Monday, March 31, 2014

We Got The Bug But The Anibiotics Are Kicking In

We left the California desert almost two weeks ago. By Saturday, Joe was sick with an upper respiratory infection. Wednesday when I went to the Dr. for my regular 3 month check up (and am happy to say I'm doing great with all my numbers) Joe went with me. Dr. put him on antibiotics and he is getting better now.
Then Friday afternoon, my throat started getting sore and I started running a low grade fever. Oh no. We are less than 2 weeks from getting on that plane to Hawaii. Saturday and Sunday I mostly spent in bed. This morning I  sent a message to my Dr. (we have a wonderful program called "My Chart" where I can send him a message and he responds back). I told him I was sick and what did he think of putting me on Zithromax Z-Pak and the answer was a quick yes!

We are in between trips right now so I thought I would share some of my flowers in my garden with you. 

We are really happy that we could hire  our neighbor to care for our yard while we are gone.

While I was taking pictures I looked up and dark storm clouds were forming for our next down pour of rain.

Our Lace Leaf Maple is bursting with new leaves

Mr. Lincoln Rose Bush is sporting new growth

Our Azalea hedges will soon be fiery red again 

And the blue berry bushes are going to be loaded again this year. We told Mr. neighbor to eat all the blueberries they could other wise the birds will get them.

And not to be outdone, the rhubarb is saying "look at me" I'm going to give that nice neighbor fruit too.

I knew Joe was on the mend when he went outside this afternoon and cleaned both the  TruckHouse and the Malibu........remember that dark cloud I showed you????  I'll let you figure out the rest of the story.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Short Additional Post....

If you are ever looking for a place to land in Oregon for a few months to get out of the CA/AZ Summer heat, we know someone who is wanting to rent a lot to a couple to park their rig. Full hookups, trees, lawn, river runs right in front, Ponds, very quiet. 1/2 hour from down town Portland. We call it the "Garden of Eden" its so beautiful and peaceful. The rent includes electricity, WiFi, Water, sewer, garbage etc.  If you hear of anyone that might be interested,message me and I'll give you the name and phone number and they can talk to the owner directly.

Our Trip Home Was Certainly Not Boring

We were part of the wagon train leaving the desert for home Thursday. It could be three long days of travel, but when you have a retired Greyhound Bus Driver for a husband, it's not boring!  The blossoms above are orange blossoms at the Orange Grove RV Park where we spent our first night. We have dear friends that  can't stay here because of the allergies. The fragrance is VERY strong, but we think very beautiful.
After we got things hooked up and set up for the night, the first thing on our agenda was to take a small hike to The California Fruit Depot just around the corner from the park. In the past we have bought oranges there and had them shipped. But we decided $30+ shipping for a $16 box of oranges wasn't for us anymore.  So we bought a bag, and a few goodies  and carried them back to the motor home.

On highway 99N again Friday morning, we enjoyed beautiful lakes,

Beautiful spring flowering trees,

Mountains with snow,

Mountains without snow,
The fun for me was we took the old Greyhound Route home. One of Joe's routes was Portland to Redding,CA. He knows every stop in every little town. This was one of them.

Awh, my beloved Oregon welcoming us back home.

The Siskiyou's were beautiful. Bare, dry pavement and blue skies.

When you are up on the mountain, you have to come down. So thankful for our tow package. The gear handler shifts down so Joe doesn't have to use the brakes as often.

We saw cows that were not real,

And cows that were real. There were also fields of sheep and horses too.
There were beautiful barns

And old barns
There were beautiful old buildings

Stately homes,

Homes that weren't so stately,
Fields with antique equipment,

PHOENIX???  I thought we were headed North. But indeed there is a Phoenix, Oregon.

We saw summer home "fixer upper's"

Beautiful country side,

Old towns,

and more old homes,

This old but well kept bridge and Joe have a history. It's down around Gold Hill, Oregon. He said as he would approach the Bridge with the Greyhound, he'd be praying he wouldn't meet a logging truck on the other end, because it is a very narrow bridge. Often he DID meet a truck and he says they had to take turns, one at a time. Who ever got there first went first.

This is the beautiful Rogue River that flows under that bridge.
We arrived home about 3:00Pm Sunday afternoon. To my delight, my floors were out. The Daffodils are almost finished blooming but the tulips are just starting. The heather is brilliant purple.  The weather stayed nice until Monday evening. Today we woke up to rain and wind. But I don't mind. I always say that is what makes  Western Oregon Beautiful and green.

Today, The truck house is in the shop for routine maintenance and some add ons....A new cover for the stove top and new shower head, and some adjustments on our entertainment center which for the moment just sits on top of the over head bed. Joe and I have a week of appointments then we will head for Washington for a week visiting Joe's kids and grandkids and my sister.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A New Way To Remove Dirt, Dust and Sand from the Car

We had another wind the other night which means more dirt, sand and dust. When we got up Joe said "You know, the best way to get this stuff off of the car is to get in it, and head for Big Bear (Mountain) and let it blow off". So that's what we did. This is one of our favorite drives.

The altitude ranges from 6750 to 9,000 ft. The last sign we saw was 8,000
We left home at nine in the morning at it was already 75, thus the capri's and tank top. But when I got out of the car my word..... it was 56 degrees. It had been six years since we had been here and my how it has changed. New housing, this ramp and fishing dock are new. I walked to the bottom, looked, and got my self back up to the car where it was much warmer inside.

Something is missing in this picture this year.  We always took Viola's picture by herself and with Joe in front of this rock.

The scenery is beautiful. Every where you look

Joe did this up close shot to show the snow still on the peaks.

I took this one just out of Big Bear City

This is another of our favorites.

Lots of fun shopping and places to eat. The Round  building with the brown roof and steeple is a Mexican restaurant.

I took this one on the way down the mountain. Just for you Carol P.  Carol has been a wonderful photography teacher and I look forward to her critiques.

I was afraid we weren't going to be able to connect with our friend Mary-Pat of Butterflies and Heartsongs before we left for home. But after she got settled in her temporary home, we picked her up and had a great time of visiting at the Sidewinder Restaurant in Desert Hot Springs.  It was so good to see for myself that she is feeling better. And of course we got to love on Lacey her dog and Elinore, her cat. Oh by the way....... there was still a lot of dirt and sand in and on the car when we got home last night but we sure had a lot of fun.

I don't know where the last eight weeks went except they went very fast. Joe has been cleaning and packing most of the day for our departure for home tomorrow. 

We have a busy rest of the month with appointments and horseshoe tournaments and April is almost full too. But the most exciting part of April will be our two weeks in Hawaii, celebrating our tenth anniversary. It's actually in June 4th, but going in April works better for us. Talking earlier about where did the time go, we were just talking about that this morning. It just doesn't seem like we have been married 10 years already!  Ten GREAT years at that.