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
are still trying to restore power to many areas. But we are now in
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
for today it is sunny, hot and humid but the the roofing project must
were common to get water and analyze the situation. Strips are going on
and leveled so the tin can be placed on top.
be known when they
were working I got the chair to supervise (I mean watch). I was more
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
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.
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
it anymore. Ya they do a have few running around for eggs but that's
got the 5er ready for the raod in the morning heat. Not a breath of a
Went only from like Des Moine to the Cedar Rapids area.
had a place all ready for us... all moved for our personl
best part is the center grain bin has a 30 amp power for us to plug
that is what is needed in this heat.
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
eating in just a couple of days. Think there are some tomatoes about
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.
were set up it
was determined it's just to damn hot to start anything today. I
strange right next
to the roofing project is a snow blower. Now that is a big one for a
It attaches to the power take off on one of their big John Deere
The only thing is you have to drive in reverse to run it.
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
off the tree apples. But also watching the weather for storm watches
we hope don't blow up later tonight. The stroms so far are north of
We are in
east central Iowa
about where teh X is at . View at
keep his eyes and we have In Network Health Ins again.
the famed Wolf Eye Clinic today.
online late this morning to check out our United Health Care status.
got us back In Network now that my old employer has notified them. I
and got transferred over to their Resolution Dept. They had to
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
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
Now In Network CoPays of $25 in office and 90% after $250 deductible
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
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
records and can do the follow up down the road so to speak. (Did you
that line). We like that idea and the doctor so that is what
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
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.
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
coverage cut in. . Well after calls to service centers and doing an
I was changed back to In Network where I had always been in the
Now just have to get this change from my former employers benefits
to UnitedHealth Ins. who administrates their self insurance. That
happen by the end of the week, they now tell me, and then all the old
claims can be run through the system under the new plan. Should
us about $1000 in pending charges. I didn't pay anything waiting for
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
of the Ins coverage.
went full bore with checkups, tests, heart scans, colonoscopy,
clinic for double vision, etc. So we have been hitting the medical
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
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
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
If not, eye
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
reroof. Not used for birds anymore as you can see by the new door. Now
a woodworking hobby building.
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
Chicago and working in the Washington DC area came back to work for
years in the Telco industry here and later in Des Moines for the rest
my 33 years in Telco. Met Terry while in Cedar Rapids.
digress... our next
RV road trip is off to Idaho to explore the state from the southeast
Snake River around Swan Valley
and up to West
and the Henry's Fork River.
stop at Red Rock
RV Park to touch base with the people who summer at this gem of an RV
the USA in our Chevrolet blog.
on in a week, or
month from this place to move northwest to explore Lolo Pass and the
River. That is down from Missoula and on Highway 12 and is a must see
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
did this route that
year we went on to OR and the coast. We had many great day trips and
fishing in central Idaho on our last time in these parts. We knew we
to return, so now a few years later, we want to explore much more of
To get to some of northern Idaho we will have to (OMG go through
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
October. Me thinks that is what this lifestyle is all about. After a
of months in Iowa it's time to get back into it again. There is a big
country out there, we have seen some of it, but have so much more to
I need to get out there and and do our own thing. Go west young man..
for info you
can use if you have an RV.
know you love my
rants... Sure You do. The last one below was about Health Ins. an
issue you might need to know about.
post is a little
more down to earth that you can use IF you have an RV.
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
to be the best. I have used Turtle Wax Ice and it is really labor
but does a good job. Please give me you best advice.
use you need to pay attention how the product affects the decals on
unit. Some products instruct you to wipe your decals with denatured
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
we use is Supreme
Seal . Web main site for Wizards
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?
this time around we wanted the best so we have no problems done the
Now you know we have no connection to this product. We screwed up on
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.
rant about Health Insurance coverage.
where you declare your domiclie when you go fulltime.
may things to watch out for, even if you think you are covered you may
When I retired with company
Ins. I changed my domicile to SD. I later found out my new address in
was not In Network. It had been that way till I found out on the next
Enrollment when they let me declare I would go out of area to a In
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
is not a problem. I keep my old doctor in my old home state (see him
or twice a year and he keeps up on my meds) and are covered at any in
location around the country. We have UnitedHealthCare administered for
my (retired from) company who is self insured.
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
personal details xxxx left out.
Attn: xxxxx Medical Insurance
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
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
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
PPO Choice Plus by declaring to stay with the same plan. All
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
by going only to In Network providers. We travel fulltime in an RV so
able to do this. I have been with the same In Network PCP for over 15
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
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
I must be signed up correctly.
My first claim for the year (Date of Service 06/16/2010
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
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
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
...city..., SD xxxxx
Attached: Copies of 2009 and 2010 UHC member
We shall see how this all
works out. In
the meantime we still have insurance, No Network each pay up to $450
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
Still not bad compared to
what so many
have to pay to get coverage to go fulltime. If they can even get
I feel strongly my appeal will be accepted as they didn't play fair, me
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
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
content. So why go anyhwere else. But I am getting Hitch Itch to be
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
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
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
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
but it is a nice unit. I told Terry he has to throw out some of his
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
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
another one and it was so noisy we had to take it back.
We found this AC powered fan
And it moves
much more air
even in the low setting than the above fan and is so quiet. This is a
fan head pivots
for use as an air circulator
well with a very
small inverter I had using 12 volts to power it when we are off
inverter is also
low noise. Tiny fan you can't even hear.
Stay tuned for a rant I am
to post about my Health Ins policy situation.
If you are knowledgeable about
Insurance you know about In Network and No Network.
Well, I found out after five
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
Much more later as to how this could happen and why you should be
when declaring your domicile as South Dakota. Stay tuned... I
explain in detail...
may be asking
what could they be doing all this time in Iowa.
Well... The rain and storms
and the last few days have been perfect weather events. Hold on as it
revert to hot and muggy in short order. But for now the rain
has been about 10 - 15 inches in June is producing flooding. The big
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
flooded out, me thinks.
A shot as they were lowering
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
part he wanted but when we got there they didn't have it. So much for
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
bridge over the river.
A work of art along with a
of walkways along the river. Now a great place to watch the high
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
refugee camps. Ray initiated programs to allow Vietnamese refugees to
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
and the guys spent time analyzing how to reroof the old chicken
From left nephew Bobby, Terry,
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
age. Robert, Terry's father is in his 80's and doing great. We
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
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
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
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
report (so to speak) you know it was all worth it. We do it as it as
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
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
TV. And I thought soccer was boring...
Doesn't Terry look cute
He did have two polyps so he
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
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
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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