Thursday, December 15, 2011


We’ve been on the run again this week. Monday we stopped to see Aunt Happy and then went over to Judy’s to wait for the exterminator for her termites. We waited and waited and finally she called to find out where they were. That’s when we found out she had the wrong date and they aren’t coming til next Monday. So we took her grocery shopping again. Back home to feed the girls and then go play cribbage. Wonder if I’ll ever win. Doubt it.

But Wednesday was the worst day. We left the house at 7:45 a.m. so we could be with Aunt Happy when she had her surgery. Picked up my sister and then got Happy settled at the eye doctor’s. Pat, the woman who stays with her at night, was also there and was going to give her a ride home. She has a car which is easier for Happy to get into.

Jim, Judy and I decided to go to Coco’s and have breakfast and then we’d go back to the eye doctor’s. We called Pat to see how things were going and found out that she had already taken Happy home. WHAT???

For whatever reason they didn’t do the surgery. Instead they did a laser procedure and will do the implant surgery next Wednesday. Needless-to-say, Aunt Happy was not happy. I really don’t know all the details, but they needed to do the laser work to shape her eye for the implant. But that’s not what they told her last week. She thought she was going to be done with this nonsense and now it’s going right into Christmas. This is all interfering with all her plans for parties and socializing. We went over to her house and visited with her for awhile until she calmed down. I don’t blame her for being angry.

After we left her house, we dropped Judy back at her house and then Jim had a doctor’s appointment up in Scottsdale. I originally hadn’t planned on going with him but we were running out of time and he couldn’t take me back to Apache Junction and then get to Scottsdale on time. So I went with him.

This appointment was with a General Practitioner. Jim has to get clearance from a GP as well as a Cardiologist before the surgery. We didn’t have either doctor down here so the surgeon referred us. Dr. Palen is a very busy doctor and they were running way behind. We were at the doctor’s office for over three hours. Then we had to go down the street to an imaging office and have his X-rays taken.

We didn’t get back to the rig until almost 5:00 p.m. Boy were the girls happy to see us. I felt so bad we had to leave them for so long. Everything seems to be looking good for Jim. The Cardiologist will do a stress test on him, but he passed his last one with flying colors. (He’s had two heart by-passes.)

Tuesday we got laundry done, ran a zillion errands, and then had John and Karen over for dinner. They are staying at our park for a week while they’re here visiting friends and going to a show at the Palms Dinner Theater. Had a great time visiting with them.

Today we’re waiting for the guy to show up to work on our trailer brakes. And Jim has had a couple of projects going. It’s been rather nice to stay home for a change. My sister’s husband arrived today which means she now has a car at her disposal so we won’t be running to Mesa quite as often. He can also help her deal with her termites.

Pictures? Who has time to take pictures!


  1. I, for one, am glad you didn't make us wait for pictures. I like getting the updates even without them.

  2. Good to hear from you again! Poor Aunt Happy.

  3. Wow, 'tis the be busy I guess. Too bad it's all happening at once. Hope Jim's tests are fine and that you can slow down a bit.

  4. That's a lot of errands. I hope you have a bit of time to relax before Christmas.

  5. Hope all goes well with Jim's tests and you can enjoy your holidays!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  6. We feel so sorry for your Aunt having to deal with this, especially at this time of year.

  7. What a hoot that this is all interfering with Aunt Happy's socializing and parting! Boy I hope next Wednesday is the real date that she can get her eyes done!
    We hope Jim's tests results turn out good.
    How did you do a zillion errands in one day...I want your secret!
    Hope things slow down for you real soon. You need to stop and enjoy this Blessed time of the year! Merry Christmas.

  8. Yes, you have been busy. Thank goodness Judy's husband is now around. That should relieve you a little. Keep us posted on Jim's progress and Aunt Happy.

  9. You're gonna need the rest after Jim's surgery !!

  10. boy for someone who is retired you sure were busy today!!!

  11. You may remember the problems and false starts with my recent cornea transplant. Please tell Happy that although I was furious and upset, it all worked out better in the long run. My advice is "Go with the flow". It works, if you just place it in the hands of your higher power, which in my case is the Universal Divinity.

  12. Poor Aunt Happy. Sometimes work out for the best though and maybe this is one of those times.

  13. Eyes aren't something to be messed around with so I'm sure the Doctor had very good reasons for doing the necessary procedure.

    Sounds like you've been very, very busy!

  14. I always think that I'm busy until I read your blog. Whew!!

    Hope all goes well for Jim and Aunt Happy - her name alone makes me smile ;-))


  15. So this is the laid back retired life I've heard so much about?

    It's nice of you to help your aunt out, too bad the surgery has a part II. She'll be glad to get it over with, for sure!

  16. Doesn't sound like you had the best day on Wednesday. Hope things work out for Aunt Happy, I don't blame her for being frustrated. There's nothing worse than sitting around a doctor's office, especially for that long. Glad everything went well though.

    Kevin and Ruth

  17. With this rv lifestyle, you are able to help family, how fortunate.

  18. Hi, I see someone else likes the little Red Hat Cactus too.
    You should have let Jim buy the placque that read He traded his fishing pole in....I would have, I think it's cute!!!!


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