Saturday, March 17, 2018

7th Year of Travel–Our Plans

At home in Holiday / Tarpon Springs area

2018 Planned Travels

After our motorhome burned in a storage fire back in 2014, we have come to understand that our plans are just that…’our’ plans.  Plans can change…but you still need them.

On Wednesday we plan to go to church, and hit the road that night.  The fridge will be turned on Monday morning, and Tuesday I will bring it by the condo to load up our clothing, food, etc.  On Wednesday all we should have is our computers, a few toiletries, some dirty clothes, Skruffy, Marcia and myself.  Hoping that Wednesday will be an easy day, it doesn’t take too much to secure the condo (disconnect TVs and appliances from outlets, shut down water heater, turn off water, plastic wrap over toilet bowls and tanks…stuff like that.)

I have two maps, which will remain private, which I made with planned stops for the trip to Citrus Heights.  We MUST be there no later than the morning of the 29th…hoping to arrive on Wednesday, perhaps Tuesday night…but it is more likely we arrive Wednesday.  So one map is for arriving on Tuesday, the other for Wednesday, with where we plan to stop each night.  Both have us in Phoenix on Monday morning where we plan to have either an early breakfast or late breakfast/early lunch with our friend Laurie.  Dad turns 90 on the 1st, mom’s birthday is on the 25th.  In early June they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary! 

In May we do plan to do a trip which will probably include a short visit to the Santa Cruz / Monterey area, then over to Yosemite, and from there we ‘might’ go south and around to the east side of the Sierra’s, up to Tahoe and back to Citrus Heights.  That is not shown on the above map…but is part of plans so far.

After the Anniversary, we will have about 6 weeks before my oldest son gets married in July over near Santa Rosa.  During that time we plan to go up to Southwest Oregon, where we spent much of last summer.  It is cool, not too full of people, and we really enjoyed that last year.

By August we plan to head east, going through Salt Lake City to visit my daughter, then take our time going through Colorado.  I’ll have to visit my Doctor in Little Rock again this year, and will probably do that after visiting my son in Kansas City (along with other relatives), heading through Fort Smith for a visit with Marcia’s relatives, and then on to Little Rock.  This appointment has not been made yet, so I have no ‘for sure’ time period yet…but most likely it will be in September.  From Little Rock we plan to head up to Chicago, where we will probably camp in North West Indiana again, and visit with friends and relatives of Marcia’s up in that general area. 

Marcia needs to renew her driver’s license by late September…and that is our plan as to when we get back into Florida.  That can also be done online, so if we want to stay out longer, we can…but we are planning to be back in late September.  So it will be a quick trip out to California…not so quick getting back.  As always…I do much better about posting a blog while we travel than I do sitting in one place for extended time periods.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Skruffy Sees the Vet….AND…

At home in the Holiday / Tarpon Springs area


Hello EVERYONE, Skruffy here.  I just saw my Holiday Florida Vet last week.  They poked me, they felt me, they rubbed my body, they petted my head, they even pried my mouth open.  Of course, the WORSE part is when they stuck those things up my A…

Skruffy, I told you not to talk about that to everyone!

Ok dad, but you know…that feels real strange…have they ever done that to YOU?

Not at the VET’s office Skruffy, but at the Doctor’s office they…Hey, just get back to your story.

Ok….So the visit at the Vet’s office lasted about 8 hours…

Skruffy, it was NOT 8 hours, more like 45 minutes…

Well, it FELT like 8 hours, especially when they stuck that …

Skruffy, enough of that, you want me to tell this story, or will you be good and continue???

Ok, I will be good.

Vet Exam Room Wall    Vet Exam Room

Above are pictures of the exam room.  They put me on this big, cold metal table (the one that says Trifexis, whatever that means).  Dad took these pictures as they had me in the back room taking a blood sample and sticking this huge instrument up my …

Skruffy!  I warned you…

Ok dad…anyway, I like the stuff up on the wall…and dad wishes they had that TV on because I think he got bored while I, ugh, well, I had better not go there or dad will yell at me again.

Anyway, after they drew the blood, and gathered some of my wewe out on the lawn (thank goodness I had to go), they took me back and talked to dad about me.  My weight?  I lost 1/10th of a pound, which is GOOD for a diabetic dog (we normally gain and gain until we get sick…)  They would like me to get my teeth cleaned, but dad does not want to put me under, so that just isn’t going to happen.  I did not need a rabies shot, and they gave me some medicine to drink, and told dad that my blood work would be ready on Monday.

In the meantime, dad did the taxes and got them off in the mail, and on Saturday we drove 45 miles over to see the great-grand baby (did you know that it took us 90 minutes to drive 45 miles both there and 90 minutes back?  Tampa traffic this time of year is very hectic…had something to do with a Grandprix, the Gasparilla Music Festival, some guy named Tiger, and Snowbird season all falling at the same time.)  On Sunday, mom and dad went to church, then came home, then went out to eat again with Ginger.  Finally, Monday came.  Mom had a final appointment with the Neurologist, who said that she is doing just fine, and will see her again next year.  Then we dropped mom off at Bible Study, which is really a bunch of older women who sit around and… what ladies do.

Skruffy!  Now be nice, you know that these nice ladies don’t sit around and talk.  Mom has been going to this Bible Study from way before we brought her into our family, and they really do have study lessons…maybe not for the entire 2 hours, but for much of it!  Anyway, are you going to get to the news about your blood work?

Yes dad, and sorry to any of those ladies who might read this.  I just know that when I get together with the dogs in the doggie park we talk about our owners all the time!   Anyway….while mom is at the Church, dad and I go over to the motorhome, let the engine run to charge up the batteries, and this time dad used this lemon furniture polish on all the woodwork getting us ready to leave next week.  Then we picked up mom, and we stopped at the vet to pick up the blood work.  I stayed out in the car with mom, and when dad came back he said….

Skruffy and her Award of Excellence (photoshopped into picture) 

…I earned a medal of EXCELLENCE!  My Fructosamine came back at 257!  Normal is between 177 and 314, so I am right in the middle of normal, which is EXACTLY what you want with a Diabetic dog!  (Single fructosamine measurements should be interpreted in the light of clinical signs of diabetes, body weight, and blood glucose concentration. In general, the closer the fructosamine concentration is to the reference range for healthy dogs, the better the glycemic control.)  In fact, all my blood numbers we looking good.  Can’t wait until I can tell Bubba that I got an Award of Excellence…we will be seeing him in just 2 more weeks, because dad says that next Wednesday, after church, we will be back on the road headed to Uncle Arny and Aunt Sandy’s house…which means, I get more Pork Treats in my diet, and I get to run all over that beautiful backyard and chase Squirrels…and I hope that Mallard that Bubba has made friends with is still hanging around when I get there.

Thank you Skruffy, you did a good job.  

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