Saturday, September 28, 2013

It Won’t Be Long Now


I will be changing from this site to another in just 20 days.  In the mean time, there are a few things to happen before then. 


This is Mary and Sandi at Ginger Brown’s restaurant in Lake Worth, TX, celebrating Mary’s 18th birthday.  .

Last weekend when the weather was cooler, Sandi and the kids came out to help me go  through the “basement” compartments.  That is finally done, a little more purging and relocating some of the stuff.  I’m glad that that is done.

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Last Wednesday, Sandi and I went to Mary’s high school fall carnival to support her and her theater group.  I also found a home for my Mat Cutter that I no longer use.  Her teacher will put it to good use.

Tomorrow, Sandi will be picking me up early in the morning.  We will attend the church that I used to go to when I lived in Mesquite.  The kids were little and it was before I moved back to Chicago in the early 1980s.  There may or may not be anyone there that I  remember or remember me, but that’s okay.  It will be interesting to see if it has  changed.  Afterwards, we will be meeting friends of Sandi’s for lunch and a friend of mine on the way home.  It will be a long day, but an enjoyable one.

My last doctor appointment is on October 8th, just a week away.  I’m sure that I will be released from his care.  Ten days later Ted and I will be leaving for AZ.

Later this week I will be calling Laszlo, (who fixed my A/C), to schedule him to go over everything to make sure that I will be ready to leave when Ted gets here.  We don’t want any surprises on our trip west.

I am getting anxious to move on.  It will certainly be a change after sitting here without much activity.  I just hope that I will get back to normal soon.

I hope that you all are enjoying nice fall weather.  I am.  It is nice and cool today after a bit of rain.

Thanks for visiting

IMG_0165 I sure love to sleep on pillows.

Susan and Angel

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Melting Pot Celebration and Countdown


L to R    Kim, (Sandi’s friend), Me, Sandi and Mary (my granddaughter)

Here we are at the Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant, in Arlington TX celebrating Mary’s 18th Birthday. 
We celebrated last night instead of tomorrow because every second Tuesday at the MP is ladies night.  They have vendors who give you door prize tickets just for visiting their table.  Then throughout the evening they draw the numbers.  Out of the five possible door prizes, we won three of them.  I won the one that was a glass mug with samples of organic teas,coffees and hot chocolates along with some mints and chocolate kisses.  I also received a bottle of wine.   

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       Kim won a tote bag and wine and Sandi won a bag of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

If you have never been to the Melting Pot, if you go, be prepared to spend a few hours enjoying your meal.  The first course was the cheese fondue of which we had several choices of cheese, lots of thing to dip and coatings.  Then we had a choice of salads.  The entree included beef, chicken, shrimp, and ravioli.  The final course was CHOCOLATE, again there were choices and lots to dip.


The bowl to the right has deep fried Twinkies.  Sandi brought the Twinkies and Mary coated them with Tempura and deep fried them in oil.  We later had strawberry sauce or chocolate sauce on them.  Yummy!!!!!!     The flames were from the alcohol that was added to the melted chocolate. before

It was a fun evening and well worth the $30.00 p/p .  I brought home enough for several  more meals as did Sandi and Kim.

Time here is finally winding down.  I was able to charge my batteries with the battery charger that I bought last year after I had to replace the batteries in the truck.  I will also have Laszlo come out before I leave to make sure that everything is fine and in working order since I have been sitting here for  the last six months. I will be leaving here in 37 days, heading for my next gig in Mesa AZ.  My son, Ted will be flying in from San Francisco to help me drive.  I get cleared by my doctor in October so that I can leave. 

The shoulder is almost back to normal, except for building up my strength.  That I am doing by going through more STUFF.  It is almost done.  I sure hope that it starts to cool off during the day so that I can finish the outside compartments.

I hope that you all are having a great week.

Thanks for visiting

IMG_0094 I like to snuggle with Mom.

Susan and Angel

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Birthday / Happy Labor Day


Here it is September already.  It won’t be long now before I will be on my way west.

Yesterday, Sandi took me to IKEA, the Apple Store and out for a birthday lunch.  one of my favorite stores is IKEA, however, the Sunday just before Labor Day was not the ideal time to be there.  It was as crowded as I have ever seen it and the kids were all over the place as well as noisy.  So I took advantage of the “short cuts”.

I was looking for a particular storage solution.  There is a spot next to the door where I keep Angel’s crate, but I don’t keep her in it anymore and it takes up valuable real estate,  I have  a storage tub (kept on top of it) that I want to use for “basement” storage. 

This is what I came up with. It is actually for shoe storage and there are three sections.  Two of them I put under the window (used for storing some DVDs)  and the other one I actually use for shoes in a narrow spot on the other side of the door.                               IMG_0122  IMG_0123 IMG_0124

                      They are plastic and hardly weigh anything at all.

From there we went to the Apple Store nearby.  I have been having trouble backing up my data to my  I Phone for the last two months.  Sandi has tried every which way she could to back it up with no luck.  I guess that it wasn’t getting enough signal or have enough battery.  This time it worked.  It took about 35 minutes at the store plugged in and using their Wi-Fi.  While there I bought a new screen saver.  The one on my phone was really nasty.  I also got a case for my I Phone that I can keep my ID and a CC along with some cash for when I don’t want to take a purse.


Our next stop was Home Depot.  I wanted to see if I could find something that was somewhat solid, but flexible to lay the sewer hose in.  Sometimes when dumping, the hose slips out of the rack that keeps it off the ground as in the second picture.  I am using lightweight plastic gutter material that I cut in half (five foot lengths that can slide together for storing while in transit.

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In the first picture I used the second piece to cover the first to protect the hose,  the last hose was damaged by hail.  This will work for now, but I will get another for the cover.  It ends up being an inexpensive solution. A 10’ section was just under $6.00.   The fellow at HD sawed it in half for me.  I may need more for the remaining uncovered hose, but this sewer hook up is longer than others that I have had.

We finally stopped for lunch at Ginger Brown’s in Lake Worth.  We shared a huge chicken fried steak meal which was really good.  They specialize in cinnamon rolls.  The meal came with one and if you text them with a code you get a free one.  There was enough for us both to take some home.  When Sandi paid the check she told them that it was my birthday and they took $6.99 off the bill.  That was really nice and unexpected.

By the time she got me back to My Spot, we were both tired,  I put everything away and “vegged” out the rest of the day.

That brings us from Happy Birthday to Happy Labor Day.

Last night I slept until lightening and thunder woke me up.  It took a while to get back to sleep and it has been storming off and on all day.  It is supposed to let up later today or early tomorrow.  I don’t mind the rain and this area really needs it. 

I put the sewer thing together today and my neighbor nest to me hooked up a battery charger to my batteries.


I forgot to start up the MH and let it run for a while to keep them charged.  I just hope that the batteries will take the charge.  I don’t want to have to replace them like I did for the truck last summer.

There’s nothing going on here in the park for the holiday, so I will spend the day watching a Jerry Lewis marathon and trying to keep cool and dry.

I hope that you all have a great and safe holiday.

Thanks for visiting

IMG_1390 I like hiding under the driver’s seat.

Susan and Angel