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Sat. Oct 6 to Fri Oct. 12- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We had a very busy day. We took off and went to Vision Works. My glasses just did not seem right. I felt like the bifocal area was too high. It turned out I was right. So they are replacing the lenses.

We went to Costco for gas, $2.79 gal, then on to Walmart shopping. Then we went to Sprouts for some items, Petsmart for low calorie dog food for Roxie, then to Home Depot for a small table for outside, and two tiles for our bike kick-stands. The bikes are on rocks, and we had trouble using the kick-stand.

We stopped for lunch at IHop as Bob had a free stack of pancakes for his birthday. The gal forgot to take off Bob’s freebee. So she took off the amount. I was concerned, as she did not take the credit card with her, and it did not show up on my card. So she sent the manager over. He took off the entire bill, so we had a free lunch.

We returned home. By this time it was almost 2 pm. We put everything away, and watched some episodes of Homeland.

At 4:45 we picked up friends Jim and Diane and we went to the Peoria October Fest. We had a great time eating German Food, listening to music, and they drank beer. I drank water, as I can’t drink beer.

Just as we were leaving, the sky sent a few large drops of water down.

Sunday- Whew, another storm came through with strong winds and heavy rain over night. The MH was rocking! It woke me up and I read for about an hour.

We did our usual Sunday chores. Bob took more items to the laundry, as the dryer is still not working. We need a new sensor, which is on order. Last Thursday morning Bulls Eye RV Repair had arrived and gave us the diagnosis. They are also giving us a price for replacing the toppers on our slides. After 14 years, they are starting to fray…

We watched more of Homeland, ate dinner at home, an watched some of the new season on TV.

Monday- I went to water aerobics this morning. When I returned, Bob was working on several items in the MH. The top of the steps needed to have the tape removed and the bar painted. He did both.

We ate lunch and then I took of to pick up Diane to play Maj. We went to a house around the corner from her home and played Maj until almost 4. There were 15 people in this large, very nice home in Sun City. I won 2 games.

I returned and Bob said didn’t you get my text? No, my phone had not gone off. For some reason I am not getting text alerts. The Doc had lost the paperwork for sending Bob’s info to the surgeon. Grrr, so we ran over to Sun City West to drop off another copy. Bob also got a copy of all the paperwork. He also watched them fax it to the surgeons office. He is going to call in the morning to make sure that they had received it and to request an appointment so that he can get the BAHA started!

We ate dinner at home and watched the Redskin game. After the game we completed this DVD of Homeland.

Tuesday- We had a very busy day. Ray and MaryAnn picked me up at 10 this morning to head for MaryAnn’s breast surgery appointment. It was an almost 45 minute drive, as the Doc is located on the other side on I-17, closer to Phoenix. She seems to be a very good Doc. I was the designated writer, to take notes about this stressful visit.

They dropped me off at 1 pm. I ate a quick lunch, and we took the dogs for their Vet appointments at 2. Karlie was due for her physical. Both of them had their yearly heartworm blood tests. Karlie’s mitral valve prolapse has stabilized at 4 out of 6, so that was good news. The dogs were very happy to leave the vet office.

We left at 3:15 to head out to my new PCP office. The office is a little farther away than our previous PCP office. We arrived to check in, and the new Doc met with us. I had an EKG (normal) and my Previnar 13 injection. We left there at almost 5:30. It took awhile to cook our spaghetti squash lasagna for dinner, we watched TV and went to bed.

Wednesday- We slept in a bit this morning and it was too late to leave for my fasting blood work. So hopefully on Friday morning… I went to my hair appointment at 12:30. We had a quiet afternoon at home.

Thursday- I played Maj this morning with Sharon and Donna. We ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon, reading and watching DVD’s. We spent some of our time getting ready for carpet cleaning tomorrow. We went to Sun City West for Square Dancing. We left just before the last dance, as my left ankle started to hurt.

Friday-  Excel carpet cleaning arrived promptly at 8 AM for our carpet cleaning. They were impressed that we had everything ready for them. We took the dogs with us and sat outside reading. They cleaned the floors, ceiling, chairs and the drivers and passenger chairs. They were done by 11:30.

We turned on the air conditioner, as it is fairly humid for Arizona, with the humidity at 75%. We had the fans running to get everything dried out. We left at 12:45 for Bob’s Ophthalmologist appointment. He had a good appointment, but was dilated, so we returned home. We had a quiet evening at home.

Sat Sep 29 to Fri Oct 5- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We did some tasks around the MH, then went to Cafe Zupas for lunch. We stopped at the library to pick up some DVD’s. We returned home and had a quiet evening watching Game of Thrones.

Sunday- We did our usual laundry and bookkeeping. No Redskin game today. We went in In’N Out burger for lunch. We continued to watch Game of Thrones.

Monday- Rosa the tropical storm is starting today, so we had a quiet day at home due to the rain. We watch TV and the video.

Tuesday- Rosa is flooding the area. I had my mammogram scheduled for 9AM, so I had to drive in the flooding. The park had a lot of water and Union Hills also was flooded. I drove thru carefully, checking my breaks after running thru the water. The people around here do not know how to drive in rain. They must think its fun to speed and throw water everywhere, then spin out and land in a ditch!

I crossed over the bridges and the rivers now had water in them. There is a story in Arizona about prisoners who escaped from prison. Their plan was to steal a boat and float down the river. Haha, they arrived to find that the river bed was dry. The only time it is filled with water is in the monsoon season. They eventually turned themselves back in. So this was one of the rare times that I saw water in the river beds.

Once I turned off of Union Hills, the rest of the roads were clear. Once I turned onto Thunderbird, the traffic was very slow. One of the underpasses under the 101 was flooded, so people were on Thunderbird.

I crossed over another bridge. I had to stop on the bridge, which gave me the opportunity to look down. There is a park in the river bed with a basketball court. The water was about 3/4 of the way up the pole to the bottom of the basket, and this was a wide river bed!

I had my mammogram, and all was negative. I was much happier with Valley Radiology rather than Simon Med who I used last year. They were horrible!

I dropped my mammogram film off at my doctors office and returned home. On the way into the park, I stopped at the mail room. It turned out, the Amazon delivery service had delivered my two boxes, with my bike baskets, to site 1700, on Sunday. They dropped off 15 boxes at that park model. The poor gal who lives there received her one box, and the other 14. So she had taken them to the mail room Monday afternoon. When I had not received my order on Sunday,  Amazon refunded my payment and told me if they arrive, to not worry about it. So both of my baskets were free!

We spent the rest of the day indoors, trying to stay dry. Bob would watch the radar and whenever he saw the rain let up he would quickly walk the dogs.

Wednesday- Happy birthday to Bob!  The world was starting to dry out! I went to Mahjongg with MaryAnn and a new gal Connie. Sharon dropped by and said she could play tomorrow.  I returned and we had a quiet afternoon. We went to Denny’s for Bob to have his free Grand Slam for dinner. Bob went to the West Valley Astronomy Club meeting.

Thursday- I went this morning to play Maj. Bob went to the storage unit and brought back some items. We have received new bike seat covers. Bob had put on my bike baskets. We had a quiet afternoon.

In the evening, we picked up Linda and Mike and went to Bucca de Beppo for dinner. We met up with Karen/John, Allen/Donna, Ray/MaryAnn. So since there were 10 of us, they put us in one of the “Pope” rooms. This was a rectangular room and the Pope statue was in a cubby, not on the table, like in the Pope room that is circular.


We had a great time. Here is the picture of Bob when he received his, to be shared, ice cream!


Friday- We worked around the MH in the morning. I met friend Annette for lunch at Cafe Zupas. We had a great time catching up. We ate left over lasagna for dinner!

Sat Sep 22 to Fri Sep 28 Sun City AZ

Saturday- We went early to the storage unit. We brought back the bikes because they take up so much room. They really need to be cleaned. We also brought back the Jabba parts. Bob put them together and set up the Jabba internet. We pay $29 a month while we are here for the Jabba, as it is awesome. We have really missed it this summer. As soon as Bob connected it we had internet. I even put us back on Netflix.

We ran around Sun City and Glendale. We went to Costco for gas, $2.67 gal. Then we went shopping at Costco. From there we went to Walmart. The temps were high. When we got up in the morning the temp was 80, by 11:30 it was 100. Yes, a dry heat, but still hot. We had to run home because we could not leave anything in the car.

We went to lunch at Cafe Zupas. We had nice salads, then stopped by the library. We stopped by a place to check out the detailing. EEEK, $180. We pay $110 in Denver. From there we returned home and had a quiet afternoon. It is so hot, 102, that we stayed inside. Even the dogs do not want to go out.

We ordered Chinese carry out for dinner and watched some movies on Netflix.

Sunday- The dryer is still not working, so Bob took the sheets, towels, and the bedding over to the park laundry. I did some more laundry in the MH. We had it hanging all over the MH for it to dry. Fortunately, it is so dry here that laundry dries very fast.

We watched the Redskin game, yea, they won! We went to In’nOut Burger for lunch. We had a another quiet afternoon and evening, as it remains very hot with temps in the 102-103 range. We are dreading our electric bill!

Monday- Bob had hunted for a place to detail the car. He ran over there and made an appointment for this afternoon. We went to Panera for lunch, then went to Target for eye exams for glasses. They do not have the Verilux, and the price of glasses was very high at Target, but we liked the Optometrist.

Bob dropped me back at home and went to get the car detailed, $133. He arrived back around 4. We cooked dinner and watched TV.

MaryAnne and Ray are still traveling back here. She had some items sent and they were not delivered to us via UPS. So Bob ran over to their site and found one of the items on the neighbors porch. That neighbor is not even here! One package, which was delivered yesterday, is still missing. MaryAnne spoke with Customer Service and around 8 pm the gal delivered another package to us. I hate UPS, I would also prefer FedEx for all deliveries, as UPS messes up almost every time!

Tuesday- Bob left for his doctors appointment. This is his pre-op appointment for his surgery  While he was gone I cleaned. He returned a little after 10:30. We had a quiet day, as it is still hot. Around 102.

Wednesday- Bob needed fasting blood work done, so we left at 6:30 to go to Sonora Quest Labs. We arrived at about 6:45 and there was no one there. That is surprising, as usually there is a long line. Two other people arrived at about 6:55. Bob was first in line.

We went to breakfast at Cracker Barrell. We stopped at the Vets to pick up some medications, and returned home. At 9, I went for my mani/pedi. I returned and we went to lunch at the Haymaker, then to Sprouts, and Walmart.

We returned to the MH and had a quiet rest of our afternoon and evening. The temp was a little bit better with a high of about 98.

Thursday- We watched the Judiciary hearing along with everyone else. Bob ran out to rent a heavy duty vacuum to try to loosen the clog in the dryer vent. So he climbed up on the ladder and tried vacuuming the lint out. He did not get any, but he ran the washer/dryer to hopefully remove the lint that he may have loosened.

In our site is a streetlight. They put in the new bulbs and it is like daylight out there. In the spring, they sent APS to put in a cover. The APS guy arrived, he did not have a cover, and he put tape over the opening. The other day I stopped by the office and submitted a put in a repair request. Nothing has happened, so while Bob had the ladder out, he climbed up and put some tape over the side facing the MH.

We had a quiet afternoon, with temps around 100. Bob had rec’d a birthday freebee from Texas Roadhouse, so we went to dinner there.

Friday- I did some laundry. We did some errands. In the evening we met up with everyone, Karen/John, Linda /Mike, and Ray/MaryAnn at the Elks Lodge for dinner. We all arrived to find that the kitchen was closed due to a propane issue, and it would be a 90 minute wait. We punted and all went to Tivoli Gardens for dinner. We had a great time visiting. MaryAnn and Ray had just arrived back at the park this afternoon.

Bob’s glasses were ready at Costco, so we drove over to pick them up. Anyone who knows this area knows how awful Bell Road is, its the main artery through the area. We left Tivoli Gardens driving east. Wow, we did not get a red light until 83rd street! That was several miles. It just goes to show that the snowbirds are not here yet!

Sat Sep 15 to Fri Sep 21- Colorado Springs to Tuba City AZ

Saturday- We drove out of the AF Academy, using the north exit, as it was okay to take the MH out that way. We turned south on I-25 the promptly ran into construction. We have been traveling this route for 8 years, since we first started traveling full time and EVERY time they have had construction on I-25 in this area! Ridiculous! I guess they will never be done….

We continued south through Pueblo and turned west on Hwy 160 in Walsenburg. We traveled thru beautiful scenery, enjoying the views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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We started to climb and the MH started to overheat. We pulled over at a wide spot on the side and disconnected the car. We let the MH cool off and then continued to a rest area where we ate lunch. We continued on to the town of Blanca, to Blanca RV Park. We parked the MH in a 50 amp FHU site. We set up and left to tour Great Sand Dunes NP and Preserve.

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We visited the Visitor Center and watched the movie. We stamped our Passport and we are going to have to purchase a new one. I could not find room to stamp and the stamps!




Below is the walk out to the dunes.


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We drove to the parking lot and walked out to get a closer look at the dunes. We drove up to the Campground, which was completely full. We would not have fit in there anyway!  That was the farthest that you can go without 4 wheel drive. We turned around that returned to the MH. We ate dinner and watched TV.

Sunday- We left around 9 and continued west on Hwy 160. As we were driving we saw signs for 5 acres of land for sale. This was interesting as we saw all sorts of “homes” on about 5 acres in the fields. They were living in old train cars, a caboose, very old trailers, and other assorted shacks. There were no road, electricity, or dump stations. We thought it was interesting.

We traveled thru Alamosa and Monte Vista. We stopped at a rest area and unhooked the car. We are going to be climbing to almost 11,000 ft. at Wolf Creek Pass. I drove the car.

This drive was spectacular! The trees have turned and it was just fabulous! Poor Bob did not get to enjoy it. I could not get a lot of pictures, and I missed the view of the valley. We were now in the San Juan Mountains.

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We arrived in Pagosa Springs. This is a cute little town. We turned into Mountain Landing  RV Park, $46 night for FHU 50 amp. It is a nice park, but has nothing except the sites.

We set up, walked the dogs, and ran into town. It was 1 PM so we stopped for lunch at The Junction restaurant. We ate lunch and went to the Springs. We paid $46 for the two of us. They had 18 pools. The temps ranges from 93 degrees to 110. The 110 was in the sun, so it must has been hotter than that! There was one in the shade, that stated it was 107, but it felt cooler than the 104 pools in the sun.

We laid on some recliners to dry out, then took showers. We returned to the MH very relaxed! We went to dinner at an Italian restaurant called Marconi’s’. We had a nice dinner.

Monday- We were in no hurry to leave. We are only traveling about 60 miles to Durango. This morning Bob saw on the Alfa FB group that a transformer had exploded behind Charlies RV Repair, in Utah, where we were last month. The sparks started a fire. There were 5 Alfa’s there. The owners called 911. One of the Alfa’s had significant damage and the guy who posted had some heat damage. The area behind the facility burned across the block behind the facility almost to the houses on the next block. Whew, fires have followed us all of the trip this year.

The drive to Durango was okay, but definitely not as beautiful as our previous days. We passed through Durango and drove north on Hwy. 550 to Westerly RV Park. $45/night for 3 nights. FHU 50 amp, but we are facing the wrong way. This park has us driving into the site, up to a fence. We pulled up as far as we could without hitting a tree. We went back to the office and said that we could not put up the satellite. I had specifically requested a site where we could get satellite. They said to just back up. We said that we will be sticking out and they said that was okay. So we did. Bob climbed up on the roof while we set up the satellite, and he pulled off some branches ( with permission) and we settled in.

We ran into Durango to check in at the train station. The gal gave us our tickets for tomorrows train ride and gave us directions to the parking. We checked where the parking lot was located. Then we went to Walmart for Karlie’s food. They did not have it, but we found it at Albertsons. We returned to the MH, ate dinner and watched some recorded TV.

Tuesday- We left at 8:30 to go downtown to the train station. We parked and walked over to where the buses would pick us up. There is a track problem. so they had to bus us to the first stop on the train trip. We hopped on a bus at 9 AM, and were taken about 20 miles north. We boarded the train, then waited. We did not leave until about 10:30.

We had chosen to pay a little bit extra for the “gondola” car. This is an open car. There was a roof over us, but the sides of the car were open. We were on the left side of the car heading north. The right side is the better side, and we will be on that side on the trip back.

A woman started talking to us. She is a single woman, who is a full time RV’er. She is from Indian Head Maryland, and lived up the street from us! We did not know her, but her father owned the Indian Head Hardware store and her sister worked there. Bob knew her sister and of course we knew many of the same folks in town. We are going to meet up with her at Quartzsite in January!

The scenery was spectacular, with the trees changing colors. The pictures do not do the beauty justice!


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We arrived in Silverton, a former mining town. They have kept most of the town the way it was in the past. The first thing we noticed was a large RV park, next to the railroad tracks. They also had a ski hill.


We de-boarded and went searching for a restaurant. This is not a food Mecca. We found a restaurant with mediocre food and poor service. The restaurant did have a great piano player.

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We ate lunch, then walked around the town until it was time to re-board the train. We had a 2 hour lay over.




There were a lot less people on the train on the return trip. You could take a bus back. We were in our same seats and so now we were on the left side on the return trip. The light was not as good and I did not take as many pictures on the return trip.




We arrived back at the buses at about 6, hopped on a bus which returned us directly to the parking lot. We raced back to the MH and anxiously awaiting dogs who really needed to go out! We ate leftovers for dinner, We were very tired! We watched some TV and went to bed.

Wednesday- We did tasks round the motor home, then went into Durango to the Steelworks Brewery for lunch.  Bob had the stout and he was not impressed with it. It had been opened in August, so it was fairly old at this point. The food was delicious. I had a green chili quiche with soup and salad. All were terrific. Bob had a good burger.

We stopped at City Market then returned to the MH. It started to rain in the evening. This was leftover monsoon rains from Arizona. The problem was that we were parked on red soil, which turned to red mud. We had it everywhere, even with taking off our shoes and wiping  the dogs paws. We ate dinner at home.

Thursday-  We left around 9 am. Bob was driving the MH and I was following in the car. We had a high pass to cross, so we wanted to get the MH across the pass. We stopped at a rest area and connected the car once we were through the pass.

We saw Chimney Rock, a National Monument, from Hwy 160. Bob had use Google Earth before we left to see if we could get into their parking lot. We could not. So here is the picture from the highway.

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We traveled on Hwy 160 across to 4 corners. I had been there in 1975, and it sure was different. It is on the Navaho Reservation. They are now charging $5 per person to enter. We paid the fee and parked in the RV parking lot. When we arrived there were two RV’s, when we left there were 10. We ate lunch before we left.


In the background, you can see the covered stalls. Many had folks in them selling jewelry and other assorted items. The weather has cleared and the temps are in the 70’s.

We continued driving west on Hwy. 160 to Tuba City. We stayed at the Navaho Quality Inn RV Park, $29 FHU 50 amp. We could not get satellite due to a tree, but we watched some recorded movies. We ate dinner at home.

Friday- I had a horrible night. The shingles were itching like crazy. I could not sleep. I even got up and iced the area hoping it would deaden the itching. I also took some Tylenol. Basically, I did not get much sleep.

When Bob woke up I told him I wanted to go to an Urgent Care. The paperwork said if the itching got worse to see a Doctor. So I got the MH ready for us to leave, and I left Bob to drive the MH while I took off for Flagstaff in the car.

I drove into the parking lot of the Urgent care at about 9 AM, I signed in and sat. The receptionist stated that they would be running behind as they only had one Doctor today. They also had a woman who was bleeding come in and they had to call 911. So in all, my paperwork was not processed for 2 hours. Then it was another 1/2 hour before I was called into the room, then 45 minutes until the Doc came in. It took forever!

Anyway, she looked at the rash and did not think it was Shingles, but she looked it up on the computer and decided to treat it like Shingles. So she gave me a prescription for Prednisone. She also gave me a dose of the Prednisone right there. Lovely, that is good for at least a 5 lb. weight gain!

I stopped at McDonalds for lunch and started down the hill from Flagstaff. Bob was already in the site at Paradise at this point. It took me over 2 more hours to get to Paradise. I stopped at a Walgreens and dropped off the prescription. The temp had been 80 in Flagstaff and it was 103 when I arrived at the MH. Yes, it is a dry heat, but it was still hot! The MH took a long time to cool down, as the temp at 8 PM was still 100 outside!

At 4:45 we met up with Linda, Mike, John, and Karen at the Elks Lodge for dinner. We had a great time catching up and a wonderful meal.

We picked up my prescription, which I am to take only in the morning. We returned to the MH, fed the dogs and watched some TV. We went to bed a little early as both of us were exhausted. I also took some Benadryl for the itching and fell right to sleep.

Sat Sep. 8 to Fri Sep 14 Westminster to Colorado Springs

Saturday-  Bob said that he did not sleep well and that his fever seems to have broken at around 3 AM. His temp is normal this morning but his eyes are still really red. He seems to feel okay this morning, but neither of us think that is going to last.

We went to lunch at Ihop as I have a free meal for my birthday. As usual I bought home half of it. We were shown right to a table. I sat down and the seat was wet. I jumped up and said to the guy that the seat was wet. He laughed and walked away! He never came back.  We used one of our two napkins to dry the table and seats.

We had a nice meal, but I saw the jerk on the way out and walked up to him and told him I did not think it was funny and that I thought he demonstrated very poor customer service. He stood there with his mouth hanging open. Geez, if they had used bleach in their water my capris would have changed colors!

Anyway, we returned home, I did my eye drops and we took a nap. It was beautiful today, so we sat outside enjoying the weather. I need bifocal sunglasses to read outside! I had not thought of that….

We went to dinner at Bucca de Beppo, using our gift card that has been sitting here ( Costco has them for $69 for $100 in meals) plus Bob had received a $15 off coupon. So we only paid about $20 and have several meals with our left overs. Bob also pointed out to them that it was my birthday, (tomorrow) so they sang the song and gave me a free scoop of ice cream that we shared.

Sunday- My birthday. Yup, FB says I am 100 hundred. Don’t I look great for 100 years old, LOL!

I decided to purchase bifocal reader glasses and sunglasses online, so I used Amazon Prime. Bob took the towels to the laundromat, and I did the sheets here at home. We went to lunch at Denny’s as you get a free Grand Slam on your birthday. Bob had a club sandwich. The restaurant was slammed and we had to wait for our food.

We returned and watched the Redskins beat the Cardinals! Yeah! An actual win!!! That is a rare treat! After the game we rant to Bed Bath and Beyond. Bob had rec’d a 20% off coupon which was expiring today. The throw rug in the bathroom had deteriorated to the point it had a big lump in the center. This occurred from washing it so many times and we had tried to fix it. We purchased a very nice rug with the discount.

We had a quiet evening at home eating leftovers.

Monday- We had a rough night. Bob woke up really angry about the Doctors office in Phoenix. So he could not sleep. He went for an early morning walk and we called another office in Phoenix to set up a new patient  appointment. 

We ran to Kohl’s, then to the Urgent Care/Doc office. Bob picked up a copy of his chart. He was hoping that they had documented all the calls and faxes to the office in Arizona. The assistant to the PA said no, that they do not document those. The gal did say that one of the times that she called she was informed that they were too busy to be bothered with this issue. Huh? They are too busy to send a copy of the chart to another medical provider? That is “willful negligence” under the HIPPA guidelines! Bob is going to be discussing this with the owner of the practice.

We stopped at Walmart to request another of Bob’s prescriptions. He needs the prescription transferred from a Walmart in California. We went to the Mexican restaurant for lunch, as Bob had not been there. We both had excellent meals which were very inexpensive.

We returned to the MH and Bob took a nap. I had dropped off in the recliner when Bob’s phone rang. The Pharmacist from Walmart was calling. He needed the documentation of Bob’s Medicare Part B, as this is who is handling the prescription for the glucometer strips. So we ran over there with that. Then he also needed a copy of the prescription. So Bob went back with that. The Pharmacist stated that he was not sure that Medicare would accept a digital signature. Bob told him then to call the Endocrinologist office in AZ if he needed too….they sent a text later that the prescription is ready. We had a discussion about moving from Walmart to Walgreens!

We had a quiet evening at home eating leftovers for dinner. Tonight was the last dose of my antibiotic eye drops! Yea, down to 2 drops, 2x a day tomorrow. from 3 drops, 4x a day!

Tuesday- We ran to pick up groceries, then I left to go to lunch with the gals from the Lodge. We went to a Pho restaurant. It was my first time eating Pho. I was okay, but not something I would want all the time.

We returned and played cards. My glasses had arrived and  the sunglasses were bifocal but the regular reading glasses were not. My fault, I ordered the wrong glasses. So after cards, I packed them up to return them .We dropped them off on our way to dinner, at an Amazon Lock Box.

We went to Golden Europe for dinner. This is one of our favorite German restaurants. We saved it for the end of the time we are here. We had a great dinner, but the beer that Bob ordered, which came in a bottle, did not get a head on it when he poured it into the glass. Then he thought it tasted off when he tasted it. Our server was the owner of the restaurant. Bob called him over and showed him that the expiration date on the bottle was last June. So the owner replaced the beer with another beer and did not charge us for the beer. That was good customer service!

We returned home and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- We ran over to the Urgent Care again to get the other paperwork. Bob’s prescription was put in again to Walgreens. We went to Costco for gas and ate lunch. We had a quiet after noon and evening.

Thursday- Our last day here. I had my follow up appointment for my eye. We drove to Edgewood for the quick appointment. All was good and I no longer have any restrictions, I just continue the two eye drops until the first of October. 

We went to Walmart and ate lunch. We had a quiet afternoon. We went to Ihop for dinner, as I had another free stack for my birthday. Then we stopped at Walgreens to pick up some of Bob’s prescription. The medication has gone up over $200 since the last time we purchased it. The 90 day prescription was outrageous, so Bob only took 30 days worth. Then he will get another 30 days worth. We may run to Mexico and pick up the medication there.

Friday-  I did not sleep well, I kept tossing and turning. I had horrible itching on my right buttock. Bob woke up a little after 5 and I had him take a look. I had a bad rash on the area. So we dressed and ran to an urgent care which said it was 24 hours. We arrived at 6:10. They were an emergency room. The Urgent Care opened at 7.( Not what the website said!) So I completed the paperwork and we waited. Bob walked across the street to a gas station and picked us up some coffee. At least I was 1st in line!

At a little after 7 the nurse came to get me. The Doc had just arrived and he was a new Doc. The Doc came in and took one look and said it was Shingles.( Our guess too)  He gave me a prescription for the Valacyclovir. I had seen my AIDS patients taking this medication, so that was weird for me! But it is an antiviral.

We raced back to the MH, ate a quick breakfast and pulled out of the RV park at about 9:20. We had to exit a different way, taking 72nd street to Sheridan. We have not gone that was since 2010, but there was a lot of construction on the route we usually take.

We drove west on I-76 to I-70 to Hay 470 to  Hwy 85 south. This route is our way around using I-25 thru Denver, which is awful. There is bumper to bumper traffic on I-25 with lots of slow downs. That is the way we have to go to the eye doctor. 

Hwy. 85 used to be a very nice drive, but now it also had a lot of traffic. At least we had no construction or slow downs. We entered I-25 at Castle Rock and traveled to the Pilot in Monument. We purchased diesel. Then we continued south to the south entrance of the Air Force Academy. We have gone in the north entrance and will never do that again.  The south entrance is easier to enter with a big rig. The bases make you zig zags thru barriers for safety reasons.

$27 for FHU in a nice park, and we could get satellite. We quickly set up, walked the dogs, then left to meet up at Colorado Mountain Brewery for lunch with friends Jim and Becky Godfrey. We drove up to the restaurant and knew they were already there because there Alfa was sitting in the parking lot! They were leaving for a weekend of camping with their local camping group.

We had a great lunch and fun catching up with them. We will not see them until we meet up with them in Texas for the AOC rally in April.

We ran to Walgreens to get my prescription. Then we ran to the Amazon Lock Box in a Whole Foods to pick up my Prime order of bifocal glasses.  We returned to the MH.  We walked the dogs, fed them, then went to dinner with Marvin and Marian Grier at an Italian restaurant.

We had a great time catching up with them. Marvin is doing much better health wise, as the Doc’s seem to have cured his heart problem  Unfortunately, Marian has had two strokes, since we saw them last year. They are selling their Alfa due to their age and health.

Sat Sep 1 to Fri Sep 7- Westminster CO

Saturday-  We dropped my prescriptions off at Walgreens. Then we ran downtown to Union Station to the Farmers Market. We were not impressed with the market. We left and returned to pick up my prescriptions. There is a potential problem! I am allergic to Levaquin. It turned out one of the eye drops is in the Levaquin family of medications. So I will need to call the MD office on Tuesday morning. The Pharmacist did not think it would be a problem, but he wanted me to know and to let the MD know.

We then went to Best Buy. This morning, both Bob and I received texts that our data minutes are running out. Huh? In the settings app on our phones, it says that we have 13 gigs used. Okay, we are allowed 22 gigs before they slow us down. So we went in to ask what is going on. The gal said we had to go to Verizon. There was a Verizon store in the parking lot, and we went there. The gal there explained that we had 15 gigs of data on our hot spot. Hmmm, my history shows that we have gone over that in the past!

The gal also explained that we should not use the settings app on the phone, we should use the Verizon app. We also have to close out all the apps in addition to the hot spot, which we have been doing.  I have a problem with the fact that we should not use the setting app on the phone, why would it be so different from the Verizon app????

Anyway, she changed our plan to one with 22 gigs, which we had before. We are thinking that when my phone broke and they updated the plan, the guy accidently(?) changed our plan. We now have 22 gigs on the hot spot, for $10 less per month. Isn’t this crazy????

Then we stopped at Costco for gas $2.59 gal. We ran into Costco, because they have the reading glasses on sale. While at Walgreens I had tried several pairs and figured out what I need, based on my left eye.

We returned home and had a quiet afternoon. We decided to go to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Hacienda, in Broomfield. We were both very disappointed. They have changed the menu and both of our meals were not what we liked. We did not bring home the leftovers! We will not be going there again….

We stopped at a Super Target and then went to Flat Iron Mall to the Container Store. We purchased a tray for the top shelf of the refrigerator. I had a 20% off coupon! We wanted to see how this works, and we might buy another one when I have another coupon.

We returned home and watched Patriot Day which we had recorded off the Labor Day free Showtime.

Sunday- We did out usual tasks, laundry and bills. We went to lunch at a little bistro which we have never to before, The Noshery. We will go there again as we had great sandwiches! They bake their own bread and it was right out of the oven!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Monday- Labor Day! We had a quiet morning. We went to lunch at the Lodge, as they were having a BBQ. We each had cheeseburgers, chips, baked beans and a slice of excellent watermelon. We returned to the MH and had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Tuesday- Bob started getting sick at 2 AM and was in the bathroom from 3 to after 4. We ran through everything he had eaten, and I had eaten the same thing, and I was not sick. We finally decided its was the baked beans at the Lodge yesterday. We think there might have been bell pepper in them. Neither of us saw the pepper, and neither of us tasted them. That is the only thing we can think of. …he is taking it easy this morning.

I was on the phone promptly at 7:30 to the Ophthalmologist office about the prescription for the eye drops. I am to start them today, so I need to get this situation taken care of quickly.

They called back and said that I was okay to use the medication. So I started the drops. I left at 11 to go with the gals from the Lodge to lunch. We went to La Concinita on 29th street. The food was very good and inexpensive. We returned and played Ponytail Canasta until around 4. I returned and Bob was still not back to normal. He wanted to go out for comfort food, so we went to Wishbone, a family owned restaurant. We had to go the long way around as there had been a police shooting in the area.

We returned home after a nice dinner and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- Neither of  us slept really well last night as in the middle of the night it rained, very hard.  I do not have to be fasting today for the cataract surgery, so we ate breakfast. Then Bob called the Doctor office. He had to leave a message. So we decided to go over to the office.

We arrived and found that they still had not received the info from True Med MD in Arizona. Grrrr! So Bob called AZ again, and was told that they never received the request and the permission to release. The LIARS! The office here in CO had called them 3x.

So Bob completed another request form with permission to release and we left. We picked up lunch at Panera, then returned home and ate lunch. My sunglasses were ready at Costco, so we left and went to pick them up. We went from there to the Harvard Surgical Center in Edgemont for my R eye cataract surgery.

We checked in and waited for them to confirm the  Medicare and secondary insurance. I thought I was going to have to pay the Medicare co-pay of $150m, but my secondary picked that up. Yea!

I was taken back. Things are a lot different this time. When I had the L eye done in 2012, they gave me anesthesia. This time,  I will be ‘relaxed’ with a pill. No anesthesia. The nurse gave me 12 eye drops and 2 Halcion pills. I was not happy, as I knew everything that was going on.

I had learned when I did my surgical rotation in Nursing School, that I don’t do eyes! I am terrified of eyes. I have held amputated body parts and seen insides of many patients, cleaned up a lot of stuff, but I don’t do eyes!

So they gave me a third  pill. They took me back and I remember most of the surgery, but I was really relaxed. I remember the nurse and Bob walking me to the car, I put on my seat belt and I slept the rest of the way home. Bob evidently asked me, when we were on Federal, if I wanted pizza for dinner. I must have said yes.

I remember walking into the motor home. I settled into the recliner. I do not remember Bob leaving, picking up the pizza, cooking it, or making the salad. Bob said when he returned that I was sound asleep in the recliner with both dogs on my lap. They did not get up to greet him, they just glared at him wondering what he had done to me!

Bob woke me for dinner and then again at 8 to do my eye drops. We went to bed at 10 and slept.

Thursday-  I am feeling great. We were off to the Doc’s office for my first follow up appointment. Since the Ophthalmologist leaves to go out of town today, I saw Dr. Brown, who is an Optometrist. He did the checks and I have 20/20 vision, my pressures were good and he was pleased with my progress. I have not had any pain, but it feels like I have some junk in the outer aspect of my eye. That is perfectly normal!

We ran back to the Urgent Care/Doc Office for Bob, as he could not get through on the phone. They had faxed 3 x on Tuesday and called AZ and still no response. Bob called AZ from the parking lot. We had confirmed that the fax number was correct. AZ states that they have not received the fax. So Bob had them re-fax, while he watched and confirmed the phone number, which was correct. They state that they still did not receive the permission to release form. So Bob took a picture of it. He then emailed it to the gal in AZ. He called her to make sure that she received it. She finally did ( Bob kept her on the line until she said that she had received it!). We notified the gal here in CO. Finally, in the afternoon, Sandra, the gal in AZ called Bob to let him know that she had faxed the info back here to CO. Then Bob confirmed that the office had received the info. We did not hear from them today!

We had a quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Friday-  I had been invited to play Mahjongg with the two ladies in the RV next to us. So I met up with them at 9, and we played until 11. It was so good to get back into playing, as I have been in Maj withdrawal.

Meanwhile, Bob called the office here in CO. They finally sent in the prescriptions to the Walgreens at 64th and Sheridan. Not a Walgreens we use and Bob had requested they be sent to Walmart. Whatever, at least the prescriptions were sent. Walgreens was to call him when the prescription was ready.

We decided to go to lunch at the Smiling Moose, one of our favorite places in the area. We arrived to find that they had changed there menu. There was nothing either of us wanted. So we went to George’s for lunch, another one of our favorite place in the area.

We had a great lunch. Since Walgreens had not called, we decided to stop in and check on the prescriptions, as it was close by. The guy behind the counter, well he was different. He had a grungy beard with pieces sticking out, kind of curled. Not the typical curl of a mustached, this was the beard. It was weird!

Anyway, he was the tech, and he said that he could not completed one of the prescriptions because they had to get approval from the insurance. No surprise there, we expected that. But he also said that he could not completed the Vitamin B12 because they had not said how it was to be administered. At this point, Bob was so frustrated he put his head down on the counter. I explained to the guy that it was Vitamin B12, we do not need syringes, and that it is always given intermuscular. The guy said that he had to get the Doc’s approval for that and that they were closed until Monday. I explained I am a nurse and Bob piped up that I have been giving it to him every 3 weeks for 3 years!

The Pharmacist came over and she overrode the tech, putting in “give as directed”. We FINALLY got the Vitamin B12! We returned home, as I was overdue at this point for my eye drops. I gave Bob his injection!

At 2:00 we went to a different Walgreens, the one we usually use, for flu shots. I handed my insurance info to the gal. She saw  my birthdate and said that they cannot give me the flu shot. My birthday is Sunday, when I will turn 65. The computer system would not allow me to have the upgraded flu shot until at least Sunday. Bob could get the the shot. The difference in the flu shots is that the regular flu shot has two strains, the upgraded flu vaccine ,for 65 and older, has three strains. So Bob had his flu shot and I am waiting until Monday.

We left and went to Baskin Robbins for some free ice cream. I had a freebee, and Bob had a freebee for my birthday. They had my favorite, German Chocolate Cake! Wahoo, something is going right….

We returned to the MH. Marianna, who had hip surgery last week, called me and we talked for a long time. Then MaryAnne, who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, sent me a text. I was concerned and called her. She and I talked for a long time. She will be returning from Idaho, where they currently are, and Donna and I will be helping her through this in Arizona.

Bob returned from walking the dogs. He said that the Vitamin B12 had kicked in, as all of a sudden his head cleared. He really could notice the difference!

We went to the Lodge for dinner. If you follow the blog for the last 8 years, you know that we eat at the Lodge frequently when we are here. We have not this time. There have been a lot of problems in the Lodge and the RV’ers are boycotting the Lodge. We decided that 1x a week was more than enough.

We had ribs, which were okay, but not great. Nothing like the awesome ribs we had in Tillamook at the Lodge! They had the baked beans again, but Bob did not eat them this time!

We walked back up to the MH. We settled in to watch some movies. The first one was Marshall. It was a very interesting movie about Thurgood Marshall. We were about an hour into the movie when Bob said that he thought he had a fever. I looked at him and he was red and felt warm. I went and retrieved the thermometer. His temp was 99.6, high for him. 98.6 is just a guideline. Bob usually runs 96 to 97. I offered him Tylenol, but he declined. About an hour later, his temp had gone up to 100.6, so he took some Tylenol. He also had chills. I had closed up the MH, as the temp today was in the 70’s and sunny, but it was starting to get cooler. He was covered with a blanket and two dogs!

We watched an older movie, Rock. It was another good movie, staring Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery. We went to bed at about 11, which was late, but we wanted to finish the movie.

Sat Aug 25 to Fri. Aug 31- Grand Junction to Westminster CO

Saturday- We did some tasks around the MH and went to lunch in downtown Grand Junction. We went to a little Bistro which is a fundraiser for the local Hospice. It was located below the Hospice in a new building. It was a very nice place with an extensive menu and is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The food was good.

We returned home and took a nap. I had not slept last night, and really needed some sleep, so we skipped the afternoon Square Dance Festival. It was a workshop anyway.

We ate dinner at home then went to the Square Dance. What a difference having a really great caller makes! We had a wonderful time dancing from 8 to 10:30. They had the Grand Parade dance first, and we watched, we did not participate. This gave Bob a chance to get his hearing aid set up with the caller. We also ran into a couple, Bill and Mary Lou, who we know from Sun City. Bill has been the Angel in our Plus Dancing Workshops.

The caller was Tom Roper, who is a National Caller. He was awesome, and we danced all the tips.

Sunday- Our plan was to leave tomorrow to miss the mountain weekend traffic. Bob checked the weather and a front is coming through. They were forecasting 25 to 30 mph winds in the canyons. So we decided to leave today and head for Westminster.

I let the park know that we were leaving and asked for a refund, which they declined. Some places will refund and some won’t. It never hurts to ask. We called Julie and she said that she had a spot for us at the Elks Lodge.

We packed up and left the park at about 10 AM. We drove east on I-70. The farther east we traveled the heavier the traffic became. The engine temp went up on the climb to Vail Pass, so we pulled over and let the engine cool. Vail Pass is 10,000 feet.

When we arrived in Frisco, we pulled into a scenic overlook and disconnected the car. We were very glad that we did. The Eisenhower Tunnel is at 12,000 ft.  I took the dogs in the car with me. They prefer riding in the car and immediately fell asleep. I followed Bob  who was driving the MH.

We made it up the mountain to the tunnel, but it was close to over heating. The road is three lanes going up, but there is nowhere to pull over. Whew!

Now for the downhill. The signs were warning of very heavy traffic, duh, it was already bumper to bumper! Colorado has put in an Express Lane, which I did eventually see, but very few people used it as it cost $8.

At one point Bob had said there was a very slow drive in the right lane and he wanted to move over, so I moved to the left lane, to open a space for him. This happened right as the left lane came to a dead stop. The right lane kept moving. Bob never got over and ended up miles ahead of me. We use radios to talk to one another and I told him to just keep going, I would catch up.

Drivers everywhere are crazy, and this situation was no different. There was a guy in a burgundy Mercedes SUV, who just decided to change lanes. Fortunately, the guy he cut off was able to turn into the shoulder and miss hitting him. I was the next car, and I slammed on the brakes. The guy then went to the side of the road and continued, driving down the shoulder as far as he could go, before he cut someone else off. Then when we arrived at Georgetown, he got off at the exit, and ran back onto the road, cutting off another car, all this saving himself 7 car lengths! What an idiot!

Anyway, I finally caught up with Bob and we arrived at about 4 PM at the Elks Lodge. Julie met us in the parking lot and told us to pull into a 30 amp site on the wall. Originally she thought she was going to have to put us under the trees. We do not want to be under the trees, as we are tall and they might scratch the MH. So we were happy to pull into the wall site. We may be able to move into a FHU site on Wednesday.

We had emptied out our water tank before climbing the mountains, ( we had disconnected from any water source for a few days and used the water in the tank for laundry and showers so as not to waste water)  but this meant, we needed to add water to the tank. Julie had a water hose waiting for us. Wasn’t that nice!

We parked and set up. We were both exhausted after the awful drive, so we ran to the local Chinese restaurant for take out. We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday-  At 4:30 AM the winds picked up. Boy, did they ever! The wind woke both of us up, it was so loud and the rig was rocking. It lasted about 1/2 hour, then settled back down to just being strong, but less noisy. I was awake at that point, unfortunately. Bob was able to go back to sleep. When he woke up, I went in and went to sleep for about 45 minutes.

We had planned to do the laundry yesterday while we were still at the RV park,  on Sunday, as we usually do. Since we left instead, Bob took the sheets and towels to a local laundromat.  I stayed home cleaning and working on the blog.

When Bob returned, Julie showed up and said that we should move to the 50 amp site on the wall. So that was what we did. We just packed up, pulled forward, backed around the MH on our right, and into the 50 amp site. We had confused dogs, LOL!

We set back up and we went to lunch at Westies, a small breakfast/lunch restaurant right around the corner. We had not been to their new location, but had been to the old one years ago. We had a nice lunch.

We went to Costco for gas, $2.55 gal. Its been a long time since we paid less than $3 for gas! We ran into Costco and picked up a few items. This is not our favorite Costco, but the gas was less expensive at this one. We stopped at Walmart then returned to the MH. We caught up with Julie and paid for the 19 nights that we will be here.

At 5:06 my phone rang. It was the Doctors office. They needed to change the date of my surgery. We went back and forth on the dates and finally changed to this Thursday. I am having my right cataract done. I called and changed my Chiropractor appt. Bob made all the changes on the calendar, and suddenly said, “ Medicare”. Oh no, my Medicare starts on Sept. 1, Saturday! I can’t have surgery on Thursday the 30th! So I tried calling back, but the phones were already flipped over and I have to wait until the morning. I was just sick! We are only here so that I can get the surgery done by the same surgeon that I used in 2013 for my left eye. I was depressed all evening and did not sleep well.

Tuesday-  The Doctor’s office opens at 7:30, so at 7:30 I was on the phone to them. They had to check to see if they could move me to the 5th, but they had to talk to the surgery center first. They had to call me back, which they did. So we left and went for my 10:30 pre-op appointment. We arrived and I had my eyes dilated and I went through all the tests. We ended up having to wait for the Doc. He finally arrived and he checked my eyes. He declared them both very healthy. No film on the left eye, as I had that removed in 2015.

We discussed what kind of lens to place in the right eye. He recommended a regular lens. He uses them for truck drivers, as they are distance lenses. Since I drive the MH, he thought that would be the best choice. It means that I will have to use reading glasses.

Then they took me into a different room to discuss the Harvard Center, connected to Polk hospital, where the procedure will take place. They will give me pill, so I will not have an IV or be under anesthesia. I so not even have to be fasting. Megan also gave me the eye drop prescriptions and we discussed the insurance.

We left and went to Smash Burger, nearby, for lunch, as by this time it was after 1 PM. We returned to the MH. I dropped off my stuff and went to the Lodge to play Ponytail Canasta with the girls. There were 6 of us. We played until about 4:30, and the game was a tie between the two teams.

We looked at the menu for the Lodge, but decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.

Wednesday- I had changed my Chiropractor appt to 8 AM today, so I was off early to go to that appointment. We did tasks around the MH. I had a hair appointment at 1:30. I went and wished I had not. My cut is good, but the color, well I use a 10 minute color and I told the gal that. She left it on for 20 minutes( she had disappeared) and it is now too dark. Well at least it will fade out! My usual gal here in Denver had back surgery and is out for months. I really prefer an older woman rather than a 26 year old who can’t multi-task. We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- Bob had an appointment at an Urgent Care/Doctor’s office. We arrived and Bob’s appointment was with the PA. That was okay, he was really nice. To order Bob’s Vitamin B12, he needed his records from Arizona. So Bob signed for the forms to be sent. He also called the office and they said to put STAT on the form. Bob told the office that and they did it right then. He called back in the afternoon and they said that Jeremy, the PA, had even called requesting the records. He was told that they are 6 hours behind! Grrr, now it is the holiday weekend and Bob needs the medication. His last Vitamin B12 shot was 5 1/2 weeks ago. By the time we get to Tuesday, it will be 6 week. He needs the injection every 3 weeks. He has been taking the oral Vitamin B12 tablets every day, but they do not seem to be enough.

We went to Costco and I purchased two pairs of sunglasses, good ones to use post surgery. Bob dropped me off for my mani-pedi and he went to Total Beverage in search of a local beer he had at Texas Roadhouse the other night.

We tried to stop in at the place we usually go to to have the car detailed, but they are under construction. We went hunting other places, but could not find one. So we ran the car thru the car wash, $10. We returned to the MH and had a quiet evening at home.

Friday- Julie had told us we would not be able to move until Tuesday or Wednesday next week, so we decided to go do laundry, as our hamper was running over. We went to a local laundromat that we have used in the past. We did not dry anything, we took everything back home. We placed them on hangers and on the laundry rack to dry, except for the socks and underwear, which we dried in our dryer.

Just as we finished, at 10 AM, Julie knocked on the door. We could move at 11 AM. Okay, figures doesn’t it!  So we packed up and actually moved at 12:15. We ate lunch and set up the MH. We are now in a 30 amp, FHU site for $18 night.

We had a quiet afternoon. There were thunderstorms with lightening.( well we washed the car yesterday…) The lightening caused some small fires, but the fire departments in the local areas were able to put them out quickly. The weather has been good, with temps in the 70’s to 80’s, but the air is clear and we can see the beautiful Colorado mountains!