Travel Day: Glenwood, AR To West Memphis, AR

Time to mosey on further east!  We only had about 220 miles to travel today so we weren’t in a big rush.  I was up just before 7:00 am and Michael followed about 7:15.  We had a couple of the kolaches I picked up yesterday for breakfast…nice and easy – pop ’em in the oven for a minute and you’re good to go!

I finished up buttoning things up inside while Michael took down the satellite dish and stowed it and then we were ready to hitch up.  We ended up pulling out of our newly found RV park in Glenwood (it was so nice to have just a 20 minute drive to and from Alice’s!) about 9:20 am. It was about 30 degrees, windy and raining….not a good combination in any situation but it makes hitching up miserable.  The current plan is to be back here in October.

We made a quick potty stop just after we hit I-40 east of Little Rock and while it was still raining (32 degrees) we could also see tiny itty bitty ice particles…I guess you’d call it sleet.  I tried to take a picture but my phone didn’t want to cooperate.

Michael being the Good Samaritan.

Shortly after getting back on the road we came upon a Big Horn on the side of the road and a gentleman working on removing a flat tire from the driver’s side of the coach.  Michael immediately pulled over and donned his jack, put his hood over his head and went out to see if he could give any help.  Not much he could do but he did stay and direct traffic away and into the other lane.  Unfortunately, the rig had TowMax tires on it…hopefully the change those out REAL soon!

Check out that ice! Brrrrr

We stopped for lunch at Kelly’s Kitchen about 1:00 pm.  It was a pretty tight squeeze as it seemed that nearly every big rig on the road decided to stop at the same time.  It had just about stopped raining when we stopped by the front cap of the coach and mirrors on the truck were covered in ice.

Tight quarters called for Kelly’s Kitchen to be located in the cab of the truck!

Because it was so tight we just grabbed our lunch out of the house and ate in the truck.  We rested for about 45 minutes or so and then hit the road again as we had less than 50 miles to go to our destination.

Bah humbug! If people would just merge when they’re told to….

Unfortunately, we were only down the road about 15 miles when we came upon signs warning of construction ahead.  We crept and crawled the seven miles of the construction (less than a mile was actually being worked on) for 43 minutes!  Seven miles in 43 minutes….that’s some good time!

We ended up pulling into Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River RV Park at 3:30.  We stayed here once before about a year and a half ago.  Many of the sites overlook the Mississippi River and river barges and other boats are constantly traveling up and down the river so we’re really looking forward to our stay.

Tom’s Sawyer’s Mississippi River RV Park – Site 59

We got checked in and escorted to our site and then Michael had me sit in the truck while he did most of the outside prep-work to unhitch (get the jack pads out, lower the front jacks, etc) because it was COLD out there and he had a sweatshirt and jacket on and I didn’t (my chivalrous man!)  Then once he had that ready I went out and guided him as we got unhitched.  Then he sent me back into the warmth of the truck to wait while he got the coach leveled.  When it was all set I scooted inside to bring out the slides, turn on the fireplace and crank up the heat pumps!  It was 46 degrees in the house when I went inside.

While Michael got the water, sewer and electric set, I prepped the inside of the house and started dinner.  When the water, sewer and electric were good to go he came inside to warm up a bit before heading back outside to get the satellite dish set up.

Absolutely LOVE this park…for this reason…ONLY

We are set up in site 59, which is on the second row from the river, and we have rigs obscuring our view…bah humbug.  However, when we first got here there was no one in front of us so I got a nice picture of a barge headed down river.  Hopefully, it will warm up enough for us to sit outside and enjoy the views at least once while we’re here.  We are here for 5 nights.

 

 

 

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Don’t Like This At All…

Our site here at Caddo River Access RV Park

Monday we were back at Alice’s house so that Michael could put together a ‘lift’ chair that Dan purchased for Alice and was to be delivered that day.

The chair arrived before noon and Michael had it assembled in no time.  Alice was very happy with how it worked and was even more excited that she could actually get out of it on her own without having to use the lift feature as it doesn’t sit as low as her old chair.

Michael ‘snaking’ out the plumbing

Alice’s kitchen sink stopped up on Easter and we couldn’t get it cleared out so we picked up a ‘snake’ in town and he used it to clear out her drainage pipe.  Seems as though there might be some roots growing through the pipe as that’s what he ended up pulling out with the snake.  Whatever the case, the sink is now flowing freely.

Tuesday we had some errands to run in Hot  Springs (about 30 miles from us) so we while we were in town we went to see ‘The Greatest Showman’ which we both really enjoyed.  It was a musical, which we weren’t aware of beforehand.  Neither of us are big fans of musicals so I think we would have enjoyed it even more if it hadn’t been a musical.  Nevertheless…it was still a very good movie.

Whoopsie…that’s not good!

On the way home we planned to make a stop at Alice’s to pick up our new hydraulic leg that was delivered that day (and a new carbon monoxide detector too!).  About half way down her road we came across a power company truck blocking the road and a fallen tree in front of it.  We could also see that there was another power company truck on the other side of the fallen tree with its bucket up in the air.

Bent hydraulic leg/jack

Since there was no getting by we turned around and went further down the highway and went down the road from the opposite direction and made our way to Alice’s from that direction.  The power had been off since about 4:30 pm and came on shortly after we arrived about 7:20 pm.  We visited for a short while but headed home not long after the power came back on as I had work to do.

Looks like my finger wanted to be part of the picture too!

Had a crazy busy day of sending invoices on Wednesday customers…eleven of ’em!  Eight of those were for a rally in Crossville, Tennessee next month.  Michael fielded several phone calls and in between phone calls he got the new hydraulic leg installed on the coach.  I even had to crawl under the coach at one point to help him tighten one of the bolts he couldn’t quite get to.  (Girl power!)

A family affair

Thursday was Michael’s youngest brother, John’s, birthday and his wife Ann, invited us all to meet at the World Buffet in Hot Springs to help him celebrate.  We met at Alice’s and then carpooled into town – Michael and his brother, Eddie in our truck and me driving Alice’s car with her, Val, Allicia and myself.

Cute little cheeseburger cake

We met John, Ann and Sammy at the restaurant and enjoyed a nice lunch with family.  Ann had made John a ‘Cheeseburger’ birthday cake that turned out really cute.

After lunch we all got settled into our vehicles to leave and Alice’s car wouldn’t start…again! Both times the car wouldn’t start, it was me that had driven it last…I’m feeling a little bit like there’s black cloud looming over my head.

We called the mechanic to come get it…get re-situated into the two other vehicles and headed back to Glenwood…making a stop at the bank drive-thru and Walgreens for sunflower seeds.  Back at Alice’s, Michael and I visited for a couple of hours before we headed home for the evening.  We watched a few TV shows and then I headed to bed to cuddle up with my trusty Kindle…Michael followed a short while later.

Friday was our last day in Glenwood and it was rainy and gloomy.  It stormed pretty good just before 6:00 am…enough to wake me up and keep me awake so I ended up getting up and working on this blog post.

Michael’s breakfast…

About 8:00 am we headed across the street to the Caddo Cafe to get some breakfast.  Neither of us felt like cooking and since Brock had recommended we try the chilaquiles we did just that…or Michael did anyway and I ordered the Huevos a la Mexicana.  We both got our fill and then headed next door to the Donut Palace to pick up some donuts and kolaches (decided to freeze some kolaches and see how they do).

…my breakfast

From there we drove back across the street and dropped Michael off at home so that he could do a few chores while I went back across the street to Wright’s to pick up a few groceries so that we have everything we need for the next week for so.

We spent a good portion of the morning working for PTB and getting the coach ready for travel on Saturday.  In the early afternoon we headed back over to Alice’s to spend a few hours visiting with her before we leave the area.

We had our mail forwarded to us and received this sweet message from our favorite ‘mailman’, Andrew.

We were back home about 5:30 pm, I laid down for a bit as I had a head/neck ache.  Michael’s good friend, Cherie stopped by for a short visit…I got up to visit for a short while but Cherie had to get back home to make dinner.  We had a few chores to complete too.  Hopefully, next time we’re in town we can visit a bit longer.

As usual our time in Glenwood/Hot Springs went much too fast and we didn’t get a chance to visit with everyone we’d hoped to…next time!

Tomorrow we’ll continue our trek east toward Stone Mountain, Georgia where we’ll be attending the Heartland Southeast Regional Rally which begins on April 17.  We’ll be making a couple of pits stops along the way and taking the opportunity to visit with friends too!  Stay tuned!

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What a Week!

Monday

Parked in front of the warehouse and ready to roll

We met Dan and Amanda at the warehouse about 9:00 am so that they could check the place out and meet Alyssa and Preston.  We planned to be there a couple of hours but ended up being there until about 1:45 pm when we pulled out and hit the road to Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

My bed partners!

Ben road with Nana and Papaw but fell asleep before we ever hit the interstate.  He ended up sleeping about an hour.  We made one stop for a potty break for everyone and ended up pulling into the Sallisaw KOA about 4:30 pm.

While Michael and I set up Amanda and the kids walked over to the playground to burn off some pent-up energy.  I made a simple dinner of hot ham sandwiches and we ended up calling it a night about 8:30 or so.  Alex slept with us in our bed while Zoe slept in a recliner and Ben shared the couch bed with his mom & dad.

Tuesday

Yucky rain

It started raining during the night and kept on until nearly noon.  We pulled out of the KOA about 9:30 and made fairly decent time despite the rain.  We stopped in Mt. Ida, Arkansas for lunch while our auxiliary tank filled the truck fuel tank.

After lunch we parted ways…Dan and family headed on to Glenwood and the home of Michael’s mom while Michael and I headed to Pearcy to his brothers home where we planned to park the coach for the next 10 days or so.

We arrived about 2:00 pm but unfortunately, things did not go as planned for us.  To  make a VERY long story short we had a lot of trouble getting the coach backed in and then when we finally did get it in place the ground was so unlevel that the level up system didn’t want to do its job.  By that time the battery was running low so Michael plugged into the 50 amp outlet that his brother had installed for us but that fell short as well…it was only putting out 8 amps!

We tried putting a couple of blocks under one of the jacks and in the process dropped the coach (thank goodness for our ‘Bed Saver’!).  Since the level up wasn’t working properly one of the back jacks never retracted…which we didn’t notice since all of the other ones had.  In the whole process of trying to get blocks under the front jack…we ended up bending the back jack!

Michael & Ron trying to jack up the trailer with the no good bottle jack

Michael wanted to try to take the back (bent) jack off so that he would be able to at least level out the coach but the bottle jack he had refused to work.  However, between he and his brother they were able to remove all of the bolts so it was ready to be removed as soon as they could jack the coach up high enough to remove it.

By this time we decided we’d had enough and planned to leave the coach as it was and go to a hotel for the night (extremely unlevel and with no power we weren’t able to bring out the slides).

Wednesday – Another very rainy day which didn’t allow us to do anything with the coach as it was just to messy outside.  We did, however, stop at Walmart and buy a new bottle jack so that when it did stop raining Michael could use it to raise the coach.

We spent the day at Michael’s mom’s house visiting with her and Michael’s oldest brother.  Dan, Amanda and the kids stopped by for a short visit in the morning and then went to Murfreesboro to hunt diamonds.  They didn’t come back rich but the kids had a good time digging in the mud.

I caught Bennie right before he went under the table and Amanda being her normal naughty self!

When they got back to the house we piled into two cars and went out to dinner at the Rocky Mountain Grill in Pearcy.  Most of us got some sort of steak, while Alice went with shrimp.  We had a nice family dinner and enjoyed visiting as it’s not something we get to do often enough.

Michael and I spent the night at Alice’s in what I call the ‘Princess and the Pea’ bed…her mattress is so tall that you really could use a step stool to get up on it or at least take a running leap.

Thursday – It finally stopped raining!

Paying our respects

Dan, Amanda, Alice and I (along with the kids) went to the cemetery to visit Papa Tom (Michael’s dad) while Michael was at his brother, Ron’s, house removing the damaged hydraulic jack leg.

Dan at Oaklawn

After our visit at the cemetery we headed into Hot Springs, picking Michael up on the way, to go to Oaklawn Horse Race Track.  While I lived in Hot Springs for several years, I’d never been to the track and Michael hadn’t been since well before we were married.  Dan and Amanda had been to several races at Belmont when they lived in New York and really enjoyed it so they were excited to go again.

The kids loved the horses…especially Zoe!

We stayed for all nine races.  Michael and I didn’t do any betting, Alice bet on one race and Dan and Amanda placed bets on most of the races, I believe.  Unfortunately, there were no winners in our group.  But we had fun nonetheless.

After the races we made our way back to our vehicles only to find that Alice’s car wouldn’t start!  (bad luck was all around us this week!)  We called Michael’s brother who was meeting us for dinner and he came and picked Michael, Alice and I up and also called a friend of his, who is a mechanic, to take a look at the car.  (still no diagnosis on the car)

We went to dinner at Osaka Japanese Steakhouse as it was my birthday dinner choice.  Alice, Ron & Linda hadn’t been to a Japanese hibachi restaurant before so it was all new to them.  They enjoyed the show and their meals and I think they might even go back on their own at some point.

Unfortunately, we had to give goodbye hugs to Dan, Amanda, Alex, Ben and Zoe as they were heading for home in the morning.  I still hate parting way with the boys and their families but it has gotten a bit easier as we’re able to see them a bit more often than we used to.  Let’s put it this way…I don’t cry each and every time they leave now.

We spent the night, once again, in the ‘Princess and the Pea’ bed and slept much better than we did the previous two nights.

Friday – My birthday!  First thing in the morning, Michael contacted Lippert and ordered the new hydraulic jack leg…it’s due to arrive about Thursday of next week.  Then we did quite a bit of work in the morning as things had been put on hold while our lives were in turmoil.

Early afternoon we headed into Hot Springs to Lowes to pick up some brass fittings so that Michael could use them to cap the hydraulic lines for the jack leg so that when we turned on the level up system it didn’t spew hydraulic oil all over the place.

The brothers back at it…this time capping off the hydraulic lines.

Then we head back to Ron’s house and while Michael and Ron got the lines capped I visited with Linda a little bit.  Once the lines were capped and checked to make sure that no fluid was going to flow we hitched up the coach to the truck and headed to Glenwood.

We’d been told about the new RV park that opened up at the stockyards and had driven by it on Wednesday night to check it out.  Caddo River Access RV Park just opened (I’m not sure they’ve had any guests before) and is only about 20 minutes from Alice’s home which is ideal!  We normally end up having to drive 45 minutes to an hour to get to her home so this will be perfect.

We got settled into our home for the next week or so and then headed just down the road to the Fish Nest for dinner.  Since it was Good Friday (and my birthday) we both had the buffet which is filled with catfish, shrimp, crab cakes, clam strips and a bunch of other items.  We had our fill and were home and in bed before 8:00 pm.  I think the events of the week had taken their toll and we were both exhausted.

Saturday – Obviously we were exhausted as we slept nearly 12 hours!  However, nothing was keeping us back from a breakfast date we had with our good friends, Brock and Tammy!  We met them just across the street from the RV Park at the Caddo Cafe.

No better friends than these right here…

We really enjoyed our breakfast – they serve both Mexican and American fare…but Michael and I both went with American this time.  Breakfast was very good but what we really enjoyed was our visit with Brock and Tammy (and Cheyenna & Blake too!).  Our visits always go much too quickly but that makes us appreciate them that much more.  We’re hoping to squeeze in another visit with them before we have to leave.

The rest of the day was spent working.  We had a lot of make up to do.  Dan had given us a goal to hit this month and today (last day of the month!) we hit it!  Woohoo!  We’ll get a bonus…but that’s not nearly as exciting as actually hitting that goal!

Sunday – Easter.

Rain, rain, rain…another rain-filled day.  We’re parked right next to the Caddo River….lets hope it doesn’t rain so much that we float away!

We started our morning off with a couple of kolaches that we had picked up the day before at the Donut Palace, which is right across the road from our coach.  It had been a long time since we’ve enjoyed some Donut Palace kolaches so it was a nice treat.

We made impromptu plans with Michael’s mom to have dinner at her home so we picked up some groceries at Wright’s in Glenwood on Saturday and took them to Alice’s and made dinner there.  A very cheater-easy meal.  Ham, pre-made broccoli rice casserole, pre-made sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and banana cream pie for dessert.  We had a nice visit with just the four of us for dinner.

We visited until about 7:00 pm before packing up and heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing in front of the TV which turned out to be a nice way to round out our hectic week.

 

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A Little Us Time

This week we continued the ‘weaning’ process with Alyssa.  We only went into the work at the warehouse on Tuesday and Thursday giving her more time on her own.  But since the RV park is only about three miles away from the shop we were close enough if she needed us.  She does an awesome job and we are just a phone call or text away if she needs us.

Michael and Bret Maverick…errr..James Garner

On our days away from the shop we took a little time for.  On Tuesday, we hunted down a Roadside America attraction in downtown Norman.  Actor, James Garner, of The Rockford Files fame was born and raised in Norman.

To honor the local hero the town erected a bronze statue of Garner’s character, Bret Maverick, and placed it in a small park on the corner of Main Street and Jones Street in downtown Norman.  The statue is accompanied by a plaque providing details of the mans life and career.  We might have enjoyed the visit a bit more but it was cold and wind was whippin’ like an arctic blast.  It was everything we could do not to get blown away.

The side of the Boomarang has this awesome mural painted on it

Preston and Alyssa had recommended a local favorite, the Boomarang Diner so we headed there to get out of the wind.  A cute, little place decked out in 50s Hollywood decor.  The walls are covered with famous photos of Audrey Hepburn, Elvis, Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers…very cool.

We didn’t take long to decide on our lunch dishes – Michael went with a hamburger plate (hamburger patty, topped with french fries, covered in gravy) and I ordered a patty melt with fried pickles.  My lunch was really good…Michael felt his gravy was a bit too salty.  He’s not a big salt fan but I often find that beef gravy is too salty.  Nevertheless, I think he enjoyed his lunch.

Burgers from Sooner Dairy

On Wednesday we tried out another local favorite for lunch…Sooner Dairy Lunch, which has been serving up lunch since 1954!  Just a small place which musta used to have been a drive in…but now it’s all walk up.  Serving burgers, sandwiches and sides to go with them.

We both ordered cheeseburgers and shared some onion rings and tater tots.  We chose to sit at the small counter just inside the vestibule…the only ones who did…although there were quite a few customers that came and went, placing their orders and picking them up.

The burgers were good…nice sized and plenty of condiments…however, they really needed some seasoning.  I ended up adding salt to my burger…twice.  The burgers at Burger Boy in San Antonio rate higher in my book.  On the bright side, the tots and onion rings were really good!

After ward we drove up to our usual theater in OKC and watched Game Night.  IMDb rated it at 7.4 and I would probably give it a little less than that…maybe 7.0.  We both enjoyed it…laughed a lot which is good for the soul, you know.  Definitely not a blockbuster…but a fun movie to watch.

Michael’s bronchitis seems to have finally turned the corner!  He had a bit of a rough day on Monday but since then he seems to be on the upside.  Thank goodness!

An EXCELLENT patient

However, he’s had a tough that’s been giving him some trouble since before we had our check-ups in San Antonio on the first.  The dentist took a look at it the but said there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.  Unfortunately, the tooth began bothering he quite a bit overnight Wednesday/Thursday and he decided to go in and have it looked at again.

We found a dentist, nearby, that was able to fit him in to their schedule on Thursday.  Turns out there was a large cavity in the tooth below the gum line and the tooth couldn’t be saved.  (Not sure how the other dentist didn’t see it with the x-rays they took)  The tooth was not cooperative and Michael ended up in the dentist’s chair for over three hours.  First, the tooth broke, which wasn’t a big deal in itself as the dentist just removed it in three pieces.  However, the last piece (fourth) was so tightly embedded in the bone that he had to

take several breaks to go and help other patients.

I’m pretty sure that Michael is the bravest man on earth.  He just sat there…didn’t flinch…didn’t moan…didn’t whine…nothing.  Had it been me, they would have had to have loaded me up on Valium to keep me calm.

We expected him to be pretty sore after all of the trauma but he was feeling pretty good that evening after the numbing wore off and even the following morning he was doing well.  I made sure he stayed on top of his pain meds, just in case though.

Michael and a giraffe skeleton

Saturday we did something I’ve been wanting to do since the first time we came to the OKC area…visit the Museum of Osteology (the study of bones)!  We arrived at 10:00 am when they opened and there were just two other people there so it was nice and quiet and we were able to take our time and survey the displays and read the information provided.

Pretty interesting stuff

Surprisingly, there were a lot of displays that were ‘touchable’…which we did!  We’re big into ‘hands on’ museums…makes them that much more fun and enjoyable.

The collection is pretty extensive…human skeletons, birds, fish, carnivores, amphibians, reptiles.  From BIG (elephants, hippopotamus, rhinoceros) to itty bitty (humming-bird, mice, lizards) and everything in between (squirrel, bears, dogs, monkeys, etc).

A couple off itty bitty humming birds

We got about 45 minutes or so of peace and quiet before a bunch of families arrived.  We finished up and were leaving about and hour and fifteen minutes after we arrived.  It’s a great place for kids and families – with several kids activities to keep them engages (scavenger hunts, coloring pages, hands on displays, etc).

Sunday  was a day of anticipation.  Our son, Dan, and his family were coming to Norman!  Dan wanted to make a trip to Norman to see his investment, first hand.  It worked out nicely that we were here too.  They got to their hotel about 5:30…where we met them.

Das Boot!

After they unpacked the car we headed out for dinner…our first choice, Royal Bavaria, was closed for a private party so we ended up at Das Boot Camp (their sister place).  Michael, Amanda and I ordered jagerschnitzel while Dan went with a sausage plate.  I think everyone enjoyed their meals…as far as I know.

However, the real star of the show was Dan’s ‘boot’.  After tasting several beers he ordered his favorite (a Seasonal) in a boot….a 2 liter boot!  That’s a lot of beer.  Both Michael and Amanda tried it too…Michael liked it…Amanda…not so much!  As hard as he tried, Dan just couldn’t finish it all…pretty sure he would have exploded had he been able to!

Our time in Oklahoma has come to an end.  Today (Monday 3/26) we head out to Arkansas to visit Michael’s mom, Alice…and Dan, Amanda, Alex, Ben and Zoe are coming along!

 

 

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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….oh.my. 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.

Delicious!

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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