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Old 04-14-2010, 09:12 AM   #2773
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Lovely pics! I haven't been to SC yet, that is motivation.

The Western Women's Rally in March was a blast. We had 9 trailers boondocking on a beautiful lake in California. The friendships that are formed are priceless! If you don't have an Eastern Women's excersion planned I would highly encourage it.
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Welcome home Sharon... Glad to hear the lot is sold... That would be great if you won to lottery... now your neighbours will really be ... looks good on the one considering the medical field is involved...poetic justice..
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Sharon, I am glad that you made it home in one piece. I'll be routing for you on that lottery! Carol, going to work is good, except when it interrupts the social, relaxing life. However, it does pay for the fun time! At least that is what I tell myself every morning this time of year.

Went to the Springstream Rally in North Georgia this past weekend and had the pleasure of meeting Lou and Larita from the Sister Sister's Rallies. They had some great stories to tell, but made me promise not to spread them. Makes me wish I could have been there too! Had a great rally with about 50 units.

Now it's pollen season in the south. The trees and early flowers are beautiful, but it is hard to breath. Sounds like most everyone is doing better now that spring is here.
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progress report

Larry and I took our first extended trip in the Excella. We left home the end of Mar. and stopped in JC for the NOVAfest. Woke up to 1/2 in. of snow and was glad that we had dry camped. No frozen lines. We had a great time at NOVAfest and then moved on south to the panhandle of FL to spend a week with our good friends there. Right on the water of the Choctawhatchee Bay, across the water from Destin. Was a beautiful week. Then we moved on to see Talladega Raceway. Larry could not pass up that opportunity. Atlanta was next. Wow! Traffic! Springstream came next. There was alot of shiny aluminum there. We had a great time meeting lots of folks that we have followed on airforums. I got to meet Kathy too!
After Springstream Larry and I pulled up stakes and started across TN and KY and wound up at the Dogwoods and Bluegrass Rally in KY. That rally was great because we met up with some people that we met last year and it was like meeting good friends that we have known for a long time. What friendly people Airstreamers are!!! And the food...OMG! Lots and lots of food! From there we headed back to OH. Spent one more night in JC and picked up a few parts that we needed. Now we are back at home. Catching up on lawn mowing and chores so we can go again. We are headed to PA to Grand Canyon of the East country. And we will pay a visit to Larry's kid brother too.
Sharon keep us posted on the surgery and progress. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Prayers for the rest of you to be safe and sound and hopefully out camping!!!
Is anyone else going to anywhere? Larry and I are planning several more. We have Alumapalooza, MetroDetroit, Pocono, Fall Colors on long range plans.
Hope to bump into some of you down the road!
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:25 PM   #2777
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Lou, what a great time you have had travelling around!!! And your future plans sound even more exciting. How will you ever contain yourself.

Thanks for thinking of me and my surgery.

Well I suppose I should update you all again - seems my life is never ending in ha I think it has gone beyond bad luck...I think I was just chosen to get through piles and piles of "sh*t" and just smile through the whole lot of it.....

As you know I had a terrible knife accident. On my sneak away trip to get in some golf before I am out of commission for a long while.

Well my ankle surgeon took one look at it during my pre-op on the 14th and sent me for an ultrasound which was last Wednesday. Just 4 days out from my ankle surgery I received horrible news that it now has to take a back seat to surgery on my wrist!!!

Turns out that the emerge in Charleston did not do such a good job in evaluating my injury. I have severed the EPL tendon and 70% tears to two other tendons. It is impossible for me to bare my weight on the wrist that is required to Non-weight bare with cruthes for 6 weeks with the ankle replacement surgery.

Ha and that is not all.....It gets worse - I had not mentioned that my last week in Charleston I had stepped over the tongue unhooking into the deep ruts that I made in my last sink hole site. I had over extended my knee something awful and it has been swollen and extremely sore for about 3 weeks now.

The ankle surgeon looked at that too and has also now sent me for a knee consult. I know my knee well enough to know that it is not very good at all. And most likely will also require surgery. But I am not sure at this point which they would do first the ankle or knee.

Nevertheless I have to first get through the wrist surgery which will be in the next couple of weeks. If they can grab the ends of the tendon it should be a good repair, but it has already been 7 weeks now. Thus they may have to do a tendon transfer. Requires 6 weeks in a cast/splint then 4-6 weeks of therapy.

Then I will be put back into the ankle surgical rotation on a priority basis. (that is if they don't need to do anything to my knee at this time) I will be hopefully into the consults this or next week.

That is all my bad news for now...ha but life is not all ugly.....
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Lou you and Larry are having a wonderful tour with your new Stream. Glad to hear you are getting good use and lots of fun out of it! You two deserve it. We want pictures, please!!!

Sharon! We feel for ya girl. That is a terrible string of incidents to be in line for all that surgery. The good things are is you are a hardy one and will probably heal fast. It's a wonder you didn't pass out from blood loss before you got to the ER. Your surgeon deserves lots of credit to be looking after you and catching these other issues before starting with your ankle. Too bad you can't heal from a couple of surgeries at the same time since you have so much time to write and sing this season. Maybe you will finish Chattering Woods. Do you have to use crutches? What if you used a chair or better still held STILL? Just teasing you there on holding still. A rolling stone gathers no moss for sure! You are in our hearts and prayers and DON'T overdue, really. Let Peter wait on you and then keep us posted.
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So after that news that meant no golf for me no matter how I slice it. I was really down last night - so my girls got a special treat and were allowed to cuddle with me - ha they took up the whole bed!!

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Since I have been home I have been racking my brain as to getting everything set for my surgery. With the wrist so painful I had to plan recouping in the CCD to save on the distance to access things. But I could not get into the bathroom -

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I thought I could see the computer better by removing the privacy sheild. But now I am going to either put in a sliding top or a very expensive articulating arm to mount my IMac on so that I have access from the bedroom and from the main part of the trailer.

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so the resulting reno has started Ha - method to some really crazy madness in my life I guess and reason we can still smile through all this.

So first was I needed the long awaited 30amp plug and water connection at the driveway instead of running hoses and cords to the house - an accident waiting to happen. So Mr. Handy Man set too and within a half day the new RV Service Stand was done.


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Haily needed to inspect of course to make sure Peter was using the right parts.
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And then Haily and Taz were so happy that spring had sprung they were doing a dance...

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I have spent a considerable amount of time in my sweet ModPod...and you know how it is with these airstreams...they are never just quite right.....if only...if only tee hee.

I have never liked the dinette - the seats are darn uncomfortable and the table is to darn high and squeaks and rattles all the time - so very annoying. It is a major task to drop down into a bed and well to have friends sleep over the dinette is about big enough for kids.

I have found that any serious social dinners are all outside - BBQ of the Camping Kind!!! And the intimate dinners out of the elements are usually only dinner for 2! So the configuration of inside eating certainly does not have to be the standard dinette.

So out it came the whole lot! And Peter is going to instal the dinette into the former LadyBug - pending new name???? Cause he is tall and he likes a dinette...

Here is the new layout.
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I do like the desk makeup but never use it as a desk. I am going to have an aluminum rack made to take a microwave and toaster oven. That always sits on the desk. I like the drawers they are very handy. And I usually just pile stuff under the orange chair that never ever gets used for anything.

The Converter position will move slightly along with the propane detector that has never worked - hmm I would smell propane before it is ever detected - even sleeping tee hee So a new one is on the list.

For the back corner instead of re-routing the plugs and power I will put in easy access sliders to match the over heads. And there will be access to storage space for towels and blankets and things of that nature. To Close in beside the drawers there will be two little cupboards that will hold the extra pillows for the pull out bed.

The pull out bed will be a full 6' plus the stationary L part close to the door - that will make it a wonderful bed for those who are taller than 6' Ha means we get out own beds!! means when we travel together I will finally get some sleep. Turns out I sleep like a baby in this cocoon when I have the bed to myself!

I am going to match the back of the one seat to the night table and obtain the black mottled formica that they are still using in the Euro models, along with trying to get 7 of the drawer pulls to match.

The back of the seat will have an open compartment to stuff shoes in. On the side there will be a door and a place for another storage bin. In front of the wheel well seating there will be more storage for our favourite bottles of wine.

With this set up I will be able to get into the over head cupboard so much easier being the shorty I am.

I like the white drawer fronts and over head cupboards but white counter sucks - so I am changing that out to the grey/white/black boomerang pattern. There are four tops the night table, two sections in the galley and the desk top. I am ditching the orange and going for Sage and Red.

I have not decided on the table design yet - but it will not be used as a bed at all. It will be snapped off quickly and easily and dropped below the bed draw slide out. Or if they make a thin telescoping pole other than those massive ones used in the Panamerica model that take up all the bloody leg room.

I am thinking that it might have some sort of extension to it that allows for more than 2 people to eat. And I will have folding but sturdy stools to sit on the other side like a bar. So I have some thinking and research to do on that.

I am changing out the chinsy blinds for new ones with the aluminum valance.

I also hate the bedroom curtain - works like crap - in fact it does not work at all. As the privacy shield has never stayed put since I have had it. So out it came the curtain I mean. I am going with a more Hospital type curtain that is sheer light and is still private.

I have taken the privacy shield off and having to rework the rubber screws I am hoping that I might come up with a different type of track that it could go into to make it more sturdy and not vibrate out of its screws.

But before I go to far on that I think I will get the trailer wheels balanced as I don't think they have ever been balanced. I do need new tires now anyway as they have dry rot!

Last little reno will be some compartments up in the overheads to keep the baskets in place - ha they crash forward every trip - they must to the dance every road trip LOL.

And that is about it.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:40 PM   #2780
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The problem with this ankle surgery is a lot of bone amputation, and high incidence of blood clots. So it is really important that I am up and about as much as possible. They are putting me on blood thinners too.

Ha I wish I could use a wheel chair that would have made life real easy - ha just bring in the three surgeons and get it all done at once I say LOL...

Thanks for your well wishes Carol. Ha no moss on me that is for sure - It was real tough being in the golfing capital of the world and seeing my bag with its cover on it ouyvey!!! Ha I cleaned the trailer a lot - at first sweeped with one hand. The thumb is a marvel and you sure do miss it when you don't have it to use.

Ha try putting on your bra with one hand.....and getting a jam jar lid off - or even the lid off your deodorant...so many little things we all take for granted.

When I got home and finally re-aquainted with my Nikon - I can barely use the manual focus, and the weight of the camera I can not even manage to pick up with my left hand right now.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:49 PM   #2781
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Your plans for the Mod Pod sound great. It sounds like you and Peter switched and he is to have the "Lady Bug"... soon to be renamed.

We'd love to be able to give you a hand Sharon but you may have to settle for an attempt to make you smile...
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Well as you know - Peter was all set to refit the Ladybug, and we had made that trip in April to pick up all the new parts for her. Well it has been down hill ever since then. with health issues then financial issues. Peter managed to build his beautiful garage in all that mess. His baby the Overlander we had to let go to survive financially along with selling all the Excella parts too.

I have spent so much time in "our" anniversary present - that she has become well "mine", just as "our" boat has become "his" as he uses it more than I do. As I use the CCD more than he does.

I feel for Peter with all the things that he has had to endure, and he had such plans for the Overlander.

I am happy in the CCD I love towing it and feel real comfortable - it is big enough for me to live in during extended periods.

I had all the plans for the Ladybug - but they were my plans, so I have given them up so he can make his own mark - he really needs something like this to work on and he is having a great time with it already.

He really does want to get into working on trailers as a hobby, and as the room is more and more in his big garage - he will be in his element for sure.

The reno in the CCD is a piece of cake for him. Will probably take him an afternoon to knock up the framing and fit the drawers and cupboards.

I am hoping I will have some time to do some sewing and make him all new curtains for his GlobeTrotter - he just said tonight that maybe he will resurrect Moonbeam (II) as he is going with the yellow and blue motif still. So I will dig up some of the old MoonBeam items that the new owner did not take.

I hope with the wrist that they do not cast the whole hand - as my fingers are still strong so I could handle the sewing machine at least.

But I am afraid there goes my piano playing for a while longer. I did play a bit this week - although painful I was pleased that I could still play. Can not handle the chords with the left hand though.

You make me laugh - singing - not bloody likely Now writing is a possibility. And hopefully lots of shooting. I will be able to still kayak through a good portion of the summer which is a bit of a bonus than what I was expecting.

I Can still drive - so that is another good thing - so I might be in for a few more road trips than what I was expecting as well. So always good things come of not so good situations. Just another little bump in the road -ha or is that a tailpipe with a muffler attached that I nailed on my trip home luckily with NO damage to either truck or trailer...so maybe I do have some luck after all....
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I like the Moon Beam interior too. That will be lovely. I believe this is one of your pictures of her...

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Hey silver sisters!

Hope everyone is doing great. I'm counting down til Memorial weekend, can't wait to get the kayak back in the lake.

Sharon here's a hug, you've been through a lot! Carol, Suz, Lou, where ya been? When are we camping again?

Hope to see you folks around a real campfire sometime!!
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Hi Steph, sounds good. We had such a great time. Hope we can round up the possee and get out together again!! The weather today is divine!!! Let's have all non rainy days for camping, agreed?
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Hey silver sisters! Hope everyone is doing great. I'm counting down til Memorial weekend, can't wait to get the kayak back in the lake.
Sharon here's a hug, you've been through a lot! Carol, Suz, Lou, where ya been? When are we camping again? Hope to see you folks around a real campfire sometime!!
Hi Steph and all,
Larry and I have been out and about. We left for our long trip at the end of Mar. Got home from FL, AL, GA, TN, KY and OH where we attended 3 rallies, then out again this past weekend. We stopped overnight at PennWood Airstream Park, then headed on to the Grand Canyon of PA. It was a gorgeous spot to hike. We also stopped to visit Larry's brother in the north central area of PA. Now we are back at home. Steph, are you going to be able to make it to the Metro-Detroit Rally? That comes up in August.
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