Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recovered and Birthday Trip to Texas Coast

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 55 degrees

Well, I had the biopsy done. The truth of the matter is I had two benign cysts. I say had, because while they did the biopsy, they were able to completely drain one. It was the size of a walnut and it was the one causing me pain. By the next day, the pain was gone!

A week later I had an appointment with the ENT. He explained that if the remaining cyst gets any larger, I would need to have it surgically removed. In the meantime, it just remains.

This isn’t my first rodeo with this cyst thing. About 25 years ago I had to have a cyst surgically removed in that same area.

I finished my 10 days of antibiotic and I’m feeling much better.

Now I need to reschedule my dental appointment and have a root canal done.

Since I was feeling better and we aren’t working, we rented a car and drove to Rockport for a week.

We left on Sunday morning and had great traveling weather. We arrived at Plantation Suites in Port Aransas around 6:30 P.M.

The weather was and we were excited to be in one of our favorite places. I feel so at home in this area of the Texas coast. I don’t know why. I was in my thirties before I ever visited the Texas coast.

Dawn helped me unload the car and then order pizza and salad for dinner. We were exhausted and ready for a nice warm bath.

After dinner, I went to run a hot bath and found there wasn’t a stopper for the tub.

I walked to the office and talked with the girl at the front desk. She told me to return to my room and she would bring one once she located one.

Within 5 minutes she showed up with stopper in hand. Awe, Now for a hot bath! NOT!

The water was cold and I turned the knob every way possible and no hot water.

I called the front desk and told the girl I had no hot water. She said she would call maintenance and report it.

I minute later the girl called back to report that a gas line had broken earlier in the day and the gas had been turned off to the entire building. The plumbers will return tomorrow to make the repair.

O.K, we’re tired and will take a bath later.

The following morning we got up early and went to the beach. The dogs love walking the beach. It was a little windy but warm.

After our walk on the beach we drove over to the marina park to snap a few pictures. I love the picture opportunities I get at the coast.

We decided to take a ferry ride over to Aransas Pass and into Rockport.

Not much had changed in the two years since we were there. We drove to the last RV park we stayed to see who might be there. It appeared a few of our winter friends had made it already.

Our friends Pauline and Bob were there. We pulled up at the site and a few seconds later they were outside and we were all trading hugs. While standing outside with them a few other more of our winter RV friends gathered around. It was so good to see them.

We left there and went to HEB. Dawn loves HEB. She was on a mission to pick up a few things that we can’t get at home. 

I stayed in the car with the fur kids. While sitting in the parking lot, a car pulled into a parking place one car over. Low and behold it was our friends Peter and Judy.

I slide down in the seat so they didn’t see me. I thought about it a moment and I knew when they walked by the car the fur kids would bark and they would recognize them. I made the decision to slide out of the car and I stepped in front to their car. They were both looking down. I started jumping up and down and waving my arms in the air. Judy looked up and it suddenly her mouth fell open and her eyes were wide. A second later Peter looked up and the same expression covered his face. They got out of the car with big smiles on their faces.

We exchanged hugs and talked for a moment when Dawn returned to the car. We visited in the parking lot for a few minutes. When we told them about the lack of hot water at our hotel, they told us about the Econo Lodge down the street they said was pet friendly.

After a short visit, we drove down the street and check out the Econo Lodge. Dawn went in and talked with the front desk. Yes they are pet friendly and yes they do have rooms available.

We drove around Rockport awhile before returning to our hotel. We were pleased to see the plumbers working on the gas line when we pulled up.

At 9:00 P.M we still didn’t have hot water. We made the decision to check out in the morning and move to the Rockport Econo Lodge Hotel.

Tuesday morning we packed up the car and checked out of the Plantation Suites. The manager discounted our room almost half. That is the least they could have done.

We went back to the beach for another walk. Little Willey could walk for miles on the beach. He has really missed it as much as we have. The other two can’t handle the wind as much.

They are terrified to walk in the grass because of the sandburs.

We drove around the area again before boarding the ferry to return to Rockport. Aound noon we stopped by EconoLodge to see when we might be able to check in. They had rooms available and let us check in.

Our room was very nice. We had a mini fridge, microwave and HOT water!

We unloaded the car and took turns taking a warm bath. How nice it was.

Pauline and Bob invited us back to their place for dinner. It was a great dinner with broiled breaded steaks, baked potatoes, salad and a strawberry birthday cake. Yes, I will be 54 on Thursday.

After dinner we played a game of FastTrack. We had a great dinner and visit.

We had full bellies when we left. Back at the hotel I enjoyed another hot bath before going to bed.

Wednesday morning we drove over to the Coastal Oak RV Park. We surprised a few more people there. We were able to visit with Vergil and Joy. It was really nice catching up with them. We also stopped by the office and surprised Daryl. He’s the manager there now and still does the RV repair business. We put our names on the waiting list while there.

We drove to Portland and shopped at Kmart. After our shopping spree we went to Granny’s Tamales in Ingleside. These are the world’s best tamales in my opinion!

We decided to have lunch at Butter Churn (all-you-can-eat) in Aransas Pass. We ran into our Friends Bud and Bette. We haven’t been able to catch them at home since we’ve been here.

They were on their way out. We agreed we’d meet up with them after lunch so we could visit.

The weather turned cool and it started to rain.

We stopped by to visit with Bud and Bette before going back to our hotel. We had a really great visit with them.

We went back to our room and I took another hot bath. These people are going to lose money on me!

Later in the evening we met up with Peter and Judy at Dairy Queen for dinner.

Thursday morning we took the fur kids to the park. The weather was getting cold out and it was raining off and on.

We drove out to Southern Star RV Park to check out their site. We visited with them for a while.

We didn’t spend much time outside since it was cold and windy.

Thursday night we had birthday dinner at Charlotte Plummer’s in Fulton with Bud and Bette. Dinner was great and the company was even better.

Friday morning we pulled out of Rockport and headed back home.

We got back home about 3:30 P.M. The weather was terrible. It was 31 degrees in our fiver. Dawn unloaded the car while I reconnected the water and turned on the propane. It didn’t take long to unload the car. What took time was unloading our bags.

It took about an hour to get the fiver nice and warm. We were in bed early.

The fur kids were very happy to be home and to have a sandbur free yard.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doctors, Test and Vet Visits

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 85 degrees

Since we closed the park we’ve been running our butts off. We had scheduled many of our medical and eye appointments for the first part of October.

We had our eye appointment. Yes are in good shape.

But Odis had to go to the vet for an eye problem. We noticed he was not able to open one of his eyes and didn’t seem to feel well.

Vet said he had ulcer on his eye. We were told to put eye drops in his eye 4 times a day. Odis weights 18 lbs. It took everything we had to wrestle this dog down to put drops in his eye.

We tried everything. We tried sneaking up on him; He got wise to that real quick!

We tried wrapping him in a blanket while Dawn held him. He jerked his head around so much that he got eye drops in his ear, mouth and Dawn even got it in her mouth!

We went back to vet and got a good report. But were told to continue the drops for another week!

He’s feeling much better now.  

We bought a new sofa sleeper. It sleeps well and fits great in our fiver.

Blood work, Well that could use a little work! Dawn needs to make a few changes to get those results to come out better.

Meanwhile, I had a lump develop just under the jaw line. I thought I might have an abscessed tooth, so I made an appointment to see the dentist.

After many x-rays, the dentist said nope. He sent me to my doctor.

A few days later, I was seen by my doctor who sent me for a CT scan with contrast and blood work. I was referred to an ENT.

A few days later we saw the ENT. He looked at the lump and said it appears to be the size of a walnut and that I will need to get an ultrasound guided biopsy done before having it removed.

The doctor was more concerned with my gravelly voice. He told me he wanted to look at my vocal cords.

He sprayed numbing solution into my nose and a few minutes later he shoved a tube into my nose and down my throat.

He said one side of my vocal cords was rough instead of smooth. He said I needed a biopsy on it and could have laser done on it to smooth it back out.

They scheduled the biopsy for tomorrow morning. I have an appointment for Nov 3rd to find out my results.

Now we wait!

During all these doctor appointments, I revamped our pantry. Our pantry is narrow and deep. Things get shoved to the back and they are never seen again. Costco had these great pantry drawer organizers and we decided to install 3 of them so we could see everything in the pantry.

First step, we had to clean everything out of the pantry. We threw away 2 kitchen garbage bags full of expired food.

I installed the drawers and Dawn couldn't be any happier. 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Park Closed for Winter

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 87 degrees

We closed the park a week ago Tuesday and have been running non-stop since.

Since then Dawn smoked 2 large briskets for the Appreciation Picnic. The Gate Attendants, Volunteers, Wounded Warriors, Park Rangers and COE office staff have a get-together for a picnic.

We had a great time and there was a lot of great food too.

We have been running crazy every day. We bought a generator in case we need it this winter. Last winter we lost electricity for a couple of days when it iced over and had to barrow a generator.

We bought a Cabela's Outdoorsman Generator 4,000-Watt, with remote start and back-up recoil starter. Runs 12 hours at 50% load on a 4-gallon fuel tank. Four 120-volt receptacles include an L-5 30-amp twist-lock, 30-amp RV and 20-amp duplex. Push-to-reset circuit breakers. It also came with 8" wheel kit and 12-volt starter and battery. We got it at a good price.

We moved across the street to the other gate attendant’s site. We moved to the other site because we have a better view of the gate house and because this site has a wind block of trees and wooden fence behind it.

We will now have our back to the north this winter.

Odis has been scratching his eye and acts like he doesn’t feel well.

Dawn called our vet and we were able to get him in right away. Seems he has an ulcer on his eye. The vet gave us antibiotic eye drops. We have to drop the meds in his eyes 4 times a day. He does NOT like the drops. We have to put a cone on him. He’s NOT happy!

Today Dawn got a message and I got a perm.

Tonight we are relaxing at home.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Gate Arm Gone!

Lavon, Texas
Weather Conditions; Sunny, 86 degrees

We’re back at work.

We made it back to our park on Tuesday afternoon and back to work as gate attendants on Wednesday morning.

The park closes on October 1st for road repairs and Dawn and I will become park volunteers until April 1st.

It will be nice to sleep in for 6 months!

The park is almost totally booked for the weekend. The cool weather is bringing out the campers.

Today the contract mowing crew came in to mow. So glad they arrived. People don’t want to camp in knee deep weeds. I know I don’t.

When the grass is tall, people complain to us and we have absolutely no control over the mowing schedule. If we did, it would be mowed at least every 2 weeks instead of every 6 weeks!

Our excitement over the arrival of the mowing contractor quickly faded when one of the mowers roll-bar knocked our gate arm down! Ugh!

Now we have to depend on people entering the park to obey the stop sign mounted on the front of our building.

Thank goodness it’s our last weekend for 6 months!!!!!!! 

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