Thursday, July 18, 2019
Sue and I were going to Winner’s butcher shop in Versailles and then back to the park to swim. I bought some chicken wings that comes with “fixins” that we had at the graduation party. You sprinkle, then grill them. Turn them over and sprinkle again! We must have gone through hundreds at the party. I also bought some pot roast, all cooked and in containers. Oh so good! Open faced roast beef sandwiches were on the menu for dinner that night.
Sue and I were in the pool until there was thunder and a flash of lightning and they blew the whistle for everyone to get out of the pool. That was it! No rain, no more thunder or lightning, the sun stayed out! We changed clothes, got some sides together to go with our sandwiches and ate outside when the fellows returned. We said our goodbyes about 9:30 and they left for home.
Tuesday was travel day again. I-75 is under construction from Florida to Michigan so we took state highways instead. Boy could we tell we crossed into Michigan! We thought Arkansas was bad. All the roads have been bad but those first few miles up Michigan 23 was like an honest to goodness washboard.
We have been fortunate that things have stayed put inside despite the bucking and bouncing! I am real careful that I remember to secure the closet door, medicine cabinet, shower doors, put the TV and antenna down, bungee cord the dish cabinet doors and Velcro the refrigerator handles. Now we have to take down the clock too! Even Velcro didn’t hold it up. Sounds like a lot but takes less than 5 minutes.
Bill and Kara were going to come out for dinner but the weather looked iffy. It had sprinkled all day so we met in Rochester for dinner. The kids were with their Dad. They both had long work days so we didn’t linger long.
Wednesday was finally a day for us to relax. We went to check on a campground in Lapeer, MI but it was a horrendous place. Not much more than a gravel parking lot with coaches cheek to jowl in a line. No thank you. We stopped at Kroger for a few things and then came home where I was able to stream The Bachelor on my IPad. This gal was “loose” throughout the whole show and I don’t hold out hope for anything to last no matter who she chooses.
Today Bill and the kids came out for a quick visit. Kelly, Pat and Cassie are coming for dinner but not until 7:00. I made beans, fruit salad, cucumbers, and sliced tomatoes to go with the burgers and brats plus strawberry shortcake for dessert. Kara is off tomorrow and asked us to come in. Yeah! I can strip the bed and take the laundry in to her house.
No photos but more things will be happening! Stay tuned.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
It did give us a chance to see several relatives but we prefer better circumstances. We left immediately following the Mass, burial was private.
That evening we had dinner with a group of friends who were classmates of mine in grade school. That is always a fun time. I didn’t take a picture though.
Wednesday we visited, overlooking the city, from my brother’s recently purchased condo. Then we had dinner in the restaurant in the building, scoring a window seat to continue the view as the city lights came on. Spectacular! We spent over six hours just visiting and enjoyed the evening so much.
Thursday we finally got our new microwave glass plate that I had shipped to my friend Judy. Everyone on both sides of the family had been away from home so I asked if Judy and Joe were going to be around. They gladly agreed to the UPS drop drop off and brought the plate for the turntable over. We had a lots of laughs during a great visit and dinner in west Harrison.
Somewhere along the line we shopped at Sam’s to stock up on our Cincinnati favorite foods, I did some laundry, we shopped at Gabe’s and had dinner at Skyline chili!
I am afraid to go to my weigh-in with all this eating out, but Saturday was another Cincinnati must, LaRosa‘s Pizza, but with a group of Mercy high school class of ‘63 friends. So much fun catching up after 56 years!
After attending Mass in the afternoon, we drove to Bellevue, KY, across the River to see a group, The Belaires, perform.
The Belle of Cincinnati quietly slipped past, her paddle turning, as we listened to the concert. Afterwards there was a fireworks display and it was rather late when we returned home.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Our week in photos
The 4th of July weekend at Elk Lake
Ted holding Graham who climbed up in his lap and gave him a kiss.
Swimming around the boats.
The water park Tim built for the little ones. Dumping bucket, spouting dolphin, elephant and bears.
The rest were taken on Saturday at Ed’s house where we celebrated our godson Dustin’s college graduation.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
The weekend weather was hot but no rain after a big storm on Thursday night took down some large trees! Everyone had a terrific time and Saturday’s dinner in our red and white private tent was delicious!
Everyone had to be out by 10 am on Sunday. Ted and I took Karen to Mass at 8:30 while Ronnie got their things together. She got out of our car and into Dan’s and off they went. We were staying until Monday so we went to Bowling Green KY with Kelly, Pat, Kara, Bill, Morgan and Sam. We hiked down to a blue hole at the lost cave and then to the Butterfly Building before heading to the Mellow Mushroom to eat.
While there, Ted received a phone call from Terry. I knew it wasn’t going to be good. Either something had happened at home and Nancy requested he call us or something else. It was that their great niece had died suddenly a few hours before. I have still not received a cause of death but I am suspecting PE, blood clot, or aneurism. I did learn when they tried to intubate her, the lungs were filled with blood. She was 37 and leaves her husband and two daughters ages 11 and 14.
This just threw us for a loop. Her family lived near us in Michigan and we were each other’s only Family in the area. Lynn was like us having a grandchild. Our kids were so excited when she was born. Kristin remarked this is the first person she remembers her birth and death. So, so sad.
Monday we headed to Georgetown KY and got set up. Kelly and Pat stopped at the Corvette Museum and then at our campground for a bite to eat before going to their motel and the James family toured some of Nashville before catching a flight home.
Today the four of us went to The Ark in Williamstown. We spent about six hours there including lunch and a short gospel concert. It is HUGE! The building itself is so interestingly built and how the animals were fed, watered and cleaned up after was enlightening. You could visit frequently and probably find something else each time that you had missed.
We have made arrangements to drive to Avon, OH on Monday for the funeral to arrive in time for the viewing and we will stay over night to attend the Funeral Mass on Tuesday. Kelly and Kara will drive over from Michigan. Ted’s brother, sister and sister-in-law are also driving from Cincinnati. Lynn’s parents died 10 years ago, 9 months apart. Her grandparents and aunts and uncles all live in Arizona and I have not heard of their plans.
Tomorrow we head to Cincinnati where the RV will stay for 11 days with us not being there 4 of those days! Nothing like paying camping fees and motel fees for the same night!
I am having problems with photos again! The last I promised from the reunion didn’t post and I am trying to post The Ark. I will try to post them separately.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
We left on Monday as planned. Since it wasn’t a weekend and there are several campgrounds in the area between Texarkana and Little Rock, we didn’t make a reservation. Out first choice was full, second was closed permanently, third closed due to flooding, fourth gave the last spot to the guy in front of us, fifth was also flooded and finally we found a place 6 miles off the interstate just outside of Little Rock.
When we went in, our place was a mess from all the potholes and bad roads. Arkansas did warn us "Potholes Ahead."
The crockpot was on the floor but ok. The cabinet doors had opened and Corelleware was broken into a zillion white shards all over the place, the microwave had opened and the glass plate was across the RV in pieces, the pendant light was hanging 6 inches down on wires with the shade broken and the clock was off the wall!
We cleaned up the mess and assessed the damage. I have lots of Corelleware so no big deal, the pendant lights are due to be changed out anyway so that will be taken care of, the clock did not break and could be rehung but I need to order a new glass plate for inside the microwave.
We had to take the narrow country road six miles back to I-40 and relaxed a bit. But that didn’t last but two hours and kapow!, the pothole that disrupted the inside had ruined a tire. We were on the side of the road for almost three hours. I spent a half hour trying to explain to Coachnet road service they cannot tow a 5th wheel, if she sends a flatbed it had to accommodate 50 feet because the truck would need to pull the trailer on to it and I just needed a tire changed. In all the discussion she never asked if we had a spare!
We waited an hour for a young man to arrive, with a small jack. This didn’t bode well. Eventually agreeing he was ill equipped to do the job at hand, he used a stack of our leveling blocks to lift the jack up to the frame and Ted’s long handled screwdriver as a replacement for the 6 inch handle his jack had. We did have a spare and finally we were ready to roll.
Through all of this I had been on the phone with my nephew who dispatches at my brother’s trucking company trying to find a replacement for the spare. He couldn’t find a Goodyear but did find a Firestone not far up the road in Brownsville. We stopped and had it put on the rim, they tucked it back up underneath and we continued on to Yuma, TN where we spent the night.
We were only about 100 miles from Nashville and contacted the same tire company there and made an appointment to buy 3 new Firestone tires and have them put on, placing the Goodyear back as the spare. $1400 later we were on the last leg of our trip which was just minutes from Nashville Shores.
Things got better after that. We got checked in, parked and set up, and spent the evening watching TV,
Thursday was a leisurely day and a few people arrived. My sister rented a pontoon and we went for a 2 hour boat ride on the lake. We had the entire Marina Restaurant filled at dinner. The younger group went into Nashville bar hopping, Friday the entire group made it in. We had all 24 lakeside cabins, two hillside cabins and two RV spots rented for 98 people.
That evening we had the pulled pork Ted had smoked for a group dinner in the common grassy area between the lake and the cabins. Having no one outside our group in any cabin gave us full rein of the area. There was even a small play area for the little ones. A poker game ensued, a lot of visiting went on, and a bunch of little kids were running around.
Saturday was a group effort breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage. I scrambled the eggs while niece Cindy and husband Tim cooked the rest. We had two tables on their porch set up buffet style. You went up one set of steps, got your food, crossed the duplex porch and down the opposite steps! We had gathered all the picnic tables into one area for eating,
At 10 o’clock the water park opened and everyone headed that way. We had a huge tented area reserved for our group. Dinner was served there at 5 pm but people drifted in and out throughout the day. The food was delicious at dinner and by 7 we had all returned to our accommodations for a final evening together.
The rest are photos taken throughout the weekend.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Monday I stopped by the doctor for my urine specimen. I haven’t heard otherwise so I guess that means the medicine worked and my infection is indeed gone. I have no idea what I did the rest of the day.
Tuesday I took Nancy for her second cataract surgery. This one was a bit quicker than the other one so I arrived home before dinner time.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were spent getting everything together to load the trailer on Sunday. It takes awhile to get all the paperwork things together so I can handle bills, social things, volunteer responsibilities, etc. while we are gone.
Then I have to plan ahead for clothes for engagements we have to attend. And enough of our bang around clothes so I don’t have to visit the laundromat frequently.
Ted went to the trailer and checked the tires, turned on the refrigerator, and did his overall checklist before leaving. I took the pantry items out and put them away. It is the only cabinet we can reach when the trailer’s slides are all in.
Earlier in the week he had the truck’s fluids and filters all changed. I did pick him up and take him back a time or two. I just don’t remember which days!
Saturday we went to Mass, grabbed a bite and then went to our neighbors for a visit while we were both in town. We are like ships passing in the night. We can’t decide who is gone the most. My money is on them!
Sunday Ted moved the RV to the campground. I had been at home loading my car and when he said he was set up and on his way home, I put the refrigerator and freezer things in bags for him. I emptied the refrigerator, cleaned it and loaded up my car with those things.
It takes awhile to get everything in its proper place but we got it done, I have three baby gifts, two Christmas gifts and my scale that I had to find spots for but I did it! We had a pizza for dinner and watched TV. Rain is predicted for Monday. Ugh!
Monday, June 17, 2019
Thursday was our ladies luncheon but only three of us were there! We normally stop for the summer but we were encouraged to keep having it. Maybe we should have stuck to the original calendar.
Friday was my mammogram so I drove myself over and back with a stop at Hobby Lobby for the dollhouse nursery set I will wrap as a gift for Ally’s shower. When they have moved into a 2 bedroom apartment in the fall I will order and pay for whichever bed, mattress and dresser they choose. Kara is buying the high chair and will use the third piece of the nursery set in the same manner. No dragging huge boxes around doing it this way.
Ted was gone all day so I started right in on cleaning because Sherida and John are coming Sunday for dinner. They have had us twice in their new home and I am falling behind. We are leaving next week so I wanted to be sure to have them before we leave.
Saturday was our normal routine. I finished up getting ready for company by cleaning our bedroom and bath last, going to the store and setting the table. After Mass we ate at home.
Ted shot early on Sunday, Father’s Day, and received gifts, cards and calls from all the girls. I bought him a lovely card and as soon as I find it I will give it to him! He has his two new tubes for his Kolar gun so he was fine.
Sherida and John came and we watched some baseball until the Astros were way behind then switched to the Open. Being at Pebble Beach made it fairly late here. We stopped for dinner, played some cards (I lost again!) and then had dessert. It was a fun day and it was nice having them over on Father’s Day.
This week is my last two Dr. Uber duties. I have to go for a UTI check up to be sure all is clear. Nancy has her second cataract surgery Tuesday and I will be taking her. Wednesday is haircut day for both of us. I will then have a few days to prepare for departure!
It is late in the season for us to still be here but the weather has been pleasant so far and the storms throughout the Midwest made us glad we aren’t in the road. I hope Mother Nature is done for awhile!
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Monday was our joint cardiologist appointment. Dr. D said my vein still has some remnants of the DVT but agrees with Dr. P that it has probably just become attached to the vein wall, hardened and will cause no harm. My vein valves still leak somewhat in the left leg but since I am not experiencing any symptoms we will leave well enough alone.
They took Ted’s history, gave him an EKG, were amazed at his BP and also the fact he takes one 20 mg antacid a day and no other meds. They gave us a paper saying he was low risk for his upcoming annual endoscopy. Ted asked me if he needed that and I said no, I think they did to have a reason for the visit. She said to come back in one year for both of us!
Gerre stopped by to bring the beautiful blanket she crocheted for our great grandbaby. What a tremendous gift that can be passed down to the next generation when the Acosta babies are grown.
Friday, June 7, 2019
The next day I went over to fix her lunch and stayed for a few hours. Friday was back to the doctor for a bandage change and brunch out before returning home once again. She has been doing so well and has had virtually no pain. What a blessing!
Week One of Dr. Uber is in the books. Next week is cardiologist, endoscopy and mammogram. Two for me, two for Ted. So far everything that has been done to everyone has been good with no problems developed and healing coming along nicely.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Ted put his smoker on the deck and chose to smoke the rest of the pork butts and shoulders. He finished two more along with a brisket and is it ever good. There are 98 people coming to the reunion so we have to continue on until we have at least 25# of meat prepared. I am not sure how many guests are children but we will have PB&J for those not interested in our pulled pork. People arrive all day long so we will start serving by 3:00 and keep the crockpots going until all have eaten which may be late into the night. There is a big shopping day at Costco in our future when we arrive in Nashville.
Ted is working an NSA registered shoot on Saturday and I will clean house and start assessing what clothes I am going to take with me on our trip. Besides 5 days in Nashville, we will spend two days visiting The Ark, 4 days at Elk Lake for the 4th holiday and our godson’s college graduation party, a dinner with my brother who will be in Cincinnati when we are, a grade school group dinner and a group high school lunch. That leaves about three days yet to plan! Then we will move on north to Celina OH for two nights so Ted can shoot with my other brother before heading to where the kids live. We will be there just short of two weeks and Ally’s baby shower will be the day before we leave for Indiana. Except for a summer dress or two for the dinners, shorts and capris should be fine for the rest of the time.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Friday I put away the dishes and things I used on Thursday and did laundry. Ted was scheduled to shoot in a competition in Huntsville but his trigger mechanism broke just as they started. Since he didn’t take his other gun, he couldn’t continue. He took the gun apart and could see a broken piece. He will call the manufacturer for a whole new trigger mechanism and install it. I encouraged him to order the proper tubes for his Kolar gun so it would be equally good to use for Sporting Clays. I hope he can get that piece quickly, or the tubes. Both would be best.
The weekend was quiet. Other than going to church and out to grab a burger, we stayed close to home. I had to buy a shower gift for Ally’s baby from my sister so we stopped and did that. I didn’t want to start traveling with that still on my plate. Groceries to feed two meals to 100 people will be enough for the time being.
The next three weeks I am designating Uber Doctor week. In order, I have to get an ultrasound, take Nancy for cataract surgery, take another friend for foot surgery and back again later for a bandage change. That's the first week. The next is cardiologist appointments for both of us. Mine for ultrasound results, Ted's because our PCP said someone going on 75 should have a cardiologist! Ted's annual endoscopy is next followed by my mammogram. The third week is lab tests for me and a second cataract surgery for Nancy. Everyone should be in good shape by the end of June! Good thing because the next week we will be On the Road Again! 🎶🎶
Monday, May 27, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
I saw Dr. C on Thursday. He ordered the thyroid panel requested by Dr. W, called in a script for my Eliquis at the request of Dr. P, ordered my refill of cholesterol meds, looked over my two week table of BPs I compiled and proclaimed them beautiful and no need for meds. I left there and went directly to the lab. Bottom line, no problem with thyroid, cholesterol was 163, so I have 6 months of my two pills and an appointment for the last day in October. Also, the Cologuard was negative. I am good, for awhile anyway.
From there I attended our neighborhood ladies luncheon. Eight ladies attended but we had no birthdays!
While driving home from Florida, my car windshield received a third ding and we developed a six inch crack that made a turn south and kept on for another two inches. So Friday morning Ted made a trip to Safelight for a replacement. There certainly is a lot involved in the windshield technology not to mention the several stickers needing to be removed and replaced. But it went well.
That evening we met Jennifer, Gene, Gerre and Barry at the theater to see “Happy Days.” The singing by the younger folks was a bit weak but Mrs. Cunningham and the Fonz stole the show.
We were scheduled to have our Couples Shanghai group on Saturday but only three other couples could make it. So we played four men in the dining room and four women in the kitchen. I lost! We had prepared the snacks and managed to go to church at 5:00 and were ready by 7:00.
It was a Cards week for me. The Canasta group, 12 in all, came to our house for three tables of four each to play. I had really good cards, scored well but still came in third! Another $1 gambled away.
Still not done, I went to the 3-13 card game at a local restaurant. There were about 30 Newcomer members playing. I was at a table of 5 knowing only one of the other four ladies. I was in the lead until after lunch when I couldn’t do diddly squat. So I went three for three in cards!
I colored my hair Thursday and then had it cut. I wish I had pretty all gray or white hair but I only get salt and pepper mousey brown! Here’s to Lady Clairol.
Our Installation lunch for Forum was on Thursday at the Conference Center. It is a time when all the members come together, everyone dresses up and a lot is accomplished. We recognize the outgoing president, Executive Board, Board of Directors, Volunteer of the The Year and a tip of the hat to everyone that was nominated as Volunteer of the Month throughout the year. The Provisionals are elevated to Active members and 31 new Provisionals were introduced for this year. Then we have lunch!
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Our entertainer had a great voice and sang terrific songs about sun, beaches, travels, etc. He had an aloha shirt on and kept changing his hat or wig and was most enjoyable. The Seniors enjoyed him for sure. Carol introduced him wearing her beach wear. A couple Forum friends and a Senior had the same thought on beachwear!
Lunch was chicken salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, roll and a cupcake. Our kitchen crew did a great job feeding the 200 Seniors.
We stopped in Baton Rouge and attended Mass at a mostly black church. We were greeted and given rosaries as we entered and there was no hiding the fact that we were visitors when asked to stand. It was such a warm and welcoming congregation and the music was terrific. So many came up to thank us for coming to worship with them and we were given a prayer book for the Easter season though it is ending shortly. What a bit of serendipity to our trip.
Much to our chagrin the Crawfish Festival was being held in Lafayette and motels were full! We finally drove to the western edge before finding a room. It was fine and we found four beers in the refrigerator so brought those orphans home with us
We were up early, way ahead of the crawfish revelers, but the coffee decanters were already empty. So were the syrup pitchers for the waffles. I ate some Raisin Bran and Ted had waffles with jelly on them. By the time we were done more coffee finally came out. The late sleeping crowd may have been in for a rude awakening to go with their hangovers.
We made it home by early afternoon and put things away, and then our feet up.
We had talked to Scott the salesman in Winter Garden and made an offer on the light colored motorhome. You can see they are the same but with different coloring. It is a used 2016 versus a new 2018 that is about to turn two years old anyway, the price difference was $35,000 and I would rather someone else deal with that depreciation because there is more to come.
We got to $9,000 apart and didn’t commit, but once we got home I sent photos of other Mobile Suites for sale and included mention of the $4,000 of new furniture and the new Temperpedic mattress we put in last year and they came around until we were $5,000 and we said yes.
In the meantime we went to a dealer here and Ted drove one to be sure he was comfortable. He said it is amazingly easy with the tag axle and articulating back wheels. Ted asked Scott for the name and number of the previous owner and talked to him. He gave it a big thumbs up, a lot of tips on use and driving but said it needed its yearly maintenance he had not done when he traded it 2.5 weeks ago. This is about a $1,000 service and should be done and the fuel tank filled when a unit is sold or at least that is what we have encountered. Scott said no, we would have to pay the $1,000. Ted asked about their cost to do it and he said $1,000. That would mean those services owners use each year are doing it for nothing! It was downhill from there. They were pressing us for a deposit while I was waiting for them to tell me how to transmit it. They weren’t happy about us not being able to drive our truck and trailer over for 10 days, etc. We were feeling rushed.
We have a very busy two weeks and I agreed to skip one thing so we could leave next Tuesday instead of next Friday, I told them I could easily charge a deposit over the phone but with the stipulation it was refundable based on a test drive. We even checked into Ted flying over this week to test drive it and do the PDI on it but our things could not get there any sooner. Finally we agreed we didn’t want to buy in haste and repent at leisure and called the deal off. They immediately changed the price on the website to $5,000 less!! And they lost a sale over $1,000 service that wouldn’t cost them that much and a week’s time.
Friday, May 3, 2019
We had located an RV dealership in Leesburg, near The Villages where we owned rental property from 1994-2006. We actually lived there for six months building our DeBary home in addition to spending many vacations over those years while we still lived in Michigan. The two RVs we looked at didn’t float our boat. My biggest hang up is the furniture placement in most, one of the reasons I like the Meridian best so far. However, this one was blah and the Entegra had two recliners facing the couch necessitating you having to look right to the front or left to the back to watch TV, a common problem. When you spend months in one, that would get old for me quickly. So we ate an early dinner and came back to Winter Springs.
A trip to New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday allowed us to meet up with Tom and Eileen. We all lived in DeBary together and shortly after we left they moved to Palm Coast. NSB was a good half way point for all of us and gave us a glimpse of the ocean. Parking at the beach is $20! Tom and Eileen will spend January in Mission with us once again next year.
Still scouring the internet we found a dealer in Winter Gardens and headed that way on Wednesday. The Meridian was okay but the wall covering was sort of green/gold and rather dark. There really isn’t much of it exposed except in the bedroom where a full length mirror and a large picture would make it less noticeable. Then we looked at Newmar Ventanas. I found one that had two recliners facing a couch BUT the TV comes up from behind the couch so you can sit in the recliners to watch. In the event I wanted to lay on the couch I could watch the TV in the front above the cab.
Today we head to Gainesville and settle into the AirBnB Larry rented for our stay while he has surgery. Ted is “pondering” the motorhome thing so we may or may not stop to revisit this particular decision.
We stopped again at the RV dealer to give them info on our truck and trailer. They were having an appreciation luncheon for winning some awards and invited us to join them. We were going to stop for lunch so why not?
We found a brand new RV that is the same layout but with darker wood that we liked better.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
We talked to Kristin in Florida and arranged to spend a week with them and be there for Larry’s gall bladder surgery on May 3. While I had the time, I got my clothes together and placed them on one of the twin beds. Since we weren’t going to church Saturday evening we agreed to meet Tommy and Susan for dinner. We went back to the campground and discussed some summer and fall plans once Susan retires. I started yawning so we came home.
We had a leisurely Easter morning then went to the chapel of our local hospital for Mass at 11:30. There were about two dozen people and it was an intimate service. After church we met up with a dozen folks at the country club for brunch. The food was delicious and was the only meal I ate all day. We had forgotten Terry’s birthday present and I had purchased a jar of tomato preserves in Fredericksburg for Carol. She loves them and they are hard to find. So we went home, changed clothes, gathered the gifts and went to their house. We visited and watched a TV documentary on Ireland. I am more excited about the trip after seeing it.
We tied up loose ends so we could take off on Tuesday heading east. We put Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in our rear view mirror before stopping for the night in Pensacola, FL. Wednesday we made our way to Winter Springs by mid-afternoon. Kristin and Larry were meeting
with the surgical team and didn’t arrive home until in the evening.
Thursday we took a two hour drive to Sebring to check out a motor home but it had about $10,000 worth of tires, batteries, carpeting, paint repair that we didn’t want to deal with. However, my sister Laurie drove over to meet us for what turned out to be an early dinner and we had a great visit. We don’t get to see each other too often.
They predicted rain for Friday but it never came. Kristin and I did some decorating shopping on Friday and checked out an estate sale but there wasn’t anything there. We are still moving things around and may need to return some things and try other things we didn’t buy.
We have started watching The Crown in Netflix and are enjoying it. We fill Kristin in on events we remember starting in the early 50’s like Eisenhower. We will recall more as the series continues.
There was a NAMI walk on Saturday and Kristin was scheduled to work at the booth passing out water. I went with her and walked around the park looking at the vendors. There was a silent auction and a raffle so I bought a few tickets but didn’t win anything, but it was for a good cause. On her break she and I did one lap around the lake, a mile, but never did the other two to make 5K. Ted was in the pool when we arrived home.
Church was at 5:00 and the priest who married them seems to remember us. He is the one who asked me if I had been the Mother of the Bride at their rehearsal. When I answered “Yes, twice” he pointed to the front row and said “Park it.” Good thing I remembered what to do!
Thursday, April 18, 2019
After happy hour, Ted and I drove into Kerrville and had Golden Chick catfish dinners sitting on the patio next to the Guadalupe River. It was pleasant out, quiet and peaceful.
Saturday we started getting things ready for our Sunday departure. Since there was a 6 pm dinner planned, we drove to Comfort, TX to a 4 pm Mass to get back in time. The dinner was prepared by the campground and was very good. Afterwards we had a white elephant gift exchange. We ended up with a collapsible trash container that comes in real handy for outside the RV.
Early Sunday morning we went to the clubhouse to say so long to everyone. We stopped twice on our way home and pulled into the campground at 1:30 with Tommy waiting for us. After setting up we took things home before returning to visit with Tommy and Susan. On Monday, Tommy drove me home in his Tahoe because I underestimated what we had left to take home and in was too much for the back seat of the truck. When we returned, Ted was hooked up and we drove to storage.
I was busy Monday and Tuesday, putting everything away, getting my desk cleared off and doing two weeks worth of laundry. I received a comment in my blog from the gentleman whose wife had fallen. He thanked me for calling him and said he has followed my blog for some time! She had a broken nose and they both were sore because he had fallen too. Thanks, Mike, for the shout out! I hope you and Sandy are feeling better.
Wednesday was my gastro appointment. I expected a colonoscopy appointment to be set up but instead he ordered lab tests on lots of specimens and ordered a Cologuard box to be sent to me. To fulfill these requests we went to Sweet Tomatoes and I ate a huge salad. It took only two hours for it to do its thing.
By Thursday morning I had done all he requested. I put two in a cooler because one needed to be frozen, another refrigerated. I dropped it all off at LabCorp bringing the two needing to be put away to the lady’s attention. All she said was Hmph!
From there I went to WW and weighed in for April. I am still 2.5# under goal. It has been 8 months I have stayed below goal. The doctor had noticed the 43# difference from last time I was there and was glad I had done it on purpose and did not indicate a medical condition.
My Hawaii photo book arrived and I sat it next to my new Poppy Plaque I bought in Fredericksburg. I don’t want to lose important digital files by not having some printed. Shutterfly and Mixbook do a nice job of making an event into a keepsake.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Our first stop was the Wildseed Farm with their gorgeous fields of flowers and a gift shop, lunch bar, specialty foods, equipment, etc.
We all went our own way and I bought two things for me - one for the house, one for the yard and two gifts. We eventually all came back together again and headed into town.
We wandered around checking out restaurants and decided on a deli/ice cream shop we had parked in front of to begin with. There were lots of selections and the food was good.
We split into two groups and perused many shops. I bought another gift and garlic powder! We returned to the benches in front of the restaurant where most of the ladies had an ice cream (but not me). Kristin had just called and as I answered a lady tripped and fell face down on the concrete behind my bench. I hung up and went behind the bench to help her. She had cut her nose very badly and was bleeding profusely. The restaurant called 911 and brought ice. I helped her to sit up and secured her purse and shopping bag. Her friend was trying to call the woman’s husband but was having trouble. I could see she was entering the number where the pass code belongs. I asked the lady for her husband’s number and called myself. Thank goodness he answered and I quickly explained what had happened. He said he was on his way.
The EMTs put her on a stretcher and into the ambulance to attend to her face. When her husband arrived, he fell in the very same place! The sidewalk drops off about 6 inches to another height about 18 inches wide and then drops to the street. There is no painted caution along that edge and a big chunk of concrete was missing right where her feet were. I think the city may be hearing from someone shortly!
We saw all was being taken care of and headed home. Happy hour was at 5:00 and it was almost 7:00 when we came back to have dinner. Ted wanted Skyline chili and I made the spaghetti in the Instant Pot. It only takes one minute. Cover the spaghetti with water. Pressurize, cook one minute, natural release for 5 minutes and manual release until you can open it. It worked!