Wesley Chapel, Florida
Yes, we’re still alive, and yes, we are still in the Tampa Bay area.
Nothing has been going on, so there has been nothing to blog about.
We’ve been working on the motor home. Al cleaned the roof and re-waxed it. The roof is fiberglass and we thought it was going to be maintenance free, but we were wrong. If you don’t seal it at least once a year then the white chalky stuff runs down along the side of the coach.
The roof is cleaned and sealed, and then we used “The Solution” to clean and shine the rest of the coach. It looks pretty good, except for the tires and wheels. (and inside)
Al got his annual physical and found out that his triglycerides and cholesterol have risen since he’s been off the Lipitor for the past 4 months. He and the doctor were hoping that our vegan diet would do the trick. The doctor isn’t ready to put him back on Lipitor yet and wants him to take fish oil daily, and check it again in three months.
The more we thought about our diet, the more we realized, we have been sliding and eating too much fat and oil. We are vegan 99% of the time, but on occasion we have meat or cheese. We have been still managed to eat too much fat, mostly from olive oil, vegan margarine and mayonnaise. We felt we could have as much fat and oil as we wanted since we didn’t eat meat. We were wrong, I guess. Of course while we were in the Keys, we cheated a bit too often. We’re working on that and hopefully the next time he gets his blood tested, he will do better. The doctor said some people are just genetically predisposed to high cholesterol. If he can’t get the numbers down, he will have to go back on Lipitor.
We’re still perfectly happy eating a vegan diet. We’ve both lost about 20 pounds and we hope now that we’ve on a better track, we’ll start losing again. In the meantime, we’re happy with our new way of eating, we eat as much as we want and never feel deprived.
We had Mom at the ER last week. They ran a lot of tests, fond nothing and sent her to her cardiologist the next day, who also found nothing. I don’t know what to do next. The older they get, the harder it is to deal with them.
We’re having our 40th anniversary next month and we’re talking about spending a few nights at Red Coconuts Rv Park which is right on the beach in Fort Myers, Florida. There are only two sites on the water where we would fit. If we can’t face the water, we don’t want to go. Of course it always depends on Mom, so we’re hesitant to make a reservation……especially since they are over $100 a night.
We’ve already gotten our anniversary presents. Al got a new Nexus 10” tablet and I got a Canon Rebel T3i digital SLR camera. It’s a really nice camera, and comes with an 18-55 mm lens and a 55-250 mm lens. I knew the 250 zoom lens wouldn’t be anywhere near as powerful as the zoom on my other camera which has the “stalker” lens. I like the new camera, but I really need a more powerful zoom. (did I mention, I’m having a birthday?)
The new camera takes great pictures, but this is the best I could get with the zoom I have. You can see I need a stronger zoom lens, can’t you?
If I had been using my old camera with the stalker zoom, I would have known what color under wear this guy was wearing!
We’re sitting outside on our patio, facing the woods and listening to the bullfrogs croak. (not my favorite sound)