Thursday, September 3, 2015

Poked And Prodded

When you get to be our age doctor and dentist visits become a way of life.  I’ve been a scheduling fool lately, trying to get everything accomplished before we head south for the winter.  I thought a visit with one of my doctors was just going by the wayside as she was fully booked out into middle October.  Luckily her office called with a cancellation for Wednesday—but we all ready had two other appointments on Thursday.

So we did what anyone with two RVs would do—we headed to Billings in the truck and truck camper, spending the night in Katie and Michael’s driveway.  Michael had an evening meeting so I made dinner for just Katie and my Michael.  It was fun to spend some time with Katie and hear about the tribulations of a first grade teacher—have parents lost their minds these days???? 

My visit on Wednesday went well and today’s visits for both of us were uneventful.  The dermatologist had a firm conversation with Michael—he has the type skin which is very prone to skin cancers.  I’m not too happy about the fact the cowboy has a good cholesterol reading and mine is out the roof—what’s up with that???  I am having zero side effects with the Crestor, my lab tests to see if the drug is working are being mailed via snail mail—I haven’t created a “patient portal” as I did for Michael. 

Labor Day weekend is approaching, Wednesday was miserable in Billings, 100 degrees.  Today in Billings it didn’t even reach 80 degrees and here at home it is even cooler.  I sure hope we get some rain this weekend too.  Fall is in the air I think!

And look what little Lora is up to:

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A None Smoky Day

We’ve enjoyed a couple nice, non-smoky days and our Labor Day weekend forecast is calling for some rain and much cooler temperatures.  It was such a beautiful day today, we  decided to take a little run in the Can-Am up to Moccasin Lake.  Yes, we’ve been there many, many times but it’s always a beautiful ride and easy—we just head up the road, no loading the Can-Am on a trailer.  And, usually there is no one else up there—we had the place to ourselves!

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Yesterday I did some of those chores everyone has to do—sheet changing, laundry—you get the picture.  In the afternoon I finished the customer quilt I had on the frame and today I delivered it to Linda—and forgot to take photos!!!  Bummer!  Michael spent yesterday working on his new to him trailer—he has replaced the decking and is now working on the wheel bearings.

Monday afternoon the caller ID told me I was going to have a massage Tuesday!  My therapist called to tell me she had a cancellation for Tuesday morning—yippee!!!  Gayle recently had a baby and has cut back on her massage schedule significantly.  As I am not here in the winter I don’t have a regular spot on her “full all the time” schedule and depend on someone else cancelling.  I’ve been extremely lucky lately!

Not much going on around here making for boring blogs but that’s the way it is sometimes!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Missed Meal Colic

Yep, my cousin Mary Ellen was correct—I called Mom this afternoon and the saying is, “missed meal colic.”  You’ve missed a meal and you don’t know what you are having to eat—so there you have it from the source, my southern Mom!

We’ve had a smoke reprieve—Saturday morning it was so thick our eyes were burning.  I took Nat over to Livingston to pick up his new hearing aides and the smoke was so thick it felt as if we were driving in fog.  By the time I came home all the smoke was gone thanks to a strong east wind.  During the night the wind really blew and we’ve enjoyed another day with little smoke.  Our temperatures have also cooled which hopefully will give those poor fire fighters a little reprieve too.

Speaking of hearing aides—isn’t it amazing the technology contained in those tiny plastic pieces the size of your ear canal!  Supposedly Nat’s hearing aides can detect a noisy room and filter out only the voices he is trying to hear.  The hearing aides came with a special portable phone which communicates with the aides making it easier for him to hear on the phone.  As with anything there is a learning curve.

The cowboy has replaced the plywood on his new trailer and I’ve been working on a customer quilt making great progress.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch today and sampled some of the corn on the cob we bought at the farmers market—outstanding!! 

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And that’s about it for our Sunday.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mixed Meal Colic

Southerners have many odd expressions—trust me, I grew up in the south—my Mom uses one, “we are having mixed meal colic for supper.”  The expression is usually used when she is cleaning the refrigerator and all the leftovers are being served with no real theme in mind.  But where in the world did that expression come from—does it mean if you eat all that mixed up food you are going to have indigestion/colic???  When I was trying to come up with a title for tonight’s blog that expression kept running through my head—so we are having mixed meal blog tonight—a little of this and a little of that.

As for Windows 10—I removed it from my computer and went back to Windows 7.  I made an executive decision—when I get a new laptop in the future, then I will deal with Windows 10 as I am assuming new laptops in the future will come loaded with the software.  I just ran out of patience, wasn’t in the mood, etc.  And we live with limited gigabyte internet in the winter while in Arizona—Microsoft Windows 10 performs automatic updates (you cannot turn off these updates) and I’m not sure how that’s going to work with limited gigabytes. 

Rod, this next one is for you—I saw this on Facebook and immediately thought of your little Roomba disaster! Smile

Thursday we spent most of the day in Billings leaving Emmi with Nat.  I had my eyes examined and am going to try mono-vision contact lenses again—one contact for close, one for distance.  I’ve worn mono-vision contacts before and they work well for seeing most everything I need to see except sewing—but then my glasses don’t work so well for sewing at times—when did the eye of a needle get so small???  On the way home we stopped in Laurel to look at another trailer for the cowboy’s trailer menagerie (don’t even ask me why he needs another trailer, he might ask me why I need more clothes or quilt fabric!!) Smile

Today we headed back to Laurel to bring the trailer home—we were in the Cadillac yesterday—no trailer hitch on it!

It is so incredibly smoky and we have no fires really close to us—I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for the people in Washington and Idaho.  I borrowed this photo from Facebook and KPAX News—it is of downtown Missoula, Montana which is near the Washington/Idaho border.  If you squint you can barely see the mountains in the background--

 

And for the last part of the “mixed meal colic”—I finished, completed, have no more to do on the Winter Solstice quilt I started in 2014.  I finished the binding today on the way to Laurel and attached a label this afternoon.  I’m pleased—very pleased with the way it turned out Paulette!  Lately I’ve just lost my quilting mojo—I have a customer quilt on the frame which needs finishing and goodness knows I have plenty of my own projects to finish but I just can’t seem to get very excited about any of it.  Maybe when the weather cools???

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Oops, one more thing—a very short GoPro video—we need to learn more about this little camera but we think it takes incredibly good video for its size!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ATV Riding and Farmers Market

Plans with Lonn didn’t work out for a longer ATV ride today so we just headed up the East Boulder—to Lewis Gulch and Moccasin Lake.  The morning started out less smoky than we’ve been seeing but the smoke rolled back in as we rolled along giving us hazy mountain views.  We are playing with a new toy—a GoPro Hero 3 which was gifted to us and tonight I’m struggling with the GoPro software—anyone out there using something easier for GoPro??  Geri—how do you export and edit yours??

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Late afternoon we left Ms. Emmi holding down the fort and we traveled to Livingston for the weekly farmers market.  If you know anything about Montana it would be that we have short summers as in about the only thing you can grown at our elevation (5200 feet) is lettuce! SmilePeople try, oh how they try and get struck down by hail, wind and August frosts. Sad smile  About the only way to grow produce such as tomatoes is in a green house!  Folks in Big Timber and Livingston have a little better luck but not much!  Lots of lettuce, kale, carrots, and herbs for sale plus there were tomatoes grown in a greenhouse.  We purchased some good looking corn grown in Clark, Wyoming—at a much lower elevation. 

This summer Joe and Tammy gave us a gift card to the Rib and Chop House restaurant in Livingston.  Our plans were to go to the farmers market then have dinner but we just weren’t hungry enough for that expensive a meal—so Mark’s In & Out it was—we split a burger and each had milkshakes. 

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OK, I’m giving up on the GoPro videos for tonight—will try again tomorrow. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Favorite Season

It isn’t summer—don’t get me wrong, I do like summer, late June and then July usually but August stinks and lately it stinks literally of smoke!  I guess summer is like winter—I don’t mind winter in November, December, January and February but when it’s still snowing in May, I’m done with winter!  I’m that way about August, I’m done with summer!  At least our temps aren’t unbearable—today it was in the low 80’s but the smoke from all the forest fires is thick!  My heart goes out to all those fire fighters working in this heat trying to get a handle on the multiple fires—and my heart especially goes out to the families of the three firefighters killed. 

Not much excitement around here, we did see a black bear on one of our evening walks—but that’s about it.  Mom and Chuck made it home to Arkansas.  Michael has been working on the cargo trailer and our Can-Am hauling trailer and I was industrious today washing all our windows.  The windows really needed washing—they were grubby!

Sunday afternoon we went into Big Timber and visited with Nat for a while taking him a huge stack of jigsaw puzzles a friend was getting rid of.  Should keep him busy for a while! Smile

Here are some more birthday photos:

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lora Elizabeth’s Birthday

It’s hard to believe our little great granddaughter is now one year old—it seems only yesterday we were in a Great Falls, MT hospital eagerly awaiting her arrival.  Her actual birthday was a little earlier in the month but due to Mom and Dad’s schedules the party was today.  Friends and family gathered in Great Falls where Laci and John live on base—it was major ordeal (due to lack of staffing) to get me and my car on base.  John was sent to sponsor me and when it took so long I’m sure John was thinking Mimi had a past she didn’t want anyone to know about! Smile

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DSCN1563As you can see Lora Elizabeth is a much loved little girl!  Before the cake attack we enjoyed burgers and hotdogs along with various other good stuff and while the cake attack was going on, the adults had cupcakes.  I’ve tried to post a video of the cake demolition but my internet seems to be really, really slow tonight and uploading isn’t happening—will post later.

Mom and Chuck left this morning after a too short visit—they’ve been gone from Arkansas several weeks and were ready to head home.  They traveled through California and Oregon visiting friends and relatives then into Montana visiting more friends, relatives and lastly—us. 

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Upgraded to Windows 10 while gone today and hope that isn’t the reason for this slow, slow computer tonight.