Red Bay

We pulled into Red Bay yesterday afternoon. The service lot is about half full, so we don’t know when we will be getting in to get the work done. We stopped outside of Little Rock on the way here to visit with family. We had a nice dinner and breakfast visit with Michael’s Aunt & Uncle.

We are doing well and will be heading to NC after this.

Apologies if you tried to follow along this past trip and the live feed was down. Think we have that squared away. Not much to see out of the window now except the back of some rigs waiting on service and rain. =)

Home Sweet Home

Hi all – just an update to let you know I am HOME. I was released from hospital yesterday. I wanted to thank everyone for the cards, flowers and thoughtful gifts. It was a rough week to be away from my babies and Michael. I had the best room in the hospital. No joke, it was a suite and every staff member that came commented on it. I had a fridge, a view of Dallas skyline, ROOM SERVICE style meals instead of a plate of whatever / whenever. I think I gained 5 lbs. None of that would have mattered if the nurses and staff were not STELLAR.
If you need anything and you are in the Plano Texas area — The Medical Center of Plano should be your go to.

The staff at ER at Burleson also impressed the hell out of me. Was in and out in record time for ER and Dr. Singhal was quick to get me to a hand surgeon. Not only did he get me to a hand surgeon – I feel like he got me the BEST. Dr. Steven Clark was AMAZING. He explained everything, sometimes twice thanks to pain meds. I have regained much of the use of my middle finger. But, those who know me know that if I HAD to lose the ability to bend any finger — the MIDDLE FINGER is the one.

I can’t thank David & Brenda Bott enough for taking such good care of my babies while Michael sat with me in the hospital. You guys are the best!

If you want to see pictures, leave a comment. I will get Michael to post some album or something. I don’t want to see them — Dr. Clark used words like FILET THE FINGER … I don’t need to see that.

Love to you all!! Now I am of going to have a CUPPA and binge on some Scandal!!

Flexor tenosynovitis – a name only a hand surgeon could love

We have made it to the DFW area.. but not without one BIG – small incident.

On Saturday, as we were driving through El Paso, TX… Dexter (our 9yo Corgi boy) became distressed.  We believe he got one of his nails hung in something, but we’re not quite sure.  He was yelping in pain, so.. like any caring person would do, Lehnanne reached in to help free him from his bindings.  Unfortunately, Dexter didn’t realize it was her, and associated her touch with the trigger of his pain, and Lehnanne got bit.  Dexter is a good boy… as soon as he recognized it was his mom that he had, he released and allowed her to free him of his painful predicament.

The damage, however… was done. Continue reading “Flexor tenosynovitis – a name only a hand surgeon could love”

Chocolate Bread

I tried this easy recipe for Almond Butter Bread recently and it was a bit dry for me and a little bland. However, I thought it would make a great fixer upper.

I picked up some MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and made another batch.

It is as good as any chocolate cake I’ve ever made. Not too sweet and moist enough to hold together.

Thanks to John & Miriam for sharing the original recipe with me.

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Mods: Window Valance LEDs

We decided to add LEDs behind the valances of our coach windows.  We’ve seen some other brands that have a similar setup, but they appear to be down the sides of the windows and cause a lot of light bleed to the outside, even with the night shades down.  We only put them along the top valance and found that this gives plenty of light without any bleed outside when the shades are down.

The LED strips we used are color changing (red/green/blue – RGB) strips.  I also went with WiFi control modules for them so we could adjust the color and brightness from our smart-phones.

Thanks for the original idea from David of OutsideOurBubble.com!

Pictures and parts list after the break… Continue reading “Mods: Window Valance LEDs”

Mods: Whole RV Reverse Osmosis Water

Spending a large portion of our time in the desert south west, we’ve come to the conclusion that 2 stage filtration and a water softener simply isn’t sufficient.  Plus, with the hardness of the water in this area, we’re having to regenerate the water softener every week (about a 30 to 45 minute job).  It’s not particularly difficult, but gets old after 10 weeks..

So, we decided to move to a Reverse Osmosis system for the whole RV. Continue reading “Mods: Whole RV Reverse Osmosis Water”

AZ Adventures

We arrived in Arizona on Saturday. It was a long day of driving for me but uneventful.

The park is nice and quiet. We have great views and we are looking forward to exploring the area — but first HOCKEY.

We are going to Glendale tomorrow to tick Gila Arena off the must see list. One of my bucket list items “See a hockey game in all NHL arenas.”

Already missing Vegas — but we have been in one spot long enough. Time to get back to exploring.

I am a bad girl for not blogging more often but honestly I was too busy having a blast to stop and tell you about it. We took in a lot of shows and I can sum them all up with this one fantastic phrase: A Variety of Sexxy Evil Dead Zombie Chippendale Penis Puppetry and Elvis.

Why? Because VEGAS BABY!!

the BLESSING club

Saturday my cousin and I went to the Women’s Holiday Expo and we met Bella LaRocca. Bella decided to do something positive to help those less fortunate in her community. “The Blessing Club” provides backpacks filled with day to day essentials that are in such demand but often overlooked.

The Blessing Club is based on the dream of a nine year old girl, named Bella LaRocca who had a vision of helping the less fortunate in our community. Through her compassion and the love of her family, she found herself volunteering with a group that fed the hungry and homeless. While interacting with the less fortunate, she noticed the stress of those receiving food and clothing and the difficulty transporting all their belongs in ripped grocery bags. While preparing to start the school year, Bella had her AHA! moment…why not provide “backpacks” to the less fortunate?

These backpacks would include everyday necessities such as socks, underwear, toiletries and hygiene products.

The Blessing Club allows children the opportunity to make a difference and pave the way for all of our children to make this world a better place. We have ongoing projects, outings and events to support valuable life lessons such as managing money, understanding life goals, gratitude and respect for others. It is through parent involvement and family participation that our club will be successful. While we are learning the lesson of compassion we will be distributing backpacks filled with simple necessities to those amongst us in need.

Bella of The Blessing Club

You can help Bella make a difference by donating to their fundraising page at GoFundMe. Follow The Blessing Club on Facebook and Instagram.