Monday, January 9, 2012

Visitors, Ribs, No Travel

Dennis & Carol Hill visited us yesterday for a nice happy hour and great dinner of smoked ribs that Don had cooked in his Orion cooker. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures. But we had a really nice time visiting with each other, catching up on our various health issues and what we’ve been doing, and even solving a few of the world’s problems.

The Hills drove on to Quartzsite today, planning to have pizza tonight at Silly Al’s with Susie & Denny Orr. Silly Al’s pizza is some of the best I’ve ever had, and the place is a popular hangout for RVers who make the annual trek to “Q” every winter. And Susie & Denny are 2 of our favorite people, too. Wish we could join them.

However, we’ve had to put our travel plans on hold for some medical issues for the next week, at least. Don’s blood pressure spiked and was caught when he went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, his doctor’s office was closed for a long weekend, and we ended up in the emergency room on New Year’s Eve.

That emergency event and subsequent visits to his doctor have resulted in changing his meds and the high bp seems to be under control now. However, we still don’t know what’s causing it to be so high. So the doctor ordered an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography), essentially an MRI of the arteries, veins and heart. The procedure is scheduled for Jan 16.

We’ve had to cancel our plans to attend the Escapees Chapter 21 winter rally in Parker, AZ. This is the rally we hosted last year, and we were looking forward to attending and enjoying all the events without being responsible for them. We’re still hoping to get to Quartzsite for the big RV show, but that’s on a back burner now. There will be other rallies that we can attend, and Don’s health is certainly the priority.

In the meantime, before Craig and Liz departed for Gila Bend we went shopping for yard art. We picked this rocking peacock, which gives me a giggle every time it starts bobbing by itself when the wind catches it. Now we need to name him – any suggestions?


I’ve finished knitting 3 more lapghans for Soldiers’ Angels, and will be shipping them, along with 4 caps I’d previously made, to a Veterans facility in Prescott, AZ.


The weather in Benson has varied from cold and even frigid to warm and beautiful. It’s turning cold again, down to the 30’s at night so we have to use propane for heat. But we’re happy to be here in southern Arizona and not in Alaska, where there’s 18 feet of snow!


  1. I read an article about that town in, that was some snow storm. You're right, you're better off in Benson.

  2. Oh forgot, I wanted to say how beautiful your afghans are and thank you for remembering our troops.

  3. You give Don a hug from us and take care of that BP. We will see you when we can cuz we miss you! We will even come to you if necessary. Luv T & B.

  4. Sorry to hear about Don's need for medical procedures. As we having been saying a lot ourselves, health before travel. Hopefully everything can be managed easily and you can get your wheels rolling west. ((( HUGS )))

  5. Glad Don's high bp was caught and hope you get some answers soon. Hugs to you both! We named our rocking bird, Bonita (something like "pretty" in Spanish since we got her in Mexico.) Take care and do hope to see you down the road this winter/spring here in AZ.

  6. Hope the BP medication works well. Nice job on those Afghans they sure look nice and warm.

  7. Don- glad to hear they caught the bp issues sooner rather than later.
    Sharon- great knitting!
    Both- LOVE the peacock! I don't have any ideas for a name, but I'm sure the right one will be found.

  8. Our prayers are with Don, and with you as well, as primary caregiver and worrier. We need to get together soon. Plan on a warm day, and we can do it outside!

  9. With those long eyelashes, Penelope, of course! :)!! Best wishes on a good conclusion to the BP issues, Don! Glad that was caught early. Hugs, J&C P.S. You knitted items are beautiful, Sharon.

  10. LOVE the peacock! How fun! And hugs and wishes for a SPEEDY bounce-back for Don and that you're rolling again soon!! (heard those ribs were fabulous!) Huggies!

  11. Hope all goes well at the doctors. Just the mention of the dentist makes my BP spike. Hopefully the MRI will answer all the questions and corrective action can be taken.

  12. Sounds like Don's dental appointment turned out to be a blessing in disguise! So glad the dentist caught the spike in his blood pressure! Hopefully the MRI will give you some answers and everything will soon be back to normal soon. Keep us posted!

  13. Hi,
    I am sorry to hear that Don has been having medical issues! We were looking forward to a catch-up visit here in Q! Take care of yourselves and see you soon! Love and hugs, Larry and Carol

  14. butterbean carpenterJanuary 21, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Howdy Sharon and the Admiral,

    NAME IT DENNIS!!! Sure hope Don's medical issues get straightened out.. If he'd leave Dennis alone he'd do better!!! How many ribs did Dennis eat?? A lot more than Don eat of the smoked 'pork-butt', I'll wager!!! Get well, Admiral, you're on the prayer list!!

  15. Think the bird should be named "Bobbin", maybe....
    Hope all is well with you two.
    Pete and Jo


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