We’ve been in campgrounds before and met one half of a couple, and that person (for some reason, it’s usually the male) often declares that their spouse (usually the wife) is in their RV….but, yet, we’ve gone weeks and only seen one of the “supposed” pair.
I say “supposed” because, well, without seeing this so-called spouse, our minds start to wonder. Is there really someone else in there? Or perhaps, it’s an imaginary spouse? Or maybe, she is being held captive? And if you know Greg, the stories will grow from there. Entertaining….but maybe a little wrong!?!
So the tables have turned and I’m pretty sure we’re “that couple” in our park right now! Greg has been out and about and I’ve pretty much been holed in the RV for the past week.
As we mentioned in the last post, I was going under the knife to get my ankle fixed, or less dramatic, I was having a quick surgery to repair a tendon split. We arrived in Tucson last Tuesday and surgery was scheduled for Wednesday and luckily, things went as planned. Surgery was outpatient and we arrived at 11:30 and we were on our way back to the campground by 2:00.
For the surgery, along with knocking me out, they put a pain block in from the knee down, and it really did a good job masking the pain, for about a day….until it wore off…...uh, ouch! Unfortunately it wore off as we were getting ready to go to a St. Paddy’s day dinner with fellow RV’ers and well, let’s just say we didn’t make it. That whole “hey, this ain’t that bad” mindset went right out the window very quickly! The next five or six days, were sort of a blur and I spent a lot of time sleeping as the painkillers did a pretty good job knocking me (and the pain) out. So, been painkiller free since early this week and yesterday I made it through the whole day without a nap! Progress.
The good news is that everything went according to plan, the tendon split was about 2.5 inches and the doctor was able to sew it up and thinks it should heal just fine. It’s really just the healing process now that is a tad torturous.
with her nephew Dex....oh, and flowers and cookies! How awesome!!
My faithful (for now) companion, Hobie!
And for the healing process…As we were preparing for the surgery, we went to order some crutches and discovered this nifty contraption called an iWalk, which is like a peg leg. It straps on to the thigh as it cradles the lower leg behind you, and then the bottom is the crutch part allowing you to walk more or less hands free. Sounded good and crutches didn’t, so we ordered one. Luckily, I had about a week of practice before having to use it for real, and other than the attention this strange looking contraption draws, it has works pretty darn good. I’ve only wiped out once and that was in practice mode, so I’ll give it a thumbs up. Hopefully only a few more weeks (five max) using this thing.
Greg assembling the iWalk. It took about 10 minutes.
Me, modeling the iWalk (pre surgery)
Greg has been productive and able to keep himself occupied with an install and now he’s starting some of the projects from “the list.” I’m hopeful we can make a dent on the list, but three ankle surgeries probably wouldn’t even do it! It’s amazing how that list continues to grow!!
And now that I’ve been coherent for a few days, aside from watching a lot of TV, I’ve started tackling some of the “inside” things from the “list”—mainly boring stuff like taxes, bills, etc. I did manage to do a little work on the mobile site, so hoping the page loads easier and we now have comments turned on in mobile. (so comment away!!)
I’ve also done some serious Amazon shopping that had been accumulating for the past couple of months. Finally pulled the trigger on a new camera-the Nikon Coolpix P900—which will hopefully help me get better zoom pictures (like birds and stuff!!). So, I’ll spend some time getting acquainted with that camera while still figuring out my other one as well!! (Hey, I have the time, now!!)
This is a pic of the full moon with the new camera at full zoom untouched.....
With this amount of zoom, watch out birds!!
And of course a willing model....not fully zoomed.
We also got an Insta-pot, which I thought was sort of a new fangled cooking fad thingy that would soon pass, but we had the opportunity to borrow Tracy’s and found it to be sort of amazing. It’s an 8-1 cooker, with the two settings that we’ll probably use the most—pressure cooker and slow cooker. We were able to cook two pork loins in like 35 minutes. I cooked frozen chicken in like 25 minutes….did I mention it’s amazing!! You know what this means….no more excuses for not cooking! We typically forget to lay something out, but heck, frozen food, not a problem with this thing! Wait....no excuses for not cooking? What was I thinking!?
On the TV front, luckily we have Direct TV because the HD antenna reception is blocked by a mountain here at our park. Since we are mobile, we utilize a Direct TV service called Distant Network Services, which basically allows you to get either an east or west coast feed, and the sign up process for this service is a pain in the a#*! We have an east coast feed based on our home base address, which means prime time shows, now that daylight savings time didn’t happen in Arizona, start at 5:00 and Jimmy Kimmel is over by 9:30….which ultimately means….early to bed!! Who knew late night tv, or in our case tv after 10pm is pretty darn awful!
We also got to enjoy a couple dinners with our friends Harry and Vicky, who are originally from Lancaster and are staying at the park adjacent to ours. I was so excited for social interaction, I forgot to take any pics at dinner….although I did snag a quick sunset pic as we had a quick drive through Saguaro National Park. Unfortunately they are moving on tomorrow, so we’ll have to seek out some other social stuff to keep things going.
Saguaro National Park with Harry and Vicky
(well, they were in the car when we took the pic...that counts, right!?)
So, that pretty much wraps up nothing!!! I get a cast on the ankle Wednesday, so hopefully that will give us something exciting to report! Thanks for following along…..