Saturday, March 16, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
And the snow continued throughout the day. We played, ate, fought, read stories, watched kid shows, and played outside. I tried the latter but my endurance was short-lived. It took Ben over an hour to clear off all of the snow when he got off work. I’m glad this is just a visit as I am tired of it already. Spring is right around the corner, right?
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
Sunday, February 17. Way back last Thursday, Tom drove me to the airport and I boarded Delta flight 968 headed for Minneapolis. The security process went well, although the check-in line was pretty long. I grabbed a bowl of soup and waited for my flight. It was on-time and arrived in Minneapolis a few minutes early. Ben and the girls picked me up, although they were stuck in traffic for a while. It sure is good to see them all again. It sure is frigid in this place and the ground is covered with white.
Jill was out of town for her work, so Ben, Charlotte, and I played a game of Doodle Dice and Charlotte demonstrated her Snaptricity skills - a board that creates electronic gadgets when all of the circuits connect as they should. She made a helicopter, had some issues when it didn’t work, and then had to go back and figure out why and then fix it. She had a sleepover with me and we told stories and giggled until sleep time.
Norah and Camille had school on Friday and Ben and Charlotte had the day off. Ben made us a big pot of Tuscan Bean Soup for dinner, Char played with Violet. Pat and Tracey arrived from Stoughton early in the evening and we had a great visit together. Pat has lost so much weight that he hardly looks like the same person, his build is much like his Dad’s was. It was an early night for us, as it has been a long week for everyone, but we did manage a short dance party and Charlotte entertained us with cartwheels and dance moves.
Saturday was another busy day, starting with a yummy bacon and egg breakfast. I went with Jill to gymnastics class with the girls and Ben, Pat, and Tracey went to St. Paul to the Hmong Village Flea Market. We had a nice dinner of Salmon Bowls (rice, salmon, green onions, cubes, and homemade teriyaki sauce) and then we celebrated Ben’s birthday with cupcakes, ice cream, gifts and drinks.
Sunday morning, Pat and Tracey got ready to go home shortly after getting up because there is 4-5 inches of snow predicted for Wisconsin. So we all got up and said our goodbyes so they could get on the road. Five hours later, we got a text saying they made it home in mostly wet conditions until they got near Stoughton.
It was ice skating lesson day for the girls, and it was fun to watch how much they have improved on those skills over the last year. Charlotte is able to zip around the ice with good balance, doing some twirls and able to stop herself. She skated on her own for the entire half-hour wait before her class started. Norah and Camille are steady and quick on their feet - they have gotten more experience this winter because their preschool has a small ice rink in the front yard.
We had dinner at Red Cow tonight and it was yummy, as usual. Charlotte and I shared a fish and chips basket and I had a yummy glass of Fulton Lonely Blonde Ale.
I have had a sweet little girl in my bed for sleepovers the last 4 nights - so they each get 2 turns for story time, back rubs, and cuddling with Grandma Rose while I’m here visiting..
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
|My loving husband, father of our sons, traveling companion, and friend of 47 years.|
Rest In Peace, Mike.
Heavy snows have hit the midwest and I will get my fill of it, just hope that my travels go smoothly.
After my cleaning job this morning, we went for a nice, long walk through the neighborhood and then had a bit of a nap. We volunteered to help serve the Wednesday evening Before Bingo dinner - sloppy joe sandwich, chips, soda, and cookie for $4. It was a very efficient operation - Mary Lou out the bun on a plate, Bob served the sloppy joe, I collected the money, Tom passed out the sandwiches, and Sandy handed out soda. And then we joined our neighbors to eat, followed by clean-up.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
I gave him a haircut and then we gave the trailer a good vacuuming. It was struggling to pick up the dog hair and sure enough, the bag was full. It appeared that there was another whole dog in the trash can, judging by how much hair was there. Like Mike used to say, “In our house, dog hair is a condiment”.
We met up with Jill’s parents, Lois and Dennis and Lois’s sister Kathy and her husband Dave for dinner at Dirtwater Springs in the evening. We ended up in a large booth and they weren’t so busy that we had to hurry away after dinner, so we talked and visited for 2.5 hours. We probably won’t be seeing them again, as I get back from MN on the 24th and they head back home on the 28th. Our next visit will have to be back in MN during the summer.
Today turned out to be a beautiful, sunny, 65 degree day that brought everyone out of the woodwork. After breakfast, we walked to the gas station for a newspaper and that took care of our main exercise for the day, pretty close to 2 miles. I got organized for packing for upcoming trip. Then came Frisco’s grooming - tooth brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and bath. He is such a good sport about it all and knows that lots of treats will come his way as a reward for that good behavior.
I returned a jacket that Patty had loaned me for my trip (I felt like the one that I have would keep me warmer) and she wanted it back if I wasn’t going to use it. That gave me an opportunity to sit and chat with them for a while. I do miss being close to them and seeing them a bit more frequently.
Friday, February 8, 2019
The only thing on my calendar for today was a haircut with Patty’s stylist (I am ready for a good haircut and wish I had gone to her first). It’s a good thing, because I had an awful night, feeling little aches and pains as a result of my fall in the morning. And because of the shot, I have been having side effects and feeling exhausted and completely out of sorts all day. What a waste of a gorgeous day, although we did get a nice walk in this morning and were able to sit out in the sun and read this afternoon.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Last weekend when we were having dinner with Pat and Rog and Jim and Sue, they all said that the would like to see Arlene again. So, I arranged for us to meet for lunch and Red, White and Brew - thinking that if we met up at 1:00, we would miss the business lunches and it might be a bit more quiet - not as much as a challenge for Arlene’s hearing aids. Tom and I picked her up and we had a wonderful lunch - she was so appreciative to get together with a group of friends.
This morning, as I was leaving to take Frisco for a walk, our rug slipped from under me and I came crashing down on the hard concrete, landing on my butt. What the heck? I think there may have been some frost on it, as there sure was on the car windshields. I didn’t feel any effects of the fall.
Our park is divided into 4 quadrants and ours is responsible for the events for February, all pulled off by volunteers. Tom and I helped serve coffee and donuts at the weekly meeting this morning and then cleaned up after. Easy, peasy.
After much calling and searching, I found a source for the 2nd Shingrix shot that I need. The pharmacies out here in AJ have waiting lists of 300+ but I found a Walgreens on Southern and Stanley had it. After the meeting this morning, we headed out and stopped there first so I could get my shot (I got the first one back in August from my doctor).
We then headed to Peoria to an RV show and looked at several floor plans. Most of them had add-ones that we weren’t interested in - outdoor kitchens, bunk beds, insufficient storage, and huge
u-shaped dinettes. On the way home, we stopped at LaMesa to check out the Winnebago Minnie’s. Nice units, but a bit o the heavy side for us.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
I finally found an Oreck handheld vacuum at a price that I felt was reasonable (didn’t want to spend too much since I already have one in my storage in Minneapolis). It was in northern Phoenix, so it took a good 45 minutes to get there and it was well worth the drive and $20. I put it to good use when I got back home and Tom was impressed with the suction and efficiency.
We met up with Pat and Roger and Jim and Sue (they arrived at Val Vista Village today) at the Dog Run Saloon and had some good fish fry. Jim even ordered an Old Fashioned and thought it was pretty good. It was great to see them again and we had lots of good laughs and reminiscing.
This morning, our park had patio sales, so I walked around and checked everything out but came back home empty handed. We decided to take a hike through the desert, the first time in several weeks and it was a very nice walk. The nice thing is that we can drive a mile and hop on a trail and get a nice walk in through natural desert terrain. It ended up being about 1.7 miles, just enough to get us back in shape gradually. My butt cheeks were hurting later on.
I went to see Arlene at her new home this afternoon. She, her daughter Sharla and son-in-law bought a home in Las Sendas (Mesa) that would accommodate all of them, as Arlene’s vision continues to worsen and she felt that she couldn’t live by herself any longer. Her home is sold and Tom and Sharla have theirs on the market. The house is very nice and she is feeling happy with her decision.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tom is feeling much better from the crud that he had and has been working on installing new levelers on the trailer. I have had some sinus problems and am sick and tired of sniffing, sneezing, and snorting. I don’t think I caught what he had, though, and I’m thankful for that.
My family in the Midwest are suffering with a polar vortex that is bringing them snow and sub-zero temperatures. Schools in Minneapolis have been closed all week. Pat sent me a picture of his thermometer yesterday, reading -18 degrees and that doesn’t count for the high winds. Mail deliver, schools, and many businesses have closed to keep people from exposure.
We had breakfast at Mickey D’s Yesterday, a very popular spot in AJ. Breakfast was good and pretty cheap too. I gave my car a bath and a good inside cleaning when we got back home.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
We did laundry in the afternoon and hung around the house, sitting outdoors and enjoying the warm, almost 70 degree day.
This morning, we walked to the gas station to get a newspaper, the first time in a week that Tom has walked more than just around the park. It felt good.
When we got back home, Tom emptied the black tank and while filling up the gray for a good flush, it filled too quickly and leaked all over the floors, flooding the cabinet under the bathroom sink and running all through the living room, soaking everything in its path. We stopped it all up with every towel that we had available and ended up with a soggy lump of wet towels. Tom took it all to the laundry and I cleaned out the cabinet. What a mess, although it led us to do a good cleaning.
Another first in a week, we went to a Chinese Restaurant for dinner, Lotus Gardens. The reviews were go, so we thought we would give it a shot - there was a line of people waiting to pick up orders and we got the only table for 2 that was available. The service was good, the dining room was spotless, and food was generous servings and yummy with nice, fresh ingredients. I will pass on good reviews and not hesitate to eat there again.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Today is the first day in a week that I have seen a little spring in Tom’s step. We had appointments with Doc Roland this morning and my only complaint was sinus pressure, so that is what he worked on and he sent me home with suggestions for a couple of supplements: Immuplex for boosting the immune system and Sinus Forte for the sinuses. Funny, Tom’s diagnosis and supplements were the same, although he has been ill and I have been on the verge of illness. He only had a little nap this afternoon and actually felt like running some errands and we actually got a few short walks in today.
I finally finished the sweater that I have been working on since last November. I’m not really sure if it is something that I might wear in the future or if I should take it apart and do something else with the yarn (I really like the color and texture of it).
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Pat and Rog joined us for a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on Monday night, it was great seeing them again. Unfortunately, Tom was in Day 3 of this cold or crud that he had and he was feeling ok in the morning, but not quite up to par later in the afternoon. He’s a trooper, tho.
I had cleaning jobs both Tuesday and Wednesday this week and haven’t done much else. Tom is still not back to feeling healthy and I have felt like I’m fighting off something but haven’t developed any of the symptoms that he is having.
I made some sausage stuffed portobello mushrooms for dinner tight and they were yummy! And only 7 carbs to boot!
Sunday, January 20, 2019
I took off for a while in the morning, hoping to spot some good garage sales, but I really wasn’t feeling much like doing that, so I headed back home and spent the rest of the day lounging around.
Here’s a photo that I took the other day, just forgot to post. These were lined up in the parking lot when we left the restaurant at Saguaro Lake on Friday.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Geri and Joyce came over in the afternoon and we sat around talking for a while, had a snack, then decided to head out to Goldfield Ghost Town. It was fun walking around there, checking out the views and the old buildings, and did some shopping too. I bought a couple of things at the Apothecary Shop - a salve to relieve sinus headache pressure and one for joint pain. I thought the shop smelled yummy but it was overpowering for Tom, so he waited outside for us.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
I ordered new sheets and a mattress cover last week, so when the sheets arrived Wednesday afternoon, it was too late to launder them, so that project waited until Thursday.
We attended the weekly coffee and info meeting Thursday morning and were pleasantly surprised when there was a presentation from a member of the local fire department on how to respond to cardiac arrest. It was very informative and served as a reminder to both of us, since we had training in the past and could use a refresher course. We learned that if someone is down and they don’t respond to your questions of “are you ok”, call or have someone else call 911, then start compressions of 100/minute at the center of the chest, pushing a full 2” and continue until help arrives. She also went over the use of the fibrillator. The first thing we did when we got back home is to update our ICE contacts and make sure we each had those noted as such in our contacts list.
There was a lot of laundry to do this time, so we went to the nearby laundromat where they have the big machines. I took the new sheets out of the package and just threw them into the basket, but when we got back home and put them on the bed, I found that there were no pillowcases. That led to making contacts to Walmart to learn what to do about it and they refunded my money, gave me an additional 10% credit and told me I would have to return the sheets and reorder, since they were out of stock. Needless to say, they can’t be reordered at the price that I paid and will cost an additional $10 or more. I’m not sure if I will return them or keep them and use other non-matching pillowcases. Its just another negative Walmart experience that reinforces me like them even less. Grrrrr!
Tom had errands to run on Friday, so I went to see how the annual sale at Turnstyle was and after an hour or so, I walked out of there empty handed. Since I was so near, I stopped at Highlands to see if Jan and Jim were around and had a nice chat with them. Connie also stopped by, so it felt like old times. I do miss my friends and activities.
Today has been an ‘at home’ day and I have felt very bored, even after doing a few chores and taking a few 3 walks. I guess that boredom led me to take a nice nap and then to update this journal, so it’s not a total waste.
I went to Connie’s house for a nice visit on Monday after doing some cleanup at Karen’s house in Highlands. It was great to see her and we had good conversation, as always!
Thursday, January 3, 2019
We woke up with the joy of seeing snow on the Superstition Mountain peaks on New Year’s Day and we took a nice walk in hopes of getting some good views and this is what I came up with. Later in the day, we drove to the mountains and got a much closer view.
I was back to cleaning Sylvia’s house yesterday and Jim and Shirley’s today.