Saturday, September 14, 2019

Middle of September - Already!!

My blogging mojo has left the building. Or the heat melted it into a puddle of nothingness. I've also taken a sort of break from social media. I took FB off my phone and only check into it occasionally on the computer. I'm not on any of the other social sites. I've been reading blogs but seldom comment. Maybe when the sun quits shining so brightly and warmly I'll get back in the groove again.

Loved this cloud formation at the end of our street.

 

Our monsoon season has been a bust. There have been a few storms around us but the only thing we've seen is wind and more wind. We had one storm at the beginning of the season that came through while we were at dinner and we missed it. We sure could use the rain. But the good news is the super heat seems to be gone. The forecast is showing temperatures below 110 and even only in the upper 90s on occasion. We actually have had a couple of nights that got down to 78. Love it. I told Jim today that I'm going to freeze to death this winter if it gets below 70. 

Jim is doing really great. Back to normal or whatever normal is for him. We both had some good news. Last May when we saw Jim's oncologist, he told us that Jim had a couple of nodules in his right lung that hadn't been there before. That is not good but the doctor thought that maybe they were caused by all the problems Jim had with his health. So he wanted to wait for three months and see if they grew or changed. When we went back for the three month follow up both nodules have disappeared. Great news. Don't need to go back for six months.
 
When I saw my kidney doctor three months ago my potassium levels were really really high. I had to go on a low potassium diet which meant that I had to give up all the foods that I loved. I can't have chocolate, peanut butter, whole grain bread, chocolate, nectarines (but peaches are okay), cantaloupe (but watermelon is okay), chocolate, ice cream, potatoes, sweet potatoes, apricots, potato chips, and on and on - oh and did I mention CHOCOLATE.!!! But I behaved myself and when I saw the doc this week, my kidneys are stable and my potassium level is back down to where it belongs. So I can now occasionally have some of those things on my do not eat list. 

Another beautiful sunrise

 

Jim celebrated his 80th birthday on September 8th. We had cake and ice cream at the club house for everybody who was around. It was a good time.

He got this tee shirt for his birthday.  It says - Personal Stalker - I will follow you wherever you go - bathroom included. And you can see two little heads at the bottom of the picture because they followed him down the hall so I could take the picture.



Paula (Shadowmoss) stopped in to see us the other day. She was really really bored and came down to the valley to go to Costco to get coffee. We're making plans for some sight seeing when she moves back down for the winter. 

People are starting to return. I figure by the middle of October things will really be in full swing here in the park. 

I saw two new critters this summer that I've never seen before. I had heard on the news about the Palo Verde Beetle and that it was their mating season. They are harmless but they are really ugly. They look like a giant cockroach. One morning I took Skittlez out about 5:00 a.m. and one of them is walking across our patio. I'm sure glad I had heard about them on the news or I would have woken the whole park with my screaming.


I also saw my first scorpion. It was actually in the women's bathroom at the clubhouse. Somebody said it was dead and then it moved. Nobody could believe how fast I could move.



 So that's about it from here in AJ. It's been a really good summer and it has given both Jim and I a chance to recover from the tough winter we had.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Gail in Buckeye

Wasn't sure how to get hold of you so I'm hoping you will see this post.

Rocky had his cataract surgery done by Eye Care for Animals. They have three locations - Scottsdale, Gilbert and Phoenix. They are specialists for both eyes and teeth. And I think dermatology. They also did Rocky's surgery for the fistula in his mouth.

Hope this helps. He has done really good with the surgery. We have to give him eye drops every day and I get them at Costco.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This, That, and Nothing

Apache Junction AZ - hot, hot, hot

Mostly nothing.  The hot Arizona summer keeps us inside in the air conditioning most of the time. We hit 115 yesterday but cooling down to 110 today. It really isn't as bad as it sounds because our humidity has been really low. We also haven't had any monsoon storms yet but the weather people keep telling us that they are coming - someday. 

Fluffy clouds are pretty scarce during the summer so we really appreciate them when they do show up.



They also make for a pretty sunrise over the Superstition Mountains. 

Jim has made great strides in his recovery. He is almost back to his old self. Makes me very happy. He's riding his bike around the park every morning and I'm walking. We get it done early in the morning before the heat settles in. (I just want everyone to know - I HATE WALKING!!) I have always hated it even when I was young and spry. It is so boring. I'm looking into getting some ear bud thingies so I can figure out how to listen to a book or music or something. 

There are still 9 of us who meet every Tuesday morning for treats and company. We have a few people returning to the park in August so our little group will grow. It really helps to break up the week and gives us something to look forward to.

The pups are definitely showing signs of old age. Skittlez's back legs give out frequently and she is deaf. This picture shows how she stands most of the time. She spends most of the day sleeping. 

Rocky is going blind and deaf. It really is sad to see him get stuck in a corner and he can't find his way out. But he's learning to cope and is still a lot more active than Skittlez. He loves his Dad but doesn't feel the need anymore to spend all his time in Jim's lap. Which is a good thing since it is so hot. (Our air conditioning really works great in our trailer but all of our front windows face west and it still gets a little warm about 4:00 p.m. with the sun beating down on us.)


 
We've really been enjoying all the coverage on the moon landing 50 years ago. It's still amazing to me when I look up into the sky at night and realize that man has actually walked on that moon.

The moon setting this morning.


 
Our talented daughter-in-law, Michaela, painted a mural in the cat room at the vet's office where she works.



She has an Etsy account showing her work.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenIsWhatILove

That is the news from here. We are doing just fine. Life is good.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Summer Fun in Arizona


  Apache Junction, AZ   Highs  104 to 112  Lows  in the 70s

Its been forever since I posted anything to the blog so I figured I'd let you know how exciting our lives are.

We discuss the weather quite frequently. It's actually been a pretty normal weather pattern this year. Our average at this time of year is 104/105 and we actually had one day that didn't get over 99. Most days are average. The mornings and evenings are beautiful.

We finally were able to meet up with Jan and Bill for lunch at American Way Market. It was sooo good to see them again. Seems like it has been forever. They sold their truck and fifth wheel and are planning a trip to Portugal and Spain later this summer.


We also went out for dinner with a few of those still left in the park. We went all out that night. We went to Costco for hot dogs and pizza. Actually it was a really fun time. 

Here's part of the group. Carol, Melva and George. 



I cannot believe I didn't get a picture of Greg and Tracey (our park managers).  So I "borrowed" their picture.


The other big topic of conversation is the Woodbury Fire. Huge fire in the Superstition Wilderness area. It has burned over 90,000 acres and is only 24% contained. It is burning in an extremely rocky area of the mountains and is almost impossible to fight on the ground. We've also had a few windy days which haven't helped. The winds are blowing the fire east and north of us towards Roosevelt Lake. They have evacuated the marina and people living near the lake. The road from Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat and up to Apache Lake is closed. The firefighters are working to save structures by starting back fires to get rid of any fuel near them and also installing sprinkler systems where they can. We can see the smoke pouring over the top of the Superstition Mountains. It is really sad. (Not a very good picture but it gives you some idea of the smoke.)


Jim spent a couple of nights in the hospital this week. They discovered that the artery in his left leg was blocked with plaque in two places. His blood was not flowing down his leg and when he tried to walk his leg would cramp on him. It was an outpatient procedure but when they checked his blood, they discovered that his kidney function couldn't handle the dye they use. So they kept him that night to flush out his kidneys. Did the rotor rooter on his leg on Wednesday afternoon and I was supposed to be able to take him home that night. This time his blood refused to thicken up so they could take the sheath out without him bleeding to death. So they kept him another night and I finally got to bring him home Thursday morning. 

Not sure if you can see this, but in the picture on the left you can see the white spots in the artery which are the plaque blockages. On the right is the artery after she cleaned all the plaque out. There was also a blockage higher up the leg that she fixed for him. Dr. Daliman also took a look at this right leg while she was in there and it is just fine. Thanks goodness for that.


He feels really great and after we see the doc next week, we will start doing an early morning walk. 

Rocky had his yearly eye checkup which he needs because he had cataract surgery. His doctor said his eyes are really looking good especially for his age.


 I loved the eye chart in their office.


That bring us up to date. Quiet and peaceful here in our world.
 








Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Seafood in Arizona

AJ, AZ -  High 76  Low 54 

This has really been a strange month weatherwise. Not that I'm complaining because it has been a fantastic Spring.  We've had a couple of storms go through but most of the days have been perfect temperatures in the 70s or low 80s and cool evenings. Who knows what the summer is going to bring.

On May 17 we celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful day. We went to the movies to see A Dog's Journey. A really good family movie even though I cried. 

We also went out to dinner to celebrate.  We decided to try Seafood Restaurant and Market. Reviews were mixed but I really wanted crab cakes.


My crab cakes were really good. I even had one to bring home.



Jim ordered the Maine lobster tails and said they were excellent.  He didn't have any leftovers to bring home.


We would definitely go back for another meal. A wonderful way to celebrate with my love.

There are a few folks left in the park. Tuesday morning we had coffee and cinnamon rolls. We sat around and visited for two hours. The smaller group makes it easy to hear what everyone is saying and get to know each other better.



Meanwhile at home, Rocky still carries on when Jim is gone and Skittlez keeps us entertained just by being herself. In this picture she got herself caught in the sleeve of my top and I had to go rescue her. She has also shut the door to our bedroom a couple of times with her trapped in the bedroom. 



It has been nice not having doctor appointments every few days. Life is uneventful and peaceful most of the time.

The Superstitions in the afternoon.

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Miscellaneous Stuff

We have been having a beautiful Spring but also a couple of storms. Most of the storms have just sent us wind and no rain. But a couple days ago, we had a wonderful refreshing downpour. 

The following pictures are of clouds over the Superstitions from our trailer.




These next two pictures were taken by our park managers. I'm really glad I didn't see this first cloud formation because it's scary just looking at the picture.




Skittlez seems to think I need to be up to see the sunrise. As soon as it gets a little bit light, she wants me out of bed and food placed before her.


Ginny and Mickey took off this week headed East. Before she left she took pictures of some of the gorgeous blooms in our park.






Jim is progressing slowly. He's actually had two weeks with no doctor appointments. He's started to work on my honey-do list and that should keep him busy for a couple of months. 

A bunch of us from the park are going to Taco Bell tonight. Seems when the Diamond Backs accomplish something (I don't know what), Taco Bell offers three free tacos with the purchase of a large drink. This is about as exciting as our life is.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Perfect Evening

Tempe, AZ   High 89  Low 64

I know I couldn't have survived these last four months without the help of Ginny and Mickey. From taking care of the propane for me, moral support when I had a breakdown, to completely taking care of Skitz and Rocky for us - they were always right there. The night I had to call 911 for Jim, Ginny threw on a bathrobe and came over to make sure I was okay and to take care of the dogs. I can't begin to thank them for all they have done for us.

We did want to take them out to dinner and as you all know, I love Groupon. I found one for The Watershed, a restaurant located in the Lakes community on Lakeshore Drive in Tempe. Another adventure since we had never been here or knew of anyone who had ever eaten there.

I forgot to take a picture of the entrance so I found this one on the web which was taken by Dana Voigt.



 Thursday night was the night and we could not have picked a more perfect evening. The weather was incredible. 

Ginny and Jim ordered the lobster ravioli and crab meatballs. Mickey and I had the fish and chips. The food was very good. My only complaint was that the bar did not have a blender and could not make frozen drinks. I couldn't believe that a bar would not have a blender.



After dinner the Groupon also included a boat ride through the upscale neighborhood. They only allow electric motors so the ride was so quiet and peaceful. The lake is 55 acres and there were a lot of boats tied up to docks by the houses. One guy has a really unique "boat".

I bet this place is beautiful at Christmas time when they have their boat parade.




To end this wonderful evening with such good friends, we were treated to this incredible sunset.



Thanks again Ginny and Mickey. We sure are going to miss you this summer.