Friday, August 31, 2012

Waiting for Parts and a Pee

St. George, South Carolina (high 90, low 70)

On Wednesday morning, we decided to head into Charleston and see a few sights. We felt an early start was a good idea since afternoon rains were predicted. It seems we just can’t get away from these Florida-like afternoon thunderstorms. The day before, Charleston got some very heavy afternoon rains and some really bad flooding. One woman had to get out of her car in downtown Charleston and swim.

Before we could do any sightseeing, we had to stop at Northern Tool. Al had seen an extension bar online, that he thought would work for the motorhome. We decided the 4 inch drop hitch we bought, was just too low. Our receiver on the motor home is a few inches underneath the coach, so we needed an extension. Unfortunately, when we got to Northern, the part was the wrong thing.
That lead to many other camping and trailer places, to try to locate the right part. We either need an extension that is rated at 10,000 lbs, or a 2 inch drop hitch with the same rating. Fortunately, we’re in a big enough town that we had some options, however it was looking pretty dismal for a while. We finally found an Rv place that could order one. It should be in by Friday. We think this one will work fine, provided it’s the right part. We really don’t want to tow the truck until we get this corrected.

By the time we did all the running around looking for that part, it was getting late and we got the call from the Vet to go pick up Chatty. We made a quick stop at Whole Foods, then grabbed a Subway sandwich and went to pick up our little Chatty.

So much for seeing the sights in Charleston.

Our expected rain came during the late afternoon and evening. We got some really heavy rain, and we were pleased to see the campground handled all the water very well.

Yesterday, we stayed home with Chatty. He wasn’t doing well at all. He looked like he felt miserable. He wouldn’t eat, and is still having trouble urinating. I won’t go into all the details, but he’s still having trouble this morning, although he is now eating again and seems to be feeling better. He just needs a really good pee! We’re concerned since this is the beginning of a holiday week-end. We certainly don’t want to have to drive 40 miles into Charleston and take him to an after hours veterinary emergency clinic. $$$$$

We’re hoping we will be able to see some of the sites in Charleston, but until Chatty improves, we’re going to have to hang around the house and keep an eye on him.

Hurricane season is really heating up. Isaac is finally on the move and weakening. We’re now watching Hurricane Kirk and Tropical Storm Leslie. We’ll be glad when September is over, as it’s typically the busiest month of hurricane season.

The campground is having a cook out on Labor Day. They are providing steaks. We haven’t decided if we will eat a steak or not. We’re not craving meat, so maybe we’ll just skip the steak…maybe not. So far, we’ve stuck with our Vegan eating style, with the exception of a soup mix that had a small amount of chicken in it. We have always agreed that we can eat whatever we want on occasion, if we feel the urge. So far, we haven’t felt the urge to eat anything non-vegan.

Yesterday, I had a smoothie for breakfast. Al also had a smoothie, 3 cans of tomato juice (he loves that stuff), and two english muffins with peanut butter.

I toasted some pumpkin seeds, and we had them for a snack. These were absolutely delicious! I put some pumpkin seeds in a pan with about a tablespoon of oil, some Lowry salt and ground Cayenne pepper. I lightly browned them. This is a delicious snack. Nice warm and salty toasted seeds!

For lunch we had tacos, and pizza for dinner. We also had Happy Hour. Al had a few beers, and I had one big vodka tonic. Oh, we also had a macadamia nut cookie and a few corn chips.
We eat every time we get hungry, or just want a snack. We don’t have to limit the amount of food we eat. We eat until we’re full, or stuffed to the gills!

You can see, we're not starving.

Our weigh-in today showed Al has lost 13.5 pounds and I’ve lost 10. We’ve been vegan for almost 6 weeks. Pretty good, huh?

So today, we are waiting for the part we ordered, and a pee from Chatty. Wish us luck… until we get him fixed up, we're probably not going to go on to Asheville.


  1. Bella had a similar problem like Chatty. They found she had a bladder stone. They had to operate and remove the stone. Everything was great after that.

  2. Congratulations on your vegan weight loss success. Easy peasy!

    I don't blame you for being worried about Chatty. When he can't eliminate wastes, they back up and poison his system. What is up with that vet who sent him home??

    Wish you were in Ashville. I think you'd be away from all the rain. Although I haven't looked at their weather forecast.

  3. Watched pots never boil, watched cats never pee?
    Hope Chatty gets better soon, it is tough when your furry kid is under the weather.

    Stay dry!

  4. It makes sense not to forbid yourself food when you crave it. And, you're mostly likely nourishing yourself very well if you're not craving.

    Poor Chatty. I want to go pee now on his behalf.

  5. Next time you are in Walmart or Aldi check out soynut butter. same basic taste as peanut butter but peanut free, and much less sodium.

  6. Congrats on the Vegan success!! It really isn't that difficult once you make up your mind. Most people think vegan food is strange or difficult to prepare. Actually, most people do eat vegan food all the time and like it. They just don't call it vegan. They call it fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and grains;o)) Wishing you continued success!!

  7. Congrats on the eating changes. Last night I had some meat for the first time in a couple of weeks. I haven't planned on becoming a vegetarian, but I find I am enjoying most meals without meat. It is easier than I thought to find yummy alternatives!

  8. wow congrats on the weight loss~poor chatty...scary stuff for sure...hope he is ok soon...

  9. Good job on the diet. Hope Chatty is better soon.


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