It has happened... we are
now done with medical doctor appointments. Last one was today with my cardiologist
on my birthday.
And the best part is we
did good. My glass is always half empty so I'm always looking for
things to go wrong, but when they go well it makes it just that much better.
I never in a million years would have thought we would get the results
we did. Our labs were good to great and will tweek the meds a bit to make
them even better. My A1C of 6.3 was the best it has been in years.
Cholesterol readings made our Drs. smile in disbelief. To be sure the labs
were good because we (I) take a pile of pills to make them that way. The
result of modern medician without which most of us would be not be walking
around and living the good life. So now the goal is to get in better shape
so we can dump some of the meds. One can plan and hope can't one.
I've already got a treadmill
set up at our new winter location in AZ. Now to use it. Might go and splash
in the pool first and after.
Now we can get our minds
around the trip planning... to pack a 26 foot U-Haul truck full of stuff...
and drive it back to our winter home in Arizona. But for tonight a good
steak with aspargus is planned... (it's my 64th birthday) and yes we did
splurge a bit and got a Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing. We'll save
you a piece.
we are still in 'IOWA where the tall corn grows'.
the state road signs that tout 'Iowa a place to grow' and at this
time of year heat and humidity makes that happen. It may be good for corn
but not for us humans. It is running in some places a heat index
of around 120. To be sure this is not dry heat and it sucks. All this is
good for is the sucking sound of money going to electric companies to pay
for A/C. The condensation water discharge from our 5er A/C is turning
green with algae before it can make all the way to the ground. You
think I'm kidding.
around here wait all winter so they can get out and go camping... You would
think now would be the best time... but would you go camp in a pop up or
tent in a non electric site in this heat? Iowa has three seasons...
months of winter, tropical summer, and a couple of days in the fall with
nice weather for everything else. I can speak as I grew up here on
a farm without A/C so many yers ago. I think my blood boiled and I never
go over it. Nobody had air back then. I do remember trying to sleep in
the heat... yes it is still a vision in my mind now that I think about
it. Might be why now I still like a fan blowing on me while
sleeping. But we didn't know it could be any better so just liveid
with it as it was at that time the norm. You know as they say it builds
character... Growing up on a farm in IA and coming of age in the 50s and
60s just felt normal. There wasn't cable or satellite TV to tell us differently.
Not so today... Every idea and thought is on the web and I'm a junky
of it all... making up for lost time... me thinks. I did have a Heathkit
shortwave radio back then trying to stay connected to the world. Heaithkit
(check out the link to the past)... did you build Heathkits? Cutting age
stuff... back then.. Now don't date yourself.
I digress... It might be the heat... or just an old fart doing a post with
drink in hand.
Here and Now I might be a bit biased due to the current... can't go outside...
on this not a leaf moving hot and muggy day. Open the trailer door and
get hit with a blast furnace. If our A/C quits just come and pick up the
ashes and scatter them...
you thought that was bad.. but it gets worse... even FREDs can't handle
this heat. (You do know what a FRED is?) as in F...ing Ridiculous Electronic
Device). Our DataStorm internet system is acting up. It is quiting
in the afternnoon. After posting for help on the dstastormusers forum I
got the point that my dish LNB up on the roof may be OVERHEATING.
It made sense since when we sprayed water on it... the signal SQ would
come back up and get us back online.
Terry got up top and looked
at the feedhorn which was good but with the case open it makes it easer
to spray water to cool it down.
Lots of FRED stuff under
I'm working with contacts
on the web to get replacement parts for our satellite system. All who have
been very helpful.
Just agreed to get a new
LNB (the unit on the right with the red label on it for only $89.
there you have it us stuck in IOWA watching the corn and beans grow trying
to stay cool. We have a place at Terry's sisters with full hookups. And
yes it does take a bit of maneuvering to get backed into this spot.
are we still here... waiting for more Dr. apointments (had to reschedule
some as we were late getting back from AZ) and getting stuff stored here
lined up so to transport back down to AZ in a big 20 ft. U-Haul truck we
are going to rent. That should be a whole nother adventure.
Stay tuned... Years ago we once saw a big U-Haul truck in Nebraska broken
down with the drive shaft hanging down on the road blocking traffic. Not
cool. I'm knocking on wood as I type.
and by the way it is MUCH cooler in AZ in the Tucson... Benson area than
here and they are getting monsoon rain. We love following along with the
Kova TV local
AZ radar seeing when we are getting rain on our winter location.
So far they are getting much more rain and storms than what we expected
would happen down there. We wish we were there right now. Or sort of...
we will be back soon. Life moves on and so are we.
have landed in eastern Iowa in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area just north of
Newhall at Terry's family farm.
We are nestled in
between some corn grain bins. They are full so good protection from
possible storms, me thinks. Need to get the weed eater out and clean up
our patio area. The rest of the area is mowed nice as it was done after
we got here. No desert sand burs here. But you have to watch out for cow
pies. There is a old one right out our door step. Might still be juicy
under the crust.
Ya always need to be careful
out there. We are happy to be here in this sea of green. Taking it all
in so we will remember it all when back in dry and brown AZ.
To you techie people notice
the Datastorm dish on top of the 5er got a good sig up over the grain bins.
And did I say it is rather
warm and humid here in Iowa... like all over, I guess. But to combat that
right here on the grain bin is the ideal weather buster a 30 amp RV outlet...
Just what a A/C hungry RVer needs.
This RV plug was installed
just for our use last year by Terry and his brother who is farming the
family century farm
while still working fulltime
for the USDA.
To get here we took US30
the original Lincoln Highway across eastern Iowa.
An old rural gas station
of years past. Nothing much here now but this place called Youngville.
On the 4th we went for a
day trip to Cedar
Rapids. Below a shot of the city government on the Island of
the Cedar river. You may remember a couple of years ago when this river
flooded and pretty much wiped out this downtown. In the picture below it
went several feet above the bridges. Can you imagine. During the Iowa flood
of 2008, the Cedar River reached a record high of 31.12 feet on June
13, 2008, the previous record was 20 feet. 1,126 city blocks were flooded,
or more than 10 square miles, 561 city blocks were severely damaged, on
both banks of the Cedar River, including the City Hall, Central Fire Station,
Main Public Library, Ground Transportation Center, Public Works building,
and Animal Control building. It is estimated 1300 or more properties are
to be demolished in the Cedar Rapids area because of the flood.
Here they were getting ready
for their Freedom Event on the river bank and bridges.
South of Cedar Rapids is
the town of Solon, with also a nice drive around a state lake and a COE
We like to check out the
weekend campers to see how the working folk are doing on a holiday.
We had in our day trip planned
to stop for a Tenderloin sandwich. I knew this place was rated for
one of the best...
(A little research on the
web helps). We had not been here before... glad we did.
This is a picture from wikipedia.org
and was taken at the very same Joensy's restaurant where we ate in Solon,
Iowa. I didn't take a camera inside... but it looked just like this one
to be sure. HUGE As we were eating a food (meat) company came in
the front door with a many more crates of tenderloins and headed to the
kitchen. Now this was on Monday the 4th of July mind you and they were
doing a large delivery. That tells you just how busy this place was. The
restaurant is pretty much a dive but they do put out the sandwich of choice.
I had to cut off the sides and take it home in a doggie bag. About all
I think I want is one of these a year. Or untill next time. They
do offer a smaller one and that would be a better choice.
Later we drive through the
Czech Village in south Cedar Rapids.
See the bridge below at the
end of the street... that's why this area flooded so bad back in 2008.
It is right on the rivers edge.
You know about St. Patrick's
Day with green beer... well the Czech have St. Joseph's Day and is celebrated
around the same time in March every year. I remember going to this street
and downing red beer at their event which is only a couple of days after
the Irish celebration. They held some big street parties down this street.
And still do I trust.
This area was flooded up
to the rafters and is being restored along with the world famous
Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
It is being raised 11 feet
to a new foundation.
I lived in Cedar Rapids for
20 years. Those were the best of times as are every day now. Every day
is a great day as you get older if you are feeling good and if aches and
pains are at bay. We like to just drive around the city and see how things
have changed. I have been gone for several years as I got job transfered
out of town to Des Moines back in 1993 if my mind can remember back that
far. Have no desire to live here again but nice to visit once a year. The
main reason is Terry wants to visit his parents who are in their mid 80s.
They are doing well but we all are not getting younger so time with loved
ones is so very important. Life is good carry on...
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