Monday, August 11, 2014

The Wedding Bells are getting closer!

Yes....that is the happy couple!  Isn't love a beautiful thing!

The wedding is less then 2 months away and we are all so very excited for the big day.  My Mom and I are hosting a bridal shower in a couple of weeks.  I think we have invited around 40 friends and family members.  Should be quite the happy gathering!  Can't wait!

In other news....we had a little excitement here at the AOK Rv park.  I know I have mentioned before that we are here because it is the only rv park close to our family and friends.  The park is a bit run down and we only have 30amp service.  On the up side, we do have some great neighbors.  Unfortunately one of those neighbors had enough of the constant traffic through the park and made an accusation about someone selling drugs here in the park.  The police were called.....but as far as I one was arrested.  Funny though, we did notice a decrease in traffic after that day.  Our neighbor, however, decided it was time to leave and relocated.  But before he left....he made some phone calls.  This park is plagued with sewer problems....back ups especially during heavy rains....occur on many of the sites.  Our current site has never had a problem, but we have been on some sites where it was a problem.  We always let management know, but nothing ever seemed to be done about it.  Well....seems our neighbor had been not only reporting the problems to management, but also documenting it as well with video.  So....the day after he left.....a surprise inspection took place by the State of Indiana including our local board of health.  I don't know what all transpired, but I do know that one of the worst sewer sites was dug up and repaired the very next day.  Makes one wonder about what we can't see.....underground....hopefully the 'state' will be keeping a closer eye on things.

All this makes us even more anxious to begin our journey to Elkhart.  We are going to head out right after Labor Day....having a few repairs done and then on to Michigan.  The Bride is from Michigan and that is where the wedding will take place.  Michigan is such a beautiful state....especially in the fall.  We are going to be in the Sterling Heights area...which is just north of Detroit.  If anyone out there in RV land knows of any good rv parks please let me know......

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beatles, birds, and refrigerators.....

Let's start with the is broken!  Yup, opened the freezer section just the other day and nothing but water, water everywhere.  Thank goodness we have a backup.  Our fifth wheel came with 2 RV refrigerators.  The down side to the downsize...we got used to having two so downsizing all our frig items to one was a bit difficult.   We think we have a broken coil, but we will have to have our RV repair guy take a look and see.  So...looks like we will be down to one for a while.  We are heading to Elkhart  in September for some other repairs and we will just add that to our list.
We had some uninvited visitors to one of our slide seems 'mama robin' decided this would be the perfect place to raise her little ones.  They really were not causing us any issues at this we let them be and I'm happy to say that they have since all 'flown the coup"!  I was hoping to get a photo of mama feeding them, but she just didn't trust me enough for that one!

Then there were the Beatles!  The singing kind....went out last night with family and watched a great show!  This particular group of 'impersonators' have been together 30 yrs and their sound and 'look' were very close to the originals.  We had a great time and a beautiful night for it.....low 70's cool and comfortable. 

I guess that is about all the news for now......the summer has really been going by so very fast.  Next up will be a couple of bridal showers and before we know it we will be back on the road!

Friday, July 4, 2014

LIfe's Ups and Downs.....

Yesterday was just full of bad Mom called early to let me know that my step father was going back into surgery.  It seems fluid had collected around the first surgery site and was causing problems with swallowing and eating.  I spent yet another long day at the hospital, but the good news is the surgery went well and we are hoping once the swelling goes down his swallowing will improve.  Right now he can't even eat or drink and is relying on IVs for all his nutrition and fluids.  NOT FUN!

As some of you may remember, last summer we were fortunate enough to have a dear friend offer us his property to park our fiver on.  It was so very generous and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Beautiful country....lots of peace and quiet.  WE loved it.  Got the call just a few days ago that they are selling the property.....called to see if we were interested.   We had to we are looking to settle (eventually) in Arizona.  I know they will have no problems selling and we wish them all the best....BUT...a little sad too.  We will miss them and their little piece of paradise they so generously shared with us!

And...finally....some RV friends just lost one of their sweet fur babies to cancer.  My heart and prayers go out to them.....

Life is full of ups and downs.....I'm ready for a few UPS now!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cosmo Update and more....

It has been very busy around here these past few weeks!  Our first priority has been our Cosmo boy.  A couple of weeks ago he had an MRI to try and determine what was going on with his back legs.  The MRI showed a slight bulge in a couple of his vertebrae, but nothing operable.  The findings suggest he may or may not improve, but at least for now he is fairly stable and has not gotten any worse. 
The MRI also showed a couple of areas of concerns.  So we gave them the go ahead to do an ultrasound and that gave them further evidence of the bladder stones, but also a mass showed up in his adrenal gland.  Scary stuff!  They recommended surgery for the bladder stones and the removal of the adrenal gland. 
I'm happy to say Cosmo came through a very difficult surgery with flying colors.  Purdue had him for almost a week, but he is home now and almost fully recovered.  He still has a wobbly behind, but doing well otherwise.  The MRI very likely saved his life as the pathology report on the adrenal tumor came back positive for cancer.  The good news is all the other organs seemed to be clear and they believe they found it early enough that it had not had a chance to spread.  His prognosis is good.....we just need to monitor him with blood work a couple times of year. 

 Next up was my step father....he needed surgery on his neck for a nerve issue causing him quite a bit of pain.  He came through the surgery fine and is home recovering.

I have certainly had my fill of medical procedures and hospitals!

Much more fun and happier things are on the horizon, such as the bridal shower my Mom and I are giving for my soon to be daughter-in-law in August!

 Come September, we plan on heading up to Elkhart to have our shower repaired.  We have a crack in the shower pan.  Bill did a temporary fix so were aren't leaking water everywhere at least!  From Elkhart we will head up to Michigan, that is where the wedding will be held.  Have to say I'm ready to go....ready to be back on the road!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day.......DaddyO!  I love this photo of you and Miss Shirley swinging!
Hope you have a fabulous day!  Love ya bunches!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mom and I had a great time in Michigan.  Relaxing and beautiful weather.  We checked out the hotel where the kids are getting married and did the little taste test thingy!  All very nice....I'm going for the prime rib!

After checking out the hotel, we said our goodbyes and headed up to Frankenmuth for a little shopping.  Did a lot of "shopping" but no least for me.  Still it was great to have that time with Mom!

Now that I'm back we have been dealing with the Cosmo boy.  Purdue wants to do an MRI and possibly surgery.  We were not ready to commit to that but after much research and speaking with another vet, we have decided do go through with the MRI.  There may or may not be any type of treatment to help Cosmo, but depending on the diagnosis treatment is vastly different.  We just need to know what we are dealing I'm calling to set up the appointment Monday.  We both just decided that we couldn't live with ourselves if there was a solution for Cosmo and we didn't do all within our power to find it.  Purdue will put him under for the MRI and while he is still sleeping they will call us with the results.  If surgery is indicated, they can do it right then. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Michigan bound....

Well my Mom and I are making a little trip to Michigan over the weekend.  My Son and his fiancee are doing a  'taste testing' of some of the menu items available to be served at the their wedding reception this fall and we were invited to join them.

I'm happy to have this opportunity to check out the venue first hand and figure out the best way to get there.  We plan on bringing the fifth wheel up for the wedding, but have not been able to find any rv parks close by.  I'm going to ask the management if those of us arriving by rv, can park our rigs in the parking lot.  We all plan to get rooms so I can't imagine they would have a problem.  The dang place looks to be out in the middle of nowhere and the parking area looks large enough to handle it. 

Next Tuesday we head over to Purdue Vet Clinic to have Cosmo's back legs checked out.  I'm not sure how folks afford that place.  They are charging us $150.00 dollars just to look at him, his x-rays (which we are bringing too them), and give us their opinion.  If we choose to leave him for a period of 2 to 3 days for more testing that raises the price to between $1500-$2000!  That's not for a cure or treatment....just to hopefully find out the cause.  I have a problem with not only the cost, but leaving my dog so they can run whatever the hell test they deem necessary.  NOT gonna happen!  At this point, we decided it was worth the money for the second opinion and that's it.  Cosmo doesn't seem to be in any pain....which of the two vets we have talked too so far, doesn't fit with what they are seeing in his x-rays.  At any rate, we will hear what they have to say and make some decisions on where we go from here!  In the meantime, we do have him on an anti inflammatory medication and had noticed a bit of improvement.  That is, until we switched over to the generic version...then it seemed we were right back where we started.  So today, I called to get a new script of the original medication....we'll see if we see improvement.  Until then please keep my Cosmo boy in your thoughts....he is such a good dog and we want to do all we can to keep his quality of life good!