Eastern Utah
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Rainy Saturday

First I would like to thank all the many readers who wrote condolences to my family on the passing of my brother-in-law. I think one of the most endearing things about him was the fact that he and Julie took my Mom into their house, and gave her a home for the remainder of her life, which amounted to about 15 years. I'm sure it wasn't always easy for him.

I guess I was too quick to take the picture of my Lance unloaded from the truck. I should have waited until it was lowered. I'll get a photo when I go back to the storage lot. We wouldn't have left it up on stilts like that.

Steve covered the front with plastic until it quits raining and the leak can be fixed. Donald has agreed to do the repairs, so I need to visit a place with RV supplies and get the proper stuff to clean the old caulk as well as buy new caulking. I will probably call a Lance dealer to see what they recommend using. I've looked at some of the forums and have an idea what I need.

Ara, my granddaughter, arrived home for the holidays last night. She looks noticeably thinner and told me she lost 20 pounds. Hopefully I'm on my way to gaining 20#, as I'm trying to eat more often, as well as foods higher in calories. I've even gone back to having a bowl of oatmeal in the mornings, with 3 tsp. of sugar! That may seem like a lot of sugar, but I have never used it in my coffee, don't drink soft drinks, and rarely eat packaged or processed foods, which are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, or sugar. The sugar in my cereal amounts to about 100 calories.

I ate oatmeal for breakfast every single morning for several years, and it didn't bring my cholesterol down even a point. Three fish oil capsules a day lowered it significantly however. Hot cereal tastes pretty good on cold mornings, and I may try making grits once in a while as an alternative. Grits with butter and lots of cheddar cheese. Sorry, Canadians!

I had to make yet another trip to the Verizon store this morning. I seem to have a few problems with their products, but I sure can't complain about the cheerful service at the Sunrise store. The battery for my MiFi completely discharged when I was in Arizona, even though it was connected to the charger. I took it to a Verizon store there, and they suggested I use my cell phone charger until I could get back home. That worked fine, but I was glad they gave me a new wall charger this morning. Now I won't have to disconnect one to charge the other.

I think I will have a few spoonfuls of my Ben & Jerry's peach cobbler ice cream before I take a quick power nap. I still can't do much - ran the vacuum yesterday and suffered for it. It must be the pushing and pulling action. Also I try not to do anything that requires stooping or bending down, as it is so difficult to get back up. I really want to get back over to my Lance and get things better organized for my next trip.


  1. I have eaten porridge every morning for years and years now and it did not lower my cholesterol or lower my blood pressure either. I must try the Salmon oil.
    I would gladly like to give you a few pounds from my weight!! Too bad that is not possible. ☺

  2. I so agree with Vera. I would gladly share 20 lbs with you and a whole lot more if you're interested.

    I think your tailbone is going to take several weeks to feel better. But eventually it will get better. Hang in there. And behave yourself woman!

  3. Two thumbs up for porridge. Grew up on it & love da darn stuff. I throw a hand full of raisins in while cooking & then slice a banana on top of my bowl. And, by the way, I have an extra 50pounds here you can have...........

  4. I am sorry to learn of your loss. So hard right here at Christmas time.
    I hope you are feeling better. Just "chill" for a while.

  5. I was sorry to hear of the death of your brother-in-law. You will all be feeling rather sad.

    It's nice to know you have many good memories of time spent with your sister and her husband.


    When we were children we would eat porridge with sugar and thick pouring cream when we stayed with my grandmother.

    No more. I am working hard to lose much extra weight. *smile*

  6. I am wondering now if Ben and Jerry's makes a oatmeal ice cream?

  7. Didn't you just buy that Lance camper? If so, wouldn't the Lance company pay for any leak repairs that were not caused by damage?

    Leaks are not good. They can cause a lot of hidden problems.

  8. So sorry to read of the loss of your brother in law Gypsy. My condolences. Really like the picture of you with the long hair...long or short, either way, you look great. By the way, wish I could send you some of MY extra unwanted weight! ;-)
    - Mary Ann

  9. I love hot cereals too. Cream of wheat is my favorite, with grits running a close second.

    Giving up smoking, walking and watching my diet helped lower my cholesterol, but I am giving the fish oil a run this year. Thanks, I read that on your blog a while back about the fish oil and thought I would try it.