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.







Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jim Update

AJ, AZ   High 90  Low 68

Our Spring has been quite beautiful this year except for all the pollen in the air. We did reach 99 last week but the nights are still cooling down for good sleeping with just the fan going. 

We have been averaging three doctor appointments or lab work every week. BUT -  Jim has finally turned that proverbial corner. Most of his doctors don't want to see him for three months. That is really great news. 

However, you notice that I said MOST. We do have another new situation to deal with. Jim's cardiologist had sonograms done on Jim's legs. Back in 2012 Jim had a femoral artery blockage in his left leg. Had to have a stent and a bypass done on that leg. Then in 2015 he had the same issues with his right leg. Now it appears his left leg has a blockage again. We meet with the vascular surgeon later this month. 

Now - back to the good. Jim really is feeling much better. He has lost 30 pounds and is maintaining that weight. His blood sugar is good, his blood pressure is good, he's not retaining fluid, and his colon is behaving itself. He's able to walk 1/4 of a mile without having to stop and rest. He still needs a couple of naps every day and he has a long ways to go to get his strength back, but it is so wonderful to see all his improvements. He's no longer "fragile" and my heart is happy.