Monday, September 27, 2010

Last Week of Rehab!

I started the new week with my normal 8:00 AM appointment for PT/OT. I have actually improved during the 2 weeks I was gone and they are going to set me loose! My shoulder range of motion increased from 145° before I left to 156° today. I told them it was from carrying Sabrina around :) Only good things come from being around grandchildren :)

I will have 1 hour of PT (leg) on Wednesday and 1 hour of OT (shoulder/arm) on Friday and that is it. I'm done! Too bad we didn't know how quickly I'd progress. If we had, we wouldn't have changed our plans. The original "go" date was October 1, Rick's birthday. It's been pushed out to the first of the year. That's probably a good thing. There are still loose ends to tie up and I absolutely know I'd never be ready by Friday! :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Acorns Keep Falling on My Head!

Rain drops too!

We pulled into the KOA between Statesville and Winston-Salem, NC about 2:30 PM yesterday. We had a nice, fairly level gravel pull-through site under a HUGE old oak tree. Great shaded spot although it would have been impossible to get a satellite signal there. We thought that this campground had cable but it didn't so we went without for the night.

We set up and spent a nice relaxing evening just enjoying our last night in our new home on wheels. Today we drive the rest of the way and she goes into storage.

Sometime in the evening, the rain started. At first it sounded so nice and calming; very restful. Then it changed to loud and noisy. Not quite so restful :) Turns out it wasn't the rain making a ruckus, it was the acorns falling from the tree :) This morning, our roof was covered in them! We had a break in the rain so Rick climbed up the ladder to the roof and swept them off our slide toppers (with the only broom we had-a wisk broom!) before we pulled the slides in. They may have just fallen off when we pulled the slides in, but we didn't want to chance having a couple lodge in the mechanism and jamming something. I should have taken a picture of Rick up there! :)

We are now on our way and should arrive at the storage facility in Durham early afternoon. It's been a wonderful 2 weeks and we are certainly much smarter than we were on day one! We have learned so much and, I know, there is much, much more to learn! Can hardly wait! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

On The Road Towards Home

We stayed busy in Nashville. There were soccer games, dance lessons, Cub Scouts, sleep overs, swimming, shopping, eating and, of course, Wii to play :)  We brought the Wii thinking we'd hook it up to the outside TV for the kids but that never happened.The sun was too bright and hot to use the outside TV so we set it up inside. THAT was a big hit and I do believe the Sharns will have a Wii also very soon.

We left Nashville on Thursday and drove as far as Pigeon Forge TN. We stayed at a nice, cozy (read: tight spaces) little campground called Walden's Creek. Despite being quite tight, it was a very nice place with only about 36 total spaces but nice and clean and friendly. There was a trolley car that came by about every 30 minutes from 8:30 AM until Midnight and for 50 cents you could ride it into town and go shopping or out to eat or Dollywood or any number of other activities they have. This is truly a tourist trap. As we didn't have a car with us this trip (we had rented cars in Little Rock and Nashville) we took full advantage of the trolley yesterday and hit the outlet malls. We weren't looking for anything in particular but I did find an incredible sale at Liz Claiborne! Their stores are all closing and much of their stuff was 70% off plus if you bought 4 or more pieces, you got an additional 20% off. Needless to say, I did find a few things to buy even though I didn't need anything :) We had a late lunch and a beer at KT's bar and grill. The food was very good and very plentiful. Those type of places are responsible for America being fat! It has nothing to do with us not pushing the plate away :) If we had been smart we would have eaten half and taken half home for supper. As it was, we ate it all and skipped supper. Should be just as good, no? :)

This morning we showered, had our coffee and got everything ready to go. We pulled out at 9:40 and are currently on I-40 going up the mountains in TN. We are about 50 miles from Asheville and taking it slow and easy. These mountains can be a little scary driving your house! I hear they are a piece of cake compared to the Rocky's though. We'll be more experienced by the time we cross those.

We'll spend the night at a KOA right off I-40 between Stateville and Winston-Salem. That will make tomorrow an easy day to finish up. After traveling in her for the last 2 weeks, we don't want to put her in storage but looks like that's our only alternative for now. We are looking for a campground  somewhere in the vicinity to park her so we can split our time between her and the apartment.

The scenery on this part of the drive is beautiful as always. Guess I'll stop for now and take it all in.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Have Coach, Will Travel

Wow! the last few days have been somewhat of a blur...time has just flown by.

We took a taxi to the airport at 6:00 AM Saturday to catch a Southwest flight to Little Rock.  This flight took us first to Baltimore to have breakfast, buy a book, use the bathroom, take a walk, eat some more, get something to drink and then, change planes and take off for Little Rock. We arrived there at 12:10 PM already tired but excited. We picked up the rental car and headed in the direction of the hotel. Check-in wasn't until 3:00 so we stopped at the Westend Smokehouse and Tavern for lunch and a beer. I had a chicken sandwich and fries, Rick had a Philly steak sandwich and fries. The food was just ok but very filling so it served it's purpose. Once checked into the hotel, Rick decided to watch TV and nap while I went shopping. Nothin I said or did would detract him from his important mission: not going shopping :)  I didn't want to go either but somebody had to do it. We could only bring so much with us o the plane and that really ended up being a mattress pad, sheet set, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, a dish cloth and towel and a couple of basic tools. We needed pillows and cleaning supplies and paper plates, silverware etc, etc. So, off I went. By the time I finished, the trunk was full and I was beat. I went back to the hotel and crashed. We never even bothered with supper and we both slept for about 9 hours that night.

Sunday morning we met Jon (the guy we bought the coach from) and went over all the operating systems and took her out for a test drive. We spent a good 4 hours going over everything to be sure we knew at least the basics. Jon had parked her at Maumelle Park so we'd have a few hours to spend in her after the transaction  Monday morning. We decided to extend that stay for 2 more days to really give us a chance to acquaint ourselves with everything so we stopped by the office on the way out to take care of that. Unfortunately, our site was reserved by someone else those 2 days so we'd have to move if we wanted to stay. We picked out a site just across the road and down 2 spots to move to Monday. These are back in spots so we got to practice backing skills. Ricks in backing, mine in directing :)  We relaxed the rest of the afternoon after stopping at Corky's BBQ for a late lunch/early supper...another joint meal day.

Monday was THE day. Jon picked us up at our hotel at 9:00 and we went to the downtown branch of his bank to take care of our transaction. Because there was a loan on the coach, we had to pay that off first and then only the difference paid to the seller. Once that was done, they notorized all our paperwork for us and we were done. Jon took us back to our hotel where we picked up our car and headed out to the Park. First order of business was to move the coach and move it we did. Rick backed up and I directed him MUCH better than we had done on the test drive. I think there's hope for us yet :)

We got comfortable, unloaded the car, put everything away and ran to Kroger to buy food for a few days. Rick even went with me :) Food is serious business :)
The next 2 days were devoted to getting comfortable. The first night we both tossed and turned a lot. The second night, we both slept like babies :) So much for that!

We pulled out Wednesday morning and headed toward Memphis. First a little drama, as we had trouble starting the coach. It appears that something was drawing on the chassis battery while we were parked and it was low. We ended up jumping it off the house batteries using the aux start button. Of course, that was with the help of our neighbor who actually knew what he was doing :)  We drove to Camping World with me following in the rental car. We parked there, turned off the engine and Rick ran the rental back to the airport while I waited in the coach. He took a taxi back. If it didn't start this time, at least we were parked in the parking lot of an RV repair facility! But it did start, so we took off. We arrived at Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis early afternoon. Rick got out his Volt Ohm Meter (one of those basic tools) and started checking things. He did find 2 loose battery cables that he tightened, but we think there's probably more to it than that. We'll have to stay vigilant and keep an eye on those readings. This thing has so many diagnostic panels and instruments you can keep tabs on everything...if you know how to read all this stuff. The coach came with enough paperwork/manuals that they take up one entire cabinet. It'll take 2 years to read them all :) Not that I would, but Rick just might :)

We had a nice quiet evening in West Memphis right on the bank of the Mississippi. No car this time so we couldn't go far.

Thursday morning we packed up and headed toward Nashville. There is horrible road construction going on in Memphis. After crossing the Mississippi  I have come to a whole new appreciation of hubby's driving skills! There was literally inches between us (in a 40' coach) and the concrete barriers. I had to close my eyes! He did great :) Right now we are almost to Nashville. The GPS says we're 20 miles from the Nashville Country RV Park which will be home for the next week. The kids will be joining us there shortly after our arrival. They'll also take us over the rental car place so we can pick up a car for the week.

Well, I guess that's my update for now. I wanted to get some of this down before I forget it. I started this blog to keep everyone updated on our "escapades" but also for me as a chronicle so I can read back later and remember. We all know how lousy my memory is! 

Here comes Nashville and all the traffic.........more later.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dr. Appointment

Happiness is having your surgeon tell you that you could put some of his younger patients to shame and that, unless I was having a problem, I didn't need to come back to see him anymore! He was more than pleased with my progress the last 8 weeks. Therapy may be winding down a bit also. They are going to see how I am when I return from vacation. We leave early tomorrow morning for Little Rock to pick up our new home on wheels. We will be gone for 2 weeks and I'll be re-evaluated when we return :)

We are all packed and ready to go! Now let's see if we can actually get any sleep tonight :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Eyebrow threading???

Who knew? I have to admit that when it comes to some of the newer beauty treatments, I'm still in the Ice Age. I am fascinated when I hear of some of these things, but would never even think about having many of them done. Not so when it comes to eyebrow threading. Again, this was another of those things I had only recently heard about. It seems, however, that this is an ancient art and has been around for 2000 years! There is a place at the Streets of Southpoint Mall that does this and has caught my attention several times in the last few weeks.

Last night I met my friend Kathy for dinner and a stroll in the mall. As we walked past the eyebrow threading kiosk, I had the opportunity to watch the technique being done on a customer and couldn't resist trying it myself. I suffer from old age eyesight and haven't been able to pluck my eyebrows in years! If I take my glasses off to do the deed, I can't see the eyebrow to pluck.  Leaving the glasses on, obviously, is not a solution. So... I settle for selectively plucking a stray, wiry, gray hair occasionally over the brim of my glasses and hoping for the best.

No more! I found out I actually have an eyebrow arch! It's been hidden for so long I didn't even remember :) In less than 10 minutes I had 2 perfectly shaped eyebrows with minimal discomfort. Comparing it to tweezing makes it an easy choice for me. One removes one hair follicle at a time-painfully, the other removes an entire line of hair at a time with just a little pinch. It is much faster and much more comfortable.

I'm a convert. If this is something others have been doing for 2000 years, I figured it must be safe :)  How about you? Is this something you do, have done, will do or never heard of? Just curious.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1, 1985

25 years ago today, I married my best friend.

It was the best decision of my life.

Tomorrow we begin the next chapter that, I hope, will take us another 25 years :)

Happy Anniversary honey!