Here we are, right before the rain the other day. The sky in the north got SO dark, it was really pretty:
While I've been here - near Yuma - I've gotten some things checked off my list:
1. Katie's Vet Appointment
I wanted to get a second opinion about the Seroma on her right ankle, and she has a new lump on her left ankle. What's with Katie and ankles?
I've heard good things about this vet hospital from Gayle and Jim, and Jimbo, so I called to see if they could get Katie in and check her out. Katie is such a trooper. She was so scared - she just sat in my lap, quietly, looking scared the whole time while other dogs came in and pulled at their leashes, barked, etc. In the exam room she didn't want to be on the table, but she minded me and behaved. Such a good girl.
We saw Dr. Don, and I really liked him. He seemed to know what he was doing, was super nice to Katie, complimenting her and talking to her as he checked her over. He checked out the Seroma and the other cyst, and said the Seroma was obviously caused by a very painful, traumatic experience for Katie. But at this point, he thinks the joint is leaking the fluid, and said it looks like she has arthritis in that ankle. Her range of motion is so much greater in the left ankle.
Dr. Don said he could prescribe something for the arthritis, some sort of steroid, or I could give her baby aspirin as needed if that did the trick. Other than that, he said she was healthy and he wouldn't do anything else. That was a relief! So Katie is good to go and no issues with either ankle mass. He thought my idea of getting a dog stroller was the best thing I could do for her, and for me if I wanted to still walk with her, and we should continue using it when we walk. :)
2. Wash and Wax The Palms
The Palms was SOOOO overdue for a total wash and wax, I had to get this done while I was near Yuma. Katie and I went into Yuma to meet the guys from Benjamin's (see info below).
The two young men who came out to do the job were so sweet, very polite, and did a fantastic job. I really didn't expect The Palms to look so clean and pretty when they were done. The price for a rig my size was $99, but he gave me a senior citizen discount, and my final cost was $90. I gave each of the guys a $10 tip, so all in all, $110. Cheap at the price!
Check out that ladder! When I came outside to see how they were doing, they asked me if I'd mind moving the rig a few feet to the right. Geez, of course! I let them know I was VERY pleased with the work they did. I'll definitely use them again.
3. Check House Batteries
I went to Interstate Battery Systems in Yuma to see if they would check my house batteries. I wanted to see if I needed new ones yet, or if these were still functioning they way they should. The guy checked them out and said they were just fine. All the cells were good, and I don't need to replace them. That was good news.
4. Check Tire Pressure
I went to Big O Tires on Frontage Road in Yuma and had them check the pressure in my tires. When I had the tire monitoring system installed, everything was good. Then I got two new tires and the front tires were put on the right rear. That screwed up the TPMS, and I needed to have each tire filled 3 psi over the recommended amount. The way to re-set the TPMS for the tires is to let out 3 psi from each tire, then re-set each monitor. I figured I could release 3 psi, re-set each monitor, and then drive into town and have the tires pumped up, or I could have them filled, and add an additional 3 psi. Then when I release the 3 psi, I can re-set the monitor and be done. I haven't released the air yet, maybe tomorrow if this super windy spell stops. But I'm almost done with that chore.
5. Re-Cushion the Dinette Seats
I sit at my dinette all the time, and after 4+ years, the centers of the cushions are sagging - in spite of the fact that I'm as light as a feather. Ha! Periodically I flip the cushions, then switch them out but honestly, the cushions were shot. So, first Gayle and Jim mentioned the place they've used, and I also called Al's RV Service and Supply on Fortuna Rd in Yuma and they recommended the same place.
While I was in town getting The Palms prettied up and Katie checked out, I stopped by Action Awnings to see what it would cost me to have the seats re-cushioned. I figured if it was under $200, I'd do it. I brought in one of the cushions and Robert got a 5" piece of foam, put it next to the cushion and said to try them both out. The new foam was so much firmer than the existing cushion, and he quoted me $189 for two cushions. What I thought was nice was when I asked him what it would cost for one cushion, he quoted exactly half. I figured it would cost half plus a percentage.
Anyway, the price was right, so I ordered two foam cushions. Jeanne and I went into town Thursday for shopping and laundry, and dropped off the second cushion, and a couple of hours later, picked them up. They look perfect, and are so much better than the original foam. They seem to be a better quality, a denser foam, so hopefully they will last and last.
When I was walking to the rig after completing all the chores on Tuesday, I looked down and saw a shiny quarter. It was a good day. Everything we did and everywhere we went, we had good news. It was a busy, but very good day.
When Jeanne and I were heading toward the freeway on our way home on Thursday, we were behind a motorcyclist with his dog in a cart - so cute. We thought the dog should have doggles, though. What a set-up, huh?
Notice the hitch-hiker on the side of the road? He had on a weird red wig, and the dog checked him out when they passed.
Here's the final photo for today. Instead of a sunset, this is a sunrise the other morning. I've posted a few sunrises, and honestly, I think they look just like sunsets.
From me and Katie, have a great weekend, everyone! :)