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Sat. Feb. 20 to Fri. Feb. 26- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I had a really bad day with the steroids.Only 2 pills today.  I  napped in the morning and the afternoon and all I did was some laundry, watched TV and read.

Bob was busy with making items for the RV and doing tasks around the condo. We basically had a quiet day.

Sunday-  I took the last steroid pill this morning. So glad this is over. I have taken steroids before, and this is the first time I have felt this awful while taking them. Now hoping it does some good! So far, no…

I did feel better today. So I did a little cleaning and laundry. We had our usual noon Zoom.

Monday-  I had my follow-up appointment with the Orthopedic Doc. My lab values were basically normal, except for an elevation in my RA Factor (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Greater than 20 is a positive result, and mine was 29. Soooo, the Doc referred me to a Rheumatologist. I am waiting for the Rheumatologist’s office to call so I can get an appointment. In AZ, the specialists are booked for months, but I really would like an appointment sooner.

The Doc also suggested a local, family owned, shoe store which specializes in neuropathy, which is also what my pain can be. They opened at 10, and we ran over there. The store was very busy. I met with a gal named Cat. The appointments are 40 minutes. Mine was 1 hr, 40 minutes. The store is in the same parking lot as Total Beverage, so you know where Bob headed to wait!

Anyway, Cat and I discussed my issues, she measured my feet, she had me walk across the store and she filmed my gait, on an iPad. We discussed those results, then she put me into a machine that took pictures and showed footprints. It was all very informative. All this was free, also! So then we worked on inserts. I usually wear the Superfeet green, as recommended by the Ortho doctors. We purchase them at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and they never go on sale. They are $49.99. Instead, she moved me to Powerstep Pulse inserts, $46.99, so a little less expensive, but really less than custom inserts!

Then we worked on shoes. Their selection was limited, due to the Midwest weather and some of the shoes are in a ship, stuck in LA harbor. I tried several shoes and widths. I finally found one that did not seem to hurt the arch, the top of my foot, or the burning at the end of my great toe. Cat also tied my laces much differently. I immediately, changed my larger, wider Sketchers( that I recently purchased) to that different lacing. What a difference all of this made!

I also had another foot issue, which my mother had found, when I was a toddler. The tip of my great toe curves up. This causes me to go through cloth shoes rapidly. As a kid, I usually wore sneakers with the rubber tip, until I got older and moved to leather shoes. I do eventually, go through the leather shoes, it just takes longer!

Cat said, no problem; she put Gorilla tape, in the new shoes over the toe area. Evidently, Gorilla tape sticks really well to cloth.  Hmmm, easy fix, we will see how well it works. So $199 later, I returned home with these. 

By this time my problem areas were pretty inflamed. We stopped at The Habit to pick up burgers for lunch, and returned home. While we were picking up lunch to take home, we received a call, scheduling the delivery of the dual recliner, for between 12-4 tomorrow afternoon.

After lunch, we ran over the the Posse and turned in some paperwork. Bob is continuing his drawing and sawing of wood!

Tuesday-  Our friend Paula is having knee replacement surgery today, so I have been on the phone with her and texting a lot with her over the last few days. I worked more on the diamond painting, the puzzle and finished a book. I returned it to the library and picked up 4 more.

Bob had dropped his bike off last week, at a bike store. His tire was leaking air.We picked up his bike, after our trip to Costco, during the senior hours!

I am back to riding my bike each morning, as the Doc said I could start again. Bob has also started riding his bike. With not riding my bike for so long, I can really feel how out of shape I am. Slowly increasing my riding! 

Around 3, the recliner was delivered by UPS Freight. It was one big box. Bob was concerned, as he was afraid it had arrived, all put together. Nope, each part was separately wrapped in plastic.

Bob cut down the side of the box and we moved the parts to the back of the garage, near his work bench. We had parked the car in the back parking lot, so I went and retrieved the car, once everything, including the palate the box arrived on. I posted on Nextdoor, to see if anyone wanted the palate. So far, no one does. Oh well…..

We had a quiet rest of the day. No foot pain with the old shoes, with laces tied differently.

Wednesday- I wore the new shoes today. What a difference they made! No pain!

I had a hair cut scheduled today, so I dropped Bob off at the RV Storage on the way. Kathy cut my hair, and I returned home.Bob was already working on some small projects in the rig. We moved one part of the chair into the rig, and Bob went to work, on deciding how to install everything. We also worked on some other projects in the rig. Bob needs some supplies, so after lunch we took the rig back to the storage unit.

At 1, we attended a virtual memorial service, for our Posse friend, Ruth,, who passed away January 16, of Covid, as the same hospital that Bob had been in when he had Covid. It was interesting( she had an interesting life, developing polio at 5 years old) and moving.

I worked on my diamond painting, the puzzle, and read my book outside. The temps the last two days have been in the low 80’s. Once Bob finished the sawing, he cleaned off the patio. Then Koda went out and dug in the dirt, throwing dirt onto the patio. Little devil! Right now we are putting money into  the rig, not the patio.

Paula was having a lot of pain and her temperature was increasing. She called the doctor. I had told her not to take Tylenol with her Oxycodone. Sure enough, the Doc told her to take Tylenol. (Tylenol is a component of Oxy) and it is very easy to get too much Acetaminophen, and have liver damage. So she told the Doc no, and he had her to take some Advil.

Thursday- Bob had some medical testing today, so I stayed home and worked on some projects. Paula is doing better, her fever and pain are decreasing. We have gotten our Posse scheduled straightened out. Bob still needs to do one training ride and both of us need to do our six  confidence rides. I insisted that we be placed with folks who take the Covid virus seriously. The Posse is now doing daily cleaning of the building and more cleaning of the cars. They were already cleaning the cars after each duty tour.

At 4, we went to the social hour. Double masks and most of the gals there had already had their vaccinations, some of them even both of them. We were also doing the six feet away, actually, it looked like more than that! The dogs really enjoy going. There were a total of 9 dogs there. Lots of greeting, barking and butt sniffing. Then they settled down. Everyone was talking about the increase in the number of coyotes that have been spotted. In AZ it is matting season from January 1 to March 15, so they are out mating and hunting. Their gestation period is a short 2 months, so we will be seeing more of them for awhile, hunting for food for their young. Of course, we also solved the world problems! The weather cooperated, with high 70’s and no wind.

We returned and cooked dinner and watched some TV.

Friday-  Bob’s PCP’s office had called yesterday to have him schedule a follow-up chest X-ray, due to his having Covid pneumonia. So this morning he ran over for an 8 AM appointment. I had my Mammogram at 11 AM. When I arrived in the parking lot, I found a credit card on the ground. So I picked it up, put it in the car, and went to my appointment. On my way home, I dropped it at the drive thru,  at a Wells Fargo banking center.

Bob did his second favorite shopping, at the local hardware store. I purchased our Weathertek floor liners for the rig. Bob tried making sweet potato chips in our air fryer. They were soggy or burnt. Oh well!

Sat. Feb. 13 to Fri. Feb. 19- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We had a quiet day. I worked on the diamond painting and a puzzle. We both read our books. Bob went to Lowes and picked up some plywood. He worked on designing and sawing the wood. We had  quiet evening. We watched a very strange movie on Netflix.

Sunday-  We were off early to Fry’s and Walmart for groceries. We returned home and did our usual tasks. In the afternoon, we went to Bruster’s for Double Fudge Brownie ice cream! It is so good!! It was a nice Valentines Day, up until 4:15, when Bob was cutting up sweet potatoes for Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie.  He took a divot out of his finger. After 45 minutes of pressure, we could not get it to stop bleeding. So we headed to the Urgent Care. Village Medical has an office in the Walgreens, so we stopped there. The NP looked at it and said that she could not do anything for it. We should go to the NextCare Urgent Care in the next shopping center. It closed at 4. So we continued to Sun City West, to the Banner Urgent Care, that was open until 9 pm. It was a good time to go to an urgent care, as there was only 1 person ahead of Bob.

The NP put on a small piece of gauze, which was infused with a blood clotting agent. Bob is to leave it on, as it will absorb on its own. The NP wrapped the finger, then added a band aid over the top, which is to stay on for 24 hours, before changing. Bob had to wait 15 minutes before he could leave, to make sure the bleeding stopped. By this time it was 6:45, so we stopped at Burger King and picked up dinner on the way home.

Monday-  I had my orthopedic Doctor appt at 8 AM. The MRI showed arthritis in a different part of my foot, than where it hurts. It also showed no stress fractures, and more importantly, no problems with muscles, ligaments, or tendons. He examined my foot, again, and his new theory is that it is an inflamed nerve. So he wanted blood work to see if I am having inflammation. He wanted me to get the blood drawn today or tomorrow, as it takes a few days for the neuro/orthopedic panel to get back. I have a follow up appointment next Monday. I am also starting on steroids tomorrow.

I returned home and worked on finding an appt. at the lab. All of the labs in Arizona, are appointment only. None of them had appts. for weeks. I tried calling Sonora Quest, as per instructed on the website. I stayed on hold for 7 minutes and they disconnected me! So I tried finding an appt. again. One popped up in Anthem. I think someone cancelled. Anthem is 30 miles away, up I-17. It was for 12:30 today, so I signed up for it. We left at 11, and drove over. We stopped at a Subway for lunch, and arrived at the lab at 12:20. I was out by 12:44. We drove back home.  We read our books and worked a puzzle. We made the casserole we had started yesterday.

Tuesday- I started a run of steroids today.  We ran over to the rig and did some measurements. Bob also wanted a picture of the color of the cabinets so that he can try to match the paint for the bunk cover.

We stopped at the library on the way back, and I dropped off  four books and picked up two new ones. I wanted to check to see if the craft room was open, to see if I could borrow some items, but it has not been open since last March. Odd, since jewelry, silver, quilting and lapidary were open.

We returned home, ate lunch, and the steroids hit. I suddenly felt awful, so I laid down in the recliner and took an hour nap. I felt better afterwards. I worked on my diamond painting and the puzzle. Bob worked on preparing the boards for over the bunk. We both read our books.

I called the company that is making our double recliner, as I had not heard from them. The recliner was supposed to have been shipped a week ago. Lynn, the gal I spoke with, said that that one part was on back order. It is supposed to arrive tomorrow or Thursday. It is rescheduled for shipping on Monday the 22nd, and I should receive an email when it is shipped. We will see!

Our free Disney+ stops next week, so I went into Verizon to cancel Disney +. When we return in the fall, it will go into the rotation of the various streaming services. Right now we still have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. I will cancel Netflix and Hulu when we leave for the summer.

Wednesday- When Bob walked the dogs this morning he ran into Smitty, one of our neighbors. Smitty said that when he walked his dog at 5:30, there was a pack of 7 coyotes at the street entrance to our court. EEEEK!

Today is termite inspection day! One of the condos, in another court, on the other end of the development, found termites when remodeling their kitchen, so the condo association is having inspections of all the units. We have to open up, when instructed, and let the guy in the garage and condo.

It turned out, they only found the termites in that one building, in two condos. One of them had put in a wood floor, which is not good to do in Arizona. Ground termites are a real problem in Arizona, so its an issue we have to watch closely. The condo association has a company on call for bugs, as we have the palmettos, so they are adding the termites to the contract. 

So far, everyone around us is getting their vaccinations. We cannot get them until after March 27th, which will be 3 months since we tested positive. We were able to register with the state, and will be working on setting up the appointments as soon as we can.

I felt much better today. I was able to work on my diamond painting and the current puzzle. I was even able to finish it and get ready to start the next one.

Old SF puzzle

This is the 3rd Thomas Kincaid in the 10 puzzle box I brought home from the library.It is a 300 piece puzzle.

Thursday- It was another quiet day for us. We have not been able to to download from a computer program for awhile, so I was on the phone with two different companies working on that. The second company fixed the issue.

I had slept better last night, but then the steroids hit again, so it was nap time after lunch. I missed the Mars landing, but Bob was able to watch, and really enjoyed watching.

When I woke up,  I worked on the diamond painting and the puzzle. Bob has been working on making the wood planking for the bunk in the rig. In the evening, more reading, playing games on our iPads, and watching TV.

Friday- Bad night sleeping again. I had another bad day, sleeping in the afternoon. I worked on the diamond painting and the puzzle. Bob went to Lowes and worked on the board for the rig. The last Condo Association meeting, until the fall, was today, at 1, outside. I missed it because I felt so awful. Bob had a Doctors appointment, so he missed it also. He arrived back, just in time for the Garden meeting,. I was still napping…

I received the email from the recliner company and the recliner has been shipped! We will hear from the freight company next.

We had a quiet evening.

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

Saturday- It was a quiet day for us. Bob is doing so much better! No more fatigue. He is no longer taking several naps a day.  I worked on the diamond painting that I have been working on for weeks. I am getting close to the end and I want to get it done by Monday when I hope to spray it with coating.

Sunday- We went grocery shopping. We walked thru Fry’s and Walmart and my foot, in a shoe, tied normally, did not hurt until I returned to the car.That was a surprise and hard to understand. Normally it hurt most of the time. I have only been wearing slippers or sandals, and if I wear a shoe, I keep it very loose.. We pre-cooked dinner, so we did not have to cook during the Super Bowl.  I finished the diamond painting!

We had our usual Sunday Zoom. In the late afternoon, we started watching the Super Bowl. I read my book during most of the game, just stopping to watch the commercials. We were rooting for Kansas ( Bob is from Kansas) so it was sad…

The dogs were a hoot! At 5:30, Roxie started lobbying for us to start cooking dinner. We usually start preparing dinner around 5:30 to 5:45. Roxie and Koda started ‘telepathing’ their wanting us to start preparing dinner. When that did not work, Roxie moved on to tapping my knee with her paw. Then she moved on to Bob’s knee. Then she would tap, then walk towards the kitchen. This went on for awhile.  Then Koda was walking back and forth across our laps, as it got closer to 6. After 6, they started getting frantic, with Roxie running to the door and back, tapping our knees with her paw. They really had us laughing. We kept telling them that we were waiting  for half time, and that they would get fed. Finally, half time arrived and the dogs, if they could wipe their brows, with their front paws, they would have, after all that hard work! LOL

Monday-  On Monday morning, I took both of my completed diamond painting over to Todd’s and she sprayed them for me. I brought them home and put them into the garage to air them, so that I did not bring the chemical smell into the house. Here they are:

Happy Camper DP

4 leaf clover DP

The colors do not show as well in the pictures, which is a shame, as the 4 leaf clover is awesome! I pulled out my next diamond painting and placed books on top to get it to flatten out so that I can start it tomorrow.

Tuesday- The Sun City weather has been really great. Sunny, warm and just beautiful. The temps have been in the 40’s to 50’s at night, but in the  high 70’s to low 80’s during the day. We had a quiet morning. At 2 I had to leave for the MRI of my foot. I drove over to Sun City West and had the MRI at the Banner facility. I have been to this facility several times.

The MRI went well, and I asked for a copy of the MRI for my Doc. The gal gave it to me and I returned home,. When I took it out of my purse, to put it with the Dexascan report, I found that my name was on it, but the date was 11/17/2019. Huh? I do not have a CD player in my computer, but Bob has one in his. He put it in and it was an X-ray of some woman’s neck. Drat, I will need to go back over tomorrow and get the correct CD.

I started to set up my diamond painting, and found that one of the colors was missing and they did not send me the supplies to do the painting. That is not an issue, because I have the supplies from other kits, but the missing color was an issue. So I checked with Bonnie, Todd, and Mary Ann. Bonnie had some leftover diamonds, so she gave them to me! She actually have 4 small bags of that color, so no problem.

We have been binge watching Homeland on Hulu. We only needed to see Season 6-8, as we had seen the previous seasons.

Wednesday-  Since the double recliner was supposed to be shipped yesterday, we decided to bring the rig over to the condo to start preparing the rig for installation. We first went to JoAnne’s to look for a frame for the diamond paintings. We decided to purchase some fiberboard for the one for the RV, as it is going in a spot where a frame will not fit. We did not find a frame for the shamrock.

We went to Sun City West and I walked in and gave the guy at the counter the CD and asked for the correct one. It took about 5 minutes for him to run one off. Then we went to the storage center. Bob drove the RV and I drove the car back to the condo. I parked the car in the back parking lot, and Bob parked the car in front of the garage. He got right to work, taking out the dining table and bench seats. I posted on the View/Navion FB group asking if anyone in the Phoenix area wanted any of the cushions or the table top. You never know, someone might!

View table

It took Bob a lot less time to take this out than he thought it would. So right after lunch, we took the rig back to the storage facility. Bob is really back to normal, as this did not tire him out.

Thursday- We ran over and picked up the rig again. Bob wanted to do some more in the rig. The original mattress on the Murphy Bed was very hard, so we had replaced it with a different mattress. We had noticed it was sliding down, when we put the bed up, so Bob ( the engineer) had designed a fix. So he installed that. It works really well!

The 2019 Views and Navion’s, all come with a bunk over the top of the cab. We knew we were going to use the area for storage, so we threw ideas back and forth, and finally decided to take out the mattress up there. Bob is going to put plywood up there, and then a shelf for some items. We took out the mattress and put it on top of the spare bed in the condo, which is also the temporary home to the original mattress from the rig.

Donna and Allen came by to pick up the keys to their rig, which we had watched over the summer. We also gave them the pump for our old sleep number bed. They have that same model as we had in the Alfa, so this gives them a spare.

I also worked on labeling switches and put the new Ninja Air Fryer etc. into a drawer. It fit, but we will need straps to pull it out of the drawer. We had a space for the new, small, 3 qt. Instapot, under the sink. The grill is under the rig in the storage compartment, and in another we found space for the new Lynx leveling blocks. With a smaller rig, we have to be very conscious of what we take with us! The Alfa had so much storage!

Again, after lunch, we took the rig back over to the storage unit.  We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Friday- We ran to Costco this morning. I rode one of the carts around, as I am still supposed to stay off my foot as much as possible. We returned and had a quiet morning. Bob looked for some items online and ordered them. I started working on our trip for April, so that we can see how we do in the rig and to find out what we are missing.

I had been trying to find places to boondock in the Adirondacks for this summer. I had not found any information, and had posted on FB. Only one questionable answer. So I found the phone number of the Ranger, and called. I spoke with a great gal, who gave me directions to a spot where we can stay when visiting the Lake Placid Olympic Park. The gal was very nice, and her brother works at the brew pub in Lake Placid!

Because Valentines Day is on Sunday, we ordered our Valentine dinner from Black Angus for this evening. Bob went and picked it up. The specials are not good on Valentines day, but they were good for today!  We finished Homeland!

Sat. Jan. 30 to Fri. Feb. 5- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Bob is still having the fatigue, so we have been having quiet days. I work on my diamond painting and puzzles. Bob naps, as needed, and plays games on his iPad. We stay home and watch some TV.

Todd, our neighbor is a really creative person. She asked if I wanted to see the table she made for someone, before she delivered it. So on came the two masks, and I ran over to her condo to look at it. Isn’t this beautiful? She is so talented!!Todd table

She had also done this, at the metal shop, and she put it us this week. We see this each time we leave our garage. She makes these in the Sun City metal shop.

Todd Eagle 3

Sunday-  Another quiet day. Bob seems to have less and less fatigue. Some times he is light headed, but other than that, he is doing well. I am back to normal. We had our usual Zoom in the afternoon, and watched TV in the evening.

Monday-  I had a virtual appointment with my PCP for this morning at 9. At 7:45, they called and asked if I could do it early. This was to get the paperwork to return to the Posse, since I was over the virus. It turned out, I spoke with the NP at the Urgent Care close to us. I had sent the required form over via the portal, so she signed it and left it at the front desk. We ran over there later in the day and I picked it up. While at Walgreens, I purchased some better tape for my foot.

Tuesday- More of the same. Bob had the West Valley Astronomy Club Zoom meeting in the evening. I watched some TV.

Wednesday-  Bug spray day! The condo sprays for bugs on the first Wednesday every other month. So we opened the gate to the back yard the the garage door. They spray inside the garage and outside in the front. We had our usual Roadrunner Zoom at 4 PM.

Thursday- More of the usual. My back had started bothering me, so I had a Chiropractic appt. in the afternoon. He moved fast, getting people in and out. I miss the other Doc who used to be there. I picked up a copy of my films, for when we travel.

Friday- We ran to Costco for gas and a few items. It seems, we are always running out of tomatoes! We returned and had a quiet day.

Sat. Jan. 2 to Fri. Jan 29, 2021 Sun City AZ

Sorry to be so late in posting. It was a rough month. Since I have not posted in awhile, I am just lumping most of our story together.

Bob started feeling worse on Saturday the 2nd. On Sunday, I convinced him to have a virtual Doc appointment at the Urgent Care. So in the morning, he set up an appointment with a Nurse Practioner ( the only person who had open appointments).  It was set up for 9. We called at 10, and at 11 we called, again.  Eventually, the Doc who I had seen me on Wednesday, was available and he ordered the same regimen for Bob. While we were waiting, the Pulse Ox battery died. We could not open the cover to find out what kind of battery it was, so we decided to get a new one.

I called MaryAnne, and asked her to run to Walgreens to pick up Bob’s prescriptions, and to purchase a new Pulse Ox. The gal gave her a hard time about the prescriptions, but she called and got the information from me. Evidently, when she went back to the pharmacy, the gal never even looked at the info, she just gave MaryAnne the medications. Some one must have spoken to her about being nasty to MaryAnne. She stopped by and dropped off the medications and new Pulse Ox. Bless her heart, she also dropped off two bags of M&M’s for some chocolate therapy! 

We continued our resting, fluids, prescriptions and over the counter medications thru Monday. I never became super sick, luckily, although we were prepared in case we both ended up in the hospital, with a plan for the dogs.

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Bob’s oxygen level was dropping. He was coughing so much, I was worried that he was going to become too exhausted. I checked his lungs, and he had rales, in both lower lobes. On Saturday, he had crackles in both lower lobes. Nothing in the upper lung lobes, (both are a sign of pneumonia.)

His temperature spiked up to 102.8. I had already told him, anything over 102 and he was going to the hospital. I told him I was calling 911. He said, why don’t you call the Doc first. Huh! I said no and called 911.

I told the gal who answered, the symptoms, and that we had positive tests. EMS arrived, and they did not want to take him, because they had been told that the hospitals were too busy!  I calmly, told them his symptoms, and insisted that they take him. They asked if he was willing to go, and he said yes. They never entered the condo, I walked Bob to the door.

So off he went to Banner Boswell Hospital. I had sent his phone with him, and he texted me from the ER, which was very re-assuring. They had a Covid Protocal, which they followed. His X-ray showed Covid pneumonia, so he was admitted to the hospital, and given a dose of Remdesivir. He had lots of tests over the next few days, and had a total of 5 doses of the Remdesivir. After the 5th dose, they sent him home.

I picked him up at the hospital. He was to continue on quarantine, for his protection, due to the steroids they had given him. His blood pressure and blood sugars were elevated while he was in the hospital, but came down enough for his discharge.

Meanwhile, at home, I took care of the dogs. They seemed to understand that Bob had needed to go, and they did not seem to upset about him not being home. I walked them short walks around our courtyard, and as I began to feel better, we went a little bit farther each day, even after Bob returned home. They were of course ecstatic that he was back home!  

MaryAnne and Ray Balzer were our lifelines. They went grocery shopping for us and picked up more prescriptions, until I was off quarantine. We also received emails, texts and lots of phone calls, with friends checking on us.

The worst part of all this has been the fatigue. Mine has improved and so has Bob’s, although his still remains. He also gets light headed and a headache intermittently. He has also found that his taste has been effected. Neither of us lost our taste or smell, but now Bob says many foods taste really salty.

When Bob had his follow up virtual appointment with his PCP, she recommended a humidifier ( the first Doc had also recommended it, but Bob declined, this time I just went and bought one!).

Eventually, Bob took back over walking the dogs, a little at a time. Some days, he still over does, and has to rest. He has gone from 4 to 5 naps a day, to 1 or 2. His blood pressure is back to normal, his Pulse Ox is now over 95, and both of his lungs have finally cleared. He still has some good days and some bad ones.

I had to cancel all of my appointments, once I tested positive. Once I was out of the boot on my foot, I discovered that the pain was still there. I called the Orthopedic Doc and asked for the MRI ; he had said would be the next step. They sent in the request, without the required supporting information, and the insurance denied the test. So, I had to make an appointment. I did, and he does not know what is wrong with my foot. So he re-submitted for the MRI. It is now scheduled for Feb. 9, with a follow up appointment on Feb. 15 with the Doc.

On Tuesday, Jan 26, I woke up in pain during the night. The bone at the bottom of the big toe, has slipped out of joint. I immediately knew what it was, so I turned onto my left side, and got it to slip back into place. So in the morning, I sent the Doc a message thru the portal. The response was to minimize walking until after the MRI and I see him. My feeling is this is related to the surgery last January 21, 2020, as it is the same foot, but we will see. I have also discovered that my foot has gotten larger, so I purchased a new pair of shoes. I have no redness or swelling in the area, which is the top of my foot. Also no pain when I push on the area. It is really weird! I am only comfortable in my slippers. I am also taping the bone in that area, so the slippage does not occur again!

So that was our January!

Sat. Dec. 26 2020 to Fri. Jan, 2,2021- Sun City

Saturday- Covid symptoms, we were in self quarantine. I started with the post nasal drip. So far, that is all. Bob has the same thing, but he also developed a rash. I looked up the symptoms, and a rash is #4. It stayed for awhile, then disappeared. Only some of the people infected, have the rash.

We had a very quiet day, doing another puzzle. We took naps and watched TV.

We had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom.

Day after Christmas puzzle

Sunday-  Last night I had trouble going to sleep, as I had the post nasal drip. The tickle drove me crazy, so I took some of the Phenergan with Codeine that Bob had left over from his walking pneumonia in November. I slept really well after that, but woke up at 3:30,with a lot of pain. All over, so I got up and moved to the recliner. Bob woke up at 5:30, and we got moving. I  also developed a headache, and I took Tylenol. I do not like Tylenol as it is so dangerous, so I was careful with the dosage. I took two 500 mg to get rid of the headache, and after that I am only taking one after lunch, and one before bed so that I keep below 2000 mg dosage, per day .

We ate lunch, and went to Walgreens. Bob had his test appt. at 12:15, and mine was 12:30. Bob did the nasal swab. Then they sent us away, as it was too early for my test, since their computer will not let them do the tests to early. So we parked and drove back thru the drive thru for my test, at 12:25.

We returned home, napped on the recliner, worked on a puzzle, read our books, and generally took it easy. At around 3:30, while listening to the Washington football game, our emails came in from Walgreens. We both tested positive. No surprise there!

We both let or doctors know. I asked my Doc for a prescription for the Phenergan with Codeine and sent her a copy of the positive report.

Monday-  I still had the headache, but I am only taking one Tylenol every 8 hours. That is working. We had a quiet day. I did not hear from my Doctor about the cough medication.

We worked on the puzzle, read, and watched TV. Bob is walking the dogs, with a mask on! He is doing pretty well. He is tired and sleepy, and he has a slight cough, but other than that he is doing well.

I had changed the setting on my mattress down to 25 from 30, so I am not waking with as much pain. I will reset to 30 when this is all over. I developed a rash during the day, so I am running 2 days behind Bob.

My next diamond painting kit had arrived, so I did the bookmark that arrived.  It is bigger than I thought it was…

Bookmark diamond painting

Tuesday- More of the same. I still had the rash, when I woke up this morning. It went away during the day. No headache this morning. Not as much pain either.

Bob still feels sleepy. He sits on the recliner and falls asleep. He wakes, reads a little bit, then falls asleep again.

I stated a new diamond painting. This time it is with square diamonds. Wow, is that much more difficult. Trying to get them even, is an issue. I did 3 lines and stopped, and went to read my book. This one is going to take awhile, good thing this is a small picture.

We continued our current regimen of Zinc, Vitamin C, and rest. We are drinking plenty of fluids. I have been checking my Doctor’s portal. Nothing so far. At 3, I called. Village Medical has a central system, and a gal answered. I told her my situation.She checked and my Doctor, at some point, it could have been yesterday or 5 minutes ago, said that I needed to be seen. Okay, but there is nothing on the Portal. Evidently, she told her staff I should be seen, and they had not followed through. The gal on the phone, said that the next opening is in March. All I want is some Phenergan with Codeine. Since it is a controlled medication, I have to be seen. Okay, then have one of the PA’s or NP’s see me, via a virtual visit. She sent a message and someone would contact me.

I took matters into my own hands and scheduled a virtual visit at the new Village Medical office in the Walgreens, up the road. It is scheduled for 7:20 in the morning. Okay, I can get through until then, because I have enough of Bob’s left over prescription left.

I was pretty angry by this point. This is not the first time that the communication has fell short. The problem is that other offices have the same problems. So I sat down and did a puzzle to get me to calm down.

We ate dinner and watched a movie on Netflix.

Wednesday-  I got up, showered and got ready for my virtual appointment. I waited and waited. The appointment time was at 7:20. At 7:40, I called the main number. I went through all the crap I went through yesterday ( name, address, insurance, phone number,  email, etc.) The gal found my appointment in the system and she send a notice to the office, and said the nurse would call me. She did about 20 minutes later. She said that the Doctor would be in later. She rescheduled me for 10:40. Okay then!

At 8:40, my Doctors office called to tell me that I needed to be seen and to make an appointment.( Doesn’t this start to sound like an Abbott and Costello movie?). I told her that I already had one. I was polite, but ready to scream at her( I didn’t)! Anyway, it did not raise my blood pressure, as I had Bob take it in anticipation of my virtual appointment. 110/60-76 and pulse ox. 96. No fever. Pulse is a little high for me…

I still have the cough, but no headache. Bob is having a lot of fatigue, and a slight cough. I know that the fatigue is coming, since I am 2 days behind him!

The nurse called at about 11 and then Doc came on for the virtual appointment at around 11:30. He was very nice and ordered the Phenergan, an antibiotic in case I had a lung infection, and steroids. ( ugh)

I ran to Walgreens to pick them up, being very careful to not touch anything at the drive in window! 

Thursday and Friday-  More of the same. We both rested.

Sat. Dec. 19 to Fri. Dec. 25- Sun City

Saturday-. We  read our books, watched TV and had generally a quiet day.

Sunday- We went grocery shopping very early at Walmart and Target. We returned home and had a quiet rest of the day. We have been binge watching The Handmaids Tale on Hulu and Stargate on Netflix.

Monday- Bob has his Posse make up day with Mike this morning. I dropped him off at the building at a little before 6 AM. This is his last morning session and he has two more evening shifts,  and he will be done with training. We start our “confidence runs”, 6 or more of them, right after the 1st of the year. We are already on the schedule. On Tuesday the 2nd, we are sworn in and receive our certificates. They will take pictures and we will be in the newspaper.

I ran to Costco and bought gas and made some purchases. I saw an air fryer, 6 qt., for $49.99. I took a picture to show Bob. We had seen a smaller one at Target for $59.99.

I picked up Bob at 12, and we ate lunch. Bob checked the air fryer ratings, and we went to Costco and purchased one. We had some really good coconut shrimp for dinner, that we cooked in the new air fryer!

We had a star party out in the back parking lot. With our binoculars, we could see both Jupiter and Mars, but we could not see the rings around Venus. Wow, the 800 year Christmas star!

Star Party

Tuesday-  We had the Operation Meeting at the Posse. They are starting an extra shift, on evenings, because of construction in Surprise, the next town over. They think that the homeless, who live under a bridge going into Surprise, are going to move into Sun City.

This is to stop them camping on private property, to point them to sanctuary churches, and to provide water bottles for them. Some of the churches have showers and allow the homeless to sleep on their property. It is not illegal to be homeless, and many are Vets, so we have sympathy, but we need to moderate behavior. This shift will continue through March. No one will be alone on the shift and everyone’s safety is priority. We will not be on this shift.

We returned home and had a quiet day and evening.

Wednesday-  It had occurred to me, that maybe we could put a tankless water heater, under the sink in the master bath. The master bath is so far from the hot water heater, in the garage, that we waste a lot of water, when taking a shower or using the sink. This is primarily in the mornings. Arizona, and the entire west, are having a severe drought, so wasting water is shameful!

Bob thought it was a good idea, so he started investigating, last week. One of the plumbing companies called us back, and they had good ratings on Angie’s List. So they sent a guy over to do the estimate.

We were impressed, they send an email with his name and picture, so we knew who was coming into the condo. When he arrived, he suggested that instead of the tankless water heater, which was very expensive, that he install a pump at the hot water tank, with a timer, and we would have hot water through out both bathrooms. It was a lot less expensive! We can turn it off overnight.

He had a pump in his truck, but he did not have the timer, so he ran back to his shop and got one. He was back in little over half an hour. He installed it, checked it, and it works great!

Water heater pic

Bob left to do his next evening Posse shift at 3:20. I had a quiet evening watching Christmas movies on Hallmark!

Thursday- Bob was in the shower, and his cell phone rang. I answered. It was Dave, the Posse Commander.  Bob was just drying off, so I gave him the phone. The guy that Bob had ridden with on Monday morning had tested positive, on Tuesday for Covid. At this point, it was over 48 hours, since Bob’s exposure, so it was too late for Bob to quarantine from me.   I immediately made appointments at CVS for testing on Saturday. That was the last day, on their schedule, that I could book. It was not a rapid test, as they had no appointments available for rapid testing.

Bob looked and found that Walgreens, a little farther away, had rapid testing appointments available for Sunday. He made those appointments and I cancelled the ones at CVS.

We talked to Linda about taking the dogs if we were hospitalized, but they are getting a new dog on Tuesday, a 10 year old, who is grieving, and they are going to Quartzsite for a week with friends next week. So she declined. That is okay, we understand.

We do have Tammy, the pet sitter, if needed. I had contacted MaryAnne, and she went to Walgreens for us to pick up Vitamin C and Zicam. Vitamin C and zinc are both recommended for Covid. So we are taking both. We are already taking some of the Vitamin D3. She also picked up some chocolate therapy! LOL

So far I have no symptoms. Bob had a headache and a cough. It seems more like post nasal drip. We are of course, guaranteeing from everyone.

I cleared off the table in the Arizona room, and started a puzzle. 

Friday- Merry Christmas! We had a quiet day at home, of course. Bob is still not feeling very well, but not really sick either. He still has the post nasal drip and a headache. We both worked on the puzzle. Here is is…

Christmas puzzle

Sat. Dec. 12 to Fri. Dec. 18- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We had a quiet morning. I worked on getting the Christmas cards that I am sending, ready to mail. I wanted to do some cards for the condo neighbors, and I ran out of black paper, so we went to  Joanne’s for the paper after lunch. I used coupons again, so I was pretty happy with the prices. We ran by the Post Office to mail the cards, as at the Condo mtg. on Friday, they said that people are stealing any cards you leave out, attached to the mail opening. They assume that grandparents are sending money to the grandkids for Christmas, and are stealing the cards. They are also putting their hands into the mail slot and stealing mail. Our basket underneath, inside the garage is pretty low, so they would need a very long arm to do that. Most of what we get is junk mail anyway. They are also stealing packages, so everyone is looking out for each other!

We returned and I played Maj with MaryAnne, online, until 3. We had our usual Zoom at 4:30. We ate dinner, and watched some shows we had recorded.

Sunday-  We ran shopping. We had decided to purchase a Ninja Foodie Digital Air Fry Oven for the motor home. It flips up and is very short. Target had it on sale, for a great price. We arrived to find that they were already sold out. So we got a rain check. It is good until the end of January.

We did all our grocery shopping and returned home to have lunch and a quiet afternoon. We watched recorded TV shows.

Monday- I did a little cleaning, as the bathrooms needed to be done. Bob did the dusting. At 9 I had a virtual Doctors appointment.  We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday-  It was another quiet day for us up until 3, when Bob had his first evening training session. He left and I was home with the dogs. I watched my favorite Christmas show, White Christmas, on Netflix.

Bob had 3 of the real medical calls. Bob had to set up cones for practice . Basically, it was quiet.

Wednesday-  I had morning Posse training. I had to be there at 6 AM. Since it is still dark, we did some drive-by’s at apartment buildings, until daylight. After our first one, we were sent on a medical call. It was so close, I thought it was one of the training runs until we arrived.  We did several different training runs and several real medical runs.  Tina did the vacation watches, as there is a lot of walking when circling the houses, and with my boot, I am staying in the car. This gives me a chance to work with the codes and the radio.

After my training session, I returned home for lunch. We both fell asleep in the recliners, reading our books.

Thursday- It was my second morning training session. It was still hard to get up a 4:45! We did more training sessions and several real medical calls. We arrived at one of the banks that we do a drive-by at, and the drive-thru window was closed. That was odd! So we parked, and Tina went in to check on it. She said, that if she thought there was a problem, she would tap her radio once, and I should call 911. It turned out that the window was broken. So there was no issue, but at least the bank ( who contributes a lot of money to the Posse) knew we really do check on them!

At 10 AM, Bob did Posse Mall Walking. This is to show a presence at the shopping malls, to prevent theft or other problems. He and Dave were both reported for not wearing their masks outside. Outside is not required, so they did not get in trouble. Besides, Dave is one of the Duty Officers.

Bob had dropped me off in the morning and I picked him up when his shift was completed at 2. I was going to do mall walking, but with the boot…I took my name off the list.

We had another quiet evening at home.

Friday-  Whew, my final day of getting up, this week, at 4:45. It was actually easier to get up early this morning!

It was a very busy shift. We did several medical calls, including one for a dead body. We did not see the person, but I said a little prayer for whoever it was…MCOS( the sheriffs office) comes and checks first to make sure there is no foul play involved. So the Deputy, released the fire department and we could leave also.

I arrived home, we ate lunch, and went to Kohl’s, as I had a discount. Bob needed a black long sleeve undershirt, as he was getting cold standing outside. They did not have his size, so we went to Target, where we purchased the shirt.

We had another quiet evening at home, watching TV and reading.

Sat. Dec. 5 to Fri. Dec. 11- Sun City

Saturday- We were off to the Posse office to help decorate for Christmas. Bob helped outside, decorating the building. I helped inside, with moving toys to the front of the room. Then we had a brunch. Most of the folks went into the training room, across from the lunch room. We went to the main meeting room, where there were only 6 of us in the entire room. We were able to socially distance while eating!  Of course the food was delicious!

Below is the lobby. The Santa is huge, and moves.

Posse Christmas 2

This is working with moving the toys from the hallway AND the conference room to the meeting room.

Posse christmas 1

Finally, these are all the toys. I am not sure how many there are, as we did not count them, but we think there are 125 kids, so the kids will get more than one toy. The school picks them up and does the sorting and delivery.

Posse Christmas 3

On the left there are 25 African American dolls, someone, from Sun City, donated.

We stopped at the library and returned the Stuart Woods book, earlier than the 7 day limit. We went to Michaels for a frame, then to Walmart for groceries. Since by this time it was almost 3, we went to Bruster’s for ice cream.  I had my regular Double Fudge Browne, but Bob was adventurous, and had the Peppermint Oreo. He liked it, but said it would have been better with brownies!

We returned home and there was a package for me. Surprise, it was from my Editor. They had sent me a Harry and David gift basket. ( They have never done this before!). We ate a bit from it, note that, we put it up on top of the cabinet, so we would not eat it all….it contains some excellent fattening items!

Harry and David box

We had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom. We ate dinner and watched more of The Handmaidens Tale on Hulu.

Sunday- We completed our usual Sunday tasks. We had received the bill for the RV storage for 2021, so, Bob ran to the rig and brought back the insurance and registration. We had to put a copy in with the check.

We went to Joanne’s looking at frames for the diamond painting. None of the 12×12 will work, because you have to fold over the edges, and we can’t with  frames they have. Sigh, I think I am going to need to do a custom frame.

We stopped at Target and bought a gift card, as they are the 10% off. We will use they for the low fat cheddar we purchase, because that is the only place we can find low fat cheddar.

We returned home and had a quiet rest of the evening. Okay, putting the box up on the top shelf did not work. It kept calling to us! LOL

Monday- Today was Bob’s first Patrol training. So he had to get up at 4:45. Ugh, of course this meant all of us had to get up! Here is he is…

Bob uniform

He took the car and I worked  on Christmas cards. He arrive home at 12:15, which was late. The Posse was very busy this morning and he had done more than his training exercises. He had gone on medical calls. He only was directing traffic, and had no exposure. He passed all of his tests also. He also had an excellent report for noticing a woman dressing funny and standing outside in the cold. They made a U-turn and returned to check on her, but she must have just been getting her newspaper. There are a lot of calls in Sun City for missing persons.

We went out and walked with Mary Ann in the condos, doing a Community Service project of going door to door to up date the condo and Posse emergency information and to make sure that folks have the correct key in the Fire Department key box. It does not do a lot of good to have an old key in the box, if the Fire Department needs to get into your condo. That was an hour.

We returned home and I fell asleep on the recliner. Bob started watching the Washington/ Steelers game and that woke me up. Washington won!! They beat the unbeaten Steelers….

We ate dinner and watched more of The Handmaidens Tale on Hulu. Oh, and Starz wants us back for $25 for 6 months. Not yet. Don;t need them again until the next Outlander premiers.

Tuesday-  It was warmer today, so I was able to ride my bike. I played Maj with MaryAnne, online, and Bob went to return the insurance card and the registration to the RV. He dropped off our check for the $150 for the entire year of storage! Hopefully, we will get to use the RV this summer, if we can get the Covid vaccine and hit the road.

Bob returned with two 6 packs of beer. He took picture of all of them and sent the pictures to his beer bro, Lavern. After lunch, I worked on more Christmas cards. We read our books and had a quiet afternoon. After dinner, we watched some recorded TV.

Wednesday- I rode my bike again this morning, a little later, when it was warmer. Bob ran some errands. After lunch I tried to take a nap, but failed. I went to the evening shift at the Posse for my second evening patrol training. It was a busy evening with us doing the training and taking two medical calls. All we did at both of them was stand outside, guarding the fire truck and the ambulance. The first one was at a house, and the person declined to go to the hospital. The second one was at a life care facility and the patient went to the hospital. I passed all my tests.

We were also doing some “drive byes” when we smelled smoke. We drove around looking for a fire. We finally decided it was in one of the courts; so we got out and walked through, finding a covered smoking fire pit. It was an unattended fire, but it did not appear to be a hazard, as there were no trees or grass around. The condo folks must have had a social, earlier, as this was around 8:30 and dark.

Arlene asked how comfortable I was feeling and I feel comfortable with everything but knowing all the codes. There is a learning curve with that task.

Thursday- Bob had his second morning shift, so we were up at 4:45 again. Ugh! I drove Bob to the Posse and returned home. I had my pants in the washing machine and got them into the dryer and hung up. I also worked on an article I needed to update.

I left and went to Sun City West to see the Orthopedic doctor. About 3.5 to 4 weeks ago, I had developed sudden, sharp pain in my left foot. This is the same foot I had the surgery on in January. I thought that I might have torn the mesh that the Doc had put in to re-build my ankle. The pain has improved, but was still there.

He ordered X-rays to look for a stress fracture. None showed up on the x-ray, but he said that can occur. So he placed me in a boot for 3 weeks. Since I had donated the high boot from January, he ordered me a low boot this time. It was pouring rain, so I did not wear the boot home in the car. This is the first rain in 110 days! We really needed this rain, and a lot more!  The Native American tribes use well water and springs and are starting to run dry….

I was pretty depressed when I arrived home, since this is my third time in a boot, for this same foot, and I thought it was going to interfere with my Posse training. I immediately called Tina and told her what was happening. She said that she would speak with Arlene and see if it was okay if I did not do any walking. I told her it was my left foot, so I could drive. She said that she could do my morning training, as she would do the vacation walks, and I could stay in the car and watch.

Bob called and I went to pick him up. He had a busy morning. He did not go to any medical issues, but did four vacation watches. He realized that the exterior water knob was turned on, at one home,  so he guessed that the folks had returned home. He rang the door bell, and they answered. There was a lag between when the folks called to let the Posse know they were home and when the information was given to the Posse morning shift. Bob passed all of his tests and is exceeding expectations.

Arlene agreed with Tina, so I went for my evening training. We had a quiet evening. I passed all my tests again. I feel confident about talking on the radio, but I still am cautious about what I am saying. I practice what I am saying before I speak.  I also need some more work with the local map. Sun City is built so crazy, that I need more work on quickly finding homes. It is not your typical map!  I am also listed as exceeding expectations.  

Friday- We had the Condo Association meeting, which we attended this time.  There were a total of 18 people there, in the big room at the Posse. We were the last people to enter and the first to leave. Nothing special about the meeting. No raise in the condo fees. Lots of money in the bank for the big items, like the roofs.

We returned home for lunch. we were tired from getting up so early yesterday, and me from working last evening, so we took a nice nap.

We had a quiet evening watching Mandalorian on Disney + .

Sat. Nov. 28 to Fri. Dec. 4- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I worked on Diamond Painting and some other projects. Meanwhile, Bob went over to the RV and ran the generator. He found that the engine battery was dead, so he jump started it, and ran the engine at the same time. He thinks he is going to need to drive the rig around to get the battery really charged up….

I did an online order at Café Zupas and  Bob stopped by and picked up our salads for lunch. We worked on projects at home in the afternoon. We had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom.  We, of course, had leftovers for dinner.

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks. I did a bit of cleaning and we put more of the Christmas decorations around. I worked on the Diamond Painting. We both read our books. We had carryout  lobster rolls from a local restaurant for lunch and leftovers for dinner. We watched 60 minutes, then a movie on Netflix.

Monday- After exercise, we did tasks at home. Then we went to Walgreens, which was supposed to have some toys on sale. They did not have anything we thought appropriate, so we went to Walmart.  We purchased 2 soccer balls for 12 year old boys and 2 Candyland games for  7 year old girls. These are for the Posse’s donations to one of the local schools, where the kids are very poor. We were instructed not to provide educational toys, but to give them a regular toy, as it will be the only item that they will receive for Christmas. How sad…

Bob went for an MRI and I stayed home and worked on the Diamond Painting. I am 3/4 of the way through, and am excited to complete the picture. I will post it when I am done!

I am back on my diet and Bob continues to watch what he eats. We had signed up for the Hulu special rate of $23 for a year, so we started watching The Handmaidens Tale. Our Stars special rate expires this month, so we will stop that subscription. We still have the free Disney until January.

Tuesday-  We had the Posse General Meeting. The first meeting of the month has visitors, so we were told to dress business casual. Again, the meetings were separated into two groups. We had signed up for the 10 AM meeting, which had less people present.

The meeting only lasted 15 minutes. After that, we worked with Tina to set up our training. The gal who was supposed to do my morning training was not available, so Tina is going to train me. We each signed up for our three days. Bob found the guy he needed to train with and and is waiting for him to call Bob.

We went to In Home for wreath storage container. We purchased 2 for $12.99 each. We also found this clock and sign.

New clock     1

Kitchen signWe stopped at the tailor and picked up our completed uniforms. Then we stopped at the library to return books. WAHOO! The new Stuart Woods book was on the 7 day loan shelf. I grabbed it and checked it out.  I had been on the request list, at 46 out of 110 requests. The Library software immediately removes you from the request list when you check out one of your requests.

When I returned home I started reading the book. We ate lunch,  I worked on the diamond painting. I rode my bike this afternoon, as I had not been able to ride this morning. Whew,  a driver of a car, cut me off at a corner. Usually, most people drive on the other side of the lane, when there is a biker on the side. This idiot, pulled right up to me( I could have touched the car), made a right turn in front of me, almost hitting my bike! The driver did not stop at the stop sign OR have the turn signal on. It happened so fast, I had not time to even not what type of car or who was driving. I suspect it was not a senior. The car sped away in the 25 mph zone. I had stopped and jumped off the bike so fast, I pulled a side muscle. I bothered me for a couple of hours and then went away.

Bob hung the clock and the sign. We ate dinner and watched some TV.

Wednesday-  It was so cold and windy, so no bike ride today. The temps are going to drop into the 30’s this week or next, so Bob decided it was time to do the winter prep of the new rig. I had a 9 AM haircut, so I dropped him off on the way. He also wanted to drive the rig to charge the battery. Since he was going to take awhile, after my haircut I went to Costco for gas. I also picked up a few items, since I was there. I arrived at the door, right at 10 AM. Darn, I missed the the 9-10 senior hour, so I had to go to the back of the line.

The young gal in front of me, asked the employee “Why are all these people leaving? “ The employee said to her, 60 +…

I moved quickly through Costco, and returned to pick up Bob. Right when I arrived, a text came from him that he needed an extension cord. So I left, returned home, dropped off the Costco items, picked up a heavy electrical cord, and returned to the storage unit.

By this time, Kent at the gate was laughing at my in and out. When I arrived at the rig, Bob had decided he needed a few other items, so he closed up the rig and returned home with me. We ate lunch, and Bob returned to the rig.

I started on making a few Christmas cards, that I send to my elderly cousins who are not on the internet. I quickly realized I was out of tape. So when Bob returned, I ran to JoAnne’s for the tape refills for my tape runner. Surprise, the tape was not on sale. Yippy, this is a rare event at JoAnne’s, so I used a 50% off coupon, good only on a regular prices item.

I returned home and worked on the diamond painting picture. I was almost finished, but it was time for our Roadrunner Zoom at 4. So I stopped and went on the Zoom. We had 18 people. We voted to have a Zoom on Christmas, so that people do not feel lonely on the holiday, if they are alone or just a couple like us.

When the Zoom was over, I went back to the diamond picture and had it completed by 5:30. Its a Lotus.

diamond painting 1 We ate dinner and watched some recorded TV.

Thursday- It was cold and very windy, so I exercised with my video. Bob came back shivering, from walking the dogs. I worked on the blog, then when taking the pictures, I texted Bonnie, asking what kind of spray I should put on the diamond painting She said come over to Todd’s patio. So I went over. Bonnie, Mary Ann and Todd were all there. Todd took the picture and sprayed it in a box out in the alley. She let it dry, then sprayed it again. Now I just need a 12×12 frame.

I cleaned up the desk and put all the leftover “diamonds” into bags. I also had placed the painting in the garage so that the smell from the spray did not come into the house. After being in the box in the driveway, it had wrinkled at bit, so I put books on top to flatten it again.

We ate lunch, we read a bit and at 3 I had to leave for my first patrol training run.

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It was 7 hours. I passed all the tests. The dispatcher would radio an issue and we would go to do whatever it was. Since it was training, it was fake issues. One was that there was a road hazard at the corner of two streets. Arlene, who was my trainer, had me tell the tale of a man losing his  Christmas tree, and we helped him to put it back on top of his car. Needless to say, we got razzed for that at dinner. We picked up food at Subway, and went to “base” to eat dinner at 7. There were only 5 of us on, plus the dispatcher. The hard part of this is learning all the codes.

We were fortunate that the wind had died down, and it was not as cold as it was in the morning. We checked doors at Churches and drove through one of the apartment complexes. We also drove around the Posse building, in the south, which was not open.

Friday- We ran to a couple of Estate and Garage sales. There was even a driveway craft fair. I purchased several of the die cuts and the embossing cuts for my new Big Sizzix machine, dirt cheap! . 

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.