Monday, June 29, 2009

Our Continuing Adventures

Monday, June 29, 2009

I have decided that as good as Wordpress seems, I'm just too set in my ways and feel comfortable with good ol Blogger.
So as I said in my earlier posts, with summer upon us, I don't have allot of time to put all the finishing touches on the new site just yet.
If you would like to continue following our Adventures please find us here at Fred & Wilma's Adventures 2.
If you prefer to enter the web site yourself, enter: http://flintstones19702.blogspot.com/
Thank you and hope to see you there.

No go to Wordpress

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sorry for all this confusion....but I'm not moving to wordpress. Too much hassle.
New blog will be posted very soon.
Until our next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Moving Blog ? !

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm not happy with this but I am temporarily moving my blog to Wordpress.
My new Blog can be found by clicking here.
I just know I will find a way to remain with blogger in the future, but as summer is upon us I'm a little too busy to find out all the details as of now.
So until I do, please follow me on my NEW blog site over at Wordpress.
Thanks.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Big Storm Hits...No Power for Days!

Thursday afternoon around 2pm a storm went through. Our city was hit worst in the county. We were told we had winds of 70 miles per hour. And that is fast enough to do this:


Across the street from my home, one of many downed trees and power lines.
This is taken across the street from my home. It took out the electric power in a 2 mile square area. Behind my home, another tree fell taking out 3 blocks of residential power.
So here we sat Thursday evening with no power. Seeing that it might take some time to restore our power, I got out my heavy duty extension cords and hooked to the generator in the motorhome. Later that evening I not only had my fridge and freezer on gen. power, but also my next door neighbor and neighbor who lives behind me.

Friday came and went with NO help from the City or DTE (our electrical power co.).

Saturday morning came and the neighbors are getting anxious. So they decided to try to take matters into their own hands.


My neighbors taking matters into their own hands.
Call the Mayor, let her hear the chain saw running, and inform her the neighbors are taking matters into their own hands seeing how we are getting no where with the city or DTE.

That's all it took. Mayor Barb arrived within a half hour. Many phone calls that she made produced results. An hour after her calls workers started arriving.


Mayor Barb Dempsey talking the neighbors.
Now that's what I call POLITICAL PULL! Six hours later the tree is gone, new poles installed, wires strung but still no power.



Our City workers removing the tree.
While this crew worked on these downed wires, another crew was working on the downed wires across the street that supplied electricity to my home.
I joked with my neighbor....bet which side of the street gets power first? Your side as more work to do, and the Mayor watching closely, while my side just has branches to be removed, wires replaced and maybe a new transformer.
He didn't want to take the bet, but my side won and we had power restored 52 hours after the storm.
The crew pulled off as their work was completed across the street. Hopefully DTE will return tomorrow to restore power to the new lines.

Thank You Mayor Barb Dempsey for all your help.
We really needed it.

Tonight I am hopeful that a restful night sleep will be had by Wilma and I. You just don't realize how much you miss your utilities until you don't have them.
And I'm also thankful for my Motor Home! Saved 3 families a large grocery bill.

Until our next Adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Busy, Busy, Way too Busy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where do I begin....lets start from last Thursday, June 18th
We were getting the last of the items we needed for taking 3 of the Grand kids camping. I pulled the MH onto the side street so I would be able to hook up the car dolly. Got it hooked up and then loaded the Malibu onto the dolly. Wilma said she was going over to get the Grand kids and by the time she returned I should be ready.
Well no it didn't work out that way. I had trouble attaching the straps to the front tires and buckling them down. The ratchet was too far into the wheel well between the tire and the front bumper, I just could not get it to lock in. It was getting warm, the sweat was starting to leave my body, and my last nerve was being tested.
Wilma arrives with the Grand kids ready to leave. I had to give up and we ended leaving the dolly and car home.
Off to our resort in Davison, MI for a weekend of fun.
We arrived around 2pm. Found a campsite and began setting up. Pulled the awning out and "BANG" the tension spring broke. The awning unrolled with added speed. Trying to hold in and not show my temper, I had to think, well its 13 years old with no problems, I guess it has served me well.

With all the excitement Dakota and Savannah just couldn't decide what to do first. Needless to say we all had fun and were completely wore out by 8pm.
Friday, June 19th.
We walked and walked.... Only having 2 bikes we decided we could use the exercise and let the kids use the bikes. Boy O Boy are we out of shape! We had to of walked at least 20 miles today. Evening came with a campfire and "Pa's" really happened ghost story. All hands were in bed by 9:30pm.
Saturday, June 20th.
Was kept awake for at least 3 hours as a strong thunderstorm went through. Today was warm, sunshine all day, just a perfect day. We all did just about everything the park had to offer. Wilma and I did take control of the bikes when we went anywhere though. Our legs were too sore to do much walking today. Another campfire with smores and hot ham & cheese were enjoyed by all. Another wonderful day making memories.
Sunday, June 21st. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
Another night of thunder storms, lost about 2 hours sleep this night. By morning the sun was shinning and it was another perfect day! We were so lucky and fortunate.
I made a phone call to my dad to wish him a happy fathers day. I could tell it in his voice something was wrong. He said mom hadn't gotten out of bed as of yet and it was 11:30am. She is really sick, might have to call 911.
Dad...do you need me I'm at the campground and won't be home for at least 2 hours. No don't come home, Judy (my sister) will be over here in a half hour after church. OK I said, call me and let me know how she is doing later.
This had me considerably concerned and they were on my mind all the way home.
Arriving home I called Judy to find out what was going on. They admitted Mom to the hospital, she has pneumonia and possibly other things wrong.
Judy and I set up our "duty" evenings, meaning every other evening we would go see Mom in the hospital, help her with supper, put in her eye drops, and just make sure she is comfortable for the evening. Dad would go see her just before lunch, staying through lunch and leaving around 1pm.
The Grand kids each thanked us for such fun all weekend camping and Wilma took them home while I unloaded the MH.
Monday, June 22nd.
After working 9 hours and arriving home I changed and headed out to the hospital. Mom was pretty much "out of it". Being confused why she is there, not knowing how to breath through the oxygen nose piece, and wheezing ever so often. Her bed had an alarm if she fell or tried to get out of it, as she was placed on a "fall alert".
I helped her with dinner. She ate just about enough food to keep a large bird alive. After 3 hours I left for home. It's been a long, long day. Exhausted I was in bed by 9pm.
Tuesday, June 23rd.
All day at work thinking of Mom, the vacation coming up in July, and the Tow Dolly not working for me. I arrived home and started measuring the heights of the tow dolly and the ball on the bike hitch. The dolly was level at 16 inches height. The ball on the bike hitch was at 19 inches. That explains it! So off to "General Trailer" to purchase another hitch, preferably an adjustable one.
Success, purchased one, installed it on the MH, hooked up the tow dolly and loaded the Malibu. Tire straps went on with no problems. Relieved that I can now take my car with us on our vacation next month, I entered the house around 7pm.
Wilma told me of a fantastic thing Savannah did today! Tina took her to get her first hair cut, and being 5 years old her hair had a length down to the middle of her back. The hair stylist told Savannah of a program that was for donating hair to little children who have Cancer and have lost all there hair. And with the amount of hair Savannah wanted cut off she would be making 2 little children be able to have hair. Savannah said yes she would like to donate her hair! Her mom, Tina had tears in her eyes, she was so touched. Kind of put a lump in my throat also as Wilma was telling me the story. What a wonderful thing little Savannah had done. Before they left the salon, they took Savannah's name and address. I would presume she will be getting a little thank you card from the organization that makes the wigs for those little children with Cancer.
Wednesday, June 24th.
Another HOT 9 hour work day today, temperatures hitting the mid 90's. Got home and noticed some of the grass had been cut. What a surprise, Wilma had cut some of it before it got too hot outside. I was not feeling quite up to par so Wilma took my blood reading to see where my sugar was. It read 135.....a bit on the high side I think. Usually it runs low when I feel this way. But within a half hour of eating I was feeling better and off I went to see Mom. She is doing a little better this evening. The Dr. said she might go home tomorrow. Then she said she got out of breath and thought she was having a heart attack just walking to the bathroom, which is only about 7 feet from her bed. Three nurses came and immediately put on a face mask with the oxygen hooked to it. This seemed to help her and she felt better within an hour. I mentioned that I didn't think the Dr. would release her tomorrow as she is just not strong enough. Maybe in a couple days.
We had a nice Mother and Son visit, tending to her needs, both feeling good when I left 3 hours after arrival.
It's now 10pm, I've just got to get to bed, as I'm just bushed today again. I will be adding pictures maybe tomorrow of the camping trip. (Seems like we took a ton of em).
Sorry for such a delay in posting...it's been way too Busy, Busy, Way too Busy!
Until our next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Surprise and Honor

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Every evening before going to bed, I look at the Statcounter to see how many hits I had on our Blog. I'm lucky most days at only getting 2, sometimes as many as 6 hits a day. Can you imagine my shock and surprise when I saw that there were 30 hits today? I thought....what happened, something must be going hay wire with Statcounter. But after looking at the list of hits I noticed my fellow blogger Al from "the Bayfieldbunch" had hit often.
I immediately went to his Blog, http://thebayfieldbunch.com and was surprised and honored to be mentioned in his blog!
I called for Wilma. WILMA.... (Yes I'm almost starting to sound like the Fred Flintstone cartoon)... She came running into the room as I read Al's blog to her. Shock, Laughter, Surprise, just a few of the emotions that swept through her.
Thank you Al....you made our day. Hopefully we will meet you and Kelly somewhere down the road, maybe in a campground, resort, or maybe even Quartside, AZ. some winter.
When I got home from work today my plan was to install the Digital converters for the two TV's that are in the Motor Home. I just know if it rains this week end, the 3 grand kids will be inside wanting to watch TV.
As I couldn't reach the back side of the TV to remove the cable, I had to pull the TV out of it's mounting. I'm glad there was enough slack on the power cord and cable to allow me to set the TV on the Co-Pilot's seat!
Within a half hour the TV was back in it's mount above the dash, with the new Digital converter box installed. Keeping my fingers crossed I turned on the power to check if all is working. Went through the menu setting it up, the box found 15 stations, and all looked like it was working. But wait a minute....what was that light shinning on the left side of the screen from top to bottom. Couldn't be the sunshine, nope, wrong color. This was a bright white line about an inch wide going from the top to the bottom of the tube. Rats! now the TV is going to bite the dust. Oh well, another job in the near future, changing out to a Digital TV.
I'm going to go back to Al's posts because if I'm correct, he replaced his TV with a Digital TV last year and the outcome was great!
The rear bedroom TV was hooked up to its converter box with no problems at all. The picture looks great. But I can see we will be replacing that one too in the near future.
It's getting late, work tomorrow morning, so I'm off to bed.
Until our next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Meeting with the Vets

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The sun was shinning in the bedroom window by 6:30am. I thought...get up and read a few Blogs this morning, so that's what I did.
I'm getting a large collection of Blogs that I really enjoy reading. The people that can post every day just totally amaze me. How do they do it? How do they find things to talk about, and every one of them interest me. Look to the left of this page for a listing of a few of the blogs I follow.
One especially stands out to me. A few days ago he wrote about "hanging out" back in the late 50's in Canada. His name is Al, from Bayfield, Ontario, Canada. Check out his Blog http://thebayfieldbunch.com/ and see if you don't enjoy his writing. Way to go Al.
Another is George from The Adventures of Tioga and George . Every day you can rely on something from George. Beware though, if you start reading these two Blogs everyday you will get hooked on them and they will become a must read for you each day! God love em both.
Around 10am this morning I heard that the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) were meeting with the local vets to answer any questions that they might have about claims. I being a Viet Nam Vet thought I'd check them out, after all I did have a question about the Asbestos I was exposed to on the Navy ship I was on for 4 years.
Turns out that they could not tell me anything other than what I already knew. But there were at least a dozen Vets showed up during the hour and a half I was there. I'm sure they had to of been able to help some of them. I thanked them for the advice they did give me as I left to head back home.
Arriving home, Wilma was on the deck having her 2nd cup of coffee and we talked about our plans for the day. We still had to load up the motor home with supplies, (food & clothes), for the camping trip that will start Thursday and end Sunday. Tina tells me that the 3 grand kids are all hyped up about going camping, that they can't wait to "catch the big one" in the lake.
Wilma and I both know it takes a toll on us trying to keep up with those grand kids, but we also know we are leaving memories for them that they will carry for the rest of their lives. That alone makes it well worth every sore muscle at the end of the day.
We both are feeling much better today. Those colds we had sure took it out of us for a few days, but I'm sure we will be really fine by Tuesday with no effects at all.
The only other thing that happened out of the ordinary today is a fire truck went speeding past the house this afternoon with lights and sirens going. We ran to watch where they were headed. They went to the next block over. Then a few minutes later the ambulance came following the same path as the fire truck. Hope everyone is ok. Didn't see any smoke so it probably was a health call.
Oh yea....speaking of health calls...
We were at Kroger's yesterday. We were just going down the last isle when Wilma spotted a gent laying on the floor. He was with a basket full of cut up boxes and had a name tag on. Presumably a Kroger employee. We went to his aid, Wilma asking what was wrong. The only answer she could get was he was diabetic and that he had taken his insulin shot that morning. I took off running for another employee to call 911. Within 5 minutes there were 8 Kroger employees around and we were waiting for the ambulance. Finally they arrived and after we told him he said he was diabetic they took a sugar test. Found it was only 29! So they gave him a small bottle of orange juice to drink. Sammy couldn't even hold it to his mouth he was shaking so hard.
To make the story shorter, after we got through the cashier and headed out to our car, we noticed the ambulance was still there. They were still working on Sammy. I'm sure he will be ok as they just needed to get his sugar back up to normal readings.
I commented to Wilma that I remembered when my sugar went down to 62 and how bad I was starting to feel. I couldn't imagine the feeling with it as low as Sammy's. Wow!
Until our next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another Day in Court

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today was the day I had to see the Judge about the sidewalk replacement. My court time was 1:30pm, I arrived at 1pm. The actual court didn't come into session until 2:15!
Anyway to make a long boring story short, my case was dismissed. Finally it's over! Since last August I have had this sidewalk replacement thing hanging over my head. I wonder if I get on the scale now it will show a lower weight??...Naw didn't think so.
Wilma still has the cold and cough that she picked up last Thursday. It's been a week now and she is going to go back to the Dr.'s tomorrow for the second time. Maybe he will give her something to stop the cough...it's really, really bad and we are both getting worried about it.
To add to the sickness, I came down with the darn cold Monday! I don't have a cough as bad as Wilma, but one that is bad enough. What really drives me nuts is the stuffy nose. I just can't stand it to not be able to breath out of my nose! Especially as I have sleep Apnea, I must breath out of my nose at night. So I'm back on the 12 hour Nose spray so I can sleep at night.
Next week end we will be taking some of the Grand Kids camping for the week end. So tomorrow I'll be resuming my clean up of the motorhome, meaning a good wash and wax. Wilma and I are really looking forward to our special time with them, I really hope these colds are long gone by then!
Until our next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Visit with my Great Niece

Monday, June 8, 2009

On June 3rd. we were invited to my sisters home to visit with Veronica and her baby. I went alone as Wilma had a terrible virus/cold.
Lets see if I can introduce them to you.
Veronica married Derek, who is my sister Judy's son. So that makes Merissa, Judy's grand daughter and I'm her Great Uncle.
As Derek and Veronica live in Arizona, Veronica and Merissa arrived in Michigan for a family visit. It is the first time I've seen little Merissa, and all I can say is "Wow what a beautiful and happy little girl"! And her Grand Ma, Judy, was very proud also as she is her first grand baby.
I did mention to Veronica that she and Derek are going to have a hard road to travel in about 15 years. I can see the boys now lining up at her door to get a date with this cutie.

Meet Merissa with her mother Veronica.

I really had a great visit with them, and I just know Grandma Judy is going to shed a tear or two when they have to go back home.

Until our next adventure, be safe and God Bless.