We lucked out.
night in bed I watched the weather radar on my Droid for the Des Moines
area, where we had just left. They had 70 mph winds over a wide area and
are still trying to restore power to many areas. But we are now in eastern
Iowa so the storms missed us. So glad we moved on when we did as
I watched the expanding red tornado warning boxes on the radar image.
for today it is sunny, hot and humid but the the roofing project must go
were common to get water and analyze the situation. Strips are going on
and leveled so the tin can be placed on top.
The truth be known when they
were working I got the chair to supervise (I mean watch). I was more like
the water boy.
A job I can handle. I may
get pulled more into the action as it will be just Terry, his dad, and
I on Monday as the other two have
to go to their day jobs.
His dad should not get on the roof as he is in his 80's. I wish I
was as active as he still is.
Have moved on
to eastern Iowa.
likes to see his parents before we head back out west so we try to stop
in for a few days each year in Summer. This time his brother wants help
reroofing a chicken house on the homestead. No they don't do chickens in
it anymore. Ya they do a have few running around for eggs but that's all.
got the 5er ready for the raod in the morning heat. Not a breath of a breeze.
Went only from like Des Moine to the Cedar Rapids area.
had a place all ready for us... all moved for our personl campsite.
best part is the center grain bin has a 30 amp power for us to plug into.
that is what is needed in this heat.
Right back of the 5er is
a sweet corn patch. Our so called job is to watch for raccoons and try
to keep them from eating the corn.
It should be prime corn
eating in just a couple of days. Think there are some tomatoes about ready
A shot from the last time
we were here when they all pre surveyed the roofing job.
Cover the old with new tin
and it shold look nice again.
Today after were set up it
was determined it's just to damn hot to start anything today. I
Kind of strange right next
to the roofing project is a snow blower. Now that is a big one for a farm.
It attaches to the power take off on one of their big John Deere tractors.
The only thing is you have to drive in reverse to run it.
Terry's brother got this
last winter right after they had to get Terry's mother to the hospital
during a huge blizzard.
The A/C is running full blast
and we are all set for the evening. Terry is making apple cresp form fresh
off the tree apples. But also watching the weather for storm watches that
we hope don't blow up later tonight. The stroms so far are north of here.
We are in east central Iowa
about where teh X is at . View at 7
Terry gets to
keep his eyes and we have In Network Health Ins again.
We went to
the famed Wolf Eye Clinic today.
online late this morning to check out our United Health Care status. They
got us back In Network now that my old employer has notified them. I called
and got transferred over to their Resolution Dept. They had to determine
which claims needed to be run back through the system so they would be
processed correctly. Saving us big bucks. That went well and was told I
could see the new claim results online in about 10 days. We shall see if
this goes without a hitch. We are talking about Health Ins. here.So teh
bottom line is we were classifed Options PPO and now Choice Plus. What
a little name change can make.
No Network we had $450 deductible and 80% coverage on most everything.
Now In Network CoPays of $25 in office and 90% after $250 deductible for
ER room stuff. Max $1000. We do pay $202 a month for this coverage.
off to Terry's appointment with the specialist for his eyes.
getting back blood tests, muscle disease was ruled out. But doctor said
he should have a eye operation to correct the muscle functions for his
double vision (Diplopia). But that will wait till spring when we are back
in Iowa. It is a 30 min. operation and according to him no big deal. We
could get it done in AZ this winter but this way the doctor here has the
records and can do the follow up down the road so to speak. (Did you like
that line). We like that idea and the doctor so that is what we
will do. Terry has a temporary lens attachment on his glasses to force
his eye to focus correctly. A gift of modern medicine that this can be
Ron here... I carry a
Man Bag but a dress is so not me...
Just try to find clip art
on Diplopia (double vision).
Ins. issues and our travel plans.
I did a rant last
week about our Health Ins. coverage.
I got placed in No Network and when we went in for all our appointments
the bills came back that we had to pay them out of our deductible before
coverage cut in. . Well after calls to service centers and doing an appeal
I was changed back to In Network where I had always been in the past.
Now just have to get this change from my former employers benefits center
to UnitedHealth Ins. who administrates their self insurance. That should
happen by the end of the week, they now tell me, and then all the old June
claims can be run through the system under the new plan. Should save
us about $1000 in pending charges. I didn't pay anything waiting for the
change of coverage notice. Can you imagine how hard it would be to get
money back from several medical providers if I had paid them direct instead
of the Ins coverage.
went full bore with checkups, tests, heart scans, colonoscopy, eye
clinic for double vision, etc. So we have been hitting the medical trail
Speaking of pulling out my hair... I don't
have any to spare.
A couple of years ago it
took about a year to get a single $113 charge canceled that a hospital
said I owed. The Ins. company said they kept telling them I didn't owe
them anything, but the hospital said they never received any of the notices...
over and over for a year. At last I did get them talking and in the end
the hospital said Yes I didn't owe them anything. Didn't want to go through
Now for our plans... We are ready to get
out of here, as in Iowa, and get our butts back out west.
Now we need to get through
Terry's eye doctor clinic appointment on Thursday. If you forgot he was
having double vision issues. He has been doing his eye exercises and we
hope it has helped. They will redo specialized tests to see if things are
If not, eye surgery may
be needed. If he is on the right track, we will head on over to eastern
Iowa to his family's farm for a few days.
We want to spend time with
his parents and help his brother work on a old chicken house he wants to
reroof. Not used for birds anymore as you can see by the new door. Now
a woodworking hobby building.
We also want to visit old
friends in the area. Say Hi Steve and Jan.
I grew up east of Cedar Rapids
Iowa in Cedar county, and after spreading my wings by going to school in
Chicago and working in the Washington DC area came back to work for twenty
years in the Telco industry here and later in Des Moines for the rest of
my 33 years in Telco. Met Terry while in Cedar Rapids.
I digress... our next
RV road trip is off to Idaho to explore the state from the southeast lower
Snake River around Swan Valley
and up to West Yellowstone
and the Henry's Fork River.
Want to stop at Red Rock
RV Park to touch base with the people who summer at this gem of an RV park.
We follow Seeing
the USA in our Chevrolet blog.
Will move on in a week, or
month from this place to move northwest to explore Lolo Pass and the Locha
River. That is down from Missoula and on Highway 12 and is a must see scenic
route over to Lewiston. Then down HW 95 in western Idaho.
We have in the past gone
from Island Park and down and back up across to Challis, Stanley and on
to Lowman and on west.
You do know you should NEVER
try to pull a trailer south from Lowman to Idaho City don't you. Do Google
After we did this route that
year we went on to OR and the coast. We had many great day trips and good
fishing in central Idaho on our last time in these parts. We knew we wanted
to return, so now a few years later, we want to explore much more of Idaho.
To get to some of northern Idaho we will have to (OMG go through southwest
Montana). Sounds good to me... We are going to just explore as we go...
after all we are not on vacation and only want to be in Quartzsite in late
October. Me thinks that is what this lifestyle is all about. After a couple
of months in Iowa it's time to get back into it again. There is a big wide
country out there, we have seen some of it, but have so much more to explore.
I need to get out there and and do our own thing. Go west young man.. go
Now for info you
can use if you have an RV.
I know you love my
rants... Sure You do. The last one below was about Health Ins. an
issue you might need to know about.
This post is a little
more down to earth that you can use IF you have an RV.
I saw this psot on
for my favorite job of the summer--waxing my fiver. I have an 07 Jayco
Designer 37 ft so it is a BIG job. Was curious what wax you all have found
to be the best. I have used Turtle Wax Ice and it is really labor intensive,
but does a good job. Please give me you best advice.
Terry doing his thing
My reply post...
With whatever you
use you need to pay attention how the product affects the decals on your
unit. Some products instruct you to wipe your decals with denatured alcohol
to remove any wax applied to them or around their edges. A big cause of
decal curl up is that wax was applied over them. We use Wizards Supreme
Seal formulated for fiberglass gelcoat and safe for strips and decals.
We get it at our local auto parts supplier. The product link to the sealer
we use is Supreme
Seal . Web main site for Wizards
Our last 5er oxidized
and it was a pain to go through the fine sanding etc. to get it back in
shape. We just didn't take care of it. It was this needs to be waxed? Now
this time around we wanted the best so we have no problems done the road.
Now you know we have no connection to this product. We screwed up on our
last RV so we did the research. Please use a good product, if not this
one, something else that will not do damage to your pride and joy.
As promised a
rant about Health Insurance coverage.
It makes a difference
where you declare your domiclie when you go fulltime.
Insurance, like so
may things to watch out for, even if you think you are covered you may
When I retired with company paid Health
Ins. I changed my domicile to SD. I later found out my new address in SD
was not In Network. It had been that way till I found out on the next Open
Enrollment when they let me declare I would go out of area to a In Network
doctor for service. So then I was out of area but allowed to op into In
Network for service. It was an official option to choose. If I lived in
SD there would be no In Network locations but since we are fulltimers that
is not a problem. I keep my old doctor in my old home state (see him once
or twice a year and he keeps up on my meds) and are covered at any in network
location around the country. We have UnitedHealthCare administered for
my (retired from) company who is self insured.
Well it came back
to bite me in the ass again. I got placed back in No Network due to no
fault of my own.
I went to make a claim this June and found
they had me listed as No Network again. So after several phone calls I
was told my only option was to do an appeal. Here is the letter with
personal details xxxx left out.
Attn: xxxxx Medical Insurance Appeal
June 30, 2010
Appeal to Opt in to PPO Choice Plus
GP # Plan #
I am retired xxxxx occupational, and have been in xxxxx UHC Choice Plus
Pos In Network for about 5 years since I retired. Now in June 2010 when
I had my first claim for the year I found I had been placed in No Network.
I thought I was very careful to choose correctly in the annual signup
as I have done for the last (5) years by declaring to stay with my current
plan. The first year I did have to opt in to Choice Plus. In the
last five years I have always been placed in Choice Plus POS or now called
PPO Choice Plus by declaring to stay with the same plan. All claims
had been paid as In Network.
My domicile address has not changed during this time and is in a no
network area. I agreed to opt in to Choice Plus to obtain medical services
by going only to In Network providers. We travel fulltime in an RV so are
able to do this. I have been with the same In Network PCP for over 15 years.
I checked the Health and Life Benefits xxxxx site several times in
January 2010 to make sure I was signed up correctly. It showed Choice Plus.
I also received my UnitedHealthcare member card showing UHC Options PPO
and also on the www.myuhc.com site I am listed as PPO. So determined
I must be signed up correctly.
My first claim for the year (Date of Service 06/16/2010 Claim #
Billed Amount $XXX.XX) was applied as No Network.
Now checking the xxxxx Benefits site it shows No Network BUT I am still
listed Options PPO in the UHC site.
I have been told by xxxxx benefits at 800 xxx xxxx (I talked to Supervisor
xxxx who was very helpful) I must Appeal to be returned to PPO Choice which
I am now doing.
And that I must call and request every year to be paced in this
category even though I have not had to do this for the last several years.
I appeal to be placed in PPO Choice Plus In Network back dated to cover
my June 2010 claims. Feel free to call me at the below number for any further
...city..., SD xxxxx
Attached: Copies of 2009 and 2010 UHC member cards.
We shall see how this all works out. In
the meantime we still have insurance, No Network each pay up to $450 deductible
before coverage kicks in at 80% instead of In Network only co-pays and
90% coverage. Both plans have max. of $1000 out of pocket and monthly of
Still not bad compared to what so many
have to pay to get coverage to go fulltime. If they can even get Insurance.
I feel strongly my appeal will be accepted as they didn't play fair, me
So did you get
out to a local celebration and parade?
We are just hanging out at our 5er in our
full hookup site at Terry's sisters acreage here in central Iowa watching
the corn grow. Terry has a full shop in their huge pole building right
next to us. He has a metal and wood lathe, etc. so he can play to his hearts
content. So why go anyhwere else. But I am getting Hitch Itch to be sure
so have been investigation the South Snake River in Idaho. More on that
This weekend is for the locals to get out
and enjoy the local campgrounds. It has been a long winter and they are
out in force to blow off some steam camping out on this holiday. We will
take a drive on Sunday to view the campers in the local county and COE
cmapgrounds in the area. Sort has become a family outing for us to do.
We got a new Weber Q 100 portable grill
and plan to do baby back ribs if the rain predicted doesn't nip that in
the bud. The porcelain enameled cast-iron cooking grates sold us on this
one. Unlike the grill of the below unit.
We have been fans of the Olympian RV 4100
grill (below) and have had a couple of them. But this time we, like so
many others opted for the Weber. It is larger and harder to store for travel
but it is a nice unit. I told Terry he has to throw out some of his stuff
to make room for this.
Our old standby 12 volt fan has been getting
more and more noisy. We mounted this on a wood base and has served us well.
But as time went on it became so noisy we just had to get rid of it and
look for somthing else.
I went to the Pilot truck stop and bought
another one and it was so noisy we had to take it back.
We found this AC powered fan at Walmart.
Model No.: HT-900
And it moves much more air
even in the low setting than the above fan and is so quiet. This is a keeper.
Variable tilt fan head pivots
for use as an air circulator
It works well with a very
small inverter I had using 12 volts to power it when we are off line.
This tiny inverter is also
low noise. Tiny fan you can't even hear.
CyberPower 120W DC-to-AC
Stay tuned for a rant I am getting ready
to post about my Health Ins policy situation.
If you are knowledgeable about Health
Insurance you know about In Network and No Network.
Well, I found out after five years being
In Network, while having a SD domicle address I was this year placed in
No Network. Now I have to appeal to get my policy back to In Network.
Much more later as to how this could happen and why you should be careful
when declaring your domicile as South Dakota. Stay tuned... I will
explain in detail...
You may be asking
what could they be doing all this time in Iowa.
Well... The rain and storms have stopped
and the last few days have been perfect weather events. Hold on as it will
revert to hot and muggy in short order. But for now the rain which
has been about 10 - 15 inches in June is producing flooding. The big COE
dams here are again having water go over their spillways. Des Moines is
again bracing for flooding.
This is what Saylorville Lake looks like
at full level. The bridge is a mile long structure and it is now only a
few feet above the lake level. The area is full of campgrounds as
it is a COE project, but all boat ramps are closed for the 4th of July
weekend. In Iowa you only get to use your big bad boat a few weekends a
year and now all the ramps are closed. You can bet a lot of people are
upset. Not as much as the people below the dam who are worried about getting
flooded out, me thinks.
A shot as they were lowering the extended
flood gates on the dam spillway.
(local news station)
These gates will lower six feet and send
a surge down river of uncontrolled water.
Below is the river in downtown Des Moines
as we did a family outing today. Terry was looking for a bearing for a
idler wheel for a belt grinder that he is building to be used for
a rock club project.
He had called to confirm they had the
part he wanted but when we got there they didn't have it. So much for customer
Now back to what we found in downtown Des
Moines on our day trip toady...
High water to be sure... normally it flows
down and over this dam. Now it just rumbles over it all.
The new Principle Financial River Walk
bridge over the river.
A work of art along with a resurgence
of walkways along the river. Now a great place to watch the high water.
Now looking below...
This was constructed as a tribute to past
Iowa Gov. Robert D Ray as he brought southeast Asia refugees for
relocation to Iowa. In 1975 Ray was alarmed by the plight of thousands
of refugees from the Vietnam War, many of whom were allies of the U.S.,
who had been expelled or were fleeing from Vietnam and living in temporary
refugee camps. Ray initiated programs to allow Vietnamese refugees to live
in the United States and eventually obtain citizenship. Many were
able to came to Iowa. Read more about it at Iowa
Now back a couple weeks ago in time as
we visited Terry's family when we visited the family farm in eastern Iowa,
and the guys spent time analyzing how to reroof the old chicken house.
From left nephew Bobby, Terry, brother
Gary, and father Robert.
We all know how we hate seeing family pictures
of grandkids etc. on travel blogs. But these guys are wll past that
age. Robert, Terry's father is in his 80's and doing great. We should
be so lucky.
Now this last week we had more doctor appointments.
I had a cardiologist appointment. I missed
seeing them last fall so had to get my butt in this spring. I have
AFib events from time to time and take pills for my heart so this was a
needed visit. I have been feeling better this last year (lower blood pressure,
110 over 60 with meds) and and my last Afib event was in early March. I
don't worry about having one so much, so me thnks that helps in not having
one. I found out my A1C came down so I'm happy about that.
If you are tired about all this med stuff
just a bit more...
As you know we all need to get a colonoscopy
every few years as we get older. Colon cancer is very preventable
if you get checked. I know not much fun in the preparation with getting
yourself cleaned out for the procedure, but when done, and you get a clean
report (so to speak) you know it was all worth it. We do it as it as polyps
and colon cancer runs in both our families so we are faithful about our
checkups. This year it was Terry's turn to get probed.
The waiting room got old as I waited for
Terry but they had WiFi so I could use my Droid Incredible. I did
have to endure watching the Wimblegon Tennis tournaments on their big screen
TV. And I thought soccer was boring...
Doesn't Terry look cute recovering from
He did have two polyps so he will have
to be rechecked again in 3 years instead of 5.
Don't get the wrong idea from the picture
he was doing fine. Just dozed of for a minute.
Just one of the few times I cought him
in a druged stupor. When he is at his best...
Today we went for a drive and stopped at
Menard's Building Center and I took pictures of their patio display.
I was looking for ideas if we buy a lot
in Quartzsite, AZ and how me might develop it patio wise.
Now a last picture from a day or so ago
about life as we know it, back in our 5er.
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