Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday & Saturday, December 30th & 31st

Good bye 2016 from Loveland, CO

Yesterday and today have been resting days for me. The weather has been above freezing so Bill has been working on the gate for the side fence by the motorhome. I have been doing next to nothing. I did do some leg exercises tonight. Hopefully it will help my legs get stronger. I hope it snows a bunch on Monday night so that I do not have to go to therapy and Bill can use the snow blower. He says that he will drag me to therapy no matter how much snow we get.

The boys will celebrate the New Year Colorado time but Michelle always celebrates New York time. She is NOT a night person. I am not sure how late we will stay up.

Good bye 2016! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday & Thursday, December 28 & 29, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Yesterday was Brent, Coleson and Sara's last day with us. Coleson and I slept in while Brent, Meredith, Sara and Dwaine when shopping. We had spaghetti and smores for dinner.

VERY early this morning Meredith took Brent, Coleson and Sara to the airport. I went to physical therapy this morning and spent the rest of the day resting. Brent texted late this afternoon that they made it home safely and Willie was very happy to see them!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday & Tuesday, December 26 & 27, 2106

From Loveland, CO

We have had a busy two days. Yesterday, (Monday) Meredith, Brent, Dwaine, Michelle and the kids went to Beaver Meadows Ranch to go tubing. There was enough snow for the tube runs and VERY windy! This ranch has 8 tube runs and they had a great time! Afterwards they had a late lunch and came home very tired. The pups stayed with us for the day. Also, Joshua was in bed all day sick with the flu, so the pups took turns checking on him. I had a day of resting from our busy Christmas Day.

Today, I went to physical therapy and then went shopping with Meredith, Brent, Michelle, Coleson and Sara. After we went to a few places we had lunch and dropped Coleson off so he, Matthew and Dwaine could go to the movies. The rest of us went to Old Town Fort Collins and went shopping. We got hot chocolate at Starbucks and went to a Colorado store and found CO ornaments of mark Coleson and Sara's 1st CO Christmas. Sara found a great store for some clothes. I found a great red hat for myself. We headed home and had potato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

From Festive Loveland, CO

We had a very full Christmas Day! One thing we had been hoping for was snow. Sure enough we got enough big fluffy flakes to enjoy this morning. Unfortunately not enough for Bill to try out the snow blower.

We first had a big breakfast here at Michelle's and then opened presents. Afterwards we went to Meredith and Dwaine's house to relax, watch football and enjoy being together. Dwaine and the boys (Connor, Coleson, Joshua and Matthew) took the dogs for a walk. They were able to walk on the icy part of the lake. This was a first for Coleson! They all had a great time! We had a wonderful Christmas Dinner prepared by Meredith and Brent!

Merry Christmas to all our family and friends!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Merry Christmas Eve!  Today was a busy day of getting ready for Brent, Sara and Coleson to arrive. Meredith and Michelle started early with grocery shopping before the stores got crowded. Bill and Michelle got the new snow blower started. They were preparing for our next snow storm.

Meredith and the pups hung out with us and Dwaine and Bill went to the airport to pick up the Mississippi crew. We are all happy to have them here!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

From Loveland, CO

When Michelle got off work at noon she and her dad went snow blower shopping. He had looked and looked at many kinds. He wanted to make sure the one they picked out Michelle could handle it with her being the shortest in the family. Bill is even willing to do the snow dance just he can try out the new toy. Matthew had a great idea for it, it will be great entertainment for Max catching the blowing snow. That is his favorite game!

We are getting excited because Brent is flying in tomorrow with the kids. They will probably have to go through customs being from Mississippi. 😀 Haha!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Today I went to the physical therapist. When we got home Joey and Hapa were here. They were so glad to see me. We kept having to move Joey out of the way going to our room. He is such a good protector. Meredith worked in the office today and when she came to get the pups she stayed and visited a while. She hopes that she will be sent home early tomorrow since there will only be 2 or 3 people in the office.

We are watching the weather reports and updates on the airports hoping that Brent, Coleson and Sara make it here with no problems. Two more days until they get here!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Nothing new to report today. The highest temperature for the day was in the middle of the night. Later in the day it started to get cold again. Bill took Matthew to school this morning for his last finals of the 1st semester. Matthew is very happy to have them done with! I stayed in bed most of the day while Bill did errands through out the day. Three more days until Brent and the kids get here!!!!!YIPEE!!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Tomorrow is the first day of winter. Although if we were still in fall we did not know it. We finally got above freezing today. It got warmer today but not enough to keep your toes warm.

Both Harolene and Janna called to tell us that Bill's niece, Diane had died of cancer. She had been sick a long time.

I had a good work out at physical therapy and Bill went to see Dr. Honeycutt because he has been coughing, and coughing and coughing.

Meredith and Dwaine came for dinner. We had "make your own" burritos. We sat and talked for a while but I was nearly too tired to sit up. I went back to bed and Meredith came in and talked for a little bit.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 19,2016

From Loveland, CO

Early this morning I had to see the heart specialist and once again he told me I was fine. I shouldn't complain with his diagnosis, but it would be nice to have answers to my problems. When we left his office Bill took me to Meredith's house. It was very cold outside so she fixed me a cup of hot chocolate. In my usual manner I spilled it down the front of my white shirt. They just cannot take me anywhere.

Meredith and I were going shopping. The first thing on our list was dog toys for the pups. Across the street was a good place to eat. So Meredith and I went to "The Egg & I" for lunch. The food there is good, there was a constant stream of customers coming in. I had a cup of soup which was very good, I decided maybe I was hungry enough to have a serving of biscuits and gravy. They needed to take lessons from Michelle. Her's is much better.

Then we went to Macy's to Christmas shop, don't get snoopy and ask what I bought. When I got home, Bill was going to wash my coat and my dirty turtleneck. He was not concerned about the turtleneck but wanted the coat washed. I may need it tomorrow since we both have doctor's appointments in the morning. That is his excuse and I will let it pass.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

From Loveland, CO

I'm sorry to say our tears are melting the snow because the Broncos lost today. They started the game with a video of a herd of wild Broncos racing thru the snow. Two wranglers were following them. It was a pretty sight. That was the best part of today's program because the horses looked like they were really enjoying themselves.

I had a lazy day of watching football and westerns. That's what Sundays are for. It is currently 5 degrees. The next few days are going to get warmer according to the weather person.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

From VERY SNOWY Loveland, CO

We got 4 1/2" of snow overnight. It was enough to convince Grandpa that this address needed a snow blower. Our last snow fall was an inch of snow and was easy to shovel. The 4 1/2" was much harder. When he shops for a snow blower he is taking Michelle so he knows that she can handle one. Some of them are very heavy.

It was 1 degree when Bill, Joshua and Michelle woke up this morning. The temperature keeps dropping. At 8:40 tonight it is  -7 degrees. If you believe the weather person the wind is supposed to shift from the south and that should help warm us up to a balmy 22 degrees. We'll keep you posted.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

From Snowy Loveland, CO

It was sunny today but was extremely cold and the temperature kept falling. As I tap this out my fingers might freeze because it is 9 degrees. Michelle and Connor went to Costco in Fort Collins, when they came out they went to get gasoline. While they were there it was snowing really hard, Michelle said it was a white out. By the time they got home the white stuff was falling, YIPPEE SKIPPY!  By 9pm we have had several inches. Unfortunately I could not stay awake all night to watch it, Bill was blocking the window. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Meredith and Dwaine came walking down the hall singing " The weather outside is frightful but the fire inside is delightful!" That is my take on it, along with Meredith and Michelle.  Bill was grumbling *&^%$#, he does not like soft water "snow". It is not skinny snow like Matthew used to call it.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Today I went to physical therapy. Ty really worked me hard. He wanted to know if I was ready to go to one day a week. I am not sure if one day a week is enough, so we shall see. Lori and Brent called me today. Meredith came and visited before she and Michelle went Christmas shopping. Connor finished his last final today and drove home tonight. It sure was good to see him come through that door.

Michelle left lasagna for Bill, Matthew and me to have for dinner. Matthew and I decided that Michelle makes the best lasagna. Michelle said that she had a good teacher!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Dwight and Sheila always manage to find a funny card to send us. This year it was a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog with long velvety ears. There were huge pinecones as his antlers. It was really cute. At 10am I went to get my hair cut, a few snowflakes were falling. I went next door and had my fingernails cut.  We got home and I took a nap.

Meredith and the pups came for a visit when she got thru with work. Hapa is a very good foot warmer. Tonight we started watching the end of this year's Survivor season. I am going to have Bill tape it because it is a 3 hour show.

Bill says tomorrow if he can he will put in the gate at the new fence so the meter reader can get in. It all depends on the weather.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

From Loveland, CO

I went to physical therapy this morning and then came home for hot chocolate because it was so cold outside. Janna called and we talked for a while. She is glad that I am blogging again. Then I went to see Dr. Honeycutt for a follow-up. He went over my ER visit, they had sent him all the information. We hadn't eaten at McDonald's for a long time so we decided to go there for lunch. I could not eat all of my hamburger so I took my leftovers home to Tippy. Afterwards we went to the bank. When we got home I took a nap, I were super tired.

Michelle cooked a very good dinner, but it was only the three of us. Matthew and Joshua went Christmas shopping, Michelle wished she could be a fly on the wall in the stores. This is their first time shopping together. They were going out to dinner afterwards and were gone a long time.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

From Loveland, CO

Bill went this morning to get Hapa and Joey to spend the day with us. When they got here she immediately found a pile of snow in the front yard and rolled, and rolled, AND rolled. She stayed out there a long time and Bill had to go out to get her. Meanwhile, Joey and Tippy enjoyed what was left of the snow in the back yard. They all enjoy rolling in the snow, but especially Hapa. When we get a really big snow Tippy likes to have Michelle throw a shovelful of snow at him. It was cold today but we did not get anymore snow. Shucky darn!!!

I spent the afternoon in front of the fireplace laying on the sofa. I was reading from time to time and took a snooze. Meredith came to dinner, of course Joey thinks of me as the gravy train. He must have learned that from Willie. I did not eat all my hamburger, so Meredith fed my leftovers to all three pups.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

From Loveland, CO

We had snow in the middle of the night and this morning. Yippee!!!! The snow grouch did not even complain about it. It didn't last long and stopped about 9:30am. Another sad bit of news is the Broncos lost today. Meredith came over and spent some time with us. I spent the day taking naps. Such excitement! There is not much snow left in the backyard because the dogs love to play in the snow.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturday, December 9, 2016

Loveland, CO

Meredith, Dwaine and I went to a Mexican food place in Longmont. The food was good and then we went to a place that sells firewood. We got as much as their 4Runner would hold. We were impressed with the firewood company. They had a lot of choices in firewood. We got 1/4 cord for $70. We plan to get more when Connor is home for Christmas with his pickup. When we got back home we built a fire and had a cozy place to sit and chat.

It was that first fun outing I have had in a long time. The drive was beautiful.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

From "Not as COLD" Loveland, CO

We still have snow on the ground! I had a dermatologist appointment this morning. Dr Bear froze about four places on my face. She wants to see me again in 6 months. We came home, ate lunch and took naps. Meredith, Michelle, Matthew and Dwaine went out for sushi. It has been the usual relaxing evening watching Daniel Boone.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

From Extremely COLD Loveland, CO

When I got up this morning I had a hard time getting out of bed. It was very painful. I went to PT and could not do it. Ty suggested that I go get X-rays. It took us 4 hours of scans and x-rays. Half way thru the examination Meredith came. Michelle had called her, so she got the job of pup sitting while Meredith was with me & Bill at the ER. The 4 hours really drug by because I could not have anything to drink or eat. The staff at MCR is always top notch. Their facility is wonderful. Luckily the scans and X-ray showed only bruising on my hip and tailbone.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From VERY COLD Loveland, CO

As I am writing this, it is 7 degrees! Brrrrrrr! It is supposed to get down to -7 degrees tonight.

Yesterday afternoon it started to snow. I looked out the window so that I could see how much it was snowing, when I started to leave the window for some reason I pitched forward. I don't know why but I hit the floor harder than ever before. My head hit the bathroom floor and my left hip is very sore and bruised. I laid on the floor for several minutes. I asked Bill to bring me a pillow and blanket and I could sleep there. He wouldn't do it. It took Bill two times to help me up. Finally he was successful. (Side note from Michelle: Dad has been scolded for not getting Meredith or myself to come and help. We were in the basement at the time playing with the dogs and did not hear the commotion upstairs.) Meredith came to visit with me, I got in bed and it did not take me to long to go to sleep. I slept in one position all night long.

This morning I was able to use my walker a little bit but it was painful. I stayed in bed most of the day and slept part of the time. When I got up for dinner I was feeling a little bit better. I am not looking forward to the night trying to sleep, but I will give it the ol' college try.

Today is an important day for the Dane family and a lot of other families. It is Pearl Harbor Day. Ten years ago today Brent had brain surgery at Walter Reed Hospital. They gave him a year and a half to live, but Brent is good at beating the odds. Congratulations Brent! We love you!!!!!

We had snow most of the night. We got a couple of inches. Just enough to make it look pretty. This is our first snowfall and it is late for this area.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December 5, 2016

I fell tonight.  I think it is the fall I've ever taken.  I'll send details tomorow.

I'm sore and tired now.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

From COLD Loveland, CO

Bill and I went to Arby's for lunch, they always have a great special of when the Broncos have made 2 touchdowns in the last game. Their roast beef sandwich is $1. After that Bill and I spent 1 1/2 hours looking for the neurologist that had been recommended to us. We never did find him, his office has moved. Bill looked in the phone book and could not find him, so we will have to continue the search tomorrow. We were both very frustrated. I went on the my therapy at 2:30, we got home and rested until dinner was ready. Matthew was the only "chick in the hen house". After we ate, we sat and told told stories, Matthew was in a particularly jolly mood, he sat at the table and laughed at our stories. It was a nice way to finish a frustrating day. 

Weather wise: The temperature dropped 21 degrees between 1pm - 3pm. The wind gusts were 50mph from north.  Matthew laughed at the image of me blowing away to Kansas with the wind. 

Michelle and I are cheering that we are getting snow tomorrow, of course Bill is grumbling!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today was kind of a busy upside down day for me. I woke up not knowing what day it was. I thought it was Tuesday. Bill reminded me that the Broncos were playing today, I got back on track.

At 10:30 Michelle and I went to Meredith's. Michelle and Meredith were making Christmas cookies, I was the chief sampler. We were watching the Broncos game against the Jaguars. I don't remember much of the 2nd quarter, half time and the 3rd quarter. My body chose to take a nap. When I woke up it was 1/2 way thru the 3rd quarter. The Broncos won 20 -10. We were glad to see the Broncos win. They needed this win, it has not been their best year. After I woke up, Meredith fixed us a girl luncheon. We had 2 kinds of dip, cheese, bread and Brent we did not want you to be left out... we had tomatoes. 

When the game was over, Meredith got out her Christmas ornaments. She showed me each of them as she put them on the tree. I had made about 3/4th of them. It was a walk down Christmas memory lane when I saw the ones that I had made. When Michelle got to a certain spot on baking, we loaded the car and headed home. It was a wonderful day!.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 3, 2016

Today was another rough day for me.  The pleasant thing was Dwaine coming over to play our newly tuned piano.  He has so much talent.

I could barely keep my head up at dinner, so I went to bed early.  Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2 - Loveland, CO

Today wasn't a good day. I had trouble with balance and I was very, very shaky. I had meant to go to the neurologist to make an appointment but did not feel like it.

Michelle came in and announced that it was snowing "very tiny flakes". We cheered and Bill boo'd. In no time they got bigger and was blowing around.

Meredith came to bring dinner and it had already quit snowing.. boo...hiss! She brought minestroni soup. It was a good choice for a cold day.

I am all snuggled up with my blanket and heating pad.... so good night!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1 - Loveland, CO

I cannot believe that December is already here! This morning I went to the physical therapist and told him about my bad day yesterday. He worked on some different things with me. When we got back home we went to the motor home to look for a few things. It was so COLD that I could only stay a few minutes. I forgot one of the most important things: a fudge recipe from Sally. After lunch I took a nap most of the afternoon. We have leftover Carne en su Jugo soup tonight. It was wonderful on this cold 30 degrees night. Bill and I don't mind leftovers as long as it is a hot bowl of soup. The weatherman kept saying that we would have snow tomorrow, but now it looks like it will just be cold. Bill is happy, I am sad.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30 - Loveland, CO

Today we went out to lunch to KFC and I nearly fell twice.  The second time, Joshua was right around the corner at the table and jumped up really fast to come around to catch me.  Joshua is handy to have around so we have decided to keep him, and besides that, he is good looking and when he smiles his dimples show.

We had planned to stop at Walmart on the way home but I was too tired so Bill said he would go back later.  When we got back to Michelle's I laid down to take a nap.  When I woke up 2 1/2 hours later I was extremely confused.  I didn't know what day or what time it was, it is a terrible feeling to be so confused.  I was totally disoriented.  So when Bill got me up he said that we were having burritos and I couldn't figure out why we were having burritos for breakfast then Bill told me it was only 6pm.

Meredith came to help me with my Kindle.  I am going to start reading the Falconer Files series by Andrea Frazer.  Lorri described it as an English version of Andy Griffith and Barney Five.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 29 - Loveland, CO

It was a quiet, "stay in your pajamas" type of day. It was cold and windy outside so I stayed in my cocoon. I had lots of time to read on my new Kindle. Lori and I like to read mysteries. She sent me a list of mysteries that I can load onto my Kindle. I am trying to finish the current book so I can get started on one from the list. There's an English version of Andy Griffith & Barney Fife type mystery. I look forward to reading it.

That's about it, I will spend the rest of the evening reading my Kindle. Told you it was a quiet day!

Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28- Loveland CO

Happy Birthday Matthew! These past 18 years have flown by. You are now the tallest in your family. We will see at Christmas who is the tallest of the whole family, you or Coleson.

For Matthew's birthday dinner he chose lasagna which is always a very good choice. Meredith and the pups joined us for dinner. Joey barked as we sang "Happy Birthday". Matthew even got to pick out his own birthday cake. He chose one with layers of chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. It was delicious.  He only had three candles to blow out because we did not have 18 candles.

I had physical therapy this afternoon. Usually I have it in the morning but today I had it in the afternoon. We worked on specifics like me getting out of bed better, etc. When I got home from therapy I took a nap for a couple of hours. As they say in Texas.... "I was plum tuckered!"

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016

November 27 - Loveland, CO

We watched the Broncos game tonight, they are not doing a whole lot better then the Oregon Ducks are doing.

Bonnie called with a report on Todd. Some days are good and some days are bad. Sometimes he sleeps all day, sometimes he will be awake often. Who does that sound like?? ME! The physical therapist has been having Todd do some simple leg exercises to gain strength. The hospice nurse came and said that he should not do that but rest instead.

She is still parked at the Milwaukee Elks Lodge but has a place reserved at a private campground. Today she heard honking beside her coach. She looked up and saw an old man trying to park his motorhome. There was a suburban with him but not being towed. Every time that he needed to stop the suburban would honk to signal him to stop. After trying to park unsuccessfully, both the suburban and motor home left. I told Bonnie that I thought that was one of the scariest motorhome stories that I had heard.

I asked Brent if he was going to watch the Broncos game. He said that he wouldn't cheer against them but wouldn't cheer for them, so much for being born in the Motherland "Broncos Country".  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016

November 26 - Loveland, CO

Everyone in the household is blurry eyed because of watching football games all day long. I'm sorry to say that the Oregon Ducks lost the game to Oregon State Beavers. It was pouring rain sideways, sometimes it looked like it was snowing, but I am not sure. It had been 9 years since the Ducks lost the civil war. It is one of the oldest college civil war rivalries. Maybe we will get them next year.

Meredith and Dwaine come home from Telluride because they were predicting 2-3 ft of snow in the mountains. Hapa was glad to have them come home but the pictures that Dwaine took were magnificent. It is a very pretty area. It took all of Hapa's strength and energy to keep the other two dogs (Buckeye and Max) in line.

Friday, November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016

November 25 - Loveland, CO

Today was a lazy day after all that good food! Bill says 'Yeah for leftovers!". But the mac & cheese was all gone. Bummer! I stayed in my PJ's all day! Haha came to visit us this evening. She jumped up on the bed and wagged her little tail when she saw me. Then she laid on the bed and let me pet her for a long time. It was a nice relaxing day.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016

November 24 - Loveland, CO

Happy 18th Birthday Coleson!!!!!!  I can't believe you are so old!!!!!

We had a wonderful feast at Michelle's. It was prepared by Joshua and Connor, they did an excellent job with all the usuals of turkey, salmon, twice baked potatoes, green beans, broccoli and cauliflower, rolls and gravy. Natalia brought our family tradition "broccoli and rice with cheese". It is always a family favorite. Natalia also brought her boyfriend, Alex. He fit right in with our crew, which says a lot about him. We had a good visit. No one left the table hungry. Natalia and Alex left first to head to his family's house for a later Thanksgiving dinner.

We are all tired from full tummies and will save the desserts for a late dinner.

We discussed the cookie box that Michelle and Meredith will send in December. My Aunt Laura started the tradition years ago because she loved to bake. It was always the most anticipated package that we got every Christmas. When she had to go to a nursing home the girls took over the tradition.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016

November 23rd - Loveland, CO

It was a tough day, I spent nearly an hour and a half with our GP. He thinks that I probably have had a stroke at some point and wants me to go see a neurologist to get checked. If I have had one there is not much that can be done about it, I guess. It is all very confusing to me and does not get us any closer to figuring out what my health problems are.

I worked with a different therapist today and he really put me thru the paces. I don't like him. Ha Ha!

Pa and I both took naps when we got home because we were plum tuckered.

Matthew's birthday will be on Monday but the crew when to an early birthday dinner because Connor and Joshua were home. He chose Hu Hot because it is one of his favorite places to eat. Bill and I did not go because it involves a lot of standing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

November 22 - Loveland, CO

Yesterday when I bought the Kindles they did not have a book called "Kindles for Dummies" so I told Meredith and Michelle that it was their job to teach me how to use the Kindle. They were shivering greatly with fear about having to teach me!

Meredith being the brave soul that she is invited the geezers to dinner tonight. She told me to bring my Kindle so she could help me load a book. She now has a small glimpse of what misery is like. Getting my book loaded involved a call to Lori for technical support. We soon had a book loaded from a mystery series that Lori recommended.

Not only did I have great technical help from Meredith, but it came with wonderful spaghetti and meatballs!

Tomorrow, my doctor's appt has been changed to 10am. Then I have physical therapy at 11:30am so it is going to be a long tiring day.  Goodnight!

Side note: This is Michelle typing with mom dictating.

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016 - Loveland, CO

November 21 - Loveland, CO

Thank you to Chef Matthew for taking care of us today. At noon he fixed me a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich, for dinner he made quesadillas. They were delicious! He is going to take after his Uncle Brent as the cook. Thank you for being a willing substitute for your mother.

I went to therapy today. Ty is working on my balance and I walked four loops around the facility. He wanted me to go outside but it was too cold. I suppose someday he will make me go around the building.

We watched the next to the last episode of Dancing With The Stars. It would be hard to choose who the winner should be. They are all so good. The finals are tomorrow night.

We had a possibility for snow tonight but we got rain instead.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20

November 20 - Loveland, CO

Long, long ago when Natalia was little, we visited a touchy, feely place where  the kids could touch furs, pinecones and all that kind of stuff. When we left the place Natalia said that she wanted a pelt. I asked her how she was going to use it, she explained that she was going to wrap her doll just like the indian mothers did. So the search began, no one (museums and gift shops) could tell us where to find one. I think we were in Aztec, NM. We asked a lady who worked at the visitor's center for help. She suggested we go to a trading post that was close by. When we went into the trading post, the owner was showing a couple how to lay a pattern onto some white material (maybe deer skin), so we had to wait. When he waited on us, Jeremy took charge. The store owner said that he had some rabbit pelts and brought out two boxes of pelts. I had talked to Natalia about where a pelt came from because I did not want her to be upset about skinning an animal. Jeremy asked, "How much are the pelts?". The man said, "395". Jeremy said, "$395.00?", the owner said, "No, $3.95". Without pausing for a breath Natalia said, "I'LL TAKE 2!". So we left with rabbit pelts to wrap dolls in. But that day I learned from Natalia how to come up with a quick response.

Today, Michelle and I went to Best Buy looking for Kindles. When the salesperson told us the price which was much lower than what I thought it would be, I followed Natalia's lead and said, "I'll take 3". I learned well. Michelle and I came out of the store each with a Kindle and one for Meredith. Yahoo!!!!

This morning, I had an exciting experience that I never had before. I felt something in my right ear, so I dug around and pulled out what I thought was a fly. I handed it Bill and he put on the window sill so I could see it when I got up. He said it was not a fly but a spider.... ewwwww! By the time I got up to go look at the remains, it had walked away. Bill assured me that it was not black with a red spot on it but a tan spider. Once again, I flashed back to a lesson from Natalia. One night Jeremy did not go to sleep for a long time. She asked him what was wrong and he said, "There was a spider on the ceiling terrifying me".  She said, "Oh JP, call me next time and I will deal with it".  It seems like I've learned a lot from that little, adorable girl. I asked her one time how she remembered things so well. She said that she put sticky notes on her brain. I tried but my sticky notes kept falling off to this day.

Michelle surprised us at breakfast with sausage gravy with biscuits. She should sell her recipe to most  restaurants that do not know how to make it and do a horrible job. Thanks Michelle!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 19 Loveland, Co

Today I have a story about a dog. Joey is one of Meredith's dogs. He has very thick fur. He loves to go in the lake and canal behind their house. Yesterday, at 18 degrees he went in anyway and played in the water and came out. A few minutes after coming out of the water the girls noticed that he had icicles hanging from his fur. I asked Meredith if they brushed the icicles off, she said no they just let them melt.

This morning is was 18 degrees and Grandpa had to wear sissy pants, which is what the kids call his sweats. We decided that it was a day to stay inside and watch westerns and football.  Oregon won in the last seconds of the game. Quack...Quack!

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

I apologize for the mistake in yesterday's date.  That's the kind of error I have to get use to.

it was 18° this morning.  Br-r-r-r-r!  No new snow came with it.  Bill reminded me of the 4-5
 inches we would get when we moved to the mountains of Southern Colorado.  He also reminded me
 that we were younger.  He never misses a chance to remind me of that.

Connor and his girlfriend, Taylor, came for Thanksgiving break.  It was good to see both of them.  She has a dog named Buckeye.  He came, too. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 16,2016

Today it is snowing.  Yippy, Skippy!  It is a good thing.  We really need the moisture.  We aren't getting a lot, but anything is better than nothing in my book.  But not for Bill.   To him, SNOW is a four letter word of the worst kind.  Every time I say it he threatens to wash my mouth out..................with chocolate.  That's OK with me!!!!!!  

Michelle knows what to fix for dinner.  Tonight we had chili and cornbread.  It was really good.  She is a good cook and we are well fed.

We had 4 inches of snow today and it is still comng down..

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016

We have a friend, Gale, who can type Hunt and Peck style faster than most people can type.  Maybe I need lessons from him.  Don't ask JP about Gale's typing skills.  All he will say is "Oh, yeah.  He was the guy who threw my fishing line out in the middle of the river and I never got it back."  It was a very funny story, but too long to tell here.  Use your imagination from the eyes of a 10 year old.

Today was a throw away day as we call it.  I slept most of the time.  Usually, the next day is better.  Bill and I both hope so.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This was a busy day for the Geezer and his sidekick.  While I was at the PT, Bill tried to get me another doctor.  No luck. 

The new doctor is a neurologists who will try to determine if I have had a stroke.   I told Michelle I had never been to a funny farm before.  She said, what do you mean, Mom.  I  was raised in a funny farm,by you.  I guess she had me there.

Typing is proving to  be hard for me, so I will be writing short blogs until I get better at it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14 - Loveland, Colorado

Here is yesterday's blog attempt:

Well, this is old "sickie" typing for the first time in a long time I have even tried.  My last attempt  was after my last episode with my heart.  It really did a number on my mental status.  I though if I tried getting back to my journal it might might help.  We'll see.  Please excuse any glaring mistakes.
Meredith has been helping me relearn.  If the next time you see her and she has no hair it is my fault. I have pushed her to the limit of her endurance.

I want to thank Lori for taking my place.  It was one more thing added to her busy schedule and I really appreciate it.

And I also thank all of you who encouraged me in my attempts toward recovery.  It has been a struggle, and I still have a ways to go.

This afternoon, Meredith and I watch the Denver Broncos beat the N. O. saints.  It was a good game, especally since the Broncos won. 

Bill came when the NASCAR was over. We had dinner with Meredith and Dwaine.

Today..... Bill made french toast for breakfast. It was so goo that it warranted a nap. I had blood work done and went to the bank. After the errands we went to Arby's and got lunch. Whenever the Broncos make 2 touchdowns in a game you can get their regular sandwich for $1 instead of $3. We love being in Broncos Country!! It wasn't In-N-Out but it is a decent substitute.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016

Loveland, CO

Mom had a busy day today.  Natalia came for breakfast this morning at Cracker Barrel.  Physical therapy this morning and the heart specialist this afternoon.     PT was good, she got dizzy towards the end.  Her heart doctor says that her heart is in good shape.   Great news, but it leaves us with more questions.  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Loveland, CO

Mom had a surprise visitor!!  While Michelle took her for PT, Dad made a quick trip to the airport.  She was very surprised when I came out of the house to help her get out of the car.   She said, "You're here!  Where is Brent?"   Alas, I was the only surprise guest, but she seemed happy.  We went to lunch at Arby's,  she ate really well.  After that it was back to the house to get Dad.  All three of us trooped over to the medical center to get some lab work done on mom.

The afternoon was spent resting and sitting on the deck soaking up the sun.  Michelle made angel hair pasta for dinner.  I think that we all slept soundly after a busy day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Loveland, CO

Yesterday during Mom's appointment with her GP, he said that her left lung sounded muffled which indicates a fluid buildup behind her lung.  Today they went the the heart specialists office and met with his PA.  She heard the same thing and ordered several tests to be done, one of them being an echocardiogram.  The next appointment with the heart specialist is November 8.  Hopefully, she will be able to have those tests completed by then.

Colorado is experiencing record breaking warm weather, so Mom was able to sit outside and watch the dogs play.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Loveland, CO

Mom had 2.7 liters of fluid withdrawn today.  That sounds like bad news, but there is a positive side to the story.  The gastrologist is going to have the fluid tested to determine if the fluid buildup is because of her heart or her liver.    Maybe now we will finally get some answers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Loveland, CO

Mom saw her gastrologist yesterday.  She had blood drawn and is waiting for lab results before having more fluid drained.

She was happy to tell me that she has had several good days in a row and wanted to make sure that I included that in her blog.

They are waiting for a guy to come and prepare the ground where the motor home will send the winter.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Loveland, CO

When I spoke with Mom and Dad today, they were relaxing in the backyard enjoying the warm afternoon.

Dad is busy getting the coach winterized.   It's a new experience for him since in the 18 years they've had it, it's the first time they won't be staying in it full time.  

There isn't much else to report, which I guess is good news.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Loveland, CO

I spoke with Dad very briefly this afternoon.  He said that they are getting settled down and into a good schedule at Michelle's.  He thinks that Mom has gotten a bit stronger over the past few days.  Never underestimate the healing power of dogs and grandchildren!  They are in the process of setting up appointments with several specialists..

Dad is hoping that it doesn't snow tonight, Mom is doing a snow dance!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Loveland, CO

It was a busy weekend moving in and organizing.  Connor made the trek from Grand Junction to surprise Mom and Dad.  Sunday afternoon was spent at Meredith's watching the Broncos win.

Dish Network came today to get Mom and Dad's tv situation worked out.  Mom also had an appointment with Dr.  Hunnicutt, her general practitioner.  He has ordered all of her test results from Yuma and requested that she see another heart specialist..

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pueblo, CO to Loveland, CO

Dad fired up the coach at 4:30 AM and hit the road.  He stopped just south of Denver to rest and let traffic ease up before navigating I-25 through Denver.  A blast from the air horns announced to Meredith and Michelle (and the whole neighborhood) their arrival at 11:30.

Now the settling in begins.  We are all happy that they are back in the Motherland.  :-)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Socorro, NM to Pueblo, CO

I'm writing this post with second hand knowledge because Mom and I played phone tag last night and never were able to connect.  Meredith said that Mom and Dad were able to spend a couple of hours with Jim and Peggy (Mom's brother and his wife) before pointing the coach north.  Apparently, Dad is suffering from a stiff knee.  In other words, he had the pedal to the metal!  You just can't take the race car driver out of Dad, even if it is in a 36 foot vehicle, towing a car, going about 55 miles an hour.   Ok, ok, so he wasn't setting any speed records, but I'm sure he felt as if he were.  Sorry, I digressed.  The good news is that they should reach Loveland by midday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wilcox, AZ to Socorro, NM

Dad was at the wheel bright and early today.  There was a big "Whoo hoo" as they crossed over the New Mexico State line.

Tomorrow they head to Santa Fe where they hope to have a brief visit with Uncle Jim.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yuma, AZ to Wilcox, AZ

Willie Nelson was singing at the top of his lungs this morning as Dad fired up the coach and hit the road.  

One of their stops was at In-N-Out near Tucson.  They both had happy tummies.

Early tomorrow they head towards Santa Fe.

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom had her stomach drained today, over 2 liters.  She says that it isn't as painful as it sounds.

They are planning on pulling a Willie Nelson tomorrow at 9:00.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom went to her foot doctor yesterday and was told to continue to wear the leg brace.  She says that she feels much better when it is on.

Dad worked on the coach this morning, taking advantage of cooler weather, getting ready for Tuesdays departure for Colorado.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Today while I was talking to Mom on the phone, she decided to move to the bed to take a nap.  In doing so, she fell between the bed and the wall.   We hung up so that Dad could try to get her up.  He was unsuccessful and called 911.  Two guys came and got her up, also transporting her to the hospital.  She call about 5 hours later to report that she had been released and was on her way home.  For the Dane kids, they can't get back to Colorado soon enough.  Hopefully, next Tuesday they will begin to make their way north.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom went to the hospital today to have more fluid drained.  It wasn't as much as last time, so that's good.  One doctor told her that she might have to have this done every two weeks.

Dancing With The Stars has started again.  That is one of their favorite shows, so they were both happy the new season has started.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Yuma, AZ

I spoke with Mom for quite awhile today.  We had a football game to rehash!   The Dane family's day started with a group text from Mario which featured a picture of him wearing his Denver Bronco hat in support of his Colorado family.  Yesterday being the first day of football season, we were all very excited.  Texts flew back and forth all day and multiplied during the game.  Those of us whom bleed orange and blue were VERY happy that Denver won.  It was a nail biter decided in the last 3 seconds.  Mom reports that she was worried that Dad was going to have a stroke.   Brent told me this afternoon that he watched the second half.  We may be spread far and wide, but we were all together in spirit pulling for our boys.

Mom sounded well today, I think that she is looking forward to being back in the motherland for football season.  :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom went to a gastroenterologist today, but unfortunately they weren't able to determine anything from the tests that were done in the hospital.  After that, it was home for a quick nap before physical therapy.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Happy Birthday, Connor!

Mom and Dad saw their new GP last week.  One of Mom's complaints is that she is occasionally dizzy when she stands up.  Dad commented to the doctor that he was going to buy her a blond wig.  The doctor didn't find that very funny.  In Dad's defense, that was my first thought, also, and I'm fairly confident that Meredith, Michelle and Brent would say the same thing.

They spent most of the weekend in the motorhome with the a/c on high.  Dad said that one day next week the high will only be 99 degrees.  Mom just might have to break out her winter jacket.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yuma, AZ

I'm sure you loyal readers have noticed that I haven't been posting every night.  Rest assured that if something happens, I will update Mom's blog immediately.  I'm available to talk, if you want to pass messages on to Mom and Dad, 925-899-4666.

I spoke with Mom moments ago and she sounded pretty good.  Today was physical therapy day, so she was tired.  Her next big day is September 7 when she meets with the liver specialist.  They will decide after that when they might head back to Colorado, otherwise known as The Motherland. Personally, I think that it is a great time to be back in Bronco country!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom went to the heart specialist today and was told that her heart is very healthy.  Great news, but it leaves lots of questions about what is going on to cause the water weight gain.  The liver specialist is next week,  so it will be interesting to see what they have to say.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom was able to get out and walk this morning.  She said that she only walked about 1/4 of a block,  but I think that that is something to cheer about!

Her ankle brace makes her ankle swell, but she feels much more stable with it on.

We are both in agreement that football preseason is too long.  Bring on the real games!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom went to physical therapy and was pleased to report that she did quite well.  She was very happy that she was able to walk in and out of therapy under her own power.

Other than that, nothing else seems to be happening in Yuma.  Probably because it is too dang hot there!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Today was very busy!  This morning they had a Transitional Team appointment with a nurse to go over everything that happened while Mom was hospitalized.   The afternoon appointment was with a new GP.  Both appointments went well and they were quite pleased.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday, August 23. 2016

Yuma, AZ

I got a quick report from Mom in between my bocce games tonight.  She sounded quite chipper, said that they ate lunch out and made an appointment with the physical therapist for Friday.  With the Yuma heat what it is, that sounds like a productive day!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom had an appointment this morning with a foot doctor.  X-rays were taken and it was determined that her left ankle is very weak.  She came home with a temporary brace and will get a permanent brace if the temporary one is successful.  Mom and Dad were both very impressed with the doctor, she was very thorough.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Sunday was a lounging around sort of day.  Mom was able to do some of her exercises while waiting for the NASCAR race to get underway.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Yuma, AZ

When I spoke with Mom tonight, she said that she was "plumb tuckered".  A shopping trip to Walmart and lunch at In-N-Out was as much as she could do.  Unfortunately, the Nascar race was rained out, but Mother Nature provided a lightening storm, so they ended today with some entertainment.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom reports that it was a day spent resting.  It was probably needed after almost a week in the hospital, not the most restful of places.

Dad says that he is yanking her out of bed early tomorrow morning to go walking when it is cooler.    We will see who wins that battle!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom was sprung today, at least that's their story.  They might have seen an opening and made a run for it.  When I was in Colorado last month, she and I were doing errands.  I told her to hop in the car.  We looked at each other and laughed and laughed.

More tests took place today, they finally think that maybe they are narrowing the possibilities of what ails her, just waiting for results.

They are both happy to be back in their "little house".

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yuma. AZ

Todays top news from the hospital was that Mom got out of bed and walked the hallways.  While I'm sure that no land speed records were set, she was happy to be up and about.

More tests today, but both Mom and Dad sounded very upbeat when I spoke with them, so that is half of the battle!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yuma, AZ

The news from Mom and Dad was mixed today.  The heart specialist says that her heart is strong and healthy.  Yay!!!  Now the mystery of the water retention.   The current thought is that it might be her liver.  So, more tests.  Hopefully tomorrow brings some results from all of the tests that she is undergoing.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Yuma, AZ

I talked to Mom this afternoon and she was quite chipper.  One of her procedures today was to have a needle poked in her stomach, 1 liter of fluid was removed!

I assume that Dad didn't pass out because while he was telling me, I didn't hear a loud thud.   It's possible that he was leaning against the wall and just slid down.

Anyway, things seem to be looking up for her, so that's the happy news on this Monday.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Mom had many tests today and Dad reports that she is feeling much better.   They are both happy with the doctors and nurses caring for her and hope to finally get some answers to a few of her ongoing issues.

I'll give a more detailed report later today.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 13, 2016

Yuma, AZ

Lori here doing blog duty for Mom.  As she has mentioned several times, she has been having trouble with her legs and feet.  Yesterday, Dad decided that she needed to be seen at the hospital, so off they went.  Within 45 minutes of arriving, she was being treated.  It was decided that she needed to be admitted for more tests.  Dad reports this morning that she is already showing signs of improvement.  Lots of tests are planned for today.

I'll keep you posted.

Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

This morning I didn't feel like going to therapy, but I went anyway.  They didn't work me too hard and I was in my wheel chair, so I didn't have to walk down a long hall to get to the workout room.  Lori gave me a small wheelchair and it has certainly come in handy.

We had several places to go after PT, including In-N-Out for lunch and Sam's for gasoline.  We got home in time for naps, which is what I really needed.  We had planned to go to a place that serves trout, but I didn't feel like going.  Bill called and placed our order and went and got it.  It was OK, but not as good as I do, which doesn't happen anymore.  That was back in the good old days!

I have had a problem with my feet, ankles, and legs so I spent the evening with my feet propped up.  Getting old isn't much fun, but it beats the alternative.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

Our errand list for today was long.  And we didn't get started until after noon.

The first place we hunted for was the Habitat ReStore.  We like to shop there in Loveland.  The one we found in Yuma was much, much smaller and was mainly construction  items.  If you needed to patch your roof with curved tiles, we can tell you where to go for them!

Lunch was not too far away...Sonic.  We don't go there often and now I  remember why.  In-N-Out doesn't need to worry about Sonic running them out of business.

We headed on down to the Medical part of town, in search of a new GP.  The one we used and really liked has moved from Yuma.  Rats!  But as we use to say when we were kids..."That's the way the cookie crumbles!"

We spent a lot of time looking for the new office.   It took about four gallons of gasoline and at least 14 u-turns before finding the place.  We made an appointment for me and headed back across town.

By then, we were too tired to go to the grocery store, so we ate leftovers for supper.  We didn't get home until 4:30.  I napped until 6:30, so by then "drag outs" tasted really good.

There was suppose to be a meteor shower tonight, but it was too hot to sit out in the dark and look up at the sky.  We haven't adjusted to this heat business yet!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

This is going to be a busy day for us, so I decided  to start my blog on my iPad and transfer it to my MAC tonight.  If you hear screams coming from the direction of Arizona it is probably me trying to deal with technology.  Thank goodness it's not necessary for me to make a living in this new age. 

My therapy went well today. I was really tired when I finished.  They don't cut me any slack.  And whining does no good.  I just have to endure the torture.

We went to Taco Bell for lunch.  They are just a few blocks away.  That made all the pain and agony worth it, I guess.  I could barely walk into the place to eat.

We went to our realtor to tell her we won't be looking for houses for awhile.  It was all getting to confusing for me.  She had told us there will be more houses on the market in September and October.

After getting a hair cut appointment and going to the bottled water place, we went home to rest.  I really, really needed a nap.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016

I'm still at thr computer tonight.  I worked on the iPad today, but didn't get it all figured out.  I'll try to get in touch with Lori tomorrow, for some iPad help.

It was windy today and not as warm as it has been...104°, I think.  The wind was strong enough to rock the MH several times.  We didn't have any rain, although some had been predicted.  

Tomorrow, I go to the PT.  I hope it begins to do some good soon.  I felt lousy today and didn't do much.  I talked to Bonnie today.  She said Todd is very weak.  The doctor said he wouldn't get any better and needed to be in a care facility.  Bonnie is looking at places and has some big time decisions to make.

Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

I called Lori tonight for help in searching for my lost blog.  We weren't able to find any sign of it.  She did remind me that at one time I would use my iPad to do my writing, it would automatically be saved, and I could email it to myself.  I will try that tomorrow and see if I can figure it all out again.

I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August 6, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

This was kind of a do nothing kind of day.  I had several short naps.  Bill stayed in the cool motorhome after midmorning.

At 5:30 this afternoon, we decided to go to dinner at Chicken on the Run, thich has good food.  By then the temperature was 111°.  A nice cool place was just what what we needed.  After eating we drove around looking for houses.  Nothing new!

At 8:30, Bill was ready to go to bed.  I still had my blog to do so I stayed up a little longer.

Lazy days are great once in a while.  This was one of those!

Friday, August 5, 2016

August 5, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

August 5, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

This morning I went back to the Physical Therapist.  This time I worked with a young man named Eric.  He really put me through the paces.  I did some things that neither Bill nor I thought possible for me to do.  However, I was able to do everything Eric asked me to do.

I go twice next week...Wednesday and Friday.  There are some exercises I will try to do in the meantime.  It was encouraging to see how much I could accomplish today.  I am still very wibbly wobbly when I walk with my cane.  Coming out of Sam's Club I nearly fell on the hot pavement.  That would be a double ouch!

I called Bonnie to see how Todd is doing since they got back to Oregon.  He still has the weakness much like I do.  He doesn't like it anymore than I do.

We went to Sam's Club for lunch and furniture shopping,  The hotdog and pizza were good, but the furniture selection was rather limited.  We will just keep looking.

The sunset tonight was beautiful.  No lightening, though, and not much chance of rain.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

August 4, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

We left the house bright and early this morning, heading to Ogilby Road to check out the condition of the Desert Primrose plants we located in the spring.

Before going there, however, we stopped at McDonald's for sausage biscuits.  We love eating as we drive down the road.  Long before McDonald's invited sausage biscuits, I was making them for our family road trips.  I made lots of them for each trip, because we always had hungry children with us.  The kids always looked forward to breakfast on the road.  They still talk about the sausage biscuits we had.

The dried primprose plants are called Mexican Birdgages.  They are very interesting.  We found a number of good examples to harvest.

On our way back into Yuma, we stopped at Furniture Row.  Several of the houses we've looked at need furniture.  In each section of the store, we found at least one set of things we liked.  It has been 28 years since we shopped for sofas, dining room chairs, bedroom sets, and things like that.  I was very tired when we finished.  

While we were shopping, our friend, Gale called to make sure we had found the recipe for "peanut butter and bananas.  A part of the joke is to call Natalia to check it all out.

And since it was lunchtime and we were just around the block from In-N-Out, guess where we ate lunch!

We went home after eating for naps.  I took a long snooze and felt much better afterwards.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

This morning, I went to Physical Therapy.  They spent two hours evaluating me, only to come up with my own diagnosis.   I have very little strength in my legs.  The PT put me through a battery of about 40 tests and agreed with me.  So that is what I will work on, twice a week for awhile and then three times a week as I get stronger.

Afterwards, Bill and I drove around looking at some houses.  We didn't go into any, but Bill did some measuring to check if there was room for the motorhome.

After lunch, I lay down for a nap.  I wasn't asleep for the entire time, but I napped and rested for about four hours.  I was tired when I went for my appointment, and really tired when we got back home.

Tomorrow, if I feel like it, we plan to go to the desert and check on the Mexican Birdcages we spotted last spring.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

August 2, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

We had a busy morning.  We were with our realtor for over two hours.  We looked at four houses.  None of them were exactly perfect, but two came very close.  We will have to take a look at both of them again.

Tomorrow, I go to the therapist.  I have been very weak for several days.  It will be very interesting to hear how the therapist evaluates my situation.

Lunch was at a Mexican place.  We had eaten there before and weren't very impressed.  We will keep searching for a really good place.

We came home for naps.  I was really tired by then. 

The good news is that Todd and Bonnie arrived in the Portland  area late last night.  They were tired, but otherwise ok.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

August 1, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

Another new month has rolled around.  It is hard to believe!

We drove around today, looking at more houses.  Tomorrow, we will go with our realtor to take a more in depth look at a couple of them.

I had a rather difficult day today.  It was very hard for me to walk around inside of the MH.  Bill ask if I wanted to stay home while he went to do errands.  I decided I needed to get out and give it a try.  I got a little more stable as the day went on. 

On Wednesday, I have my first visit with a therapist.  I hope to see improvement, but I’m not counting  on anything very soon.

I came home for an afternoon nap, but after one hour and not going to sleep, I got up.  I had a good rest, but no nap.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

July 31, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

We spent a fair amount of time driving around looking at houses.  We saw a couple we would like to take a look inside.  We need to call
the realtor and arrange a time.

We went to Taco Bell for lunch.  It is one of our favorite places for something quick.  Of course it comes in second behind In-N-Out.  All of you should know that by now.

I am tired tonight, which shouldn’t surprise any of you.  It just mean I will cut this blog short tonight!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 30, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

July 30, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

This was another busy, busy day.  Bonnie and her group left this morning, heading for Oregon.  We certainly wish them well.  I, more than anyone else, know how difficult it is to travel when you’re feeling sick.  I look back to the day when we left Brent’s a year and a half ago and am amazed at how much better I feel today.

We drove around looking at houses, and figured we had earned a late lunch at In-N-Out.  As usual, we enjoyed it very much.  On the way home we scoped out a few more.  The high today was only 100°.  We still enjoyed the air conditioner in the Honda and the MH.  Both keep us very cool.

Bill wanted to know what I wanted for supper.  I said I would like a banana and peanut butter.  I thought we might have to call our friend, Gale, for the recipe, but Chef Bill finally remembered it.  Tee, hee!

Friday, July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016—-Yuma, Arizonas

We had a really a busy day today.  I had to get up at 7:00, dress, eat breakfast, and be ready to leave for a doctor’s appointment by 8:00.  Ugh!  It was just about more than this tired old body could take. 

After seeing the doctor, I had to go to another location for x-rays.  It all took a lot of time.  It was nearly 11:00 before we were finished with all the messing around.

McAllisters didn’t get off on their Oregon journey today.  We stopped by on our home to eat lunch.

After eating, I took a nap before going to look at a couple of houses.  Both houses had views of the mountains, but seemed crammed on the lots.  We drove around looking at other places, but didn’t see anything that caught our interest.

Bonnie called to see if they could walk over to see us after they ate.  The pups loved that routine before we left for Colorado.  It was quite a parade…Donnie pushing Todd in his wheelchair with Maggie riding on Todd’s lap.  Bobby was in the middle and Bonnie was trying her best to keep Lexie moving forward.

Todd was able to climb up the steps to get into the MH.  We had a very good visit with them before they decided they needed to take to “old Man” home.

I took Tylenol to try to ease the aches and pains, and went to bed early!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016---Yuma, Arizona

We got home from a visit with Todd and Bonnie earlier tonight than we did last night.  I should have more time for my blog tonight,

We moved the motorhome from the campground to the lot we were staying at last spring.  It is just across a rock wall from where Todd and Bonnie have their MH parked.  Too bad they are pulling out tomorrow about noon.   We are really going to miss them, but hope it is a good move for Todd's health.

 I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning.  I hope to get arrangements for therapy.  Bill and I both feel that it would help my situation.

Tomorrow afternoon, we are meeting a real estate agent at 1:00. There are a couple of houses we want to look at.  We haven't driven around some of the area we looked at, so maybe that will be part of the tour.

The temp today was 111°.   Needless to say, we stayed inside when possible.  That's the way to survive around here in the summer.

Please excuse any mistakes in my ramblings.  I try to proof things as I go, but I don't always catch everything!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016—-Yuma, Arizona

Today was a busy, hectic day.  Bill did some errands early this morning before it got too hot.  He checked on two therapy places.  I will call and ask Dr. Dhillon for orders to have the therapy started.  My balance is really bad.  A lot of you have known I am “slightly off balanced” for a long time.  Well, this is different.  It is more serious, sometimes causing me to fall down. 

He also went to see the ReMax Realtor, but the office was closed because everyone was out showing property.  He’ll have to go back tomorrow.

Bill came back to fetch me and we went to several places.  Our main goal was to In-N-Out for lunch.  Yum, yum!  We didn’t get there until about 2:30 and thought the crowd would be gone.  Wrong!  The place was packed.  Lots of people have discovered the best place to get hamburgers and fries.

With very happy tummies, we “fed” the Honda at Sam’s Club before going home.  I took a short nap before we went to see Todd and Bonnie.  He had a very rough night, falling several times.  They have several days until the long trek back to Oregon begins.

It is late and I’m tired so I will just say goodnight!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016---Yume, Arizona

Yes, it is hot here this morning, but we are glad to be nearly to Yuma.  Our goal is to see Todd and Bonnie before they go back to the Portland area.

We stopped in Gila Bend this morning to eat our breakfast by the side of the road.  Bill said I had three choices.  I could have cereal, or cereal, or cereal.  I told him there was a fourth choice…McDonald’s, across the street.  As he went out the door with a smile on his face, I heard him mutter that he wondered if I knew how utterly spoiled I was.  Yes! I know and I’m loving ever minute of it.  Yea for fourth choices!

Travel update…we will be in Yuma several months, hoping to find a house.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016---Loveland, Colorado

I know I am a day behind in my blog.  Bill told me yesterday's blog didn't  go through.  I tried to post it this morning but lost the entire!

I'll try to catch up tomorrow as we travel from Loveland to Rye for a reunion!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016---Loveland, Colorado

Lori, Bill, and I went to Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast, before taking her to her shuttle pick up place to DIA.  It was hard to see her go, but appreciated the time we had her here.

I was very tired when we got home, but that's not unusual, as you know.  I was able to take a three hour nap and that perked me up just a bit.

I talked to Bonnie this afternoon.  She said Todd is very weak.  He sounds like my situation, only without the occasional good day thrown into the mix.  He and I always hope for better days tomorrow.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016---Loveland, Colorado

Today was rather hectic and I am very tired, so I won't write much.  We went to Meredith's to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 and 2.  They were both good.

Lori is back for a couple of days before flying back to California.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

July 16,  2016---Loveland, Colorado

Bill and I went to Walmart this morning.  I was trying to track down an antibiotic for a UTI I have been fighting for a month or more.  With the help of the Walmart Pharmacy, we found it at another Walmart and only had to wait 25 minutes to get it filled.  Of course, I used the "wait time" to shop for clothes...something I usually don't take time to do.

We got home in time for lunch.  Soon afterwards, Michelle and I went to do a few errands.  Our first stop was at McDonald's for tea and Diet Dr. Pepper.  Then we were ready for some serious the Habitat Thrift Store.

From there, we went to the bread store and the quilt store.   We went home for much needed naps.

When I got up, I felt as if I had been "drug through a knothole backwards."  (I think that may have been one of my grandmother's saying, but I'm not sure.  She  had lots of "sayings" and if I had written them down, I could've written a book.  Just what I need...another project.)

I felt as if I had a fever and I certainly was walking all wibbly wobbly.   (My saying.)  I sat down on the front seat of the MH and nearly fell off.  Bill was able to catch me before I hit the floor.  

The rest of the evening didn't go much better! 

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Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016---Loveland, Colorado

Bill and I did jobs around the motorhome this morning.  There is a lot to do before we depart Loveland in less than a week.  Lori and Michael went out to eat breakfast.  There is a breakfast place next door to Origons where the boys and Meredith work.  I didn't hear any comments from anyone.

By the time they got back home, I was about ready for lunch.  Lori took me to Taco Bell, my favorite place other than In-N-Out.  We took our time.  It was very relaxing.  The only place we got to go afterwards was Sprouts.  I bought several kinds of fruit.  Lori showed me a variety of items in the freezer section.  There were lots of gluten free items.  I am having to avoid gluten because of my intestinal upsets.  It seems to be helping my situation.

When Michelle finished work, we rested on her futon and visited.  Of course, Tippy was there, too.  He doesn't get too far away from her.

We heard the good news from the Denver Broncos Camp that Von Miller signed his contract with the team.  It certainly was good news for all us fans.  Ron invited us all to a signing celebration party...root beer floats...our typical celebration refreshments

Please excuse any mistakes.  I am rather tired from all the activity today.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Lori and Michael flew into Denver and took the airport shuttle to Loveland.  Bill and I picked them up at the shuttle station at 11:00.  After taking Bill back home, Lori, Michael, and I went to breakfast.  We ate at the Loveland Breakfast Club.  It was very crowded.  Most of the customers had white hair.

I’m sorry to say, the food wasn’t anything to write home about.  It was marginal, at best.

After “company” got their luggage unloaded, we went to the Habitat Thrift Store.  We spent quite a bit of time roaming up and down the aisles.  Two of us bought a few items.  Lori was the only who left the store empty handed.

From there, we went to Walmart.  It was nice going with someone who wasn’t in any particular hurry.  One thing on my list was a new pair of capris.  I didn’t take time to search the clothes racks.  Lori assured me that we would go back another day…we usually go several times when Lori is here.

Michelle and Matthew made lasagna for dinner.  As usual, it was excellent.  Meredith joined us.  After dinner, we set around the table and talked and laughed.  It was lots of fun.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Happy 22nd Birthday, Natalia.  JP and I both commented on how old we feel…you can’t be 22 already.  I know you spent the weekend moving.  Now I need your new address in Denver, please!

I spent most of the morning resting.. At 4:00, Michelle, Tippy, and I went Meredith’s to sit in the shade, rest, and watch the boats out on the lake.  It is such a relaxing place to spend time on a warm afternoon.  When I got back to the MH, Bill said I looked more rested.

We have several important chores to finish before we leave Loveland next week.  I need to make a list so nothing gets left unfinished.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

JP and Rosie came for a visit.  It was great having some time to talk to them.  They are both adorable…the typical happily married young couple.  We love them both!

Unfortunately, I had a mid afternoon doctor appointment. So I had to turn the “guest entertainment” over to Grandpa.  Michelle and I got home about an hour before the two of them had to head for the airport.  We enjoyed their visit and I’m sure Natalia did, too.  She moved to Denver this weekend, and I am positive she appreciated their help with that chore.

The weather was nice while they were here.  Colorado likes to show off for company!

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

The weather was nicer today…not nearly as warm, and not any threat of rain.  Although with the forest fires, a good soaking rain is exactly what is needed.  The closest fire to us is west of Bolder near the small town of Nederland.

The helicopters are scooping huge buckets of water out of a small lake in Nederland.  We have watched that process before, once from the Columbia River and once from a small stream in Yosemite National Park.  It is an interesting process.

Bill and I went to Taco Bell for lunch, with plans to go to Walmart after eating.  It didn’t work out that way.  The Walmart parking lot was packed, so we went home and took naps.

After dinner of chicken, potatoes, and salad, Bill put me through a series of exercises to strengthen my legs.  I have been so weak lately we are trying to build me up.  I did the same routine this morning after breakfast.

My allergies have kicked back in.  The wind is blowing the pollen our way, and we are also getting smoke from the fires.  I plan to go back on my Rx tonight.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 10, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

It was already warm when we got up this morning.  We had the air conditioner on most of the day.  The sun was shining and there were very few clouds in the sky.

I haven’t done much on Brent’s quilt in the last few days.  Fatigue has set back in.  It really slows me down.  None of the doctor’s I have been to have been any help.  I am off some of the medicine that might have been part of the problem.  When it gets out of my system, we’ll see if there is any improvement.

Tonight we took Meredith and Dwaine to Cracker Barrel for dinner.   It was a relaxing time, however the noise level was high.  With my hearing problems, that is a real distraction.

When we got home the temperature had come down somewhat.  It was a lovely evening to sit in the back yard and relax.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 9, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado .

July 9, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

I was very “draggy” this morning.  After eating breakfast I needed a nap.  All that chewing took a lot of energy.

While I was resting we watched a movie.  It starred Andy Griffith and was billed as a comedy.  We were very disappointed.  It wasn’t at all funny.  It was made during the early part of his career.  I’m surprised he made such a success in the movies.  If you ever watch “Onionhead” you’ll see what I mean.

We went to Meredith and Dwaine’s to sit in the backyard in the shade of the trees.  It is such a pleasant place to spend time on a warm afternoon.

JP and Rosie flew in today, spent some time with Natalia, and then came to Loveland.  It was really good to see them.  They will be here just a few days.

Friday, July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

It was really warm today.  This afternoon, we probably had three drops of rain.  Tonight, we had quite a bit of lightening.  None of this  has been any help to the grass or flowers.  Michelle waters everyday.  I think I heard the flowers whisper “thank you” today.

Bill and I went to the library this morning.  Our only reason for going was to return books I checked out last week.  We are leaving Loveland sometime next week and I wasn’t enjoying either book enough to do a “fast read.” 

I bought a Tony Hillerman book at a garage sale.  “Coyote Waits” is set in the Southwest.  My brother, Jim, who lives in Santa Fe, is an acquaintance of his.  Jim has commented on how much research Mr. Hillerman does for his books.  Although he died in 2008, his books give mystery fans like me lots of pleasure.

Michelle’s next door neighbor had a garage sale today.  Rosemary brought me a Denver Bronco sweatshirt.  It was much appreciated.  She knows how much I like the Broncos.

Bill and I went to Walmart late this afternoon.  I bought a pair of pants and a few groceries.  I love shopping there, when I am feeling well.  And today was a good day for me.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

It was not a good day for “your’s truly.”  With errands to go on, and me with no energy, it was a lost cause.  Finally, Bill decided to go it alone.  He made quick work of just a few of the important one’s and left the others for tomorrow.  Maybe I will feel better by then.  I am very frustrated!

Needless to say, I didn’t accomplished anything on Brent’s build.  That was a big disappointment for me!

Wish me better luck tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Bill was very busy this morning working on the motorhome.  It just wore me out watching him work so hard.  Of course, wearing myself out requires rest so I certainly felt justified taking an extra nap before lunch.  Any excuse works for me!

Our errands for today were put off until tomorrow.  I spent some time working on Brent’s Oregon Ducks Quilt.  Don’t faint!  It has been at least a year and a half since I’ve worked on it.  In my mind I have promised myself I would get it finished and delivered.  Well, today was the day start.  I got most of one outside edge finished.  That may sound like a lot, but it isn’t actually.  At least is was a beginning!

The weather was very warm today.  During the night we had a heavy rainstorm pass through.  That really brought the humidity up.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

We had such a good time at Meredith’s yesterday.  Grilled hamburgers, cantaloup, deviled eggs, several kinds of chips…all made for happy tummies.  After eating, we went to the front of the house and shared fireworks with several neighboring families.

Matthew was the chief pyrotechnic.  He loved the job.  Everyone had a good time…except the dogs!  It was too loud for them.  The weather was really nice.  I, however, was wrapped in a blanket.  I am usually cold, and last night was no different.

This morning, Bill and I went to two doctor’s office.  The FAX concerning my diabetic footwear got lost, and because of that, the shoes were never ordered.  We went back to the foot doctor and canceled the order.  We will have to go back to have it all redone when we get back to this part of the country.

I was very tired from all the excitement yesterday, so I took several naps today.  I hope to wake up in better shape tomorrow.  We have several errands to go on.  Our time here is growing short…just about two weeks.  There are several important things to take care of before then.