Before I get into the nitty-gritty, let me welcome a couple of new readers... Mary-Pat and Jody. I always appreciate all you folks and love your comments. Thanks so much!
Things are going as well as can be expected...
The good thing is, the broken bone in Bill's ankle does not require a plaster (or whatever they make them from these days) cast. He wears this boot and uses our Leki walking stick when he wants to go outside.
While Bill very seldom wears shorts, they have become the attire of the day.
He's getting a bit of a tan in places that never see the sun.
And, nope, nothing risque either.... but his knees are getting some color. Because of the boot he sure is getting some strange patterns on his skin.
On Sunday I guess I stood on an ant hill while filling my bird feeders. While they weren't fire ants, the ants that got under the straps of my sandals bit me several time. I'm kinda allergic to insect bites, and even though I got rid of those ants really quick, the damage was done. My foot swelled up, blisters formed and my foot itched like crazy until yesterday.
So... what happens then? I was shifting some potted plants around and apparently one of them had either ants or another biting insect on it.
Yep! My hand swelled up....
It only has 3 blisters, but they itch like the devil!
Kinda makes me laugh, though.... maybe this is one way to get rid of wrinkles?
All those ugly veins and wrinkles are just about gone in my left hand... now... what about all those age spots? Oh well... I never said I'd grow old gracefully... but I sure have fun anyway!
So... that takes care of me and Bill and our maladies....
Yesterday we took the motorhome to the Ford dealership in Stephenville for its "doctor" appointment.
We have 154,000 miles on our rig and have never had the plugs changed. Just lately Bill could feel it "missing" as he's driving down the highway.
Decided to get a tune-up. Last week we checked with the Ford place in Granbury. Well... bring it in and leave it... they'd get to it in 3 or 4 days. Excuse me.... we live in our motorhome. Well, come in early... at 7am.... and they'd get to it when they could. Also, Bill should go across the building to the parts department to see if they had the right plugs. Oh come'on.... we're the customers and Bill is hobbling around in his boot. Seemed to us that the service dept could make a quick call (heck, they could almost yell over) to the parts and check. The final decision to go somewhere else was made when they said that Bill could not stay in the rig while it was being worked on.
Since this is our home and everything we have is in it, Bill always stays in the rig during the kinds of work that require the service folks be inside. Even when we get new tires and things like that, he stays with, if not in, the rig.
Anyway, we left the Granbury Ford dealership and checked with the Ford in Stephenville. Each city is about 20 miles from where we're at... just different directions.
No problem... just bring the rig in... they'll do the tune-up.
It's a 2001 Ford V-10, and is the model that takes special tools to change the plugs. Kind of a specialized procedure.
This photo is taken from inside... they have to take the console out, and then take the panel from below the dash just to get to the components. (And... I took this while inside the rig while the work was being done.)
Bill had them put in a new fuel filter, but the air filter only needed cleaning.
Altogether the whole thing took just under 4 hours (including the test drive when it was done). The mechanic was friendly, polite and quite efficient.
They had quoted a price of $400 when we made the appointment. The total cost was $368.00
If we ever have any other problems while here at our daughter's, this is definitely the place we'll be heading.
So... I think we're all on the mend and doing better now.
And... just because I like this photo, I'm adding it to the end of this post...
This male Painted bunting is trying his darnedest to get some seed through the clear plastic side of the feeder....
I sure have a good time watching the birds no matter where I am or what they're doing!
That's All For Today!