Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just a Whirlwind of Activity

It always seems to happen this way.  Usually, we live life in the slow lane.  But almost as soon as we hit the Colorado state line, it begins.  Much of what we do here is the “necessary” stuff, like the doctor and dentist appointments.  More of what we do here is fun – reconnecting with our family members and friends who live here.  Then there is the usual “stuff” we do, housekeeping, shopping, and all the other items on the “to do” list that happen wherever we are.  It all adds up to a life in the much faster lane during our time here!

As I reported yesterday, I was able to get an almost instant appointment with my doctor this morning.  I was up and out the door, sans coffee (*big sigh*) and headed across town to have my blood drawn and a consult with the doc about what dreaded tests are on my list for this year.  Her office is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and when I got to the neighborhood, I was early enough to scout around to see if there was a Starbucks near the office.  Yay!  Just a few blocks from the office I found a beautiful, shiny new Starbucks.  As I was driving around, I had to stop and wait for a small herd of deer, probably about 12 or 15 of them, to cross the road.  What a lovely surprise.  However, it occurred to me it shouldn’t be a surprise at all.  This is an area that, when I was growing up not far away, this was wilderness, it was the home of those deer for a long, long time before those fancy houses and Starbucks appeared.  Then I felt a bit sad that our human progress has caused these creatures to be forced into sharing their space!

On to the doctor…I was still a bit early, but the office was open and I got right in.  Blood drawn – check.  Blood pressure – check.  Test referrals – check.  I was kind of hoping she would overlook the date on my last colonoscopy, but she had a sharp eye, and with that eye trained right on me, she noted that it has been 7 years since my last one, time to get that done.  (Another *big sigh*).  So, I’m in the scheduling process for my mammogram, bone density, and the colonoscopy tests to be done before we get out of town.  It’s all good, though, I know these tests are important and I’m grateful that I can get them done.  Oh, and when I came out of the doctor’s office – it was snowing!  Good grief.

Now for the really fun part of the day: lunch!  We’ve been in contact with Donna (aka Froggi Donna) and her hubby, Stu (2 Taking a 5th).  They are also in the area visiting family.  I first met Donna shortly after she began fulltiming as a solo.  Since then, we’ve followed each other through our blogs, and have managed a couple of “in person” get togethers, most recently in the Arizona desert a few months ago where we met Stu for the first time:

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We got together with them today at Rosie’s Diner in Monument, not far from where they are camped.  It seems they are already “regulars” at the diner, thanks to “buy one, get one” coupons printed in their campground’s map. We spent at least a couple of hours there, just talking and of course, enjoying our diner meals.  We really hope it won’t be too long before we can catch up with them again, but we so enjoyed the visit and wish them safe and happy travels!

We made a quick stop to pick up a few groceries on the way home and now we are back in our Castle for the evening.  Gotta rest up for tomorrow's adventure!


Donna aka Froggi said...

We had such a great time...looking forward to meeting up again. Consider the Gypsy Journal Rally in late August..we'll be there. LOL! Hugs to you both!!

The Happy Wanderers said...

Hope you are still in that area when we arrive at Mountaindale on June 5th. Would love to see you guys and visit for awhile.
Hope all goes well with the tests.
E & M

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Good to get them tests done and peace of mind for another year of travelling! Right?