We spent yesterday morning at the VA hospital and accomplished absolutely nothing. But that was because of no failing on the part of the VA. Even after jumping through all the privacy hoops they insisted on, the dweebs at the hospital in Temecula, California failed to send the records from my time there. So with no access to the x-rays and ultrasounds, the VA has nothing to work with and must start from square one.
So it looks like we’ll be in Arizona longer than we expected this winter. Unless the records do eventually show up, as it stands now we’ll go up to Apache Junction on Tuesday, where we have reservations for the month of December. Then we’ll be back in Tucson in January for the duration of whatever it takes to get this medical stuff squared away.
After we finished up at the VA we stopped by my cousin Beverly’s apartment and visited with her for a while. She’s one of my favorite people in the world and we always make it a point to spend as much time with her as we can when we’re in Tucson.
I still have not regained my normal stamina, and by the time we got back to our motorhome at Voyager RV Resort I was pretty worn out so we spent the evening relaxing and watching an old movie called Secondhand Lions. This is a fun movie that is appropriate for all ages, and if you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
A cold snap has hit Tucson, now that I’m in town (is anybody surprised by that?), but it’s supposed to warm back up a bit by the end of the weekend. Several people have invited us to dinner or for a visit while we’re here but at this point my total lack of appetite and overall feeling of weakness has me saying not right now. Hopefully I’ll be back to whatever passes for normal for me when we return in January.
On a totally different subject, I got an e-mail yesterday from a very nice lady who wanted me to know that after reading my blog for the last three years she “ran away from home” at age 76 and is spending her first winter as a solo RV snowbird. She told me that her children all think she’s flipped her lid, but as she put it, “I’ve always wanted to sit out at night and watch the stars playing over the desert and listen to the coyotes singing, and then to watch the sunrise over the mountains. If not now, when? What’s the worst that can happen? I’d rather die staring at the sunset with a smile on my face than the ceiling of a nursing home room.” With that kind of attitude, I’m pretty sure she’s going to do just fine.
Over 240 people have already entered our latest Free Drawing and I’m not surprised because this week’s prize is an autographed copy of Terry’s excellent cookbook Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Speaking of books, my pal Bobbi Holmes just released her newest book, The Ghost Who Came for Christmas. It’s the sixth book in her excellent Haunting Danielle cozy mystery series set in a bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast. Check it out, Bobbi’s a fine storyteller.
Thought For The Day – Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like. – Will Rogers