Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Pain From Shingles

Wilma is in week 7 of Shingles symptoms. Can't enjoy the beautiful weather we are having here in Florida, can't even attend any function. Energy level is at an all time low.

She wanted so badly to get away for a while and go for a ride. We chose to go to the new Dollar General store that was built this past summer. She managed to walk about half the isles, which is not her style. Normally she would walk every isle and look at every item. For those who have been to Dollar General stores, you know they are not huge stores. We left with a few items and drove back home, where she sat and tried to gain her strength back. But it didn't happen. Yesterday evening was very bad with nerve pain in her left side. The same pain area since the start of Shingles 7 weeks ago last Monday.
Resting after our trip to Dollar General.

I thought I was taking good care of her in her time of need, but I may have failed. She was given several RX's to take for the shingles. One of them was Gabapentin to be taken nightly before bed. When the pain subsided she would not take it because of some of the side effects.
Yesterday she was notified by CVS that her RX was ready for pick up. Huh?? She called CVS, was told Gabapentin was ready for pick up, she cancelled the order as it was in Michigan and we are in Florida.

This made me start thinking more about this drug. Why did the Dr. set up another order of Gabapentin? So this morning I was on the Web checking out further about the drugs prescribed for Shingles. Gabapentin was one of them to stop nerve pain, which we knew.

My thoughts now are that she needs to take the Gabapentin every evening even if the pain is decreased. If the side affects become too severe then a call the our Dr. will be placed.

We surely do not want another evening and night like last night! Way too much pain for her to endure.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Wilma and I would like to wish all those reading, a Very Merry Christmas. It's still hard to adjust that this is indeed Christmas morning. Growing up in Michigan, we always had a cold, sometimes snowy Christmas. But here in Florida, it's very different.
Detroit area weather this week.
Our weather here in Florida this week.

All things change as life goes on. Some for the better, some worse but all will be accepted. The little "kid" in me still yearns for the early years when I would jump out of bed on Christmas morning, run into the living room and wait for mom to hand us our presents. Earlier this month we celebrated Christmas with our family, enjoying watching our daughters and grand kids open their gifts with excitement.Today we enjoy the warm weather of sunny Florida and our winter family here at the RV park. 

Merry Christmas to all! And don't forget the "real" meaning of Christmas.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Home For The Winter

We arrived safe and sound after a 5 day trip here. Usually it takes 3 days to arrive, but with Wilma fighting symptoms of the Shingles, and other problems that arose, we took it slower to her benefit.
The first day we arrived, Florida had a record high temperature hitting 92F. Had to turn the AC on to keep us cooled down a bit as our blood is not thinned out enough as of yet.

Yesterday I took Wilma to an out patient center. She saw a Dr. that prescribed an RX to take care of symptoms that started while on our trip here. The Shingles pain seems to be letting up and she is only taking 1 pain pill a day instead of every 6 hours. Also the RX the Dr. prescribed yesterday has already helped her with the other problem. Thank God and to all those who have been adding her to their prayers.

The weather is just beautiful for the near future. 
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Snowbird Trip Begins

We left at 9am Wednesday. Temps were 13F and breezy. Our plan for the day was the usual first stop just north of Lexington KY. at the Horsepark Campground. It was an 8 hour drive, checking in at 5pm with a Veteran's discount it cost us $23 for the night.
Wilma was exhausted and in pain when we arrived. She had taken her pain pills and went to bed by 6:30pm for the night. This 8 hour ride proved it was too long for her with the Shingles pain.

She woke up in the middle of the night needing another pain pill. Thursday morning she felt better after a restless night. We pulled out and she mentioned she felt well enough to stop at Cracker Barrel for a brunch, which we did. Had a wonderful "dinner at noon" with our "chicken fried chicken" plate. Wilma had a small piece of chicken left over that Kybee enjoyed before hitting the highway.

Usually our plan would be to stop just after crossing over the Tennessee/Georgia state line, but that would be another 8 hour drive. I wasn't going to put Wilma through another night like last night, so plans were changed.

After 5 hours of driving we were between Knoxville and Chattanooga Tennessee. We saw a KOA sign and chose to take a chance and stay here. Usually I don't care for KOA campgrounds because most of them were built when RV's were much smaller. But we were pleasantly surprised with this choice. We spent Thursday night at Sweetwater, Tennessee KOA had a full hook up, pull thru almost perfect level site. Very nice campground abit pricey like most KOA campgrounds at $42. We will keep this location for future stops if needed.

Today with a 5 hour limit drive we should be somewhere south of Atlanta, GA. Not looking forward to Atlanta with it's 24/7 "rush hour"! 😓 But taking the route Garmin chooses, and taking it slowly we should be alright.

Until next time be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

We Have Been Dumped On

Ok, I live in Michigan, and there used to be a saying on our Plates "Michigan Winter Wonderland". Although to some a fresh blanket of snow looks beautiful. But a blanket of glistening snow in the sunlight is NOT what we just got. Nope, we received a wet, heavy, 8" of snow.
We have been wanting to head to Florida shortly so there was not only the sidewalks and drive to snowblow but also in front of the 5th. wheel.
Even with the 4 wheel drive engaged, I don't believe the truck would be able to handle hitching up and pulling out of our yard. But now that the snow has been removed there should be no problem encountered.

In the next few days we are going to get a wintery blast of cold. Any moisture still on the roads from the salting of snow, will freeze for sure making travel very dangerous.
Compare MI weather with FL weather.

Last minute items will be loaded in the 5'ver today, waiting for the hitch up very soon.

Hopefully I won't see anymore snow fall this season and if I do
For those who know us, we have Kybee our Pug. Poor little guy is starting to show his age of 12 years but I would never do anything like this to him. Even if it is "the season".

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Blessing In Disguise?

Before Wilma came down with Shingles 4 weeks ago, we had planned on leaving on our trip to Florida yesterday. We would have left around 8:30am taking I-94 West to M-23 South. That would have put us very close to where the major accident happened on I-96 West, which is just about 15 miles north of where we would have been.
This is what we would have run into. Well, maybe not as bad as this photo of the "snow white out" but very close.

It was a miracle, looking at these photo's, that only 3 persons died in this 40+ car and truck pile up. 

Each day, Wilma is getting just a little back to normal. The severe pain every day for the past 4 weeks has really taken a toll on her. Now adding to the pain, she is getting depressed. She wants to be heading for Florida, but knows she just wouldn't be able to make the ride with the way she is feeling. 

This morning the weather forcast is for a major snowstorm to hit our area Saturday night into Sunday. They are calling for 4-6 inches of snowfall by Sunday evening. 
So, until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Medical Alert Stops Snowbird Flight

As of today, our expected "Snowbird Flight" was scheduled for December 7th. But we have no possible way of leaving as of yet.

A couple weeks ago, Wilma began having severe hip pain. It became so severe that she was taken to the Emergency Room for treatment. After a day and a half in the Hospital she was diagnosed with an inflamed intestine, I believe it is called Diverticulitis. She was released with 3 different types of medications to take to clear up the condition.

A week later we were in to see our Primary Care Doctor. The hip pain had increased, so much so that it was getting impossible for her to sleep. We noticed a few spots formed on her lower back just above her left hip where all the pain was originating. The Dr. diagnosed it as Shingles.
The Dr. has prescribed her to take an Antiviral medication, plus two types of pain medications. The medications seem to relieve "some" of the severe hip pain, but at times it's so bad that we have discussed returning her to the Emergency Room possibly for hospitalization and treatment.

We have heard that Shingles comes with a skin sensitive, severe burning rash and blisters. So far she has not experienced that. Her blisters are skin sensitive with minor burning. The severe hip joint pain is the worst. There is no doubt that she is in more hip pain than I had with both of my hip replacements.

Seeing her go through this has jolted me into getting the Shingles Vaccine shot. Maybe, just maybe it will spare me of having to go through this terrible disease. For those persons, especially over the age of 60, I would strongly recommend getting the vaccine. Just hearing about people who have experienced Shingles is not as scary as actually seeing one suffer through it. Especially a loved one.

We ask for your prayers in a speedy recovery for Wilma, with no lingering pain.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Applebee's Veteran Day Experience

 Applebee's Restaurant started to acknowledged Veterans on Veterans Day by giving them a free meal since 2008.

For years now, Wilma and I have been going there on Veterans Day. Not just for the free meal that they gave me, but for the atmosphere with the variety of Vets that show up.

Yesterday when we arrived around 3pm. I checked in to put my name on the waiting list as there were at least 6 Veterans with their spouses ahead of me. I was asked, "How many", I said two. Then she asked "How many Vets" I said one. She then took my name and told me it would be about 30-45 minutes.

My name was called in 20 minutes. We were escorted to our seat and told our waiter would be with us shortly. We waited what seemed like about 15 minutes before our waiter showed up with an apology that we had to wait so long for him.

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Veterans could choose a meal from the menu above. Drinks and Gratuity not included in a free meal.

We gave him our order and within another 15 minutes we had our delicious meals. I had the "Butcher's Meat and Potatoes, Wilma had the Oriental Chicken Salad.

After dinner our waiter brought me our bill and mentioned, "Your check sir, zero balance, all zero's". Then he walked away.
Waiter's name, table, and identifying marks are blackened out.

I couldn't believe my eyes, and Wilma motioned to the waiter that we needed him. When he returned we explained that only I was the Veteran, not Wilma. He said "I understand, have a great day and thank you".

I was taken aback. Wow what a wonderful thing just happened.

I told him don't leave, I reached for my wallet and handed him a generous tip for waiting on us.

We don't know if our waiter paid our bill, if the management ok'd our bill to be paid or what. But Wilma and I are both appreciative of what happened and continue to support Applebee's.

Until next time be Safe and God Bless.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Surprise From My State Senator

When I went to the mailbox yesterday something stood out and got my attention. A large brown envelope addressed to me from the Senate.

Upon opening it I found this: (I cropped the photo removing my name and address at the top)

Wow! What a surprise and a great feeling, that I had been remembered this year on the 50th. Anniversary of the Vietnam war.

I think I've found a home for the pin. A place I will be displaying it proudly, almost on a daily basis.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Walk Through The Neighborhood

Just gotta love taking a walk this time of year. The trees are in full color, leaves crunching under your feet, the smell of dry leaves, all though I do miss the smell of burning leaves.

I had the truck in the service dept. at the Ford dealer yesterday morning at 7:45am. Had to get the Brake Master Cylinder replaced under a Safety recall. Decided to have the oil changed and tires rotated also while it was in service. Ford supplied a no charge shuttle ride back home and would pick me up when the truck was completed. I was back home by 8:30am and received a phone call at 3:30pm that the truck was ready and they would send the shuttle ride to pick me up. 
I was back home with the truck in the garage by 5pm, just enough daylight to run the Toro over the lawn and pick up the leaves. Filled 5 containers full of leaves for pick up in the morning.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Truck Recalled

Last Friday I received in the mail a "Safety Recall Notice" from Ford Motor Company. Recall Notice Seems my baby is sick, and I didn't even know it.
Yes! There is a recall on my 2014 F-150. The Brake Master Cylinder could be bad and needs to be replaced. Made an appointment today with the dealer. This Thursday at 8AM my truck will be taken care of.
Man O Man. I'm glad it didn't fail when we had the 5th. wheel hooked up. That could have been extremely bad, possibly death. Don't want to even think of the outcome of something like that.

Until Next Time, Be Safe And God Bless.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall...When Days Speed Up

One of the prettiest seasons here where we live, Fall. The colors of the trees this year seem more vibrant than in past years. Maybe because this past summer was so warm and dry.
Neighbors tree turned first this year.
Someone must have been feeding the squirrels this year as there seems to be an abundance of them. Plus they seem to be "not afraid" of getting close to humans and dogs! We had a laugh one morning watching the squirrel tease Kybee. Seemed they were playing a game of Hide and Seek.
Peek A Boo, here I am.

Ever notice how the days seem to "speed up" in the Fall? I sure do. Maybe it's because the days loose sunlight earlier, or maybe because there seems to be so much work that needs to be done. Today, October 25th. just 2 months until Christmas! Wow! 

Yesterday I put the clipping bags on the mower. Caught the clippings along with what leaves were on the grass and spread them in the garden. After mowing the lawn, with shovel in hand, I turned over the earth in the garden covering the layer of leaves/grass clippings. It will rest now until next Spring.

I had a number of things that I wanted done to the 5th. wheel before our Annual trip. Power Vent Fan, Tires, Batteries. I knew that having a 5th. wheel RV, it would be warmer in the bedroom than any other area of the RV. We like it cool when sleeping, and thought that the two windows and roof vent would be adequate. But we found that there wasn't enough air movement to draw out the heat. A couple weeks ago I installed a new Fantastic Roof Vent Fan. That will take care of our needs for cooling in the bedroom.

The next thing that had to be done was replace the "China Bombs" as there called in the RV business with new tires. After doing much research I chose Maxxis Brand Tires. These tires are rated as one of the best for RV's. It's also the ONLY trailer tire manufactured outside China, it being manufactured in Taiwan. 
Photo off of the web, not my tires. 
Discount Tire, where I purchased them, gave me a 10 year warranty! Now I know they won't last that long, and they won't be on my 5th. wheel more than 6 years. 

When traveling we like to stop over night at Walmart once in awhile. The battery that is furnished with a new RV is what I call a "bottom of the line" battery. They are not even "Deep Cycle" but combination deep cycle/starting batteries which sounds like they are a better battery, but their not. When we had the Winnebago Motorhome, we had 2 of those batteries hooked together. They lasted through the night, but we didn't use our furnace. I knew we would need to purchase 2 batteries, so I chose to buy 2 Golf Cart 6 Volt batteries. These are "true" deep cycle batteries and supply power for a much longer time than the original battery. Costco had just 5 of them left on their shelve so I purchased 2 of them at a great price. 

Getting them installed correctly, wired in series, and in their own enclosed/vented container, I'm certain we won't have any problems with not having enough power for a night stop at Walmarts.
 Cables not hooked, but container size is plenty large enough.
Cables hooked up, vent installed, and cover closed. 
The outdoor temps this morning was resting at 38F. Getting close to having to Winterize the RV. That will be done in a day or two. Then just pack a few items that will be needed this winter and we will be ready. 

Celebrated our eldest Grand Daughters birthday the other day. Hit the big 24 this year! Man O Man am I getting OLD!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Our “Baby Daughter” Gets Married

Yesterday was a special day for our family. Our  “Baby” daughter Tina was married. 20161008_092536

The wedding was to be performed at the Mt. Clemens Gazebo, by the Mayor, Barb Dempsey.MC Gazebo All eyes were on the Bride and Groom as they approached to make their vows.20161008_10181020161008_101822

Mayor Barb gave a beautiful ceremony, all went well and smooth….until the best man “Mike” dropped the ring prior to handing it off to Jason. You will notice that the Gazebo has space between the floor boards. Plus it slightly extends over the river. When the ring hit the deck there was a gasp from everyone. Surprised smile But Mike made a swift grab and recovered the ring before it might of made it’s way to the river. Even Mayor Barb had to re-compose herself after the ring was in Jason’s hand. The rest of the ceremony went on beautifully.20161008_102323

Above “Maid Of Honor” Angel Dobbs, Tina, Jason, and “Best Man” Mike.

The parents also made a record of the happy occasion.20161008_102503

After the ceremony everyone headed over to our home for a delicious meal and great conversations.20161008_11100820161008_111746

Wilma made the cake, decorated it, and made sure there were roses placed on each table. Great job Hon!20161008_114148

The first taste of Cake.20161008_12084820161008_121000

It was a bright sunny day, perfect for an outdoor wedding, and we wish this wonderful family all the happiness for the rest of their lives.20161008_102625

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Another Lesson Learned.

This morning I was looking the photo’s online in my Google Photo’s. Found many to be duplicate.

Thought to myself…..why so many duplicates? Even though they were uploaded to use no space in the cloud, I decided to delete the duplicates. That made it “look” better when viewing them all.

Then I went over to my Blog to re-read my last post! OH NO!!! A PROBLEM WITH THE BLOG!

Do Not Delete Any Photo’s From Your Google Photo’s. Doing so and you will loose the link to those you used in your Blog. I was un-aware that the photo’s somehow are shared between the two Google services.

So, for the past couple hours I tried to re-upload the last post via my “Open Live Writer” software. Google rejected the upload. I then deleted and re-inserted the photo’s in Open Live Writer and re-uploaded. Google rejected the upload again!

As a last resort I went to the Blogger dashboard and created a “new” post. This time Google posted it.

So if you received another notification of an update to my Blog, and noticed it was, or looked to be the same as my last post, you now know the reason.

Sorry to all, and I’ve learned yet another lesson.


Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Outdoors Adventure Grand Haven Park

This was the first time we have seen the city of Grand Haven, and what a pleasant surprise for both of us. We arrived Sunday afternoon, we stayed at Outdoor Adventures Grand Haven Park and our Campsite was a pull through in a lightly wooded area.
Parked behind us was our best friends, Gray and Cheryl. 
The next day we toured The City of Grand Haven. A small “tourist strip” with shops on both sides of the street.

The next day we spent some time at the Grand Haven beach taking in the bright sunshine and dipping our toes in the cool, clean, Lake Michigan waters.
Later we took in the most beautiful sunset. We all agreed it was the “second” most beautiful sunset we have all seen.

We must have taken close to 50 photo’s of it and it’s hard to determine which one looks the best. Of course photos do no justice to the actual view.
The next day another fellow classmate, Don and his wife Gayle, showed up and camped next to us. I didn’t know it at the time, but as kids, Don was my dad’s Free Press delivery boy! Talk about a small world. We decided to go into town for dinner this evening and chose Porto Bello Restaurant
After a great dinner we hung around for the Grand Haven Fountain Show  It lasted for about 20 minutes and not being charged to enjoy it made it all that much better. I tried to capture a photo, but it sure didn’t turn out very well. Be sure to click on the link just above to view their web site.

The next day a kite show on the beach was to be explored by us all. We weren’t sure exactly what that was going to be, and later found out that it was put on by the local businesses that sell the kites. They would let brave persons take a ride out above the lake if they wanted to “try out a kite”.

After returning back to the campground we all decided to take a ride on the Go-Carts. I have never rode a Go-Cart so this was going to be an experience. Don, I and Wilma had our own Go-Carts. Gary and Cheryl shared a “double seat” Go-Cart which allowed Cheryl to snap a few photo’s.
 I haven’t received them as of yet so I can’t post them here now, but some of them came out pretty good for the conditions Cheryl had to take them. Wilma did snap a couple before we started. I’m on the right on the above photo, Don to the left.
Following that adventure was a burger dinner and campfire, which was our last evening at the park.
We all had a great time and look forward to doing another trip next year.
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.