Saturday, December 27, 2008

Celebrating Christmas

December 23, 2008

Eddy & Beth arrived around 7pm. Pretty tired from the ride, especially when crossing into Michigan. Eddy said that I-75 was completely snow covered. It took almost an hour to travel 25 miles at one point. We all were in bed for the night by 9pm., knowing we will have a busy 2 days ahead of us.

December 24, 2008
It has been our tradition that on Christmas Eve, Wilma's side of the family gets together for a dinner and to exchange gifts. This year it was Connie's turn to host the get together, however she asked if we could have the gathering at our home. She prepared ALL the food and brought it with them. Wow did she fix a spread of delicious food! Well done Connie!
Dinner was served at Noon, and afterward we exchanged gifts. Everyone had a great time, and it was nice to get "caught up" on what has all been happening in everyone's life.

Eddy figured out why we had so much snow!

Wilma has a winter sign hanging on our gate that says "Let It Snow".

December 25, 2008
It's our tradition to have our daughters and grandkids over for a breakfast before opening gifts.

The day started with a great breakfast prepared by Fred & Eddy.

Angel and Brook arrived first around 9am, hungry and excited for the presents. Angel had a cold so she felt a little under the weather.

Tina and her family arrived at 10am, hungry, ready to eat and open their presents. Eddy prepared the Biscuits and Gravy. I did the eggs and bacon. Mmmmm Goooood!!!!

After breakfast everyone went to the living room to see what Santa brought.

The Kids and Grand Kids had a great time opening their presents. Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the wonderful gifts they received. "Santa" did real good this year!

By 5pm everyone was gone. Eddy & Beth left to stay with Connie for a few days.

Wilma got in her relaxed mode and.......

took a little snooze with Kybee.

From our family to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous, healthy New Year!

Until our next Adventure....
be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow, Wind, & Wilma’s Heart

Friday morning the snow started falling. Kept falling all day and by the evening around our home we had 12 to 14 inches. BLA I hate winter! After working 9 hours at work I came home to work another hour with the snow blower clearing the drive and walks.

Then around 7:30pm the snow plow came through and cleared the street. Depositing another foot of snow across the drive. So on went the winter coat and out to get the snow blower to clear the drive again. Got back in the house around 8pm. Now after a 14 hour work day I thought it was time for a rest, so on the computer I went to get my email. By 9:30 I was in bed for the night.

Saturday was just cold, had to work 8 hours, I say had to because the extra on the pay check helps pay the Christmas bills. The weather man on TV was predicting that high winds will be here tomorrow with 20 to 40 below 0 wind chill! Yikes!!! Then add the blowing snow and yep you guessed right, more snow blowing what was just done the day before. Did I tell you I HATE WINTER!!??!

At 4 am Sunday, Wilma taps me on the hand to awake me, telling me her heart has been racing for the past 20 minutes. Up out of bed I jump, to take her pulse. I really had a hard time finding it! The reason I had a hard time finding her heart beat is because it wasn't racing, it was irregular. It would beat a couple times, then stop, then beat once, and stop again, then beat four or five times and stop again. WOW....get dressed we are going to the Hospital. The wind blowing the snow, temps in the low 20's and streets slippery, but we made it in record time. Of course I went through a red light after stopping, looking, and then proceeding through.

Arrived at the Hospital Emergency Room around 4:45am. They took Wilma right in.

Chest X-Ray, Blood samples taken, IV inserted, EKG taken, 4 Baby Aspirin given which she had to chew up before swallowing, orders from the male nurse taking care of her. Within a half hour a young Dr. entered asking Wilma questions about her condition, any pain, what meds she was on....the usual Dr. stuff. She wrote down all the different prescriptions Wilma has been taking, and informed us she would be checking on the blood work and monitoring the machine Wilma is hooked up to, and would return with further diagnosis as soon as possible.

Within another 45 minutes she was back explaining what the symptoms were to us in more detail, re-assuring us there is no need for alarm at this time. I was impressed with her for her professionalism.

Then within another half hour, she entered with a more senior Dr. who introduced himself as the Senior consultant Dr. on staff. A scare went through me like never before. I was expecting some really bad news here, but he went on to say everything looks ok for now and that Wilma should follow up with her personal Dr. and maybe a cardiologist. Both Dr.'s felt it was fine to be discharged and leave the hospital.

WOW What a relief!

We were out of the hospital and in a restaurant by 9am. Both relieved that it wasn't serious but both knowing she has to check with her Dr. very soon.

Arriving home I told her that I would wrap the gifts today that she was worried about. And she just needs to put the labels on them. I wanted her to take it easy today, and she didn't argue.

All the gifts were wrapped by 2pm. We watched a little TV before we both fell asleep for a well deserved nap.

It's 6pm now as I write this Blog, the wind is still blowing hard outside and the temperature is down to 5 above 0 Degrees F. Brrrrr...the furnace is working overtime keeping us warm. And I feel great the gifts are done, and Wilma is feeling better.

Another adventure in our lives....until the next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More snow on the way!

It started while we were having supper in the restaurant yesterday evening. When I woke this morning to go to work there was 4 inches of fluffy white snow on the ground.

Now arriving home from work, the local weather man says that Thursday evening we could see a mix of sleet, rain and if cold enough possibly 6 or more inches of more snow by Saturday morning. Auuggghhhh! Already I hate WINTER!

Give me the sunny Florida weather. Listening to XM Radio Orlando Weather it got to 82 today with a low of ONLY 62 tonight. PERFECT! Hopefully when I retire, Wilma and I can "snowbird" to Florida for the winter and get away from this stuff up here in Michigan.

Anyway, I was reading another blog of an RV'er and he had a clip from You Tube. Watching it I was really impressed and just had to add it to my Blog. This must have been very time consuming getting all these musicians from around the world to play the same song without seeing each other.

Hope you enjoy it as I did. Click on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It’s Great News!!!

Today has been a great day with great news!

Connie, Wilma's sister had a Dr. appointment to find out the results of the biopsy from her tongue.

The Dr. said they caught it very early and she is fine. No cancer remains on her tongue.

We are all so relieved by this news. Especially Wilma!

Now she can start planning for the Christmas visit from her brother who lives in Kentucky. She said it feels like the world has been lifted off her shoulders.

Thanks to all who kept Connie in your prayers.

Until next time, be safe and God bless.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Good News and Hopefully Not Bad News

It seems that sometime last weekend, I must have been exposed to someone who had strep throat. Sunday evening I started with a sore throat, figuring it was nothing but another virus that's going around. Monday after returning home from work around 4pm I was really beginning to feel pretty bad. Went to bed shivering at 6:30pm. Tuesday morning at 10:30am I was in to see the Dr. He told me that I was his 5th. patient this morning with strep throat plus he had seen 3 patients with mono. All between 8am and 10:30am!

Thursday evening I still have the sore throat but not as bad. Taking the drugs prescribed, and if its not gone by Monday I guess I'll be seeing the Dr. again.

Last evening around 11:30pm the phone woke us up. It was Connie, Wilma's sister, calling with some potentially bad news. She said that she went to the Dr.'s because of a painful soar on her tongue. He suspects it may be Cancer and made the appointment with an Oral Surgeon for today at 11:30am. Wilma, after dropping the Grand kids off at school, went over to Connie's home to take her to the Dr.'s office. When she returned she said the Dr. felt that it may be Cancer and he took a biopsy to have it checked. Connie ended up with 5 stitches in her tongue. The Dr. also told her that it had been caught early if it was Cancer. So now the agony of waiting for 7 days for the biopsy report. Folks, our family is in need of your prayers.

Now for some GOOD news.

Eddie, Wilma's brother, called this evening. Wilma gave him all the news about their sister Connie. Eddie then told her that they, Eddie & his wife Beth, are planning on visiting us all here for Christmas! That really made Wilma feel sooooo happy! It will be really nice to see them all together for the Christmas holiday.

I received an email from Veronica this evening, she is married to my sister Judy's son Derek. She sent 6 more pictures of their beautiful baby girl Merissa.

Isn't she just a beautiful baby! Darn right she is! Really seems weird to me to be calling her my "Great Niece" Kind of makes me sound like an old coot!

I do know this though, my sister Judy is one proud Grandma. You can see her face just light up when she talks about her little Grand baby.

Well as you can see, we have had one very busy week. Many adventures with more to come!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

This has been a wonderful thanksgiving for our family. The only thing that could of made it better is if the members of our family that are living in other states could have joined us. But as the family grows and spreads out over this great country of ours, I guess it's to be expected.

The morning started out with getting out of bed around 5am. Had morning coffee with Wilma before loading up the car with all the supplies for our dinner.

Arrived at the Lodge around 7am and by 8am the turkey was in the oven. Wilma arrived around 9:00am and between the two of us we had the Lodge set up the way we wanted for our Thanksgiving Family Dinner. Bless her heart, with all the work she did preparing for this dinner. Without her I don't think it could of happened. Thanks my hon! Great job and I love ya!

Wilma's centerpiece she made for this occasion.

Dinner was served at 1pm. What a great dinner it was. Everyone kept telling Wilma and I how good the Turkey and stuffing was. Wilma also prepared mashed potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, deviled eggs, and her sugar free cherry pie for desert. Everyone else bought a dish and there was more available than was eaten.

This was the second year in a row that I was able to have use of the Lodge. And it works out just so perfectly. We had around 24 mouths to feed for our dinner. There was plenty of room in the commercial kitchen for all who had to cook. The kids had more than enough room in the adjoining rooms to play tag and burn off the extra energy that they always seem to have. And the guys were able to watch the Detroit Lions loose yet another game on the 60 inch. Sony TV.

In fact the family started asking where we could all gather for Xmas. After a lengthy discussion and suggestions it was agreed that if the Lodge was available the Sunday following Christmas we would all meet there. So this Wednesday evening I will once again approach the membership asking for the use of the Lodge. Hopefully I will be granted my request.

It's now 6pm and Wilma and I are pretty tired out.

Another wonderful Adventure we had today, and Wilma and I hope that you also had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting way too cold to soon!

Wow it's been awhile since I've last written, so here is kind of a boring update on what's been going on in our life.

On November 1st. we were invited to a Surprise Birthday Party for Debbie F. a close friend of ours given by her husband Joe. And I have to say, Joe did a great job at keeping it from his wife Debbie. When she entered the hall she was totally surprised, and everyone had a great time. Happy 50th. Debbie!

On November 4th, after voting, Wilma and I went to PGA Collision to pick up the Coach. A fine job they did on the repair of the rear corner post and bent bumper. Can't even tell anything was damaged.

I asked for and received a week off of work next week. I plan on doing things around the house prior to Thanksgiving. One of the big jobs I have is getting up the rest of the leaves. It's been below freezing for the last week, so the leaves in the gutters are frozen and can't be removed. Man O Man its getting way too cold too soon this winter. They say it will be up to 40 by this Sunday, I sure hope so because I need to get over to Mom & Dad's house to clean their gutters also. I really don't want my 81 year old Dad on the roof doing it himself. Even though he feels that he is perfectly capable of doing it.

Now we are getting ready for Thanksgiving. Again this year we are hosting the dinner for the family at the Lodge I belong to. Boy does that ever make it nice. Plenty of room, big screen TV for those who want to watch the Santa Parade and Football. Nicely furnished kitchen. What more can we ask for? We are expecting around 24 mouths to feed. Each family member is bringing a few items for the dinner. Mom & Dad pay for the Turkey and will be bringing the Pies. I don't have the list that Wilma is keeping track of but she assures me it looks like everything is covered. Wilma & I should be arriving around 8am to start cooking and setting up the seating arrangements.

Yesterday, Thursday the 20th. Rebecca came home from school and told her mom, Tina, that she was almost killed today. She was visibly shaken and Tina asked what had happened. She said the school bus stopped on a railroad track when the arm came down on it. The bells were ringing and red lights flashing. She said she could see the train getting closer and closer. The bus driver tried 4 times to move the bus but couldn't. (Didn't know if the driver was trying to back up or go forward) But finally on the fifth try the driver was able to drive off the tracks before the train reached them. The bus driver told the kids that it was no big deal and not tell their parents. A boy sitting next to Rebecca told her that he was going to tell his parents because he was really scared, Rebecca told him she was going to tell her mom also.

Tina has contacted the school and put in a formal complaint with the transportation department. And from what Tina has told us, the woman she talked to sounded like there was others who called to complain also.

Now I don't like to see anyone loose a job, especially in the very hard times Michigan is having now, but I believe this particular bus driver must be dismissed. There is NO excuse for getting a school bus caught on the tracks at a railroad crossing. Thank God no one was hurt, other then the trauma those kids got seeing the train close down on them. We will wait and see what the school does. I'm sure other parents probably feel the same as this Grandpa does.

So.....that's about it. Until next time, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween....

Booooo.....October 31st means Halloween.......
The family were to meet at our home to grab a bite to eat, get into their costume and then go to Trick or Treat. But with all the excitement, none of them wanted to eat.

So Na-Na helped them get into their costumes while I manned the front door handing out candy to the early arrival trick or treaters.

The weather was just perfect being in the low 70's for the kids. And being the perfect night, we had a total of 225 Trick or Treaters show up at our door for treats.

The young kids showing up at our door were really cute this year. Then even before the evening progressed to a late hour, the "older" kids started showing up. Now I mean "older" as in above 17 and NOT dressed in any type of costume. Some didn't even have a bag to put their candy in, they just held out their hands.

Now I don't know about you folks reading this blog, but when I was a kid 16 was the magic age you didn't go out to trick or treat! In fact I remember at 15 how awkward I felt doing the same thing as the "little" kids were doing. Well, I guess times change, along with this old coot. But this old coot gave those kids holding out their hands just ONE tiny ity bity sucker. Maybe next year they will take the hint that it just ain't worth all that walking for a little sucker!

OK...I just had to get that off my chest.

The evening ended around 8:30 when the "gang" arrived back home and had to inspect what they had received. Not as much as in the past. I guess a sign that times are getting rough for everyone and the amount of candy is reduced. Plus Wilma said that there were more homes dark not giving out candy then homes lit and giving out the candy.

All in all everyone had a great time.

Another wonderful adventure in our lives complete, come back again to see what our next adventure might be.

Until then be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Frankenmuth, MI

A trip to Frankenmuth, MI was planned for Sunday, Oct. 26th. The weather forecast was for scattered rain possibly mixed with snow. Seemed to me to be the perfect match for a wonderful time.

On our way there the skies looked threatening, but we didn't get into any rain until we exited I-75 at Frankenmuth. Oh well, just a sprinkle, it will be ok.

We headed for Bronners. After all it's said to be the Largest Christmas Store in the World!

Of course we had to get a picture of Santa.

It started to rain a little harder just as we exited the car to take the picture. By the time we got back to the car, just a few hundred feet away, we were both pretty soaked.

Drove over to the store and it was closed. Didn't open until noon and it was just 10:30am. So we headed for the downtown area to check out all the other stores. Found a parking spot kind of close to the stores, at least I thought it was, but under a steady rain it seemed farther away than expected. So we were soaked again. Went into a couple stores and back to the car.

Knowing that we wanted to walk around the town, I suggested that we head back to the exit of I-75 where we both noticed a new Meijer's for the purchase of 2 umbrellas. Wilma commented that the sun will probably come out after I buy the umbrellas. I was going to get them anyway.

Sure enough, exiting the store with $20.00 worth of umbrellas the sun was shinning. Wilma and I had a chuckle out of it. I mentioned that everyone owed me big time for the purchase of the umbrellas because now its going to be sunny the rest of the day.

Getting hungry now, so we decided to head for town and get a "Famous Chicken Dinner". We decided to choose Zehnders Restaurant. The chicken dinner was pretty good, but not as good as the Amish down in Shipshewana, IN. We both had so much food we had to ask for containers to take home. Mmm...lunch for tomorrow.

After dinner we headed back to Bronners to walk through the worlds largest Christmas store.

Now being here in the past, I remembered how easy it is to get lost because of its size. So entering this time I made note of which entrance we came in at. The West entrance. So as long as I don't forget that we will be ok.

After several hours of walking and looking we found a couple items to purchase. Don't want to get too carried away in this store, as the prices are quite high. I didn't notice many costumers with filled baskets of items, so I believe the prices were keeping everyone from buying. But it was fun looking and getting in the spirit of the season.

We left Bronners and headed South on I-75 going home. Wilma tilted back the seat and closed her eyes, taking a little cat nap. After all, it's an hour and a half to get home.

All in all we had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the changing colors of the trees, the town of Frankenmuth, chicken dinner, and fun "tourist traps" to walk through.

Another great adventure in our lives. Come back again. Until then, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Family Gourd Day

Today our family got together to celebrate "Family Gourd Day".

Don't know if that's what you would call it or not, but it's what I'm going to call it.

This time of year the family jumps into the Coach and we all go to the Pumpkin Patch for everyone to pick out a pumpkin. But this year, with not being employed for the last 6 weeks, and the Coach in the repair shop getting some body work done, Wilma came up with another plan.

When we went to Shipshewana, Indiana last weekend, she purchased a number of weird looking gourds. She then had the plan of putting a number on the bottom of each of them. Have the grand kids pull a number out of a cup and what ever number they picked would be their gourd to keep.

I didn't think it would be much fun for the grand kids. But as the day progressed it was just perfect. And best of all....it didn't cost us an arm and a leg for those over priced pumpkins!

It turned out to be a perfect day! Weather sunny and in the mid 70's. Pizza for lunch with Apple Cider, donuts, Carmel apples, and pop corn popped right off the cob!

What a wonderful time we all had. Another great adventure in our lives.

Come back again, until then be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Shipshewana, Indiana Trip

We left Friday morning around 10am. Our first destination was Howe, Indiana to pick up our new Tow Dolly. The exact same dolly purchased locally around our home would cost $600.00 more.

So we decided it was time to go visit the Amish, and pick up the Tow Dolly.

Wilma drove the Buick behind the Coach down to Howe, Indiana. It took the guys a total of an hour and a half to show me how to secure the car onto the dolly. But the most time it took was to get me a plug that worked so the Dolly would have brake and turn signal lights. Wow what an ordeal!

Anyway water under the bridge so to speak. So off to Shipshewana Campground, about 19 miles to the East. We arrived around 4pm and checked in. Set up the Coach and went to have some dinner.

We both knew where we wanted to eat as we have eaten there before. The food is great! We both highly recommend anyone traveling around this area to stop here and have dinner.

After dinner, we went back to the Coach, did some web surfing and went to bed early.

Saturday, October 4
Wilma was up with the sunrise. So quiet she was I didn't even know she left the coach to take some morning pictures. WOW what pictures she captured!

It was a really cool morning, around 34 as there was ice on the windshield of the car and the grass. But the day turned out just beautiful, with temps in the high 60's and sunny. We both had a wonderful time going in several stores to look around. Stopping at an Amish farm to buy a white pumpkin and some odd shaped gourds. And just driving around the countryside taking in the beauty of the area.

Sunday, October 5
We slept in until 9:30am. Did that ever feel good. The heater was keeping the bedroom warm but the rest of the coach was just a might cold! Again it got down in the low 30's and the temperature in the coach was around 60! Brrrrr...
We both decided to try another restaurant for breakfast. As this was Sunday, almost all places of business is closed. The Amish are very strict about what they do on Sunday.
We found a restaurant/hotel/indoor water park open and had a great breakfast. All you can eat for only $7.99 adults.
After breakfast we went back to the coach to clean up inside and get ready for the trip back home. We pulled out around 1:15pm. Stopping once to check on the Tow Dolly and to take Kybee for a walk, we arrived back home safe and sound around 5pm. Pulling the Tow Dolly I never went over 60mph. Just a little nervous I guess. I told Wilma I could tell we were pulling much more weight than when we pulled the small Saturn. And I could tell we used more gas pulling the Buick as well.

Another great adventure in our lives. Come back again, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Surgery Update

Went to see the Surgeon this afternoon. He said I was healing on time and when would I like to go back to work.

I said I feel that in 2 weeks I should be ready to go back. So he scheduled me to return to work October 13th.

I'm really beginning to like being home every day. I guess this is what retirement is like??? Must mean that I'm getting close to the big retirement date.

Tomorrow, Wilma and I are going to get the Coach ready for an out of town trip this weekend. Going to Shipshewana, Indiana. Arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday late morning. We will be stopping on the way there to pick up our new "Tow Dolly". Now that I don't have the Saturn, we will need to take one of our other cars along when we use the coach. We are going to take the Buick along with us, as I feel the brand new Chevy Malibu is just too nice to pull behind a Coach. As the Buick cannot be towed with all the wheels down, we are in need of a Tow Dolly. You drive the Buick up on it and strap the front tires to it. The rear tires of the Buick stay on the road. It should work out just fine.

Another adventure, another day. Come back again, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jury Duty???!!!

They finally caught up to me!

I had received 3 different notices for Jury Duty in the past 6 months. The first 2 I was excused from. But when they scheduled me for September 25th. I knew I better go. Didn't want to push my luck, even though I still had this cold or flu just barely hanging on.

I arrived in the City's free "Park & Ride" lot around 7:55am. The shuttle bus was there waiting. Boarded for the bumpy ride to the Court House. I had forgotten how stiff a ride buses give you, and this was one of those small buses, built on a Van chassis.

Arriving at the Court House, we then had to go through the metal detectors. No problem there, at least we didn't have to take our shoes off like at the airports.

Next we were taken to the Jury Room. A judge came in and talked to us explaining what we could expect for the day. Then we had to watch a video on what was expected of a Juror. Boring boring and more boring!

There were at least a hundred of us in this room. It was a large room with plenty of windows to look out over the City, as we were on the 5th. floor of the City County Building. We were all getting ready for a long wait now because we couldn't go anywhere unless they allowed us to. Almost felt like we were being held prisoners.

Then an announcement came over the intercom. "Will the following jurors report to the rear of the room". About 30 numbers were called. My number was 44, they called 43 & 45, so I had to remain in the room and wait.

I had bought a Sudoku book to keep me occupied. But that lasted for about an hour. Now what??

Looking around the room several people bought their laptops and were on the "Net". I gave Wilma a phone call, asking if she could bring my laptop to me at lunch. She agreed and I waited for an announcement that we were excused to go to lunch.

Then a half hour later an announcement came that we were all excused. Our day would be considered a "half day" and would be paid $12.83. Looking at my watch, it now being 11:30am. So from 8am till 11:30am, just 3 and a half hours seemed like a full day, and I was given the ok to leave. Great! And Thank you very much!

We were told we would not be called for jury duty for 12 months. At that time we would become eligible again.

My thoughts: I really didn't mind being called for Jury duty. I just was a little "under the weather" with this cold, or what ever it is that both Wilma and I have.

But if I would have been called to be a Juror, I would have done my best, and probably enjoyed it, seeing how I have never been a Juror.

Talked to Gary, my Bud, yesterday. I will be driving the Coach over to his home tomorrow (Sunday). He is going to work on replacing the "O" Ring seal on the drivers side tag axle. While he is doing that I am going to be working on his computer. Hopefully I'll be able to get it to run better for him.

Wilma is still having a hard time getting rid of her bronchitis. She said yesterday she is sick and tired of being sick and tired! Today makes it 9 straight days she has been sick. Hopefully the anti biotic kicks in and makes her feel better. If not, she may have to go back to the Dr. and get something else more powerful.

Another adventure, another day in our lives. Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Windshield Installed

I was told to be at the Glass shop between 8:30am and 9:00am. I walked into their office at 8:45am. How's that for being on time!

Of course Don informed me that I wasn't allowed inside the coach while they were working, and I wasn't allowed to "give them a hand". I assured him that I would stay back out of their way as I don't know anything about glass and was confident they did. Once he and I understood each other we hit if off great.

Don, (the guy in the red shirt) was the leader, and looked like the only one that really knew what he was doing. The other two employees have much less experience. I asked Don how long he has been working with glass and he told me he started when he got out of High School in 1971.

It took all three of the employees to remove the old windshield and about an hour worth of work. Another hour was spent installing the new windshield.

So the job started at 9am and was completed by 11am. Don told me of a restaurant down the street if I wanted to go have lunch. That I would not be able to move the Coach for at least 2 hours to let the adhesive set up. I told him that's what I'd do and off I walked to have lunch. Returned back at the glass shop around 12:15pm and sat in the Coach doing Sudoku.

I phoned PGA Boat & RV Repair and made an appointment to see them about the damage on the rear of the coach. Told them I'd see them sometime after 2pm. They agreed to look at the damage and get the insurance claim processed. I had to let them know that I would need the coach until late October at the earliest. No problem they said, just let them know 2 weeks before bringing the coach in so they can get the parts ordered.

So at 1pm I walked into the glass shop office to see if it was ok to leave. Don gave me the ok, and I had to sign a couple insurance papers for them before I left. Around 1:45pm I arrived at PGA. Signed a paper giving them the permission to do the repair and they told me they would wait for my call in October. So at around 2:15pm I was headed back home.

Got allot done today, now tomorrow I'm going to check on moving my IRA into safer investments. If that's possible in today's times.

Wilma went to the Doctors today to find out exactly what is wrong. She has really been a sick lady these last few days and it seems to be getting worse.

She arrived back home about a half hour after I got home. Diagnosis: Bronchitis almost pneumonia. She received an antibiotic shot at the Doctor's office and 2 prescriptions. One a cough medicine and the other an antibiotic.

So the day ends with more adventures, be safe and God Bless

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Compressor now operational on Coach

Last week I had an appointment at an auto glass company to replace the drivers side windshield. When I pulled the Motorhome out of the yard, I noticed the rear was low to the ground. I figured the air compressor just needed some time to pump up the air bags on the rear axle and tag axle.

Well, a half mile down the road I had to return home. The air compressor wasn't running. The coach can still be driven without the air compressor, but only to get the coach to a repair facility, and you can only go about 25 miles an hour. Without air in the air bags it rides like you are connected straight to the axle without any type of springs or shocks. A very rough ride!

So with my minor expertise, meaning none, I tried to trouble shoot what was wrong. I determined that the solenoid that controls the operation of the compressor had failed. I had jumped out the compressor and verified that it was still operational.

Got on the phone and ordered a new solenoid, costs around $65.00. Won't get it until Wednesday of next week, meaning this past Wednesday. It arrived and I installed it with no results. The compressor still won't run. Well by Friday morning I had found the problem. Under the hood, drivers side is a large relay and solenoid. One of the many things connected to it was a 30 amp fuse block. The fuse looked like it got overheated, but my meter checked it out as still good. I used a pliers to pull the fuse out, and sure enough, the fuse holder was pretty melted inside. So off to the auto parts store to purchase a new one. After getting it installed with a new fuse the compressor ran. Dang it I just purchased a solenoid and new pressure switch that wasn't needed. Oh well, now I have a spare if needed.

Anyway I called the auto glass shop to reschedule. My new appointment is set for Tuesday morning at 9am. The girl I was talking to said I could drop the vehicle off at 8:30 and when its done they will call me to come pick it up. I informed her that I would stay and wait for the job to be completed. That's when she didn't know what to say and had to keep putting me on hold so she could talk to her boss if it was ok for me to stay and wait for the job to be completed. After putting me on hold two different times, she and her boss realized I was not going to change my mind, and she informed me to bring plenty of reading material because it's a long job. I told her I would and I understand its a big job and would take some time. But I didn't want to bring it in at 9am and the work wouldn't begin for a couple hours, that I expect them to start working on it right away. So we shall see what kind of a company this glass shop is and what kind of service I receive will depend on if I report them to the Progressive Insurance Co. or not.

The day before yesterday, meaning Thursday, Wilma came down with a dandy of a cold. Probably caught from one of the grandkids that they brought from school. It has really hit her hard and she is really miserable. Last night I went to the drug store and bought a vaporizer and some Coricidon cold pills that she can take with high blood pressure meds. I slept in the living room on the couch trying to keep my distance so I won't catch the cold. But this morning I'm feeling the symptoms. Dang it I hate colds. I really hope the vaporizer helped her last night and she might be feeling a little better today.

Planning on going over to Angels house today and take a look at the lawn mower. Seems like she has water mixed in with the gas. Hopefully I'll be able to clear that up so she can cut the grass.

So.........next Tuesday I'm scheduled to get the drivers side windshield replace. Next Thursday I have to report for Jury Duty. And now possibly a butt kicker cold coming on.

More adventurers in our lives....until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Post Op. Doctor Visit

Yesterday at 1:30pm I had my first check up following my surgery. The Dr. seems to think I'm progressing well and I am to schedule another appointment in two weeks. I was given the green light to do things around the house, but nothing too strenuous. So today I cut my grass. Thank God I have a self propelled mower or I would not have been able to do it.

Talking with other men who have undergone this type of surgery, I'm told most of them were off work for 6 weeks. Tomorrow it will be 2 weeks from the date of the surgery. I'm kind of enjoying my time off from work. Now if the Workmen's Comp checks start arriving on Friday, I'll be all set.

Sold the Saturn today! The first guy that came out to look at it was the one that got it. I say that because he first looked at it last Friday. He seemed interested but you never know until you have the money in hand. Anyway he called yesterday evening and told me he would be over this morning to pay for it and pick it up. I had to tell him that I have 5 other potential buyers interested, so he has until 4pm. If I don't have the money in hand by then, I will go ahead and notify the others to come look at the car and the first one with a deposit will be the buyer. He assured me that he would be here to pick up the car by noon. Which is just what happened. At 11:30am he along with his parents drove up, paid for, and drove away with the car.

I kind of hated to see the Saturn go, it was a great car and we all have many memories of the places it has taken us. But time goes by and things change, so away it goes.

Today I'm also waiting for parts I ordered for the Motor Home. For some reason the air compressor that pumps up the rear air bags quit working. As soon as the new parts come in I'm planning on installing them and hopefully the compressor will operate normally. Until it does the Coach cannot be driven over 25 miles an hour. I still have to get the drivers side windshield replaced, and damage to the rear corner that has already been approved by the insurance company. Wilma and I would like to go visit the Omish in Indiana next month, so I really need to get my Coach running again.

That's about it, so until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Surgery is DONE!

Wow what an experience I don't want to do again for the rest of my life.

It started last Thursday morning. Checked into the Hospital around 6am for pre-surgery exams. Meaning just an EKG. I guess I passed that with flying colors as the tech said all the squiggly lines were in the right places.

Next came the surgery prep. Of course having to get a hernia repaired a shave was in order. Now I'm going to tell you that I'm no different from any other guy, AND GUYS DON'T LIKE TO BE SHAVED IN THAT AREA BY ANYONE! But I endured, holding back my embarrassment. But I'd give a dollar for the thoughts that went through the head of the tech that did my prep.

Next came the Dr. that would give me my anesthesia. Nice lady, very informative. And from some remarks by the floor nurse she was the best Dr. on staff for giving the anesthesia. My surgeon, Dr. Hanks, didn't show but his assistant, who's name I can't remember, did and he explained what to expect during recovery.

Several drugs were administered via the IV and when I was wheeled out of my prep room I only remember the gal pushing me that it was early in the morning and forgive her if her driving was a little reckless if she bumps the wall. I remember telling her that I wasn't in any shape to help her as I was getting a little dizzy. Boom...that was all folks! Don't remember anything until I was brought back to meet Wilma about 4 and a half hours later.

The surgeon told Wilma that it was more difficult that what he first expected, and that was why it was a 1 and a half hour surgery instead of 45 minutes. Also he had to make an incision, (which is about 7 inches long....ouch!) instead of just the 3 or so small holes from laparoscopic surgery.

Home now, Thursday afternoon....really sore, moving with pain and moving very slowly. Especially when trying to sit up in bed, which took the help of Wilma. Friday afternoon comes, still in pain so continue taking the pain meds. Saturday morning still in pain! WOW! Taking pain meds and can't get all the "plumbing" to start working. By Saturday evening around 7:30pm, I tell Wilma that she should take me back to the hospital. Of course she was telling me all day Saturday I should return to the hospital, but I just put it off.

Now...Saturday evening 7:30pm in the emergency room. Time ticking, waiting, waiting. Seeing allot of "Residents" which in my book means STUDENTS! What a bunch of dumb questions were asked. By midnight I told Wilma to go home and go to bed and I'll call her when I'm ready, oops, when they will release me. Well after a long night, I was finally released around 3pm Sunday!

Now, today, Monday afternoon, I'm still not fully sure everything will work perfectly. But I'm armed with the right drugs to give it a jump start if needed. I DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO THE HOSPITAL TO FIX ANY PLUMBING PROBLEMS AGAIN! I'll do it at home myself thank you very much....

So another great adventure in our family shared with you. Aren't you happy to know all this?

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Puckett/Anglin Family Re-Union

Thursday, August 28

We left last Thursday afternoon around 1pm on our way to the Puckett/Anglin Family Re-Union in Dixon, KY.

After about a 6 hour drive we decided to stop for the night, get a room, and continue the next morning. Pushing the "OnStar" button in the new car and asking for directions to a Holiday Inn Express, found no accommodations within a 50 mile radius. So we just kept looking at the road signs for a place to stop.

A few Exits farther we found a Holiday Inn Express! We were in New Castle, Indiana about half way to our destination, so we decided to see if they could accommodate us. Sure enough...and we had a room for the night. (We found out later that the hotel was bought out by another chain but they still hadn't removed the Holiday Inn Express sign).

You can see where I headed!

Brooke wanted to go swimming so off they went to the pool.

The next morning we ate breakfast at the hotel and headed for our destination.

Friday, August 29
We arrived in Dixon, stopping at the grave yard to pay our respects and add some colorful flowers, then to the local gas station/hotel to check in. Unloaded our belongings and headed to Linda's home for a visit and to have a cook-out with her.
Well, as the evening progressed Linda ended up with a large amount of family staying for supper. So Wilma took the hamburger and mixed our famous recipe to stretch the amount needed. Along with that and a package of hot dogs, there was more than enough to feed everyone.
Following dinner, getting later in the evening, it was time for the bugs to come out. We all said our good byes and headed back to the hotel for a good night sleep.
Saturday, August 30
We all were to meet at cousin Rodney Pucketts' house for the family re-union. He has a very nice home, and we all gathered in the back yard under shade trees. The kids also enjoyed Rodney's 3 horses, trying to feed them bread. The horses all kept their distance from the kids as there was an electric fence surrounding the area the horses were allowed to roam. One of the kids happened to touch the wire fence and got a shock. Poor little guy, Rodney's little 2 year old grandson let out a yell getting every one's attention! He was ok after awhile, but all the other kids took note and were just a little bit more careful not to touch the wire fence.
The Family re-union was a tremendous success! I got a chuckle hearing from some of the Puckett family saying, "Who is that person? I don't know who they are!" I said to them that I have the excuse not knowing because I married into the family,...but they were supposed to know everyone! Got a laugh from many of the "married into the family members".
The weather was perfect, high 80's maybe low 90's, with tolerable humidity. Just enough to make you want to stay in the shade. The food was "Country Good!" A large choice of items to eat and Mmm Good! The desert table was to die for, and I almost thought I was going to have a sugar attack after sampling all the deserts. No one went away with an empty stomach.

What a wonderful Family Re-Union. Enjoyed by all who attended!

Sunday, August 31
We were invited to Eddie & Beth's home for breakfast. With that invite we made sure we weren't late! Eddie makes the best breakfast in the country! Shortly after Wilma and I finished eating, Angel and Brooke arrived from Fay's home where they stayed the night.
We were entertained by the hummingbirds and Eddie's dog, Buster. Before long it was 1pm our time, which meant we had to leave for the non-stop trip home. Our good by's said, a few tears shed, and we left hoping to see them again real soon.
Our trip home was quite nice, no problems and the traffic was on the light side, so we made good time. Stopping for dinner and 3 "stretch breaks" we still made it home in 10 hours. Our car averaged 31 miles per gallon at 70 MPH with the air on! Great.....I think I'll keep that 2009 Malibu for a long long time.
Hopefully the next time we get to go "South" again we will be able to stay a little longer. We knew it was going to be a quick trip, and it was better than not going at all. We are all happy we went, and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Till next time, be good and God Bless.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Saturn Is DEAD

Yesterday I had the Saturn towed to the Dealer's service dept. That was a fee of $55.00.

Got a call from the service manager, (if that's what he wants to be called, because he wasn't very knowledgeable) that they think the problem is in the Transmission. For a fee of $750.00 they will open the trans. and take a look.

Then if I need a new trans., the $750 would be put toward the price of the repair. Asking him what he might think it would end up costing? He said somewhere between $1500.00 and $3500.00! I DON'T THINK SO! I told him to take the car out of the service bay and I'll be in Monday evening to pay the $100.00 service charge for looking at the car. Then I'll have the wrecker tow the car back to my house, with another $55.00 bill. So adding it all up.....I've spent another $220.00 and I'm no farther ahead to getting it fixed. Needless to say my patience is running thin about this vehicle, so by Wednesday the latest a call will be going out to Purple Heart to come and get the car for a donation. I'll just write it off on my taxes and forget about it!

OK....Enough about the car.... Here is a picture from our vacation to Caseville for the annual Cheeseburger festival.

 

 

Oh yes....I LOVE MY NEW CAR!!!

WOW what a great car! 2009 Chevy Malibu LT2. I'll get some pictures tomorrow if it doesn't rain.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Back from Vacation

We arrived Sunday afternoon from our trip to "Cheeseburger" in Caseville, MI. What a great time we all had! The parade was one of the better times, and a must see as we were told by one of the women who works at the Chamber of Commerce.

The vacation was not completely perfect. My tow car, a 1997 Saturn wagon, seemed to have destroyed it's transmission!

We first unhooked the car from the motorhome at my friend, Gary's home. We drove it around out of the way for me to move the motorhome. Sunday morning we drove the car back to be hooked up to the motorhome. I was showing Wilma the steps taken to do it correctly. Gary was also watching. After hooking it up and checking to make sure the lights were working, we said our good by's to Gary & Cheryl. Off we went to Caseville, which was a couple hour drive, enjoying the country views.

Arriving at our destination, I un-hooked the car and Wilma got in the car to start it and move it off the road unto our campsite. That's when I heard her say something was wrong. I got in the car, moved the shift to R with no movement of the car. Not even any noise from the transmission. Moving it to D didn't do anything, the car just didn't move!

Wilma and I then proceeded to push it out of the road and unto our campsite. I checked the trans fluid and it seemed ok. But for good measure I added about a half quart of transmission fluid to it. Tried to get the car to go in gear resulted in nothing. The car just wasn't going to move. My realization then set in....a blown transmission. Now what to do????

Lucky for us we were camping with good friends who asked us to join them every time they planned on going into town. We made the best of the situation, trying to not think about the car, and have a good time. Which is just what we did.

As the car did roll freely when placed in anything but P, when it was time to come back home I just hooked it onto the motorhome and pulled it back home with us.

Now my plans are to just donate the car to charity. Looking up what the value is for this year and model car, I have determined that the cost of repairing the trans., the 4 struts, and the water pump just out did the total cost of the car.

So for the past 2 days I've been on the NET looking for it's replacement. I feel I've done my homework, knowing the MSRP and the Invoice prices of the cars I'm interested in. Today, armed with this knowledge, I took a test drive of a new 2008 Saturn Aura and spoke to a salesman. From there I went to the Chevy dealer and test drove a 2009 Malibu. Talking to the salesman there we agreed on a price, (which was what a GM employee gets), and I signed to get the paperwork going.

Keep your fingers crossed, if it's meant to be I can pick up the new car tomorrow evening.

So.....with all this going on I haven't had time to post all the pictures of our vacation. I took many, many, many pictures of the parade and town of Caseville. Maybe in a couple days when things settle down around here, I'll have time to post the pictures.

So until then, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Getting ready for a Vacation

It's been awhile since I added anything, so I guess I'll let you all know what's been going on.

I seem to have a hernia. Yep it happened at work, so the company Dr. recommended a surgeon. Last week I had an appointment to get examined by him and get his prognosis. So he examined me and determined that I have a small hernia on the left side. It not being a severe one, he mentioned that there would be no hurry to get the surgery. I was relieved of that as we have a vacation planned starting on August 10th. Another one for the Labor day weekend. He approved if I wanted to wait until after Labor day as long as I don't pick up anything over 10 pounds, push or pull anything, and no going up & down vertical ladders. The only rule I'm actually violating is picking my lard A _ _ out of bed in the morning!

I'm still working under the restrictions with no problems. Then on September 4th I am scheduled to go into the Hospital and have this problem fixed. The Dr. says I'll be out of work for about a month. While I'm off work I will be receiving Workman's Comp., which will help out.

Been getting the Motor Home ready for our next vacation up north. Had to replace a running light on the right rear near the roof. I guess I must have hit a low branch as the whole lens was gone. Then I had to replace the circuit board on the hot water tank. Wow...that is costly at $100.00! But at least it's better than not having any hot water. I'm not a fan of a cold water shower!

The screen door needed the latch repaired. It was made out of plastic and broke awhile ago. I made another one out of a piece of aluminum angle. Works perfectly! Another job well done.

In my spare time I've been putting together our Disney Pictures from last March. Both daughters let me copy their pictures and add them to mine.

Using two MS programs, Photo Story and Movie Maker, I was able to assemble the first two days onto a DVD. The pictures actually move with special effects and music is added in the background. So much better than watching a plain boring slide show!

Last Sunday we (the entire family) assembled in front of our big screen and I showed them the first completed DVD. What a time we all had! Everyone just loved it! I believe everyone wants to go back to Disney again.

I'm thinking it will take me another week at least, working a couple hours each evening to finish assembling the remaining pictures, adding the special effects and music. But I figure they each will have their own copy to watch anytime they wish in the future, bring back great memories. In my heart it makes me feel it's all worth it. I'm glad I am able to do it.

I will have them posted on our Picasa web site as soon as I finish arranging them all. Probably just after I complete the movies.

Not much else going on so...check in again later for more of our Adventures.

Until then, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Family Reunion Day

The skies looked like rain today, with a 40% chance of thunderstorms according to the weatherman. Not the perfect day for a family reunion picnic. But we were determined to go. Wilma worked hard yesterday evening preparing the main dish and two sugar free pies.

But shortly after arriving the sun came out and it was a perfect day for a reunion picnic. Temps in the mid 80's with humidity enough to let you know it was there.

It was good to attend again this year, (not every year my mother can attend).

My family was all there except Tina. She had to work until 3pm and had to miss the picnic. Bummer as she really enjoys going to this family function.

For me, I do it mostly for my dad. As there is only 4 members left in his generation. Himself and his 3 sisters. My Aunt Ella being the eldest at 93. My dad at 81. Don't know the ages of the other 2 sisters.

As usual the prayer was said at 1pm sharp. The lines were formed and out of respect, the elders were allowed to go first to fill their plates with the large assortment of food. Following dinner we had the minutes read to us of last years reunion.

Then.....let the games begin! Starting from the infants to adults, everyone had a chance to participate in their age group for a prize. When it got to Dakota's age group he first decided to participate, then changed his mind and backed out. I told him not to worry because I used to run the other way when I was his age and the adults were calling me to participate in the games. I didn't enjoy it then either.

All in all it was a great time had by all those who attended, and we look forward to many more years of watching the family grow.

Another wonderful adventure in our lives to share with you.

Come back again.

Until then be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wilma’s B-Day Celebration

This morning we wanted to "beat the holiday crowd" by getting to the park early and gathering up our picnic tables. We arrived around 8:00am, and we had no problem getting our spot. I guess everyone wanted to sleep in this morning.

After unloading the car, Wilma stayed behind to guard our spot and I took off for the restaurant to get us some breakfast.

The carry out was a Western Omelet, one for each of us. We both enjoyed our breakfast in the peace and quiet of the Park.

Around 11am the rest of the family started to arrive. We also celebrated our Grandson's Birthday. Dakota will turn 12 in 2 days. So there were some gifts for each of them to open.

 

What a perfect day for an outdoor picnic as you can see from the pictures.

Wilma and I left the park at 5:30pm.....a total of 9 1/2 hours....we are plum tuckered out! But it was all worth it, everyone had a great time and with plenty of food to go around, no one went home hungry.

Another wonderful adventure in our lives. Till next time, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Wilma !

Today is Wilma's Birthday. Happy Birthday my hon!

Both daughters came over for a visit with her this morning. She said she really enjoyed talking to them.

I had planned on taking her out to a restaurant of her choice for dinner, but on arriving home from work she was wore out from house work and didn't feel like going out. So she decided on Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner at home was what she wanted.

Her wish was my command so off I went to fetch dinner.

I did get her a nice card and flowers, to help brighten up her day. It also has the 4th of July theme being Red, White & Blue.

Following dinner she did tell me what she wanted for her birthday. I got a little excited thinking...oh boy I will be able to get her something she really wants. Then she told me she wanted small stones to place in the old flower bed behind the swing. Oh, shattered excitement on my part, thinking that that wasn't such a good present. Talking about what type she wants, she decided on PEA GRAVEL. Ok...another wish is my command...so tomorrow I will go get some pea gravel and fix up the area around the swing.

The phone just rang and it's Eddie her brother calling to wish her a happy birthday. Way to go Eddie! You sure know how to brighten her up. Had her laughing within a couple minutes. She is back to her 'ol self! Maybe the rest of the week end she will be feeling better.

Really she is kind of down in the dumps because her sugar is higher than the Dr. wants. He has put her on a diet cutting out allot of Carbs. And guess what her favorite food is. Yep...anything with allot of CARBS! Good ol Potato Chips, Wendy's Chocolate Shakes, Ice Cream, just about everything that is good to eat. She is monitoring her sugar levels every 4 hours. And because the readings aren't going down as fast as she expected she is getting a little down in the dumps about it.

Now some news about me.

Yesterday at work I kind of over did it a little. Suspecting I might have gotten a hernia, I turned in a report to my boss. In turn he sent me to the Company Dr. who examined me. Yep she confirmed I have a slight hernia on the left side. PLUS I have hyatial hernia. That's one in the stomach area, it really shows when I try to do a sit up. Dang I wasn't expecting that! She said that they both need to be repaired, giving me a referral to, in her opinion, a great surgeon who operates in the Hospital just a quarter mile from our home.

So when I got back to work I called the Dr. to make an appointment. Seems I can't get in to see him until July 22nd. He will then examine me and determine the best plan of attack. Kind of getting a little close to our planned vacation in August which starts on the 10th. of August. I'm getting the feeling that I won't be in any shape to go on vacation in August, darn it anyway! Plus Wilma and I are planning on going back to her home town for Labor day weekend.

So the past several days have had a few more Adventures in our lives.

I'm sure we will have more, so check back again soon. Until then, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Carol!

This morning we left home and headed for Fowlerville, MI to attend my cousin Carol's 60th. surprise Birthday party. My GPS said it would take 1hour and 45minutes. Actually it only took us 1 hour 15minutes. And NO Speeding! So being a little too early we stopped at the new Walmart store that had just been open for about a year. Very nice store in Fowlerville.

We looked around for about 30 minutes, I being the only one who found something to buy. A gallon of Prestone anti-freeze for the Buick and some energy saver light bulbs for our bathroom.

We arrived in plenty of time before Carol arrived. When she first saw everyone she looked a little overwhelmed! It was truly a SURPRISE Birthday party! Job well done by all the others in the Eastwood family to make this happen.

It was a wonderful party enjoyed by all. The family members who couldn't make it to the party surely missed a good time.

It has been at least 7 years since I've seen any of the Eastwoods. It was really great talking to them.

They had a delicious lunch, with more food than we all could eat. Mmm Good too! Well done Kathleen, Beth, and Mary-Ann. The three sisters who I noticed worked hard making sure everything was set for this party. Sorry if I missed giving credit to anyone, the party was a great hit!

My Aunt Mary, Carol's mother, sure enjoyed everyone that attended also. She is such an energetic woman! What ever you are doing Aunt Mary, keep doing it! You look great!

I also got to talk to Pat and Tommy Eastwood. Guys...it was really great to talk and get re-acquainted again. We really need to get together more often and stay in touch.

We walked over to Aunt Mary's first house. I believe John Eastwood now lives there. Wow what a difference than what I remember. There has been much remodeling done and it looks great!

John was still at work and we had to leave to head back home. We sure would have enjoyed talking to him. Maybe next time....and there WILL be a next time!

We had a nice ride home, taking in the country setting. Arriving home we took a short nap and upon awaking we headed to Walmart for some grocery shopping. Seems today I donated quite a bit of my hard earned cash to the Walmart company!

It was an exceptionally wonderful day and adventure.

HAPPY 60TH. BIRTHDAY CAROL ! We wish you many, many more birthdays to come.

Until another adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Electric Meter/ New Shed & Steps

Yesterday this family received a few "New" items.

First off the Electric Co. arrived to install a new meter on the house. I didn't think anything was wrong with the old one. But they probably figured I didn't have high enough electric bills!

The meter on the right is the new one.

Then Tina called and said her shed was completed today. All the finishing touches are now completed with her move to the new park. Her steps have been constructed and now the shed.

On the other side of the coin....Angel was given some disturbing news a while ago. She was notified that her X-husband petitioned the courts to have his child support reduced. Dang it anyway it was approved! She lost around $300.00 per month! I just don't get it. This kid has been struggling to make ends meet for her and their daughter, and now will really have to scrimp to get by. She has applied for a new full time job in the school system. Hopefully she will get the position. Please remember her in your prayers.

Mean while I'll be watching my electric bill. If it makes a drastic change upward I guess I'll have to call the company and complain. But on the other hand, and I know I'm wishing for the impossible, if it goes down.....well only I will know. :~)

Till our next Adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Camping & Casino

We made it back from our 3 night camping trip. We both had a very relaxing and good time at Saginaw Bay Resort in Standish, MI.

This was Kybee's first camping trip and he proved he likes camping. The only problem is that he wants to be with us constantly! We left him in the Motor Home while we went to the Casino on Friday. When we returned a couple were walking past and said that he was barking alot while we were gone. Dang...I hope he gets used to staying alone once in a while.

Mike and his wife Brenda also checked in to the campground Thursday evening. I work with Mike at General Dynamics. We were just finishing setting up when they phoned and said they were just entering the campground. They found their campsite a couple hundred feet from ours.

Friday came and the 4 of us went for a ride in my Saturn, looking at the other campgrounds in this organization. Couldn't get into the one on the River because the state was repairing the bridge just before the campground. They did see it from across the river though. From there we left for the Casino.

This is a new Casino. Just opened last January. Very nice and we didn't loose an arm and a leg the first day! We stayed a couple hours going our separate ways and then met back at the front entrance. From there we stopped at the A&W Root Beer for lunch.

We returned back to our Campground, and Wilma and I took a short nap. Afterward we walked over to Mike and Brenda's site. They bought their RV a year ago next month, and we were invited in to take a tour. Wow what a nice RV trailer they have. I've never seen the floor plan that they have with the main bed in front, and bunks and bathroom in the rear. Very nice Mike and Brenda. Hope you have many happy years and many fond memories with your new rig.

After awhile we went back to our campsite for a bite to eat. Then returned to their site to sit around the campfire. By 11pm we called it a night and went back to our rig and to bed.

Saturday Wilma and I decided to take another trip to the Casino. This time we won back a little more than we lost the day before, so we consider ourselves pretty lucky on this trip. We are money ahead! A rarity for us. We left the Casino and took a ride to the Saginaw Bay area. It's about 3 miles due east from our campground, and we have never been there before. We took the road toward the Bay as far as we could. From there I walked (very carefully) a couple hundred feet to the water line. A couple fishing boats were returning with news of a good catch for the day.

We returned and just lounged around the campsite the rest of the day. By evening we could hear thunder in the distance. A neighbor told us that there were some severe storms with hale north west of us. We decided that we could start putting everything away instead of waiting for the morning. Just in case of rain at night I wouldn't have to walk in mud to do it in the morning. Within an hour Wilma and I had everything put away and ready to pull out in the morning.

Sunday morning we decided to leave and stop at our favorite restaurant on the road, Cracklebarrel for breakfast. Again within an hour of waking up we were on our way home. Stopped half way home for gas as the gauge was showing a quarter tank. So to fill it up it took about 66 gallons of gas at a cost of $4.099 per gallon. OUCH! of course that wasn't all used just for this trip. We actually started with a 3/4 full tank.

Made it home safe and sound and while I was unloading the MH, Angel and Brooke stopped by to say hi. Had a nice visit with them.

And now as I sit here writing this post, Wilma is chatting with her friends on the web and Kybee is fast asleep.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Day!

To all us fathers out there.....Happy Fathers day!

I had a wonderful visit from both my daughters, Angel and Tina, this morning. What a beautiful and meaningful card I received and a Detroit Red Wing Stanley Cup Champs shirt.

We all had a good time laughing and goofing around as you can see from the other pictures on our Web album. (Click on the picture and it will take you to our album).

This afternoon Wilma went shopping and I started to wash down the Motor home. Wow we still had the Florida dirt from last March on it. I guess that shows how busy I've been. I got about half done with the roof and the sky looked like a storm was coming. So I had to convince myself that it must be a day of rest! I got off the roof, put my cleaning stuff away and now as I'm posting this it's raining. Perfect timing.

Till next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Much has happened...

Since the last entry on May 30th.

Tina did get moved in, her family feels like they are on vacation! Imagine that! Move to a new location and there is such a great change in surroundings that it now feels like your on vacation. Nice!

That was the good news, but what followed is some of the "bumps in the road" she is having.

  • Where does all the stuff go?

There is still some items left in my garage that hasn't been relocated back at her home. She is still deciding if she really needs the items. I'm sure as things settle down we will find a home for these items.

  • Utility shed:

She needs to come up with a down payment of $300.00 to have the park start to construct her 10X10 wooden shed. Until she can come up with this down payment, the bikes, etc. need to be chained up. Also she can't take the chance leaving her lawn mower out in the open, so yesterday I took my mower over there and mowed her lawn, which was needing it badly.

  • Air conditioning:

This is really bad. Since she moved in the weather has been really warm, in the high 80's and low 90's. The company hired by the park didn't hook up the air conditioner until late Wednesday. She turned on the air and after running most of the day on Thursday....no cooling. Thursday evening I went over to check it out. Found that the Freon leaked out. So to get her through the night I added some Freon and got the unit cooling for them. She made phone calls to get the contractor who re-installed it to come back out and check it out.

The next morning around 10am she called me at work and said the suction line on the air conditioner is all frosty. I told her to turn off the unit that the Freon is leaking out again and the contractor has to find and repair the leak before any more Freon can be added.

4 hours later she called giving me the contractors phone number because he was telling her things she didn't understand. I called him and he started giving me numbers of pressures that only a person in the business would understand. Bottom line....compressor not pumping.

That evening I went to the parks office to talk to the manager. After a complete explanation of all that transpired the last few days he agreed that the Park is responsible. He assured me that at the parks picnic on Saturday, he would talk to his boss and they would come to a solution.

So here we are Sunday evening and it's in the 90's and she has no air. Will wait for a contact from Ken the manager of the park this week.

  • Dryer vent hook up.

That's my job that I agreed to do, so today (Sunday) I completed the installation of the dryer vent. You have to cut a hole through the newly installed "skirting" to vent the dryer out from under the mobile home. A little scary so it was a definite "measure twice, take a look and think, then cut the hole". Success! darn good job too if I must say so myself.

Have to change the subject for a minute.....

WOW What A Storm we just had! Around 5:10pm the dog, (update on that following this) needed to go out to take care of business. The sun was shinning, about 93 outside and I could see black clouds towards the south west. I kind of hurried the dog as the tornado sirens went off. We were under a warning all within about 5 minutes from sunny skies to dark windy conditions and the temperature dropped to 70.

Wilma got on the phone to call Angel telling her to get over hear fast. I called Tina with the cell warning her to take cover also or get over here.

Tina had a place to go with the kids, Angel jumped in the car with daughter, neighbor lady and her dog and arrived here within minutes of the call.

The winds really picked up but that was all. No hail, No super high winds, No trees down. Thank God.

Within about 15 minutes the front moved through and there was NO wind at all. No rain and the temperature stayed around 72 for the rest of the evening.

Now, about our Dog.

Tina had a small dog. A Pug is the name of the breed. She really didn't want to take him back as the park will charge her a fee for the dog, and money is tight for her. We told her when she moved back in her home that we would keep him for a while until a new home could be found. Well, within a week, he stole both our hearts. So it looks like we are the new owners of Kybee, our 4 year old male (who has been fixed) Pug. What a lovable little dog.

Meet Kybee our 4 year old "Pug"

Saturday I took him to Petco where the Vet was visiting and got all his required shots. $85.00 later he is good for a year. Next year won't be as expensive they tell me.

Until our next Adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Tina is Moved In!

For the past two days now, Tina, friends and family, have been moving her household items back into her Mobil Home.

The Carpet was installed Wednesday afternoon, and the City inspection was completed also on Wednesday. That was the "Green Light" she has been waiting for. So a load went over on Wednesday evening and has continued until today. This being Friday evening, there are still a few items that she is contemplating if she needs them or not.

Tomorrow morning I am going to the Oreck vacuum store to purchase my carpet cleaning supplies. Then over to Tina's to put together the last bed together. (There is a story about this bed) Now this isn't just the run of the mill single bed. It's a Futon bunk bed. All made of metal tubing. In a hundred pieces. Well maybe not a hundred pieces, but allot!

When I disassembled the bed I put most of the bolts in a safe place. I say most because I somehow left some of them on her kitchen counter. I called her the night I discovered that I left them so she would not "Misplace" them.

So.....she didn't misplace them, in fact the ones she kept are the only ones we can find! Man O Man! I guess I really did it this time! I really put the bolts I had in a safe place because I can't even find them! Dang it anyway... I guess I'm getting the CRS again.

So I guess I'll have to get the bed put together as much as I can with what bolts I have, then measure and count how many I'm missing. I guess I'll be making a trip to Lowe's also before this job is done.

Well it's going to be a very busy Week end again. At least I don't have to worry about getting bored.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, May 23, 2008

New Tires for Tina

First thing this morning, after Tina got the kids off to school, we drove down to Belle Tire to purchase new tires.

She let me drive and before I got 200 feet down the street I was shocked at the amount of wobble in the front. She said it's been going on for a week now. WOW....I didn't know it was so bad. Plus the car was pulling to the right. So I told her that we will be needing a front end alignment. She was very concerned on the total cost, I told her I would expect just a little over $500.00.

Walking in she asked me to do the talking. So I said sure but she needs to listen to our conversation and if she doesn't understand anything to speak up right away so the sales man and I can explain it to her.

She understood it all and agreed with the tire price and alignment. Total bill came to just under $500.00. Not too awful bad seeing she now has lifetime maintenance on them, and they are rated for 70,000 miles.

From there she drove me to her home where I took a couple pictures of the new concrete. Nice! Clicking on any picture will take you to our photo album web site, so you can see all our photos. Just click the "Back" arrow in the upper left corner of your web browser to return here.

Give me a shout in the shout box on the right side of this page. Introduce yourself if you wish or just leave a comment. I really would like to hear from you.

Until another adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Concrete is poured.

Angel came over to the house today around 4pm saying Tina's Concrete is done! Wow....yesterday there weren't any forms down and today it's done along with a few other Mobil Homes. I guess if you have a large enough crew allot of concrete can be put down in a short time.

Tina had to go over with the kids and take a look before supper. When she returned I asked her if it looked ok. Her answer: "It looks great, there is so much more than what I had at the other Mobil Home park". She said that she even let each of the kids put there hand print in it. Of course it was at the back corner so she won't get into any trouble.

 

So that means Sunday it can be walked on. I'm guessing this holiday weekend we will be busy taking some of her things back to her place from my garage. There is still some minor repairs that needs my attention.

Her carpet is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday. She can hardly wait, she is so excited. With her painting all the rooms, new carpet, and now in a new Park, she said it will be like moving in a brand new Mobil Home.

Tina has tomorrow off from work, and so do I! So I'm going to tag along with her to Belle Tire. They are having a 4 day super sale and she is in need of 4 new tires on her car. I'm only going to answer any questions she may have, letting her make the choice of which brand of tire to purchase. I believe this will be the best way for her to get experience.

After that we will probably swing past her home so I can take a few pictures. Tomorrow hopefully I'll post them.

Until then, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tina’s Carpet & Angel’s BBQ Grill

Today was not the happiest for poor Tina. She was so looking forward to having her new carpet installed in her Mobil Home. When the company arrived to install the carpet they told her that she needed to remove the old carpet, that they would re-schedule her installation.

What a let down for her. She started working on removing the carpet with the help of a friend. Worked on it all day and by 6pm all the old carpet was out at the curb waiting for the trash pickup which is tomorrow morning. Thank goodness for that.

When I got home from work I headed over to Dad's with his Birthday card. He invited us out to dinner, so I called Wilma at home. She was in the "wind down mode" and had her PJ's on. She declined to go to dinner but told me to go with my parents and have a good time. Which I did.

The dinner was so so, but I did enjoy spending time with Mom & Dad. He now has hit the ripe ol age of 81. Really getting bothered because he finds he can't do as much as he could when he was in his 20's. Go figure huh?

After our dinner I returned home, grabbed a few tools and headed to Angels home to finish assembling her BBQ Grill. I thought I only needed to hook up the LP tank but found that there was more assembling of the grill that needed to be done. Angel and I worked on it for about an hour and a half. Got it all assembled and moved it out to her deck to hook up the LP tank. I showed her how easy it was to hook up after she commented that she gets nervous around all gas appliances. I hope she won't be intimidated by it. I had her lite the grill and turn it off. This way she knows the proper steps. She needs to do a "pre burn" before any cooking. I explained why to her so she doesn't forget.

She is really looking forward to using it often this summer.

8:30pm and I'm home for the night. A little upset with myself because I didn't take the camera with me to take some pictures of Tina's carpet and Angel's BBQ Grill. Maybe next time.

Until our next Adventure, be safe and God Bless.