Charlestons, Chinese & Greater Tuna!

Another week in the books…and another starts.  This week we started the ‘weaning’ process…meaning we only went into work at the warehouse Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that Alyssa could get used to working without us there.  She’s very resourceful so I know she’ll be ok.  But we’d rather be nearby if she has questions/needs or concerns.  Since we’re just about 4 miles from the shop we can pop over easily if needed.

Michael was feeling quite a bit better on Monday and decided not to go into see a doctor after all.  He still had several days of antibiotic left anyway.  Unfortunately, this crud does not vacate the body easily and he is improving…not fast enough for his liking…but he is improving.

Tuesday morning he still wasn’t feeling much better and decided to go back to the doctor after all.  He was prescribed a new antibiotic, a ‘super’ Zpac and some cough medicine.  Unfortunately, when he gets some respiratory stuff going on it almost always turns into bronchitis and he has a heck of a time getting rid of it.

I think that i am at the tail end of the crud…I feel pretty good but still have a small cough which I’m hoping will be gone soon.

People have asked if we got the flu shot…yes, we did.  They say that without the flu shot it would have been much worse…ugh.

A couple of good kids right here…

Tuesday evening we took Alyssa and Preston out for dinner at Charleston’s.  Preston has a lot of food sensitivities and this was one place he could eat and not have to worry about having issues.

The restaurant had a really nice ambiance and our waiter, Trenton, was excellent.  Michael ordered smoked salmon, I had a prime rib sandwich and both Preston and Alyssa ordered steaks.  The food was very good but we really enjoyed sitting down with both Preston and Alyssa and getting to know them better.  Good kids.  We’re really blessed to have both of them on our team.

The oil patch seems to be following us!

We can’t quite seem to get away from the oil field!  Considering we have a working oil well right next door to our warehouse…  You don’t have to ask…we still don’t miss working as gate guards…but we do still miss the guys.  We really were blessed to meet some pretty awesome people while working in the oil field.

Jeremy getting them disc brakes installed

Thursday we worked from home and walked across the park to check out the install that Preston and his helper, Jeremy were doing for one of our customers.  They were making good time.  The customer wanted to be able to pull out of his site by 5:00 pm so he could drive back down toward Dallas.  Preston and Jeremy had them back on the road before 5:00 pm.

There was a swap meet going on at the fairgrounds this week so I walked over to check it…meh…not my thing.  It was all about cars…cars for sale, car parts for sale, car accessories for sale, car toys for sale.  Oh well…got me out walking a little bit anyway.

We met Gus and Debra for an early dinner at the Taste of China Restaurant in Oklahoma City Thursday evening.  Michael and I had been there back in November and really enjoyed it as they have a huge variety and everything was fresh.  This time, coming at 4:30, I thought we’d get fresh food again…but it wasn’t to be.  However, the fresh stuff came out by the time we left a couple of hours later.  You win some, you lose some, I guess.  We had a good visit with our friends…and that made it worth it.

An itty bitty theater

After dinner, Michael and I drove to downtown OKC as we had tickets to the play, ‘Greater Tuna‘.  It’s a fun play, for sure.  The cast consists of two men who play the roles of about 20 characters…men, women, kids.  Some parts were kinda dumb but we sure did some chuckling at some of the characters.  We’ve seen ‘Guys on Ice’ in the past which is about two guys ice fishing and it was hilarious.  Greater Tuna was good…but not quite to the same caliber as Guys on Ice.  Nonetheless, it was a nice way to break up our work week.

Alyssa as the warehouse looking fabulous…and she’s still working on more!

Friday we were back in the office working with Alyssa.  The day went quite smooth.  I sent out a couple of invoices, we received a payment or two and Alyssa was able to ship out at least one order.  Michael, of course, spent a good portion of his day on the phone with prospective customers.

We always try to observe Lent by not eating meat on Fridays so this week we went to the Catfish Cove in Moore (about 6 miles from the shop).  They offer a seafood buffet for $14.99 which has several variations of catfish, tilapia, chicken, frog legs, and shrimp.

Seafood buffet

There’s also a nice salad bar and plenty of sides like macaroni & cheese, baked potatoes, green beans, carrots, corn, hush puppies, cabbage, dinner rolls and that’s not everything.  Plus they have bread pudding and several cobblers that you can top with home-made ice cream.  Not bad…not bad at all.  It’d be worth a trip to go back.

Michael’s new Bluetooth capable hearing aids allow him to talk on the phone hands free – he’s talking with a customer here.

By Friday, Michael was feeling quite a bit better and was starting to get his voice back.  He still has a cough but it had improved tremendously.  He’s still taking his meds and will continue until they’re gone.  Let’s hope that that is all of the sickness for us this year!

Saturday Michael and I were back at the warehouse to do a complete inventory.  Time to get our numbers 100% squared away.  We got to the warehouse about 11:30 and left about 8:30…a long day but we got it done and feel good about it.

We hadn’t eaten since morning so we picked up a pizza on the way home, ate a couple of pieces, watched a TV show and hit the hay when we got home.

Now we’re ready for another week to start…our last week here in Norman before we head east to Arkansas to visit family and friends.



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Happy Birthday, Mikey!

Once again I’m WAY behind on blogging.

Overnight accommodations

Since I last wrote we have moved north to Norman, Oklahoma which is a southern suburb of Oklahoma City.  We had originally planned to move on March 5th but on March 3rd we found out that our site at Ft. Sam was actually only paid for until the 3rd…oops!  We quickly packed up and within about 45 minutes we were on the road headed north.

We drove to Gainesville, Texas and spent the night at the Cracker Barrel there, having dinner that night and breakfast the following morning to thank them for our ‘site’.

We pulled into the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman about noon and quickly got set up before heading out to our warehouse just down the road.  We checked things out and then made stops at Walmart and Braum’s before heading home.

Monday we had the unpleasant task of letting our warehouse worker go.  Talk about making you sick to your stomach.  Unfortunately, he just wasn’t as motivated as we needed him to be…with us not here often we really need someone who is trustworthy, motivated and a go-getter.

Learning to use a forklift!

We hired a young lady to take over and are already very impressed with her.  She’s a self-starter, motivated and a very fast learner.  She started on Wednesday and jumped in feet first and I already feel good about our decision.

We worked from the warehouse all week – doing our normal duties as well as training Alyssa on her duties.  She’s a fast learner and is not afraid to work.  Since Michael and I haven’t filled orders before we’re all kind of learning.

Michael ended up going to Urgent Care on Tuesday and found that he was beyond the flu and it had gone into bronchitis.  They gave him a couple of shots in the dupa, a breathing treatment and a prescription for an antibiotic.  He went home and slept most of the day.  Thankfully, Preston came in to work in the warehouse with me, which was a HUGE help.

John and Barbara

Michael was feeling a bit better and went into work with me on Wednesday.  That evening we had dinner with one of our installers, John, and his wife Barbara.  We’d not met yet…we’ve talked on the phone, emailed and texted…but never met yet.  They were in town for some doctors appointments before heading to Illinois for their granddaughters birthday and then are headed back to Florida to do some more installs.

Theta burger

It was great to meet them and spend time getting to know them…even though it felt like we already knew them since we’ve communicated so much already.  We had dinner at Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, one of John and Barbara’s favorites.  The recommended the #9 – Theta Burger so we both tried it.  Unfortunately, it was our thing.  The burger has a theta sauce on it which is as a hickory sauce…but it reminded us both of Skyline Chili…which neither of us cared for…thankfully, the company was much more enjoyable for us.

Larry – our metal craftsman

Thursday afternoon Michael and I went over to pick up some product from one of our suppliers.  Larry is a metal artist and makes our brackets.  His one man shop is filled with history…most of his equipment dates back to the 1920s, 30s and 40s.  He shared the history of many of the pieces with us and even gave us a demonstration of how he’s able to make a piece of metal look like bark on a tree.  Awesome stuff!

Gus & Debra

Thursday evening we met friends Gus & Debra for dinner at Ted’s Cafe Escondido.  Gus had had a heart procedure the day before and we were thrilled that he was feeling well enough to meet us for dinner.  We had an excellent time visiting and really enjoyed the restaurant.  On top of enjoyed our meals we were also served chips, salsa, & queso individually as well as a tasty sopapilla for dessert!  Good stuff!

Friday was much quieter work-wise…giving us a chance to get caught up with phone calls and emails that seemed to be backed up since Michael was out sick on Tuesday.  While I tried to field his phone calls while he was resting, there was only so much I could do as he’s much more technically savvy than I am.

I even got caught up with our Heartland Chapter Leader work.  We had 32 new club members in our chapter over the last couple of months and we were just now given their information.  So I emailed each of them, welcomed them to the club and invited them to our rally this fall as well as the regional rally in Branson in May.

Lotsa stuff I didn’t need

Saturday Michael was pretty drained so he napped quite a bit.  There was a flea market/craft sale going on at the so I walked over (just a hop and a jump away – no skip!) I wandered the rows and didn’t find anything I really had to have other than a dip mix.

Sunday Michael turned 54 and we celebrated by going to see ‘Red Sparrow’ at the theater.  This particular theater is one we went to several times last fall when we were here for a rally.  It’s old but for $3.99 a ticket…you really can’t beat it.

The movie was good…kind of hard to follow in places but in the end it all came together.

Afterward we went to Saltgrass for ‘lupper’.  I think if we were both feeling 100% we would have enjoyed our meals much more…but as it is Michael is still miserable and I’m still coughing although feeling better than I have, but food doesn’t have much taste…for either of us.

I’m thinking Michael will probably be headed back to the doctor tomorrow as he doesn’t feel as though he’s progressing as he should be.





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The Flu Strikes

Wrangling a ladder isn’t easy!

Michael was given a small drone for Christmas and pulled it out on Saturday afternoon to give it a test flight.  At first he was trying to test it out inside the house and I had visions of it getting stuck in my hair (you may remember THIS) so I sent him outside.

The drone seems to be pretty touchy as it wasn’t very long before Michael came inside because the drone had ‘jumped ship’…or the fence actually…and landed in a tree on the other side.  LOL  Michael ended up wrangling with the ladder to get over the fence to retrieve his new toy.  I got a good giggle watching the whole retrieval!

The gang’s all here…

For some strange reason I bought a big ol’ ham a few weeks ago and really didn’t know why…but I musta had a feeling I’d need it.  Whatever the case, I used that big ol’ ham as an excuse to have everyone over for ‘hot ham sandwich potluck’ Saturday afternoon.

…even Nelly for a short while

Since it’s been raining here off and on over the last few days we thought it best to hang out inside and we fit just fine in the living room.  Nelly still isn’t feeling the best and only stopped by for a short while before she went back home to lie down.

The rest of us enjoyed our potluck meal (scalloped potatoes, chips, sweet potato casserole, baked beans, shrimp cocktail, home-made salsa, home-made caramels, rice krispie bars….a nice spread.  We visited for several hours before everyone headed home.  Jim and Nancy were hosting breakfast the following morning so they wanted to get home and do some prep work.

Preparing for a scrumptious breakfast

Sunday morning we all converged over at the Beletti’s place for breakfast at 9:30 am.  Nelly was feeling considerably better and it was good to see her on the mend.  Unfortunately, Kevin had started coughing on Saturday while we were all together and by Sunday he was starting to go downhill but joined us for breakfast.  I think he went home to lie down afterward though.

Breakfast was delicious.  Nancy & Jim made two quiches – one with just bacon and cheese…the other with ham, bacon, cheese, onions, garlic and spinach.  MmmMmm they were both good but the ‘loaded’ one was the bomb.  Good stuff.  We all visited for a couple of hours (making plans for other days) before we all went our separate ways.

We had a really quiet weekend, work-wise, so Michael did his ‘putzing’ thing outside while I did some computer work and watched a movie.  We had a relatively quiet remainder of the day, just doing our own thing.

Lunch for eight

The rest of the group went to El Mercado to do some shopping and wandering around on Monday but Michael and I decided just to meet them for lunch at Mi Tierra as Monday’s are normally pretty busy with PTB business.

The eight of us gathered for lunch about 11:30.  Michael and I had been to Mi Tierra back in October with our pre-rally group and we enjoyed it then and enjoyed it again this time.  I really like the ambiance as it’s very festive and fun.

Michael ordered the poblano dinner and really enjoyed it.  I went with a taco salad and enjoyed it…but could have done with just a little less lettuce…however, the shell/bowl it came in was really really yummy…plus the waitress suggested I get a combination of beef and chicken, which I did, and I really liked that too.

Gonna miss this happy guy!

After lunch we parted ways as the rest were going to continue their shopping spree while Michael and I had a few errands to run…one of which was to stop and pick up our mail.  This is one of the last times we’ll be seeing Andrew so I made sure to snap a photo of the three of us together.  Andrew has been such a pleasure to get to know that it’s gonna feel like I’m leaving one of my sons behind!  We won’t see him again until November more than likely.

That evening, Bette and Lou invited everyone over to their places for cocktails (Beaver Nuggets & Cheezits were used as enticement) Of course there were lots of other snacks – nuts, candies, Chex Mix etc.  Food is not far away when a group of Heartlanders gather.

Tuesday Michael had a follow-up appointment with his CPAP doctor who ordered a CT scan of his lungs so that she can look it over before his next appointment which is not until November when we’re back in San Antonio.

We went to see Annihilation at the Alamo Drafthouse and were really disappointed.  I always check IMDb and their rating was 7.9 so I expected something much better than what we got.  I wouldn’t rate it over a 6 (and that’s being generous) as it was pretty lame.  Oh well…we win some…we lose some.

We gathered with ‘the gang’ that’s here at Ft. Sam for a ‘Breakfast for Dinner’ potluck at 3:00 pm.  Bette & Lou provided biscuits, gravy and bacon while the Beletti’s brought eggs, Wolbeck’s made hashbrowns and we brought fruit salad.  And don’t let me forget that we had mimosa’s too!

We had  quite a bit of work to do so we headed home shortly after 5:00 pm to tackle it.  It seems that I may have caught Nelly & Kevin’s ‘gunk’ so I’m feeling pretty crappy – cough, chills, congestion.  Hopefully the buck stops with me and no one else ends up with it!

Wednesday morning I woke up feeling like death warmed over.  I had a follow-up appointment to go over my labs (which were awesome!) with my new doctor at 10:15 am and it was all I could do to get to it as I just wanted to go to bed.

Michael got me to the appointment and when Dr. Ivy asked me how I was feeling, I think she could hear in my response the I wasn’t feeling well.  After going over my labs she did a short exam and then did a flu screening (a swab in both nostrils…kill me now!).  The results were ready in 12 minutes…mine were positive for Flu, type B.  Wonderful.  She prescribed Tami-flu, which we picked up on the way home.

Back home I went to bed and slept several hours before I got up to do a little work and then was back in bed shortly after 7:00 pm.

Not my favorite seat at all!

I woke up feel much improved on Thursday morning…well enough to go to the dentist for an exam/cleaning!  Both Michael and I had appointments with a new dental clinic here in San Antonio.  We recently signed up for the Retiree Dental program.

Our appointments went ok…the office is very nice and everyone was very helpful.  The only drawback is that we both found that we have some work to do…which wasn’t really surprising since we hadn’t been to a dentist in about three years (Yikes!).  We made appointments for November for another cleaning and to get some work done.

We are now ALL done with medical appointments!  Thank goodness!


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It’s Good To Be Among Friends

Jim & Nancy and Kevin and Nelly arrived at the park mid-afternoon on Monday.  They were supposed to be in the same area as Lou & Bette but it didn’t work out that way and they’re all scattered throughout the park.  Kevin and Nelly ended up just down the road from us.

Nelly stopped by and we had a nice chat until it was time for her to go home and have a video call with their oldest grandson.

The rowdy bunch

After dinner we all converged at Beletti’s to visit and discuss the strategy for Tuesday’s sojourn to Big Lou’s Pizza.   Big Lou’s makes a 42 inch pizza that Jim’s been hankering for and with our large crowd it was finally within his grasp.

Chilaquiles… gosh. Good stuff

Tuesday we had a couple of  appointments (blood work for me & hearing aids for Michael).  After getting my blood taken we headed over to the Blanco Cafe to grab some breakfast before Michael’s 10:30 am appointment.  We both ordered the Chilaquiles (eggs, tortillas, Serrano peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheese…yummo!

Getting the new hearing aids set up…

Michael’s appointment was for the issuance of new hearing aids that are blue tooth capable.  Now that he is on the phone so much these should improve the quality of his phone conversations.  The old hearing aids (which didn’t work worth a darn) gave a lot of feedback and Michael ended up removing them quite often in order to speak on the phone.

The blue tooth technology allows Michael to basically to speak hands free and hear the phone conversation through his hearing aids.  Plus he has a phone app that he can use to adjust the volume and to adjust where to focus his hearing.  So like we’re in the truck he can adjust his aids to concentrate more on his right side (where I’m sitting) or if he’s in a restaurant he can adjust them to focus on the person in front of him (or beside him etc) and kind of drown out all the background noise.

He hasn’t had much of a chance to test drive them yet…but I’m excited to see if they’ll work like they’re supposed to!

After his appointment we took in this week’s movie…Den of Thieves.  It was an action packed, bank heist-type storyline and we both really enjoyed it.  IMDb rates it at 7.1 stars and we both agree it earns every star.  The plot twist at the very end is pretty darn good!  Check it out.

10 for dinner

For dinner, ten of us gathered at Big Lous’s for the BIG pizza!  We had the usual suspects:  Beletti’s, Wolbeck’s, Dicks, us and we were joined by the Ray’s.  For some of us, it was the first time to really meet them while a couple of others had met them in the past.  They’re fulltimers as well and here in San Antonio to get some work done on their coach.

Thatsa BIG pizza!

The pizza…all 42 inches of it…was huge and pretty darn good too.  We each had one piece…which was plenty!  LOL  We were given plates that were about 10×16 inches in size and a piece of pizza filled it up!  It was great fun to order that monster and now we can all say we ‘did it!’

Wednesday morning Michael had a follow-up ophthalmology appointment at 8:30 am which meant we had to hit the morning traffic…in the rain.

We hit the road about 7:30 armed with breakfast (breakfast sandwiches and fresh bananas and strawberries) ready to eat in the truck as we traveled.
Michael’s appointment went pretty quickly and we were soon headed over to see Andrew to pick up our mail (new sheets!).  We chatted with Andrew for quite a while before we headed out for our next stop.

A relaxing indulgence

Time to get the old hooves pampered!  A good time to tune out the rest of the world and relax.  I enjoyed reading my Kindle ( normally reserved for bed time) while my toes/feet relished the attention!  I had the friendliest person do my mani/pedi that I have ever had do them.  Mary was very friendly and we chatted about a lot of different subjects while she did my manicure.  Plus, she provided one of the best mani/pedi’s I’ve had in a long time.  I’ll be looking for her in the fall!

Today’s lunch crew

Thursday we had another ‘Meet Up’ with Heartland friends…just 9 this time (our Nelly was under the weather and stayed home to rest).  We met for a late lunch at Mr. & Mrs. Gs Homecooking Restaurant…also considered ‘soul food’.  You know…fried chicken, pork chops, mac & cheese, black-eyed peas, corn bread, greens, banana pudding, etc.  What I would consider ‘southern home cookin’.

Kevin, Lou, Bette & Mike making their choices

The restaurant is cafeteria-style…you go through a line picking and choosing what dishes you want and some on the other side dishes up your plate for you.  Today’s entrees included fried chicken, baked chicken, pot roast, fried pork chops, smothered pork chops, beef & gravy, bbq ribs and ham hocks.  Sides included sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cabbage, sweet potatoes, rice, greens and black-eyed peas.

Check out that serving size!

Our group sampled a variety of dishes – bbq ribs, fried pork chops, smothered pork chops, baked & fried chicken, sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas and a few other dishes.  Most everyone liked their choices although some like them more than others.

They also offer a variety of desserts:  German chocolate cake, cheese cake, pound cake, buttermilk pie, sweet potato pie, cherry pie…just to name a few.  Everyone chose a dessert but several of us brought them home as the food portions were pretty large and there was no room for dessert after finishing our meals!
Michael and I felt the food was ‘good’ but didn’t match up to Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis where we visited last fall and waited in line for nearly an hour…but it was worth every minute of that wait.  You can read about that visit HERE.

Pinup or Mentor…whichever the case…a good friend!

After we all got back to the RV park, Jim came by to ‘talk shop’.  He gave Michael and I lots of good advice regarding rallies and vending at them.  Jim’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to that kind of thing and we really appreciated him taking the time to chat with us.

We still have about 10 days left here at Ft. Sam…and our friends are all here until then too!
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Burgers, Movies, Putzing & Advertising

Yep…I’m behind…this working stuff kinda gets in the way!

We tried a burger place that was recommended to us by several guys when we first visited Burger Boy last fall.  Chris Madrids has been around since 1977…serving burgers and nachos.

The temporary dining room

When we arrived we were surprised to see that the building was cordoned off but across the street there was a fenced in area with a food truck and a big tent.  We learned that there was a fire back in October and they are still getting the place back up to code and ready for business and won’t be open again until approximately May.


In the meantime, they decided to open the food truck restaurant and it had been open for about three weeks.  They have a good set up with plenty of seating and service was fast.

The burgers were excellent…every bit as Gonzalez Burgers in the Rio Grande Valley, in my opinion…Michael was kinda on the fence.  The burger was huge…Gonzalez Burgers might have a bit of an edge on size.

After enjoying our lunch we headed back home, making a stop at the barbershop on post to get Shaggy a MUCH needed haircut.  He, once again, looks like a human being, which is nice.  LOL

Since we missed a couple of weeks of seeing a movie while we were out in Arizona we decided to go for the gusto this week and do a double-header.  We saw Maze Runner:  The Death Cure and 12 Strong…both good movies.  I think I preferred Maze Runner but probably only because after spending the last 33 years of my life with a soldier I’m kinda ‘war movied’ out.  The thing that saved it for me was that it was a true story.

Lobster Bisque…the star of the show

Since Valentine’s Day was also Ash Wednesday we decided on Pappadeaux’s for lunch.  They were pretty busy when we arrived and we had about a 30 minute wait but the weather was nice and we sat on the porch in a couple of rocking chairs and whiled away the time.

Moroccan Salmon & Shrimp

We both started with a cup of their lobster bisque….oh it’s so yummy…I could have a meal of just that.  Michael ordered the Moroccan Salmon and shrimp with couscous and really enjoyed it.  I tasted it and while it was ok…I’m not sure that I could have handled the seasoning for an entire dish.

Shrimp & Scallop Orecchiette Pasta

I ordered the Shrimp & Scallop Orecchiette Pasta with jumbo crab meat and asparagus which was delicious.  A little on the rich side but yummy just the same.

While out we stopped and picked up our mail from Andrew.  We gifted him with some chocolate covered strawberries which he tried right away and loved…score!  We also made stops at the Container Store (filing box for work), Walmart and Lowes.  We didn’t end up getting home until after 7:00 pm and had only planned on being gone a couple of hours.  Ugh!

Nice for bare feet to walk on! LOL

While we were in Quartzsite one of the items Michael picked up from one of the other vendors was some ‘rugs’ for out outdoor steps.  The plain metal didn’t work for him and these were reasonable and pretty cushy.  However, the didn’t have the size we needed but he purchased them anyway, with a plan in mind.

He used a straight edge and a razor knife to cut them down to size and then took them to a local seamstress just off post and had them stitch a small area on each for a total of $10.00.  He put them on the steps as soon as he came back home with them and they look really nice and are really comfy on bare feet!

My Master-Putzer

Michael was in putzers heaven on Saturday as the phone was fairly quiet which gave him a chance to putz to his heart’s content.  It also gave me a chance to get caught up on my ‘girl’ TV shows without him hanging around being a nuisance.

Getting the word out!

We finally got all the sand and road grime washed off the truck from our trip to Arizona!  Dan had ordered some car magnets for our truck advertising PTB and Michael wouldn’t put them on until all the grit was gone for fear it would scratch the truck (smart man).  So with the truck nice and clean we applied that magnets and can now officially be called the PTB mobile.

Sunday afternoon brought Bette and Lou to the park.  We spend several hours visiting with them (and Milo!), catching up on each others lives since we last saw each other.  They’re here until the first and will be joined by Kevin & Nelly and Jim & Nancy on Monday (today).  The three couples have had plans to meet her for several months and we just so happened to be here too.  We’re looking forward to spending time with our Heartland family over the next couple of weeks…but we’ll have to find a balance between work and play!  LOL

Speaking of work…it’s been going good….busy but good.  For the month of January we saw an increase in sales over the previous year and so far for February (midway through) we’ve already surpassed last years numbers.  Dan is happy….which makes his Mama happy!  Now just to keep that going!  So…if you know anyone that needs disc brakes put on their trailer (camper, utility, stock, boat, etc)…LET US KNOW!  🙂






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Too Many Appointments!

This week has been ridiculously full of appointments!

Tuesday 2/6

Strangely enough…this model is almost identical to the nodule on my thyroid.  That’s the nodule on the lower right.

I had an appointment with an Endocrinologist to discuss a nodule that was found on my thyroid during a scan a couple of months ago.  I really liked the doctor as he was very informative, upbeat and just gave off a good vibe.

The nodule is roughly one centimeter in size and isn’t causing me any discomfort and I have no history of cancer in my family really.  I was given a couple of options:  remove it, watch it or biopsy it.

I decided to just watch it for now and will have it rechecked in November when we’re back in the area.  I can always change my mind and go back in to see Dr. Uy but for now we’ll watch it to see if it changes in size.

Dr. Grant giving Michael’s eyes a workout!

That same afternoon, Michael had an appointment at Lackland AFB with a Opthamologist to discuss the ‘laziness’ of his right eye which will most likely need surgery in the not so distant future.  The doctor wants to make sure that the eye is ‘stable’ and not continuing to move before he does the surgery.  Michael will go back to see the doctor in November to see if the eye has changed or not.

Michael had corrective surgery on his eyes way back in 1989 and the eyes both did well for many years.  It’s only been in the last few years that the muscles (that were corrected) seem to have begun weakening again and the eye tenders to wander out…especially if he’s tired.

What a LONG day that was as we didn’t get back home until after 7:00 pm!
Wednesday 2/7
Only one appointment today!  This appointment was with the DAV to discuss the appeal Michael has had with the VA since January 2014 and have not really heard anything.
The gentleman we saw told us that the appeal in the system was only for one issue and the appeal that Michael started was for about 10 issues!  This gentleman was very helpful and will be sending a letter to the ‘coaches’ in Houston to get the remaining issues added to the appeal (considering that the original appeal letter is in the VA system listing everything).  Plus he will be filing a separate claim for one of Michael’s issues that needs to be addressed.
Crossing our fingers that this helps…as it’s been over 4 years waiting on this appeal.
Since we only had one appointment today we decided since we were already out we might as well go see our movie of the week!  This week we chose ‘The Shape of Water’ which had a 7.8 IMDb rating.
Hmmm….the movie was ok.  Not bad…just really different and not really what we were expecting.  It’s kind of a ‘Monster from the Black Lagoon’/love story type thing.   That description makes it sound really dumb, I suppose…and it wasn’t dumb or bad….just different…that’s my best description!  LOL
Thursday 2/8
Another two appointments scheduled for today!  The first was scheduled for 8:00 am and was a Visual Fields test for Michael.  He was called back about 8:15 am and before I knew it he was done – less than 15 minutes later.
His next appointment (same building) wasn’t until noon so we decided to go grab some breakfast.  But before leaving the building we stopped in the Optical Shop to check on some glasses that were ordered for Michael.  He had an optometry appointment on December 5th and apparently the request for glasses was just approved LAST week.  Geesh…nearly two months after his appointment.  Good thing he wasn’t in dire need of those glasses, eh??

Nice place!

The Original Blanco Cafe was nearby and convenient with good reviews so we decided to go there for breakfast.  The restaurant was nicely decorated and taken care of, which was a plus.

Michael’s chilaquiles plate

We both decided to order dishes we’d never had before.  Michael went with the Chilaquiles plate:  A mixture of eggs, tostadas, serrano chiles, onions, tomato, and topped with cheese
Served with beans, potatoes, and two tortillas.  Which was really really tasty and well probably both order it the next time we’re there for breakfast.

My machacado plate

I ordered the Machacado Plate:  A mixture of eggs and shredded beef Served with beans, potatoes, and two tortillas. (No beans!)  The eggs and beef were very good too…but Michael’s dish just had more oomph.

After breakfast we had some time to waste before Michael’s appointment so we wandered around a Dollar Tree store.  Not long after arriving we got a phone call from Michael’s noon appointment telling us that they didn’t have the blue tooth device for his hearing aids and needed to reschedule for next Wednesday.
Before heading back home we stopped by our ‘mail box’ to pick up some mail and were back home before noon…which felt really good!
Next week should be much less hectic as we only have one appointment and that’s the appointment that was rescheduled.  Awesome!
Thankfully, our weekends are much quieter than weekdays which gives us a chance to get some household chores taken care of and also to make some follow-up phone calls/emails for PTB.  I was even able to bake a cake!
The weather has been pretty icky here in San Antonio.  Today we’re looking for a high of 45…with wind.  Yuck.  Looks like the possibility of some 70 degree temps toward the end of the week, which sounds really good!
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Travel Day: Ft. Stockton, TX To San Antonio, TX

After spending several weeks in the Mountain time zone our sleep schedules were a bit goofy so we were almost always up between 6:00 and 6:30 so it felt good to sleep until 7:44 am this morning!

Oilfield gate guards – our old life!

The nice thing about this RV park is the cafe and the ability to have dinner there after a long day or grab breakfast before hitting the road.  We headed over to the cafe about 8:15 or so.  The cafe does a good business but we didn’t have to wait long before our meals arrived.  It was good but I’m looking forward to a good home cooked breakfast.

We were able to say a quick goodbye to Herb before we left and he went to his ‘Ham Radio Operators’ meeting.  We pulled out of the park at 9:08 am.  We had just over 300 miles to travel and we were anxious to get ‘home’ and get settled in as we are here until March 5th.

Miss the oilfield guys…not the work!

As we traveled through west Texas we saw more and more oil field activity.  Drilling rigs, gate guards, workover rigs, etc.  Of course, there was much discussion between us as to memories and whether we miss it or not.  The short answer is we miss the people but we don’t miss the round the clock work, not sleeping together, not being able to go anywhere together or the dust.  So, no, we don’t miss gate guarding.  LOL

As we passed by the high bluffs along I-10 we were surprised to see three ‘mountain’ goats climbing along the bluffs.  Wished I’d had my camera ready as it was really a site to see.!

Lunch stop!

We stopped to fill up with diesel in Sonora and decided to also grab some lunch at the local Dairy Queen.  The place was dead and we were the sole customers when we arrived….ahhh nice fresh hot food.  Nope, our order was luke warm and pretty unremarkable.  Thank goodness they weren’t able to goof up the blizzards we took on the road.

We made really good time today which provided Michael with the opportunity to get the truck and coach washed at the Blue Beacon on the southeast side of San Antonio.  Both vehicles were absolutely nasty after spending time in the dust of Quartzsite and acquiring normal road grime.

Rub a dub dub

We arrived at the Blue Beacon at 3:30 pm to find quite a waiting line but we bit the bullet and got in line.  The line actually moved fairly quickly and our wait ended up being about 50 minutes.  We kept ourselves occupied listening to music, scanning Facebook (Michael) and playing games on our phones (me!).

That’s us!

We pulled into the Fort Sam Houston FamCamp at 5:00 pm and found our reservation on the board outside the office as the office was already closed for the weekend.  We made our way to our assigned site and will go over to the office on Monday to pay for our month’s stay.

Ft. Sam Houston – site 2. We’re here for a month.

Ironically enough, we are in site 2…the very same site we left 26 days ago!  The same coach is on our door side that was there when we left.  I wonder if this site was empty the whole time we were gone!  Probably not as turnover is pretty high here….in some cases.

We have several appointments this coming week and hope to get several chores out of the way while we’re here.  Plus, of course, we plan to continue our ‘movie of the week’ dates.  We have some Heartland friends that will be here later in the month, so we’re looking forward to that as well.




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Travel Day: Deming, NM To Ft. Stockton, TX

Believe it or not we got a lot of work done while we were in Deming.  Wednesday Michael’s phone rang off the hook and emails seemed to pour in.  I got several invoices sent out and had several payments come through too!

We took off about 3:00 pm on Wednesday and head to the China Restaurant to get an early dinner.  You’ll remember that we both loved this placed and Michael was good enough to take me back again.  So we now have several meals of leftovers in the refrigerator.

After our early dinner we went to the StarMax theater and watched ‘Hostiles’.  Hostiles is a ‘Army/Indian’ movie, which takes place in the mid-1800s.  It had good ratings on IMDB….but in my opinion the ratings could have been higher.  The movie was absolutely excellent in my opinion…keeping me engaged the entire time.  Not a dull moment to be had.

So glad we’re back to our weekly movie date as there are several good ones out there that I can’t wait to see.  Stay tuned to see what we take in next week!  LOL

The gorgeous birthday girl!

Thursday our oldest grandchild, Paityn, turned seven!  Time passes so quickly.  By the end of this year we will have two seven-year olds, two five-year olds and a three-year old!  Our oldest son will be 32 and our youngest will be 30!  Plus, Michael and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage in May.  We’ve been blessed with so much and the blessings seem to continue each and every day.  Not to say we don’t have bad days…but the blessings out weigh the bad ten fold.

Anyway…we had 345 miles to travel today and had a dinner date with our friend Herb to make so we left a little earlier than we might normally have.  After getting our move day chores taken care (easy peasy stuff) we were set to hitch up and pull out of the Roadrunner RV Park in Deming at 7:30 am.  However, that’s when we hit our first snag of the day.

Bah humbug!

The tire on the front passenger side of the truck was flat.  Michael had adjusted all of the tire pressure sensors yesterday and apparently this one let out all of the air in the tire.  Ugh.  After a bunch of ‘messin’ around getting the jack, the air compressor hose, turning on the generator, jacking up the truck, etc etc Michael got the tire aired up and everything tucked back into their homes and we were ready to hit the road a little more than an hour after are planned departure.  (And of course you know the guy next door had to stop by and say, ‘If you’ve got time, let me tell you a story…’  Really? Does it look like we have time?  LOL

Anyway…we got hitched up and are ready to pull out of the park when we realize that one of the back tires on the drivers side is low on air.  Oh boy!  So Michael decides to take it just a couple of businesses down to a gas station and air up the tire there.  We get finagled into a spot near the air station and Michael tries and tries but the tire will not take air.

Next step is to go a few more businesses down to a tire shop who were very helpful and got the low tire filled up and checked ALL of the remaining tires and topped any off that needed it.

Look at that sky!

We finally hit the road about 9:30 am but ended up stopping at a Love’s about 45 minutes later to fill up with diesel ($2.94 a gallon, ouch!) and also to fill up with DEF as it was low as well.

Thought it was a pretty back drop – Kelly’s Kitchen location

We stopped for lunch east of Van Horn but ended up just eating in the truck…too cold outside to enjoy it at a picnic table and too lazy to go in the house.  Only hung out for about 40 minutes as we were trying to make up some of the time we lost with the dumb tires.  It was a working lunch as Michael got four phone calls.

We made it to the Ft. Stockton RV park just before 5:00 pm and our friend, Herb, checked us in and sent us to our site with the promise of meeting us at the cafe for dinner about 5:45 pm.

Site 2 – that’s Herb’s ‘hut’ behind us

We pulled into site 2 and didn’t even unhitch.  We just plugged in the power, put the front jacks down for a little stabilization and that was it.  We did a little work before heading across the way to the cafe.

We had a nice visit with Herb before he had to head home to give his dog some medicine.  Michael and I finished our meals and then headed back home to finish up the days work and then called it a night.

Tomorrow we head back to San Antonio…our ‘home’ of sorts.


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Travel Day – Claypool, AZ to Deming, NM

We slept later than we have in weeks…7:30…in a parking lot nonetheless!  And it felt good!  Before pulling out of our overnight parking spot we answered a few emails that came in overnight and relaxed in our recliners for bit.

Judy’s in Claypool, AZ

Before heading out of town we stopped at Judy’s Cook House, which was just past Vonnie’s Pizza, to grab some breakfast.

Michael got his usual: 2 eggs, pancakes, bacon and hash browns.  His eggs were a bit too done but he enjoyed it nonetheless.

That’s a lot of food!

I ordered a bit different from normal:  2 eggs, smoked sausage, pancakes and hash browns…I never order pancakes but something tugged at me this morning.  They were nice and fluffy but huge so I barely ate half of them.  My eggs and hash browns were perfect and the smoked sausage was quite tasty.

We pulled onto the road about 9:40 am and with just 235 miles to travel today there was no big hurry.  I’m pretty sure that we’ll be traveling this route again when traveling to Quartzsite as it’s a very interesting area.  Lots of copper mining goes on here and it’s easy to view all of the mined areas in the area.  The hills and mountains surrounding the area are pocked with operating mines as well as abandoned ones.

Such cool terrain along this route!

We stopped in Thatcher to top off with fuel…enough to get us to Deming as it was $2.89 a gallon.  We’ll fill both tanks when we find a better price.  Plus we’ll need to add DEF at that point too.

The remainder of the trip was uneventful although we fielded a lot of PTB phone calls.   Michael takes the call while we drive and I take notes and then follow-up with an email to the customer afterward….that is if we have internet reception…and today we did nearly the entire trip.

We arrived at the Roadrunner RV park in Deming about 1:45 pm and got checked in lickedy split and made our way to site 67 where well be for the next three nights.

Back again…Roadrunner RV Park – Deming, NM – site 67

Michael had a bit of hassle getting the satellite dish tuned in but eventually got it squared away.  He thinks that meter he’s been using for nearly 7 years might be the issue…guess we’ll have to think about replacing it.

By 2:30 pm I had the laundry sorted and a load going.  We did a couple of small loads while we were at Quartzsite but since we were on limited usage we let the biggest majority of it go til now.  Still only have about 3 loads to do…not a big deal.

After dinner, Michael hung out in the living room to watch the State of the Union address while I buried myself in the bedroom with a good book and the door closed.


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Travel Day: Quartzsite, AZ To Claypool, AZ

Our last two days at the Quartzsite RV Show were excruciatingly slow…however, the slowdown was welcomed in more ways than one.  We were able to get completely caught up on returning phone calls and emails for PTB and we were also able to get some pre-travel day chores done and get a good start on packing up.

Shows over…time to pack up and hit the road!

The show ended at 5:00 pm on Sunday and there were vendors chomping at the bit to pull out at 4:00 pm.  However, because there were customers still walking around on the midway they were not allowed to drive on the midway until the show closed.  As soon as the announcement was made that they could pull out…there were quite a few that fled as quickly as they could!

We spent our last night on the midway eating pizza and watching TV and it felt good!  I was up about 7:00 am and Michael followed about 45 minutes later.

The plan was to pull out about 10:00 am Monday morning.  No hurry as we were just heading to a Walmart in Claypool, Arizona for the night.  Most of our travel day chores were done.

Michael just had a few items to stow and the satellite dish to take down and I had a few inside chores to complete.

Hard heads crack hitch covers apparently!

As we were hitching up I noticed a crack in the hitch cover that wasn’t there before.  A couple of days ago when the ‘dump’ crew came to dump our tanks one of them bonked his head pretty good on the hitch…I’m guessing that he also cracked the cover.  Poor guy.  He really did a number on his head and knocked himself silly too.

We ended up pulling out of the show grounds at 9:56 am and had no issues whatsoever.  We thought we might have to deal with other vendors trying to get out but…nope…nothing.  We just cruised right out and hit the road.

A lone 5er in a sea of Class As

We made a stop at a rest area about 11:30 am and found it funny that we were the only fifth wheel in a sea of class A’s…with one other fifth wheel waaaayyyy down on the end.

Smooth sailing…

We hit Phoenix right about noon but traffic moved pretty smoothly so there was no slow down at all.  We breezed right through and ended up deciding it was about time for lunch so we pulled off when we saw a sign for Walmart in Apache Junction.  It was another parking lot that was very segmented with curbs everywhere but we were very careful and got parked in an area where there were few cars.

We enjoyed some yummy salads from our recliners…no need to turn the generator on today as the temp was hovering near 80 so the house was pretty temperate.  We relaxed for a while before we headed into the store to do some shopping rather than waiting until Wednesday when were back in Deming, New Mexico.  Now we can just relax.

After an almost 2 1/2 hour stop we were back on the road easily enough.  Michael scouted out an easier way to get out of the parking lot which was much easier than having to avoid the various curbs and cars.

We only had 53 miles left to travel for the day and our destination just happened to be another Walmart…but this one was in Claypool, AZ.

Approaching Superior, Arizona – how pretty!

The drive between Superior, Arizona and Globe, Arizona is through the Superstition Mountains and is absolutely phenomenal!  Unfortunately, I was so caught up in the beauty that I didn’t take any pictures…not that weren’t any opportunities!

We arrived at the Walmart in Claypool about 4:45 pm, checked to make sure it was ok to spend the night and then got the coach settled in.  We didn’t stick around long as we planned to walk three tenths of a mile down the road to Vonnie’s Pizza as they had good reviews.

Vonnie’s Pizza – good stuff!

Vonnie’s is read by a husband and wife team who were both very friendly and we enjoyed chatting with them while we were there.  The reviews were spot on and the pizza was very good…Michael insisted on get a 16 inch pizza and we each only ate one piece of pizza so we have LOTS leftover!  We also ordered bread sticks which are stuffed with cheese…oh my gosh…good stuff!

Thank goodness I always keep my last pair…just in case.

On our way back home we walked through a dark parking lot that had an ‘invisible’ speed bump in it and since it was dark out and the dang thing was ‘invisible’ I didn’t see it and ended up flat on my face!  Scuffed up my toe, knee, hands, a finger and knocked my glasses off my face and popped one of the lens’ out!  And if that wasn’t enough…the cup of soda I was carrying landed underneath me so my pants were drenched and my soda was a goner.  🙁  Good thing I can laugh at myself!  Geesh.

When we got back home we each had work to do – just a few emails to reply to, some data entry and some filing.  About an hour and a half or so and we were done.

Tomorrow we head to Deming for a few days of respite.


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