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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.


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.

Sat Oct 13 to Fri Oct 19- Sun City AZ

Saturday- They were predicting heavy rain today, so we left early and went to the library and Walmart. We stopped at Fry’s also. It had started to rain very hard. Rain in Arizona is like snow in the Washington DC area. People do not know how to drive in rain and act like complete idiots!

We managed to get back to the MH before the flooding started. We had a quiet afternoon at home, reading and watching TV. It rained all day.

Sunday- We did our usual tasks. The Redskin game started at 10, so we watched the game. The rain continued this morning, but stopped around lunch time. We left and went to the storage unit, then Costco. The car had a weird sound, like rubbing. It was very loud. We assume it is the brakes, as we are having them replaced tomorrow.

We returned home, read, ate dinner and watched  TV.

Monday- Bob took the car to Complete Auto Repair for the brakes to be replaced.  I did laundry and cleaned. Bob returned around 10:30 to say that it was the not the brakes, it was a wheel bearing and hub on the right front. He has to return on Thursday as they needed to obtain the parts.

We ate lunch and Bob went to the library and Lowes. I read and MaryAnn came over to use our label maker. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday- I was out the door at 6:30 to Sonora Quest Labs for my blood draw. I arrived at 6:45 and at 6:50 others started showing up. When I checked in they told me that they would take me, but they were now requiring appointments. Huh? Bob was just here a couple of weeks ago! Lasts year, appts were a month out, so we gave up trying…. anyway, I was first in the door and waited 45 minutes. I kept being bumped down the list…

I returned in time for Bob to leave for his Cardiologist appt. I went to Maj, with Donna having to pick me up since it had started to rain. The temp is in the 60’s, about 10 degrees cooler than usual. We played  5 games and MaryAnn won all 5 of them! I was close for most of the games, but she would just beat me at having Maj.

While I was gone, my glasses had arrived via UPS, this was 10 days! I opened the package and the red marks were still on the glasses. I could not remove it. So I left and ran back to Visionworks. I showed the glasses to the guy, who turned out to be the acting manager. He was able to clean off the red marks, but if the red marks that the gal had put on there the last time I was there was still there, what had they done with the glasses? I tried them on and found that the top was blurry, still, and the bi-focal area was also blurry.  I told the guy and he adjusted the pads. Then he disappeared. Evidently he had to assist with a pallet being delivered.

The gal who had ignored my comments about how the glasses were not right when I originally picked up the glasses came over. She asked me the same questions. I requested to see the manager. that is when she told me the first guy was the manager and he was busy. I asked for a refund. She left to go get the form….

She returned with one of the gals who is an optician who makes the glasses, in house. She did more adjustments, the glasses were still not right! She said that they always make adjustments. Hmmm, is that what they did when they sent them off, since they returned with the same red marks? I demanded a refund.

This time the original gal started on the cash register. She said she had to go get the form, and another guy showed up to do the refund. He tapped away for awhile, then the acting manager arrived and completed the info.There was never a form. I signed electronically and left.

I returned home and retrieved my prescription. Then I left and went to Costco. It was 1:30. I walked into Costco, tried on 5 different frames, settled on one, and my number was called. I ordered the glasses, and returned home.  I was back by 2:30. I arrived just after Bulls Eye RV Repair arrived. Larry from Bulls Eye immediately realized that they had sent the wrong part. He called the supplier and they are going to re-send the part. He also gave us the estimate on the slide toppers. We ordered them. They left and will be back, hopefully next week!  I had parked the car in the neighbors driveway, as they have not returned yet, so Bob moved the car back into our driveway.

I started the laundry that I had been waiting to do… We ate dinner, and watched Poldark season 3 on Amazon Prime. I am not sure how we missed the season, as season 4 is currently showing.

Wednesday- We left at a little after 9 for our dental appointments. We had good reports. I went next door to the Chiropractor, then we went to Target. From there we stopped at the library to pick up some of my requests.

We ran by the Vet office to drop off Karlie’s rabies vaccination record. Then we went to Ace Hardware for me to pick up a small personal fan for Square Dancing. We stopped at Walgreens to pick up one of Bob’s prescriptions.

We stopped on the way home for a lottery ticket to both of the lotteries. We returned home, ate lunch, and watched some more Homeland on DVD.

While Bob walked the dogs I rode my bike around the park. We ate dinner and settled in for the evening. We did not go to Square Dancing as my ankle was bothering me. 

Thursday- Bob took the car back to United Car Care for the bearings and hub to be repaired. I went to Mahjongg. We had 5 gals, only one left early to go shopping. Bob returned around 10:30. They did not have the time to check the sunroof and the problem that we have with the shifter. We put the shifter into park, but sometimes it does not recognize that it is in park, and we have to work on getting it to recognize it is in park. The car is in park and does not move, its just that the car does not recognize it..

We ate lunch and settled in for the afternoon. We watched some Homeland and read. We ate dinner at home and watched some TV.

Friday- We took the dogs to be groomed at 8:30. We returned and I ran to the card room. I picked up some paper and cut it, then Bob and I went grocery shopping at Walmart and Fry’s. We returned home and waited for the call that the dogs were done. The call came around 11:15, so we went to pick them up. They were groomed pretty well. We like this facility, as they let the dogs loose on the floor. They do not put them into cages. Karlie was waiting at the fence with the other dogs. Roxie was in the back of the room doing something…

We took them home, ate lunch, and I received a text from Diane. She asked if we wanted to come over and play Pegs and Jokers. We said yes, and went over a little before 2 .We played until about 4:15 with the gals winning twice and the guys winning one game. We invited them to dinner at the Elks with the group.

We returned home, fed and walked the dogs. While Bob was walking the dogs, his cell phone rang. It was the surgeon’s office, calling to schedule Bob’s BAHA surgery. He asked the gal to call back in 15 minutes, as he had two dogs to control.

He returned home and we waited. It was now 5:10, on a Friday night, so we were afraid that the gal was not going to call until Monday! She called! The surgery is set up for Monday 11/5. Bob had a pre-op appointment on Friday the 26th. At that appointment the Doc will explain the surgery more clearly and the post-op recovery.

At 5:20 we went to the Elks Lodge for dinner. MaryAnne and Ray were there and were saving us a table. Mike and Linda were in line paying when we arrived. The 8 of us had a nice dinner.

We returned home and watched some TV. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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