Monday, October 29, 2012


 With the weather forecast we decided at 10 o'clock Friday night to leave Circle M and head south.  We  got around Baltimore and Washington with no problem and stopped for the night in Virginia at 3 o'clock. We were on the road again at 7 Saturday morning and drove almost through South Carolina.  All along 95 in North Carolina were highway signs warning of strong winds, heavy rains and debris on Saturday night from Hurricane Sandy. We had tail winds which helped us and had no problem from wind or rain.. We expected strong wind and rain Saturday night while we were parked at a Walmart, but there was none. All along 95 we saw caravan after caravan of electric trucks headed north, so help is on the way.
  I drove on Sunday morning for 100 miles, almost through Georgia. Larry drove the rest of the day and the cross winds in Florida was the only weather we experienced. We were set up at Thousand Trails by 5 o'clock. We are on site B 21 and will be here till Nov7, so if anyone else is in Florida stop by and say hello. Our prayers are with everyone in the North East, hope all are safe.
 Godiva found the tree right away and climbed up to look around. We all are glad to be in warm, sunny Florida.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


 On Monday when we had the meeting with the staff at the VA Dad expressed a desire to go back home. The doctor handled it very well and suggested we could take him out for a few hours to see the house and to eat.  Since it was going to be a warmer week we decide to do it on Wednesday. We  picked him up about 10:30 and brought him to the house for a "picnic".
 While we had been at the house we had fixed up the garage with a rug and table, a perfect place to gather. We took Mark, Larry's son, with us and Mom's sister Joanie came over.
The family Mom, Georgine, Barb Dad, Trey and Larry. The only one missing was Lynn who had to work. It was a nice visit. Dad did very well getting in and out of the car. We were back at the VA by 2 o'clock. He's hoping to have another outing next week.


 Larry had the RV parked right against the garage in his parents back yard, getting out was a challenge.
 He had to turn to get out the gate and not hit this, I was watching closely.
 I didn't realize the bottom cinder block stuck out further then the top one and the angle I was looking from I couldn't see it, so we got our first scrape
 We pulled out on the side road then we had to back up onto the main street where cars often fly by.  I was to go across the street and stand on the bank and make sure it was all clear. Larry backed up and started to turn unto the road. On the drivers side was this drain ditch and marker.
 He caught the marker with the front  as he turned, and I was looking for traffic not there to help him. Doesn't look to bad does it.
Look again. It 's going to be a pricey repair. Maybe now that the coach has it's first boo boo I will drive more.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


 Friday morning I went to open the freezer and the door wouldn't budge. I thought some food was  jamming it. Luckily Larry was able to  give it a harder pull and get it open. It wasn't food but ice!
 The ice maker has a big problem and the bottom of the freezer was one big sheet of ice.
 With a little chipping I was able to get the blocks of ice out. Unbelievable.
 We thought we fixed it but it started doing it again today. We need a repairman.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Larry's dad has been at home in Hospice care for over a month.  We were coming over from Hershey TT each day and filling in the hours that we didn't have people from Helping Hands coming in to help mom care for him. Unfortunately Helping Hands was costing almost $1,000 a week for the nine hours they came each day. So we cut it to 4 hours each day, but mom and dad needed more help not less. Luckily we found a woman and her mother who would come in for nine hours for half the cost. But Dad was needing 24 hour care so we moved our RV to the back yard.
Larry's Dad had been in the Army in1944, so with his dad's discharge papers in hand Larry went to the Lebanon VA and found out he qualified for their Hospice program.  They have 17 beds and there wasn't a long waiting list, so dad was able to be admitted on Monday. Amazing!
 The  Hospice wing is on the 4th floor of building one.
 They sent a van to pick him up on Monday afternoon. (I didn't realize the camera was on video)
 This Hospice facility is recognized as the best in the US. Who knew? All for free!!! What a blessing.
 Dad's room. Tom and Barb, Larry's sister, live in Lebanon so they are close by to visit.

 I was impressed with the bathroom in his room. Unfortunately Dad is not strong enough to use it and only getting "birdie baths" in bed.
 A  kitchen area that can be used by the patient and their families.
 A very nice room they can go to watch TV or play cards.
 Another room where families can go to relax.

 There is even a bedroom for a family member to stay over night if they need to.
 One of the things I noticed were the beautiful hand made quilts on the beds. 52 of them had  been  given to them this year. What a great project, makes me want to learn to quilt.

The only thing Dad can't do here is smoke inside the building, but we are allowed to take him out if he wants to go smoke. He had to take a test on his scooter before they let him use it, he passed but hasn't been out of bed since. He is getting great care here, a dentist even came to see if they could help make his dentures more comfortable. We know he is getting a lot more care here to make his last weeks comfortable then we could give him at home. We are very thankful.