Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lightening got us, worse than we thought

When we returned to the motorhome, everything looked fine but unfortunately, lightening struck right behind our unit.  We have a large built-in surge protector but apparently it didn't save everything.  We have electricity on side of the bus and not the other.  What I thought would be a simple fix, is still causing us headaches.  The inverter was toast.  We had that replaced.  Still same problems.  They replaced a couple of breakers.  Still same problems.  He found a dead plug behind the refrigerator.  It has been running on LP.  He changed that out.  It's still running on LP and same dead plugs on left side of bus.  One of the GFCI plugs was blown.  That was replaced.  Still same....  We found two more dead plugs up front.  One was the TV and the other was satellite. Both work when plugged in elsewhere thank goodness.  By the time we get this thing fixed, we should have all new electrical.  My washer/dryer works but only the washer.  Dryer isn't drying clothes.  Now what!  We weren't the only ones to have electrical problems.  Several had inverters blown and a/c's messed up.  One brand new Entegra was told by Entegra to head back to plant.  Theirs could only be repaired at manufacturing plant.  A Winnebago Tour had a leak in the roof and insurance paid them $37,000 to replace entire ceiling inside.  I guess things could be worse for us.  We have lights, AC and the fridge is working fine on LP (it's brand new).
Hoping tomorrow they can finally get this all fixed.
Later

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Back in St. Francisville

Doug got out of the hospital this morning.  We have returned to St. Francisville to wait for the water to recede so that we can return home.
 these are pics of the RV resort in Pearland.  This area is the older part and
 much lower than where we are.


This is the latest picture I have of the house.  Still high and dry.
The neighbors across the street have supplied us with all of the pictures from the neighborhood.  Here are some more.
                               They had to walk to their house.  This is Cheyenne Ridge Dr.!
This is their house.  A tree had fallen and knocked out electricity..  Yes, the downed wire is dead.
Don't think I would have had the nerve even knowing it was dead.

While Doug was in the hospital, Lucas and John decided to wash all the vehicles.  He was so serious about his work.



I think everyone got wet, not just the vehicles.  Thanks guys for the excellent wash job!
Though it is beautiful here and the company impeccable, I am anxious to return to Houston.  
Hoping the roads to Houston clear up soon.
Later

Monday, August 28, 2017

more Updates

Doug came through like a champ.  His surgery was a breeze.  He has had no pain at all.  In fact, the pain he was having up until the surgery is gone.  He is eating with no problems and he walked the entire 4th floor.  The only thing he has had is a little shortness of breath.  They have checked him out top to bottom and find nothing.  The only thing off is his billirubin.  I think that's how you spell it.  He is alittle jaundice but that is improving.  He is still in the hospital because of the billirubin.  They will draw blood tonight and if it is continueing to fall, he will be released.  If it isn't, they will do a procedure (that I can't remember what it's called) where they drop a camera down his throat and look for a stone in his ducts around the colon, pancreas and liver.  If they find one they can retrieve it.  Let's hope it doesn't come to that.  We will know in the morning.  He if feeling great, so we don't anticipate any problems.
On the Houston/Pearland front.  The flooding is horrible.

The picture above is a before and after.  I could post way too many pictures like this all over the city.
This is Interstate 45N at White Oak Drive overpass
610 at Brays Bayou

Pray for Texas


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Update on hospital and Hurricane Harvey

Doug has gallbladder surgery at 7 am tomorrow.  Pancreas is still alittle angry but so much better than it was.

Neighbor across the street sent us this picture of the flooding in our neighborhood.  Though the yard is flooded, it is nowhere near reaching the house.  Let's hope it stays that way.

The RV Resort has some flooding in it, but it is in the older section of the park.  Where we are is in the newer section and it is much higher.  There isn't any flooding there.  In fact, they are letting people park their cars in sites that are empty.  Let's hope that this flooding doesn't get any worse.  As of now, some have water up to but not over their steps.  Sure wish Harvey would move on.
Everyone stay safe.
Later
Harriet

Saturday, August 26, 2017

One hurricane and two hospitals

Thursday evening we left the motorhome in Pearland and headed to Louisiana to get away from the Hurricane.  Mike, Kaitlyn and Lucas in their truck and Doug and I following in ours.  Of course Buddy and Buster were along for the ride too.
We arrived in St. Francisville, La. around 8:30.  we were going to stay at Kaitlyn's parents house.
By the time we arrived in St. Francisville, Doug wasn't feeling very well.  His stomach was a little quesy and it ached a little.  He decided to go on to bed not long after we got there.
The next morning Doug was in severe pain and broke out in a cold sweat.  He was ready to see a doctor.  Doug is never ready to go to the doctor so I knew it must be bad.  We went to the small hospital there in town.  When they saw Doug, they took him right back and started drawing blood and taking x-rays.  They thought at first he was having a heart attack.  Blood work ruled out heart attack. Doctor ordered a CT of his abdomen.  By now he is in terrible pain but they still cant give him anything until all of his tests come back.  It wasn't long they gave him something and the doctor came in and told us that Doug had pancreatitis.  His liver enzymes were elevated also.  It seemed that Doug also had cholitis.  ( I don't know if I spelled all this things right.) He has never had gallbladder problems before.  The small hospital in town couldn't do everything Doug was going to need so they transferred him to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge.  We are still here.
Doug is better but his pancreas is still very much inflamed.  The way they explained it is this:
A gall stone came out of his gallbladder and lodged in the duct that is connected to the pancreas.  It also blocked the duct connected to the liver.  Everything backed up causing his liver and pancreas to get inflamed.  They are not sure if the stone has passed or not.  They believe it has.  Once things calm down they are going to remove his gallbladder and he should be fine.  He has been NPO until tonight.  They let him have jello and juice.  He tollerated that fine so things must be looking up.
Hopefully, he will be well enough to have the surgery tomorrow or the next day.  He will then be discharged.
All of this happening has kind of put the hurricane out of our minds.  As far as I know, the houses are fine and so is the motorhome.  The Brazos river is expected to flood, so our neighborhood will also have some flooding but we are high enough that the houses shouldn't be affected.
When Doug gets released from the hospital, we will make our plans to go back to Pearland.
Stay safe everyone.
Later

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Back from Amarillo, let's check out the house

We spent the last two weeks in Amarillo playing with the grandkids.
 There was a fun day playing outside in the water.  Lots of water balloon fights.
Brian set up two pools in the backyard.  It was a mini water park.  The kids had a lot of fun.
 Then Logan wanted to shoot his bb gun.  Brian sat him down and helped him shoot it.  Of course all the hits at the bulleye were his.  He laughed and said pepaw missed.  LOL
Brian and Lori took us to a wonderful catfish place to have supper.   This was the best catfish we have had since we left Arkansas.  The owner/cook is from north Arkansas.  LOL

                                   Logan was watching his IPad while sitting in my lap.


                                                       Sure do miss these two kiddos!
Here in Pearland it has been HOT!  Too hot to do anything outside.  We went down to the house to see how things were going.


After having to fire the framers, they finally got some good workers and we are seeing progress again.  The roof is suppose to go on starting Monday.  Our little house already has the roof and they are trying to catch the big house up.  Plumbing and electric are roughed in on both houses.
                                                        I love ther dormers.
This is a partial shot of the back porch.  I can't get the whole thing in one picture.
This is on the other end.  It will be the outdoor kitchen.  It is wider than it looks here.
                                           My little house, waits for big Bertha to catch up.
The painters are prepping the siding.  Paint should go on after the roof is on next week.  I can't wait to get that yellow covered up.
I took pictures of the inside but without walls it is too hard to really tell anything.  They just look like a bunch of 2x4's.  Soon, I hope.... soon
Later

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Logan and Lucas catch their first fish



After raining all morning, the guys decided to go outside and try to catch some fish.  It wasn't long before I looked out the window and saw that Logan had caught his first fish. Pepaw was trying to get Logan to look my way, but he was too busy for that.
                     I headed that way and by the time I got there he had caught another one.
Before I knew it, he had caught 7 fish!  Of course these little ones were released back into the lake. But he sure enjoyed catching them.  I think Pepaw had fun too.
It wasn't long Mike, Kaitlyn and Lucas showed up.  Though a little over dressed, they decided to join us.
                                          In just a few minutes, Lucas had caught his first fish.
                                                                       Then another.
                   He wanted to hold the fish.  Logan wanted no part of that. He went to watch the turtles.
                   Then Kaitlyn decided she needed to catch one.  I was too close on this one to get the fish in the picture.  sorry... my bad.
                         Then I decided, well, if it's that easy, I have to try.  Yep, I got one too.

                                                       We all had fun, even the turtles.
 It's a shame that it's a catch and release lake.  There are some pretty big bass in there too.  We were having too much fun with the little perch that we didn't even try for any thing else.
It was a fun day.
Later

Friday, June 23, 2017

House update

We spent Wednesday mowing at the property.  The weather was nice and there was a cool breeze blowing all day.  Of course, it was Tropical storm Cindy that was supplying the breeze, but that's ok, it felt good and she went southeast of us.
          Of course first Doug had to take the backhoe off the tractor and put the mower on.
                            That's a lot of grass to mow.  He also pushed over a dead tree!



                                           They worked on getting the siding on the houses.

What's really funny is I was so fixed on getting a picture of the siding going up, I didn't even notice the guy posing in the picture.  LOL  This is not the final color.  Just the siding.  It will be painted a grey.

Really glad that tropical storm Cindy decided to come ashore elsewhere.  Hope she didn't do too much damage where she did.
Here is a picture of tonights sunset.  Sure was a pretty one.

Later

Monday, June 19, 2017

More pictures from Galvaston area

I am just now getting around to getting the pictures off of my canon camera.
I think these bridges were near Port Arthur Tx.  The older of the two was used as the west bound and the newer one was the east bound.
I did not care for this bridge.  The side rails were almost non existant and I kept feeling like we were going to drive right off it.  I didn't take any pictures while on it for that reason.  I was too busy closing my eyes.
The gulf seems to be taking a lot of the beach and roadways back.  This crew was busy trying to stop it.  Lots of sand being brought in.  There were a few places that had eroded all the way up to the highway.
                                             No problems here.

They do build the houses high this close to the gulf.  
                                We had a long wait at the ferry crossing on Bolivar pennisula.

                                                          We watched the sea gulls



                                                    The pelicans too!
Doug fed the sea gulls out the window.  I tried several times to catch a picture but this was all I got.
                                              Look closely and you can see the dolphin fin.

                                  I couldn't catch the dolphins playing for feeding in the bay either.
We are going out to the property to mow tomorrow.  I will take pictures of the progress on the houses.
Later