kind words about the new resources page.

      Yes, it’s a little nerve-wracking to get ready to leave – especially when one is planning on being gone for awhile.

      As for fireworks, I’ll bet that somewhere your Panasonic Lumix has a “fireworks” mode – mine does. I’ve found that the best way is to use a tripod – you can pick up a lightweight one that will support the Lumix at Wal*Mart I’ll bet. Set up the tripod – point it in the direction of the fireworks and just keep pressing the shutter button. You’re sure to get some good photos…

      Happy Fourth of July to you and yours…


  3. Gaelyn says:

    So nice to have helpful neighbors. Really like the shade screen. So when do you hit the road and where first?
    Gaelyn´s last blog post ..Yarnell Hill Fire takes lives of 19 firefighers

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Gaelyn,

      Yep, I love my neighbors – they’re great!

      I’m not quite sure when I’m leaving, but want to investigate the Durango/Ouray area first…

      Have a great July 4th!


  4. Sandie UNITED STATES says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to have such caring neighbors. Can’t imagine how I would ever make it through some of life’s challenges without them. Keep up the great work on your resource page.

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Sandie,

      Yes, it’s quite a blessing to have great neighbors on both sides of my townhome.

      Thanks for the kind words about the resource page – I worked really hard on it!


  5. Rick Doyle CANADA says:

    Like you, we have great neighbours that look out for us while we’re gone.

    The POI downloads are really nice and useful. I downloaded all RV parks and Camgrounds to my new Garmin and it is far more extensive than the default list that came with the Garmin.

    Have a great 4th of July weekend!
    Rick Doyle´s last blog post ..Beautiful Strathcona Park’s Alpine Meadow Hike

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Rick,

      I’m so very thankful l that I don’t have to worry about my house when I leave for extended periods of time.

      I’m glad you found the POI link page helpful. I love finding useful ones.

      I hope you and yours have a relaxing weekend! 🙂


  6. Donna K UNITED STATES says:

    Always nice to have caring and helpful neighbors – even in the virtual world of blogland!! So thank you for your helpful resource page. Very thoughtful.

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Donna,

      Yes, caring neighbors (no matter where) are always a good thing! 🙂 You’re welcome – I hope the page provides a good resource for folks when they need it.