Tuesday, September 18

Heart Monitor

Last Spring my heart doctor, Dr. C, wanted me to wear a monitor for 24 hours. He had put me on a new med and he wanted me to take it for a while before the monitoring. So today is the day. I went for a walk and then walked to the clinic for the installation. Got an A1C while I was there so I could kill two birds. No, I do not consider myself diabetic. I have had only one elevated A1C in 20 years but that one, the very first one labeled me pre-diabetic. You know how hard it is to get rid of labels!
The A-Fib is a bit harder to shake. I used to be able to tell when it was happening but not so much anymore thus the monitor.

This morning did my heart good. Beautiful day!

Monday, September 17

*Trip South info 2018*

We have our winter trip itinerary planned. Our first night will be in Peculiar, Missouri.
 And that will be on October 12th and 13th. Staying at the Peculiar RV Park Place. $33 a night because we are Lifetime Good Sam members. If I had known what I was doing back in 2000 when we were planning our retirement years I would have saved our money. It cost around $300 for a lifetime membership and at $2 savings per use, I am not at all sure we have recouped our money. I expected a much bigger payback when I purchased it. Life lesson.

We will be there until Sunday morning when we will be going to Quapaw Oklahoma and the Downstream Casino. Free stay if we go in and show them our player's card. It is only a 149-mile trip that day but it makes our stops work without having a 500-mile day in there somewhere. We like to take it easy on ourselves. Staying overnight and then proceeding to the Winstar Casino at Thackerville Oklahoma on that Monday night. Our last stay here was $20 and I think it was because we had a players card.  Did not reserve and we were lucky to get a spot. That is happening more and more often. Our route from Thackerville is taking I-35S to Gainesville TX and Hwy 51 to Decatur TX picking up 380 to Jacksboro TX. We do not go all the way to Jacksboro as we turn south instead of north on Hwy 281 south to I-20W, then to hwy 16 south following it all the way to Llano TX and the River Way RV park. It is a Passport America park so it will be $17 a night because we are Passport America members. Staying 16th and 17th leaving on the 18th, a Thursday. We will be leaving Llano Texas and going to Alamo Texas unless the plans change.
Plans could change because we do not have to be in Trophy Gardens until the 20th. That too could change with a phone call.
When we leave Llano we plan to go south on hwy 16 to Fredericksburg and then on hwy 87 to Comfort TX and I-20 E, joining up with hwy 1604 southbound to I-37, followed by hwy 281 south to Alamo TX. I have checked all my directions...twice.

All that above is for my future reference.
Now if you have read all that CONGRATULATIONS! And as a reward, I will tell you that I tried to use the dictation on the first part of this and when I said Peculiar it translated to several different phrases without getting it correct. The last one was the funniest and when I quit using it. Peculiar translated to "we can kill ya".
Oh, and my asterisk trick does work. I did a search after the fact and it found every post with an asterisk.

*RV Journaling

I sure wish I had been more diligent about the info below. I have used the blog to find info because I know I wrote about it. The only problem is the searching for it. I have thought of one way to make it better. If a blog entry contains info I think I may need to reference later I have decided to put an asterisk in the title. Time will tell. Will I remember to asterisk? Will I remember that I did asterisk? Time will tell.😀

RV journal writing
A journal is not a diary with your innermost thoughts. It’s a chronological list of what happened in your life. Not everything, of course, just the things and events that you think you might possibly want to know a year from now.

Here is a partial list of the kind of things and events that you should consider recording. What went wrong with your rig. What you did to fix the problem with your rig. What date you installed that new refrigerator. When you replaced that tire that blew out and how much you paid for it. (Of course, if you keep a maintenance log for your RV, you don’t need to put this information in your journal. There’s no need to list things in two places.) When you bought that new keyboard and how much you paid for it. The names of the camp hosts where you stayed when you were in AZ. The names of people and the names of their dogs you met at different campgrounds. Nothing impresses people and makes them feel like you really remember them than knowing their dog’s name.

Basically, jot down anything you think you might possibly want to know a year from now. Three to five minutes a day is all it will take, and you will be surprised how much you will use and appreciate this information. From — RVing: Less Hassle—More Joy: Secrets of Having More Fun with Your RV—Even on a Limited Budget.

Saturday, September 15

Two Ripe Bananas

I rescued/repurposed two ripe bananas this morning. I used the recipe I posted the other day. I have a hard time throwing overripe bananas away when these muffins are so easy to put together and good for you too.

Milkweed Vine

This morning I pulled a vine out of our evergreen in the front of the house and these pods were attached. So I had to find out what they were and they are a milkweed vine. Didn't know there was such a thing but I do now. You can find out more here:

Friday, September 14


I failed to get all my list done. I didn't get to my outdoor plans. Some days are like that. Today I went with Mickey to Fort Dodge and Menards so I didn't fulfill my today's list either. Some days are like that.
Virginia and I walked this morning despite the mosquitoes. They are saying West Nile is on the rise here in Iowa and early morning is the worst time of day to be outdoors. I know what you are thinking. That is when I am out there. I have been spraying up before I go. Virginia will be gone next week so I may switch to biking. I can outrun them on a bike.
I took some pictures this morning.
Here they are: At the Fairgrounds in the Early Morning

Baby Beggar

Thursday, September 13

My to-do list

My to-do list

1. Cook a Turkey-
Jason brought me a turkey from their freezer that needed to be cooked. Sometimes being retired has extra benefits. Basically, I have the time. It is in the oven

2. Divvy up the hamburger I purchased yesterday at Costco. It is in a 10-pound tube and that is way too much to deal with in one hunk. LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
Q: What do you call a cow with no legs?
A: Ground beef
3. Use up the two too ripe banana's I have by making Greek Yogurt Muffins. Oops! Requires a trip to store for Greek yogurt first. This one may slip into tomorrow's to-do list.


Greek yogurt muffins

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
2 cups rolled oats
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining with cupcake liners. (You may want to spray cupcake liners with spray so they don’t stick to the liners).
2. Put all ingredients except blueberries into a blender or food processor and process on high until oats are broken down and it becomes a smooth and creamy batter.
3. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins.
Push 5 or 6 blueberries into each filled muffin cavity and bake for 15-20 minutes until tops are set and a toothpick comes out clean. Let muffins set 5-10 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack. Makes 12.
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container or baggie.

4. Cut the tops off the iris out front. If I do this in the Fall it makes cleanup so much easier in the Spring.
5. Read the clue for tonight's trivia. Each week we can go to and read up on the info about one of the questions. First- https://www.facebook.com/woodystrivia and that leads you to  https://woodystrivia.com/ We do not have the specific question but the answer will be in there somewhere.

5. Post this website so people can see all the neat RV ideas. Many can be used in other places too.

Tuesday, September 11

Attention crocheters!!

I would be greatly tempted to buy a couple of these if you were tempted to crochet a couple. Need one for each side.