Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hard Times

Arcadia, California         High 76 Low 54

Why am I in California? My son-in-law Ken, that lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, came to have back surgery in California. The surgery he had a year ago didn't go quite far enough and he has been in pain ever since. This time they went in and fused some bones.

After surgery he seemed to be doing OK, but about 4 hours later he quit breathing and his heart stopped. No one knows for sure how long it was, but could have been up to 15 minutes before they got him going again.

He was unresponsive except for his breathing and heart. From what my daughter-in-law told me, he was having some kind of seizure and the decision was made to induce coma and put him into hypothermia. Susie told me that there is a larger chance for recovery if this is done.

They lowered his body temperature for about 24 hours and then slowly raise it back up. He should have been back to normal temperature at about 3:00 this morning.
then then take hime off the medications which takes a while before they know anything.

Once he comes out of the coma they will do testing to see if his brain is OK. It may not be until tomorrow until they really know anything.

I felt like I should be here for support for my daughter, Sabrina.

Hopefully there is a good outcome from all this. Right now everyone is just waiting.

It is nice to have a son and daughter-in-law that are both doctors so we get a little more information. (Nick and Susie) I did get to meet my grand daughter, Vivian. She is quite the cutie.

I plan on staying until maybe Saturday to see if there's anything I do for Sabrina.

Getting here, I was reaffirmed of why I hate driving in California. My GPS had my arrival time at approximately the time it told me at first until I got about 30 miles from here. Then all the traffic got so bad that I lost 25 minutes going the last 30 miles. And all this was at 1:00 in the afternoon. I wonder what it would have been like during "rush hour" and I'm only on the outskirts of LA.

Anyway, I hope you are having a better time than I.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Another Christmas Behind Us

Yuma, Arizona        High 59 Low 45

It was cooler today with the wind blowing. We remembered from last year that this was the coldest time of the year.

We went to a Park wide dinner yesterday. The Park furnished the turkeys and gravy just like Thanksgiving. There were twelve tables with 20 seats each. The people at each table furnished all the sides for their table. We had a good meal and as usual ate too much.

Cindy started to take down our Christmas decorations today but won't get really serious until this week end. She did take a picture of me by our Christmas tree here in Yuma.

I started the day out playing shuffle board while Cindy spent her morning sewing.

This afternoon we drove over to the Pilot Knob RV Park to see George and Susie. We spent a while talking to them. Penny started out sitting on Susie's lap and then went down to a dog chair. George told us that there are several couples in the same Park from their home Park in Ottawa. They plan on leaving next Tuesday (after New Year) and boon docking for a while. Perhaps we will see them again in Quartzsite at the Bloggerfest the last of January.

We need to make a trip to Phoenix and are not absolutely sure when we will do so. We have some presents for Cindy's son Scott. She also needs some embroidery thread and I am low on quilting thread in some colors so we will visit our favorite quilt store while we are in Phoenix.

We are both staying busy and enjoying being away from the colder weather. Even though it felt cool today, it is still better than in Utah.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas

Yuma, Arizona      High 68 Low 56

Although the temperature isn't too bad, the wind blew most of the day and to us (Yes, I know we are boobs) it felt cold. I'm sure glad I'm not where it really is cold. It started raining at about 7:00 tonight and is supposed to rain until sometime in the morning. It rained a little one day last week and one of the locals told me it was a 2 inch storm, two inches between drops. It was just enough to get all the cars dirty. The rain now looks to be a little more.

We had Santa in the park and then had a pet parade. Most of the dogs were dressed up to be in Christmas costumes. Penny, on the other hand, doesn't like to be dressed up and so I carried her in her bag. The only time I put her down, she walked about 25 feet and then put on the brakes and acted afraid of the carts and so I put her back in her bag and just walked the rest of the way in the parade.

This is before Penny's hair cut.

She feels safe and secure in her bag.

This picture was taken by Nephi on our way home. It has snowed a lot since then.
Yesterday Penny went to the groomers and got a hair cut. Now she doesn't have to look through hair to see. Everyone that saw her told me she looks smaller than before and lots cuter. I have to add that she's not very spoiled (yes she is a lot spoiled) but when she looks up at me those big eyes, I just can't resist.
After her hair cut.
Cindy has been busy making another quilt. She also spent today making Christmas cookies. We have a Christmas pot luck in the Park and she says she will probably spend Saturday getting ready for it.

I finally got all through with the dentist until March and I'm glad I don't have to go back for a while.

We got our bikes going, but I had to replace one of my tubes. When I inspected the tire, I found a large thorn in it. Hopefully there aren't any others.

The time here seems to be flying by. Probably because there is so much to do in this Park. Lately I have been able to play Shuffle board 4 mornings a week.

I take Penny to Yappy Hour most days and she has a good time running and playing with the other small dogs.

Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope everyone get's what they want for Christmas.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Nice Day

Yuma, Arizona

We are really enjoying the weather here. Today it got to 80 degrees. I know all you in the north feel sorry for us that it only got to 80, but oh well. It is getting clear down to 55. We had to laugh at the TV weather person from Phoenix the other day. He told the viewers it would get down to about 42 and they should be careful and take all their pets inside. Salt Lake City is supposed to get down to 14 later in the week, so we are really glad to be in Yuma instead of Utah.

This Park still has a lot going on. Cindy has been working with the pottery, while I have been playing shuffle board. I still take Penny to the small dog Park most days so she can play with all her friends at Yappy Hour. Today there were 11 dogs, so we are getting a few more. One couple was bring their dog to the Park, but almost decided not to, when about five of the dogs barked at their dog. We assured them that it was only the greeting committee and that everything would be OK. After everyone smelled the new dog, they were all playing together in just a few minutes.

There are quite a few Christmas decorations up and I will have to put some pictures on a future post.

Monday we had our monthly pot-luck dinner. It is really easy to over eat, everything tastes so good.

In our Park there is trash pickup two day a week and I have volunteered to help on Thursdays.

We got our bike going and have started riding them. I have found out how out of shape my behind is, but hope it gets tougher.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season, Thanks for visiting.

PS: if you get to Yuma, please look us up.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

It Was Cold

Yuma, Arizona       High 75 Low 55

We made it to Riverton with out any problems. With the stops we made it took us 12 hours. For me, it seemed like a long day of driving. It is a little over 700 miles. When I was 20 I thought nothing of driving that far, and I still think nothing of it. We probably won't try to do it all in one day again. I'm only glad Cindy was able to drive some of it. I probably wouldn't do it without her. Poor little Penny got sick on the roller-coaster road from Parker to Needles and threw up Tuesdays meal, as I hadn't fed her before we left Wednesday morning.

Thursday it only got to 21 degrees F. We got our paperwork signed at both title companies and then went to do some shopping. We went to Costco and the wind was blowing so hard that we thought we were going to freeze going from the car to the store. No wonder we like Arizona in the winter.

Last night we went to see the house we bought with the money from the Redwood Road property. To us we thought it was a pretty good home for Tammy and the kids.

Yesterday morning I went over to fix a decent furnace filter bracket so she could change filters without a lot of trouble.

Then we left to drive to Mesquite, Nevada where we stayed for the night. Cindy's sister, Linda, gave us a coupon for the room and a two for one buffet at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino. The room only cost $10.00 for Penny and the buffet was a fish buffet for Friday. It was very good!

This morning we left Mesquite at about 8:00 MST, again without feeding Penny. I decided to go about 5 miles per hour slower than the speed limit on the roller coaster road and Penny got a little sick, but didn't throw up. When we got to Parker we stopped for lunch and I fed Penny some and she ate it and acted OK.

We Made it to Yuma just after 2:00 and got the car unloaded. I decided to take Penny to the small dog park for Yappy Hour and she had fun running with all her dog friends. Some of the people told me that they had missed Penny while she was gone.

We are glad to be back in Yuma out of the cold weather.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

We Are Going to be Cold

Yuma, Arizona             High 73 Low 51

We finally got scheduled for our closing on the house that is being taken by UDOT for the road widening. We close Thursday morning. While we could have done everything by mail, we wanted to take some things back to Riverton and bring down our bikes which we haven't had room for.

It is only going to be a high of 35 with a low of 17 tonight with a low of 12 tomorrow night. This is -11 C for you Canadians. Either way it is too cold for me.

We hope to have all our paperwork taken care of Thursday and we now plan on leaving to head back south on Friday. We want to see the replacement house we are buying for Tammy before we leave. The interesting thing about all of this is that what we are getting for the old house is exactly what we are paying for the new one.

I know that we have gotten used to the warmer temperatures of southern Arizona and do not like the cold and snow anymore. It is supposed to snow all night tonight in Salt Lake City and again on Thursday. The only clear days are Wednesday and Friday.

We are driving all the way tomorrow but will probably take 2 days getting back to Yuma. One long day is about all either of us can handle any more.

In case I forget later, I hope everyone has Happy Holidays.

Thanks for visiting.