Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 8, 2018 to May 18, 2018

Tuesday, May 8 to Friday, May 18, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Continuing on with doctor visits I headed back to Pittsburg this morning to visit the dentist again.  When we were there last week one of my bottom front teeth was even more sensitive than previous visits.  Dr. Herron recommended replacing the filling since it has been in place for a number of years.  That's why I am here today, to take care of it.  I am a big baby when it comes to dental work so I was not looking forward to it.  Even though I did not enjoy one bit of it, I got through it okay.

Afterwards I stopped by The UPS Store to pick up our mail.  It was almost a waste - as it was mostly junk.  Since almost everything we do is online we do not get much genuine mail anymore.  We are expecting a couple of things, but I'll probably hold off checking again for a couple of weeks.

From Pittsburg I headed to Parsons.  I needed to return the frames I checked out from my eye doctor last week.  While I was waiting on someone to help me I started looking at the frames again and found a few I didn't remember from last week.  Once someone was available she told me the ones I picked out today just came in.  After trying the two I checked out on against one of the new frames we both agreed we liked the new one better, so that is what I went with.  

I made a stop at Walmart to look for some poster board (the thicker type) to use on the inside of the cabinets that I mentioned in the last post.  I thought it seemed high so we decided to wait and check at Hobby Lobby when we are in Joplin later this week.  

After making a final stop at the Taco Bell for a chicken burrito, I headed home, where I spent the rest of the day working on paperwork.  Too bad I never made it to the 2017 Income Tax pile!!  Thank goodness we filed for an extension.  I must get busy on it soon!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Today I made the decision to cut my hair short again.  It was very thin and straggly looking on the ends.  Now that it's getting warmer I think I'll be glad to have the length gone.  I really like it.  For those of you who know me well, you know how much I detest messing with my hair, so I hope I can manage to style it so it looks decent.  We'll see how that works out!

My new Do!
Later I had lunch with my good friend and former co-worker, Carol.  Time just flies by when we get together.  We worked together for 29 + years, her husband and I were in the same class during high school and our kids all know each other, so by the time we go through the kids and grand kids and catch up with other family members - there's never enough time.  I always enjoy it though and look forward to the next time.  

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Today we made a trip to Camping World at Stafford, MO.  On the way we had to make a pit stop at the Missouri Travel Center just outside of Joplin.  Guess who needed for the driver to stop here?  

Cute worker outside the Missouri Travel Center outside of Joplin, MO.

Beautiful artwork using old license plates inside the travel center outside of Joplin, MO.

We stopped for lunch in Springfield at Firehouse Subs, our first visit there.  I chose the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket which was very good.  Dean laughed at me for ordering something else with brisket.  I love it when it's cooked properly but it's not often I find brisket I like that much, but for a sub sandwich I was impressed.  It was extremely tender - a little messy with the BBQ sauce - but I didn't mind that too much!  I would definitely order it again.  Dean chose Turkey Bacon Ranch.  He thought it was just okay.

We stopped in Joplin on the way home at all of the Home Improvement stores looking for Reflectix to put in the full panel of windows in one of our slides.  Not one store had the size we wanted.  Our love seat sits in the slide and it is starting to get pretty warm in the late afternoon ---and it's not even that hot yet.   We are going to try the Reflectix to see if we can't keep it a little cooler inside.  

Another stop was at Hobby Lobby to purchase some of the corrugated posterboard to put on the inside of our window cabinet doors so it will block the sight of items on the shelves from the inside.  I was in luck it was almost $4 less than the price at Walmart and it was 40% off.  Our final stop before dinner was at The Dollar Store to get a birthday bag for Gideon's present----for his birthday party on Saturday.

By the time we finished all of our running around it was time to eat again so we stopped at Logan's.  I chose a salad and Dean ordered a burger.  They were both excellent!  

Friday, May 11, 2018
We headed to Pittsburg this morning to run some errands, pick up our mail, and then we stopped at Freddy's on the way home.  Of course one of the errands was to stop at Home Depot.  We can hardly go to any town without hitting a home improvement store!  Just saying!!  We are really trying to watch what we eat and hope to get back in to regular exercise this coming week.

It was a pretty quiet day.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
We had breakfast at Circle L here in Oswego this morning - Dean's favorite place to have breakfast.  It was perfect - as usual.  It's always fun to visit a local restaurant in your home town as you get to visit with a lot of folks you know, which is always nice.

Afterwards, we headed to Wichita, KS for our grandson Gideon's 9th birthday party.  We always enjoy the drive to Wichita, passing through the Flint Hills.  I never get tired of the beauty of this drive. 

Scenery from the Flint Hills on 400 Highway

Once we made our way to the area of the bowling alley, we made a quick stop at Lowe's just a mile from the party.   Fortunately Lowe's had the Reflectix we have been looking for.

Gideon's party was at the West Acres Bowling Alley.  It was fun to see the kids, to watch them bowl, and especially watch Gideon open his presents.  He had such a good time and I think everyone else did too.  Oh....and the cake was really good!!  Here are a few pictures.

Gideon - The Birthday Boy!

His Cake

Friends & Family
Papa Dean, Heath (Gideon's Dad), Granddaughter Emerson & her Daddy Jarred
Emerson hugging Tigger.

We left the party and headed for home, but not before stopping to have a late lunch/early supper (lupper) at Red Robin before we left Wichita.  I went in with the idea of having a burger, but ended up with another salad.   At least I really love salad.... but I love burgers more, and Red Robin's are some of my favorite.  It was a difficult decision.   Fortunately the salad was excellent and I wasn't too disappointed.  Dean on the other hand ate a big fat juicy hamburger!  I tried not to drool!!

The drive home was nice.  We were tired but it was a good day.  We are glad we were able to attend Gideon's party.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Misti invited us to dinner at her house after church this morning.  She baked a ham in the crockpot, made some crockpot macaroni & cheese and some green beans.  It was perfect and delicious.  I especially loved the mac & cheese - a very different taste but very good.  After dinner the three of us, Haleigh and Logan had a nice visit before Logan had to leave.

The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning and washing our cars.  We used the wet/dry vac to clean out my van and Haleigh's car, then Dean power washed my van, Haleigh's and Misti's cars.  It took some major elbow grease to get Haleigh's car washed well since it had been setting outside for quite awhile and had lots of car sap on it.  It looked pretty good when we were finished.  Misti's friend Colby stopped by and stayed to help.  We might still be there if he hadn't offered his assistance. He also helped Haleigh get the car seat covers in place.  He was pretty contorted in order to get them underneath the back of the front seats.  Thanks so much Colby!

Once we were done, Dean, Misti & I drove to Columbus where we ordered from their Sonic and brought it home to eat...just in time to watch American Idol, and that was how we ended our day!  

Monday, May 14, 2018
Dean played golf this morning.  I was excited to have lunch with 4 former city clerks who are very special to me - Mary, Betsy, Gail & Barbara.  They were all mentors of mine when I first became City Clerk in Oswego and have remained good friends as they each retired from the profession.  Mary & Betsy met me here in Oswego, and then I drove the three of us to Columbus where we picked up Gail, and then on to Joplin where we met Barbara at her workplace.  We drove just a few blocks away to Red Onion Espressoria where had a delightful lunch and visited for almost two hours.  What a great time it was spending the afternoon with these great ladies.  I asked a lady standing near us if she would mind taking pictures of our group and she quickly agreed.  Here we are:

From Left
Me, Gail, Mary, Betsy, Barbara

Dean went to see son Brett this evening and I attended the monthly Council meeting here in Oswego.  One of our former Mayor's, Jim Stephens was recognized for 50 years of service to the City of Oswego.  He has been actively involved in the community in one form or another during the last 50 years, including 3 terms as Mayor, a Councilmember, Members of the Hospital Board, Economic Development Committee and the Planning & Zoning Board.  It was an honor to work with him while I was City Clerk.  He's a great guy!

Afterwards, I visited with his daughter Jamie and her husband Kenny.  Jamie and I went to school together.  We had a great visit, and I had the opportunity to visit with many other of their family members.  All of them are wonderful people. 

Later in the evening there were a few storms in the area.  I called Dean to see where he was, as it looked like it might get kind of nasty in the area he was driving home from, but it didn't rain too hard.  I'm thankful for that.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
This morning Dean and I had our 6 month checkup with our primary care provider in Webb City.  Dean was complaining a bit about having to be there so early - our appointment was at 8 and it's an hour drive; however we were the first patients of the day and out of there before 9.  That makes it worthwhile to me!

Since Dean was having a fasting blood test, we did not eat breakfast before leaving Bentley so our first order of business was to find a place to have our most important meal of the day.  We really enjoyed Kevin's Cafe when we were here a while back.  We had an excellent breakfast then, so we decided to try it once more.  We would still recommend it.  

We needed to make a stop at Lowe's for a 50 amp breaker.  Son Brett is going to put in a 50 amp RV hookup so we can park Bentley there for a few days now and then.  

We headed home and I started another load of laundry.  Several members of our Escapees Chapter will be attending the Escapade in Sedalia, MO.  Since our Chapter includes MO, KS, OK & AR we will have a table set up on the "ROW" where information on all four states will be available to those attending or visiting the Escapade.  I had contacted the City Office earlier to see if they still keep Kansas travel information on hand.  Dana called me back to tell me she had the information I was looking for.

Kansas Brochures & State Map

Shortly after that, my sister Cindy called to see if I might want to ride to Parsons with her.  I said I would go.  Dean has a prescription to pick up at Walmart so I can do that while we are there.  I asked Cindy to stop by City Hall so I could pick up the travel information.  On the way to Parsons, I called my eye doctor's office to see if my frames might have come in today and sure enough they had, so I was able to stop and pick them up as well.  

My new specs!  I'm still getting used to them but liking them better every day.
While we were at Walmart I saw this neat little sign.  If the colors fit better I might have been tempted to buy it for Bentley.  

Sign I found in Walmart - it fits RV Life perfectly!

Tonight I decided to get outside and walk, and managed to log a little over a mile.  At least it's a start!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We woke up late this morning, but we wanted to walk.  We only walked 1.69 miles, but at least we got started and that is what counts.

Dean played golf and I went to Bible Study this morning which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It's always a blessing to hear and study God's word.  After I returned home, Dean and I had a sandwich and then I got right to work doing more laundry.  Three loads later and I'm good for several days.

For dinner tonight, Dean grilled some burgers.  First time we've had the grill out in weeks.  They sure were good!  

It started to rain while Dean was finishing up the burgers.  Once it stopped, I asked Dean if he wanted to go for a ride and he was ready to go.  We rode to Riverside Park here in Oswego to look at the river.  We decided to drive on to Chetopa and as we came to the 4 way stop here in town, we saw this beautiful rainbow.  

At Chetopa we had to check out the river there too.  As we came back to the highway from the east, I suggested we drive to Bartlett, since we haven't been there in a long time.  It's just a few miles west of Chetopa.  From there we drove north to Highway 59 and took it back into Oswego.  We really enjoyed the drive through the countryside.  Dean loves driving in the country as much as I do and I'm so glad we have that in common.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
This morning we walked 2.12 mi.  I hope we can keep this up as we really need the exercise.  Dean played golf this morning and I finally got all of our tax paperwork together.  Now we just need to get it to the tax preparer.  Hopefully we can do that this coming week.  

I visited my Aunt Lil after lunch.  I've not had much chance to see her since we've both been busy with different things, but today finally worked.  We had a nice visit and then cousin Scott stopped by and I got to visit with him as well, before I headed back to Bentley.  

Tonight Dean grilled salmon steaks, and I finished them off with dill weed butter.  Delicious! I made herb rice and nuked some broccoli & cauliflower.  A great meal.  
Grilled salmon with dill weed butter, herb rice and broccoli/cauliflower mix.  Yum!

Friday, May 18, 2018
We walked 2.04 mi. this morning.  It was a beautiful day.  We've seen a lot of activity in the city's RV park the past few days while we've been walking.  I like to see that.  There is an event this weekend.  Next week the SKP SOLO's will be camping here.  I'm happy it's getting a lot of use.  It's a great spot for an overnight stay or a week.  It has water and electric hookups and a dump station on site.  

Dean played golf again this morning after our walk of 2 miles.  I spent the morning going through all of our files here in Bentley, throwing away old papers, re-labeling files and just getting everything updated and in good order.  I've been wanting to do this for awhile and now it is done!  Whew, what a good feeling it is.

About 5, we took a few things to the storage shed and brought a couple of things back with us that Dean needed, in order to work on a few projects for Bentley.  

When we returned home I warmed up the two leftover burgers from Thursday evening - they were just as good tonight.  

We've been watching Bonanza - one of our favorite shows.  Dean loves Western's and I'd rather watch them than most of the shows on TV today, and since I'm working on the blog I really only half watch it.  Following Bonanza was a movie called Gunsmoke:  The Long Ride.  It starred James Arness and was first shown in 1993.  Neither Dean or I had ever seen it.  It was a really good movie.

Now it's time to turn out the lights and head to bed.  Good night!

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