Friday, July 20, 2018

Good Health--What More Could We Ask For?

Casa Grande, Arizona

Bill is home from the hospital and doing very well.  He is still a little dizzy from  being anesthetized.  He's had heart rate issues since spring and finally today is back in rhythm.   He had a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) done and had his heart shocked.  It only took one shock.  The staff at Banner Hospital was extraordinary. 

Bill's doctor said he didn't need to see him again until his regular six month scheduled appointment.  He told Bill to enjoy his trip to the British Isles. 

Other good news that I failed to mention was that the tire shop that damaged our RV paid immediately once they had an estimate.  I didn't mention their name in a previous blog until I had something good to say about them.  JM Tire's manager, Lewis, told us he would pay for the damages and he did.  They also were very prompt as road service in changing our tire.  They are located in Raton, New Mexico.  The parts have been ordered and hopefully that will be behind us soon.

Bill's not ready to sell the RV until we make a few more trips in it.  Of course, the Montana Circling of the Wagons in Quartzsite is on the list as well as the Lake Havasu City Winter Blast Pyrotechnic show.  We've had many people call us to inquire about something RV related that we might have for sale.  Someday, but not yet.

I'm so excited that Bill's heart rate is back down where it should be.  I could see his energy level dropping day by day.  

Turtle Safely.......

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bug Musuem

Casa Grande, Arizona

Yesterday Rusty called from the body shop to tell us he had the estimate for the repairs to the fifth wheel when it was dinged at the tire shop.  Can you believe $3936.55?  Wow, no wonder insurance rates keep climbing.

We had visitors yesterday.  Harry, Carlena and Boo came down.  Boo went running out in the backyard looking for Bill.  It was great seeing them and as usual we never run out of things to say.

We all climbed into their truck and took off for lunch.  Bill saw the fish and chips sign at the Airport Tavern so Harry made a u turn back to it.  Once we got inside, we found out that the fish doesn't start until 5 pm.  Oh well, we each had drinks and decided to go someplace else for lunch.  

I had my heart set on fish.  I asked Harry and Carlena if they had ever eaten the haddock at Cracker Barrel so Harry drove to it.  All four of us ordered the haddock but you also got three different sides.  We all ordered different sides.  I wonder if the fish and chips will be as good on our British Isles trip.

Harry and Carlena told us we'd be crazy to sell the fifth wheel.  It's been such a great fifth wheel and we've added so many things to it over the years.  

After lunch we took them out to the body shop to show them the damage on the side of the Montana.  

Carlena has a birthday Monday and knowing we probably won't be seeing her before that, we bought a birthday cake.  Did you notice the word "bought"?  I really didn't want to take any chances on a ruined homemade cake for a special event.  

Polly called to let us know how their Alaska trip is going.  They were in Denali.  I love hearing other people talk about an Alaska adventure.  It brings back fond memories of our trip last year with Harry and Carlena and of course, Boo.  Of course after she hung up, we all thought of places to mention that she hadn't seen yet.  

I have to say, I've been enjoying having the time to follow the Diamondbacks.  Nancy Kissack, you need to forget about that California team and become a Dback fan now that you reside in Arizona.

When I downloaded the photo of Harry and Carlena I found some other photos I'd forgotten about.

When we were in Colorado Springs we visited the bug museum.  I have to say it was interesting and I was glad we toured it.  Of course, staying in the campground where it was located made it convenient.

The May family was featured on the TV show Strange Inheritances.  
Bill was fascinated with all the bugs from around the world.  I wonder how many miles May accumulated in his lifetime searching for different species.  

We had an unusual experience at the rest area on I 25.  
Notice the hand dryers in the restrooms?
There are no sinks.  The plumbing is under the counter but the sinks are gone. Bill said it was the same in the men's.

Turtle Safely......

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Decisions, Decsions

Casa Grande, Arizona

Yes, we're still here.  Everyone thought we'd be back out on the road by now. Thank you for all the calls and emails from concerned friends.  

First off I need to mention that Discount Tire made me happy.  I took the needle nose pliers that were found inside our tire into the store and told them what happened.  I have a very nice credit for the next time we need tires.  Kudos to Discount Tire.  
Do you have any idea how much junk you can accumulate in 10 years?  I emptied out the coach and can't believe how much stuff I had.  I have to say I've never seen a RV with as 
much storage as our Montana has. I have 23 cabinet doors (some cabinets have 2 doors) and 8 drawers in the kitchen.  Do you know what happens when you have a lot of space?  

We put everything in the garage until we decided what comes next.  There is a community garage sale in November.

Bill said once the decision was made to hang up the keys, he felt like he lost his freedom.  Now he's talking about taking short trips.  We have reservations for the Winter Blast.  Right now the trailer is in the shop waiting for an estimate for the damage caused by the tire shop in Raton.  

We have an appointment after that to see what the problem is with the slide coming out.  Someone said it could be an o-ring or the complete hydraulic system.  Lippert said it could be fixed by a mobile tech.  No matter if we keep it or sell it, I wouldn't sell it knowing something was wrong.  

I'm surprised by the number of people that inquired about our truck.  

I have to honestly say, I'm enjoying using soft toilet tissue and lounging in a big bathtub.  The storms that hit the Phoenix area have skirted around us.  Just a few drops of rain, enough to mess up the truck.  

Usually, we can see the vehicles on I 10 which is 7 miles away.  When the storm came in the sun was out and then it was like it was midnight it was so dark.  It only lasted about 20 minutes but it's been 10 years since we've been in a haboo.  

It's very nice that during this time of indecision, we had our home sitting waiting for us.  The suitcases are out in anticipation of our upcoming trip to England, Scotland and Wales.  One nice thing about this trip is we have a non-stop flight to London.  In the past, we've always had to change planes in places like JFK.  Nothing like going through customs in your home airport.

Turtle Safely.........