Thursday, October 19, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Soon. Later this week I’ll move back down to the Valley. It was still 100* yesterday when i was down there, but I have hopes that it will cool off quickly. I’m ready to be near people again.
I have my car back, and I went down yesterday and had the other 3 tires replaced. I needed new tires at the time of the wreck (not a factor in the wreck…) and one tire was damaged so the insurance replaced it. Now all 4 are new, and the rest of the damage is fixed, and I have a nice, like new car. Hopefully I can keep folks from running into me for awhile.
I have new insurance on the ACA exchange until the end of the year. I’ve found cheap (generic) places to get both of my prescriptions that don’t rely on insurance. I was given year long prescriptions for each of them before leaving Mayo. So, for now I’m good medically.
Today is laundry, and start getting things battened down for the trip back to Phoenix metro. Bosley is a happy cat now, at least until the motor starts for the trip. The RV has some this and thats to be be taken care of once I’m back to civilization. All in all it is time to switch gears and go into fall.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
I have the details of my life settled down for a bit here. I’m basically house sitting at Mikes out in the middle of nowhere. I am getting some of the small things accomplished that I never get around to.
I have finally signed up for health insurance for the next 3 months. I need to check on it on Monday. Boy, is that ever a messed up process in this state. Since my checkups this month all came back as clear, no issues (thank God for not so small victories), I’m just counting on not needing medical care for the rest of the year. I have catastrophic insurance, in that I pay over $6K before it pays anything. I don’t pay anything out of pocket for the insurance, though. I have a lot of thoughts on how this, among a few other things, puts me in the ‘poor’ demographic and what some of the emotional and social issues are that follow along. Not for this post, though.
I was idling around on the internet a few days ago, and came across some old-school motivational audios on YouTube by Earl Nightingale. Some interesting stuff there. It has me thinking about what do I want, what goal(s) do I have now that I am retired. I decided that I want to live a ‘competent life’. See, especially after the wreck of my car my nerve started to evaporate. I decided that I was not able to ‘gut check’ things as I usually do because my ‘gut’ put out a Do Not Disturb sign and went away to curl up in a fetal position for the duration. I needed to drive the motor home down to Williams to dump the tanks, but the wind has been really fierce and I Just Didn’t Want to Do It. I didn’t water Mikes garden last week, again because with the wind I just sat in the motor home and did nothing. I felt my world becoming smaller because I was losing my nerve to get out.
Earl Nightingale said, make a goal. Ok, a competent life, where I can actually do things, have confidence again. He said, banish negative thoughts. Wow, do I have a lot of those. Ok, I just repeat mentally ‘competent life’ over and over. A lot. I got off my duff yesterday morning before the wind was at its worst and dumped the tanks. Yeah, me.
I was going to go hiking this morning at the Grand Canyon. I’m not all that far from it, and with my Golden Geezers pass it is free to get in. But, you know, it was chilly this morning and coffee and computer time was going so well. I decided that I’ll be busy tomorrow anyway, so maybe next week I’ll go hiking.
Then the phone rang. A friend, Lesle, that I met when I was in Jr. High. We reconnected when I was living in WA, and off and on since, but not for over a year. She never calls me out of the blue like that, what with email and all. Her words were ‘I just called to tell you I’m dying. Sorry, I don’t know a better way to say it. I’m calling my friends to say goodbye.’ She has advanced pancreatic cancer, a fast devil that she first found out about less than 2 months ago. We talked for a few minutes. I got off the phone and went hiking. Because I can.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Monday, August 07, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Now that we have affirmed that Live Writer works, I guess I’ll write a post. It won’t have a picture because I’ve been putting off taking the picture all day and if this is going to get written and posted today it won’t have a picture. Don’t try to make sense of that.
I started some sprouts last night. I’m using the new, improved sprouter I bought last year, or whenever it was. The mix has all kinds of weird named lentils and other odd legumes. So far nothing is showing any sprouts. Forget the hype about sprouts in 24 hrs with the new, improved methods, I guess. I’m kind of relieved about it, actually.
I started a new pair of socks. Actually I watched most of Judy’s YouTube of how to do Judy’s Magic Cast-on. I’m making up the pattern as I go since I know how many stitches I used last time, and the pattern I’m using this time is for bulky yarn. I’m using worsted yarn and needles 2 sizes smaller because apparently I knit very loosely. I’ll probably end up starting over a few times till I figure it out. I meant to have the picture of the first few rows in this post. I have to get that far in order to do that.
I’m still shredding paperwork. I’m finding paycheck advices from 2005, and contract paperwork for a house I ended up not buying as well as all the buying and selling paperwork (a lot) for each of the houses I’ve bought and sold. I’m making some progress.
It rained again today. The Monsoons are here. The temperature has dropped nicely. I may survive.
Friday, July 07, 2017
I have been using my phone to do most of my blog posting as I can just send an email and it posts. Only 1 picture per post that way, though. I now have good portable internet, so I decided to try posting from my computer a few weeks ago and had issues. I now have time to troubleshoot. I’ll try posting a picture with this to see if that was the problem, or if it was just a temporary glitch.
This is a random picture of my sprouting seeds. I need to get back to sprouting. Now to see if this will post. If you see it, then it means I need to get going on stuff to post about. I’ve always known that is my blog is (even more) boring, it means I’m just sitting around vegging too much.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy
While there we took part of one day with my Uncle and put flowers on the family grave sites. At one point I remarked that we seemed to come from a long line of granite. Alone with visiting my grandparents and great aunts and uncles graves we went to the small graveyard where my Dad is buried and where Mom and I will end up. It is a nice place on a small hill.
My Aunt and Uncle also live in that small town, and I walked back and forth, the only member of my family that walks instead of driving to get between the two places. It is maybe 3 blocks. I saw another Class A motorhome parked along the side street on my walk. As my time there continued, they stayed as well. Doc and Erin finally were cornered on our last day there and I waxed on and on about various links and get togethers and forums for full time RV’ing. If you are reading this, welcome again. Sorry I’ve been too out of it to answer your comments in the previous entry. I did not go up to Ferris', I would have called first to verify if they had a dump facility, but decided in the end to just get a spot with full hookups that night.
My Aunt took Mom and I up to St Jo so Mom could visit some friends. One friend who timidly answered our knock thought we were missionaries. Our dress should have told her otherwise, but she didn’t have on her glasses. Once she opened the door she recognized Mom, and we went in and had a nice visit. At the complex where Mom used to live before she moved to Phoenix we did the same thing, just knocked on the door unannounced. It turned out there was a potluck lunch going on that day, so my Aunt and I left Mom to visit and we went to Taco Bell. A trip to a thrift store where Mom bought a small Singer portable sewing machine (she doesn’t like my computer controlled one) and I bought shorts, and I was done with touring around. Mom and my Aunt went the other direction and visited family the next day as well.
After 3 days it was time to head further north to MN. The entire way from AZ to MO I fought a strong gusty south wind. The morning we were to start heading north Mom looked out at my Uncle’s flag and noticed that the wind had shifted to the east. Of course it had… I drove the entire 520 miles up to Mille Lacs that day. Every time I’d stop and check the weather there was a rain icon for the next day. I’m used to living in a desert. Rain while driving the motorhome seemed more scary than just continuing to drive.
We stayed there for 3 days. We were fed well, and enjoyed the visit with Favorite Neighbor and her son and daughter in law. These folks have treated Mom and I like we are family and it was nice to visit them in their home. We got a driving tour around the lake, and took Favorite Neighbor out shopping one day. I hope they can get back down to Mesa again and have time to stay for awhile.
We left Tuesday after Memorial Day. It took 4 days to get home again. I was like a horse heading for the barn door.
The first night we stayed in a Passport America park in Guthrie, OK. It was nice, and only $18 with the PA membership. The next night I stopped at another PA park on the east side of Amarillo. It was ok, and only $12.50, but there were no amenities. We didn’t really need any as it had full hookups, but Mom said she would pay if we went back to Oasis on the the west side of Amarillo. I went for an evening walk and was waved over to a group that was grilling. These guys were linemen who live in their 5th wheels near the job sites. They said there were maybe 25 guys and some wives. More due next week as their kids got out of school for the summer. I was given a bottle(!) of root beer and could have had supper with them. Really nice folks.
The last night we went back to Enchanted Trails in Albuquerque. With the PA membership the price was only $18. Why didn’t they tell me the other times I stayed there about the PA price? I had intended on trying the RV Park on the other side of the interstate on the way home, but the PA price was so much cheaper that I went back to Enchanted Trails after all.
I was totally trashed when I pulled into Payson. Thoughts on the trip in another post.