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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Baxter

     

     Some of you have asked about Baxter.  I mentioned on the 8th that we had seen a vet in NY.  The morning after we arrived we took him to his regular vet.  His reaction was exactly the same as the NY vet.  He said,"Wow, that's weird.  I've never seen anything like that before."  He has a growth on the side of a toe pad on his right rear foot about half the size of a toe pad.  It is now almost completely callused over...much like a regular pad.  After a couple of weeks of tolerating a bandaged foot, he has now spent a couple of days walking normally.
     The vet is making further inquiries with specialists in his network, but it is beginning to appear as if he won't need foot surgery.  That's good because healing from the resulting hole in that location would be difficult.  He also has a growth on his back and another on his eyelid that need to be removed.  Those relatively simple procedures have been put on hold pending the foot decision so that we will only have to do the general anesthesia thing one time.
     Meanwhile, he is acting more like his OLD self.  He enjoys coming and going to his own back yard without six steep steps where he can lie in the sun while Durelle tries to do a summer's worth of weeding.  He even drags out a squeaky toy from time to time!  He is not yet taking his evening walks around the neighborhood, but he acts as if he wants to.  A small version may happen soon.  He doesn't run, and he occasionally falls, otherwise, he is doing well.  Getting old is not without it's struggles.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Home !!

     We are home and safe.  Portions of I-95 are closed, so we went west to I-81 and took it south to  I-77 to Columbia, SC where we picked up I-26 into Charleston.  We got in at four so we got the essentials unloaded tonight.
     Thursday morning it was clear that the tow bar assembly had bitten the dust.  As a result Durelle had to drive the Jeep!  While I was waltzing with a consortium of tandem trailer rigs and moving up through the hills of western Virginia, I would look back and tagging along behind was the blue Jeep.  This time it was not due to the efforts of the Blue Ox, but it was due to the stalwart efforts of Durelle.  She drove 415 yesterday and 310 today...and she was only thrown one finger.
     Last night we stayed in a new place; Fancy Gap KOA 8 miles north of the NC border on I-77.  We were escorted to our site because it was unusual.  After we got level with judicious use of jack pads, and I had hooked up power, water and cable, Durelle asked me to try the DirecTV.

  





     It was a heavily wooded site, so I didn't figure we had a chance, but I gave it a try.  After a few moments of listening to the scanning, we heard voices coming from the TV.  I would not have bet a nickel, but I guess Durelle was rewarded for her yeoman efforts when our towbar failed.
     We are all happy to be home, and so is Baxter.  He sees the vet tomorrow morning.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Multiple Topics

     There are several events worth noting, but they have little in common other than being sequential.  So...resorting to the cowardly option of chronological order, I will begin with our closing days at the Moorings.The community was significantly diminished on the 28th of Sept. when the Roths left.


     That was also the day that we had a total eclipse of the moon.  What follows is a picture of a partial eclipse.  It's not a great picture, but it proves that I stayed up late enough to take one.


     We left on the first with an uneventful trip to Brookline, NH.  On the 2nd we met much of the Cloutier clan at Smokey Bones for supper.  Here's a picture of great granddaughter, Brielle, with her father.


     The picture was taken inside, in the evening, without flash, and it shows, but it is a nice father/daughter picture.  That's a root beer bottle.
     We left Brookline on the 5th and spent two wonderful days with the Fares.  First we had to tuck the bus into the reserved spot #1,



 while their Allegro was relegated to overflow.


     We took a local area tour, which included West Point, and a view of the NYC skyline about 50 miles to the south.



     We could also see the Bear Mountain Bridge and some of the Hudson River traffic.  



  
     We also discovered the spot on Baxter's back foot that had been spotting blood for a while.  The Fares found us a vet that made an almost immediate appointment and provided excellent service at a reasonable price.  Baxter's back right foot is bandaged because of a growth on the side of a toe pad that is almost the size of a toe pad.  We'll see what his regular vet says as soon as we can.
     Jackie sent us on our way with some excellent sandwiches.  We spent Wednesday night at Pine Grove, PA.  It's a good place we have used before with satellite for the first time in 48 hours.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Southbound

     No pictures tonight.  We got in to Brookline, NH at six...well after Happy hour.  For those that would like some pictures of this place, please click on Field and Stream RV Park.  The day was uneventful, after we got started.  Yesterday's downpour and washouts precluded our grocery shopping, so we did it today.  We stopped a few hundred yards down the road to get some air in the fronts and had an boring (that's a good thing when you are driving) trip to NH.
     We'll get some family time with children, grand-children and great granddaughter, Brielle and have a more complete blog soon.
     We are in an alternate site from our reservation so we can get satellite TV (thanks, Dan).  Now Durelle can watch the Red Sox and the Yankees.  Cindy's safely home and all's right with the world.
     We miss our Moorings family and look forward with great anticipation to next year.
     Baxter is doing OK...eight more days of RV steps.