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Sat. Apr. 13 to Fri. Apr. 19- Austin to Lake Takoma TX-Joplin MO

Saturday– There was a thunderstorm arriving, so we held off leaving. We worked quickly getting ready to leave, including bringing in the slides. We waited out the storm, and left a little before 11, which is the check out time.

We drove east and stopped at the rest area for lunch. We wanted the storm to get through Austin, so we would not be caught in it.

We continued on to Austin, and turned south on I-35, which was under massive construction. This created a terrible traffic jam. We exited and used the “Texas U-turn”, which are awesome, and we wish that they were everywhere.

We drove into Austin Lone Star RV park at about 2 PM. The office was closed, but they had an envelope with my name on it. It included a pass for the gate and a map with our site circled. While I was getting the information, Bob disconnected the car. We went through the gate and up to our site.

We set up and took the dogs for a walk. We also took them to the dog run. Bob was able to get Koda and Roxie to run, while Karlie and I watched.

We ate dinner at home, using all the leftovers.

Sunday-  We stopped at the office on our way out of the park, and paid the balance on our reservation. The employee gave us maps on how to get downtown without having to use I-35, bypassing the construction and the traffic back ups.

We drove to downtown Austin, stopping at Mean Greens for lunch, a salad place. We were disappointed. The salad was not as good as Café Zupas, it was more expensive, and we did not get the roll and the chocolate covered strawberry!

Our goal was to go to the Capitol, as we thought that the parking would be better. It was, as we found a nice, free parking space, near a side entrance. We walked up to the Capitol building, and the next tour was in about 5 minutes.

The tour was only 30 minutes, but since the Legislature is in session, it was a good thing we went on Sunday, as we were able to see both the House and the Senate. If we had gone on Monday, we would have missed these places.

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We entered thru the main entrance. We had to go thru security, and of course, I set off the metal detector. I always say,” two new knees”, but the security guy  still ‘wanded” me.

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All of the elevators have these emblems on them.

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Below is a picture of Santa Ana surrendering.

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Below is the rotunda, looking up at the dome.

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Throughout the Capitol, each door had these massive hinges shown below.

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Below is the Senate chamber.

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This is the House side with our docent, Chad.

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Even the light fixtures have the Lone Star.

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On one of the floor areas.

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Another floor display.

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Of course, the tour ended near the gift shop!

The salad for lunch, was not very satisfying, so we stopped at Voodoo Doughnuts for a treat. I dropped Bob off and drove around the block many times, as the line was long. It was located in a very “young” area, with lots of people in their 20’s. This Voodoo is open 24 hours.

We returned to the rig and played with the dogs in the dog run. There were some toys in the park, so I said to Bob, since Koda does not seem to like balls, why don’t we just leave some of our balls in the park.

So Bob pulled down the box. He went to hand me a regular size tennis ball and I dropped it. Koda grabbed it and ran with it. Huh?? Roxie had tried to get Koda to play with the medium size ball. ( we have 3 sizes, small, medium, and regular tennis ball).  When Roxie tried to get Koda to play, she grabbed the ball and dropped it. I took the ball and rolled it to Koda, who looked at it like it was from Mars! I rolled it to Roxie who picked it up and dropped it. We did this back and forth about 10 times and finally decided that balls were not Koda’s thing. So now, we find out she likes regular tennis balls. So that is her new toy!

Bob runs with the dogs in the dog park, and they both chase him, barking and having a great time. We ate dinner at home.

Monday- We left around 10 AM and went downtown to the University, where the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum is located. There was specific place to park, which was free.

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We visited the Library, enjoying the self tour.Below is a limo that LBJ had made for him to ride around in Texas. It is not armored or bullet proof. It is located right inside the entrance.

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The Library/Museum is 10 stories. On the main floor, they had  information about LBJ. then we walked up a marble staircase to the hall of Presidents and First Ladies.

It started with George and Martha Washington ….

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And went as far at George W and Laura Bush.

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The portraits are hung two years after the President is out of office, so Obama’s portrait is not yet hung.

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On the other wall was the Library portion open with glass so you can see the information. It is only open by appointment. These are between the floors that are open to the general public.

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Below you can see a really nice mural, depicting LBJ and others.

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Here are two views of the LBJ Oval Office.

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A view of Austin from the 10th floor of the Library/Museum.

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We left around 12:30, going to Terry Black’s BBQ. We waited about 30 minutes in line. The food was very good.

We returned to the rig, walked the dogs, then went to Costco, Walmart and the Liquor store. We returned, ate dinner and took the dogs to Petsmart. We thought we would have Koda pick out some toys. She ignored everything…. Oh well, it was worth a try!

Tuesday- We left and drove up I-35, ugh!. Bob had found a alternate route, so we turned drove east on Hwy. 71, past the airport. Then we found that it was a toll road, oh well. So we turned north on the toll road. We had no idea how much it was going to cost. There were no actual toll booths, just signs saying how much each segment was… Payment was either through Texas pass or by mail. The drive was much nicer than going thru the City of Austin on I-35, so whatever the cost, it saved us a lot of time and frustration!

We drove back onto I-35, north of Austin. We continued north, finally arriving, around 2:30  at the Thousand Trails Lake Texoma. There is nothing going on in the park during the week. We had to pay an extra $3 per day for 50 amp, but moved into a 50 amp FHU site.

We settled in and I sat outside with the dogs. Koda decided to dig to China! She was having a blast and dirt was flying! We do not know what she smelled in the hole, but she smelled something and went after it.

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When she finished, we washed her paws and scraped the dirt back into the hole so we would not turn our ankles in the hole.

We ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- We have no internet at the site, so we went to the Adult Lounge to use the internet. I worked on some articles and sent them to my Editor. We had found that the Elks Lodge in Oklahoma was closed, so we had to find another place to stay. We  are now going to a Casino in southern Missouri, then on to our next planned stop.

We returned, walked the dogs, and went to Backyard BBQ, a few miles down the road for lunch. We just did take out, returned, ate lunch, and took a nap.

We walked the dogs, ate dinner, and waited for the weather to change. The weather radio kept going off warning us of the severe thunderstorms coming. We had already checked out that the restrooms near us had brick walls and we would move there if there was a tornado alert.

When following the weather, we saw that we were in an area that just had rain, so we were lucky. The worst of the storms, and there were several, went around us, both to the east and the west. Whew! We went to bed late, because we wanted to wait out the last storm.

Thursday- We decided to have a quiet day at home. We completed some tasks around the rig. The weather was cooler and very windy. We were glad we were sitting still today.

We ate leftover BBQ from yesterday for lunch. I took a nice nap. At 4, I went over to the Adult Lounge to try to download the  pictures from my phone and to work on the blog. I sent another article to my editor.

I returned and we cooked dinner. The skies had cleared and it was bright and sunny, but remained very, very windy.

Friday- Fortunately, the wind died down this morning. We packed up and left around 9 AM. We drove north, immediately crossing into Oklahoma,  on horrible roads! The CD player would not work! We thought it might not be working because the roads were so bumpy, but it turned out it was actually that the batteries were dead.

We changed them when we stopped at a rest area, walked the dogs and changed drivers. We continued on through Oklahoma. Our destination was Down River Casino in Joplin MO.

Before we arrived in Joplin, our last drive through Oklahoma was on I-44, which was a toll road. We were glad to pay the $6.50 toll, as the road was nice and smooth. The first smooth road of the day!

The toll road ended when we crossed into Missouri. We exited at exit 1, and turned onto the road to the Casino. We could see the RV park on the right, so we drove into the park, chose a site, and I ran over and paid the $15 for the night. We could have stayed for free, if we went to the Casino and joined their club. We were tired, as it was already after 3 PM and we had decided to just pay the $15.

We set up, then took the dogs to the city to a dog park we found on Google Maps. They had not run in days and Koda really needed to get some energy out. ‘

We arrived to find that the park was not a dog park. There were baseball diamonds, a swimming pool, various playground equipment but no dog park. Bob checked Google and the next park was 26 miles away.

I spotted a fenced in picnic pavilion. There was no gate, but the shelter was covered and the tables were in the shelter, with grass all around. No one was around, so we took the dogs in and ran them around the large area. Even Karlie ran, which was good to see!

Finally, the let us know they were done, we loaded them back in the car and drove back to the Casino. It was bout 6 miles each way! We ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Sat. Apr. 6 to Fri. 12- Fredericksburg TX.

Saturday- We had the Pancake Breakfast this morning. I really had not volunteered much this rally, because I have enough with the three dogs and my heel which is still bothering me. With walking over 10,000 steps a day, it has been very painful in the evenings.

They were having pictures today, but since Bob was not here, I did not do a picture. Rudy has said that he will take ours once Bob returns.

Bob and Stormi have been working diligently on trying to get the Doc’s to make a decision. They were pushing for Hospice. Each day, the Doc’s would say that the cancer is in another location. At this point there are 20 tumors in the brain, tumors in the lymph nodes, the lung tumor, and it is in his liver. They are still doing tests and they have not received the information from the VA hospital.

In the evening, we had the Sheriffs Diner. This is where the unknown Sheriff, it turned out to be Jeff Venable, fines you 25 to 50 cents for “infractions” like not wearing your name tag or anything else they can think of… he collected $187, which will be donated to a local charity.

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Sunday-  Bob was supposed to return today, but he had changed his ticket. He is going to return on Tuesday. He is staying because Ethel, the SIL, is being discharged from the hospital today. Bob has been trying to obtain home health services for John, to assist Ethel with his care.

Ethel came straight to the hospital. She is in severe denial. She called Stormi and told her she was taking John home, Tuesday, no matter what. She had Stormi very upset. We have been trying to back Stormi in everything. Ethel did make an appointment with the Oncologist for Wednesday. Stormi is planning to attend the appointment also…

I registered for the main rally, the AOC. That was about it for today. Linda and I walked the dogs. Someone had taken her dog to the Vet just down the street and the Vet told her that there had been 2 dogs from the park with Parvo. This meant that I could no longer use the dog park to run Koda. That created a problem, as doing a long, long walk with Koda was not possible due to my heel. I did go to Walmart, as it started raining.

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The problem with walking the dogs in the large grassy area are the dandelion’s above. They are very sharp. There is another kind, which did not show up well in the picture, which has fine sharp needles. So I was only walking the dogs on the road. I was able to let they walk in our site, as Bob had removed all of these dandelions.

The Mobile Lube guy arrived to change our transmission fluid. Bob had scheduled him and he was very nice. I had to take the jacks up for him to check to make sure that everything was okay. Then I had to re-level the coach. This is one of Bob’s tasks so I had to call him, to have him walk me through this activity.

We had the Welcome Dinner this evening. It was a catered dinner with Lasagna and Penna pasta. Dinner was very good. They announced that next year’s AOC is going to be in Branson MO. I immediately texted Bob to let him know. We are already planning to attend!

Monday-  I had nothing until 1:30, so I went downtown and walked one block. I was able to find an item to place over the valance in the bedroom. I took this picture and sent it via text to Bob. He asked me to measure it, so I borrowed a tape measure from the store employee and did the measurement. Bob told me to go ahead and purchase it.

Since our blog’s name is Wanderlust, this works! I had also purchased a new quilt which I was planning to surprise Bob with when he returned. No, it was not very expensive…

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At 1:30 I attended the RV Disaster Corps seminar. This is a group, Texas only, which works with FEMA to assist communities, following disasters. They go in for short term time frames, long past the time that the first responders are in the area, and have left the area, to continue to assist with helping people. RV’ers come with their own lodging, thereby, not placing extra stress on the fragile areas. It was an interesting service, which may eventually go nationwide. I went to the 4 PM Roadrunner social.

Meanwhile, Bob, Stormi, and Ethel were meeting with the Doctors. Ethel remains in denial about the seriousness of John’s diagnosis. Both Bob and Stormi want Hospice started. The Radiology Oncologist made a strong case for doing radiation of the brain and lung. John and Ethel made the decision to go with the radiation, which is their right.

Bob gave Ethel information on the available services in the area to assist her. She, smiled, took the information, and we believe she will ignore it.

Tuesday- I had a 9AM Women’s seminar where we discussed various items we really like that we have in our rigs. I was not really excited about the crafts, so I did not attend those seminars. We did schedule an Instapot seminar. ‘

Bob’s plane was arriving at 1:35 so at a little before 12, I left to drive to the airport in Austin. The ride was a hour and forty minutes. I arrived and there was a cell phone lot. So that was where I stopped. It was a well done lot. There was a gas station, restaurant, and a board listing the arrivals. Unfortunately, Bob’s plane was not on the list. Bob texted me and I ran to the airport to pick him up.

We drove back to Fredericksburg. The really nice thing was that the wildflowers are blooming and the area is beautiful.

We arrived back in time for Bob to greet the dogs, walk them, and we went at 5 PM to the Leisure Coach Works sponsored dinner. LCW has done this each year for the Alfa Rally. The menu is always hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, beans, chips, sodas and water.

This year, dessert was from the park, which was ice cream. The ice cream was from a local place and really excellent.

This was the sky as we left the dinner…

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Wednesday- We decided to go take the Willow City Loop to view the wildflowers. We found the road and drove the loop. The flowers were beautiful.

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The blue flowers are the famous Texas Blue Bonnets. The drive was awesome!

We stopped at Backwoods BBQ for lunch, as Bob missed the BBQ dinner which was so good. He enjoyed the brisket, which we both had.

We returned and Bob attended the Round Table with Jon Goldstein from LCW. We had our social hour, then we had the Roadrunner Chapter dinner with was a German meal. It was Schnitzel, gravy, German potato salad, salad,green beans,  sauerkraut, and bread. It was very good. Dessert was apple strudel or Black Forest Cake ( Bob’s favorite). We had a nice time talking with friends. Below is a picture of the park with some of the 90 Alfa’s in attendance.

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Thursday- Because we did not know Bob’s schedule, I did not sign us up for the dog show. We went to Walmart. At 11, I went to the Instapot seminar. One thing that I learned, was that our Sun City friend, John, had placed a PVC elbow over the steam vent to keep the steam from damaging the cabinets. Bob measured the top and we are going to do this!

We picked up lunch from Porky’s a really good carry out place about 1 mile down the road. At 1:30, Bob went to the Round Table with Dick Albritton. We had our social at 5. There was a ton of leftovers from the dinner last night, so we took some containers and loaded up with leftovers. We dropped them off into our refrigerator.

We took our leftover bottle of Tequila with us. We also sampled some Bourbon Cream. That was sort of like Baileys Irish Cream, but much smoother. Along with my wine and Bob’s beer, well, it was a good thing we were not driving anywhere! LOL.

Dinner was the AOC Farewell dinner. It was basically a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mash potatoes, salad, green beans and peach cobbler for dessert.

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We did not win any of the prizes. We said our good-byes to a lot of people. Below are some of the prizes. The Roadrunners had two baskets, each worth $350. Note that the “leaves” are money…

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This second bouquet is from the Lone Stars. I am not sure how much money was there.

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Friday- We went downtown to visit the shops. We walked the area, waving at Alfa’s as they passed by on Main Street, heading out of town. We visited the “tasting” business, which has taskings of a lot of salsa, peanut butters, pickles,, jams, jelly’s etc..That was lunch!

We went back to the rig, took a nap, and had a quiet afternoon. We left around 4:30, to drive south to Comfort TX to meet up with my cousin Diane and her husband Vic. I had not seen them in a long time. Each time we came through Texas, they were out of town!

The original restaurant that Diane had chosen was closed, so we went to a new place in town called Soul Food. It was very good and became very crowded. We had a great visit.

Sat. Mar. 30 to Fri. Apr. 5- El Paso TX to Fredericksburg TX

Saturday-  We left Mission RV Park around 9AM and continued east on I-10. The roads are awful! Really bumpy.  The winds started picking up just as we arrived in Ft. Stockton. We were glad to be parked at Hill Top RV Park. The park opens at 3 pm, and we arrived at 2. There was a pedestal with a top to open, and inside I found my name with an envelope. I completed the information, added $27 dollars in cash( FHU 50 amp), and put it through the slot into the office. Then we parked in site 41, which had the side of the RV facing west. There was quite a view from the hilltop, but the wind was really blowing and there was a lot of flying dust.

After setting up, we walked the dogs and went into Ft. Stockton. We saw this sign over Main Street.

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Something was going on downtown, as there was a road block and lots of tables and chairs in the middle of the street, with caterers setting up.

We went around the block, finding the historic fort. They need to do some work on this, as the buildings were falling apart. We did just drove by.

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We went to the historic Court House,

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and looked at the 1909 Hotel. Across the street was the Gray Mule Saloon.

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which was a tasting room. So we went in. The only wine I wanted to taste, was the Moscato, and you had to purchase a whole bottle.

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We left and went to visit the Roadrunner Statue.

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We stopped at Walmart for gas and bread, as the gas was the least expensive in town @ $2.63 gal.

We saw this mural on the side of a bank.

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We returned to the rig, and this is what we found!

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I  had to keep from laughing. Bob had stopped on the way in and came in after me and he also had to stop from laughing! We just rolled it back up and went on with life… We  walked the dogs again, ate dinner, and watched TV. When we went to bed, the rig was rocking from the wind.

Sunday- The wind had died down overnight, thank goodness! We walked the dogs and Roxie and Koda played in the dog run. We packed up and left at around 9:30.

We continued east on I-10. We stopped for lunch at a rest area. The rest area sign was at the exit, but once we arrived at the end of the ramp, there were no further signs. I saw two flags, so we went there, and sure enough it was the Visitor Center and rest area. We saw lots of lost RV’s drive by….

We were both freezing at this point. I had been driving and Bob had put his jacket on. I ran back and grabbed a fleece to wear. We ate lunch, and continued on I-10 east bound. Whew, it was cold outside, but the wind was less than it had been.

We eventually stopped for diesel at a Pilot, then turned onto Hwy. 290 and drove about 30 miles to Fredericksburg. We arrived at the park, signed in and Susan met us. After hugs, we introduced her to Koda. She greeted all the dogs, and showed us that there are dandelions in each of the sites and on the common grass. These dandelions have stickers and some are sticky.

Bob used a tool to get all the dandelions up and put them into one of the fire pits  for them to be set on fire, eventually.

We set up and at 4 PM there was a spontaneous happy hour. Everyone just showed up at the Wagon Masters site. Lots of hello’s and hugs.

Below is Gloria and I talking….

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We were tired so I voted to go out to dinner at a German Restaurant. Bob was not hard to convince, so I texted Linda and Mike and they had the same plan. We picked them up and off we went into town. The restaurant we chose was open Wed to Sun, but we found that they were closed. The sign said Sun, 11 to closing. We were not the only folks there! So we turned around and went to another restaurant where we had a great meal with wonderful friends!

Monday- More rigs arrived today. The pre-rally starts on Wednesday, so it is going to be a busy week with rigs arriving. We went to Walmart and had a quiet day until the 4 pm happy hour.

Tuesday- I had told Bob that as soon as we arrived for the rally, my editor was going to send me articles to update. Sure enough, the email was there with a list of 11 articles. I printed out the list, and did some other tasks.

I unexpectedly received a PM from my niece, Stormi. She said that her dad has cancer and has gone downhill in the last 6 weeks. We knew he had been diagnosed with cancer, but had not known any more.

Stormi and I sent PM’s back and forth. John, who is Bob’s older brother, age 69, had a lung tumor which had been the size of a pea about 6 weeks ago. Now it was the size of a grapefruit. He also has metastasis to his liver.

Bob and I discussed what to do. Finally we decided that Bob would fly to Kansas City from Austin. The airport is 1 hour and 40 minutes away, but the airport is smaller and we hope there is less traffic than in San Antonio.

So we made preparations for him to leave.  We went to the social time at 4. We ate dinner at home.

Wednesday- We left and drove to Austin. I dropped Bob off at the Southwest airline terminal area. Then I went to Costco. I picked up a few items, then stopped at McDonalds for a quick lunch. I arrived back at the rig at 1:30, just about the time Bob was landing.

I stopped in the rally room and picked up our pre-rally packet of info. At 5 I went to  the social hour. The we had the Welcome Dinner. To chose the order of the tables, they had us doing a puzzle. We were all seated by the year of our coach. Ours is 2004, but there were only two other people at the table, Dave Volker and April Zvan.  We were in the corner, in the dark.  So Dave held up a phone with the flashlight on. April and I worked on the puzzle.

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They had awesome brisket and turkey which we later found out was catered by Backwoods BBQ.

Bob had gotten his rental car and checked into his motel. He went to Leavenworth to have dinner with his younger brother, Joe and niece Brandi.

Thursday- There was coffee and doughnuts in the morning. Some people went to the Kerrville Western Art Museum. I went to Walmart!

Bob was able to visit with his brother for about an hour. He is very weak and not able to talk for very long.

In the afternoon, I went to the craft which was making a clothes pin Roadrunner.

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We had social hour and dinner. Linda has been helping me walk the dogs.

Friday-  Bob sent me a text that they were in crisis mode. His SIL ended up in a hospital overnight and had called him to stay with John. So he raced over there. A little while later, Bob texted that John had become lethargic and had an abnormal heart rate, so he called 911 and sent him to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Bob locked up and followed to the hospital.

He called his niece, Stormi, John’s oldest daughter, and re-routed her to the hospital. The Doc’s did have him sign a DNR. There is no other paperwork in place. I had sent Bob a long email with information on what he needs to do. He had forwarded it to Stormi so that she knows what services are available in the area. He is a Veteran, so he has been seen at the VA center in Kansas.

Bob spent the day with John in the hospital.

I went downtown and walked one of the blocks in Fredericksburg.

Sat. Mar. 23 to Fri. Mar. 29- Sun City AZ

Saturday- What a busy day! We started with walking the dogs. From there, we took our bikes and rode around the park, as it was the patio sales. Bob bought a pair of shorts $2, I bought a top 50 cents, we picked up a cloth for when I shave Bob’s hair and a free church key, as Bob had lost the last one.

We stopped in at the Craft Fair. I was really limping at this time, but I wanted to see everything. We walked around the Activity Center, visiting the Quilt room, the Ceramics room, the Woodworking shop,  the lapidary, and the music room. All were open and people were promoting their sales and the various areas.

We returned to the rig, and Bob washed the rig. He had done one side yesterday, and the other side today. I started with packing some stuff into the shed and taking the cushions off the chairs at the table. They were hard to get off, as it had rained and dried several times and so they were really tied very tight.

Bob loaded the bikes onto the back of the rig, locked them, and put the cover over them. We are taking them with us this year, as we anticipate using them this summer.

Koda’s paperwork had arrived yesterday, and we had dropped it off at the vets. Forgot to put that into last week’s blog.

We left and went south to Metro Center, stopping at In N Out Burger for lunch. We went to the Dillard’s Clearance Center. I can see why the stuff was on clearance. Most of it was made of poor quality, was ugly, or odd sizes. I tried on a few items, but did not purchase anything.

Bob found a Caribbean theme shirt, which we had been looking for, as we have Hawaiian themed events. So he purchased that for $18.

We returned, stopping to wash the car, pick up items at Fry’s and Target. We returned home, packed, did a few more tasks, and took the dogs to the dog park. Koda is doing better, she ran on her own. Roxie ran a bit, and Karlie just wandered around sniffing.

Koda is getting less tense in the car, and there was hardly any panting today. She really enjoyed some kids who were there and running with the other dogs.

We decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I texted Linda and we all went. They drove. We had a nice dinner. We had ordered the dog food for the other lady who has been giving Linda food to feed Karlie. So we had given them that, as well as some to feed Karlie and other dogs. I had ordered 2 bags of the food, along with some canned food for Koda. Our order arrived from Chewy in about 24 hours. They are very prompt!

Sunday- We did our usual tasks, including this week washing all of the bedding since we have nice large washers and dryers in the park. It was a busy day, getting ready to leave. Bob had to put away our flag, the sign, and other items. We sat outside with the dogs on the patio in the afternoon. Finally, around 5:15, we moved the dogs inside, to their dismay, and packed up the fence. Bob wrapped strapping around sets of 6 panels. We took three of them, so we have 18 panels for Michigan. We left 4 panels in the  shed. Our AZ lounge chairs and one old folding chair went into the shed. Finally, on top of everything, we placed the table chair cushions. We could have still put more in the shed, but that was all we had! LOL.

We ate dinner at home and I did some tasks around the rig on the inside. I had been working on laundry all day, so that the hamper would only have the clothes we are wearing.

Monday- On the road again!!  We drove out of Paradise at about 9:30. We took Union Hills east to the 101. Then I-101 south to east bound I-10. We had to exit at 59th street, instead, of 51st street, due to construction. We turned left on Van Dorn, and went east to 51st street. We turned south and traveled thru the Gila Indian Reservation out to I-10. Using this route, means we miss a lot of I-10 in Phoenix and the dangerous “Durango Curve” .

Unfortunately, the road was pretty bumpy, for awhile. This is Koda’s first trip in the rig, but she did really well. We always seat belt our dogs. We had put Karlie and Roxie in my recliner and Koda in Bob’s. After the road became smoother, she settled down. At one point, she made a lot of noise, so Bob checked on her and found that she had tangled her hook-up. Once he untangled her she settled right down. No panting!

We stopped at the rest area and walked the dogs. We switched drivers and continued to the Pilot in Tucson. We unhooked the car and backed into a site between the trucks. We walked the dogs, then took off in the car to our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Charro, in downtown Tucson. It was after 1 at this point, so we easily found a parking place at a meter across the street from the restaurant. We were immediately taken to our table.

Bob ordered his tamale and I ordered the Chile Relleno.  We were served quickly. We had put 40 minutes on the meter, and only used 25 When we left the restaurant, we saw that the parking enforcement was busy ticketing cars. We were glad we had leftover time!

We returned east on I-10 to the rig, walked the dogs again, and drove on to Benson. Bob drove the rig and I drove the car, since it was only 34 more miles. We had put the dogs in the car with me.

As we were driving along, Koda panted a bit, then stopped. I noticed that Karlie was in the sun, so I radioed Bob and told him I was going to pull over and put the screen up, blocking the sun on Karlie.

I pulled off at one of the exits, put the screen up, and continued east. Koda started panting again. So I started singing along with Nancy Sinatra, Those Boots are made for walking…. It must have relaxed Koda, as she settled down.

The speed limit was 75, and Bob was going 63, so I caught up with him. We drove into Benson, and into Butterfield RV Park and Observatory. We had a reservation, and had paid half. So I went in and paid the second half. I asked the gal about the observatory and she said that the tours were full for tonight and tomorrow night. I started begging, explaining that was the reason we were here and we only needed one person to join the tour. The gal said she would check on it and let us know.

We pulled into site 75, and set up. We walked the dogs. This was a beautiful park. We paid $37.93 a night, which included a 15% Passport America discount. That also included a free tour of the observatory.

After about an hour, the gal called and said they had a cancellation for this evening and Bob could join the tour. She said that she would have the maintenance guy drop off the information. After about another hour, he showed up with the form.

The form instructed Bob to arrive at 7:30 and to dress warmly, because when the roof opens, it will get cold in the room. Also, no late arrivals are admitted, since that means that there would be  light in the room.

I stayed home and watched a recorded Hallmark movie. We have excellent WIFI here which is nice. Bob said there were only 15 people in the tour. The usual tour is 18 folks.

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Tuesday- Because my heel is really sore, post steroid injection, and I am afraid that I am going to not be able to walk the tour of Carlsbad Caverns. So we decided to re-route. We decided to stop in Demining NM at the Escapees Dream Catcher RV Park. So I called and made a reservation for 2 nights. From there, we will continue on to El Paso TX, then Ft. Stockton TX, before our final stop in Fredericksburg TX for the rally.

I also made the reservation at Mission RV Park in El Paso. Their Passport America rates do not start until April 1, so I went through RPI, which was $2 more per night. Oh well…

We left a little bit after 10, taking the dogs with us, to visit with Bob’s cousin Ronda, in Sierra Vista. We arrived and introduced all the dogs to Whisky and Bud Light, their two very large Labs. They all got along well.

Brian came home, and we decided to go to the German Restaurant for lunch. So we left all the dogs in the back yard. They had water and shade, so they were okay. They all stood at the door looking pitiful when we left.

We rode with Ronda to the restaurant . Brian took his truck, as he was working and had a lot to do. He owns his own business, a salvage yard, but is working on selling the metal scrap.

We had an excellent lunch, and thank you to Ronda and Brian, for paying for our lunch. We returned to house with Ronda to find that the dogs were all fine. We let them into the house and they all drank a lot of water. When we had arrived, they were all laying in the shade.

We sat talking most of the afternoon. At one point, Whisky decided to hump each of the girls. They all told him in no uncertain terms that they were not interested. He was a gentleman and took the “no’s" in stride and they all napped. Ours on the couch, on our laps and the boys on the floor.

We wanted to get a picture of them all together, so Ronda took some treats and they all lined up!

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We left around 4 and returned to the rig. We had leftovers for dinner. We were really glad that Bob had the chance last night to visit the observatory, as tonight it was cloudy and the tour would have been cancelled.

Wednesday- We worked on more reservations. We are only traveling 170 miles, so we were not in a hurry. We packed up and left the resort at 10:40( check out was 11). We drove east on I-10. The road was really bumpy. Come on Congress and Arizona, fix the roads!! We had hoped that New Mexico would be better, but if anything, it was worse.

Koda did great, she laid down in the chair. She may have even slept a bit.

We stopped for lunch at a rest area, then continued on to Deming. We are staying at the Escapees Dream Catcher RV park. We pulled into the park, which is right off the interstate. We had changed time zones, so we arrived around 2:30.

Bob disconnected the car while I went in and registered and paid. I had to show our Escapees membership card. We paid $25 per night for FHU 50 amp. There is not much here. It is a gravel lot. No picnic table or any amenities, except for the club house. They do have a laundry and a nice large dog run.

There was a social at 4 PM, so we took Bob’s beer and my Mike’s Light Hard Lemonade and went over to the Activity Center. We stayed from 4 to 5. I also checked the Library for any books to trade( none either of us wanted). This evening they also have a Jam Session. at 6:30.

We returned and ate dinner. Then we went to Walmart for a few items. We returned and settled in to watch some TV. We were both tired.

Thursday-  We were slow getting moving this morning, so I ended up taking all 3 dogs out, as Bob was still getting ready and they wanted to go out, at 8:30. We ate breakfast  then we walked the dogs down to the dog park.  I worked on the blog . When we had put down the jacks to level us yesterday, one of them made a funny noise, so Bob put the rig up and checked it. He could not find anything wrong with it.

We left and went to a restaurant called The Patio for lunch. I had a nice salad and Bob had a Rubin Burger.

We went to St. Clair Winery, on the recommendation of the people at the social last evening.  One of the gals said she only liked sweet wines and that they had sweet wines.

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The gal there was awesome. I told her I liked sweet wines. ( They have dry, semi-sweet and sweet.) On the park map, there was a coupon for a free flight of 6, We gave her the coupon and she pointed out all the sweet wines. She also had me taste them in the correct order. I ended up purchasing two, the St. Claire White and the Pumo Loco. I gave her a very nice tip since was so great with us.

We drove downtown to take a look at the mural in the Post Office. Not much to look at and not worth the trip. We returned to the rig and took a short nap.

At 4 we went to the social. At 6 we went to the Pot Luck. I had baked some brownies, as there was no dessert on the sign up list.

We sat with a single guy and another couple, Jill and Ed. They were from Michigan, and I we walked about the state. As we were standing in line for the food, Jill said, you know there is an Escapees Chapter 9 rally in Frankenmuth. I said yes, I know, Bob’s cousin Jacqui belongs. Jill said “Brotherton” I said yes! She knew Jacqui and Paul very well. They had assisted her with a rally. So we told Bob and he texted Jacqui, who responded! Its a small world… ( now that song is in your brain isn’t it? )

The wind was howling this afternoon and we decided we needed to leave early in the morning to get to our next stop before the winds pick up.

Friday- We left at about 9 AM. So far, so good, with light winds. We traveled east on I-10 about 170 miles to El Paso. We stopped at a rest area in Las Cruces. It over looked the city and it was a beautiful view, but it was so cold, we just did a quick dog walk and continued on our way. 

We passed thru an ICE roadblock. I guess they take one look at us, and the Border Agent just waved us on. There was a separate lane for trucks.

We stopped at the Flying J for diesel, then continued on to a shopping center were there was a Walmart and a Cabela’s . We parked the rig near the Cabela’s where there was a construction area. We disconnected the car and ran to a McDonald’s for lunch, because the bread was green!

We ate a quick lunch, then I drove the car and Bob drove the rig, on I-10 across the city. There was a lot of traffic and lots of construction.

At around 1, we drove into Mission RV Park, where we have stayed before. We had an RPI reservation which meant that we paid $22 for a FHU 50 amp pull thru site.

We set up, and we left, driving to Best Buy. Our dash radio/CD player kept over heating while listening to our books on CD. It also only holds 1 CD, where as the old one held 5. When Bob purchased this replacement radio, about 4 years ago, they no longer sold radios with 5-6 CD’s.

Since this has been an ongoing problem with the CD’s overheating, Bob had installed a small fan behind the radio. That is not working well. So I finally suggested that we go to Best Buy and purchase a CD player, with a USB cord, as the radio has a USB port.

The Best Buy was about 4 miles away, and not near any of the I-10 construction, thank goodness! I asked the sales guy for a CD player with a USB port. He showed us some with Blue Ray etc. We explained that it was for the motorhome and not for with a TV. So he suggested a boom box. Okay, that would work, but was not ideal.

As we followed him to the boom box, I spotted a little round CD player. What we wanted. It did not have a USB port, but it had a headset, and a headset connector . Bob said that would work as we had that kind of port, under the USB port on our radio. So we bought it, plus a longer cord, paying about 24 dollars. Of course, it only plays one CD at a time, but we can deal with that.

We returned to the RV park. They have a small dog off leash area, but it was not really big enough for much running, so Koda will just have to cope…

We settled in, ate dinner, and watched TV. The wind was howling all afternoon and evening.

Sat. March 16 to Fri March 22- Sun City AZ

Saturday- The wind has calmed down a bit this morning. It is also warmer. It’s going to be in the high 70’s today! Finally, the weather is improving.

We were invited to a park pot luck. The Activities Director , Gina,, who is no longer here, unilaterally decided that we were not having a St. Patrick’s Day parade. People were upset, so they decided to have a pot luck luck, in the green space between 12th and 13th streets. This is an open area due to gas pipes running through the area. People pay extra fees to back up this green space.

About 100 people showed up. It was a lot of fun. They had three separate tables of food. Of course, there was a lot of food!

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Near us, there were some guys playing…

20190316_111730It was scheduled from 11 to 1, we left around 12:30 to go walk the dogs. We sat out with them for awhile. We left a little before 4 to go meet up with Jim and Diane at a Richter Aleworks. The food was mediocre but the beer was acceptable. There are better places.

The food did not hold us, so we went to Mighty Moos’ for some ice cream. This is Diane and Jim’s favorite place. The ice cream was very good and it was located right near the compounding pharmacy where we get Karlie’s heart medication.

Sunday- Happy St. Patrick’s Day, We did some of our usual tasks. Bob dropped off the laundry. I rode my bike over so that I could find which machines the laundry was in…Bob continued on to Costco for gas and then to Home Depot to pick up a power washer. He returned and started to power wash the patio. It really needed it, as he had spilled some paint on it when he was painting the pantry drawers.  He rented it for 4 hours, so he had to move quickly. I rode my bike over to move the laundry from the washers to the dryers, then took the car to pick up the laundry. Bob finished and returned the power washer to Home Depot.

We had a quiet afternoon, up until 4, when we rode our bikes over to Allen and Donna’s site for our Alfa social. They served corn beef and cabbage, MaryAnne brought potatoes and we brought the appetizer. Linda brought ‘Uncle Ralph’s” cake. It is a very moist chocolate cake. We stayed until 7. We returned, walked and fed the dogs.

Monday-  We had a quiet morning. Karlie had her Vet appointment at 2:30. We took only her to the Vets, hoping that it would work leaving Roxie with Koda. It seemed to go well.

They drew Karlie’s blood for a Renal Panel. They also checked her urine. She is slowing down in the afternoons, as she walks really slowly. She is not eating or drinking enough. She had lost 1/4 lb. since last month. We try everything we can think of to get her to eat and drink. She flat out refuses to eat the expensive kidney food! Silly dog, she will eat for Linda and Mike, so every evening after dinner, and after they are fed, we walk over to Linda and Mike’s rig and they feed her dog food from their neighbor. We have Linda finding out what the food is so that we can give the gal a bag for her dog…

When we returned to the park, I dropped Bob off at Linda and Mike’s rig to assist with installing the Magna Shades. We have had these for years, but they just purchased them. Bob says that they have made a lot of changes to them since we bought ours in 2008.

We sat outside with the dogs until dinner. The water had been turned off all day in the park for repairs. They finally turned it back on around 4 pm. We watched Ozark on Netflix, as I am cancelling the Netflix on the 20th. Our billing cycle starts the 23rd.

Tuesday- I went over and played Maj. I was able to play with just the other Denise. We had a great time. There were two other tables of 4.  Bob washed the Magna Shades. He went at 1 PM to have his crown placed. I sat with the dogs out on the patio. Surprisingly, Karlie and Roxie started to play. Poor Koda does not understand how to play,so she jumped up and down. It was a hoot!

We ate dinner, walked the dogs, and returned for a quiet evening until 10. After their last walk, they started a “Schoodle 500”. Koda participated. Karlie only ran one time. We had gotten out of the way, and Karlie joined us. Koda and Roxie did about 5 runs from the front to the bed and back. So Koda is learning, slowly, to play!

Wednesday- I went to Maj in the morning. While I was gone, Bob went to Costco to return three Izod shirts we had purchased. I was so excited to get them. Bob will only wear Polo’s with pockets. Costco had them and they fit well. Unfortunately, when washed, they wrinkled. I tried everything. Just hanging them to dry or to dry them in the dryer. I refuse to iron the shirts, so he returned them.

I returned, we ate lunch, then I went to have my hair cut. When I returned, we took the dogs to the dog park. We were the only ones there. The dogs ran, well at least Roxie and Koda did!

We stopped at Dairy Queen on the way back for the free small vanilla cone, as it was free cone day.

At 5, we went to the free pizza dinner. The band was very good. They did pizza shifts. Ours was 5 pm, there was a 3, and a 4. We joined Linda and her friend Cheryl, Donna and Allen. MaryAnne and Ray where visiting with her brother and his family who were in town.

We returned, walked the dogs, and had a quiet evening.

Thursday– We were out the door early for my appointment with the Podiatrist. Do I need surgery? That was my question, as it has been really hurting. Previously, he had said that it was PT or surgery. I did the PT, and was cut off early by the insurance. It still hurts in various places, which change every day, or even every hour.

He said he was not ready to do surgery yet. He checked the heel and felt that it was stable, so he decided to treat it as Planar Fasciitis. Okay, well that is better than surgery! So he did a steroid injection. He used a small needle and did the injection slowly. It still hurt, but was okay. It was numb for hours 

Bob dropped me off at Maj. I played from there until 12. I returned and we ate lunch. We are working on getting ready to leave on Monday, so we are very busy.

At 4 Bob went to the Resident’s meeting. Scott announced that the city of Peoria ( where we are actually located) left him a message that they will be starting the work on an entrance lane into the park next February. He immediately called them back and said no, you can’t do it in February! That is one of our busiest times! DUH! Anyway, after he explained that to them, they changed the start date to the summer of 2020. Whew, that is a lot better. So nice to have a manager with some common sense.

We never knew who the previous manager was. We never saw him. The city, when they were going to fix the drainage system on Union Hills,  held a meeting with the residents. He did not attend, and the residents told the city people that they could not do it until at least May, when the park is cleared out. That manager was walked out in handcuffs, arrested for embezzlement.

Anyway, I went to a Doctor’s appointment. We ate dinner at home and had a quiet evening.

Friday- I had my nail appointment, which lasted 2 hours. I think I am going to switch over to the pedicure gal for my mani’s, as the gal I have been using, keeps me waiting too long.

I returned and we went to Café Zupas for lunch, then to Costco and Walmart for groceries. By this time my heel was throbbing. I iced it and wore my sandals, it they did not hurt as badly.

We went to dinner with MaryAnne and Ray at the Streets of New York. They treated us to dinner for cooking for them when MaryAnne was so sick. She is finally getting better, although she has set backs. The surgeon does not want her to leave until at least May. She says they are leaving in May, no matter what, to get out of the heat.

Mar. 9 to Mar. 15- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Roxie let me know she wanted to go out while Bob was in the shower. So I took her out. She did not really want to go… Anyway, then Koda had a accident. My fault, I should have taken Koda with me. Oh well….

Everyone was fed and we went for a walk around the block for their after eating walk. We did a few tasks, then took all the dogs to the dog park to get some of Koda’s energy out. She does not know how to chase a ball. We had hoped that a dog in the big dog area would run up and down the fence with her, but no one did. At least she got some exercise.

She panted on the way over and the way back in the car, so she is still stressed about being moved again. We returned at 10:20 and put Koda in the crate before we left. Bob moved it into the hallway so she could see the  rest of the rig.

We left and drove to Scottsdale to meet up with Jacqui, Paul, Connie and Lavern  at Two Brothers Pub and Brewery.  Bob and Lavern traded beer info. We had a great time visiting.

We returned home and let Koda out of her crate. She greeted us with the other two dogs. We walked them again. Bob is walking Koda and working on walking etiquette. In RV parks you do not cut through anyone’s site, so we don’t want her going into a site, or walking back and forth across the street. We do  not have a lot of traffic here, but  elsewhere it could be!

We settled in on the patio for about 1/2 hour. We ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob took the car for gas again at Costco, and drove right in again. The cost was $2.35/gal. After lunch we took the dogs to the dog park again. Again, Koda panted all the way there and all the way back.

There were no dogs in the small dog area when we first arrived. It is a large park. The small dog area is about 1.5 acres. Bob stood at one end and I stood on the other, we called Koda to come. She ran full out, back and forth. She did it perfectly and we decided that she had been taught ‘come"’.

Right as we ran out of treats, a lady arrived with 4 small dogs, who were all rescues. We talked with her and the dogs ran a bit together. She goes there all the time and said that sometimes the large dogs will run on the fence with the small dogs. That is what we are hoping for, to get out some of Koda’s energy.

We ran to Petsmart and purchased a collar tag for Koda. She enjoyed the pack outing…

When we returned home, we put Koda in the crate again, and left to go to Dick’s sporting goods. Bob needs some waterproof shoes for doing the general maintenance this summer. His old ones died a few years ago. Mine are still okay… we also purchased two collapsible ‘rocking’ chairs. We had seen that a lot of people had them in Quartzsite.

Then we went to Best Buy. We are checking on phones for Bob. We talked to the customer service guy about ATT and Verizon. We have Verizon, but since we have Direct TV, we get a lot of offers. We think if Bob goes with ATT, we can get unlimited streaming. We are looking at pricing.

Then we went to look at Android tablets. Bob’s tablet is dying. He has to do Android, as the new computer program that monitors the rig, is on Android. We ended up ordering it, as they did not have one in stock, as they were on sale. So it is to arrive on Wednesday.

By this time it was after 4. We stopped at Fry’s to pick up a few items. They had been on our list for Friday, but somehow they disappeared off the list. Anyway, they had a lot of digital coupons for the items, so I quickly downloaded the app, as I already have an account with them. Then clicked on the items we wanted. We saved about $5, which was good!

We returned home and started defrosting Tri Tip for dinner. We took the dogs out onto the patio. We ate dinner and watched some TV. 

Monday- We both had our Dental appointments today. I got a little delayed, as the Hygienist used some sort of equipment that pushes water under the gum. It was leaking and she had to get a replacement. So Bob was finished before I was.

The Dentist found that I have a cracked tooth and I need a crown. He said that the bad news is that “ your husband also needs one”. I made our fall appointments and then we worked on getting appointments for the crowns. Whew! That is a lot of money at one time! Unfortunately, we do not have the time to go to Mexico to have it done.

Good thing we are not traveling a lot this summer, so that we can refill the savings accounts!

Tuesday- I had the Retired Nurses Breakfast this morning. We had to walk the dogs quickly this morning. Then I had to drop off the cabinet key for Maj so that they could get the sets.

We had a really great speaker, Diane Burke Fessler. She studied journalism, but never was a reporter. About 20 years ago, her aunt was dying and the aunt gave her a box of letters that a friend, who was a WWII nurse, had sent the aunt weekly, while she was serving during the war.

She read them and found them so interesting, that she decided to write a book. It’s called “No Time for Fear- Voices of American Nurses In World War II’. She attended the Nurse’s reunion, and interviewed them. She even interviewed 15 nurses, here in the Valley of the Sun. One of the nurses used to belong to our retired nurses group. She is now 102 and living in Assisted Living; she no longer attends.

So the book tells the story of these Nurses through their interviews. The information was fascinating about these unsung heroes. 

I stopped at Walgreens on the way home and picked up some Mucinex for Bob, then stopped at the office to pick up tickets for the pizza party on the 20th. The park gives us free pizza!  They were still giving tickets for the 4:00 serving, so I texted everyone and we are returning tomorrow for the 5 PM tickets. I did purchase our tickets for the St. Paddy’s day lunch.

I returned and ordered the book on Amazon. The book is now required reading in some Nursing programs. We walked the dogs, then I went to Café Zupas for lunch with friend Annette. We had a great time. Meanwhile, the RV park in Benson had called to let us know that their swimming pool is still closed. We don’t care, we are interested in their Observatory.

The gal at CORE, the PT office, called. They are having a problem getting the authorization for my PT. They had cancelled on Monday and now she was cancelling Thursday, and all PT until further notice.  This is an issue, as we leave in less than 2 weeks.

I returned home and called the approval company, Ortho Net.

We had a quiet evening at home.  We have decided to keep Koda, and so I texted Kim. She was happy with that. We will send her a check and she will send us the paperwork. Koda is chipped and has had all of her shots. She just needs the heart worm medication. We already have an appointment for her to have her heart worm check and to get the medication. When we went to bed I flipped on the light in the hallway and it did not work.

Wednesday- During the night the front came through and the wind is blowing. At least the rain that we have had for the last 2 days is gone and the sun is shining. It is still cold( for AZ) outside.

We walked the dogs, then Bob started working on fixing the light. I went to my Dental appt. to have the crown put on. Because we are leaving in less than 2 weeks, we both chose to have the crown made in house. They have a machine that does that, he then checked to make sure it fit, then the Hygenist “cooked” it. He popped it on and I was on my way. Less than an 1.5 hours.

We walked the dogs when I returned. Bob said he just could not figure out what was wrong with the light.He had checked the switch, the electric, the fuses etc… So he called Allen. Allen came over. He thought about it and said what position is the switch, in the front on? Huh?? What switch? It turns out there is a switch next to the drivers seat and Bob had accidently hit it when he did something up there yesterday! We have owned the rig for 12 years and did not realize there was this light switch in the front! Bob showed it to me what I returned home…

At 3:45, we went to the 4 PM Town Hall. Scott has learned that he gets a great turn out if he serves ice cream. We arrived to find a long line for the ice cream. We each were given an Eskimo Pie. It’s been a long time since we each have had one! We almost did not find a seat as there was a great attendance!

After the meeting, we returned to the rig, ate dinner and watched TV.

Thursday-  My PT is still cancelled. Hopefully, I will get back in at least one time. I am starting to have pain again…

Bob took the car for the 9AM appointment at United Care Care. They found that is was the Rear Crankshaft Mail Bearing Seal, here the oil was leaking. It was going to be $1300. The owner and the mechanic told Bob that he did not have to have it fixed right away. They said that he can just check the oil frequently and we should be okay. We might have it done in MI as it is an all day job.

They also told Bob that they have worked on a lot of Ford Edge’s and have never seen one with this many problems. They recommended that we get rid of the car…sigh!

It is not just the cost of the car, it is also the cost of having the Blue OX tow bar installed. We will start thinking about what we will purchase to replace the car and do it in the fall when we return, waiting for the big end of the year sales.

Bob returned and we went to Costco. He was almost out of pill pockets to give Karlie her pills. So we did our usual trip today.

We stopped at Joannes and at In n Out Burger for lunch. Bob left and went to his Primary Doc for his appointment. All of our blood work is great, including our Cholesterols. He returned and at 4:30 we took Koda to her Vet appointment. She still panted in the car, going and returning. We don’t blame her as she went alone with us, leaving the other girls at home.

Right after we arrived and were already in the room, an emergency arrived. The poor dog had been in a dog fight and she had to do immediate care, then surgery. They explained this to us and told us that she would see us as soon as the dog was stabilized, prior to surgery. We waited about 20 minutes. The tech came in and she started the appointment. Then the Vet showed up. Because we had to wait, they deducted the $55 assessment from the bill. We still had to pay for the Bravecto (flea), Heart Gard ( heart worm prevention) and Zymox.  We told the Vet that she has been scratching her ears. We had checked them and did not see anything. She checked her ears and said yes, she has a mild infection. So we are to give her a dot of Zymox once daily in each ear. Easy peasy!

They drew blood to check for the heart worms, and she was negative. She had already had all her other vaccinations, but she had not been on heart worm prevention, as she was living out in the desert. They don’t have mosquitos out there….

This all works well, as the dogs all get their  monthly and quarterly medications tomorrow.

We ate dinner and watched some TV.

Friday- I went to card class this morning. We learned a neat fold. I returned at 10:30, instead of 11. We walked the dogs quickly, then rode our bikes over to the St. Patrick’s Day lunch. Corned beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and roll. They had some great Irish music from 11-12, then lunch from 12-1.

We returned, walked the dogs, then went grocery shopping. We returned and took the dogs to the dog park, to get some of Koda’s energy out. After, we sat our on the patio for awhile, walked them again, ate dinner, and Bob went to the Square Dancing classes to Angel. My ankle is still not good enough to dance.

Sat. 3/2 to Fri. 3/8- Sun City AZ

Saturday- I woke up with a cold. Ugh! I stayed in all day. Bob just did some tasks around the rig. I took a long afternoon nap. We ate lunch and dinner at home.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. Bob dropped the sheets and towels off at the laundry, and ran to Costco for gas. On Sunday morning, he is able to run right through with no line. Since I was still sick, we had another quiet day at home.

Monday- I had PT scheduled at 9 AM. I wore a mask. I also, since last Thursday, had a rash on my face. It kept getting worse. Bob tried to get me an appointment with the Dermatologist, but they did not have any available. He was able to make an appointment for me at the Primary’s office with one of the PA’s.

We unfortunately, had to cancel lunch with Bob’s cousin Jacqui and husband Paul. I was really afraid that the rash was shingles again, so we had to cancel. Since it was heading for my eye, I was really worried. The PA said she was 100% sure it was not shingles. She thought it was a dermatitis, although I cannot figure out what I would be allergic too…Nothing has changed. She gave me an order for a steroid cream, which I am to mix with Aquagel and put on 2x a day.

Anyway, between the cold and the itching rash, I was pretty miserable! We returned home and I napped.

TuesdayExcel came to clean our rugs. We were up early to get ready. The were done in about 45 minutes. While they were here, we cleaned more stuff out of the storage shed. I went to Maj, which I should not have done, but I had felt a little better.

Bob had an eye doctor appointment this afternoon. I, of course, went with him as we thought he was going to be dilated. Nope, the Doc had written last fall, no dilation. So he checked Bob’s eyes and everything is good. He has a narrowing of the opening for the optic nerve, so he remains on Glaucoma watch.

We ate dinner and Bob went to the Astronomy Club meeting.  All week I have been looking for dogs online at all the shelters around. We even submitted an request for a Schnoodle puppy.

Wednesday- We left at about 6:50 to go to the Primary Doctor’s office for our fasting blood draws. We arrived and waited a bit. Finally they took us in. Then we went to breakfast at Denny’s.

We returned home and I went to Maj. I should not have gone, as I still really did not feel well. I returned and had a quiet afternoon, taking a nap.

Bob took the car to Complete Car Care, as he had noticed we were leaking oil again. Grrrr!  It is going to be a $1400 repair…. next week.

Bob walked the dogs, as I still do not feel well. I received an email that Koda was available, as the family decided that they did not have the time needed to train the dog. We were really excited. Kim is bringing her for a “meet and greet “on Friday evening….

We talked to Kim on the phone and had our questions answered. Koda is 2 years old and was an emotional support dog. She lived with a woman who died of cancer and was a surrender, not a stray. She was trained to get the newspaper and the mail…. Kim is picking her up on Thursday evening….

After the phone call, I ordered a crate, a harness, and a pad for the crate. We also need another leash. She is used to a crate, but we will not use one for long.

Thursday- I had PT at 8:30. When I returned, I went over to Maj and opened the cabinet. I gave Carol the key and asked her to return it when they were done. I returned and relaxed. I even fell asleep in the recliner while watching a Hallmark movie.

I went for a Mani at 1. I returned and we settled in for a quiet afternoon and evening.

Friday- I was going to card class, but since Bob had an appointment at 1 with the Audiologist, I stayed home. We went to Petsmart for a retractable leash and a regular leash which cost the same thing! Then we went to Walmart and finally Costco. We stopped at Goodwill along the way, dropping off some items we had taken out of the shed on Tuesday.

We returned, ate lunch, and Bob took off for the Audiologist. They decided that this is his last appointment, as he is doing so well. Amazon delivered the harness.

He returned and we went to the office to fill out paperwork for Charlie and Paula to use our site in April. Then we were off to Walgreens for one of Bob’s prescriptions. 

Kim arrived around 5. She wanted to arrive earlier,  but the traffic was pretty bad, with accidents. She had to re-route several times.

We met her outside and introduced ourselves to her and to Koda. Then we went in and hooked up our dogs to their leashes and took them out to meet Koda. No barking, no issues. They all sniffed each other and we proceeded to walk around the block.

We stopped at Linda and Mikes, and Linda gave them all treats. We continued back to the rig. We let all three dogs loose on our patio in the fenced area and we stood talking to Kim. We spent about 1/2 an hour while they sniffed, then we went into the rig.

We do not think Kim had ever been in an RV before. She is a nurse, so we bonded. The crate pad arrived from Chewy while we were talking. Finally, I asked where we go from here. She said that if we wanted her she would leave her for a 2 week trial.  We said we did and so Kim left.

We fed all of them and they started “jockeying”for position. We walked twice more. The crate arrived around 7, from Chewy.

We put Koda into the crate to sleep, but she looked so pitiful, and Karlie and Roxie objected. So we let her sleep on the bed with us. It took awhile for her to settle down.