Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Friday, April 13, 2018 - Catching Up Again!

Sunday, April 8, 2018 

I woke up around 2am and after laying in bed for close to an hour I finally just got up.  I know I may be sorry for doing this later, but if you can't sleep....sometimes it's best to just get up and do something.  So I wrote yesterday's blog post.

Once Dean was up I asked him about doing some laundry.  Bentley has a leak and I know he wanted to try and figure out where and what before I did any laundry.  While he's not sure, he thinks it might be coming from the washer/dryer.  He wants to pull it out and take a look at the "inspection panel" before I do any, so it will be later today before I tackle that chore.

After breakfast, and showering I was soon ready for church.  Cindy wanted to go with me this morning and Misti and Haleigh wanted a ride, so I left earlier than normal in order to pick them up.  I drove the truck and it sure drives better on those old country roads than my van does!  It may become my vehicle of choice on Sunday mornings!   It was good to be back at our little country church and to see so many friends after being away for so long.     

After getting everyone back home, including me - Dean told me he was planning to take a look at Bentley's water leak while I was at my sister Cindy's.  Today is her Sunday for Sisterfest.  I have three sisters. I am the oldest, then Cindy, followed by Crystal.  My youngest sister Jody is just shy of being 6 years younger than me.  We are very close.  Around the time my mom passed away we had started visiting our (paternal) Papa Blackledge on a weekly basis.  He had been sick and in and out of the hospital quite a bit.  Sometimes we all went, but we tried to make sure at least one of us went each week and more often when we could.  When he passed away a year after our mom, we just seemed to transfer that weekly visit to Daddy. He was often there when we visited Papa, so it seemed the natural thing to do.  After Daddy died in 2008, we didn't get together for a short time afterwards - a bit of a healing process, I guess.  Within a month or two we began our regular Sunday afternoon get togethers only now we take turns hosting.  Being the oldest I have the first Sunday, and it just moves down the line.  We do not get together on the 5th Sunday.  Next month will be 11 years since Daddy died.  It's hard to believe that much time has passed.  Of course, I'm looking forward to going to Cindy's today since I've not been here for over 3 months and I've been missing them terribly.  It will be great to spend the next several Sundays with them before we take off again.  I fully intended to get a selfie of all of us together but we were too busy talking to think about pictures, I guess.

When I returned home, Dean told me he found the leak.  The trap on the drain for the washer/dryer combo unit needed to be tightened.  He said it only took about about a quarter of a turn and it stopped, so it was not even a continuous drip, and it was running straight down the side of the hose.  Fortunately no damage occurred and we caught it early.  We've had the unit less than a month, so we are fortunate he happened to notice it outside.  Had the weather not been so cold since we've been here, where he was switching us from city water to using our water storage tank in Bentley it's possible he might not have noticed it.  We truly believe God watches out for us and we believe this is one of those times he did.

For dinner I made hamburgers, frying them in my cast iron skillet inside.  It was too cold to cook outside, besides Dean doesn't even have the grill out.  They were quite good and then Dean helped me with the dishes.  American Idol came on before we finished, but it was easy to keep an eye on the TV while we finished up.  I'm blessed to have such a wonderful husband.  He takes very good care of me.

While it was a busy day, it was a bit slower paced than the past couple of days.  My lack of sleep last night is catching up with me and I hope I sleep well tonight.

Monday, April 9, 2018   

I was in bed by 10:00 last night and didn't wake up until 6:00 this morning.  I felt rested.

Today was another busy day.  I did a couple of loads of laundry this morning.  Dean had a doctor's appointment in Joplin at 1:30.  It didn't take too long and we were back home by 3:00 or so.  I started tackling a job I want to get done before we leave the end of May, and that is to go through everything in Bentley and determine what I can either get rid of or that can go to the storage unit.  I filled two tubs up, plus have a pile of things stacked on the couch.  I still have several other cabinets to go through but I made a big dent in the process. Afterwards, I did another load of laundry, made dinner and watched American Idol.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Doctor Appointment, Laundy, Cleaning, Tennis Tournament

This morning I had an appointment with my primary care physician to talk to her about the bouts of dry heaves, and heartburn I've been having.  The heartburn has not been bad, but it started shortly after the last episode of dry heaves.  She wants me to have an EGD. I have an appointment with my provider at the Cherokee Health Center in Vinita on Thursday.  I'll take the order to her and she will get it scheduled at the hospital in Tahlequah.

Sunrise on my way to Webb City, MO this morning.

I made a stop at Walmart to pick up a few things before heading back to Oswego.  Once the groceries were put away I washed another load of laundry, then dusted and vacuumed Bentley.  I just have to say again how much I love this washer/dryer unit.   I'm so glad Dean pushed me to move forward on this purchase.

We had leftover hamburgers for lunch and then I did a final load of laundry before we left to attend our grandson Tucker's tennis tournament in Parsons.  It started at 3 pm.  He played three matches and won one of them.   We enjoyed watching him.  

Tucker is on the far side of the net.
Everyone else finished up their matches before his final match was over.  Since they were waiting on him so they could leave, we didn't talk to him afterwards.  However, he sent a text and a picture of the medal he received.  We hope to see him and his sister Dacy this coming weekend.  It's hard to find the time on a school day to spend much time with them.  They are a busy family with chores and schoolwork.  Both he and Dacy have a couple of goats they are raising for the fair this year, besides training their horses for fair competition as well, let alone work, sports and homework.

It was after six before the tennis tournament was over, so we stopped at Chinese Chef in Parsons for a quick dinner.  We called our grandson Logan to see if he wanted to go eat with us, since he lives at the college dorms in Parsons, but he was in Chetopa visiting a friend.  The food was pretty good although they didn't have my favorite on the buffet this evening - General Tso's.  By the time we got home it was close to 7:30.  We watched some TV before calling it a night.

Sunset when we returned to the RV Park.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 

This morning I went to BIble Study.  I've missed seeing my friends each week while we've been gone and it was so good to see them all.  I had to leave early though.  We are meeting some friends in Grove for lunch at the Cherokee Casino.  We've never eaten here before but we've heard some good reviews.

We met up with two couples we spent time with in Texas, Dennis & Pam, and Olen & Kathy, plus Phil & Janelle and their granddaughter Avery, and Pam's brother-in-law and sister Rogers and Loretta.  We met them all through our Escapees camping group.  We had a great time visiting with all of them.  I've made bread pudding several times over the past year for several occasions - and Loretta is the person who gave me the recipe.  I shared with her how much everyone has enjoyed it.

From the end and then left:  Dennis, Loretta, Rogers, Janelle, Avery, Olen, Kathy, Phil, Dean, and Pam
Dean and I both chose the Indian Taco for our lunch - a piece of fry bread with taco meat, pinto beans, lettuce, tomato and cheese.  It was quite good.  

When we left there we drove over to Seneca, MO to see my step-dad Larry and his wife Verna.  It was so good to see them and spend time visiting.  Hopefully we can make it back at least one more time before we leave again the end of May.

We had a much busier schedule planned for our time here but last week I cancelled one of the campouts we planned to attend next month, and shaved one day each off of two rallies we will attend in April and May.  We decided we need more time to take care of things here - between doctor appointments, seeing family and trying to take care of my list of to-do's we need to take care of before we leave, we were just feeling too rushed.

Once back home we had leftovers for dinner.  Dean watched TV and I worked on some paperwork.

Beautiful sunset tonight from Bentley.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 

I left Oswego around 7:20 this morning for the drive to Vinita for my routine appointment with my provider at the Cherokee Health Center, including routine blood work.  Afterwards I stopped at McDonald's for a breakfast biscuit since I had to fast for my blood work.  I needed to have something to eat before I took the rest of my morning medicine .  I try to make my appointments early so I can get in and out quickly but this morning's appointment was a little later than normal, so I made a stop at Style, a department store in Vinita before leaving town.  Unfortunately, while I found a few things I liked, nothing fit right so that ended up being a waste of about 30 minutes!  When I stopped at Walmart on Tuesday I bought a pair of capri jeans and two shirts.  I didn't try them on at the store, but waited until I got home.  Fortunately they all fit and I kept them.  I've been looking for a pair of white capri jeans but so far no luck in finding any I like.  

Dean changed the electric heating element in the hot water tank out while I was gone.  Ours went out and we've been using gas to  heat our water for a few weeks, waiting for a break in the weather and our schedule so he could replace it. 

After a quick lunch (more of a snack for me), I worked on our budget report.  I had not updated our report since the last week of March; so I needed to complete it and record all of our expenses for April to date.  I was glad to get that done and out of the way.  March was not a great month - again dining out being the worse line item.  Overall, we have pretty much stayed within our total budget, but we need to work harder at staying within each line item.  I do think that will be easier for us now.  We've found it's much easier when it's just the two of us because we do most of our own cooking; so we hope it balances out over the rest of the year.  We are managing to set money aside each month in savings so that is the most important thing at this point but we both know we can do a little better job than what we've done the first three months of this year.  Texas was hard on us - we must pace ourselves next year!  Lol!

Dean was ready to get out and do something.  We had discussed getting our mail earlier.  We decided to drive to Pittsburg and pick it up.  It's been two weeks since we last had it delivered.  Unfortunately, we did not receive any of the things we expected, so now we'll have to follow up on those.  We called Brett to see if he might be free for dinner since he's close to Pittsburg, but he already had plans, so hopefully we can meet up with him and his family this weekend.  

We made a stop at Freddy's Steakburgers for a quick dinner before heading home.  Once home we both just chilled - Dean watching TV and I played a game on my computer before going to bed.  

Friday, April 13, 2018 

Today is Friday - and while in Oswego - for us that means breakfast at Circle L Cafe.  We haven't had breakfast here for almost four months - maybe a little longer.  Dean was a very happy camper getting to go to his favorite breakfast spot.  As usual, our breakfast was just perfect and we both really enjoyed it.  It was also great because we saw a number of townsfolk that we haven't seen in quite awhile.  Barb and her friend Bill, Bill & Jonnie, Beckie & Danny, and then Betty, one of my blog followers, came in.  There was lots of hugging going on.  We also saw Chris and Robert, Lacy (the owner) and Dave.  Wow, it was great!  We do miss our hometown when we are gone.  I still need to make some rounds to a few places after we return from our rally next weekend to see a few more people.

After breakfast, we returned to Bentley so I could do the dishes before we leave.  I have an appointment in Tahlequah at the Cherokee Indian Hospital there for a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) as a follow up to the sarcoidosis I was diagnosed with last April.  We made it by 12:30, got checked in and only had to wait about 10 minutes before it was time for my test.  It takes about an hour.  Dana gave me one prior test, back in October.  She's a very nice young lady and I enjoying visiting with her.  There's a period of about 10-15 minutes while waiting for one of the medications to work between tests that we have an opportunity to visit.  I was telling her about our recent decision to sell our house and live full-time in our RV for a few years so we can travel around the United States.  She was intrigued, so before I left I gave her one of our cards with the blog information on it.  She and her husband have talked about traveling in an RV in the future.  

On the way to Tahlequah, the Cherokee Health Center in Vinita called me.  They have a prescription for me, so I told them we would pick it up on our way back home.  After picking it up, we had to stop at Clanton's in Vinita for dinner.  We love this place.  It's been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives wtih Guy Fierri.  Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn has commented on some of their meals as well.  I've been going there since I was just a young girl with my grandparents and still enjoy it.  Tonight I had their chicken salad croissant - a first and it was delicious, served with fruit.  Dean had their pork chop dinner, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, side salad and a roll.  He said it was very good.

While there have been tornado warnings out all day in the area we have been in from Tahlequah to Oswego, we have seen little rain until about 3-4 miles south of Oswego.  

It poured as we were heading north into Oswego.

We could see it was pouring in front of us; but by the time we reached the RV Park - it had almost quit.  It's now a beautiful evening and the sun is shining through some light clouds.  Of course they are calling for weather through the night (until 10 pm) so we'll have our weather apps and local TV channels on, listening for any updates.

I hope you've all had a marvelous day and week!  


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