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.

Monday, July 4, 2016

July 4, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Happy Fourth of July!  I hope yours was as safe and sound as ours was.  Our fireworks display went on much longer than we had expected, and it is well past my bedtime.  I’ll write more tomorrow.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 3, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Meredith and Dwaine come at noon to take us for lunch.  We were going to Windsor to eat at a Hawaiian place.  We were going to eat Loco Moco.  It is a typical Hawaiian dish of rice, meat, egg, and macaroni salad layered in a dish.  (I hope I spelled the name correctly.) 

When we got to the restaurant it was closed for the holidays.  Darn! So we drove into Fort Collins to BJ’s.  I ordered Chicken Tortilla Soup, which is one of my favorites.  It was the best I have ever had…lots of chicken in a thick sauce with vegetables.  Yum, yum!

When we got home, I took a nap and watched a John Wayne movie, both at the same time, according to Bill.  When all the fun games were over, I went outside to sit with the girls.  There were dark clouds building in the south toward Denver, but we only had a few drops of rain.

By dusk we couldn’t tell if we were hearing thunder or fireworks.  Probably the latter.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Today was a lazy two nap day for me.  I think I was tired from all the running around we did yesterday.  Today was cool and cloudy and a good day to stay inside. 

Meredith, Dwaine, and the pups came for a visit.  Joey was first in the door.  Soon he was taking a nap by the steps.  Hapa stayed outside the whole time.  That’s where she likes to be best.  Dwaine was trying to keep track of her, but at one time she was out of sight.  After much searching, he found her under the front of the motorhome taking a nap in the shade.

Bill and I watched the NASCAR race from Daytona tonight.  It isn’t Bill’s favorite race course, but I like it.  We have driven on that track twice.  Years ago, they took “tourists” around the track for 50 cents each.  It has a couple of steep banks and the driver stopped the van at the top of one bank and we started sliding down.  It was exciting.

We took Lori, JP and Natalia several years ago. The cost was $8 each and we rode around the bottom of the track.  My, how things have changed!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016—-Loveland, Colorado

Last night, I lost my balance and fell.  I wasn’t going to mention it until Big Mouth Bill ratted on me to Michelle this morning.  I didn’t have any duct tape handy so I couldn’t tape his “beak” shut.  I lay on the floor for awhile and got over the shock. 

I said if he would just give me a pillow and a blanket, I would stay there for the night.  He said that wouldn’t do and we should try to get me up.  I was able to rearrange my body a bit and we could get me up.  No ambulance needed!

I have some large bruises and one sore finger, but other than that, I’m OK.

I didn’t want to get up this morning, but I forced myself to.  We had several errands to get crossed of the list.  Our last stop was at the new Sprouts Farmers Marker here in Loveland.  It is my favorite place to purchase fruits and vegetables.  Now I don’t have to go to the north side of Fort Collins to shop at their store there.

After lunch and naps we went to Walmart.  Chef Bill was making meatloaf and baked potatoes for dinner and he needed to grocery shop.  Dinner was great, as usual.  Meatloaf is one of his specialties.

While we were eating, rain started to fall.  Not just a few drops like Bill likes to joke about.  It was an honest to goodness rain…1/4 inch reported on the computer.  It continued to rain off and on until bed time.  I really don't know after that because I took my hearing aids out!