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Sat. Dec 1 to Fri. Dec. 7- Sun City AZ (Taliesin West)

In this weeks blog, if you see underlines I did not put there there! They appeared in blue and I can’t get rid of them

Saturday- We went over to the ballroom. They were having a vendor fair today. Nothing special. We returned and went to MedQuip. It is a local medical supply store. I asked permission and took pictures of the wheelchair, walkers, canes, and transfer board for the article I have been writing. I put them into the article and emailed the article to my editor. Whew, I was glad to get that out of my hair!

We returned, ate lunch, and I took another nap. Bob was on the internet for awhile. Then we watched some Hallmark Christmas movie. We ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Sunday- We were late getting up. Bob took the sheets and towels to the laundry here in the park while I did some laundry in the rig. We did our usual Sunday tasks. We had a quiet day.

Monday-  We drove to Scottsdale for my neck Ultrasound. The Doc wanted the Ultrasound done at a specific place, as she likes the reports that she gets for the neck mapping. I am 20 years out from my thyroid cancer, so this is just a formality.

We arrived to find that we were at the wrong facility, as that was where the GPS took us! So we had to hustle to get to the right place. We arrived at about 10:05, a little bit late. We had just enough time to go to the bathroom and I was called up to show my insurance cards. I sat down and the gal called me back for the Ultrasound.

It took about 30 minutes and we were out the door. We drove back the 6 miles  to Mimi’s Café for lunch. I had an omelet and Bob had the pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage.

We had to hustle, as we had a 12:30 reservation at Taliesin West the famous Frank Lloyd Wright facility in Scottsdale. It was at a different exit, and was about 7 miles away.

We arrived, parked and hustled to the gift shop where the tour was starting. We had about 5 minutes to spare. Our tour guide was Jim, who had been doing tours for 10 years. He tended to repeat himself and he spoke very fast.

The tour was 90 minutes and very interesting. There were a number of Petroglyphs which had been moved into the facility, from the FLW land.

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Today, that would be illegal, but back then, it was not against the law. This Petroglyph was near the entrance.

Our first stop was the “office”.

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This room was used as an office. There was a canvas top, now a plexiglass, to let in the light. Note the fireplace in the corner. All of the rooms have fireplaces, and the fires are started in the corner, to provide more heat.

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This room had a large drafting table.

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In the entire facility, the walls are made of concrete and rock. FLW went to college, for a few semesters, as a Civil Engineer, and he learned a lot about concrete. Note the small rocks, they are to keep the concrete in place.

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We moved on to walk outside. Below is a courtyard, outside the office. Note the steps. All the steps are about 6 ft. wide, and 4” deep. He maintains this symmetry throughout the facility.

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We walked along the outside of the main building, facing the city of Phoenix.

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The building below is the main building. The left side is the ‘studio’ where the students work. We were not allowed to take pictures inside this building and no talking, although when we entered, later in the tour, all the students had earbuds in and would not have been able to hear us anyway! The students are master level, and pay $42K per year to attend.

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Note the pond. This water was in place to not only look nice, but to provide a supply of water to the kitchen, which is on the right. Since the facility is 25 miles ( at that point) from Phoenix, FLW wanted a water source in case of a fire. The students were required to practice a “bucket brigade”.

Below is the view facing the city of Phoenix. In the picture you can see a path. This is a fire break that FLW put in. Taliesin East had burned down, and he wanted to prevent that happening here. Below is the entire front of this building.

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Next we moved inside to the Garden Room  At every entrance or exit, there is a Japanese statue(?) like this below. FLW had a very famous hotel in Japan that he had designed and built. It survived a major earthquake. The hotel is no longer there, but the lobby is still standing. While in Japan, he fell in love with the Japanese culture.

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Note the furniture. It was designed by FLW. It is very uncomfortable and very low. It is hard to get out of, as you can see, the guy in this picture struggling to stand up! This is a famous room, where lots of famous people visited. It is still used, and each Friday night, there is a formal get together that takes place. Formal as in long gowns and tuxedos.

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Below is the garden area, just outside this room.

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Next we moved to FLW’s sleeping area. I hesitate to call it a room…it is open on one side.

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The closet.

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We moved outside, to the back of the sleeping room, and there was this lovely fountain.

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With many warnings for tall people, we entered the room that was used a lot by FLW for teaching, movies( he was a movie fanatic) and other social events. The door was very short.  This room was also used for storage in the summer, to keep items from getting too hot in the Arizona summers.

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Outside the room was this dragon statue.

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Below is looking through the back, to the front, to see Phoenix in the distance.

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Behind the building is an orange orchard, which was planted the year that FLW died, so while it was in his plan, it was not there during his life.

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Here is another one of the the Japanese statues.

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We next walked pass the side of the office and into the Theater. This theater is in use frequently.

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The theater is built into the side of the hill.

Finally, we went to another theater.

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This smaller theater is 95% acoustically perfect. The walls are not square, they are curved and a person can stand in the front and whisper, and a person in the back of the room can hear perfectly. Movies are shown here.

The students do not have dorm rooms in the facility, they have built the outside on the land. On Saturdays, there are tours out to the student dorms. There were several tours, we just took the general tour. There are also night tours.

We left and returned home to the rig. We had  quiet afternoon and evening at home.

Tuesday-Bob was sick all night. We think that there was bell pepper in the sausage. This is not the first time he has been sick after eating at Mimi’s Café. We have been there other times and he has not had an issue. So I left him with his coffee and two dogs in his lap, napping in the recliner.  I was off to Maj at 10. Bob napped off and on.  I returned for lunch.

Bob went to bed for a nap. I went to the Chiropractor and stopped at Walmart for some Almond Milk, which we had forgotten to purchase.

I returned home and took a nap also, as I had not slept well, due to Bob being up all night. Bob felt better, we ate dinner, and he left to go to the Astronomy Club meeting. Meanwhile, MaryAnne, who is the President of the club, did not attend as she is still so sick….

He won the Christmas Party door prize, which is an astronomy theme Christmas  ornament.

Wednesday- We started the morning off watching the President HW Bush funeral. Bob dropped me off at the card room on his way to the hardware store. I had the Stamp n Up card making class this morning. I had to take my Maj set along with the stuff for the class, so I had my hands full. Bob helped me carry the stuff into the room. He stopped to check the mail and found that we have been approved for the storage unit.

Leslie, who is the Stamp n Up demonstrator, wanted to change the date of the January class. It looked good to me, so I went over to the office after class was finished. I wanted to drop off the table cloths. Rita,the gal in the activity office, said that they do not have room for the table clothes right now. She said that they did find that they have two Maj sets! She showed them to me. Some lady had donated them! Wahoo, if they are complete set, I will not have to drag my set back and forth. We are waiting for a new cabinet to be approved by the Encore Corp. office and we will have space in the card room to keep the sets and our table covers.

I returned and we had a quiet afternoon. We went to dinner with the Alfa group, Mike, Linda, Allen, Donna, Karen and John, at Black Angus. MaryAnne is too ill so she and Ray did not attend.  We all had the Campfire coupons, which include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Their molasses bread is really good!

We returned to the rig and watched TV and went to bed.

Thursday- It was cold and rainy. This is so unusual for Arizona! Bob has been wearing his flannel shirts and I am wearing long sleeve shirts since it has turned so chilly!  I drove the car over to the Activities building and we had 3 tables playing Maj. Wow, all that teaching last year has paid off!

I returned and we went to go to lunch at Burger King. There is a 1 cent special. You pull up close to a McDonalds, and check the app. We had both downloaded the Burger King app yesterday. So we clicked on the app and received the coupon. Unfortunately none of the three Burger Kings in the area are participating. Hmmm, thanks a lot Burger King! So we stopped at GoodCents for subs. Their bread is always to fresh!

Then we went to Costco for gas, $2.44 gal, then to pick up a few items. Finding parking was an issue, but we finally did. There is a binder on a shelf right outside the door, where you can make comments. I had about 2 weeks ago, asked for the terrific wine, Tropical Mango Moscato, which I purchased in California and Oregon at Costco. The Manager had replied that they had no plans to stock it but that I should try Mamas Moscato. So I went looking for a bottle, $6.99.

We returned home and watched a Hallmark movie, ate leftovers for dinner, and I tried the wine. I dumped it down the sink! It was awful!

Friday-  MaryAnne and Ray picked me up at 8:30, as it was still raining. We traveled to her Surgeon’s office for another drainage from her breast. She is feeling very anxious, as this has been such an ordeal. Many women have lymph fluid collect after surgery, but MaryAnne’s immune disorder makes her body over react to everything. I was there to be an advocate. I watched the Doc remove 9 ml of fluid. That is down  from 13 ml last Tuesday and it had been 3 days. She is going for 4 days the next time.

We returned and they dropped me off. We went grocery shopping. We returned and had a quiet afternoon, reading and watching another Hallmark movie. We decided to go to Rosie’s Italian Café for dinner. This is the first time we have been there this year. It was good as always. We picked up Ravioli with meat for MaryAnne. Ray was at a pool tournament. He is a ranked player.

Sat. Nov. 24 to Fri. Nov. 30 Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We did some tasks around the rig, then left and went to Walmart for some groceries. Going thru Walmart was a breeze. We ran right thru without any crowds or lines. We stopped on the way back to the rig at the storage unit and grabbed the Christmas decorations. We ate lunch, then decorated the rig.

We read, did laundry, and watched a Hallmark Christmas movie. MaryAnne was discharged from the hospital, and we went over to visit with her. We returned and ate leftovers for dinner and watched some TV. We watched the last episodes of House of Cards. The ending was pretty lousy! I think they could have done a better ending for the series!

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks. I made turkey noodle soup for us and took some over to MaryAnne and Ray’s rig for them.  After lunch, we went to the storage unit to put our Christmas decoration boxes back into storage. We ran to Cold Stone and used a coupon for some ice cream. Then we went to Dollar Tree to purchase a Christmas wreath and a bow. Bob hung the wreath on the front door and I put the bow onto the sign holder.

We read some and continued to watch some of the Christmas Hallmark movies. We ate dinner at home, finishing off all the leftovers. We watched some TV before bed.

Monday- I was out the door at 8:50 to go for my mani/pedi at 9. Wow, everyone had there nails done last week. There was only one other lady there today!

I returned and we ate lunch. We went over to the card room for Spades,at 1, but no one else showed up. 

We went to Target for some items. We actually found the Tyson Tequila Lime Wings that we like for get togethers. We drove by the library and I dropped off a book.

We returned and had a quiet rest of the afternoon and evening at home.

Tuesday- Bob was out the door at a little before 9 to go to the car repair place, again! I went to Maj at 10. Bob was back by 11. The repair facility said that the sunroof needs new rails. $2400 +. Needless to say, we are not repairing the sunroof. We will live without it! I sure wish they had told us that when they put in the rubber gasket! It would have saved us that expense…sigh.

Bob worked on measuring our RV site and figuring out if we can put a storage unit on the site. He discovered a “land grab”. The next door neighbor’s bushes and line of border are on our site. We have a 3 ft easement, as does she, but the line is at the 6ft line. No, we do not blame Peggy (the neighbor), this was done long before she purchased her park model. BUT this gave us an extra 3 ft.

Rusty, who lives behind Peggy, in his park model, came over as he saw us working on measuring. He is in security here at the park, and says that he has been told that the easements are going to have to be cleared out. So that means Peggy’s bushes ( which she just had trimmed) are going to have to be taken out. Which is a shame, as they are nice.

Anyway, Bob completed the diagram of where we can place the shed. I had found a shed larger than we originally anticipated, based on the room we have. So we dropped that off for Scott (the park manager) to review, on the way out of the park. He will then send one of the maintenance guys out to check the placement using the “pin” that is located in the back of the site. Bob thinks he found the pin, so we think we are okay, as long as the maintenance guy actually works at finding the pin.

We ate lunch and went to the library to pick up a book and then on to Office Max, as the printer was running out of blue, yellow and black ink. We have plenty of red!

We returned to the rig, and ate dinner. My ankle has been better, so we went to Square Dancing. We were welcomed back with lots of hugs, and everyone wanted to know where we have been.

We had a great time and the ankle seemed to do okay.

Wednesday- I woke up to my leg having sharp shooting pains all the way up to my knee.  Bob left early to go to his Doctors appointment. I worked on the article. At 9, I called the Core office for an appointment.

I had two events to attend, same room, same time, 10 AM. So I ended up taking the Maj set and table covers with me, as well as the table covers for the Stamp n’ Up card making class.  Good thing  I took the Maj set with me, as 4 people arrived and none had a set. So they used my set and cloths.

I had picked up the sign in sheet in the Activities dept. yesterday. There were 6 people on the sheet. Leslie arrived with 5 sets of cards. Gina, head of the Activities Dept. had told her 5. I think she had not taken the sheet away and someone else had signed up, late.

Anyway, since I know Leslie, I said that she could bring my set next week. She managed to sort of put together some items and she will bring the rest next week. Gina had not, until I asked, talked to Leslie about the dates and now we have a class two weeks in a row and the next one in Jan 2. Oh well, we will cope.

I sat at the table with Linda and Karen. We had a nice time chatting and putting together the cards. I returned and Bob was home. We ate lunch. Neither of us felt really right, so we took a nap.

We woke up and did some tasks. We had dinner at home and watched TV.

Thursday- I was off to Maj again today. I returned and we ate lunch. We made a crock pot meal for MaryAnne and Ray. We dropped it off at their rig, on the way to my Doctors appointment with the Podiatrist at the Core Institute at 4. It is an orthopedic office. I explained to him about my high ankle sprain in 2012 and he reviewed the X-rays from 2012 and compared them to the ones that they took today. The issue is that the ligaments are stretched and they will not ever return to normal unless I have surgery. So he recommended a brace, which the DME( durable medical equipment) guy demonstrated how to put on. It needs to be snug and will keep me from turning my ankle to the left or right. I can go up and down with my foot. The Podiatrist has a lot of square dancing patients so he understood how important the dancing is to us and said rest it, then wear the brace while dancing. Last year at this time I was wearing flip flops and dancing 3x a week! 

We returned home, ate dinner, and watched TV.

Friday- The weather this week has been cold. We even had a rain storm, which are rare this time of year. This morning was not different. It was wet outside from a very heavy dew and cold, 40’s, is cold for AZ, LOL. Usually I ride my bike, but this morning I drove the car over to the card room. I worked on making some cards this morning.

When I returned at 11, we went to Cafe Zupas for salads for lunch, then we went to Petsmart for a sweater for Karlie. They did not have any that we wanted, so we went to Petco and found two. We purchased a light one and a heavy one, as she gets cold at night. We believe she has some dementia, as she will be so cold she is shivering, but does not get under the covers. We stopped at Walmart for groceries. We stopped in at Walgreens for medications. Surprisingly, Bob’s meds are much cheaper at Walgreens (one is even free) than through CVS/Caremark. .

We returned around 1:30, and read for the afternoon. At 4:30, Diane and Jim picked us up to Dubina Brewing Company for dinner and brews!  I was excited, as I was not driving,and they had a Moscato on the menu. I did a tasker of their cider, which was pretty good. I ordered the Moscato,  but they were all out. So I ordered the Cider Corps Lady in Pink Liberty cider. It was pink! It was made with prickly pear and some other ingredients. Bob, Diane and Jim all had assorted stouts. Diane liked the chili pepper stout, which was a surprise to her.

Sat Nov 17 to Fri Nov 23- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We set up for the patio sale and had a lot of people come by, but we did not sell anything! Oh well, it all gets donated!

At  a 9:30 I went over to the Ballroom for the Craft Fair. I wandered around and then stopped at the Card Making booth for my scheduled hour to work the booth. We sold some cards, several that I had made, and at 11, I returned to the rig. Since nothing had sold, we packed everything up, and then we both ran back over to the Ballroom. We wandered thru again, then went to lunch at Fat Freddie’s Café, here in the park.

We returned and realized that we had forgotten to pick up our mail. The mail room closes at 1, so we raced back over to picked up our mail from the mail forwarding service and some prescriptions. Also, during the morning, Roxie’s new harness had arrived from Amazon Prime. Her old one had fallen apart.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday chores. We watched the Redskin game, which was a pretty good game, even if we lost

We had a quiet afternoon, and then went to State 48 Brewery to meet up with Jim and Diane for beer and dinner. They had a flight of beer, as did Bob. Bob liked several of the beers and would have purchased one of them, but they only sold growlers.

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We ate a nice dinner, except for my sweet potato fries which were pretty awful.

Monday- Bob has been working on what insurance we want with Medicare, and he finally decided that we are changing to the FEHB secondary, as Bob is a retired federal employee. This means that we can cancel our Medicare Part B, which has been costing us an extra $800 per quarter. Of course, my payment had already gone for Dec, Jan and Feb. Since my birthday is 11 months behind Bob’s, we were stuck with a more expensive insurance plan for 2018.

We placed a call to Medicare (Social Security) to find out how to discontinue the Medicare Part B. The wait was 65 minutes, so we had them call us back. They did in about 75 minutes. The gal pointed us to the correct form, and told me to send a letter with the form to request a refund for Jan and Feb. So we did all of that.

We ran over to the mail room and mailed the envelope. Then we went to Walgreens and a different storage facility. Bob had researched facilities in the area, and the one we are at had kept raising our rate. We signed up for a new storage unit,  at the new facility and our price will be $30 less per month. Needless to say it is worth the effort to change facilities.

We then went to Goodwill and dropped off the items that did not sell on Saturday at the Patio Sale. We returned to the park, ate lunch, and went to Spades at 1 PM. No one showed up, so we returned and went to the old storage facility. The gal had the enthusiasm of a turnip and had purposely left the sign up that she was out to lunch. We ignored it and went in, as it was 1:30 and the sign said she would be back at 12:15.

Anyway, we gave notice that we were going to vacate the unit. We did not receive a pro-rate refund. The new facility does give one! So we are going to leave the unit locked until almost the last day so that they cannot rent it out.

We started the move. It took 3 trips to the new unit, which is just around the corner from the old place. We had it all done by 3 pm. We returned home and relaxed. We ate dinner and watched some TV.

At 7:50, Ray called me. MaryAnne had a temp of 101.8. The surgical area is red and inflamed. I told him to take her to the ER.  I waited until 8:15, and then ran over to their rig. They were still there. I know MaryAnne. and thought that she might had fought with him about going to the ER.  MaryAnne had called her Doc office this morning and the Doc was off this week. But, the covering Doc was supposed to call her back, and the Doc never did!

Ray met me at the door. They were actually packing up to go to the hospital. So I helped with getting MaryAnne ready, out the door, and into the car. Ray drove her to the ER and I went home and went to bed.

Tuesday-  Well, MaryAnne has an abscess that they are going to drain and she is on IV Vancomycin. So glad that she is where she needs to be!  I went to Maj. We had 6 people playing. We have learned of a way to play with  2 people, so we split up 4 and 2, teaching everyone how to play with 2 players. It is a fun way to play, but more difficult.

I arrived back home and we went to Café Zupas for salads for lunch. Then to Walmart and Fry’s for groceries. We stopped at the storage unit to place the lock on the old unit. We returned home.

At 4:30 we went to our neighbors for a burger/hot dogs dinner. There were 12 couples. Dinner was fun, as this is a totally different group of people. There were lots of dogs there, and after dinner, Bob went to the rig to feed the dogs and to bring them to the party. They had a great time, as they know all the dogs. When they arrived, the other dogs greeted them and play commenced! Even Karlie, who has slowed down a lot, had a great time with the other dogs and getting lots of attention.

We came home around 8 and watched TV.

Wednesday- We picked Linda up at 8:15 and went to Tivoli Gardens for the monthly Alfa Breakfast. We left at 9:30, Linda rode home with Mike, and we went to my Endocrinologist appt. My new PCP had dropped my Synthroid dose and I had been concerned. The first Endocrinologist appt. that I could get was in February, so I sent a message to the Doc thru the portal. She responded with an appointment at 10:30 today.

When we arrived, since I had done all the paperwork, we only had to sit for about 5 minutes before we were taken back to the room. The tech took my blood pressure, oxygen level and pulse. The Doc came in and she had already reviewed my chart from the previous office. This was the same Doc now in a different practice.

She decided to leave the Synthroid dose the same, but said I could take my previous dose for 6 days a week and skip one day. That way I get up use up the higher dose. I return in February and have lab work done prior to that appointment. She also ordered Lymph Node Mapping, as I have not had that done. I have not had an Ultrasound or MRI for awhile. I need these as I had Thyroid cancer in 1998. It’s just routine, as she could not feel any issues when she checked my neck..

We stopped at Kneaders for sandwiches. Good thing we only wanted sandwiches as they were not selling salads due to the romaine scare.

We returned home and at about 4, we went over to Marilyn and Rusty’s park model.  Marilyn had said yesterday that she had a NuWave induction plate that she wanted to sell. She does not cook anymore.  Marilyn had a broken hip from a fall recently, and she also has a neurological disease, so she is no longer cooking at all. Rusty was not using it when cooking, so we got a nice deal.  Bob had investigated online and the sale purchase price for Black Friday was $70, so we paid her $35 for it. It was practically brand new, only having been used a couple of times.

Now we needed pots and pans that are magnetic to be able to use. Since we had a gift card that we had not used, we stopped at On The Border for dinner. The gift card was for $25 and the price was $25.07, plus tip! We did pretty well. I had shrimp tacos and Bob had fish tacos.

We went to Bed, Bath and Beyond, as we have coupons for $20 % off an entire purchase. We really did not want a whole set of pots and pans, but that was all that they had. Whew, were they expensive! So we went to Costco, stopping for gas, $2.55 gal.. The had a set in Costco for $250. Nope, too much. While we were in line for gas, I had Googled and found a nice pot on sale for $19.99 at Macy’s. So we went to Macy’s. We did not realize that the Black Friday Sale at Macy’s started at 3 PM on Wednesday.

We easily drove right into a parking place about 4 spots from the door. Then we went upstairs in Macy’s to the cookware. We found the pot, which was next to a 13 piece set on sale for $29.99! The original price was $129.99, but I bet that was not the real price. This set is not as nice as the pricier sets, but it looked okay to us! So we stepped into line. We have needed a new top sheet for awhile, so I went and found a Martha Stewart top sheet for 50% off, leaving Bob holding our space in line. I know this was on sale at a great price, as I had purchased one at full price last year. We were in line for about 15 minutes, which was longer than we would usually stand, but it was okay…

Thursday-  Happy Thanksgiving! It is also the 55th year since President Kennedy was assassinated. We saw nothing on that, today on TV! I guess they wanted to save the day for happy memories…

We watched the parade and cooked our own Thanksgiving dinner using family recipes. We had purchased some turkey parts and we cooked them in the crockpot. We did the rest using the NuWave, the Breville and the microwave. We had put the turkey in the crock pot a little late, so we ate the other half of our sandwiches for lunch, along with the sides, saving the turkey for tomorrow.

While we were eating lunch, we were watching the National Dog Show. I heard the announcer say that there was a gal and her dog from Manassas VA. She announced the dogs name and trainer/owner Brittany Cipriotti. I screeched and we both ran to the TV. Brittany is our good friend Nikki Huffstutter’s daughter. She had made the semi-finalists! Unfortunately, she did not win this round. A little later, they also announced Nikki’s granddaughter and her dog, who had also made the same semi-finalist round! Unfortunately, she also did not win! So cool to see people we know on TV!

At 3 we went over to the ballroom to help set up for the pot luck dinner. At 4:30 we went over to dinner. Linda had decorated our table. We sat with Linda, Mike, Pam, and Bob. There was another couple that we did not know. MaryAnne is still in the hospital and Donna and Allen are flying back from Oregon today.

It was an interesting pot luck. There were no leftovers! In fact, there was barely enough food. The park had donated the turkey this year, and we had 82 people signed up for the pot luck. We had 96 seats ready, for those people who just show up without signing up! A number of people arrived without bringing food. We don’t know if people thought that the park was donating the entire meal or that they were  just being cheap! There were a lot of rolls (cheap to donate). There was enough food for everyone, but just barely! Usually there is a lot of food leftover. I had even taken a container to bring food home! We had brought the Chocolate Éclair Dessert, and there was one very tiny piece left.

We returned home and watched the new Kurt Russell Christmas movie on Netflix. It was pretty good.  He did a great Santa Elvis impression!

Friday- Linda and I went to the Sun City Craft Fair. This is a huge, weekend after the holiday tradition. All of the clubs in Sun City sell their creations at this sale. It is held in two huge buildings!

We, and everyone else who was not at the mall, wandered through the sale. Linda purchased two items. I just looked. The woodworking was awesome, as were the quilts.We returned around 11:30. 

We stopped by Donna and Allen’s site to welcome them back and to attend the “barn raising”. They had purchased a Tuff Shed and it was being assembled on their site today. It is barn shaped and large. I left Linda there, as Mike had ridden over in his golf cart. I returned to the rig, ate lunch with Bob, and we left to ride back over to Donna and Allen’s. Bob welcomed them back, we watched a little more “barn assembly” and then left.

We stopped at Goodwill and dropped off all of our old pots and pans. Then we bravely went to Costco! Actually, Costco was not all that crowded. We drove right into a parking space. We had to go there, as we were running out of ‘pill pockets’ for the dogs pills. We have been using a lot of them with both dogs getting medication. We were in and out of Costco, without two items we wanted, as they temporarily do not have them. We had an employee check the system for them.

We ran over to the Chiropractor and I had an adjustment. We returned home, stopping by Donna and Allen’s site on the way back in. The Tuff Shed was finished and the workers were gone. They are thrilled with their new shed. They plan to place their storage items up in the attic and then Allen is going to use the bottom area as a shop. They plan to leave some room for family to sleep in it if they visit.

We had a quiet rest of the afternoon and evening, eating leftovers for dinner.

Sat Nov. 10 to Fri. Nov. 16- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We decided to go to the Lobster truck for lunch. It was located in a Veterans Fair in Tollison, so we left to go there for lunch. We arrived to find hardly any cars and we would have to pay to get in. So we said no and went to Summit Mountain Brewery. We had a an awesome lunch. Mine was the special which was spätzle with mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheese and bacon. Delicious! Bob had a wonderful Cuban sandwich. He enjoyed the beers.

We returned home and had a quiet afternoon. We met up with Charlie and Paula at Texas Roadhouse for dinner. They wanted to take us out to dinner because we had let them stay in our site in April and 1/2 of May for Doctor appointments. We let them stay for free, they just had to pay the electric, water and sewer.

After, we went back to the Casino with them to listen to the concert. It was a Veterans Day concert with music from the 40’s and 50’s with some dancers. It ended at 8 pm and we returned home.

Sunday- I had noticed that we had a light out in the bathroom, so Bob ran to O’Reillys Auto Supply to buy a new bulb. He also replaced a bulb in the hallway with one of the LED’s.

We watched the Redskins game, they won, and had a quiet afternoon and evening. The winds have settled down, but the temperature has dropped. The temp is about 10 degrees below normal.

Monday- My plan had been to go to water aerobics, but the temp was in the low 40’s and the wind was howling, so I nixed that idea! I worked on the article. We left at 11:15 to head down to Phoenix. We stopped at a restaurant for crepes, but it turned out to be a Mexican Restaurant and they had two spicy hot crepes, so we continued on into downtown to Potbelly and we had sandwiches for lunch. We both had really good sandwiches. We arrived at the Doctors office at 12:30 for Bob’s 12:45 appt. They took us right in. They gave Bob his bag of goodies, which included the BAHA. We made the next appt. for one month.

Since Bob runs the Spades game, MaryAnne had gone over to the card room for us at 1 to let people know we would not be there. She said two of the folks showed up and were disappointed, but understood.

Meanwhile, we stopped at Costco for gas, $2.60 gal. I ran into the store to have my glasses adjusted. I have been having so many problems with the frames. So they gave me a one time change. I paid $10 more for the new frame and will be without the glasses for much of the week.

We returned to the park.  Karlie was licking her belly and she has a rash, so we managed to get a Vet appt., at a different Vet office in the same system, since our office was completely booked.

They gave her two shots, one an antibiotic and one for the itching.

Tuesday- We woke up to Roxie having had diarrhea in the living. room. She ate breakfast and seemed okay.   I was off to the Retired Nurses Group meeting.  Bob started work on looking on Capitol Checkbook for the insurances. Since we are now both on Medicare, we will be changing plans.

We ate lunch and went to my breast surgeon. My mammogram had been normal, so she discharged me back to my PCP for further care. We stopped in at the storage unit and worked on deciding what we are going to sell on Saturday at the patio sale. We arrived home to find that Roxie had vomited. So I called the vet office. Again, we ended up at another one of the Vet offices in the same system, as the two we had been to were both booked solid!

We had a quiet evening at home.

Wednesday-  I was off to Maj at 10. I returned at 12 . Bob took the car back to the repair place because on Saturday night we had trouble closing the sun roof. His appointment was at 1. I worked on some cards and watched a Hallmark Christmas movie that I had recorded.

Bob returned around 2:15. The problem is different this time, it is in the back of the sunroof, so they are going to have to take the ceiling apart. The next appointment is Nov. 28.

We went to Lowes and Home Depot to look at storage units. We would like to put a storage unit on the site, but want one that we can move. It would be less expensive to purchase a unit than pay for the storage unit we currently have, which keeps raising the rate. We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- We noticed that there was swelling around Bob’s post, so Bob made an appointment with the Doc for tomorrow morning. There is no redness, its not hot, and there is no drainage. It just looks strange.  I was off to Maj again this morning. When I returned, we went to Café Zupas for lunch. We stopped in at JoAnne’s for some sticky back felt for inside the cabinet doors in the kitchen. We are putting the measuring cups and the measuring spoons on the inside of the two doors.

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We went to the Resident Association meeting this afternoon at 4. We returned and had a quiet evening.

Friday- We left at 7:15 to drive to downtown Phoenix to the Doctors office for an 8:30 appointment. We arrived and they took us right in. The Doc looked at it and said that it was lymph swelling. He said it is rare, but does occur. He put the round cover back on ( he was happy that Bob had brought it with him). Before putting it on, he put some antibiotic cream on the area. He has to leave the cap on for 3 days.

We stopped at the Phoenix Costco Business Center ( whatever that is??) and bought gas for 2.55 gal. We saw that there was no line when we were driving by, so we stopped.

We returned home to give both dogs their pills. Karlie was licking again, and so I called the third vet office. They wanted to see her, and I said that we have had 3 Vet appointments in 8 days, and that we would prefer an alternative! The gal talked to the Vet, and they gave us a prescription for an antihistamine. The shots that she had been given, should have lasted 2 weeks for the antibiotic and 6 weeks for the licking. So we drove over to that Vet office and picked up the prescription. If she does not stop licking, we should take her in for a visit.

We stopped at Walmart for groceries. We ate lunch at Freddie’s Frozen Custard, both having steak burgers. Mine was excellent, but Bob just thought his was just okay.  I had had Freddie’s Original Steak Burger with grilled onions. He said next time he would have the one I had.

We had stopped at the office to get the form for approval for the storage unit. We were told that the city has changed the regulations and to check with them first. They said they thought it would be 10 feet from the back, instead of 6 or 8 ft. That is an issue, as we have concrete in the way.

We ran to the storage unit and picked up everything we think we are going to sell. We returned to the rig and took the items out of the car and priced them. We left them beside the motor home for in the morning.

Bob walked the dogs and I had rec’d a text from Costco that my glasses were in, so I ran over to get them. I stopped at Dollar Tree for a balloon, to put at the end of our street, to show we were having a sale.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Sat. Nov. 3 to Fri Nov. 9- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We left early and ran to Walmart and Fry’s for groceries. We returned and had a quiet day. We ate lunch and dinner at home.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday morning activities. We watched the Redskin game, they lost… We had another quiet day. Linda came over in the afternoon to check in about taking care of the dogs tomorrow.

Monday- We left at 7:00 to head south to St. Joseph Hospital, in Phoenix) for Bob’s BAHA surgery. We arrived right at 8 AM and parked in the parking garage right across from the entrance. We had a code so that we could enter for free.

Bob checked in and they took us back at 8:50. We met with the anesthesiologist and Dr. Macias, the surgeon. The nurses were great. The had me leave at 9:35. I went to the car and dropped off took Bob’s hat.  He had to take his hat there so that Dr. Macias could mark the spot to place the post. He had to avoid Bob’s glasses and the hat.

So they took him back into surgery at 9:35 and Dr. Macias came out to talk to me at 9:50! Wow, only 10 minutes for the actual surgery. The surgery was interesting. He took a ‘punch’ and punched a hole to the bone, through the skin and tissue. Then he used a slow drill to drill the hole in the skull, followed by placement of the post. This is similar to dental implants. The post has a plastic cover that will come off next Monday at Bob’s follow-up appointment.

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I was taken back to see Bob at 10:10. We left at a little before 11 to return home. I stopped at a Kangaroo Min-market and bought Bob a coke, as he was very dry and wanted some caffeine.

We drove back out to Hwy. 60 and returned north towards the park. Bob wanted pizza for lunch, so we stopped at Walmart for a pizza and then dropped off Bob’s prescription for Levaquin, at Walgreens.  We returned to the rig.

I let Linda know we were back home (and thanked her for giving Karlie her medicine and talking them for a short walk)  and I walked the dogs. Bob settled in and I cooked the pizza. Bob noted that the flavors in the pizza were very strong.

We had a quiet afternoon, but at 3, we went to Dairy Queen for a mini blizzard. We stopped and picked up Bob’s prescription on the way home.

We had leftovers for dinner( again he was impressed with the food flavors) and watched TV. Bob walked the dogs at 4 and again at 10. At 10 he noted that some dogs, a block away, had been washed and he could smell the shampoo that had been used. He noted that his senses were very heightened!  We went to bed.

Tuesday- I woke up to find that Bob had been up all night. He was really hyper with his heart rate a little elevated, although his blood pressure was okay. He had not slept all night, and had come out and stayed in the recliner, with Roxie in his lap! Karlie had stayed with me… I did not even know he was gone!

He had the heightened senses and was a awake all day! At 2 we took Roxie for her Vet appointment. It was her yearly physical. She has lost 3 lbs. since her physical last November. Karlie had lost weight and Roxie found it! So she has been on low calorie food all year. The Vet thought she was a perfect weight!

She had her Leptospirosis update and and her med to prevent Kennel cough, since they are around so many dogs during our stay here and on our travels. They noted that they did not have a record of her rabies. We had to think about it and I finally remembered that she had it in California when she had the foxtail taken out in May.

We returned home and I pulled out the Rabies record. We left to go to Bob’s new PCP appointment. We dropped off a copy of the Rabies certificate on the way.

We arrived at the Doctors office (where my Doc is located) to find that they have two offices in the same complex and we had to move to the ‘E” building from the “C” building. They had also changed which Doc he was to see, but we liked the new Doc. He told her about the heightened senses and that he was hyper, and she said he would crash later. His pulse and blood pressure were good.

We stopped at Café Zupas for salads on the way home. Bob finally crashed at 8:30, falling asleep in the recliner. He got up at 9, when he gave Karlie her heart pill, and he went to bed. I went to bed at the regular time after watching some of the election results. We had voted via mail, over a month ago. We, of course, vote in South Dakota since that is our residency.

Wednesday- We were up early and I worked on the article. I went to Maj at 10, returned at 12, and I went to have my hair cut at 1. I have decided to go ‘gray’, and this is the second month. I returned and we had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Thursday- I worked on the Roadrunner Newsletter then went to Maj at 10. We had lunch and a quiet afternoon and evening.

Friday-  I worked on printing some verses for cards and went to the card making group at 9. I did some cutting and donated 10 cards to the sale next weekend. I also signed up to work the table next Saturday, the 17th.

We were talking just before leaving, after putting items away, and Scott the park manager walked by. One of the gals went to get him and the group asked him to start setting up the extra tables like last year, on Friday mornings. We also want to move the cabinet, well basically change cabinets, with one of the card groups. So he had Rita come over with the keys. They could not get into several of the cabinets. He said that he had someone who wanted a new cabinet. That was me! I want a place for us to put our Maj sets so we do not have to cart them back and forth. I told him we only need a drawer. So Rita and I walked around and checked out all the cabinets and drawers, that she could get open. They were pretty upset that they did not have keys to all the cabinets and when we did open some of them,  there were cards, cards, and more cards. Not to mention lots of poker chips( poker moved a few years ago to the billiard room) and some black and white chips that no one seemed to know what they are used for!

I returned and Bob and I left to go shopping. We stopped at Ihop for lunch, then went to Petsmart. Karlie has stopped eating again. She is tired of the food, so we bought something else for her. She has to eat grain free. No problem getting rid of the food we have as Roxie will eat anything.

We went to Fry’s and then Walmart. We returned home and had a quiet afternoon. Bob fell asleep, but had to wake up when I started to cook. I cooked broccoli, mushrooms, and onions stir fry for the pot luck. The weather had turned here and it became very windy overnight! So we moved the potluck to the exercise room. Bob and I went over and set up. Linda was running it, but had forgotten that she had a class until 4. So I had taken over. Mike arrived with their stuff, then John arrived. His wife Karen is in South Carolina with her niece who lost her husband this week. Paula and Charlie arrived a little late because of traffic, as they are staying at a casino. Then Linda arrived at about 4:20. MaryAnne and Ray arrived around 4:30.  Paula’s birthday is the 23rd, but they are leaving on the 14th, so Linda had baked  “Uncle Ralph’’s” cake for her birthday. We all LOVE Uncle Ralph cake! It is a very moist chocolate bunt cake with chocolate frosting.

We retuned home at around 6, and had a quiet evening at home.

Sat. Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 2018- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We had a quiet day. We ran to Fry’s in the morning for a few items. Then we returned and settled in for the day. The weather has been perfect with days in the 80’s and nights in the 60’s. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the late afternoons. We grilled a ribeye and watched Poldark season 3 on Amazon Prime.

Sunday- We did our usual laundry and budgeting. It is so nice to have my washer/dryer working! We watched the Redskins win as the game came on at 10 AM AZ time. We had another quiet day. We sat outside enjoying the wonderful weather!

Monday-  Bob was off early to the car repair shop. Since the car was to stay there all day, Ray went and picked Bob up. I went to water aerobics. Bob washed the passenger side of the rig today. We sat outside again today enjoying the weather. We ate dinner at home and had a quiet evening.

Tuesday- I was off to Maj this morning and Bob cleaned the rest of the rig. The repair facility called around 1 to say that the car is ready, so Ray picked Bob up and dropped him off to pick up the car. When he returned with the car, I went to the library to pick up the next season of Homeland. I stopped at the Chiropractor. I have been having problems with my bad ankle (the left) and I wanted him to see if he could get it back into place. He tried, but I it still does not seem to be in. We had a quiet evening at home.

Wednesday- We had the alarm set for 4:45, ugh! We met up with Ray and MaryAnne at 5:30. We followed them to the hospital. MaryAnne was taken quickly to radiology where they placed  3 guide wires. While she was there, Ray, Bob and I went to McDonalds for breakfast. We returned in time to be with MaryAnne when she moved to the pre-op area. We stayed with Ray through the surgery. She was in surgery for over an hour. During this time, Bob ran back to the rig, fed and walked the dogs, and gave Karlie her medications at 9 AM. He returned about 10:30.

Ray was called back to recovery at about 12.. Bob ran to the corner to the In N Out burger and got burgers for the 3 of us. Bob said that when he walked in from the parking garage, everyone he passed were eyeballing his burger.  I called Ray and he came out to eat his burger. Our job being there was to keep Ray settled. I was really glad that I had taken a sweater with me! The waiting room was freezing. I drank 2 cups of decaf and 2 cups of hot chocolate just to keep warm. 

MaryAnne has problems with coming out of anesthesia, but with pre-planning with the Doc, she was able to come out of it faster than usual. She was ready to leave at about 2, so we assisted Ray and the Nurse with getting her into the car. We followed them back and assisted with getting her into her rig. She was still pretty slow and under the medications.

We left, returned to the rig, and walked the dogs. We left and went to Costco, for me to have my glasses adjusted, again. It turns out every time I tried to put on the sun clipons, which do no fit well, I was causing them to get out of alinement. I wear them when driving, as the transitions do not stay dark in the car. We bought gas also, $2.75 gal.

We went to Baskin Robbins for the “31st” special ( $1.50 a scoop). We each had one scoop and we brought MaryAnne and Ray each 2 scoops. We returned to the rig, fed the dogs, and went to Macyos for dinner. We picked up carry out for MaryAnne and Ray and dropped the food off at their rig.

Thursday-  We had to put  the heat on this morning! It was in the 50’s.  As usual, I started laundry. I am working on new article that my Editor requested.  I went to Maj and Bob took the duvet over to be washed. I returned early and we left a little before 12 for my 12:15 eye appointment. I needed to set up with an Ophthalmologist in this area so when we were at Bob’s appointment, I made an appointment with the same Doc. I had a very good exam and great results.

We returned home and both of us are still tired from yesterday. We started to watch Homeland and and started cooking dinner. We are making dinner for MaryAnne and Ray. Ray is kind of paralyzed by all of this, so MaryAnne had asked me to cook some meals for them. She had bought food and brought it to us to cook. Along with her favorite recipes!

So we cooked some chicken curry and I drove it over to their rig while Bob popped our turkey meatloaf into the Instapot. I also had that ready to go… we had a quiet evening and went to bed early.

Friday- I went to the card making class at 9. I left at 10 and drove to Sun City West to pick up friend Annette. We went to Happy Trails RV park in Surprise. It was the day of their very large vendor fair. We both purchased a top and I was there for some lotion that I like. Other than that, we enjoyed wandering around.

We went to Panera for lunch, then I returned her home. We had a quiet afternoon at home. We made another meal for MaryAnne and Ray with a comfort food meal in the Instapot.

Sat Oct. 20 to Fri Oct.- Sun City AZ

Saturday– We left at about 8:45 and stopped at Costco for gas, $2.79/ gal. We went to JoAnne’s. I wanted some material to make table cloths for the card room tables for Mahjongg. I promptly ran into a gal from Square Dancing who was there purchasing material for a skirt.  I found the material that I wanted for $6.99 a yard. I picked up some gold metallic thread and refills for my tape runner. I had a 60% off coupon, which I used on the material, making the three yards cost $8.39! I also used a Hobby Lobby coupon for 40% off and that also brought the total down. It was some sale, and the checkout line showed it. We waited in a long line with only two cashiers!

We stopped at Dollar Tree, for a cheap plastic pumpkin for the table. That will decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. We also picked up some lighted items which we will wear at the Halloween dance.

I texted Linda to ask when the sewing room was open. Then we went over to the card room and measured the tables. Three yards will do two table covers. We returned and Linda texted back that she was in a very long line at JoAnne’s. She had a key and said she will be going over there in about an hour. I was working on making the few Christmas cards that I sent to my elderly cousins who are not on Facebook or email.

Linda stopped by and Bob went with us to the sewing room. Linda was moving her machine and materials back to her rig, as more ladies are coming in to the park and she had to make room for them. She had left her stuff there all summer as they were here for Mike’s heart surgery.

Bob designed the circle for me and marked it. Then I cut the material. Now we have two more covers for playing Maj.

We returned and ate lunch. We read and watched more Homeland.  We ate dinner at home and watched some recorded TV.

Sunday-  A somewhat quiet day for us. Laundry and checking our accounts. Bob took the towels and sheets over to the laundry. At 10 I ran to Costco to pick up my new glasses. I returned and we retrieved the laundry. I was doing some laundry in the rig also.

We had a quiet afternoon and sat outside reading in the lounge chairs. We ate dinner and watched some recorded TV.  With all the awful political ads, we record everything and buzz through.

Monday- It rained again last night. They were not predicting it and we did not take in our lounge chairs! I went to water aerobics. Bob had to call and cancel his appointment with the new Primary Doc, since it is scheduled the day of surgery. The next available appointment is for January 17! He is going to need to have his meds renewed, so he is going to have to go back to the dingbat he saw for the pre-op, Oh well…

After lunch, we ran to Costco for me to get my glasses adjusted and to Walmart. We returned and had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday-  Bob cleaned the front of the motor home. I went to Mahjongg. After lunch, we read and watched some of Game of Thrones. Bob went to walk the dogs, but he  had to do it quickly. Thunderstorms were building and the winds started blowing. Both of our phones went off with an alert, as we were now under a flash flood warning. It flooded in downtown Phoenix, and we had a lot of rain. The park floods in a few areas, but we are not in those areas, so we were okay. We ate dinner and watched TV this evening.

Wednesday- Bob left at 8:15 to take the car back to the repair facility. I went to Mahjongg. The sun is shining and the weather is supposed to be drier with temps in the high 80’s. Bob was back in 1.5 hours. They need to order parts. So he has an all day appointment on Monday.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Thursday-  I went to Maj this morning while Bob went to the exercise room. I returned, ate lunch, and left for my mani/pedi. Bob waited for Bulls Eye RV Repair to arrive. I stopped in at the Vets office to pick up Karlie’s expensive medication. Foster and Smith did not have the medication and was not sure when they would get it. The Vet only had 200 pills, and we only purchased 50 for $129. We are hoping they both get more of the pills before we need them again in 50 days. Karlie gets 1/2 a pill 2x a day.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening. We finished this DVD of Game of Thrones.

Friday-  I went to water aerobics and Bob went to the exercise room. We returned and left for Bob’s Otologist appointment. It is in downtown Phoenix, so it takes awhile to get there.

It was a good appointment. They checked Bob’s hearing again, which we all agreed was a waste of time, but it was required by Medicare. Then the Doc came in and explained the procedure and answered our questions. The procedure will take 20 minute, from start to finish. Bob will be placed under general anesthesia and getting him under and then back up will take up most of the time! Bob has to take his hat with him so that the Doc can use it to mark where the post will go. He had to have his hat with him for this visit also.

The procedure is done by a “punch” where the skin and underlying tissue is removed. Then the Doc uses a slow drill to drill out the bone. A fast drill would damage the bone enough that it would not re-generate. The object is for the post will be imbedded in the bone to secure it with the bone re-growth. This is like what they do with dental implants.

The peg is inserted, it will have a cap on it, and a dressing. He will be able to shower. He will return in one week to have the dressing and cap removed. Then we wait 3 months for it to heal and for the bone re-growth.

In three months they attach the hearing aide, which is small box. Then they begin the calibration. I said to the Doc that then he will not be able to say he cannot hear me. He said no, that he can’t fix that, it’s genetic. LOL

The office had called earlier in the week to say that when he filled in the hospital information, the Anesthesiologist wanted a copy of Bob’s last Cardiology visit. Bob had given the name of the Cardiologist office.  They had not received the information. So when we got in the car,  Bob called the Cardiologist  office. They said they had not received the info. So Bob called back the Otology office ( they were of course closed for lunch).

We went to lunch in downtown at Mike’s Big Breakfast restaurant.  We had a nice lunch, then we drove across McDowell to I-101. We turned north and stopped at Famous Footwear at the outlet mall. They did not have Bob’s size. So we continued north to the next Famous Footwear. They had Bob’s size and he bought a new pair of  Teva sandals.

We continued north and went to the Library to drop off and pick up books and the DVD’s. We stopped at Walmart for groceries and returned home.

I had been texting with MaryAnne, and she responded. We all went to the Elks Lodge for the fish fry dinner. Bob and I both had the grilled shrimp salad. We dropped MaryAnne back at home and returned home to watch some TV.