Sunday, November 12, 2017

Almost Time For "Over the River and Through the Woods"

We are having all of our kids here through the holidays at one time or another.  Kara and Bill will be here for Thanksgiving.  Sam and Morgan will be at Disney World with their Dad.  Kristin, Larry and his sister Maureen will be here over Christmas.  The Duda/Acosta families will be in Texas over Christmas but there are others to see so I don't know just when they will be here.  And Ted wants to leave 1/1 for the valley!  No pressure!

Saturday while I had my nails done, Jody stopped by.  She had ended up with one of my spoons and was dropping it off.  This is what I found when I got home!  A bottle of Riesling which she knows is my favorite in a beautiful bag with an F tag, her last initial, holding up my errant spoon!  She has such beautiful ideas that make gifts so very special!  I would have wrapped the spoon in a paper towel and put it on the porch chair!!  I so enjoy my creative friends. I know she reads this so "Thanks again, Jody!"

I remembered to take the HEB gift cards to church but forgot my card holder for Shanghai later so we went back afterwards for it.  We played cards at Pam and Wayne's and I won!  It has been a long, dry spell and my dimes certainly enjoyed getting replenished.  I had good cards all night.  Two couples that aren't usually there came and it was a fun night.

I tackled two jobs on Sunday while Ted went shooting - cleaning the pantry and the linen closet in our bathroom.  So many things hiding in the shadows.  It won't stay straightened for long, but it's a start.

I had a doctor's appointment for Monday morning and then Canasta at 1:00.  Ted had left for Beaumont so when I arrived home I had some leftovers and then was picked up by neighbors to go to our Painting With A Twist outing.  

Van Gogh I am not!  It was a fun night and my deer didn't look like elephants but that's the best I can say!

I had to go for bloodwork first thing Tuesday morning, then meet Laura at 11:00 to pass her my card table and chairs to use for bunco next Monday.  Ted was home from Beaumont when I returned and we had a few hours before going to the GYN.  He did another ultrasound and another biopsy and told me to come back Friday morning.  And so we wait!

Wednesday was errand day.  First up was picking up my scripts from Walmart and a few groceries.  Then we bought a keypad garage door opener at Lowe's for Bill to install next door.  The problem of garbage cans needing to go in and out in their absence will be solved!  We dropped off a check and the women vet toiletries at Donna's.  Since I have to miss the meeting Friday when I go back to the doctor she will take them for me.  Dr. C called and said ALL my bloodwork was perfect and he had ordered more tests than usual.  He wants to know the outcome of my GYN issue and also the results of the Dopplar on my leg but that isn't until 12/2.  

Last stop was HEB.  We did the bulk of our grocery shopping just passing on four things that need to be bought closer to next Thursday for freshness.  After putting the things away we watched two Hallmark Christmas movies.  After a light dinner, we hunkered down for the evening.

I played Shanghai with the girls on Thursday and I won again!   My dime purse runneth over!!  I received notification that my last biopsy was again benign.  Hopefully we will get the procedure moving along now.  It is such a busy time and not being able to commit to things is getting old fast.

We arrived at 9:45 for our GYN consultation and just as we were given a room we were informed Dr L had emergency surgery and would be an hour.  They put us in at 11:00 and we took off to find a cup of coffee.  We ended up at Starbucks where we seldom go and sat outside in a beautiful morning with sunshine.  I saw a friend Janet but just waved.  A young man was there with a photographer and eventually stopped at our table.  He is running for the US House but not from our district.  He spent time with us anyway and asked if we would allow a photo with him.  Lord knows where they may end up!

Dr L saw us about 11:40 and agreed the D&C is still advised because of the problems that could develop if left alone.  But ... we need agreement of both the cardiologist and hematologist plus Medicare (first time anyone has said that) before we can schedule.  I had my calendar in my lap!  I am busy!!  We took the script to the cardiologist office and she is gone until 11/27!  They would check with the doctor who inserted my filter but if he would not sign off I need to wait.  We had better luck at the hematologist, they said they would fax what was needed Monday since he was gone for the day and call me to let me know it was done.  And so we continue to wait!

I did three loads of laundry when we got back home, had dinner and watched more Hallmark!  It is like reading a Danielle Steel book.  You know the middle and end as soon as it begins.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Glad That Week Is Over

What a busy week!  Here is a group REACH photo from the Halloween party.

We had four couples come for cards Saturday night and the food just piled up.  I had jumbo shrimp, summer sausage and crackers, apples and caramel sauce, lemon tarts, candy and nuts to go with Jody's guacamole and chips.  Irene brought stuffed celery and deviled eggs.  No one went home hungry I don't think.

We played two tables - men in the DR and ladies in the kitchen.  It worked well except for the full glass of red wine that John sent flying sending a three foot wave of red wine onto my very light beige carpeting!  I gave him a two quart bottle of club soda which was poured on to the stain and soaked up with a terry cloth.  Then he used Spot Shot and was on his hands and knees rubbing the stains.  I got the carpet cleaner out of the garage and Ted put some water in and went over the area, adding a bit of water and then vacuuming up all the liquid.  Surprisingly it looked really good this morning.  Or, it could be a reason for new carpeting!

We were glad for the extra hour Sunday morning because we attended church at 9:00.  We spent the afternoon at Gerre's for the Texan game party and stayed afterward to talk about the Greece cruise with Mike who is spearheading the trip.  Ephasus, Turkey has been taken off the itinerary and replaced with Rhodes, Greece.  I saw a report about visas not being issued between Turkey and the U.S. and wondered if we would be affected.  Apparently so!  I wasn't even sure I was going to do more than walk down the gangplank, put two feet on Turkey soil, and then go back up!!   I wonder if the Colossus of Rhodes is still there? (Just asked Siri and it was destroyed in 226 BC!!).  I did learn Rhodes is a Greek island.  I spent a lot of time on the phone with Kristin about plane flights and hotels on Monday. 

Ted went to Dallas and I had a quiet day.  There was a very long phone call with Go Medigap about our Supplement insurance.  Because I am still under doctor's care, I told them to not look to move my policy.  I don't want to ever be denied by underwriting.  Maybe next year.  But they found two other companies with cheaper premiums for Ted so he is looking to go back to Mutual of Omaha.  When you buy a Supplement it is the exact same coverage regardless of company, only the prices vary.

Ted spent the night in Dallas so I was able to get the bed made and the few things out of place put back where they belong before I headed out to Good Shepherd Church for the Senior Day Out.  I had to stop to buy a pumpkin pie and as bingo prizes I took two boxes of Keurig K-Cup coffee.  For the record, the biggest pie at the best price came from Costco.  There were all sizes and prices represented.  

We welcomed our guests, got them settled with coffee, juice and bingo cards!  My table did well with 5 out of 8 winners!  

Then we were all entertained by the Old Geezers, a group of four that are tremendous!  We had lots of folks up dancing.


Lunch was chicken and dumplings, cucumber salad and applesauce plus pumpkin pie!  I ate afterwards and it was delicious.

Ken power washed our driveway and walks while we were both gone.  The landscape guy came by to see what needs to be done about our Harvey damaged grass.  He said the area behind the deck needs to be resodded.  We need our crepe myrtles trimmed and one more limb taken off one of the Live Oaks. Also, pansies will be planted out front to replace the dead impatiens because they will live through the winter.  I swept out the garage and took a nap!  

On Wednesday, Isabelle came early so Ted slept in the twin bedroom so he didn't have to get up at 7:30.  Since the bed was unmade I stripped them both to freshly launder the linens since we are having company come.  I still have to do the queen bed linens since they were slept on but we left for New Braunfels so early I told Sue to just make the bed and I would do the sheets later.  

I did lots of computer work.  I switched my Medicare D to Silver Scripts to better accommodate my Eliquis.  Ted keeps Humana Walmart. My Supplement stays the same and he switches to Mutual of Omaha.  I was able to bring our Greece cruise plane reservations up on Delta's website despite having purchased them through RCCL Air N Sea.  I picked two aisle seats, one behind the other, on all four flights.  It was an extra $116 but gave us a free bag so it was almost a wash!   I sit in front of Ted so no one leans back into him causing him to sit spread eagle for 9 hours.  And I can stand every hour and walk a bit without bothering anyone.

I made our hotel reservation in Rome and found a company that can transfer our group from FCO to  Rome and then Rome to the cruise ship.  It is all coming together very well.  

Thursday was my neighborhood luncheon to celebrate November birthdays.  

Jeanette always goes all out when it is her month to pick.  We all had a dish of candy with a "turkey" cookie and a turkey centerpiece using a pineapple as the body.  The restaurant cut it up and served it to us!  We always have a fun time.

I have caught up on many little things I had to do.  I bought two presents for my bunco and neighborhood luncheon Christmas parties.  I also have a small gift for each lady in my bunco group.  When I bought the pumpkin pie and Keurig coffee I also bought two HEB gift cards for our church Thanksgiving drive.  I already have two big Teddy Bears for our church Giving Tree and Forum Giving Tree.  And our forum chapter is making up boxes for homeless female vets so I bought a bag full of toiletries that I will deliver at my next meeting.

Then ... I bought new Thanksgiving linens.  My Lenox China is pastel and doesn't do well with fall colors.  Last Christmas I received a white Fitz and Floyd set so I am going to use that instead.  The small plates are a bit big to use as bread plates so I bought the small appetizer plates to use.  And I bought new sheets for the queen bed.  I could not get the fitted sheet on and Ted was barely able to so I just bought a new set.  So now both guest rooms are all set for our company!

Re-reading this I realize my life is back the way it used to be!  Keeping busy like a duck, calm on the surface and paddling like hell underneath!  It feels really good and I look forward to our company, the holidays and our three months in the Rio Grande Valley.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Getting Behind

Ted went shooting Sunday and I awaited Tucker's arrival.  Besides finishing up the unpacking and laundry, nothing much else got done.  Ted made a pot of chili for dinner that tasted real good with the cooler weather.

Monday I met Gail for lunch to go over the plans for our Vote!! Party for Regent Care.  This is a questionable theme for a nursing home party but we had so many red, white and blues supplies that this was the only time we could use them.  We don't meet in the patriotic months!  Buying more fall stuff just adds to expenses and storage.  And it is sad to say that most residents are only interested in the music, sugar free cookies and lemonade, not the decorations.  They are not real concerned with our color scheme.  

REACH is a disabled adult center that Forum services but because of the distance, I had never worked there.  But I am so far behind in hours with my limited availability between traveling, doctor appointments and tests that I decided to bite the bullet.  It took me an hour to drive each way Tuesday.

A LOT of work went into the preparations to carry this party off.  My hats off to Beth who chairs it.  My job was playing tic tac toe with many who "three in a row" meant nothing.  I had to throw games and finally gave them 5 felt cats to my 3 felt ghosts to give them a big advantage.  We saw all degrees of disabilities and God bless those who work there each day.  I was hugged tightly by a Down's Syndrome policegirl and other than being told repeatedly that "No one's afraid of you, Michael" and being pointed out that "I am taking you to lunch" I had no difficulties.  I did go to lunch, but with 7 of my Forum friends,

Ring Toss and Tic Tac Toe.  Heddi had folks simply put the ring on the bottle.

Ping Pong Ball Toss.  Dropping more than tossing.

Bowling with Pumpkins, knocking down rolls of TP!  Mobile clients had a lot of fun with this.  Also there was Hula Hoop Toss over pumpkins, corn hole, etc.  Something for everyone.

Everyone had a great time and a bag of goodies to take back inside.  

I had a headache when I got home but we decided to go to the vigil Mass for All Saints Day anyway.  Ted had beef stew in the crockpot for dinner but my headache kept me from eating.  It poured rain and I think Halloween was ruined for many little ones.  I went to bed very early.  

I stayed home Wednesday and didn't do much of anything.  I got the boxes together for Regent Care and printed out the paperwork I needed to get filled out.  After Survivor I got a shower since I had to leave early in the morning.  Then I watched the Astros win the World Series!  Yeah!

Gail was already at the nursing home when I arrived about 8:45 on Thursday but the lady who had the key to the Activity Room didn't come to work until 9:15!  We had to put tablecloths on 15 tables, set out decorations on them, blow up 45 balloons and tie ribbons to them, make 3 gallons of lemonade and fill 8 trays with sugar free cookies.  It was 9:30 when the other 8 ladies arrived and they all pitched in.  In the meantime Gail had to get the couple being our entertainment all set up and paid.  We had 46 residents attend and it turned out really great.  They so enjoy the live music!  We are not allowed to show the residents faces so the best I can do is take their backs.  

Gail treated me to lunch afterwards and we discussed our plans for December and February.  We had 5 boxes of "stuff" so I told Gail I would take it home and see what I could do with it all.  I put all the red/white/blue stuff in two boxes and marked it OK To Use.  It will go to the office tomorrow in the storage unit.  Then I put green/red/white tablecloths, napkins, balloons and ribbons in one spot for Christmas, the rest of the red/white stuff together for Valentine's Day and some pastels to use in April.  Now we have only 2 boxes to carry and the red/white/blue stuff can be used by others.  All we need to do now is come up with table decorations.  

On my way home I stopped and voted since Ted did it Wednesday.  After thinking I had mastered my computer training I was faced with two changes - a no show and a sub I was unaware of.  Adding and subtracting should be easy but I inadvertantly removed the wrong person as the no show and then had to undo that and delete the correct lady.  Nothing like making my job harder on myself!  An email to Renee at the office fixed up my records.  She is so patient!

Ted worked half a day on Friday at the gun club for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes charity shoot.  He is scheduled to work the Texas Collegiate Sporting Clay Championships on Saturday.  That will be a long day for him.

Gerre and Barry stopped on the way from the airport to pick up Tucker.  They had a good time in Cabo San Lucas and said it is certainly growing.  We are invited to their house Sunday for the Texan game that all their neighbor's attend.  We have people coming to play cards here tomorrow.

Enough for now!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Our Week in New Braunfels

The guys were up REALLY early since they had to drive NE to SW clear across San Antonio to the Nationals shooting venue.  Morning traffic is a bear so they gave themselves lots of time.  I was up at 5:00 so I straightened up a bit once they were off, got myself ready and waited for Sue to wake up.  It was a long wait because she slept until 11:00!  

It was after noon before we took off.  We had to drop a prescription at Walmart which happened to be on the way to the San Marcos outlet mall.  We shopped all day, each of us doing some damage to the credit card.  I find outlet malls redundant but this one has higher end stores you don't see in any other outlets.  I bought a few things for myself and a Christmas present or two.

At about 5:00 we stopped to eat because the fellows said they would eat on the way home.  When we were finished they texted they had changed their minds and would eat meatloaf sandwiches at home.  We had a few more stores to check out before leaving.  A stop at Walgreen's got us the bread, chips, Sprite, ice cream and Tide we needed to take home.  

When we arrived, they were all on the porch cleaning their guns.  They didn't think they had done too well but a check of scores posted said otherwise.  I set the table and got the meatloaf, bread and chips ready along with the last of the fruit and some cookies Whitey's daughter had made.  I think they were all too tired to say much.  Before 10 everyone was in bed.

Tuesday we went to the venue to watch the shooting.  The fellows rented us our own golf cart since Dan's only holds four and we are a total of five.  We followed them around to be their cheering section.

Afterwards we visited some vendors and the guys drooled over some Kolar guns.

Ted has one, bought back around 2000, and doesn't seem too interested in buying a new one.  Good!!

We decided to eat at Logan's and from all the clean plates I think everyone was very hungry.  I was since I had a yogurt for breakfast and an apple for lunch.

Wednesday the scheduled shooting was 3:30 pm so everyone slept in and I made French toast, sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast.  When the fellows left around noon, Sue and I took off to visit the antique/junque stores of New Braunfels.  Sue bought lots of stuff - some gifts, some craft projects, some household items.  I bought one thing for Cindy and Tim's lake house.  It matches the decor and I just thought it would be a nice addition.  Disconcerting to me is seeing the toys I played with as a child and the kitchen items and dishes I not only remember but still use!  Translation:  I am officially old!

We stopped at HEB and bought soup and salad from the deli for our dinner.  Whataburger fed the boys who arrived home about 10 after visiting with friends at the clubhouse.

I went to bed fairly early because I had been fighting chest congestion.  I had a Z Pak with me and had started that but also got some Safe Tussin to help my stuffy head so I could breathe and sleep.  The fellows left early and around noon Sue and I went to Wimberley for lunch and more shopping!  I have bought a few things but Sue has filled their truck and half of Whitey's!  

We arrived home at 5:45 and the guys called about 7:30 and asked if they should stop for pizza.  I told them only if they didn't want to eat peanut butter and jelly.  We ate late and stayed up a bit later than we had been because the shooting was over and no one had to be anywhere early.

Everyone slept late Friday morning.  Whitey was just coming in the kitchen from his cabin when I walked out of our rooms.  I fixed myself a cup of coffee and he asked for a cinnamon roll.  We both checked our emails until the others came down.  Eventually he loaded up his truck, taking many of Sue's bags, and took off for Houston to spend the weekend with his daughter.  

Dan and Sue left to pick up her script at Walgreen's before heading to the gun venue.  Dan purchased a gun and needed to get fitted, practice shoot with it and do paperwork to have it sent to a dealer back in Ohio.  That's how law abiding folks purchase guns.

We left some later to attend the cocktail hour and dinner for our last night of the Championships for us. It had turned very cold and we sat inside with friends of Dan's from Ohio.  A shooting demo was scheduled for outside but we chose to head home.  Dan and Sue came home about an hour after us.

We all were up early, gathering our things from throughout the house and packing up.  By 10 we were ready to head out.  After a stop for lunch, we continued on, arriving home anout 2:00.  The car was emptied and I put most things away.  I eventually took a shower and got ready for church.  A busy week lies ahead and Tucker is coming for a week tomorrow! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Expecting Company

Sunday while Ted went shooting I went to the grocery store.  I am doing more and more of my old routine in the food department - shopping, cooking, cleaning up.  It isn't a conscious decision, I just feel more up to it now.  

I had used the last of a rotisserie chicken to make a chicken pot pie for dinner on Friday and then had cooked the carcass to make broth and added the bit of chicken that was left.  So Sunday I used that to make a pot of chicken noodle soup.  Turned out good and Ted ate three bowls.  Our Outlander series wasn't on for some reason so we watched whatever else came on.

Monday was bunco so I left about 9:15 since I had the bunco bag ready to go for the year.  Judy outdid herself in decorations, food and drink.  While she finished baking her egg tart I put out the dice, pencils, and score sheets.  I won Most Buncos!

From there I went to a new hairdresser for a color and cut.  My hair had grown out about an inch and it is really gray!  She did a great job on the color.  The cut seems good and she styled it to suit me.  I learned a girl I had used for quite some time awhile back, died of breast cancer leaving a 10 year old son.  She was so young!  So terribly sad.

I returned home in time for us to head over to Rayford.  Tommy was fixing dinner and Jay and Stella were there with their new trailer.  We were supposed to go to Sweet Tomatoes to eat but Tommy said no, I am cooking.  There was no argument from me.

We had a nice meal and good visit arriving back home about 8:30.  It was a busy day and I was ready for my PJs.  

Tuesday I did two loads of laundry and made sure everything was ready for my company.  They arrived on Wednesday and we had my meatloaf dinner.  We took a ride in the evening, stopping at Culver's for an ice cream using the free coupons given to us at the grand opening of the Culver's in Michigan,  

Thursday we drove to Barry and Gerre's to see their house on the lake and take a drive around it.  We stopped at Fajita Jack's on the water for lunch.  It was a beautiful day.  We were treated to an airplane landing, the folks having lunch near us, and then taking off.  Quite a sight to see.  

Ted and Dan went shooting late in the afternoon when we returned and Sue and I went to Kohl's and At Home.  We both bought a few things before coming back home.

Friday was lunch at Chik-Fil-A followed by more shooting for the fellows and more shopping for me and Sue.  She had never been to a Ross store and loved it.  She did quite a bit of Christmas shopping for their 16 grandchildren.

That evening we had dinner with Gerre and Barry before heading to our community theater to see Dial M For Murder.  It was quite good and we all enjoyed it.

We all left the house about 8:15 on Saturday and drove to our place for the week in New Braunfels.  It was a challenge to find but we did it!  

Shortly after our arrival, their friend Whitey arrived.  We all roamed around the three buildings before settling on who got which bedrooms.  Dan and Sue insisted we take the master suite on the first floor and chose one of the bedrooms and bath on the second floor.  Whitey opted for one of the free standing smaller cottages.  We determined 16 people in all can sleep here but not all would have private baths.  With just 5 of us there is a lot of room to spread out.

We took the trailer and golf cart to the Shooting Complex and left it.  The fellows all registered and then we went into downtown San Antonio to eat on the Riverwalk.  We intended to take the boat ride but everyone was tired so we came home.

Ted and I got up early and left for church.  Turns out we chose a Mass in Spanish!   That has happened before. It lasted 1.5 hours, or Serious Overtime as Kristin calls it.  We stopped at HEB and I cooked sausage and eggs with toast, fruit, juice and cinnamon rolls for breakfast upon our return.

We spent the day in Gruene starting at the dance hall then strolled down the streets stopping here and there.  Sue and I had been in a small boutique that was giving samples of margaritas and later when we couldn't find the guys I called Ted.  He said they were in the free margarita store that also had beer and the football game on!  Geesh!  They wanted us to keep shopping!

We eventually went to Cooper's BBQ for the real Texas experience.  Everyone liked the food and got a kick out of eating on wax paper.  We were all pretty tired when we got home.  I was able to get Outlander on my IPad so I watched in our bedroom while the rest watched football.

Tomorrow starts the Sporting Clay Nationals.  We wish our three "boys" well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

And We Are Home (For a Spell)

Saturday night after dinner, we returned to the campground to take all the refrigerator items home.  I wanted to leave it open to dry out so I can close the freezer and be confident there is no moisture to plug the defrost line.  So far my diligence has paid off.

Sunday morning we relaxed some before starting to pack up our last minute items and cleaning in earnest.  I was just about finished when Tommy and Susan came by with a bug sprayer set-up Tommy purchased.  He wanted us to try it before storing the trailer.  Ted did that and we visited awhile before heading out.  It was a short drive to storage and Ted backed it right in.  Of course we forgot the coffee, sweet & low and creamers plus his salad toppings I had gathered into one spot in the pantry.  Even both of us making a cup of coffee didn't spark a thought that these things needed to go home.  Luckily the one thing we can get to when closed up is the pantry!  So Ted went back to get those things.  

I put most stuff away and started the laundry.  We took a little break then finished up before dinner.  I was feeling really good and didn't sit down until after the dishes were cleaned up but headed to bed at 10:00 and then couldn't sleep!  I didn't sleep well and got up about 5:00.

I had lots to do in my office and it was 9:00 before I came out.  I still have to call a credit union back because they were closed for Columbus Day.  I went to play Canasta later in the day and came in second!  Terry and Carol welcomed their first great grandchild while we were playing.  That makes us great-great aunt and uncle 8 times on Ted's side.

Tuesday, bright and early, Irene came over to show me her meatloaf recipe.  She made two for our family when the girls were here and they were outstanding!  I had everything bought, chopped, lined up, ready to go.  Just like Julia Childs!

She doesn't use a recipe so I had everything new so when she was finished I could determine how much she had used of things.  I am a recipe person!  In case you are interested she uses ground meat, Italian bread crumbs, eggs, Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, red bell pepper, onions, chopped canned tomatoes, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder.  We made 5 loaves, put them in disposable aluminum loaf pans, wrapped them in wax paper and then foil. It didn't take long because everything had been ready to go.  With all the company we are having it won't take long to use them up.

Tuesday night we met John, Irene, Terry and Carol for dinner to celebrate our birthdays at Pappadeaux Seafood.  I was so glad no one ordered a birthday cake!  Three had been enough.  I was stuffed from coconut shrimp.  In fact, I didn't sleep well because it sort of just sat there all night!

Wednesday I finished up my office work.  It always amazes me how much can pile up.  Isabelle came to clean so that kept me close to home.  

We both had dermatologist appointments first thing on Thursday morning.  I had a huge wart cut off my calf and Ted has a very small spot of cancer on his arm that he will need to put his "chemical warfare" medicine on.  Later my neighborhood luncheon was fun with three of us receiving another dozen birthday cards.  In late afternoon I had a nail appointment.  I had basically been gone from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm!  

I had an easy day on Friday.  Ted went shooting and I spent time on the phone and computer and helped Kristin make a reservation for our Greece cruise next fall.  She is going to be roommates with my widowed sister-in-law.  Both were interested in going but a single fare is almost the same as a double fare so it worked out.  We now have 18 people going in 9 cabins.  This is the group we traveled through the Panama Canal with three years ago and we know we will have a good time!

I also worked on our Christmas card.  We didn't have much vacation time to take pictures but we did have Sam playing at Carnegie Hall, Ally getting married and our family reunions.  Maybe our trip to New Braunfels will produce a few.  Another win for Ted at Nationals would be nice but his forte is Skeet and he is competing in Sporting Clays so he hasn't gotten his hopes up.  

Ted worked an event at the gun club, some group from Montgomery County, on Saturday.  After church we went to play cards.  Ted was winning until the last hand and when he couldn't get down his score went sky high.  Such is life!  

We are expecting Dan and Sue here this week before we all take off for New Braunfels for the Nationals in San Antonio.   We will be staying in a 3/2 log house, part of a small resort, in the Hill Country, compliments of a business acquaintance of Dan's!  

This was the week we were supposed to be in Hawaii!  I am learning to roll with the punches.  Life is good.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Trip to Amish/RV Country

We drove west and then south to northern Indiana.  Cross RV Repair in LaGrange IN was scheduled to do some repairs and changes on our rig.  There is an earthquake going on inside each time you go down the road and the potholes in the northern roads make it even worse.  Constant diligence is required. We pulled in and parked in their RV spots for the night.  The area is absolutely dead on Sunday because of the Amish not working so we drove back to Howe to the diner that is open.  Then we settled in for the night.

By 7 am we were up and had the slides in ready for the tractor to pull the trailer into the garage.  We then headed east to Middlebury where we bought Irene more coffee and ate breakfast at the menu side of the restaurant. The buffet side had a gazillion kids there eating, noisy as can be.  It must have been a field trip.  I had a Denver omelet that I only ate half of because it was so big, with apple cinnamon toast.  Ted had fried mush and sausage patties.  All of it was excellent.  In fact, we never ate another thing until about 7 pm that night.

We were wondering what to do with 8 hours and no place to call home but that really turned out not to be a problem.   First we drove to Elkhart to check on RV mattresses but they only custom make them, they had no stock.  Then we stopped at Lambright in Shipshewana to be sure they were expecting us Tuesday morning and were ready to deliver our furniture.  Next we went to Bontrager's RV surplus supplies in White Pigeon MI.  They had two Tempur Pedic mattresses in 72 X 80.  I never dreamed I could get a Tempur Pedic for the price we did.  Paul Cross told us we saved $1000!  We told them we would be back before 6 pm to get it.  By then it was 3 pm and we headed back to Cross RV.  They were still working on our slide seals so it was almost 4:30 when we finally hitched up and took off for Bontrager's.  I had to quickly strip the bed so the old mattress could be carried out and the new one brought in.  That was done in a jiffy!  

Back we went to Shipshewana to spend the night and be close to our furniture pick up in the morning.  Ted ate leftover sausages from Saturday for dinner and I had the second half of my Chicken Caesar wrap from the Howe Diner.  I fell asleep at 8 and slept until the next morning at 7!  

We thought we would be first at Lambright's but we were wrong.  A motorhome and fifth wheel were already there so we stopped along the road.  The motorhome guy was being a jerk.  He wanted a custom cabinet built to match his existing ones.  He made them measure three different times and kept asking if they were sure they could match the wood.  I wanted to tell him his dark green older converted bus was already ugly so it didn't matter!  They finally told him he had to move to let us in.  He went down the road, we pulled in, and he returned.  I put out our slides and swept where the recliners had been and many crumbs had fallen then returned to the truck to wait.  I couldn't help but take a picture of another set they were installing later in the day.  Yikes!  Makes our Oatwheat color seem boring!

By the time they were finished, both other vehicles were gone so Ted easily backed out and we were headed home.

We had a nice ride across Indiana to Terre Haute for the night.  The next morning we took off for the Memphis area.  We stopped in Sikeston to once again eat at Lambert's to celebrate my birthday before continuing on.  

Usually we stay in West Memphis, AR but at the welcome station Ted found a park we were unfamiliar with in Forrest City, AR so we continued on to there.  It isn't hard to get to but you need to know where to make two turns.  We went right to it and it is a nice, smaller park.  We set up and Gas Buddy let us down.  The Exxon right outside the park had what appeared to be the going rate on fuel at $2.59.  After filling up, Ted went to find windshield wipers and found fuel at Citgo for $2.49 and then Walmart for $2.39!  When you take on 91 gallons, that makes a big difference!  We watched Survivor and some of the new shows for this season before turning in.

We decided we would stop in Carthage TX Thursday afternoon.  It was about 2:30 when we arrived. We set up and headed to Walmart for fuel and a few groceries.  We are going to Rayford Resort, close to home, to spend some time with Tommy and Susan and I asked them to dinner.  From there we visited a park with a memorial to the poem Footprints?  

There were 11 sections of 15 plaques each dedicated to various individuals and families.  This young man just fit the Texas narrative to a T.

There were many benches, all with family names cut into the back.

The sun kept me from getting a detailed photo of the sculpture.  Here is a photo of some detail and I found the man's loose shoe interesting.

The park is not quite finished, the landscaping is missing.  I think it will be a very peaceful place when finished.

We came home, had dinner and settled in.  Bill and Kara called to say they made plane reservations for  Thanksgiving.  The kids are going to Disney World with their father so they will be with us!

After a restful night we took our time in the morning because we only had a 3 hour drive.  We got the last available sight at Rayford CG because of those still there from the floods and insurance adjusters.  We are not as close to Tommy and Susan as we would like but a little walk will do us good.  Tommy came over for a visit and at 5:00 they both came for dinner.  Susan brought us a birthday cake since she missed both our birthdays!

Saturday we started loading our clothes and things to take home.  I showered and dressed there for church. We met Tommy, Susan, Rita and Jim at Saltgrass for dinner afterwards.  We were both pretty tired when we got home.  

I talked about the Regent Care Nursing Home party that Gail carried out with other members of Forum in my absence.  It looks like they had a great time entertaining the residents and serving refreshments.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wedding Week

Monday we had to return the rental car and then we drove in to Kara's to do two loads of laundry.  We were going to go to lunch with her and Bill but the word spread and soon Kelly, Ally and Bidkar joined us and we had 7 people for lunch.  We ate at a new BBQ place that advertised Texas Sweet BBQ sauce.  I told him I would try that because I am a Texas Sweet!  He just looked at me.  These northerners have no sense of humor!  We returned home for a quiet evening and Karen's apple pie for dinner.  I began the blanching, peeling, slicing and freezing of the peaches.

When we were in Marion at the Ford dealership, they checked the truck out all over.  The only thing they found that needed attention was our front tires that were "cupped."  On Tuesday, Bill met us at a tire store where Kara arranged special pricing since they were a customer of hers.  While Ted waited, Bill and I went looking for half slips that turned out to be very elusive!  After four stores we found some but not as long as we wanted them to be or the exact sizes.  In desperation we bought two anyway to see if they would work under the wedding dresses.  They were aligning the truck when we returned and soon we were headed back to the campground.  I had finished up the peaches and had given two quarts to Kara to make a cobbler for Saturday and I have two quarts in the freezer now.

Twice I had planned to go to Kara's to send my Forum reminder out about the Regent Care nursing home fall party back home to those signed up to work. I knew I couldn't send it with the attachment that tells the workers what to bring and what their job will be on my IPad so I had previously sent the attachment to Kara to save.  I called Kara when I got back to the park and had her sign in to my Forum account and walked her through the process.  It worked because I started getting replies back right away.  I was glad she and I were able to accomplish that. 

We had a quiet afternoon with a little napping going on.  It had been a very busy 10 days so a down afternoon was welcome.  We took a walk around the campground after dinner and visited a short while with the folks two spots down.  Their little dog Stella ran out to greet us.

Wednesday was Ted's 73rd birthday!  He chose to go shooting and when he returned we left for the grocery.  It has been awhile since we bought that many bags of groceries.  Ted tends to go frequently buying just a few items at a time but then there are 2 of us, not 14!

We were assigned to pick up the food for the rehearsal party but Kelly gave us crossroads instead of a directional corner (turned out to be NW) and the incorrect info on what street the restaurant faced!  Kristin and Larry, working with the same incorrect info, finally pulled up just as we needed their car to carry some of the food.  An unbelievable amount!  I needed a glass of wine when we got to Kelly's.  It was Ted's birthday and Kara made him a cake.  To not steal the wedding's thunder, my birthday and the gift giving will be done on Saturday after the wedding.

We received the foot plate for the landing leg but they sent the wrong bolts.  So Bill figured out what we needed and checked the other leg.  It was barely being held on by a too short bolt.  He said he would come out early on Saturday once Ted had the rest of what they needed to help get us get put back together again.

We chose to drive in and spend Thursday night at Kara's.  The hair and make up extravaganza was starting at 8 am on Friday.  I took my clothes and dressed after my turn at primping. Eventually Ted showed up and he was also all dressed.

Our three granddaughters

Our only boy, grandson Sam with Morgan.  

Wedding party.

We drove Ally the bride and Kelly the MOB, to the wedding chapel.  The fellows had all gathered at one of the groomsmen's home and we all met up there.  It turned out to be a beautiful ceremony and went off without a hitch.  Despite it being on a Friday afternoon, the chapel was filled.

A new role for us - Grandparents of the bride!

Parents of the bride

Our daughters Kristin and Kara with bride, Ally

This time we won the longest married couple dance.  I felt like Secretariat because by 40 years we were the only ones left!  We were way out in front!

A visit to our table by the newly married couple.

Saturday we invited everyone out to the campground.  I spent the morning preparing salsa, cut up onions and peppers, pasta salad, fruit salad and beans.  Kara made coleslaw and peach cobbler with the peaches we had picked.  Of course others brought things and soon we had enough to feed an army to go with our smoked sausages, sweet Italian sausages, brats and hot dogs.  We commandeered two additional picnic tables to hold the food and give people a place to sit and eat.  We had 17 guests in all.  Ted built a fire and our guests stayed until almost 11:00 o'clock.  I was whipped by the end of the night.

Sunday morning I was "down in the back" as my grandpa would say.  Ted went to church without me and Kara and Bill insisted on coming out to help.  I had little by little made the inside ready so they helped Ted outside.  They followed us to the dump station and we pulled out together, they heading south to go home.  We went north to pick up I-69, heading to Indiana.  Next stop - Cross RV, LaGrange IN.