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Carlsbad, CA, United States
Here we go again! There is so much more of our great United States still to see that we have become full-timers again. In addition to seeing new sights, we will be volunteering our services at national and state parks and points of interest. Check out our diary style blog below to follow us on our travels. Also, look into our archive and check the exciting places we have seen.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Valentine's Day

Our RV has been ready for a couple of days but they need us to pick it up today as they are out of room to park additional RV's in their lot.  Gary and I left the ranch around 9:00am after giving Mom her breakfast.  Honey refused to eat her breakfast so my sister will try to get her to eat later.  We had to drive home so we could switch vehicles.  We quickly unloaded my Toyota and hopped in the truck for our trip to Escondido to pick up the Titanium.  The service guy insisted on hitching up the trailer while we paid the bill in the office.  Somehow he got the hitch stuck in the wrong position preventing us from locking it in place.  Then he blew a fuse after spraying some spray in the cable.  Geeze, I told Gary we should of hitched up before we went inside.  Anyway, after a while we were able to leave and take the Titanium back to the storage lot.  Gary and I had a hard time getting it into position as the RV lot is small and we have to back down an S curve driveway threw two gate and make a sharp turn into the lot without hitting any other vehicles.  We were both pooped when we got home and took a nap.  All the stress of the week, the long drive home and then the drive to and from the RV Service Center were exhausting.  This evening we went to our favorite Italian Restaurant for our Valentine's Day dinner.  That's all for today.

Sunday - Tuesday, February 11 - 13, 2018

Mom is happy she is home but she seems very weak from this illness and hospital stay.  Gary and I are staying with her to help out with cooking, laundry, dog feeding and Gary did some small repairs around her home.  I sure hope she gets better soon.

Wednesday - Saturday, February 7. 10, 2018

Wednesday we packed up and headed to the ranch to stay with Mom for a few days.  Connie was there when we arrived and Mom wasn't looking very good.  We ended up calling 911 and they took her to the hospital.  The closest hospital was full so she went to Sharp Memorial ER.  Gary and I stayed with her until about 8pm when they said they were transferring her to Scripps as soon as they could make the arrangements.

Thursday, Connie and Dennis went to see Mom so we stayed home since she needs her rest.  They ran many test on her today.

Friday, we went to visit Mom and Connie and Dennis showed up shortly thereafter.  It doesn't look she is going home today as they have more test to run; poor Mom.

Saturday afternoon, we received a call saying Mom could go home this afternoon. We were there a couple of hours before all the paperwork was done and we could take Mom back to the ranch. It was a long drive but Mom was happy to be home again.  Her dog Honey was really happy to have her home again too!

Monday - Tuesday, February 5 - 6, 2018

Monday, Gary had a doctor's appointment in the morning.  After his appointee net we had breakfast at Grandma's in Oceanside.  When we got home, he got the battery installed in the Titanium and we then drove it to Escondido to have the steps replaced.  Our steps have been bent for years but recently our friends, Tom and Lorraine, gave us the steps from their 5th wheel after he changed to a different type of steps. The repair shop will also check out our thermostat as it intermittently stops working.

Tuesday, Gary had another doctor's appointment but this time it is in San Diego.  We hit a lot of traffic on the way there. There was construction on the I-5 still!

On the way home we stopped at Verizon so Gary could get a new cell phone.  That took forever! I think I would rather have dental work than go to Verizon.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 Super Bowl Sunday

Fly Eagles, fly!  Gary and I really don't have a preference as the two teams are not ones we cheer for but we think it is time for the Eagles to win.  I saw a 99 year old that has been waiting since 1933 for them to win so for that reason we both cheered the Eagles, and they won!

Traditionally, I make homemade pizza for Super Bowl Sunday but this time Gary wanted nachos.  Both they were really good!


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Gary and I went to Fallbrook today to pick up the wheelchair that my daughter Kristy borrowed from Dennis a couple of weeks ago.  She found a newer wheelchair for her Grandma Brown and was able to get it for free.  She found it at an estate sale for $50. but they couldn't find one of the leg rest so they just gave it to her.  What a find, good job Kristy. 

While we were there we packaged up the extra dress to return to Amazon.  My sister bought Amanda a dress for her homecoming dance but Amanda wasn't sure what size so she purchased two different sizes and we are returning the one that was too large.  It was a really cute dress for the masquerade homecoming dance. It was the first homecoming dance for her high school and her first date.  She is growing up so fast.


Amanda and Avery
Ready for her Homecoming Dance




Friday, February 2, 2018

It's Ground Hog Day and apparently we have 6 more weeks of winter.  It hardly even seems like winter here as the temps have been in the high 70's and low 80's recently.  We even broke a record of 90 degrees last week. 

Gary and I went out to breakfast on our way to San Diego to see the RV show at the stadium.  We looked at a bunch of motor homes but really didn't like any of them.  Good thing as they are way too expensive for us.  We walked toward the back of the lot to see the 5th wheels and looked at several before a sales person approached us.  She asked what we didn't like in the units we have viewed and then suggested the Solitude 5th wheels.  They were really nice!  Too bad we can't afford a new one.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I finished the last of the laundry and organized Mom's refrigerator and extra freezer so she can reach her most frequently used items without bending over too much.  It seems her pain is manageable if she is sitting, standing or laying down but moving from one position to the other is quite painful for her.  After making lunch for her, I left for home.  This time the traffic was better and I was home in 1-3/4 hours.  I think Gary was really glad I came home. 

Monday - Wednesday, January 29 - 31, 2018

I left for the ranch this morning to stay with Mom for a few days.  My sister is still recovering from her recent back surgery and is unable to do too much to help mom.  I arrived just in time to fix lunch for Mom after making a couple of stops along my drive.  Mom is still in a lot of pain but insists she isn't up to making the long drive (60 miles) to see her physician. By Tuesday we convinced her to go to the urgent care in Alpine which is only 30 miles away.  She did fairly well in my car for the first 10 miles but then every bump in the road seemed to hurt her back.  Once there, we had to wait about an hour before we could see the Dr.. They ended up taking a couple of x-rays and did some lab work which also took about and hour or so.  Their preliminary diagnosis was that she had fractured a rib which was causing all her pain.  We hung around waiting for the prescriptions and discharge paperwork then headed to the pharmacy to pick up her medications only to find that they wouldn't be ready for about an hour.  Mom just wanted to go home so I called Connie to see if Dennis could pick them up on his way home this evening.  Thank goodness he was able to do so as she really needed the pain meds tonight.  Poor Mom! Wednesday, I did most of Mom's laundry and changed her bedding as tomorrow I will be going home again. 

Saturday - Sunday, January 27-28. 2018

After making sure Mom was fed breakfast and lunch today, I left for home in the afternoon.  I hit a lot of traffic and my travel time was about 2-1/4 hours instead of the 1-1/2 hours it normally takes without traffic.  I was really tired when I got home but pleasantly surprised that Gary had bought some flowers for me and said he was cooking dinner tonight (that means we are going out for dinner as Gary doesn't cook).  It was alright with me after a long week.

Tuesday - Friday, January 23 - 26, 2018

Tuesday, movie day!  Gary and I selected The Post for our Tuesday movie. The movie was good, but not great, however the acting was good.  Just a bit slow moving for my liking.  Just a few minutes before the movie started my sister sent me a text informing me that Mom fell.  Apparently, she tripped over the dog, Honey, and fell.  She had a difficult time getting up and twisted in such a way to hurt her back.  Connie wanted to know if I could come stay with Mom for a few days to keep an eye on her.  Connie recently had back surgery and can't do any heavy lifting at this time. Poor Mom, she always says the getting old isn't for sissies. She is 95 so I guess she knows!

Wednesday - Friday, Mom has both of us worried as she can barely move without intense pain.  She is also hard headed and refuses to go the the doctor or urgent care.  I fixed her meals, did some laundry, fed the the dog and helped her get in and out of bed as needed.  Early Friday morning, she slipped on her socks when getting out of bed and fell to her knees.  It's a good thing I couldn't sleep so I could hear her call me when she fell.  Thank goodness she didn't hurt herself, she just needed help getting up.  Connie and Dennis brought a pizza over for dinner and we all ate together tonight.

Saturday - Monday, January 20 - 22, 2018

Saturday - Happy Birthday wishes go out to my sister Connie.  We hope you have a great day doing what you want.

Sunday, Gary suggested we go out to the ranch to see Mom today.  We arrived late morning and stayed for dinner.  Mom might be 95 but she still can cook.  She just took two loaves of homemade bread out of the oven right before we arrived.  Wow, I just love the smell of freshly baked bread.  She also made a batch of pasta sauce for our dinner tonight.  Dennis had to go out of town, so it was just the four of us for dinner, plus Honey, the dog.  She always get scraps from dinner.

Monday, we just stayed home most of the day with the exception of some shopping in the afternoon.  Our neighbor recently had his tree removed and this morning they were grinding down the tree stump.

Tuesday - Friday, January 16 - 19, 2018

Not too much to write about this week.  Monday I did all the laundry from our trip. Tuesday and Wednesday, neither one of us were feeling great so we just stayed home and rested up from our whirlwind trip to Memphis.  I think we were both emotionally drained.  Thursday and Friday we did get out running some errands. Gary went to Escondido to see about having our RV steps replaced with the steps Tom and Lorraine had removed from their RV.  He made an appointment for early February as they are booked up now.  Speaking of Tom and Lorraine, they welcomed their 3rd grandchild into the world 5 weeks early.  This time it's a boy, oh boy!  Congratulations Tom and Lorraine.  Mother and baby are both doing well.

Friday - Monday, January 12 - 15, 2018

Saying goodbye to David Armbruster, Ph.D.
a.k.a. Cousin David



Early Friday morning Gary and I left for Memphis, TN for Cousin David's funeral. We are still stunned from the news of his sudden death.  We still don't know the results of the autopsy.

Our first flight on Frontier Airlines from San Diego to Denver left late because they had not fueled our plane just the planes around us.  What was up with that?  Anyway we left around 40 minutes late which made us arrive late in Denver for our connecting flight.  We were still on the plane when the connecting flight was boarding.  We both made a mad dash through the airport to catch our plane. Once on the second plane we waiting for another 40 minutes because we didn't have a pilot.  We had to wait until a pilot flew in from Las Vegas before we could leave.  We will never fly Frontier again!
Once we arrived in Memphis, we tried to get something to eat while we waited for Lynn to arrive from Detroit but all the restaurants closed early because they ran out of food.  We heard that there were so many planes that couldn't leave due to bad weather and the airport wasn't prepared for all the additional people.  Lynn's plan was abut 1 hour late.  We all met up in baggage claim then picked up the rental car and headed to the hotel about 12 miles East of Memphis.  Once we checked in we tried to find a place to eat but due to the ice storm that day most restaurants were closed as well.  We ventured out on the icy roads and luckily found a Mexican Restaurant not far from the hotel.  We decided since they were open, had food and wine, we would stop.  Lynn desperately wanted a glass of wine as he spent 6 hours waiting at the Detroit airport before his flight was cleared to take off.  None of us had much to eat all day and we were all starving.  The food at the Mexican restaurant was good too!

Saturday, we all slept in a bit trying to catch up from our travel day.  The whole family met for brunch around 10:30 then went back to Cousin David's apartment for a short time before we went to the church for his funeral service and reception. David had it all planned out, down to the songs for the choir to sing and the prayers in the service.  Everyone we spoke with told us how much he will be missed and how wonderful he was, but we already knew that.  David was such a nice guy, always happy with a big smile on his face.  We will surely miss him. He had a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University but didn't like to be referred to as Dr. David or Dr. Armbruster, he preferred David! He retired from the University of Tennessee, as the Scientific Editor at the Health Center.

Becky, Mark, Vicki, Ashley

Lynn, Angie & Gary
 
Paul & Jean

 


Sunday, Gary, Lynn and I did some exploring around Memphis, but the roads were still icy and a lot of places were still closed.  David used to joke about Memphis not being prepared for bad weather claiming they only have 1 snow plow and no salt trucks.  From was we are experiencing here, he must be right.  This evening we met the rest of the family at their hotel and visited a bit before walking next door for our last dinner together.  Most of us are leaving for home tomorrow, all at different times.

Monday we left for the airport right after grabbing a quick breakfast at the hotel.  Lynn's flight is scheduled to leave at noon but we need to take the rental car back first so we left around 9:30 for the airport.  There is still a lot of ice on the roads so we allowed extra time for any traffic delays.  Lynn's flight was delayed about 50 minutes due to a delay in Detroit.  We sent him off on his flight then decided to grab some lunch before we leave at 2:30 besides we don't have anything else to do and we have been here 3 hours already.  We walked to our concourse and decided to try the BBQ place that was recommended to us on Friday but closed before we got there.  I'm sure glad we did as we had the best pulled pork sandwich we have ever had and it was huge.  Usually airport food is sub par but this was really good.  We walked to our gate so I could charge my cell before our flight.  Shortly before our flight I was walking to the restroom when I heard someone call out my name.  I turned and saw Cousin Mark!  They are waiting for their flight just 2 gates down from our gate.  I least I got one more hug before we left.  He had some extra time so he walked back with me to say goodbye to Gary one more time.  This flight was on American Airlines and was a whole lot better than our Frontier Flight.  We arrived in Phoenix on time and our second flight was good as well.  It still was a long day but we were happy to be home once again.




Wednesday - Thursday, January 10 - 11, 2018

Wednesday equals house cleaning day, need I say more.  That pretty much sums up my day.

Thursday equal laundry day.  I hate catching up but I didn't get much done while we were not feeling well last week.  We did get out this afternoon to run some last minute errands.

Our life is boring when we don't travel. My apologies to our remaining readers.

Amanda has a school project, a presentation on someone that inspires her. Well, I was certainly surprised when she said she picked my father, her Great Grandfather as he passed away seven years before she was born.  I sent her some information on his life from a young child through his last difficult years before his death in 1995. She decided what to write after reading my write up and stories her mom told her about him. She sent me a copy of her short presentation and it looks pretty good, now let's see what kind of grade she gets.  She is expecting an A so let's see if she gets it.