Wishing everyone a happy Holidays in whatever is celebrated in your home.
Yesterday was another birthday for me. I stopped by to see a friend I haven't seen for awhile, then went out to Harrah's. I walked out with more money in my pocket than I walked in with so I call it a good day. I had been up to see Mom earlier in the week, and I'll go back early next week. I try to not head that way when all the partiers are on the roads.
Again, no 'official' Bloggerfest, but I will be at the shelter house/pavilion at La Posa South on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Stop by for chit chat if you can. It is always fun to see folks.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Wishing everyone a happy Holidays in whatever is celebrated in your home.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
I'm having internet connection issues which ate my first post. Makes sense, I write a post for the first time in, ummm, a few weeks, and the internet eats it.
Basically, everything is fine here. Just not much going on. I'm not alone in that, I know.
Bloggerfest. With the general discouraging of gatherings, and with the Canadian border closed so our Canadian RV's can't join us, I wasn't planning on having a Bloggerfest this year. I will be at the pavilion at La Posa South on January 23 around 1:00pm with coffee in hand to talk to anyone who shows up. Stop by if you are in the area. For the Canadians, I hope we see you next year.
Here's hoping this one posts. I'll try to update more often. The past few weeks have been lame even for me.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
More things are making their way either to storage or to donation. I checked with the people whose lot I'm taking over this year down in the Valley, and they sold their motorhome so there won't be any overlap in needing the parking spot. I had told them they could use it in October if they needed to as, even though at that point it is mine, I won't move down until November 1. They told me about a mobile service that worked well for them to call about my front air conditioner once I move down. I'll probably do that rather than take it in as with the cat it makes it difficult to find alternative lodging if the repair takes more than one day. The back air conditioner keeps the place cool enough up here, but it may become more of an issue down where it is hotter, even in November.
I'm heading down today to pay the yearly fee for the lot. I'll also do some other shopping. I have gotten one of the guys up here drinking the Costco coffee I buy. Now I need to be his delivery person for more cans of coffee every time I go to Costco. I'm also going to get Mom a tablet as she is ready to move back into the internet age.
On Monday the motorhome goes in for service up here in Payson. I still am not sure where Bosley and I will stay if they need to order parts and we need to find someplace to go overnight. I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Around the middle of September I seem to wake up from my summer stupor. I am still slowly getting items checked off my to do list.
Mom and I had a good trip. I ordered wheelchair assistance for Mom at the airports for both ends of the trip and that worked well. She wasn't as tired or beat up after the trip as she has been before. I did ok, too, but had a few minor missteps as I usually don't check baggage and such. The wheelchair guys kept us going in the right direction, and the shuttle guys both took the baggage out of the trunk of my car and then put it back at the end. I park at Blue Sky off site parking and just let them manage the airport traffic while we sit in the shuttle.
We were not as careful as we could have been while visiting. Around family we didn't mask up. Some of the extended family doesn't mask up most of the time, but we are past our two week quarantine now and we neither one are sick. I am very thankful for that.
I'm clearing out the motor home and finding some things. I take it in a week from tomorrow to be worked on and that is a good excuse to empty it out so I can clean it thoroughly before moving down to the Valley at the end of October. It was 100* at 5pm when I was down there one day last week. Still way too hot.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
We fly to Kansas City tomorrow. Multiple face masks and we each have face shields. I've been in contact with my 1st cousin and offered to help her set up the wedding on Friday. I'm getting my electronics sorted to take (2 phones, a hot spot and a tablet, along with chargers). And, I'm cleaning so that my neighbor can easily come in a take care of Bosley while I'm gone.
Mom is, of course, already packed. I'm most of the way there. Just a few more details, bills to pay, and a last check I've remembered everything. See you on the flip side.
Friday, August 21, 2020
This is the summer of not doing much. The rains finally arrived, then we had another stretch of hot, dry weather. My front air conditioner decided to die in the middle of it. Luckily I have a rear unit and it works ok. I put a fan in between to try to blow the cooler air towards the front. When that doesn't work I take my computer and just lie on the bed below the strongest vent.
Mom is doing fine. The doctor changed her medicine as the other medicine started giving her issues again. The new medicine is about the same. We are supposed to fly to Kansas City to see family in a couple of weeks, but how she feels determines whether we go. The tickets are refundable to the last minute, almost literally.
Mostly I sit home and knit. I'm not getting some things done that I actually could be doing, but I'm in a sluggish rut. That is one reason I haven't been updating here. I'm not doing much and I am not keeping up with things I could be doing..
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Edited to add:. Ok, I'm a little stressed. This is looking at the smoke from the Bush fire raging down in Tonto basin, probably 20 miles away. Once the fire crosses the basin, if it does, it is an uphill sweep to where I am. The casino is on the south edge of town and the main highway south is closed at the casino.
The information page has gone back to the fire map from yesterday. This morning there was a map showing the fire had made it to the basin and to Highway 188 that traverses the length of the basin more or less in the middle. I'm frustrated in that I will be slow in the motorhome and I don't want to wait until we get the evacuation notice.
AZ uses the Ready! Set! Go! model for the notices. Communities about 12 miles south of me have been moved to Set! status.
If any of be this (all of this?) is gibberish, basically send prayers for good decisions to be made by all parties involved.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time flys when there isn't much to do. Or it doesn't. After seeing a couple of references to the 'new blogger' I realized I haven't posted in awhile. I can't seem to find the new blogger button so I'm on the old style for now.
I'm in Payson, mostly behaving. I admit I have been to the casino a few times. I shop at the local Walmart a few times a month. I was doing Mom's shopping but she is taking that back over for now. In Gila Co. we haven't had many cases of the COVID 19 virus, which I am counting on when taking my chances.
I'm knitting. Making a lot of mistakes as I go, so it takes awhile. I found my black material to use as a backdrop so I may get a few pictures to post at some point.
Just not a lot to report. I'm eating down my stores of food. I'm slowly working my way around my storage unit. I'm ready to head out to someplace. Mostly I'm growing roots into my couch and Bosley watches me.
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
I have been mostly recovering from the move since I got here. I have gone back to the Valley 3 times. Once for my mamogram cancer checkup (all is well), once to empty out the used shed I bought in my park down there so it can be moved to my site, and once to pick up a large order of yarn that I place before I realized I wouldn't be around to receive it.
I did a larger shop for Mom one of the times I was down there and the shelves were mostly stocked. I did run into the item limits when I tried to buy 4 cans of pork and beans and the limit was 2. Most everything else was available. I haven't shopped up here yet so I don't know if I just happened at a time and place that worked.
The rest of my medical appointments have been canceled. We will pick back up where we left off when life is back to normal. It is only an hour and a bit drive down to the Valley, so being up here isn't a block to that.
I finished the shawl I was knitting. I need to figure out how to block it and then I'll post a picture. I like it.
That is mostly what is going on here.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Monday, March 02, 2020
On Friday I finally got in to see the endocrinologist. On March 10 I have an ultrasound of my thyroid. The doctor was somewhat dismissive of my saying I want it out as it is causing issues with swallowing, some talking (needing to clear throat or drink), and now breathing. Once he sat me on the table and felt my throat he walked out and came back in and ordered the ultrasound. No idea on timeline or anything else. Last two ultrasounds the (different) doctors weren't concerned about the size. It feels larger now, at least to me. It has been biopsied and isn't cancerous so that shouldn't be an issue.
My 2 and 3 year mammogram cancer checkup (I missed the 2 year one as I had not great insurance) is March 25. I also have an appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor on the 27th for another issue that is impacting my speech. There was a reason I put a hold on longer distance trips, needed to get all this scheduled and it wasn't happening quickly at first.
March 15 I head to Vegas again, and I may go a day or so early to camp and explore the area of Arizona on the way up. March 18-25 my Mom's two sisters will be here and Mom will come down and stay with me while we explore. Mom turns 89 on March 24. We will take her to the Organ Stop pizza place to celebrate. We know how to party.😊
I am continuing to walk 1-2 miles around the RV park every day. When I find myself spinning around in circles mentally, I walk. I get a lot of exercise. An earlier physical exam found I do have breathing issues. I had thought I was just getting further and further out of shape as when I did do anything I was panting. Turns out I can't breathe. Hopefully it is related to the thyroid issue. I do have an ENT appointment to look at things from that direction as well.
I had the motor home work done. The brakes were replaced. The rest of the issues are mostly cosmetic, except he says I no longer have tail lights. There are some minor electrical issues, mostly related to the the cable for the backup camera dragging a couple of years ago and apparently shorting out the speedometer.odometer panel. I know the fuse I need to replace now that my repairman un-shorted the cable underneath. Hopefully that fixes the tail light issue. I also now own a car tow dolly, which I bought from the same guy. He set it up and verified I now have everything to tow the car. Except for the whole tail light issue. Being able to tow the car with me will make my moves between locations much easier. I admit I am nervous about towing. I have towed behind moving trucks almost as long as my motor home going cross country a couple of times, so hopefully after getting on the road with it all I will be fine.
I have been given the ok from the managers to move into a spot further back in the RV park next year. It is on 'dog row' where folks with dogs have to park. There are less than 10 RV spots in the dog friendly section, the rest are park models. I said I want to get a dog so they gave me a spot where someone (who has a dog...) is not coming back next year. I have put out to the Universe that I want a dog. Small, quiet, low-shedding, laid back personality. Basically a unicorn dog. My neighbor in Payson has a dog that I'd love to dog-knap who meets all these criteria. I'll ask her if she know what kind of mix Cindi-dog is. I know she was a rescue, and any animal I adopt is always a rescue. I'm in no hurry, I'll wait to find the right dog. Bosley will not be amused.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Tomorrow I go up to Payson to see Mom. I want to find more stuff in the storage unit to get rid of. I know some of what I want to get rid of, the problem is getting to it. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and it won't be wet or too cold to work in the unit.
I am feeling the dive I take both physically and mentally when I increase my physical exercise. I will lay low for tomorrow again and then go back to the gym on Thursday. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I have to allow for how my body works.
Monday, January 06, 2020
Sunday, January 05, 2020
Saturday, January 04, 2020
This is 4 days of blog. Progress.
My neighbor whose cats I'm watching gets back tomorrow. It hasn't been a problem, and I go over about 4 times a day to check on them and give them pets and attention. It has been fun to have more cats to cuddle.
Barney left a comment saying I should try shoe goo to fix my tennis shoes. I also have some Keen walking shoes I had started wearing when the Merrill tennies split that gave me a wet sock in Vegas when it rained there.. So, I went to Walmart and found a package and tomorrow I will commence operation shoe repair. Nothing to lose at this point. I just couldn't get myself to throw the shoes away. I will either fix them or make them completely trash.
Tomorrow is home maintenance day. Dump tanks, run trash over to the dumpster, mop and sort and that kind of stuff. Not sure the what time neighbor will be home as she drove up to Vegas. LIfe here is settling into a routine. This is a good thing.
Friday, January 03, 2020
Thursday, January 02, 2020
Now to Quartzsite: I will be at the shelter at La Posa South on January 26 from 1pm to whenever. I will be in the area anyway, so on the very off chance that someone was planning on showing up at Bloggerfest this year, I'll be there. This is a Sunday. May or may not put up the signs, but probably will since I have them.
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
I taking one from someone else as well. My resolution for this decade is to clear out my storage unit by 2030. Seems doable, maybe. Not sure if buying a cargo trailer and using it to store my stuff counts. It would probably be cheaper.
I have cooked the past 2 days. Mostly healthy stuff. That is an ongoing goal. So far, so good.
I started putting together my expense tracking spreadsheet today. I didn't spend anything today so it is working so far. I put one together many years ago and spent at least part of most years keeping track of what I spent and what I bought. Since I retired I have let it slip. I will try to keep up with it again. Who knows.
Planet Fitness has a special with no contract going on. I may join again. I joined originally because I thought I would travel a lot in retirement and use them for showers and sometimes actually workout, maybe. Turns out that where I travel there are never Planet Fitness centers, so I quit last year. However, I feel a need to exercise and there is one a little over a mile from my winter location. With no contract I can quit during the summer and join the very nice rec center up in my summer town. It's a plan.
Speaking of plans, I have a modest plan for Bloggerfest. I will be at the shelter house on a date around the usual time, which I haven't decided on yet. I will be there drinking coffee and if anyone wants to join me to stop in and visit, cool. Enough of the folks who were showing up at Bloggerfest aren't making it down to the Southwest this year that I don't have the heart to make it an 'event' this year. I will be there, though, as I said. I'll pick a date tomorrow and post it. That should give me 2 posts for the month.