The nick, redagain is short for the words - "Redwoods again". It stands for a goal to sleep again in a tent under the Redwood Trees in northern Ca.
By: redagainPatti, 2:16 PM GMT on October 29, 2012
Soooo... I get back home just in time to meet my younger daughter with the keys to my second set of wheels... an old SUV but has the bottom fixed with a coat of stuff for driving on winter roads with salt .... guys out there that understand the needs of the winter driving up north.. understand what I am talking about. I just dont know what you call that coat of stuff painted on to the metal under the bottom of vehicles.
The Old Man, as I call it, has been used by her during the past three winters when she returns back to school up at VT. With four wheel drive, the 1996 Toyota four runner is a good one for her when the winter sets in up there in Blacksburg.(A far different kind of winter that we see in Starkville, Mississippi.) I think of my dear Uncle Bob each time my daughter takes off in it... Uncle Bob lived in Raleigh NC and understood weather. When he passed away back in 2007, I got his old "truck".
So anyway, my kid got the SUV a little bit early this year... her own set of wheels... some little car called a spider, is in the shop as somebody ran into the side of her.. I was worried but after laying eyes and a hug on her... she was fine. Upset that her dear little set of wheels was messed up but here in Starkville, there is a guy here that can put all back to right. So much that when she got hit (right at the wheel not the door! THANK GOD!) and the left front wheel was sitting at an angle, she paid from her pocket to tow it back here to this man, FROM Ohio to Mississippi. See she was only visiting up there with friends and did not know any shops up there or even in Blacksburg.. but here in Starkville, she did know somebody well. So this child btw, 30 years old, rented a U-haul truck and dolly system, and got her car up on it. Then drove the truck down to Mississippi. The shop is A & R Foreign Auto and believe me, the guys there do know how to take care of the little babies. So if anyone needs help in this part of the USA, now you know....
Right now my kid is back at school, watching the snow coming down in Blacksburg. So maybe getting the SUV before the start of Nov. was a good ideal anyway. I would not want that little spider (NO NOT spyde) sports car on the roads up there with what they must do to deal with the ice/snow.
Ok, so Mom has placed her RV into the shop to take care of fixing the water lines for the cold weather and some minor fixing of different stuff. I got back home to see my doctor and chat about my meds. While I lost some weight over my trip with my mom, my blood sugar levels were not good. In fact the A1c readings were the highest I have ever had in 20 years of dealing with diabetes - 8.6 !!! I have been dealing with a rise since January but this was way too high. The doctor thinks my pancreas is no longer producing insulin so we have moved from the pills, to shots of insulin. I am learning how to deal with the shots and records of sugar before each meal besides the first thing I roll out of the bed and last thing before going to bed.. so my hand and my tummy are getting stuck by needles all the time right now. My levels are around 200 on the average which is way too high still. They need to run below 130. Sigh!!!
Ok, so that is the major things I have been dealing with... There have been a few small problems.. such as when I got to my own house, the temp dropped down and I went to turn on the gas heat to find it was NOT WORKING! shesss.. but I asked around and found a man to work on the gas furnace just in time for the cold to set in over us last night. Just the normal life of a homeowner... and stuff you just do not need to put off..
I have been so tired, just have not tried to upload photos anywhere but just a few on FaceBook. I guess some of the lack of normal energy is due to the high blood sugar levels.. but slowly I am getting things marked of my "to do list". I popped in to my blog this am to fix a new one to let folks know how things were running... thinking.. I bet nobody has read anything.. to find a note.. asking for an update!! Wow.. Glad somebody is checking in on me. I miss the old days when there was a large group of folks keeping in touch with all of us. However with Sandy hitting the east coast.. Weather demands much of our time.
My next blog will have more details of the first breakdown of the RV. as one of the pals in here said.. there was no excuse for the pulley system to fall apart as it did on a Class A RV engine. I have posted photos up on Flickr.com and will have links in the new blog on here..
HUGS and much love to you guys that keep track of me... To my old friends and the few new fellows I have picked up in my last blog.. Your notes keep this old lady on her feet and smiling at what life dumps in her lap -
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