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

Saturday- Today was Shopper’s Paradise, so we went over and set up the table at 8 AM. There were 14 empty tables this morning. Things are not going well for this sale. I sat at the table until 12, but it was a waste of time. Not that many shoppers. I have the feeling we might not be having this sale next year!

We went to lunch at Dicky’s BBQ since Bob had the dream about eating BBQ. We stopped at Deseret Thrift store. This is the second time at this thrift store and both times I have been very happy. This time I bought an Alfred Dunner skirt for square dancing. $5. It looks like it had never been worn and they had just removed the tags. What a deal!

We returned home and read our books. We went to dinner with Ray and MaryAnne at Rosie’s Italian Restaurant. We had a great meal and closed the place. They finally asked us to leave, as they close at 7:30 and it was 8:15. We were so busy talking, none of us realized we were the only folks left in the restaurant!

Sunday– We did our usual laundry and budgeting. We had a quiet day today, reading and watching TV. We ate dinner at home.

Monday- I worked on articles and Bob worked on scanning some pictures and forms. We spent the day at home and had a quiet evening.

Tuesday- I was off to the Retired Nurses Breakfast. Julie, a gal that I met at the card making on Friday, picked me up and was my guest at the breakfast. The speaker was from the Lions Club, basically trying to recruit us to be members. Wow, the Lions do a lot and they will inaugurate their first woman International President this year! Julie paid her dues and joined the group

Bob continued to scan pictures and documents onto a scan drive, while I went to my hair appointment. We read our books, ate dinner and went to the Sun City Square Dance Valentines Day party. I wore my new skirt I had bought last week. We had a great time and are pleased that our dancing is improving.

Wednesday- I had trouble sleeping again and so I was up early and worked on an article. We were out the door by 8:15 to head to Tivoli Gardens Restaurant for the Alfa monthly breakfast. I rode back to the park with Karen as we were attending the Stamp ‘n Up card class. Judy joined us and we had a great time.

Judy drove me back to the MH and we ate lunch. Then I worked more on articles and Bob worked on more scanning.

Thursday- I went to Mahjongg and  Bob worked on measuring for a wood working project. After Maj, I returned home, we ate lunch and went grocery shopping. We stopped at the library, dropping off and picking up. We returned home and cooked dinner. We were off to Sun City West to dance.

Friday- A very busy day! I went to the card class at 8:30 and returned at 11. We at lunch and went to Tempe to a Square Dance Clothing shop. A lady runs this out of her house. Bob bought 3 new shirts and I bought a skirt and a top. Actually, I bartered the top, giving her a paid of shoes.

We stopped at Costco for gas, $2.19 gal, then picked up a few items. The place was crazy busy!

We returned home, ate dinner, and went to our class. I was useless. I have not been sleeping well and I really needed to stay home. We only stayed for the hour and returned home. I still did not sleep well…

Sat Feb. 3 to Fri. Feb 9- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We ran to JoAnne’s for a few items. We arrived when they opened. I was the first person in line for material cutting. I had lots of coupons and a 20% of total at the end.

We ran to Hobby Lobby, but did not find what I was looking for so we ended up at Michaels. I want a mini bow maker and no one has it. So I ordered it off the internet. We stopped at Fry’s and Sprouts.

In the afternoon I worked on a sewing project. MaryAnne stopped by and while we were talking, another Alfa couple knocked on the door. It turned out we knew them from the Sunriser’s Rally in Florida. Now we are having a pot luck Monday evening.

Bob had been at the exercise room, so when he returned, we ate dinner. At 6 I had to go next door to feed the neighbor’s dog and take him for a walk. He did not like that idea! At all!! He barked, growled and snapped at me. I put down the food. I tried 3 more times, but no way was he going to eat or let me take him for a walk. He had acted like this for Bob,but last time I was able to walk him. I finally gave up.

Sunday- We did out usual laundry, budgeting, bill paying, and filling our pill trays. We cleaned the MH and did more laundry.

Cecil the neighbor came over. Fortunately, Koda did not mess in the their park model. I told Cecil what happened and he apologized for the dogs behavior I understand, the poor dog was just scared. 

We had a quiet afternoon ate dinner and watched the Super Bowl. We decided not to go to the Super Bowl party here at the resort, as there will be too much food! We rooted for the commercials!

Monday- Today was the end of the first Meltdown Challenge and we weighed in. Bob had lost 12 lbs and I lost 9. We were both winners on the Challenge, which meant that we both received back what we put in to join plus an extra $1.35. Okay with us, as it was a nice educational and fun adventure.  My editor had sent me a lot of articles to do and so I have been diligently working on them. Our Spades game was cancelled, so I worked on articles. Bob has been working on stands for our back up camera and the GPS.

We hosted a pot luck this evening at our place, as there were two extra Alfa’s in the park. We knew one of the couples from our trip to Florida, as we had met them at the Sunriser’s Rally at the Tampa RV show.

Happy hour

Tuesday- I went over and played Maj. Each morning before anything else I am working on articles. I am also working on the Roadrunner Newsletter. Normally we would Square Dance this evening, but Bob had the Astronomy Club meeting, so he attended that. I read and watched a Hallmark movie.

BTW, the weather has been awesome! Cool nights for sleeping and day time high’s around 80 every day! It is beautiful Arizona weather.

Wednesday- I went to Maj again this morning. It was colonoscopy prep day for Bob. As you can imagine, this was not a great day for him!

Thursday-  Bob had to be at the GI doctor’s office by 7:30. They took him right in. The colonoscopy went well, although he dreamed about having breakfast at Dillon’s BBQ. They are not open for breakfast….  the results were good and he does not need another one for 10 years.

We left and stopped at Micky D’s for an egg McMuffin for him. We settled in at home for him to recover. We had a quiet day, with an afternoon nap. I have not slept well for 3 days, and I really needed the nap.

Bob was still gassy from the procedure, so we did not go to square dancing this evening. We watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

Friday- We dropped the dogs off at the groomers at 8 AM, then returned to the MH. I worked on articles until they called around 10 to tell us that the dogs were ready to be picked up. We went and retrieved them.

We went to lunch at Zuppa’s, for salads, then to Costco for gas, $2.19/gal. We picked up a few items then stopped at the Library to pickup a book. I was pretty upset. I had received a text that said I had a book to pick up. I arrived and the book was not there. The text said that I had to pick it up by the 7th. I had not looked at the text, as I get one 4 days before and so I thought I did not have to pick it up until Sat. Instead, the text arrived on the 6th and said I had to pick up the book by the 7th. This was the 9th. For some unknown reason, I did not get the 1st text and they were charging me $1. So I talked to the Librarian and showed her my phone and the text. She took of the $1 fine and re-ordered the book for me.

W went grocery shopping. We took another nap this afternoon and we went to Square Dancing. They had moved it this time to another facility as this weekend there is an art show in the Bell Center. So we had to find the new facility. Sun City has a lot of recreation facilities!

Sat. Jan. 27 to Fri. Feb. 3 2018- Sun City AZ

Saturday- We were up early and off to Pueblo El Mirage Resort. I was participating in the Vendor Fair. Bob dropped me off and helped me to set up, then he left. He stopped at Lowes to purchase some plywood. He returned at 1 to pick me up.

We returned and I made Devil Eggs for our finger food for the dance this evening. We had cooked the eggs in the InstaPot yesterday. Then we took a short nap.

We ate dinner then left for the dance. It was at a different location, which was farther away. Our Tuesday evening caller, Dee Dee was the caller for the dance. We had a nice time, but it seemed that everyone brought devil eggs! We returned with 12 eggs.

Sunday– We did our usual laundry and budgeting.We ran to storage and put away the business items. We had a quiet rest of the day, eating dinner at home.

Monday- We worked around the MH this morning. We ate lunch and played Spades in the afternoon. Basically a quiet day.

Tuesday- I was off to Mahjongg at 10. I returned, we ate lunch, then relaxed. We square danced in the evening.

Wednesday-  I went to Mahjongg in the morning. Bob ran to the hardware store. He is working on a few projects. We had happy hour/pot luck at 4 at Mike and Linda’s with a lot of folks.

Thursday- I went o Maj again in the morning. Bob worked on his woodworking projects. We relaxed in the afternoon, and went square dancing in Sun City West in the evening.

Friday- I went to card making in the morning. We ate lunch and went to Costco and the grocery store as we are supplying the goodies this evening at square dancing. We ate dinner at home and went to the Bell Center to square dance.

Sat. Jan. 20 o Fri. Jan 26 Sun City AZ

Saturday-  Bob found a Groupon for $13 for the two of us at Harkins Theaters, so we purchased it and signed in for seats at the 11:35 showing of Star Wars-The Last Jedi. We did some tasks around the MH, then left for the show. Harkins has the recliner seats. Wow, were they comfy!  We sat down and settled in and the guy who is running the Monday Spades game, Marc, sat next to us, with his wife with him. The show started after 20 minutes of previews. All of the previews were of course for SyFy flicks! The movie was awesome! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

We left and stopped at Ulta as I needed some moose, then we went to Costco for gas. We returned home and worked on Genealogy. We ate dinner, then joined Allen and Donna for Pegs and Jokers. The guys won the first 2 games and Donna and I won the third.

Sunday- We did our usual budgeting and laundry. We went to the storage unit for more of the pictures to be sorted and prepared for scanning. We basically had a quiet day at home.

Monday- Bob’s hearing aide was not working. He thought he might have ear wax, so yesterday he cleaned out his ears. He did get some wax, but the hearing aide was still not working. So we ran over to Costco.

Bob went straight to the Hearing Center. They took the hearing aide and told him to return in 15 minutes. While he was doing that, I ran around the store picking up items on our ongoing list. Bob caught up with me and we returned to pick up the aide which had been clogged with wax. We think that having the aide in his ear is making his ear produce more wax. So now we know, clean it weekly to prevent this. He can do that when he is changing the battery.

We ate lunch and went to Spades at 1. The guys beat us once and we beat them once.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Tuesday- I was off to Mahjongg at 10. I decided that the students could play on their own. It was time for me to be able to play fast today. We played about 6 games, but I did not win any. I was so close several times.

While I was playing, Bob did some running around in the car. I had to say good-bye to Donna after our playing. She and Allen are leaving to return to Oregon. She has surgery next week for Thyroid cancer.

I returned and we sorted more pictures. We ran over to the storage unit to return some items, and to pick up the last box of pictures. At least we thought there was another box. Nope, no more boxes. Yea! So now we need to get ready to mail off some of the pictures and take the scrapbook pages to Costco to be scanned.

We ate dinner and went Square Dancing at the Bell Center.

Wednesday- I was off to Mahjongg at 10. We played with 2 tables again. We worked on pictures again in the afternoon, ate dinner at home and had a quiet evening.

Thursday- I was off to Mahjongg again at 10. Bob dropped me off and went to the hardware store. I returned at about 12:30 and we ate lunch. Then Bob went to pick up oranges at the Activity Center. There is a local guy who sells oranges on Mondays and Thursdays. Bob really likes these nice fresh oranges.

We continued to work on pictures and some Genealogy. We went Square Dancing at the JH Johnson Center in Sun City West.

Friday- I went to the card making at 9. I made 4 cards and had a great time! I returned, we ate lunch, then went grocery shopping. Bob worked on a project. He is making a shelf for the clock and GPS in the front of the MH.

We ate dinner at home and went to our Square Dance Plus Workshop at 6. Since we are dancing again tomorrow night, we only stayed the hour. I was a mess. I kept making lots of mistakes. Bob started making mistakes at the end of the hour. Good thing we were not planning on staying the other 2 hours to Angel the Mainstream class!

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

Saturday- Today was Shoppers Paradise at the resort so we left at 8 to go over and set up. We had picked up my stuff at the storage unit yesterday afternoon. There were 10 vendor tables empty. I think that was because so many people are sick. There are several colds going around and of course the flu. My friends at the hospitals are run ragged. Two of the hospitals, Thunderbird and Good Sam,(now Univ. of AZ Med Ctr.) have triage tents out in front of the ER’s. They have run out of IV fluids and Tamiflu.

The show was over at noon, so we returned, ate lunch and took naps. We binge watched Stranger Things, season 2. It is an interesting show.

Sunday- Bob is finally better. We did our usual Sunday budget and laundry. We had a quiet day, only going out to return the business stuff to the storage unit.We did run by Costco and I purchased a Fitbit Charge 2. The Garman that I had purchased in Dec. is okay for the pool, but since I cannot do water aerobics anymore, due to my shoulder, I needed something for biking and walking.  I rode my bike for the first time today since my cold. I had still not felt up to it before now. We also sat our on the patio, as the temp was 75 and beautiful out.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday- I got up and did my weigh in for the Meltdown Challenge and The Shred. I hopped in the shower and was out the door by 6:40. I had a fasting blood draw this morning. I could not get an appointment at Quest as they are so busy, so I wanted to be there before they opened at 7. I found it by driving around the building and spotting someone arriving with a piece of paper in her hand. They had moved the lab since we were there with Bob in December.

The new facility is larger and very nice. I was the third in line, after the first lady ( who was wearing a short sleeve shirt, capris, and sandals, it was 50 degrees!), and a man on oxygen. We walked in and there were 3 kiosks for signing in. Both of them were really slow ( the man needed the gal to assist him). I was done is a couple of seconds, so I ended up 1st in line. After the quick blood draw, I ran home. There was a beautiful sunrise, but the phone camera did not catch the beautiful colors.

Bob was just getting out of the shower when I returned at 7:25. We both had tasks that we needed to complete, including our weekly weigh in for the Meltdown Challenge.  He had weighed in and was down 7.5 lbs and I am down 5 lbs.! Great week one!!!

I cleaned out my email and printed out receipts for taxes. I also completed the paperwork for the Roadrunner Pre-rally in Hemet CA in April. Then I completed the paperwork for the Alfa National Rally in April, same place. I won’t send that one until next month. California is more expensive so we are paying for one this month and one next month.

Our plan for the summer was to then go north from Hemut in California, Oregon, and Washington. Then by August to be in Lolo Montana for a Square Dancing festival, meeting up with our SQD friends from here. The RV park in Montana is a Square Dancing park. There is another one in southern Colorado.

We are not sure that is going to be our trip this year. It all depends upon Bob’s BAHA surgery. We will not know the date of surgery until Feb. 23.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Tuesday- I was off to Mahjongg at 10. Bob did some tasks around the MH and worked on our car insurance. Our agents retired, so we have been moved to another agent. Bob is working on seeing if we should change insurance companies and whether he wants to work with the new agents. We had 2 tables for Maj and several new people who want to learn.

I left from Maj and went to visit one of my clients. Then I returned in time to meet up with a potential client. It was a busy day. We ate dinner then went Square Dancing at the Bell Center.

Wednesday– We had to drop Roxie off early this morning for her dental appointment, so Bob dropped her off. They examined her teeth before they let Bob leave and told him that some of her front teeth are loose. It turns out that she has some bone loss, so they had to remove 11 teeth! Poor baby! Dogs have 33 teeth and she only had to have one molar removed, due to an infection. They called us several times during the day.

Karlie really enjoyed the day with us. She especially enjoyed her walks with Bob. We took her with us when we went out, and we stopped at Walgreens for passport pictures. Our passports are due. I played Maj in the afternoon.

We picked Roxie up at 4:30 and she was really wiped out. She did eat some dinner and drank water. It was so cute, she wanted to lay on the bed, and Karlie went in and cuddled her. Awwww…

Thursday- The vet called to check on Roxie. She had a little bit of vomiting during the night and she was making an odd sound. We are watching her closely. She does seem to be better this morning. She is a little bit more active. She is on an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic due to one infected tooth.

Bob was having a problem with his hearing aid. It did not seem to be working. So he put in some wax cleaner and sure enough, he had a wax block up.

I had Mahjongg at 10. We had two tables playing. I returned for lunch and we switched off Roxie watch. Bob went to the Endocrinologist office to pick up a referral for a Thyroid Ultrasound. He has a lump on his Thyroid. He set up an Ultrasound for tomorrow.

When he returned, I ran to the library to pick up two books I had requested. Then when I returned we went to the monthly Residents Meeting.  We returned home, cooked dinner and went Square Dancing in Sun City West. Roxie seems to be well enough we felt safe leaving her. We had a good time.

Friday- Bob was out the door at 8:20 for his Ultrasound. I rode my bike over to Card Rm 1 to the card making class. I was teaching the class today. It was a simple technique, but wowzer, the gals made some very pretty cards using the technique!

Bob stopped at the Post Office and mailed off our passport renewal applications. Hmmm, government shutdown? Well that will delay their processing. Fortunately, we are not planning to visit Mexico or Canada this year.

We ate lunch and went grocery shopping. We returned and had a quiet rest of the afternoon. We ate dinner, then went to the Bell Center in Sun City for our Square Dance Plus workshop. Then we stayed and were Angels for the students in the Mainstream class. My sore toe seemed to do okay this evening….

Sat Jan 6 to Fri Jan 12 2018- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Both of us were still sick, so we had a fairly quiet day. This cold is something! We binge watched Netflix and took a nap.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks including laundry, budgeting, and shopping. Neither of us felt well, so it was naps again today.

Monday- I feel a little bit better, but Bob is running 2 days behind me. Bob had a doctor’s appointment this morning as a follow up. So he went alone. More naps! We both have started the Meltdown Challenge today. I also started The Shred, which is a different contest.

Tuesday- I had the Retired Nurses Meeting breakfast today. So I was off to that. The speaker was a Dental Hygienist who has a business educating people about dental care. She pointed out a new study that shows that people who brush their teeth 3x a day, have a 65% less chance of developing dementia! Isn’t that interesting.

I had moved my hair appointment from last week to today so that I did not spread the cold around. Kathy asked me if there was anything new going on. I told her about Costco and Bob’s Baha. It turns out, one of the other gals, Joann is married to the Manager of the Costco! So Kathy had me tell Joann the story. She said she was going to tell her husband.

First day for me without a nap. I am feeling better. Bob is still not feeling well.

Wednesday- We had the Alfa monthly breakfast. Bob is bumping into walls today. He is just not with it. We went to the breakfast and there were only 5 of us there. We had a nice time. I had to meet with a client at 10:15, so Bob rode home with Allen. Donna and Allen had flown in last night from Oregon. Donna picked up a cold, so she was not there. Allen had the cold while in Oregon.

I returned and we went to Bob’s Gastroenterologist appointment. Bob is now scheduled for a colonoscopy in Feb. Wow, have they changed the prep! No Citrate of Magnesia. Much better than having to take that awful stuff!

Kathy called me and asked if Bob would do a letter about his BAHA experience at Costco. We returned and had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday- I was off to Maj at 10. We had two tables today! You can tell that the snowbirds are back in AZ. I had a Chiropractor appt. at 3. I went and I had asked him to do my toes. One is killing me, the second from the right. They usually pull them straight and I think he twisted a bit. As a result I am in pain! We did not go Square Dancing this evening due to this.

Friday- The toe is still sore, swollen, but no brusing, so I am assuming it is not broken.  I am not happy and will not be going back to him. He did not even call to see how I was!

I went to the card making this morning. I am teaching a class next week, so I wanted to get the samples finished.

I was supposed to have an MRI of the left breast, but the facility called and cancelled. They said that they had not gotten the approval. If the gal had contacted me sooner, I could have given her the info she needed when submitting for the approval. So it is moved to next Thursday.

Bob had written the letter, so I delivered it to Joanne at the hair salon. The letter is going into the Costco letter and Mariano is going to get a bonus.

We went to dinner with Karen & John and Paula & Charlie. Paula and Charlie are in town, staying at the local Casino. We had a nice dinner at the Elks Lodge. Good thing we arrived at 4:45 or we would not have gotten a seat. The Friday night fish fry’s are mobbed. We both had grilled shrimp salads.

We went to our Square Dancing workshop from 6 to 7. We did not stay to “angel” the mainstream class because of my toe. We made it through and returned home. I iced, again, and kept it elevated.

Sat. Dec. 30 to Fri. Jan. 5, 2018 Sun City AZ

Saturday- We went to the storage unit and brought back 4 boxes of picture albums. We spent the afternoon sorting pictures. Some we took out of the album pages. Some of them stayed on the pages. I had albums from 2004 to 2011 that I had scrapbooked, so those pages are going to be copied. We have a big pile, and 3 more boxes to go!

We also went to the library and picked up books on California to prepare for our summer trip.

In the evening we went to the holiday Square Dancing party. There was a lot of food! We had a great time, dancing for  3 hours this evening. We counted down to 10 PM ( okay that is midnight on the east coast, AND of course it was the 30th, not the 31st. It’s the thought that counts!) LOL

Sunday- I woke up with a cold. I think from the Square Dancing on Thursday. They had taken up the hand sanitizer early that evening. So it was a quiet day at home. We did our usual laundry and budgeting. We watched the last  Redskin game of the season.

Needless to say, I took a 2 hour nap. We stayed in all day.

Monday- Happy New Year! I felt sicker this morning. Bob is still okay. We watched the Rose Parade, looking for friends who were there and had volunteered with one of the floats. It was another quiet day at home.

Tuesday- Karlie has been having an issue while on the estrogen, so we took her to the Vets at 10 AM. We stopped at CVS on the way and I picked up face masks, as Bob had also come down with the cold this morning.

The mask did not work for him, so he stayed in the car with Roxie and I took Karlie in. The Vet made a change to her medication, and we returned home and went back to bed. We threw chicken noodle soup makings into the crock pot.

Wednesday-  I had my card making class this morning with the Stamp’n Up lady. Karen was my guest so I went. Bob stayed home. I raced back for lunch.  Then returned to play Mahjongg. I was not planning to play, just coordinate, but only 2 gals showed up. So I ended up playing. While I was gone, Bob took a nap. Also, the Doctor’s office called and changed Bob’s appointment from March to tomorrow at 10:15. This is for the BAHA, so we are excited.

We had a quiet evening at home.

Thursday-  We dragged ourselves to the Doctor’s office, as neither of us feel very good. The first thing that happened is that they did another hearing test on Bob. Then we moved to an exam room. The Doc arrived and asked Bob about his history, then he put a headset on Bob.

The look on Bob’s face brought tears to my eyes. For the first time in his life he heard through his right ear. Now on to step 2!

Step 2 is an appointment with the office Clinical Audiologist. They scheduled him for Feb. 23. The gal was going to schedule him for March, but I explained that we were leaving April 1. So she found the Feb. 23rd date. We requested that he be put on a waiting list for earlier. So now we wait! 

The audiologist will work with Bob on deciding which BAHA he wants and will work best for him.

We stopped for lunch, then went to our Endocrinology appointments with the new doctor. We both liked her a lot. I need blood work and Bob needs an Ultrasound of his thyroid. So we are going to get them scheduled. She also wants a mapping Ultrasound of my neck, but I want to wait until Medicare in the fall.

We returned to the MH and both collapsed and took a nap.

Friday- We ran to the grocery store and picked up a few items. Then we returned and both took another nap. Neither of us are up for much.

I had placed an article in the  Paradise newsletter about the  Square Dancing classes starting this evening and I  had 4 couples call. So I called the gal who runs the Square Dancing and told her that Bob and I would not be there, but that we had 4 couples who may show up.

We stayed home and ate the leftovers.