Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017-04-01 Long time since Wrote


It has been a long time since I wrote a blog, and it will be late June before I write another one. All will be explained in this blog.

It all began last spring when my PSA test went to 4.2 and my VA primary care doctor said I needed a biopsy. The initial urology date was scheduled in May where I was told that i needed a biopsy since i had been in Vietnam where \\=-][gent Orange had been sprayed. Biopsy after Labor Day showed low-moderate cancer.

The rest of the fall was filled with other doctors including knee replacement on Halloween, followed by physical therapy which finished in late December. I forgot to mention that we bought a 2016 Lincoln MKX in September, and were glad that we had. The front doors on the MKX are larger than the ones on our 2008 Jeep Liberty, which helped my new knee. We also visited friends in Florida, and our Escapees friends at Sumter Oaks.

Winter brought visits to my VA urologist followed by a spring visit to my oncologist to decide on, and to schedule treatment. Forty-five radiation treatments at the Tampa VA (46 miles one way) start on April 11th. and last until June 16th.

My knee has healed fine. So I had no problem walking around Busch Gardens to attend their Real Music Series concerts.

Hitch itch is getting bad. We have not stayed in any other campground so long since we began living fulltime in our motorhome. We arrived end of August before our snowbird friends migrated to FL, and we are stuck in FL 2.5 months after they all leave. However, Marilyn and I decided I should have these treatments now instead of waiting to see if it grows.

Hugs, and I will type more this summer after we leave FL.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Since I last blogged this summer, I thought using our Christmas would work as catchup. Merry Christmas 2016 Dear Friends and Family, 2016 has been quite a year for us. It started with a wonderful Family Christmas at Doug’s in Columbus, Georgia. Bev joined us with her boyfriend, Gene, and 2 dogs. This made for a full house, as Doug always had a couple of dogs. Luckily everyone got along. The rest of our winter and spring were busy with activities both here at our park (SO, Sumter Oaks) and with friends. We left FL in Mid-April to attend SKP-ACRE (an area RV rally in Sevierville, TN). Larry and Cindy traded jobs, so Larry is now treasurer – what else is new!!!). After leaving SKP-ACRE, we left the motorhome in Gaffney SC for some maintenance, drove to drove back to Doug’s to rent a U-Haul trailer to take some furniture to Bev’s in Trotwood, OH. That’s part of our big news – Doug moved to Williston, VT (near Burlington) where he is now a supervisor. After dropping off the furniture, we drove back to SC to pick up the motorhome so we could go back to FL for a doctor appointment. Leaving FL again, we drove to Red Bay, AL to have a new jack system installed, another one had broken in April. Now, our summer travels could begin. We left AL, and headed for Cape Cod, MA. We had a reservation for the month of June. Of course, as they say in RVing, getting there is half the fun. On the way, we stopped at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Next stop was a few days North of Knoxville, and a visit to Oak Ridge, TN and WWII’s Manhattan Project. We then drove to Pottsville, PA for a tour of Yuengling Brewery – the oldest family run brewery in the US. Memorial Day was spent with friends, Terri & Phil Tobin in Westtown, NY. Then on to Cape Cod with 1 mishap. The base plate that holds our tow bar to the Jeep came loose and pulled the bumper off the Jeep. This meant that Marilyn had to drive the Jeep, without front signal lights, from the NY/CT border to Cape Cod, while Larry drove the motorhome separately, Our month on Cape Cod was wonderful. We visited Provincetown, Martha’ Vineyard, Plimouth Plantation, Sandwich, and the Adams’ homes in Quincy, among other things. We had the Jeep fixed, ate lobster several times, and relaxed. Our campground was just across the street from the ocean, so Marilyn enjoyed walking on the beach. Next stop was Saratoga Springs, NY, to help Marilyn’s cousin Paul celebrate his 90th birthday. Then we drove to the Burlington, VT area to visit Doug and attend our Escapees RV Club’s National Rally – Escapade. We were anxious to see Doug’s new apartment. It is a brand new, 3rd floor apartment with a beautiful view. It has an underground parking space, and is only about 1 mile from his work, both of which will be great this winter. We attended the Escapade, and announced the door prize winners again. It was nice because we got to stay a few extra days, and spend more time with Doug. W even went to the Stowe, VT beer Festival. Off to Maine next for another RV Rally – Lobsterfest. Need we say more – good food, great friends and lots of fun! Now it was time to start South, as Larry had a VA Dr appointment right after Labor Day. Of course, there were detours along the way. We spent a couple more nights with Doug, followed by a weekend with Larry’s sisters and family in Oswego, NY; from there it was on to North Tonawanda, NY to visit friends, Larry & Carolyn Jarvis, followed by an overnight stop to visit Bryan & Jane Rose. Our last westward stop was in Trotwood, OH to see Bev and Gene. It was a nice but stressful visit because Gene was in the hospital with severe abdominal pain, which required surgery (he is fine now. Once we got back to FL, the DR rounds started. We had the usual stuff – physicals, dentist, eyes, etc. plus VA and Ortho appointments. Larry had a full right knee replacement on 10/31, spent one night in the hospital, and was sent home to home health care, and home physical therapy. He Is doing well as of Thanksgiving, but still has several weeks of outpatient therapy. We spent Thanksgiving with Marilyn’s cousins, Paul and Peg, and other relatives and friends. It was delicious as always. We have no special plans for Christmas, as we do not go north in winter. So we will join in the activities here at Sumter Oaks for Christmas and New Year’s. We hope this finds each and every one of you in good health while you enjoy this Holiday Season. We wish you all the very best now and throughout the New Year. A Very Merry Christmas to you all. Love, Marilyn and Larry

Friday, August 5, 2016

2016-08-05 Friday, Elks Lodge 371, Lewiston, Maine

This is a nice Elks Lodge site. They have one 30 amp electric site, and we were lucky to be the only RV here. WE arrived with empty waste tanks, and a full fresh water tank. There is room for boon docking. We will stay for 3 nights before moving to The Pumpkin Patch in Hermon ME for the Escapees Chapter 3 Lobster Fest rally.

During the Escapees National RV Rally (Escapade), Marilyn and I were responsible for giving out door prizes on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. The early staff collected national and local door prizes. We collected the door prizes from the vendors selling their wares at the Escapade. Then we sorted the gifts into groups of approximately 20 prizes per night with values of %50 aor more. So we had 60 plus groups of 1 to 4 door prizes per group for fun half hours of door prizes. Once our jobs were taken care of, we shopped the vendor area, attended some seminars, and had fun meeting new and old friends. Here is Marilyn reading the rules for the drawings (note: Robert is in charge of pulling the tickets from the drum for Marilyn to announce the winners).IMG_6946. My job was to pick and describe the prizes.IMG_6949. This is a fun job, as people come up and say, I know you, you gave out door prizes but you didn’t call my name.

Even though Escapade was over, we still stayed to spend time with Doug.

We finally said goodbye to Burlington on Monday, August the 1st. We drove across Vermont into New Hampshire, AS we were leaving Vermont, we saw our first real Eastern US Moose on the side of the road. As we were driving into Gorham, NH, Marilyn received a phone call from Mary Olsen. She, Garry and Sarah were behind us. We pulled into a parking lot for hugs. Later, we arranged to take the Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington the following day.2016-08-02 Mt Washington Cog Railway Trip. We all made it to the top of Mount Washington.2016-08-02 Mt Washington Cog Railway Trip2016-08-02 Mt Washington Cog Railway Trip. After getting to the top, it was not easy for me to climb down over the rocks.

On Thursday, the 4th, we moved to the Elks Lodge in Lewiston, ME, and today we shopped at LL Bean in Freeport, ME. Marilyn found a rain jacket, and I have new shoes.

Hugs, and Type at you later.       

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016-07-18 Shelburne Camping Area

My last blog was June 26, 2016 while we were still on Cape Cod. Since then we have done a little sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, and moving to Vermont for the Escapees RV Club’s Escapade (national rally).

After leaving Cape Cod, we drove to Bellingham, MA for a week including the 4th of July. We also met Jack and Pat Mulhall for a late lunch at Jack’s Abby Brewery – great lunch and delicious beer. We also took the train in to Boston to tour the State House, and the old State House.2016-07-05 Boston Commons2016-07-05 Massachusetts State House2016-07-05 Massachusetts Old State House.

From Bellingham, we moved to Gansevoort, NY to spend time with Marilyn’s cousins (Gifford Family) and to support Paul at his Pre-90th Birthday celebration.2016-07-09 Paul Gifford's Pre-90th Birthday Cake.

Then on Wednesday the 13th, we moved to the Shelburne Campground to visit our son Doug who moved to Burlington, VT in May. Yesterday, we took the scenic boat ride on Lake Champlain aboard the Ethan Allen III.2016-07-17 Lake Champlain Boat Ride. We saw the two Burlington Harbor lighthouses.2016-07-17 Lake Champlain Lighthouse 2016-07-17 Lake Champlain Lighthouse. Burlington looks great from the water.2016-07-17 Lake Champlain Boat Ride.

Wednesday we move to the Essex Junction Fairgrounds to start getting ready to give out door prizes.

Hugs, and type at you later.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

2016-06-26, Campers Haven, Cape Cod, MA


My last blog was on the 18th, and sine then we have relaxed at home, don a little sightseeing,shopping, eating lobster, etc..

.Friday, June 24th, we took a boat ride out of Harwich Port along Monomoy Island to see seals and lighthouses. We saw many seals, but pictures were difficult due to the rocking of the boat. 2016-06-24 Monomoy Island boat to see Seals2016-06-24 Monomoy Island boat to see Seals2016-06-24 Monomoy Island boat to see Seals.

Then yesterday, Saturday June 25th, we went to see the Adams Houses at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, MA. They have a nice Visitor Center downtown where you can see a movie about the lives of John and John Quincy Adams, and sign up for the trolley that takes you to the homes tours. The town of Quincy is named after an ancestor of John’s wife, Abigale Smith.

John Adams, 2nd US President was born and raised in this house. 2016-06-25 House where John Adams was born2016-06-25 House where John Adams was born, while John Quincy Adams was born and raised in this house just a few yards away. 2016-06-25 House where John Quincy Adams was born. After spending many years abroad in Paris and London, John Adams bought the house he called “Peace Field”, 2016-06-25 Peace Field, home of John and John Quincy Adams . All three home were owned by members of the Adams family until they were given to the Park Service. Back at the visitor center we walked down to the church where they are buried. In the basement of the church IMG_6921IMG_6922 (a church built by the Adams family) are 2 crypts. John and Abigale Adams are buried in one IMG_6929, and John Quincy and Luisa Catherine are buried in the other IMG_6928. As the docent said, where else can you find two Ex-Presidents buried in the same church?  .  `

Saturday, June 18, 2016

2016-06-18, Saturday, Campers Haven , Cape Cod.

Thursday, the 16th, we drove the rental to Sherborn, MA, where we had a wonderful visit and lunch with Jack and Pat Mulhall. While there, Anchor Auto Body called and said our Jeep would be ready about 2:30 on Friday. Lots of traffic on the surface streets heading back to the Cape.

Friday, the 17th, was another beautiful day on the Cape. After breakfast, we decided to tour the Cape Cod Brewery 20160617_121605-001. They only have one tour per day, and that is at 11am. The sun isn’t even over the yardarm. I guess they don’t want the tourists to interfere with the serious afternoon drinkers. It is a small brewery servicing a 60 mile area, but their beer is delicious. We ate lunch at Spanky’s Clam Shack on the Hyannis Harbor 20160617_132843-001. After lunch, we picked up the Jeep and did some shopping on the way home.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016-06-15 Wednesday, Campers Haven, Cape Cod


Our month here on Cape Cod is half over.

We were going to take the Cape Cod Tour Train on Saturday, the 11tth, but it was raining, so we took the train on Sunday, the 12th. IMG_6793IMG_6794IMG_6800IMG_6801 The train runs from Hyannis to Bourne on the Cape Cod Canal.  Along the way, our view was mostly blocked by trees. But we did getnsome good views of the Cape Cod Canal, some cranberry bogx and salt marshes. 2016-06-12 Salt Marsh. The historical narration was great to the extent we could understand over the screaming babies. After the train ride, we drove to see tha Chatham Light 2016-06-12 Chatham Lighthouse, the Nauset Light 2016-06-12 Nauset Light, and the deactivated Three Sisters Lights 2016-06-12 Three Sisters Lighthouses Cape Cod2016-06-12 Three Sisters Lighthouses Cape Cod.

On Monday, the 13th, we tok the Jeep to Anchor Auto Body to leave it for its bumper and base plate replacement. After lunch, we went to take the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory. It is a nice short self guided tour.

Tuesday the 14th, we drove the rental car, a Honda Accord (we wont replace the Jeep with a car that close to the ground) out to Provincetown. There we went to the Pilgrim Monument and Museum 2016-06-14 Pilgrim Monument Provincetown, MA2016-06-14 Pilgrim Monument Provincetown, MA. Of course there were lighthouses to see before we got home. First, we were able to get a distant view of the Race Point Light 2016-06-14 Race Light Cape Cod. Next, we stopped to see the Cape Cod, or Highland Light 2016-06-14 Cape Cod (Highland) Light2016-06-14 Cape Cod (Highland) Light.

Today is the 15th. After waiting around for a call we were supposed to receive at noon, I called at 3pm. The car may be ready tomorrow afternoon. Oh, well.