Friday, September 08, 2017

Go away Irma!


Good morning!

Been watching The Weather Channel as Brandon is in place in Melbourne Florida waiting on Irma to make up her mind on her direction of travel. He has all the supplies he needs, a generator and his hurricane shutters up.

Next Thursday is our bug-out day from Elkhart Campground after 6 seeks. We leave northern Indiana for the year on September 24th and head to central Indiana for fall medical and veterinarian appointments.

We plan to move over to the storage condo in Goshen for a week to do some maintenance on the motorhome and close up the place for another year. I have to put a new ladder on the rear of the motorhome, the present one has gotten damaged over the past 6 months, evidently it was backed into somewhere. We bought a new one at Tiffin in Red Bay Alabama in June, it's the same as the old one but I have to match the hole placements for the “stand-offs” from the rear cap. Also I have to tear into our water bay to find a leak that's on top of the waste tanks, I believe it's a two-way valve where the coach fresh water tank is filled with water or the direct fresh water supply. Only seems to leak when the tank is being filled. Much easier to do these projects at the storage condo since it isn't an emergency to get the repair done since we can move out and parts are available in the area.

That said it's raining today as it did yesterday. We need to get to Goshen to trim the shrubbery. At present it's about 1/3 done and must be done by the 19th so the trimmings can go with the trash and not sit in the garage until next spring. It's supposed to clear this afternoon and be clear Saturday and Sunday; rains return on Monday in the present forecast.

Till next time. . .

Terry

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Not much happening. . .


Hi all, been an uneventful month since our last post.

I had my hernia surgery about five and a half weeks ago and the healing process has gone well. I'm a bigger baby than Dale was with her back surgery as I'm not back to our daily 2.5 mile walks yet, but soon should be. Dale has been doing her daily walks here at Elkhart Campgrounds every morning when there aren't any conflicts. I've been following the Doctors orders for the most part and not lifting any thing over 10 pounds. One of the strange side effects of my surgery was the weight gain of 12 pounds over night after the procedure, it took a few days to take it off, the weight gain primarily was due to fluids administered, I guess.

We had a minor wreck with the Flex on Wednesday after dinner with Jim and Luanne Cripe at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Goshen on senior night. We were northbound on a 4 lane divided highway when a young lady decided to turn right into the side of our Flex from the 3rd of four lanes at a stop light. That's right 3rd of 4 lanes, two through lanes and a left and right turn lane at the light. She admitted fault to the investigating officer and we both had the same insurance carrier. Damage is to both driver's side doors and the rear quarter panel. So the Flex is scheduled to go into a local Ford dealer's body shop the Tuesday after labor day and should be fixed in about a week. The good news is that since we were Ford owners and the Flex was under 5 years old we will be getting a Lincoln SUV as a loaner at no charge. Sounds like they take good care of their customers, we'll see how the repairs go.

We've been hitting various restaurants with friends and family in the area the past 3 weeks, once I felt like venturing out. Had dinner with Ray and Linda Carris at the new location of the Chubby Trout in Elkhart. I was impressed with both the food and the quiet nature of the restaurant. We had been at the old location once and never returned since the acoustics were lousy, kinda like dining in the middle of a bowling alley. We also had a visit from Tab and Deanna McBlane our fellow Alaska travelers from a few years back, that meant a visit to Das Dutchman Essen Haus in Middlebury, one of their and our favorite eating places in the area. Tab and Deanna had to get a Peanut Butter Pie fix as is the norm for one of their visits. Last Wednesday we had dinner at The Flippin' Cow just north of the campground for their Burger Night with cousin Marty and Betty Pace from just across the state line in Michigan, tonight we're meeting up again at Stacy's Steakhouse outside of Adamsville, Michigan for their steak for two dinner special. We did make a solo trip to Heinnie's Steakhouse on our 46th Anniversary August 28th … bad news as Dale sent her “medium rare' prime rib back twice and still didn't get her normal quality of prime rib, over done for her taste...excuse “someone” turned the oven up over the weekend.

We are here at Elkhart Campground for another 2 weeks and then we start our trek south, starting in central Indiana for our annual doctor appointments for us and the dog. Then it's off to see the kids!

Till next time. . .

Terry and Dale