Seeking a Home Base

Many of you know, last year Gary and I sold our huge house in Dallas, Texas.  We bought an RV and our plan was to travel the United States for a while until we were ready again to settle down permanently.

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My health changed for the worse and the travel adventure across the United States was put on hold.  We are currently living in Pensacola, Florida while my health care needs are taken care of.  Pensacola by no means is where Gary and I want to plant roots and call home; it is just a temporary location.

Our current location is an RV park located on the Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Their policy is an RV can stay for 3 months and then must leave for 2 weeks before returning back to the park for another 3 month stay.  Back in October we spent 2 weeks in another park near here that is also associated with the Naval Air Station, but not located on base.  At that time I was going through chemotherapy and we had to stay here in this area.

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The next time to leave our current RV park, we decided to store the RV for 2 weeks and went on our cruise in December.

December of last year in my post ‘My Message‘, I wrote that Gary and I initially were to spend Christmas with his family at the RV park, but the plans were changed due to unforeseen circumstances.  Those unforeseen circumstances involve Gary’s younger brother experiencing major health issues.  Some of you know Gary’s mom who suffers from dementia lives with his younger brother.  Because of his younger brother’s health issues, we transferred mom to Gary’s older brother in Orlando when we drove there for our cruise.

Now it is March and time again for us to leave this park for 2 weeks.  We again have decided to store the RV for 2 weeks and take a trip to Orlando for several reasons.

Gary’s older brother and wife are leaving for a weeklong trip and Gary and I will be staying with his mom during their absence.  We are also seeking and searching for a possible location to plant roots and find a home base.  We need a home base for several reasons and central Florida is our first choice.  The home base will allow us to have a permanent residence where we can receive mail and a place we can come back to after our travel adventures.

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The home base will also allow for Gary to have access to a permanent VA hospital for his medical needs.  Because our home base will be in a different area than our current location; I will need to find another health provider for my healthcare needs.

In 2 weeks, the RV is stored and we drive to central Florida to take care of mom and search for a possible home base.

Once the 2 weeks is over we will return to our current RV park.

Travel Vision

Back in June of last year, I wrote a post ‘Sneak Peek‘, that included the following excerpts –

Image 1Gary and I continue to plan our future adventure.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek into our future travels.  We are planning travels starting on or around August 2th, which is the date of the closing for the home.  Our planning involves traveling a portion of the United States and then making our way back to West Texas for Thanksgiving in which we will spend with my family.  Our plan then will be to travel back to Dallas, Texas for my urology checkup and then proceed from there as long as my checkup is good.

After winter we then plan to travel another portion of the United States and hopefully by the end of next year have traveled in all 48 continental United States.

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Yes, our further out future plans could change due to many unforeseen variables.  Do not forget, I still must have a cystoscopy performed every 3 months for the next several years due to my recent cancer.  At this time, we have not decided how this will be handled once we are on the road again.  This is an important consideration to keep in mind when we make our schedule for traveling.

In today’s post, I write the following –

When I wrote that post and those words a little over 6 months ago, I had no idea what was to come in the last months of last year and the first months of this year.  I had no idea my cancer would come back as quick as it did and I never imagined I would have to undergo chemotherapy and soon after have a major surgery.  But, ultimately this is what was to occur.

Gary and I continue to have plans to take a travel adventure across the United States.  Our hope is that this will begin sometime this year, and wishful thinking that it will begin this spring or summer. I remind myself, there is a major surgery in a couple of weeks and a recovery to follow.

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And I understand there is a few unknowns that will be revealed soon after the surgery, but I remain optimistic the travel adventure will begin sometime this year.

Some of you may remember in May of last year in my post ‘Plan B; your curveball‘, I wrote that on our travel adventure if I am close to you the readers, I would very much enjoy meeting you in person.  My plan to meet some of you in person is still in my dreams and my desires.

Since my initial posts about our travel adventure and the idea of meeting many of you; my life changed dramatically.  But the plans and the travel, though on hold now, they are still my vision for the future, especially now more so than ever.  Why?

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Well, because you have supported me and helped me through a tough time in my life.  I want to thank you both in my writings here on WP and if possible in person when the travel adventure takes place.

This post is just a reminder that the travel adventure on hold will be a reality someday – hopefully a little later this year – stay tuned.

sweet memories we created

A week ago today in my post ‘What the heck is Thackerville?‘, I wrote the following –

Again, I ask “What the heck is Thackerville – more accurately where the heck is

Again, I ask “What the heck is Thackerville – more accurately where the heck is Thackerville?”  I respond “Well, Thackerville is in Oklahoma which is a course North of Texas.  Thackerville is also where our favorite casino is.”  You may remember in past posts I have written posts about our casino trips while living in Dallas, TX.

So, this trip back to Texas, we will again visit our favorite casino.  Next Sunday, we will spend a day just an hour North of Dallas at the casino and then we will drive back to Dallas to catch our flight back to Florida on Monday.

Today we leave for Texas, Thanksgiving, Turkey and Thackerville.

In today’s post, I write the following –

Gary and I had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving, spending time with my family and the sweet memories we created.  We also very much enjoyed our casino visit.

Now it is Monday; Gary and I are making our way back home today to Pensacola, Florida.  We left Thackerville, Oklahoma and one of our favorite casinos this morning and drove South for a little over an hour to arrive back in Dallas, Texas.  Later this afternoon we will catch a flight back to Pensacola, Florida and our Thanksgiving holiday trip will come to an end.

So, this Thanksgiving holiday visit is over and now it is time to proceed and prepare for the next month, the next holiday and the next year.  You know this time of the year will fly and before we know it the new year will be upon us.  For this next month, Gary and I will look forward to our cruise – you remember I mentioned we would be taking a cruise in December.  We also look forward to the next holiday; yes, Christmas is right around the corner.  This year, Gary’s family will visit here in Pensacola to spend Christmas with us.  And then there is the next year; aww yes, the first of the year will dictate what the year will hold for us.

My friends, stay tuned for lots of future posts about many different topics about me and my life.  I will continue blogging about my current health with regards to my cancer and what lies ahead with my health.  Let’s not forget about My 70s Music Collection posts; and then there will be posts about the upcoming cruise, the Christmas holiday, some off-the-wall posts, more video posts and some wrap-up posts to end the year.

I have much to write and post this next month and the upcoming year.

I want to conclude today’s post with the following lyrics to the song ‘Memories’ by Elvis Presley –

Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind

Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine

Quiet thought come floating down

And settle softly to the ground

Like golden autumn leaves around my feet

I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories

Sweet memories

Moment of Silence

As some of you know, Gary and I are currently living in our RV in an RV park at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.  NAS Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels.

Per Wikipedia.org –

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.

The Blue Angels’ show season runs each year from March until November. They perform at both military and civilian airfields, and often perform directly over major cities such as San Francisco’s “Fleet Week” maritime festival, Cleveland’s annual Labor Day Air Show, the Chicago Air and Water Show, Jacksonville’s Sea and Sky Spectacular, Milwaukee Air and Water Show, and Seattle’s annual Seafair festival.

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I mentioned in a previous post, the Blue Angels home is NAS Pensacola, and their hangers and headquarters are located directly across the street from us.  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday and let’s just say, our 5th wheel at times shakes when they jet across the sky just above us.  This past weekend they ended their season here at the NAS.  The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show was held just across the street and the area was overflowing with people.  Gary and I are fortunate we are near as we could view the airshow from our current home.  We did take the opportunity to walk over to the air show and visit the vendors, performers, aircraft displays and other attractions.

During our visit, the air acrobatics show portion continued; Gary and I thoroughly enjoyed all the air show participants inspiring death daring moves.  For those readers who may be unware, the Blue Angels suffered a loss this year with an accident and death of one of their own; Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.  He was killed in a training accident several months ago.  During our visit of the airshow; before the Blue Angels were to perform, the announcer gave an introduction and mentioned Jeff Kuss; dedicated the show to him and requested a moment of silence.

I want to remind people what my blog is about; simply me and my life.  I try to keep my opinions to myself about matters of the world, though I have written a few posts where my opinions were mildly expressed.  I am going to do that again with this post concerning the before mentioned moment of silence.

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America is a country of many different people that include naturalized citizens, immigrants that are lawful permanent residents, legal residents with temporary visas and U. S. citizens.  For you two that were behind me – no matter who you are, why you are here and what language you speak; when you attend an event and there is a moment of silence to recognize a person or persons – please stop talking for that moment.

I understand a moment can seem forever – but life can be short – let’s take a moment of silence.

Still unknowns

In my post ‘a no go!‘, I concluded with the following –

I will not have a chemotherapy treatment for 2 weeks and unsure at this time how this will affect my schedule.  You see next week would have been my week off and then followed by 2 final weeks of chemotherapy for my 4th and final cycle.  Now that I am not finishing the final week of my 3rd cycle I will not know when the 4th cycle will end.

You may remember I am making uncertain plans to travel back to Texas to spend with my family for Thanksgiving.  With this latest development in my treatment, these uncertain plans become closer to a certainty that the visit will not take place.

Thanksgiving with my family – it may be a no go!

In today’s post I write the following –

This is my scheduled week off from chemotherapy and next week will be considered the 2nd week of my 3rd cycle since last week it was cancelled.  Friday of next week I will meet with my Oncologist Dr. D. prior to my chemotherapy treatment and should know how the delay of last week’s treatment will affect the upcoming schedule.  I am unsure if eventually I will have 3 weeks in a row of chemotherapy or if the regular schedule will take place and therefore pushing my original end date by a week.

If the original end date is pushed back by a week, this will certainly affect my trip to Texas for Thanksgiving.  My original end date is November 3rd and pushing a week later will be November 11th.  With Thanksgiving less than 2 weeks later, it is difficult to determine if my body will be able to handle the travel.  The concern I have is whether my white blood count will be back to a normal count as I certainly do not want to expose myself to possible infections when traveling, especially on a plane.

Also sometime during the month of November I will receive imaging tests that will determine the future of my healthcare with regards to my cancer.

The only important happening this past week is Gary and I moved the RV back to our original location on the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  We will now live here at the RV park on the Naval Air Station for the next 3 months.  We wanted to be at this location for specific upcoming events such as the holidays and other possible activities.  Once the 3 months is over, a determination will take place where the next location will be as this is dependent on my health concerns.

Still unknowns at this time and as they reveal themselves the future will become clearer.

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Tiny is good

In my post ‘an end to downsizing‘, I concluded with the following –

With 1 week to go, the house is nearly completely empty.  By Thursday, the last item to be placed in the PODS container will be the one and only remaining mattress.  For the past 2 weeks it has been on the floor in the master bedroom for us to sleep on.  After Thursday once the PODS container is picked up, I guess we will be sleeping on the floor.  Friday we plan to bring the 5th wheel back home and park it in our next door neighbor’s driveway.  They will be out of town this next weekend and are allowing us to park the 5th wheel there.  We will load the 5th wheel with the remaining items from the house and be ready to leave promptly on Tuesday of next week once house closing papers are signed.

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With 1 week to go, a year’s effort of downsizing is coming to an end.  This chapter that Gary and I have experienced for quite some time is coming to an end.  And the next chapter soon will begin.

In today’s post, I begin with the following –

The next chapter is here and we are living in it now.

Over 2 months ago, Gary and I completed downsizing, selling a house and moving to our current location here in Pensacola, Florida.  Since all these activities took place we have lived in our 5th wheel with minimal belongings and minimal space.  You know what?  We absolutely love it!

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We do not miss the big 3,800 sq. ft. house with the yard maintenance and we do not miss all the stuff we had accumulated over the years.  The big house and all that stuff belongs to someone else now and we could not be happier about that.  Gary and I wanted and more importantly needed to rid ourselves of those belongings that weighed us down and prevented us from moving forward with our lives.

The moving forward with our lives includes adventures across the United States and other places which at this time is on hold due to my medical care.  Like an anchor that prevents a ship from drifting due to wind or current – our previous house and belongings were having the same effect.  But, the moving forward, the selling of the home and now having less stuff is freedom.  Freedom to go with the flow and wherever the wind takes us.

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We have no regrets for moving and letting go of belongings and we are happier because of it.

Less stuff is good and tiny is good.

Oops! I Did It Again

In the year 2000, Britney Spears had a hit song ‘Oops! …I Did It Again‘, and included the following chorus –

Oops!…I did it again

I played with your heart, got lost in the game

Oh baby, baby

Oops!…You think I’m in love

That I’m sent from above

I’m not that innocent

This post really has nothing to do with Britney or her hit song, I do like the song and especially the title.

Oops! I Did It Again – is not exactly correct.

In my post ‘OUCH – Band-Aid please‘, I concluded with the following –

The new truck was in the shop all of last week.  There was an accident.  A silly mistake was made.  Oh darling, I made a boo boo!

I will not indicate who did it or who was driving, but it was not me.  Sometimes learning to do something new can be costly!  We thought we had enough clearance between the 5th wheel and the cab of the truck.  The sharp turn was made and the front of the 5th wheel made contact with the backside cab of the truck.  Live and learn!

OUCH – Band-Aid Please!

You may recall, in my post ‘Moving Day‘, I wrote the following –

A minor inconvenience for now because Gary and I have become a little complacent.  We have settled into our new living arrangement and lifestyle and we like it very much.  But the reality is we have to move away for a couple of weeks and this is ultimately a good thing.  We need to practice our packing and strapping down items; we need to practice hitching the 5th wheel to the truck and we need to practice driving and towing the 5th wheel.

In today’s post, I conclude with the following –

Oops! I Did It Again – is not exactly correct.

20161003_120123_001There was another accident, another repair and another live and learn moment.

We were attempting to back the 5th wheel into our temporary location and encountered an issue.  The truck is okay, but the hitch in the bed of the truck is damaged and had to be replaced & the gooseneck extension on the 5th wheel required some minor repairs.

The backing of a 5th wheel takes practice and would make for a good day if done without incident.  Well, more practice is needed and more learning needs to take place.

Another live and learn moment took place, but all is well as we did another ‘Oops! I Did It Again’.

Well the title of this post is not exactly correct, but close enough.

Enjoy Britney Spear’s version –

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You know the nursery rhyme –

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Wikipedia.org has the following –

A tuffet, pouffe, or hassock is a piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat. It is distinguished from a stool in that it is completely covered in cloth so that no legs are visible, and is essentially a large hard cushion that may have an internal wooden frame to give it more rigidity.

Do you remember this picture?

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It is displayed in my post ‘mushrooms‘.  All the pictures I take are with my smartphone; with some pictures turning out better than I expect compared to others.  I never change the settings on my camera, and depending the time of the day and lights and other conditions out of my control; I just hope for a good picture.  I always take at least 2 pictures of the same subject and sometimes more; my thinking one might turn out better than the other(s).  For a while I was in search of the perfect mushroom or in this case mushrooms for my previously mentioned post.  The great photo almighty knew this and these mushrooms popped up one day right outside of our RV.  Lucky me!

So my usual 2 pictures were taken of the mushrooms.  And when deciding which to use for my mushrooms post, upon further inspection of the 2 pictures, I decided to use the above picture – picture #2.  I had a very good reason, because upon further inspection, picture #1 provided me another post for another day – that would be this post.

I never saw little Miss Muffet sitting on the tuffet eating her curds and whey.  I was going to actually write here ‘Who actually eats curds and whey?’, but I goggled it and come to find out, I do.  Google has the following –

Actually, you’ve probably eaten curds and whey without knowing it. Curds and whey are actually the lumps and liquid found in cottage cheese. If you didn’t know, cottage cheese is made from skim milk.

Back to my story –

Along came a spider and sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.  This is most likely the reason for me not seeing little Miss Muffet, because I did see the spider.

That spider decided to photobomb my picture!

Google has the following –

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a photograph that has been spoiled by the unexpected appearance of an unintended subject in the camera’s field of view as the picture was taken.

It is okay little spider; you did not spoil my photo; after all you gave me another idea for a post.

Here is my picture #1.  Do you see the spider that frightened Miss Muffet away?

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I zoomed in, do you see it now?

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There he or she is – I was photobombed!

Moving Day

From wikipedia.org –

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Moving Day is a 1936 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The cartoon, set during the contemporary Great Depression, follows the antics of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they frantically pack their belongings after being dispossessed from their home. The film was directed by Ben Sharpsteen and includes the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey, Clarence Nash as Donald, Pinto Colvig as Goofy, and Billy Bletcher as Pete as the Sheriff.

Today is moving day 2016!

2 months ago, Gary and I moved from Dallas, Texas to Pensacola, Florida.  The reason to move to our current location was specifically for my healthcare.  20160805_083743As you know we are living in an RV park on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola and now will need to leave for a couple of weeks.  The policy for this park is after 3 months here, you must leave for at least 2 weeks before you can return.

Due to my schedule with chemotherapy, the upcoming holidays and the possibility of an upcoming surgery; Gary and I decided we would stay for 2 months, leave and stay in a nearby RV park for 2 weeks and then come back here at our current location for the following 3 months.

A minor inconvenience for now because Gary and I have become a little complacent.  We have settled into our new living arrangement and lifestyle and we like it very much.  But the reality is we have to move away for a couple of weeks and this is ultimately a good thing.  image2We need to practice our packing and strapping down items; we need to practice hitching the 5th wheel to the truck and we need to practice driving and towing the 5th wheel.

So the temporary move is an opportunity to practice and an opportunity to accept change.  The new temporary location is another military RV park about 10 miles from our current location, just on the Alabama and Florida state border.  The location is still near the hospitals I visit for my health needs and provides many trails for walking.  It is also located on the beach, though I do not consider the view as nice as the current one here in the current location.

These past 2 months, Gary and I have met many wonderful people that we now consider friends here in the RV park.  image3Like us, some of them are staying here long term and also will have to move for the required 2 weeks.  They also plan to make their way to the same RV park as us and it will be nice to know these new friends will be there.

So unlike the moving day of 2 months ago, this is an easy one; no downsizing and much less packing is involved.

we missed the storm

We missed the storm.

You may have heard about Hermine, the hurricane that decided to make its way to Florida this past week.  We missed the storm.

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When I lived in Texas we had hurricanes but I did not pay too much attention to them because living in the northern part of Texas, we never received the ‘direct hit’.  I never thought about the ‘direct hit’ aspect of a hurricane, it just was not a concern of mine.  Now it is, but we were lucky, we missed the storm.

Last week, it wasn’t that I was not interested in the weather or specifically Hermine, but I had other things on my mind.   I was not feeling well and therefore I had no interest in matters of the world, whether that be politics, world events or the weather.  I did not care, and I know I should, but I did not care.

The weather was at times on my mind ever so slightly as I did wish Hermine to go somewhere else besides here – we missed the storm.

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You see the current living situation is Gary, Roxy and I living in a 5th wheel in an RV park on the Pensacola Naval Air Station next to the water.  If Hermine were to come this way for a ‘direct hit’ or a near miss, we would have to uproot and leave for higher ground.  Me in the condition I was in last week, was not wanting to move and honestly would not be of any big help in moving to the higher ground.  So, I was being selfish and wanted and wished the tropical storm at that time; the now hurricane Hermine to go elsewhere.

The selfish me now feels badly that so many others are suffering as a result of the ‘direct hit’ and the near miss.  We missed the storm.

The weather here is calm, the water a little choppy, and the rain and wind held off.

When living in the northern part of Texas, we never received the ‘direct hit’ and therefore this was never important; I know now how important this is to many others in our country.  I appreciate Hermine moved to a different area for my own selfish reasons.  I regret others in my new state of Florida are experiencing the results of the ‘direct hit’ and the near miss.  I know Floridians are strong and resilient.

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The hurricane season has a new meaning for me in my new location.  Hermine decided to move elsewhere, but what about next time?

This time – we missed the storm.