Greetings from a warm and sunny afternoon in West Des Moines, IA.
Some rain and thunderstorms is expected to roll in the next few hours. Latest forecast shows the most severe storms will be south of us – along the Missouri border.
Last Thursday had a busy day. I rented a car from the local Enterprise office so I could go to a 2:00pm doctors appointment in Clive, IA. Would normally take a taxi, but wanted to run some other errands after the appointment. Cost of renting the car was $35.00 and a taxi would have been about the same for round trip with tips.. So during my lunch break I pedaled my bike to Enterprise Rent-A-Car and picked up a dark blue Ford Focus. Nice easy to drive car with leather seats. They were cool enough to store my bike for me. A bit shady when I refused the optional insurance coverage and the optional roadside assistance. Between AAA car insurance and Coach-Net I have more then enough coverage.
Went to doctor’s appointment at 2:00pm. He set me up with some gout medication that I will take on a daily basis. He also set me up with some beta blocking medication to lower my blood pressure a bit – he thinks it will help with nervous tick thing I’ve been having…. so much fun….
After doctors appointment headed over to Fairway grocery store to get supplies to go camping this weekend. This is our first camping trip of the year – so needed things like laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, booze and food…. Ended up with $135.00 worth of stuff.. Got everything stowed away in RV, logged back into work for a few hours and waited for John to arrive home for supper.
Then Thursday evening I went for weekly skating lesson at the synthetic ice rink in Southridge Mall. Lesson was really good – practiced doing a little routine around mohawk turns. Was fun. At the very end of the lesson we were practising pivoting and pushing when doing cross-overs. All of a sudden a sharp pain came from my right knee – I had twisted it wrong… somehow… ouch…
Managed to get my skates off and limped to the rental car. I could put weight on it and it was not swollen up – so didn’t believe it was anything serious. Stopped at Hy-Vee grocery store on the way home to pick up new medication. Had to wait 10 minutes for them to finish up getting the meds dispensed. I purchased a bottle of diet tea and sat down in their waiting area with my sore knee…. Then drove to the bank to get John’s pay checks deposited… finally making it home with my sore knee…
On Friday John got done with work early and made it home by 3:30pm. We finished loading the RV with clothing, cat and his stuff and were on the road by 4:00pm. We went to Lake Anita State Park in Anita, IA – an hour west of West Des Moines, IA along I-80. It was an easy trip.
The campground was nice, but the site we reserved was not the best – is hard to tell by looking at a site map online. It did have water, sewer and 30-amp electrical service. Worst part was not having much room between the RV and the roadway – the awning barely had enough room when fully extended. Was able to use our new lawn chairs and patio mat. Forgot to get the stakes for the patio mat – so did not lay down flat but was “just fine”:
Worst part about camping was having to deal with my sore knee. It really hurt when I had to bend it to sit down or stand up. Spent most of Saturday outside in a reclining lawn chair enjoying the weather and listing to music from my iPhone and a Logitech UE mobile boom box. There was a nice paved bike path going around the lake – would have been nice to go around it…. makes me want to go back here when my knee is not hurting…
Last night it did rain a bit but is no big deal in the RV. Today some storms are expected to roll in, so we were on the road by 10:00am and back in West Des Moines, IA a little after 11:00am. My knee is feeling a better today, but still hurts when I bend it. Stuck hobbling around. It took us 30 minutes to get the RV emptied and cleaned. John carried stuff inside while I cleaned. We decided to turn off the refrigerator since we will not be camping next weekend.
Memorial Day weekend we will be staying home. Friend from Wisconsin is coming down for John Wayne’s birthday celebration in Winterset, IA. They will be running John Wayne films for free at the Winterset movie theater – so would like to catch a few of them. Will be neat to see them on the big screen.
We selected a vendor for siding and replacement windows for the apartment building. Going with Window World. They have an energy elite siding product that comes with the insulation molded to the back of the siding. Heard arguments both ways about having the insulation on the siding or applied in sheets separately.. Believe there is a cost savings with labor – installing the siding and installation at the same time seems quicker. It is a Dutch Lap style of siding. Color is a “Tuscan Clay” color – brown with a bit of a grey hue. Soffits will be a slightly lighter “vintage wicker” color. We think it will look ok with the dark brown roof and gutters – time will tell. The windows will be a simple two light sliders – white vinyl. They seem fine – are not fancy but appear to be durable….. Web site says:
- Fusion-welded sash & mainframe adds strength and rigidity
- Triple-barrier weatherstripping keeps the elements out
- EasyGrip sash lock for an easy swinging sash
- DuraBrake™ pivot/glide shoe secures the sash for cleaning
- Hard shell dual durometer sash glazing for structural integrity
Hoping it turns out “just fine”… is just windows and siding for an apartment building… It is going to take around a month for the installation to start.
Not much else going on… still need to get laundry done and then put some ice on my knee.. Will probably relax the remainder of the day and see if we get a nasty storm, or not…