Sunday, May 31, 2009 Lorraine’s Report
Well, another week has flown by and we are still here in Birch Bay, WA at Beachwood RV Park. Since last week we’ve been busy seeing family, friends and doctors.
Last Sunday, my sister, Thelma had a Memorial Day Picnic. Her children and grand children were there and our friends, Dennis and Barb were there part of the day. There was tons of food and friendship; a great time was had by all.
Monday, Chuck and I took flowers up to my parent’s and my two brother’s graves. It was a beautiful day here, and the cemetery was very crowded.
Tuesday was spent visiting the doctors. Chuck had an appointment with his urologist and I went to the gastroenterologist. Chuck has to have a biopsy Tuesday this week because of the lump they found in his prostrate. My doctor took a bunch of tubes of blood, trying to find out why my liver went south. Hopefully, everything will turn out alright for both of us.
Wednesday, our friend, Rob asked Chuck to go to Canada with him for work on his truck. The gals, Norma and Barb and I went shopping and then to lunch, and then more shopping, fun for all.
Thursday, we had to move from TT/Naco West to here, Beachwood. We moved into a 30 amp spot since all the 50 amps were full, mostly with campers and smaller trailers.
We had a call from Sharon and TJ, our friends whose lot we stayed at in Yuma, AZ in February this year. They live in Ferndale and invited us over to see Larry and Kathy, who are up from Yuma. They have the lot next door to Sharon and TJ in Yuma. Larry is a local boy and is visiting family and friends. We went over and played “Pegs and Jokers”. The gals won all three games for the world championship, then we went to dinner at a Mexican Restaurant, then back to Sharon’s home for more visiting.
Friday was chores day. We were in town and had a call from Richard and Sandy. They has just gotten their marriage license and wanted to meet us for lunch. We went and had a nice visit and lunch, then decided to meet Saturday afternoon to plan their Bachelor/Bachelorette party for next month.
We came home and Dennis and Barb were back and had started a fire. Rob and Norma were there also. So we went over and had hot dogs and marsh mellows for dinner. The fire was wonderful. And I think the best way to eat hot dogs is over an open fire. What a beautiful evening it was.
Saturday, I asked Chuck to invite Rob and Norma, and Barb and Dennis over for breakfast, only Barb and Dennis had left for groceries. While cooking breakfast, one of the 50 amp spots opened up so Chuck went over and parked the car in the spot. We had our breakfast, then packed up and moved. Another spot had opened up, which we tried, but couldn’t get satellite for the TV, so we moved into the first spot. We were able to get TV, so we took this spot.
Then it was time to make food to take to Richard’s for the planning meeting for the Bachelor/Bachelorette Party. I took a Salmon salad, Salmon dip, watermelon and potato chips. He had all the rest of the food. The plans were made, depending on whether we have to stay for Chuck, or we can go to Alaska as planned. We will know more next week. We will then finalize everything after we hear from Chuck’s doctors.
We came home and I rested and then went over to Barb and Dennis’s campfire. It was a really mild evening and the fire was wonderful. Thank you everyone.
I heard from Dorothy and Tom this week, they are one of the couples going to Alaska with the group. They are in Montana, and were talking with another couple in the campground, who said they were going to Alaska with a group. Well, it turns out the other couple was Joe and Loretta, who are meeting up with us and are going to Alaska with Mark and Sue and us. Small World I say.
So that was our week; busy, but fun, full of family, food, friends, and doctors.
This week Chuck sees the gastro doctor on Monday, has the biopsy on Tuesday, has an upper GI test on Wednesday, and I get my blood test results on Thursday. It will be another busy week. We are praying for the best and hopefully will get to go to Alaska. If not, then there’s next year. Richard, are you still going next year?
Till next time….Bye for now….
Sunday May 31, 2009 Chuck’s Report
Boy is hitch itch setting in, we want to be on the road!! So far, the doctors haven’t found anything terribly wrong with us and we only have one more round of them this week. Our biggest issue has been making appointments in a timely manner, seems they want to make them out three weeks or more. Oh well, nothing we can do about it but follow their schedules instead of ours. But at least we are in a nice park while we are waiting, the picture below shows our site. Notice the shade, we’ve actually had very nice weather for most of the past week and we are starting to dry out some. And we are just a 1/4 mile or so from the bay, a nice area when the weather is this nice.
Lorraine’s sister, Thelma, invited us over to their house last Sunday for a Bar-B-Q. John fixed up pork and beef ribs plus all the usual stuff, very good. We had a very good time visiting as well as enjoyed the meal.
Tuesday both Lorraine and I visited doctors, she had 7 large vials of blood drawn so they could run a bunch of tests, still trying to figure out why she got sick earlier this year. Hope they can figure it out as she isn’t able to take her normal medicine for arthritis and its acting up while we are here. My doctor just checked me and made another appointment for this week. So as it stands now, I have doctor appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Lorraine has one on Thursday. If everything is good, we are outta here on Friday. If we are held up until the following week, that means we don’t head to Alaska until July or maybe we will just wait until next year as we’re already 3 weeks behind our original schedule.
On Thursday we moved from 1000 Trails back to Beachwood park. I also drove into Bellingham to fill the diesel and propane tanks so we can just head out this week. There are only a few sites with 50 amp here and we couldn’t get one until Saturday when we moved to our current site so now we are set.
Our fiends that are traveling to Alaska with us, Rob and Norma, are also here as well as Barb, who’s husband, Dennis, had to work this week. Lorraine has gone shopping a couple of times with the gals, Rob and I went to Canada to get some work on his truck on Wednesday. We’ve also had a couple of nights out at the fire pit with these folks. Last night Dennis was back and we had another night at the fire with John and Thelma coming out too.
Thursday we got a call from our fiends TJ and Sharon. These are the folks that allowed us to stay at their lot with them in Yuma for a month this past winter. We also met their neighbors, Larry and Kathy while there. Well, Larry and Kathy were in the area visiting with TJ and Sharon and they invited us over to play Pegs and Jokers and go to dinner. We haven’t played Pegs and Jokers since the winter, guess I’m out of practice as the gals won all three games. They wouldn’t play one more, winner take all so they have bragging rights until next time we met up with these fine folks.
Saturday we went over to Richard’s house so Lorraine could work on wedding and bachelor/bachelorette party plans. They are getting married on June 27 and we are standing up or them.
The other folks that are traveling to Alaska with us are also heading towards Canada. Tom/Dorothy were in a park in Montana taking with with a couple they just met. It seems this couple were heading to Alaska too and they got to talking about their schedule and who they were traveling with. Small world, it was Joe/Loretta who are going with us, they didn’t know each other until meeting at a this park. Mark/Sue got their maintenance work completed and are going to meet with Bob/Vicky before crossing the border. We are all meeting in Dawson Creek on June 10 before beginning our trip up North. Really looking forward to this trip!!!
Depending on the doctor’s finding this week, we will be here until at least this Friday. If they postpone us any longer, we have plan B and plan C in our minds and will work on them. Here’s hoping plan A is a go and we get on the road. Even though we have had nice weather and we’ve enjoyed visiting with family and friends, I’m ready to go - - North to Alaska.