Friday, November 9, 2018

Fall Is Here!

Wednesday morning we received a call from the Ford dealer that my car was ready.  The bill was half of what they estimated because they only needed one piece, not two.  Labor was cheaper and Ted had a 15% off service coupon he received in the mail.  My seat works again!!

I had no activities for the rest of the day because I couldn't plan on having my car.  But don't ask me what I did.  I don't remember, so obviously nothing Important. 

Thursday was overeating day.  My neighborhood ladies birthday lunch was at a nearby Mexican restaurant followed later in the day by dinner at a high end steak restaurant as guests of John and Irene to thank me for the time, gas and tolls during our three trips to downtown.  We would have been happy at Culver's but they chose the steakhouse, a favorite of ours but one we save for special occasions.  Ted had their famous pork chop and I chose the smallest filet which was plenty for me.  The food was outstanding.

We woke to rain on Friday and Ted's Exxon Mobil gun outing was canceled.  I had a follow up doctor appointment and lab work early in the day.  When I came home, Ted received a phone call saying the outing was back on.  So he went there and I went to the nail salon.  The temperature really dropped so we just stayed in that evening.

Saturday was still rainy and cold.  Once again, the outing was short pullers so Ted agreed to go but said he needed to leave for us to attend church.  He called on his way home, brought Subway sandwiches, but it was too rushed and we decided to attend Mass on Sunday.

We were playing cards at 7:00 but were invited to join everyone around the firepit at 6:00.  I stood up from the couch to leave and turned my ankle completely over and down I went.  I had a huge lump and we immediately put ice on it and stayed home until we needed to leave for the 7:00 card game.  It didn't hurt but was tender walking on it.  Jane put a stool under the table so I could keep it elevated and offered me an ice bag which I declined.  I had a pain pill with me just in case but never needed it.  I slept fine with no pain but minimal tenderness when I walked on it.  We decided I would stay home Sunday to keep it iced and elevated so Ted went to church alone.

And I won at cards.  There were some really high scores (that you don't want) but mine was the least of them.  Ted finished out of the money.

Monday was the day to play Canasta.  I ended up in the middle which is par for the course in this group.  The weather turned cold and it sprinkled off and on most of the day.  I canceled going to the Newcomers Happy Hour because being out in dark, cold, rain didn't sound too inviting.  It was a good night for a chili dinner.  

There were snow flurries when I left for the doctor Tuesday morning.  In November!  


My cancer spot was scraped (or something) and bandaged with instructions to pick up a script for an ointment and keep it bandaged.  I played a new card game Tuesday and came in 3rd out of six by just one point!  Not a bad start.  It was too cold to do anything but head for home but I needed to stop for my script. They said it wasn't ready but would have "them" in 15 minutes.  When I talked to Ted I found out why.

With my weight loss and 20 mg. of cholesterol medicine, my number was 131, with 10 mg. it was 138.  So we tried with no meds and it went to 226!!  The third time the doctor called, Ted told him he could talk to him about my results (HIPPA).  He ordered 10 mg. again and it seems that my high number is tied to my own liver production and not just my diet.  I am eating the same, have not gained anything in almost 3 months so we will see how this goes.  I was shocked and then disappointed but it is not a big deal to take one pill a day that only costs $1.66 for 90 pills.  

The sun is finally shining but it was 32 this morning.  Hope my Texas weather comes home soon!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Fall is Flitting In and Out

The weather has been crazy.  Lots and lots of rain.  Temps in the 80s and then in the 60s.  I can't decide if I need the AC or the furnace!  And then we got the time change.  It is hard to stay on an even keel.  But my begonias look as good as ever.  They have been amazing.  Soon they will be replaced with pansies.

We watched lots of football on Saturday before going to church and dinner.  I attended a wedding shower on Sunday with about a dozen ladies from Forum.  We all showed up in flowered dresses with no consultation!  


Since it was at a yacht club in Kemah, five of us met up and rode together for the hour's drive.  That made coming and going lots of fun.  None of us were too familiar with just where we were but we could see the Kemah Boardwalk to the left when we turned right to reach the club.  It was almost dark when we arrived home because of the time change.  I brought Ted a bag of goodies from the candy/dessert table.  

Monday I readied all my bags of things for Texas Paralyzed Veterans and in the evening put them out on the porch.  While doing that I pulled together the shorts and capris that fit to start putting my Hawaii things together.  With a laundry in both condos there isn't as much need for too many clothes. Then I hit the office to order the wedding present and return the response card and sent a sympathy card to a relative of my son-in-law.  

Ted told me to renew our Haulin' Hitchhiker dues despite we now haul a Mobile Suite so I did that.  He went to the grocery, put gas in my car and made an appointment for a repair to my car seat.  The wrap around molded piece at the bottom has come loose and the seat isn't responding to my key or the button.  I know my next car will definitely have the seat response too because it takes me a long time to manually get everything set to drive after Ted and it is getting old quick!

I made taco soup for dinner and watched Dancing with the Stars.  There are several terrific dancers in the semi finals and two who must have big fan bases because they should have left long before some others.  

Talking about voting, Tuesday was Election Day.  I sent our ballots in awhile ago and was chastised on FB for using the mail because it costs $30 to process.  It is the difference between voting by mail or not voting because of our frequent absences.  Since $30 is about .001 of the total tax bill this household pays, I will continue in my wild ways.  

Irene and I made our fifth trip to the upholstery/rug area to return the second rug and get a third one.  We stopped at the carpeting place near home and picked out carpeting for the stairs based on the area rug we chose.  When we put it all together at her house it looked great.  I just hope she thinks so tomorrow.  

I talked to the flooring fellow about using wood for our DR, office and sitting area but Ted wants to go with carpeting again. It will be Spring though before we make the move.  We are still recovering from the bathroom chaos.  

When I arrived home we took my car to the Ford dealer.  It should be ready tomorrow since they have the parts.  I poked around the Explorer and Escape while there.  Again, I think this will be a spring project!

I guess we will watch Hallmark tonight since everything else is election results.  I have had enough!  Let the chips fall where they may.  


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wet and Windy Halloween

Tuesday was a dermatologist appointment to take a look at all these things that are appearing here, there and everywhere.  She removed a large skin tag that just sprouted out of nowhere and was driving me crazy with jewelry getting caught on it.  Then there was a small sore on my arm that just wasn't healing.  It had developed a small cone shaped scab and eventually that fell off but it was still a sore.  She biopsied that, said it was deep and I will hear back from them.  If it is something, there will be follow up.  If not, I only need to return on an as needed basis.  Getting old sucks!

I dropped a package off at the post office and then went to the mall to check out slacks at Chico's.  They are moving to another location in the mall and neither was open and no date was indicated when it would be!  Bummer.

Ted attended his last skeet league night followed by a banquet so I had the remote all to myself!  He was very pleased to have won "Best Overall" and "First" in the Senior Class too.  Sort of takes the sting out of the Sporting Clay scores the previous week in San Antonio.  There were many class divisions in San Antonio because there were 2100 shooters so his second place in Seniors was actually a good showing.  

On Wednesday Irene wanted to return one of her rugs down near the upholsterer.  She asked if I would take her because the 8 ft rug would fit in my Expedition.  We drove in rain all the way down but caught a lull upon arrival and the rug was removed easily.  She exchanged the foyer rug that John picked out in red and gold for the royal blue and gray one.  John's choice just didn't match anything else we had chosen for the furniture upholstery.  Since we were in the area we met her old neighbor for lunch and then went to the Chico's nearby.  I ordered one pair of slacks but that was the only one of four colors I was looking for that was available.

We arrived home just before the downpours started in earnest.  Because it was All Saints Day, we attended Mass in the evening, we could hear the rain pounding on the roof.  Even with big umbrellas and with the wind blowing, it was impossible to get to the car without getting wet.  I wanted to go through a drive thru for dinner and take it home but Ted chose Denny's.  My jacket was soaked when I got inside.  I had breakfast for dinner and he had pot roast.  We both cleaned our plates!  

Not a single trick or treater was seen anywhere in our travels.  In 15 years we have not had a single one but the family neighborhoods can get around 200, but not this year.  I hope many went to the mall but I don't stay abreast of those types of things so I am not even sure if that was available.  I imagine there was much disappointment in the kitchens around town with Snow Whites and Darth Vaders all dressed up and no place to go.

I went to WW on Thursday for my monthly weigh in,  I was 2.6 lbs. below goal.  Better that than 2.6 above!  That would cost me money until I lost the excess.  I am good until December now for another weigh-in.  I get on my WW digital scale every morning so I can keep myself on the right path.

I returned and readied myself for the Great Government Lottery for tickets to the Arizona memorial in December.  They went on sale at 7:00 am Hawaii time (noon here) so both Bill and I were poised and ready.  I got through first and ordered 6 tickets with narrated headphones for the Sunday afternoon we leave Kona and fly back to Honolulu.  After one night there in the Embassy Suites we will move to Disney's timeshare resort Aluani for New Year's Eve and Day (2 nights).  Then head back home after 2  weeks in paradise.

I cleaned the entire house Friday while Ted hosted four Exxon Mobile groups having outings at the gun club.  I usually clean in segments but I went full court press this time.  It certainly needed it!

 The sore on my arm was squamous cell cancer.  I have to return to have it scraped and burned.  And Irene doesn't like how dark the rug is so we are going back - again - to exchange it.  

Monday, October 29, 2018

The End of Our Week

Thursday was finally dry, but very muddy.  Ted called and said to not come to the gun club until 3:00 when they would be done shooting.  The whole complex was one big mud hole.  I was able to park my car on asphalt with a layer of mud but nothing I would get stuck in.  I sat on the patio until the shooters and other ladies arrived.  Everyone was really hungry so we just ate dinner from the snack bar.

I was looking forward to Friday when the ladies tour took place.  We arrived by 8:15 to find pastries and mimosas to start our day.  Our bus arrived and off we went.  Our tour guide was very good, informative but not overbearing with some funny historical facts and stories.  

Our first stop was at St. Fernando Cathedral.  As many times as I have been to San Antonio, I have never visited this beautiful church.  The remains of those killed at the Alamo are interred there in a marble secophagus, they were found during an excavation.  



The altar is a beautiful gold creation. 


Since a funeral was starting, we left to continue our tour of the city.

Next up was the ever present Riverwalk boat tour.  Each driver has his own spiel and this guy was entertaining.  After all the rain, warm, dry and sunny made it a delightful morning.  

Next stop was a Japanese Garden to visit.  As my Dad always told me, I am jaded by so much travel, and after Buchart Gardens in Victoria, BC, all gardens have paled in comparison.  This was quiet and peaceful with an interesting story that the family that created it were removed in 1941.  It wasn't until 1984 they were invited back and received an apology from the city.





We continued on to an award winning Mexican restaurant where we occupied the entire patio.  First up were demonstrations in preparing four different salsas that were served with chips prior to lunch.  By the time my chicken taco salad arrived I was too full to eat it all.  Cookbooks and tortilla warmers were for sale and bought by many.  

Our last stop was the Mercado.  Kristy was looking for a magnet for her mother, easy to find, and I wasn't looking for a thing so we just strolled around.

Back at the gun club, dinner was being prepared and we were having fajitas!  More Mexican!  I made a small nacho with the chips, salsa, cheese, pico, etc. and gave my fajitas to Ted.  We all eventually headed for home after saying our goodbyes.

We traveled home on Saturday.  Our nearest to home campground had no space, our second choice was having their Halloween weekend so no room and we ended up about 15 miles away at the KOA.  We emptied our clothes, food, guns, etc. and took it all home.  Church was at 5:00 so we cleaned up to go and then went to dinner with Terry and Carol, then returned to spend the night in the RV.

In the morning we put the trailer away. I spent the day doing laundry, putting clothes away, putting groceries away and going through the mail.  For dinner we ate the meatballs and spaghetti I had taken with us but never were home at dinner time to eat.  

There were several things that needed to be done in my office on Monday but my keyboard was not talking to my computer.  I finally gave up and used my phone and IPad to renew the trailer registration, look up my nephew's address to send him a get well card (he was in a car accident), chose a hotel for my April visit to San Antonio, paid our county and MUD taxes, renewed our AARP membership, paid the landscaper, paid the two months' rent for our spot in Retama, etc.  And I sent a mayday to Alison about my computer problem.  

Alison appeared with a wired keyboard which allowed her to get into my computer where she went to Devices (I think) and reset the wireless keyboard.  I sort of knew what was probably wrong and how to fix it but without that wired keyboard I wasn't able to get in at all.  Which reminds me, to use Maps with sound on your I Phone, you need to turn the Bluetooth function off.  I finally figured that out!  

And now we are home until 12/20 when the Great American Family Hawaii saga will begin.  But we have lots to do between now and then.  





Tuesday, October 23, 2018

It Keeps Raining!

The fellows are having a tough time in the Sporting Clay Competitions.  But they are trying not to let that deter them.  The weather is just not cooperating.  Ted wore his camouflage rubber boots on Tuesday.  

Sunday I had left the ladies suggesting a trip to San Marcos on Monday or Tuesday.  When I didn't hear from them, I cleaned some cabinets in the RV then dressed to go to a mall to use my birthday $25 coupon and $50 gift card at Chico's.  Then Ted called to say all the ladies had come to the gun club.  Considering the weather and how I was dressed. I opted to do my own thing.  I texted Ted and told him my plans stating if I didn't return, Charlie and I could be found on the MTA!  

Record breaking event - I bought a size .5 (1/2) at Chico's in slacks!  I bought a size 1 top and have found I really need to try them on because a 0 in a sweater was too big.  They don't have tops in size .5.  I stopped at Apple because my Maps was not talking to me.  Whatever the guy tried didn't work so it was a good thing I paid attention the night before to have an idea that I have to take the road marked N to go south, then ignore the turn left direction when you are still on the freeway and take the left turn after Military to go back north to the campground on the right (east side) of the freeway.  I texted Ted that I made it home fine but Charlie is still riding the MTA "where his fate is still unknown."

Tuesday the ladies wanted to go to San Marcos so I met them there.  They apparently don't mind the back roads but the highways scare the bejeezus out of them.  Good thing we aren't in Houston.  They were very impressed with the stores at San Marcos and a few charge cards may have melted from use.  We all went back to the farm they are staying on where cooking and grilling was done as a joint effort for an amazing dinner.  After shooting, Ted had the fellows follow him to the RV, he parked the truck and had come to the farm to drive us both home.  

Wednesday was hard rain all day long.  They were so happy to have the day off because without lightning, the shooters were required to shoot.  I am sure scores were impacted.  We all met up in Bandera, Cowboy Capital of Texas, for the 11th Street Cowboy Saloon Wednesday night grill out.  You bring your own meat and cook it on a huge grill, then buy a plate with baked potato, salad and roll to complete your meal.  There is a bar, of course, and a band for dancing.  We had quite a good time.  I even had a gentleman ask Ted if he could ask me to dance, so we did the two-step.  Then I danced with Ted and my brother Dan.  It was a really fun night.






Grist Mill Restaurant

I couldn't post these to the last blog so I am doing it separately.

Situated on the banks of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels 
between Austin and San Antonio, the Gruene cotton gin processed 
crops raised by area farmers until the wooden structure burned to the 
ground in 1922.  All that remains of the water-powered mill today is 
the three story brick boiler room – now the Gristmill
River Restaurant & Bar.



Inside and outside eating areas.


Overlooking the river.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

National Sporting Clay Championships

We left in drizzle Saturday morning hoping for an arrival at noon.  The weather eventually cleared but we ran into a traffic jam.  Turns out a semi was across the road and we were being forced to exit.  Cars to the right, trucks and RVs to the left because of an overpass the other way.  I was allowed to follow Ted to Gonzales, drive west the length to the next exit, then north to I-10.  Not a big deal but Ted's trucker's GPS that indicates problems for big rigs has been stolen and he just noticed it recently.  He hasn't pulled since our return last March and we know the route so well we don't use it.  But in cases like we just experienced, it is great to have.  At least the police knew not to send semis and RVs into the town with the overpass and that the way was clear all the way through Gonzales to the next entrance.  

After arriving and setting up, we left for the gun club where we met up with Dan, Dale and Whitey.  Ted got registered, he bought my ticket for the Ladies Day Out and they used a coupon to get a free box of shells.  By then Chris had arrived and those four went off to practice.  Ted and I left for Mass right across the street at St. Anthony of Claret church.  Then we went home and I fixed us dinner.  We were tired from the day of travel.

Sunday we met the group in Gruene now joined by Dale's wife Kathy and Chris's wife Krissy who had flown in that morning.  An afternoon of music in the dance hall and shopping for the ladies, we then had dinner at the Grist Mill along side the roaring Guadalupe River.  There has been recent flooding north of there and the water levels are still high.  Since I suggested it, I was glad everyone enjoyed their food and the ambience of the restaurant.

Ted and I returned home and the GPS is not up to date on all the construction on the circle freeway.  We are camped in the SW quadrant of a circle that is listed as North on the east side of the road.  So traveling SW on the road listed as N for north, we need to make a U turn to go back north to hit the east side.  And the GPS thinks we are on a road where we can make a U turn.  My phone app hasn't been much help either.  After two nights out in it though, I think we got it!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Planning for San Antonio

Saturday was busy.  We went to a 50th anniversary open house for good friends.  I find it interesting that so many of our friends have or are close to meeting this milestone.  Birds of a feather flock together!  Fr. Tom was coming in on our way out.  We said we were leaving to go to 5:00 o'clock Mass and he said not to worry, they wouldn't start without him - and they didn't.  

From there we hit Chik Fil A for a bite before heading to Shanghai.  We watched the Astros beat Boston in Game One of the ALCS while I lost at cards and Ted won.

Sunday we went back to Rayford to visit with Tommy and Susan again and to see Stella and Jay who had just arrived from a summer in Colorado.  They were leaving on Monday so we didn't have much time to get together.  There was an accident on the Xway and it took 45 minutes to get there.  We waited awhile before leaving for Sweet Tomatoes where we had an early dinner then went back to the campground and sat outside until almost 8:00 and then left for home.  It was an enjoyable day.  Astros lost Game 2!  

Monday dawned cold and rainy!  Luckily we had made plans with Terry and Carol to see the movie Gosnell about the abortionist and it is extremely well done.  I recommend you see it regardless of your thoughts on the subject.  Afterwards we had dinner at Cracker Barrel.  Then we came home to put warmer than usual jammies on for the night.

I was scheduled to work Tuesday at the Thrift Store and it was so good to see so many Forum friends.  We were having such a good time that I didn't leave at noon but closer to 1:00.  I bought Ted a Lauren down vest to shoot in if it stays this cold next week.  I also got Sam a Star Wars hoodie and Morgan a Pink brand hoodie with the logo printed in Hawaiian flowers.  And the most impressive buy, SIZE SIX designer skinny jeans for me!  A milestone!  




On the way home I stopped at the post office to mail a baby gift to a great niece's baby in Indiana.  I guess that makes the baby our great-great niece.  

Wednesday I worked on getting food and clothes ready for Thursday when Ted would be moving the RV to the campground where Tommy and Susan are staying.  I am trying to avoid taking more than I need so I don't have to carry so much home when we return.  Our Astros are not looking good!

Thursday morning Ted left to hook up the trailer, stop to have it inspected for its license plate renewal and then on to the campground.  When he was ready for me, I left with my car loaded up.  He and Tommy were getting leveled up and working on a leaky water elbow when I arrived.  We got settled inside, I went for a haircut and when Susan came home from work, we went to a new restaurant to eat dinner.

Friday was a trip to a catfish restaurant for an early lunch.  This place gets really crowded.  Except for 3 hush puppies I had a zero point lunch - grilled fish, green beans, and salad with fat free dressing.  All this eating out has to be handled carefully but I can be okay as long as I choose wisely.  

Our Astros went down in flames!  

Monday, October 8, 2018

A week with Irene

After hosting the breakfast on Thursday with Irene and shopping with her on Saturday, on Sunday she and John invited us to Del Frisco's to celebrate my birthday.  We met them after they had been to church.  This restaurant is not on my WW app so I couldn't determine points but they did list calories.  I chose fish and chips based on that!  I was amazed that was the best choice of the things I liked.  They brought us a complimentary appetizer and I had a piece and then they comped us a small coconut cream pie (my absolute favorite) for my birthday and I took a small piece and the others finished it.  It is fabulous, best ever.  I never got hungry the rest of the day so when Ted heated up some leftover chili, I ate an apple.  Result on Monday?  A half pound down from Sunday morning.  I think the trick to this Maintenance is plan ahead, use what is available to determine your best option, celebrate important things and watch day by day so things don't get out of hand.  

Monday I went to the hematologist's office for bloodwork so results would be ready for my Wednesday  morning appointment.  It was only 45 minutes over, blood drawn and back home.  I had Carol, Irene and Mary stopping over at noon so I finished up around the house.  Ted was already gone shooting.  Mary was subbing in Canasta and we played a single hand to help her refresh then all traveled together to Jane's.  Her husband played with us when a sub cancelled at the last minute.  I came in second, a first in this group.  

Tuesday I was back at Irene's to assess the furniture and the swatches we had collected.  Once we thought we knew what she was going to do we left for another trip to the Upholstery shop.  Little by little we got the various patterns matched up to the correct furniture.  We chose one pattern from his stock and then made our way across to the fabric shop to get one final chair print and a valance to match.  Back to the upholsterer to determine how much of each we needed.  Then back to the fabric shop to buy it and one more trip over to give him the fabric.  I am certainly glad they were right across the street from each other!  

We had left at 10 and it was almost 4:00 when we got back.  I picked up my car, stopped for a bite since Ted was shooting (what else?) and I didn't feel like making something.  I was all ready to put my feet up!

Wednesday I met with the hematologist.  He complimented me on my weight loss, asked if my IVC filter had been removed (yes) and gave me a copy of my blood test results which were all good.  He said he would order a six month's prescription for my Eliquis at the same dosage.  I told him about the residue still in my vein that had the clot and that Dr. D wants to collapse a vein due to valve leakage when it is totally gone.  However, because I am doing so well I should see her in January to readdress it.  He said don't have it done.  I have no pain, no swelling, traveled on a 10 hour flight twice (wearing compression stockings) successfully and now have two friends who have had less than desirable outcomes.  I tend to agree with him but we will see what January brings.

Ted and I went to Sam's and Stein Mart before coming home.  We both got flu and pneumonia shots and a few other things at both stores.  Our new Medicare cards arrived so he left to have them laminated.  One more thing taken care of.  I guess eventually this new Medicare number will have to be given to all providers over the next year.  

Thursday was the monthly neighborhood birthday luncheon.  Jeanette always goes above and beyond when it is her month to choose.  I brought everyone an individually wrapped popcorn ball, she brought birthday glasses filled with peanuts and candy corn and also cupcakes.  Merry made place marker candy bags and of course everyone else had a card for each of the four birthday girls.  It was a nice afternoon and a great end to my birthday week.  Ted was gone when I got home so I took a nap.  Both my arms were sore from the shots and I woke myself up everytime I moved the night before.  

Friday was laundry day and not much else.  










Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jet Lag

I thought arriving home at midnight and going right to bed for a night of uninterrupted sleep would get me turned around!  It sounded good in theory but hasn't worked out quite like that.  I have been falling asleep around 8 and waking up at 3 or 4!  No harm done but I really need to shift that 2-3 hours.  Tonight I am having iced tea with dinner.  It always keeps me awake.  

We unpacked, I did laundry, we went to church and our favorite Mexican restaurant where they have taken to greeting us with hugs, cleaned the house, was taken out for a Birthday lunch and had my nails done.  That's it besides posting all those pictures.

Since I was going to be busy Thursday, I weighed-in on Wednesday.  This was my 4th weigh-in in what is a 6-week Maintenance process so I thought I had two more weeks to go!  Nope!  I weighed exactly the same as the day I left on my cruise, 6 weeks had passed since I made Goal so I achieved Lifetime!  This means I have maintained my goal weight within 2 lbs. for six weeks.  Now I have to weigh-in once a month, stay within 2 lbs. up or down and I will not have to pay anymore!


Thursday was the Continental Breakfast I was helping with so I went to the store to buy what I needed and started chopping and mixing so I was ready bright and early Thursday morning. 

Our breakfast was a success!  Over 50 women came and put a pretty good dent in the food and emptied two 42 cup coffeepot contents and two 10 cup decaf pots!  My yogurt parfait bar received many positive comments and my pico de gallo impossible quiche was all gone.  Here are the hostesses.


It was my birthday so that evening we met Tommy and Susan at Saltgrass for a birthday dinner for Ted 9/27, Susan 10/3 and me 10/4.  Then we went to their motorhome at the campground for cake and to meet two more couples, friends of theirs.  Between the ice tea at dinner and getting home at 10:30, I slept until 7:30!

Friday we tackled the closet in the twin guest room.  We keep the luggage in there along with anything that needs to go back in the RV plus boxes and gift wrapping bags, paper, etc.  I also keep a pile going for the Paralyzed Vets that come once a month.  We emptied it of everything, moved the shelves around and then systematically put things back.  It is amazing the room you can achieve when you get organized!  Next up is the closet in the Queen guest room!

Saturday I went with Irene to an area of Houston where Wholesalers maintain all kinds of businesses,  to look for fabric.  We cut lots and lots of swatches, stopped at the Upholstery shop and feel we made great progress on choosing what will go on her chairs.  I asked to stop at my favorite flower shop and bought a new arrangement for the bathroom.


stop at Central Mart to look around followed by lunch at Cheddar's and it was time to head home.  We were delighted to hear of Kavanaugh's appointment on our drive north.  What an ugly thing that had turned into.  I would not have liked that to happen to anyone.  Character assassination with no proof.  That's just not right.  

We went to church and then out to dinner with Terry and Carol.  And now we start preparing for an RV trip to San Antonio for Ted to participate in the Sporting Clay Nationals.  My brother Dan and a whole entourage is coming from Ohio too.  We leave in a week and a half.



Saturday, September 29, 2018

Our Trip Home

We were to be picked up at 7:00 Thursday morning (midnight back home) to be taken to the airport.  We were expecting a 16 person bus but two 8 person vans came instead.  We transferred with no issues and then the lines began.  First up was trying to find the Delta counter.  We had to ask at Information.  It was at 390 so we followed signs but before we could enter that area we had to produce a reservation or boarding pass.  Since I could not print, luckily I had them sent to my phone.  Once I produced these, we were allowed to proceed.  Once again, before reaching the counter, we were stopped to answer a few questions and a sticker was placed on the back of our passports.  Finally we made it to the counter.  We checked 3 of our 4 bags, received our boarding passes and proceeded to our gate to learn we had a delay.  That concerned us because we had less than two hours to disembark, go through immigration, claim our luggage, recheck our luggage and go through Securty again in Atlanta!

We took off late but made up the time and it's a good thing.  First up was Immigration with 7 switchback rows of people.  The 24 automated machines which were all empty are only for people not continuing on from Atlanta.  Figure that one out!  It took an hour to get through this.  Then we had to claim our luggage and take it to a new belt to be put on our next flight then proceed to Security.  We were stopped in Houston because of our dimes used to play cards so this time we put them in the small dish and they were pulled for inspection ... behind two bags, one of which contained small jars of jam and little bottles of limoncello.   It took two ladies FOREVER to look at each one.  The problem was they didn't know how many grams or milliliters are in 3 ounces!  The second bag didn't take as long.  When ours came up my little purse was opened and dumped out.  Then they went through all the dimes.  Of course then she had to gather them all up and put them back in.  They did the same to Ted's.  Finally they opened his credit card case and leafed through everything in there.  Only then could we proceed to our gate.  Luckily we didn't have to ride the train to another terminal.  We found our gate, the rest of our group and another delay.

Carol was to pick us up at 9:30 pm because Terry was due in on an 11:00 flight.  We texted her and him telling them she should not come because we would arrive about the same time and would come home with him.  We landed about 5 minutes apart and it worked out great!  We arrived home at midnight, 24 hours of travel!

We went right to bed and it helped turn us around by getting a long night's sleep right away.  

I have kept my calendar clear for the most part so I probably won't have much to say after all these postings!

Pompeii

We arrived at the city of Pompeii, buried in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD (or there abouts).  It was not destroyed by lava but rather meters and meters of ash.  Everything under the ash was very well preserved and was undisturbed until found in 1748.  It had been lost for around 1700 years.

They were very advanced boasting over 200 restaurants to serve the many workers and visitors of its busy port, indoor plumbing using terra cotta pipes when iron pipes proved unhealthy.  There are paved streets, theaters, stadiums, etc.  

Bodies found "calcified" who died of suffocation from the ash.



A dog (his head is at the bottom, look for a white tooth).


Running water


Preserved frescoes



Cooking pots, serving stations and ovens.




Paved streets with risers to use when crossing avoiding whatever may be in the street.  Note the oxen cart and chariot grooves.  


Beautiful, fully intact mosaic floors




Buildings along the paved road.



A bit of the stadium 



Columns and statues of a public gathering place.  Maybe a place of worship, or government, or celebrations.




This was an outstanding day to end our cruise.  What I learned?  Our life is but a snap of your fingers in time!  









The Crowning Excursion

Everyone has heard of the Amalfi coast I think.  I did not know it is a 26 mile long two lane winding highway running from Sorrento to Salerno high above the sea.  I am in awe of the bus drivers who successfully maneuver this route.  They need to stop short to let other buses pass and use mirrors around curves to know when to proceed.  The many motor scooters darting in and out constantly are a real danger to themselves but that doesn't stop them.  Everyone is surprisingly patient and polite, backing up when necessary and no horn blowing except to announce your entering a blind curve.   

We started in Naples on the highway exiting to Sorrento to pick up the Amalfi Coast Road.  We stopped at the Limencello factory where we could use the restroom and we bought a hand painted bottle of Limencello for Terry and Carol for doing the airport run for us.  I had a sample sip and it can grow hair on your chest!

Our next big city was Positano but we just drove through and didn't stop.  Our first stop was Amalfi where Ted and I grabbed a bite.  

Mosaic in the restaurant. 


Church on the town square (note the steps!)


I will just post photos of the coastline first. 





Hotels.  Only a small check in lobby is on the road.  The rest is down the cliff.



The switchbacks.


See the figure holding flowers in the rock formation?


One of many watchtowers.


An umbrella pine.


A house built in a crevice.


Villages built into the mountainside.  



When we arrived in Salerno we continued on to Pompeii.