17 Jan, Lets’s ride! Will we be on the road by ten AM? Maybe. Nope! At 11:30 noontime, we rode off with another load of Ron’s treasures to the storage unit, dropped off our condo keys, then we returned the rental car and a drop off of paper to be recycled at our church. It was 12:30 high noon when we hit 105 eastbound to 327 north, to 2246, to 96, to 62, to TX 12, crossing into Louisiana on LA 12 which merged with LA 190 (For Wynn). Cynthia did not need in heated gear until five PM when we both agreed we needed warmth. Ron is a chronic hypothermic who rarely wears gloves, but he donned his balaclava. Pat B. met us in Baton Rouge for dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn. That a six hour ride on back roads, allowing for stops. Great ride!
16 Jan, Errands today include dry cleaners, alterations pickup, bank, post office and dermatologist. The bike isn’t packed either. It is cold with rain forecast so tomorrow is the day we begin riding towards Miami. I hope we make it to FL before the bitter freeze hits. Jon wrapped the pipes on the beach house.
15 Jan, Each day of running errands, cleaning out the storage unit, is like the previous day! Today, we moved a chair out of the storage unit to be picked up for consignment. We continue with our frantic pace exceot today we had to include a trip for Cynthia to see Dr. Siddiqui at the medical center in Houston. It was a most successful visit with a good report. Sunglasses that were sent to be polarized are back in time for our ride to Miami. Fiber DLish Bars arrived! A very successful but busy day was had by all of the survivors. Ron completed a Swedish Colonial Society package that has consumed him for two months.
14 Jan, Happy Birthday to my oldest friend Ann J., my playmate at age 4! On this day we are off and running again, returning items to the storage unit and packing our gear to depart Wednesday.
13 Jan, From Cynthia’s weekly FB Post:
Grace Lutheran Church of Conroe, Texas is the most delightful place to worship because children are seamlessly incorporated into almost all aspects of the service. Their involvement is thoughtfully planned. Then comes an occasional surprise. Today, an adorable, curly-haired, three year old decided to roll around on the floor and explore the bottom of the pastors alb during the Greeting. When the pastor moved into the Chancel the little tot followed her. And with amazing graciousness, Pastor Diane Roth took her hand allowing the little one to sit behind the pulpit with her during the lessons. Quietly, she sat until time for the children’s sermon.
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."
12 Jan, The plan is to catch up on sleep, walk, and celebrate with the family at a party at Perrys Steakhouse. Most everyone was there except for Paul’s family on vacation in Mexico, and Roxanne’s sons out of state. We certainly had a great evening.
Cynthia’s Daughter Julie and Cynthia’s son Jon
11 Jan, Carlos met us at the storage unit to pick up the four bar stools his mom bought from us. Slowly, ever so slowly, we are making progress emptying out the storage unit. We walked to the caddy shack for lunch. Cynthia went on to get a pedi, mani and load the car with a large pastel portrait, a watercolor and a pencil rendering she gifted to Julie. Tonight we met Cheri and Sam for dinner to discuss investing in Cheri’s medical device that will end incontinence in women, Floelle, Inc. it will be a miracle for millions of women. We are eager for the return of our quiet lifestyle once we leave Texas next week.
10 Jan, In 40 degree temps Ron rode the bike to West Side Honda to have new tires put on the bike. He forgot his cell phone at home on the kitchen counter. Hence, he could not call to find out where to join Cynthia and Julie for lunch. Cynthia had a girlie appointment with Bambi and enjoyed a delightful lunch with daughter Julie at Salata. We managed a four mile walk; and Ron was in bed by 7:00 PM.
9 Jan, We passed our good tooth brushing test at the dentist today. Dr. Anderson is such a good dentist and a great guy. After baked sweet potato, baked potato and humongous salads at Jason’s Deli, Cynthia had a doctor appointment with Cheri. We returned batteries, stopped at Riverbridge Consignment, another stop at alterations, then Wally World for groceries!
8 Jan, We ate a lot today. Burp! Ron is elbow deep in cutting identifying information from paper for recycling. Cynthia is buried in writing essays. We surfaced to complete two good walks totaling seven miles. And we are happy that the furniture in the storage unit is gradually being given away or sold.
7 Jan, it is really January!!!! ?? It is! And it was a good day for running errands; we did run to the post office to mail Cynthia's class newsletter, fax our medical records to the Pritikin Longevity Center, stop at the bank, the storage unit, the pharmacy, Walmart, and we lunched at the Magnolia Diner. It looked like it would rain, but we managed a four mile walk without getting a raindrop on our heads.
6 Jan, I am tired, so tired I have been writing Dec, instead of January on this blog! The combinef children and adult worship service is always delightful. We had brunch at the Yacht Club before we attended granddaughter Zoe’s high school graduation party, a BBQ at her home. After returning home we picked up our pastor and her husband for a most enjoyable dinner at Pappadeaux. The salmon was yummy!
5 Jan, Pleasant weather made running errands most enjoyable. The 2019 RX were dropped off at the pharmacy, and we are back to our hectic schedule, but we did have a five mile walk late afternoon. The absence of deer made us wonder if Santa was recruiting. But eventually the cutest little fawns, maybe triplets, apoeared withbtheir momma, along with many others.
4 Jan, 7:40 A.M. right on the money, we walked down 15 flights of stairs and six blocks to the doctor. It is always good to get a professional opinion we are still alive. The view from our room of the Houston skyline at sunset was spectacular. We arrived back in Walden about 3:30 PM. Cynthia dropped Ron off at Jon’s to get the bike out of his garage and run errands. Now we are on the third floor of the unit. It will take getting used to climbing that extra floor. Cynthia spent the evening hand addressing her class newsletters. Ron is back at work wired to 57 Chevy Radio Rock and Roll while working on the current SCS project.
3 Jan, YUP! Three, Tres, and now we are on a roll into January at the Houston Medical Center going through our annual medical checkups. Have you noticed the scales at the doctors offices are set extra high to frighten us into losing weight? Yup! Trust me on this one. Cynthia had a morning hair appointment with her long time hairdresser, Sasha, who encouraged Ron to let the sides of his hair grow out last November. He did. Cynthia accidentally told Sasha the hair was dutifully grown out, and Ron was actually willing to let him cut his hair this time, if Sasha offered again. Of course, Sasha agreed to do it. Now, Ron has a professional hair cut to last for the next 30 years. Lunch at the hotel was delicious, baked potatoes for Ron, and a soybean veggie patty for Cynthia. The rain stopped allowing us walk in subzero temperatures for the afternoon medical appointment. We walked fast and stayed warm. Cynthia’s jacket is battery operated for warmth. Tonight, we fast for early morning labs.
2 Jan, TWO! DOS! TOE! Second. And so begins the second day of this new year. We are filled with hope, enthusiasm, and joy in our life together as we turn the page into 2019. Mostly it is a joy to feel so healthy. Being deeply in love is an amazing thing. It is life transforming. The housekeeper arrives, so we finish our packing and depart promptly an hour late. It was fun talking to Louise. The moderate rain did not prevent the mandatory stop at recycling. Our trip into the Houston medical center allowed for a pit stop at Pappadeaux on the 610 south loop for salmon. Our home for three days is the Hilton Medical Center.
1 ONE! UNO! EIN! FIRST! This is the first day of 2019, it is the first day of January!
Sad to say, we left the outside door closed and were able to sleep through the midnight crescendo. Yes I took my 3rd 4-mile walk of the day around 9:45 to 11 PM last night, and the crazies were setting off so much fireworks on the beach that I decided it was safer to walk a block inland. Besides the ear-shattering BANG fireworks, there were some spectacular flowering varieties and one amazing multi-colored fountain 40 feet high.
We both woke up and consider this a wonderfully promising start to the New Year. Let's hope that trend continues for the entire year.