http://www.blogger.com/html?blogID=4316350785635987648 Cave Dwellings: Sure glad we have 4 wheel drive!!

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012
Georgetown, TX

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sure glad we have 4 wheel drive!!

  This morning McGyver and I left here about 8:15AM to drive to Montgomery, IL…Uncle Clarence had his first physical therapy appointment and evaluation in Oswego at 9:45.  After watching the weather we opted for the GMC instead of ‘ol blue, our 1989 Silverado…no 4 wheel drive ..AND the tires aren’t as good treadwise…They were predicting freezing rain followed by 3-6 inches of snow…just great.  It hadn’t started any kind of precip when we arrived and we loaded up Uncle Jr. (Clarence) and Aunt Jeanette and headed the 5 miles to Oswego in their Caddy…We can’t take them in our GMC, it is just too high of a step for either one of them without a step ladder, and they are much more comfy in their ‘86 Caddy…

  After about an hour of consultation and assessment of Jr’s condition, we scheduled 4 weeks of twice a week therapy for him.  The therapist also gave him some things he could do from his chair to exercise his legs…Jeanette made me laugh when she revealed her age of 97 years to the therapist and decided she should to those “at home” excersises with him…FYI, her age totally shocked that therapist.Surprised smile!  Well, when we got ready to leave we saw it had been snowing while we were in the office..Just for the record, Uncle Jr. is NOT very mobile and has a very hard time getting around.  He does have one of those walkers with wheels and a seat, Thank God, that they got for him at Hines Veteran’s Hospital…We made a drive through Walgreens for his prescription and then I took his grocery list and ran into Aldis …It was just too slippery for either one of them to get out, and McGyver stayed in the car with them…

After unloading elders, groceries, prescriptions and walkers from the car and into their house, we didn’t linger long…The weather and roads were looking pretty bad, and we had about 25 miles of back roads to drive…I took some photos on the way home and made a pretty big collage of it…(By that I didn’t mean “pretty” as in lovely!!)

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The traffic was creeping along on the way out of Montgomery, and we saw a few cars in the ditch on the way home…

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McGyver was all business behind the wheel…The snow was so blinding he had to put on his very stylish Oakley sunglasses…(either that or he was just trying to look coolHot smile…)

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Florida now seems like just a distant dream that I hadCrying face….It isn’t that I hate snow, it’s pretty to look at …if only you didn’t have to drive in it or shovel it..Baring teeth smile

Once inside, I realized I couldn’t even see out our screen porch in the front of our house….

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Yes, home gamers, that is ICE on our front screens….I know now why those roads were soooooo scary to drive on…As Dennis says “4 wheel drive is absolutely worthless on ice”…I hate it when he’s right.  I guess it we have had a cold snap all over the nation….The golf tournament in Arizona had the pros in their stocking caps and gloves yesterday…

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I don’t think these are the caps they had in mind when they signed on for this golf outingConfused smile..

OK, enough about the snow…I need to end this little ditty on a “breath of Spring”…

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This is Aunt Jeanette’s Amaryllis that she has growing inside…I never realized how beautiful they are..By gosh, I do believe I’m gonna get me one next year…(They are a Xmastime inside plant…Poinsettias and I just do not get along, this would do much better for me).  Thanks for checking in..Oh, one more thing….We have another Cave-a-palooza sheduled for this weekend..The Wolff family, the Caves (both families) and the Heisers will all be here for a fest of food, family and fun…Yep, you’re gonna be bored yet again by my family photos….GET OVER IT!!!Winking smile!!

“The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.”
-- Jeff Foxworthy

24 comments:

  1. We feel your pain here in MO. We just got dumped on bad...yuk

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  2. You are mobile...Your chance will come to get the Hell outta Dodge/Missouri to get to some nice warm weather...Now THAT is the BEST!!!

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  3. You are good people for taking care of Uncle Jr. and Aunt Jeanette, but I have to say YUCK to the weather you're enduring. We may get snow flurries here over the weekend. I didn't sign up for that! :(

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    1. We do what we should, Judy...but sure miss that Hiker!

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  4. I agree - it is beautiful from my chair here in Arizona. But it has been cold here this winter. Not quite what I wanted but you can't go too much further south in the US. Glad you're home safe and off those roads.

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    1. Thanks...I would rather be in a cold Florida or Arizona than Illinois!

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  5. Those snow photos make me sooo happy that we are in Borrego Springs, CA....where it is going to be in the 80's day after tomorrow! Do ya hate me now?

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  6. love love your cover photo..thats our job to embarrass the kids :) So Maxine when are ya coming back down south?? Glad Jr is doing well hes lucky to have you folks to help...enjoy the weekend!!!!

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    1. We are hoping for next Winter, but we cannot leave until our Aunt and Uncle are somewhere safe...

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  7. So glad you made it home safely. That kind of weather is for hot chocolate and a cozy fire! It's good to hear Uncle Jr is going to therapy. Can't imagine myself at 97!

    The snow pictures are so pretty, but I am so glad to be in sunny So Cal! I do love the amaryllis...always planted and grew one with my K class....they had to measure it every week and write about it!

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    1. That ride was pretty harrowing, but sure was glad we had the 4 wheel drive..It made all the difference!

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  8. I haven't seen snow like that in years (except in photos ;-) You're very kind to take care of Uncle. Glad he's doing better.... I'm sure he appreciates all you do. Hope you get to travel soon.... and NOT in the snow!

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    1. Actually,we have had waaaay more snow than that in prior years...like 20"...

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  9. Those snow pics of the road were pretty neat - and scary too I'll bet. Good thing Dennis had his eyes focused totally on the road. He's right too about 4 wheel drives and ice - a lot of drivers don't know that so they end up in the ditch.

    I'll be looking forward to seeing some great pics of food and fun from the Cave-a-palooza this weekend. I'm thinking it would be fun if you all got snowed in - better stock up on beer!

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    1. Don't worry, Rick...We never run out of beer or wine..Our son-in-law from Indy is the I.T. guru for Monarch Beverage, the biggest beer and wind distributor in Indiana!!

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  10. Your drive rather resembles my trek home after work last week. I have 4 wheel drive and would love to put a big sign on it for those that pass me going like a 'bat out of h' 4 wheel dont work on ice or even hard packed freeway snow. but instead I just smile when I go by and they are off in a snow bank because why cant I go 70 bit them in the butt.
    Glad Uncle Jr is doing as well as he is.
    take care and stay warm

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  11. butterbean carpenterFebruary 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Howdy D&D,
    BLESS Y'ALLS BIG PEA-PICKIN' HEARTS!!! That look on Dennis' face is PURE CONCENTRATION;
    trained for it by plowin' 'straight' furrows in the corn/bean fields!!! He DOES look COOOOL in his shades!!!
    Hope your amaryllis makes it through the winter next year (in this time of GLOBAL WARMING)!!!! $500M for what???

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    1. Yep, McGyver looks pretty hot in his Oakley's.....Yeah, I'm with ya on the Global Warming...This is all cyclical, Butterbean....$500mil later we really have no control..

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  12. Those snow photos remind me soooooo much of back home. A lot of my jobs over the years had to do with driving, & winter storms were always real nail biters every year. Don't miss it one darn bit.......

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    1. No kidding, Al....We came back the first of February...and it has been the coldest,snowiest month here...Go figure.

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