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!