A few recent purchases....

Thursday, November 10, 2016

We've picked up a few new things in the last week or two and I thought I'd share a couple with you.

My favorite is my new mug. Traveling in warm weather and buying a lot of bananas, we get fruit flies. We also get gnats, those tiny swarming, annoying little flying insects. I keep a small bowl of apple cider vinegar with a tiny dash of Dawn dish detergent on the counter, but invariably, they still find time to swim in my coffee. Tired of setting a piece of paper or a coaster on top of my mug, I went in search of a mug with a lid. I saw this and loved it, and I love it more now that I've received it. The silicone lid is perfect, creates a nice seal, and the decorations are adorable!

The next was a must have replacement. Twice, after traveling all day, Stu's office chair was found pressing against the run button on our shredder. Well, twice was too much and it burned out the motor. We had talked about replacing it with a smaller one or maybe just one that sits on the of a wastebasket while using it. This is what we decided on...much smaller but does the same work.

The last item was a spur of the moment purchase. Stu has been talking about wanting a cast iron pan to make cornbread. The one's we have seen at places like Cracker Barrel have been pretty pricey. While at Tractor Supply yesterday, we found this three piece set for $30. He inspected it quite closely and like what we saw. We couldn't say no. Check it out at your local Tractor Supply or order online. Great holiday gift!

We are still in prep mode for our month's vacation...slowly getting things done. I still need a haircut, maybe tomorrow or this weekend. LOL! Mon/Tues we will be packing - oh yeah, we fly out at 6 am so we will be leaving the RV around 3 am. Eeep!

Ciao for now!

Getting ready to hit the road....

Monday, October 31, 2016

It seems like we have gone non-stop lately, and actually, we have been. We made a quick trip to NJ to visit a childhood friend of Stu's, Tonia. Their parents were friends and the four kids stayed friends for years. But as it does, life intervened and they hadn't seen each other in well over 20 years. Since she was a four hour drive away, we popped up there and spent two fun days. I know this won't be the last time we will get together - life is too short!

Here is a quick photo I snapped on the drive back...

We did manage to see a couple more movies since our last post. First was Deep Water Horizon - excellent movie based on real facts. We really enjoyed the 'edge of your seat' action! Next was The Accountant - oh my!! The trailers were good but the movie was amazing (at least to us). We loved that they left it open for a sequel. The last was the new Jack Reacher movie. While we aren't huge Tom Cruise fans, we had heard the movie was pretty good. Well, it was. While Cruise is aging, so is his character; getting a bit fleshy and a little slower made for more realism. But the best part was the co-star, one kick butt female character who added a lot to the movie.

We also had one last night with Stu's daughters and family. Melissa had won a basket of crabs (already cooked). Toss in some burgers and hot dogs for those of us who don't eat them, some chips (Old Bay chips for the Maryland-ites) and potato salad/macaroni salad, and no one went hungry! Here are a few pics....

Last time I mentioned our current health status:
  • Three vision done, one to go
  • Two dental done
  • Two GP done
  • One hearing done
  • One mammogram done
  • One aorta ultrasound done
  • One colonoscopy scheduled
  • Two skin screening by dermatologist
The skin screenings were done, Stu ended up with three biopsies (still waiting on results) and I had several spot frozen. Had a nice scab on the end of my nose, it gets frozen every year thanks to many years of Florida living.

Stu got new hearing aids (thanks to Workmen's Comp) and he loves them. Much better than the old pair (which were failing frequently), and he can tune them with his iPhone. He also got his new driving glasses and sunglasses. He was amazed at how much more he was seeing. Mammogram, aorta screening and colonoscopy were all fine. Phew!

The only new thing is I will be getting cataract surgery next spring when we return to the area in May. We are opting for spring visits now for several reasons. More motorcycle riding weather here and enjoying the fall in Tennessee more. I will be getting both eyes done and can't wait. It's gotten really hard for me to drive and even the computer and reading is difficult. Sucks to grow old but it's still better than the alternative.

On our many trips across the Bay Bridge into the Annapolis area, we saw watched as several ships crossed under the bridge. Such a fun view, going over the bridge and seeing them cross under us.

Now we are packing up and heading south in the morning. If all goes well, we will spend two overnights before arriving on our lot at Bee's RV Resort in Clermont. We then have less than two weeks before we fly to California for our cruises. We get to spend a couple of days with our friends (and Stu's former partner), Dottie and Bill, before cruise number one - 7 day Mexican Riviera. When we return, we stay on the ship (in the same cabin) and head out for our 15 day Hawaiian cruise. So excited! Stu will be diving, I will be sightseeing and we both will be taking a helicopter tour over one island.

So we will try to post at least once before we leave but after that, it may be a while before you hear from us. Don't worry...we'll be having fun!

Ciao for now!

Interesting Sights and More Medical

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our plans are to leave Maryland and head back to Florida on November first. We are trying to squeeze in our final friend and family visits before we go. We have a few changes, hopefully, coming in 2017 and if it all works out, we will be changing to a spring visit rather than fall. Time will tell, please keep your fingers crossed for us.

We are also slowing working through all our medical visits.

  • Three vision done, one to go next week when I get my cataract looked at
  • Two dental done
  • Two GP done
  • One hearing done
  • One mammogram done
  • One aorta ultrasound done
  • One colonoscopy scheduled (I start the prep today)
  • Two skin screening by dermatologist will be done today
Sucks to grow old but it's definitely better than the alternative! At least everything so far has shown good results. Keeping fingers crossed for the colon check. ;)

On our way home from our various visits yesterday, we turned the corner and Stu spied this helicopter doing power line work. I grabbed my phone, aimed and snapped the following. (I'm still amazed that it even came out!)

Don't know how much blogging will get done, barely a week after we arrive in FL, we will fly to Los Angeles for our next back-to-back cruise. Mexico and Hawaii (my final state). Woot!

Ciao for now!