Back home. Tough night for me.

A few days ago Elaine had a virus that resulted in many hours of dry heaves and about twelve hours of diarrhea. She recovered and yesterday I caught it. I mentioned in yesterday’s story that I wasn’t hungry for either the noon or evening meal. About 6:00 PM the diarrhea hit… and hit… and hit, for the next twelve hours. A very difficult night; now I know a little better what Elaine went through, though I never had the dry heaves! With all the activity on the toilet there was little time for sleep. Continue reading Back home. Tough night for me.

67 degree difference. On the road.

From -26° to +41° – that was our range today, a 67° difference. It started in Green River WY at that lower temperature. Even though our Equinox started OK yesterday at -27°, the battery refused to turn the engine over this morning. But Casey pulled his Jeep out of the garage and with jumper cables the Equinox started right away. Casey and Shauna and Elaine and I then headed to The Hitching Post, a restaurant in Green River, where we met with Shane and had breakfast. We were on the road about 9:00. Continue reading 67 degree difference. On the road.

R.I.P. Jo Behrman. Snow and cold.

May she rest in peace. Jo Behrman (Elaine’s sister) died peacefully this morning around 7:45. She had been moved from the care center yesterday afternoon about 2:00, so at least she was at home in familiar surroundings with all her smells and sounds. She was still in the same position throughout the night, though, as she was when she arrived; she was comatose and she did not respond to voices at all. What was important was that she was home, where she wanted to be. Continue reading R.I.P. Jo Behrman. Snow and cold.

Snowy day. Jo back home.

snowy road scene
These were the conditions along Elk St in Rock Springs when we out to do some shopping late this afternoon.

It started last night, and continues through the day and evening. SNOW! By this time, around 6:30 PM, we have received about 8-10 inches. During most of the day the temps were around 28-30°, but late this afternoon the temp dropped and the wind started blowing 8-15 mph. Right now the temp is 4° and the forecast is for -6° tonight. Continue reading Snowy day. Jo back home.

Good news Gizmo. Jo update.

Gizmo, our youngest Shih Tzu, has had eye problems almost since birth. He has had and been treated for pigmentosa keratitis for a year or more; this is a brown pigment coating covering part of the surface of both eyes. Recently he had a bulge in his left eye which has been treated by Eye Care For Animals in Phoenix as well. He was due for a followup and I had made an appointment for today. Then last week we started noticing a white streak near the bottom of his left eye and another just over the center. Continue reading Good news Gizmo. Jo update.

We made it to Rock Springs

Phew! It was a variable day! We left Panguitch UT this morning at 30° and no storming. As we went over the pass on UT 20 the temps dropped down to around 19°, but once we were on the other side they were back up to the 28° range. No snow. North on I-15 the going was great until we reached the Nephi area where we started getting snow falling and the roads were slushy. From Nephi to Provo we saw several vehicles the slid off the road both northbound and southbound. We did not, however. Continue reading We made it to Rock Springs

We had a sandwich in Panguitch

Don’t try to stop in Panguitch UT on a Sunday New Year’s Day and expect to find a restaurant. In fact, half the motels are shut down as well. We found a place that is less than adequate to stay – the New Western; wish we had chosen another one. We got in around 7:00 PM and the only place to eat in town that was open was Subway. So we got a sandwich and some soup and brought them back to our room. Continue reading We had a sandwich in Panguitch

Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

Barley shrimp
Elaine’s Barley Shrimp

Elaine loves to experiment with creating her own recipes, and they are usually great. Tonight was a good example: Barley Shrimp. She cooked barley in chicken broth; roasted some onions, and red, green, and yellow peppers; and sauteed some large shrimp, then cooked them all together to blend the flavors. I like the chewiness of the barley and its flavor. And of course I love shrimp and the veggies. Great recipe! Continue reading Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

Goodbye to Jake.

Marc and Jake
Marc playing with Jake

A call late last night from my nephew Marc Violette brought sadness to our home. Jake had passed away. Jake was Marc’s dog at first and became like a member of our own family during our stay in NH over the winter of 2013-4. We were in my parents’ house and Marc lives next door. Since Marc worked days Jake spent a lot of time with Elaine and I and our boys, and was well loved by us all. Continue reading Goodbye to Jake.

John Ogden visit. Chronic Tacos.

John's rig
John’s bobtail rig parked in an open area here at Royal Palm

We had a surprise visit from son John today. He arranged his schedule so he had a load to drop off in the Phoenix area and came in late last night. He had been in touch with his Mom for about a day, trying to let her know about his plans as they changed. This time he was able to arrange to drop his trailer off in a secure yard so he could then drive his rig as a bobtail here to Royal Palm. We found a spot for him to park here in the Park so that was also secure overnight. Continue reading John Ogden visit. Chronic Tacos.